HIGH FLYER is a true mile-munching semi-displacement motor-yacht. Aquastar (of Guernsey) built the 48S as a development of their successful 45, 46 and 47, and indeed the format was so good that they retained the hull and layout for the 49 which superseded the 48S. A generous keel and round-bilged hull form ensures excellent tracking in a seaway – with none of the wearing slamming of a flat-bottomed planing hull form, and this yard was at the height of its powers in 2007, when this hull was moulded.
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Commissioned in 2008 to RCD Category B(8) for a very exacting owner (following a carefully overseen build), we have known HIGH FLYER since the egg (much of which she spent on our marina here at Berthon). She is now in her third private ownership, and has always been diligently maintained, and carefully used. Powered by a pair of twin Volvo Penta D9-500HP electronically-governed diesels, she can push along at up to 25 knots – but is very happy at 12 – 14 knots; and is a doddle to handle in tighter confines thanks to upgraded bow and stern thrusters, and a commanding flybridge helm position, with wrap-round seating and exterior console. Under way, she has the benefit of Wesmar stabilisers to dampen her ride in a blow – but her 19 ton weight flattens most expected conditions – and her decks are broad, wide and laid to teak, with a decent raised toe-rail for safe and easy deck work.
One of the great plusses of the 48S is the addition of a hard top roof over her raised aft cockpit – allowing this area to be fully enclosed from the weather (and heated if needed). With safe moulded steps up the flybridge, central seating area and access aft to the bathing platform – this area connects the interior and exterior spaces, providing plenty of space for relaxing and storing cruising kit.
Below decks, the quality of finish is very evident, with rich, glossed, timber cabinetry on show, and large windows throwing light into the saloon. A long leather-trimmed sofa to port has a clever trick of hinging forward to make a navigators seat by the chart table – directly opposite the helm console and seat. A full suite of Raymarine kit is fitted with E120, Echopilot forward sonar, AIS B, autopilot and back-up GPS, and a touch-screen panel for AC/DC switching, tank levels, bilge status and other on-board systems.
Heading forward and down is the fully-fitted galley area to port, and cosy dinette to starboard. HIGH FLYER has the forward cabin laid out with Queen-size double to port and storage cupboards and hanging locker to the right. With independent air-co controls, heating and plenty of ventilation, this is a seriously comfortable forward cabin, and only a step away from the forward heads/shower. However, the trump card here is the owners’ aft suite.
With a door and stairway off the aft of the saloon, the full-beam cabin is just a great place to be. There is storage everywhere you look – right around that big central double berth, with hanging lockers and a dressing table by the forward bulkhead (and the engine room daily access hatch beneath). Add in an ensuite bathroom (yes – she has a shallow hip bath!), large opening aft hatches and many lighting options, and you truly have a home from home on the water.
HIGH FLYER is available to see, touch and write a cheque for. Viewings are easily arranged.
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