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40′ Sparkman & Stephens Yawl

PRICE REDUCED: $65,000 now through June 16, 2017

Prima Donna is a 1954 Sparkman & Stephens Nevins-40 Yawl. Built by the famous Henry Nevins yard this keel/centerboard vessel is very well cared for by the finest yards in Maine. She is one of eleven S&S Nevins-40 “Type A” yawls built by Nevins. S&S modeled the series after Carlton Mitchell’s Finisterre, the only three time winner (1956,58,60) of the Bermuda Race. Prima Donna is considered by some as the perfect combination of fast racer and comfortable cruiser. Survey and details list available.

Builder: Henry Nevins
Designer: Sparkman & Stephens

LOA: 40 ft 4 in
Beam: 11 ft 3 in
Minimum Draft: 3 ft 11in

Engine Model: N3-30
Cruising Speed: 6.5 knots @ 3400 RPM

Fresh Water Tanks: 2 (50 Gallons)
Fuel Tanks: 1 (30 Gallons)
Holding Tanks: 1 (15 Gallons)

General Description
Survey and details list available.Model:
S&S Nevins-40 Centerboard 40’ X 11’3” X 3’11”/7’9”
Modeled after Carlton Mitchell’s Finesterre.
(The only boat to win 3 consectutive Bermuda Races)

1956 – Henry Nevins, City Island, NY.
3 Owners: Original, 2nd from 1977-85, present owner from 1986.
Refastened: 2013, with new in-between frames.
Hull Construction

Carvel Planked Mahogany Topsides, Bottom.
Spoon bow with oak stem
Transom Stern of Mahogany
Frames are steam bent oak
Floor timbers and deck beams are are oak
Plywood with polyester overlay decks
Full keel with lead ballast and internal centerboard of bronze.
Superstructure: long low profile trunk caibn with aft cockpit.
Other details:

Deck wash & hose aside windless.
3 anchors: 45lb CQR; 30lb Fortress; 75lb Luke storm anchor
3 rodes: 250’ chain; 2 200’ ¾” nylon
Removable anchor roller
Additional anchoring equip.
2 Propane tanks
Cockpit ABI fitting for fresh water hose.
Jiffy reefing + separate main track for trysail.
2 auto bilge pumps (low/high) + direct manual from cockpit.
Garmin Chartplotter 5208 – for charts, radar, weather overlap
Heart DC/AC Inverter
Sails: Cruising main, racing main, storm trysail, cruising 135 jib, racing 145 jib, racing 165 jib code0, storm jib, heavy weather jib, mizzen sail, 3 mizzen staysails, 2 spinnakers (light/heavy).
Reef-Rite roller furling with slugs not rope-bolt, for quickdrop.
100 gallons fresh water- 2 50 gal monel tanks under port/stbd berths.
Completely rewired in 1998.
New standing rigging 1998.
Complete off-shore outfitting: PDFs, Jack-lines, safety harnesses with safety gear, 3 searchlights, tri-color light, Switlik 6 man life-raft.
Many extra parts, both original & new.
Propane cabin heater.


The current owner, purchased her in 1986. He has continued the tradition, winning the Marion-Bermuda Race in 1989, and has cruised extensively in her with his family to the Bahamas, Bermuda, and along the New England waters continually. Upgrades, extensive improvements and unusual traditional custom cabinetry has been done continually. The full improvement list is extensive, these are only some of the highlights:
· Muir Windless with 250′ chain.
· Full re-fastening, new frames, & new floor bolts – Spring 2013.
· Nanni N3-30 diesel engine, new in 2010
· Auto-Helm Autopilot
· Garmin Chartplotter, with radar & weather overlay – cockpit displayed.
· A single double size berth in the forecabin
· Propane cabin heater
· Hot water, and shower with bilge
· FridgoBoat refrigerator/freezer
· Heart DC/AC Inverter
· Solar panel – trickle charger.

2016 Updates:

–          Cabin top, house and surrounding deck beams repaired/replaced

–          Rudder dropped, flanges replaced

–          Bilge painted

–          Full varnish and topside paint updates

–          Deck painted

–          All frames inspected and keel bolts assessed


Price $65,000
Name Prima Donna
Type Sail
Length 40 ft
Hull Material Wood
Designer Sparkman & Stephens
Classification Yawl

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