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1988 Californian 48 Cockpit Motor Yacht

$169,000 USD

  • $169,000 USD
  • John PetersonCPYB
  • Active
  • Used
  • Motor Yachts
  • 1988
  • Californian
  • 48 Cockpit Motor Yacht
  • Southport, North Carolina, US
  • Power
  • 48ft / 14.63 m
  • Caterpillar
  • 3208ta
  • Inboard
  • Diesel
  • Fiberglass
  • 2016-06-17
  • 2016-07-07
  • 2275320

Seller will consider trade with a late model diesel pusher RV. 

This well maintained and updated 1988 Californian is now on the market at a reasonable asking price. The owner’s change in plans makes this turn-key, quality yacht available for her next owner's adventures.  Roomy and well laid out, the Californian 48 CPMY has been a popular choice for live a boards and cruisers alike.  No disappointments in this one and a must see for any cockpit motor yacht buyer. 

The owner is extremely motivated and will entertain all reasonable offers.


Recent addition of Amtico flooring in salon and galley areas along with beautiful teak cabinetry, paneling and trim and updated fabrics bring a more sophisticated and luxurious feeling to the interior. 

Easy to board the 48 CPMY has port and starboard boarding gates and the swim platform and transom door onto the cockpit.  The cockpit is large enough for deck chairs of fishing and features access directly into the master stateroom through a sliding port side door.  The cockpit rails are varnished teak with padded coaming boards and the ladder to the aft deck is to starboard.  

The aft deck has a hard top and is fully enclosed with Stamoid white enclosure with new removable eisenglass.   Brown faux wicker furniture adorns her carpeted deck with a beautiful teak high-low table with folding leafs.  There is a beautiful and large entertainment center with sink, counter top, wine refrigerator, and storage. Above the center are cabinets for additional storage. Wooden wing doors with tinted glass lead forward to the side decks on either side while a sliding door leads below to the main salon. A stainless ladder and steps takes you up through the companionway to the bridge deck and helm. The companionway has a sliding hatch. 

The bridge deck is also fully enclosed with a radar arch, Stamoid white bimini and new eisenglass.   There is an L-shaped seat to starboard with beautiful striped Sunbrella and a large cushioned area aft large enough for a two.   Two pedestal pilot seats are adjustable, comfortable and provide a commanding 360-degree view. The helm station features updated electronics, engine controls, gauges and switches.  The radar is kept out of the weather in a pull out cabinet on the starboard side electronics cabinet. 

A sliding door leads to the main saloon which is open, airy with plenty of natural light and ventilation. To starboard is an L-shaped settee with comfortable cushions and throw pillows. Forward of the settee are teak cabinets that house the electrical panel and a breakfast bar that will allow for two stools and overlooks the galley.   Aft of the settee is a large, framed mirror, and counter-top display area. To the port side and forward is an entertainment center and the port side has multiple storage cabinets and drawers.  A leather makes for a great place to enjoy a book or watch TV. 

3 steps lead down to the forward galley with the main galley to starboard and dinette to port. The galley is a chefs dream with a full size refrigerator, an electric stove and oven, dual basin stainless sinks, and ample storage and countertop spaces. The “U” shaped dinette seats 6-8 comfortably and can be converted to a double berth.  Outboard storage shelf and cabinets offer excellent storage.  Access into the engine compartment is by lifting the steps. 

The forward stateroom is tastefully decorated.  An over and under berth will make your guest feel right at home. A large cedar lined hanging locker and drawers provide ample storage. Port holes, an overhead hatch, large framed mirror, and direct and indirect lighting make it a very bright and open atmosphere. The forward head is to starboard and opens to the forward stateroom. It features a vanity with stainless steel sink, storage and toilet.  The shower is enclosed with an overhead track and shower curtain.

Heading aft and down the stairs to port in the main salon is the full width master stateroom. On the stairs, and to port is a laundry center with a stacked washer/dryer. The master has a queen sized berth and lots of beautiful wood paneling and trim. To port is large cedar-lined storage locker with drawers, shelving and a full height hanging closet forward. To starboard is another tall hanging closet with a make-up counter and storage. More indirect, direct lighting, opening ports and windows make the room feel bright and open.  Access onto the cockpit is thought a port side sliding door and there is a large aft bulkhead window to the cockpit with a back Sunbrella cover. 

The master head with toilet is forward and to starboard, it has a shower stall with a glass enclosure. A large vanity with stainless steel sink and again, plenty of storage. 

The engine room is accessed under the stairs leading down to the galley. It provides ample room to move about, making it easy to inspect and service the engines, filters and batteries. The generator is enclosed in a sound shield and is located on the port side and forward in the engine compartment.


The galley is down and offers an excellent food preparation area that will please any onboard chef.

  • Double stainless steel sinks with faucet
  • Formica counter tops with fiddles
  • In-counter fore and aft storage
  • Hot Point full size refrigerator/freezer
  • GE Profile microwave/convection oven
  • Princess 3-burner electric stove top
  • Ample storage cabinets and drawers


  • Muir electric windlass at bow with foot and helm switches
  • Fiberglass bow pulpit with dual stainless steel rollers and Hause pipes
  • CQR 45-pound primary anchor with chain and rope rode
  • Danforth 30-pound secondary anchor with chain and rope
  • Raw water anchor washdown system at bow
  • Stainless steel stanchions
  • Stainless steel handrails on cabin sides for safe side deck passage
  • Stainless steel and fiberglass steps from cockpit to aft deck
  • Stainless steel deck hardware
  • Outboard motor bracket mounted on starboard side of cockpit
  • Port and Starboard boarding gates
  • Swim platform with transom door leading to cockpit and folding swim ladder
  • Cockpit with varnished teak coaming boards
  • In cockpit coaming stainless steel fishing pole holders
  • Swim platform with stainless steel swim ladder and boarding ladder
  • Full aft deck and bridge Sunbrella black enclosures with new eisenglass
  • Radar arch with electronics attached
  • Port and starboard wing doors from aft deck to side decks
  • Port and Starboard stainless steel fender holders on bow for (3) fenders each
  • Teak wing doors leading from aft deck to side decks
  • Master stateroom access door to cockpit
  • Large fiberglass storage box in cockpit
  • Transom shower

Helm and Electronics

There is a large electronics cabinet along the starboard side of the helm making all electronics within easy reach.  The radar display is protected in a pull out cabinet

  • Ritchie Powerdamp compass
  • Garmin GPS Map 741 touch screen color chartplotter
  • Raytheon Raster Scan R-21 radar display
  • Raytheon Raster Scan open array radar mounted on radar arch
  • Robertson AP100 autopilot
  • Data Marine Dart display for depth
  • ICOM IC-M504 VHF radio with DSC
  • Voyager back up camera mounted on aft deck top and helm display
  • Bennett trim tabs


  • 12-volt DC and 120-volt AC power with distribution panel and breakers
  • AC and DC volt and Amp meters at electrical panel
  • (2) 30-amp shore power cords with adapter for 50-amp splitter
  • Onan 12.5 kW generator with sound shield enclosure
  • Pioneer AM/FM/CD player in salon with remote speakers
  • Sony Trinitron TV in main salon
  • LG single CD video player in main salon
  • Element TV in master stateroom
  • Magnavox TV on aft deck
  • Avanti wine cabinet cooler on aft deck
  • Raritan 20- gallon hot water heater
  • (3) Cruise Air marine reverse cycle air conditioning/heating with electronics controls
  • Raritan electric toilet in master and guest heads
  • Lowco 50-amp Marine battery charger
  • (4) 12-volt 8-D batteries in engine room battery boxes
  • Battery selector switches mounted under galley step
  • High bilge alarm
  • Westinghouse Space Maker stacked washer/dryer in laundry center cabinet
  • GFI protected electrical receptacles
  • Stainless steel dual trumpet horns


375 hp Caterpillar turbo-charged diesels provide reliable and proven performance. Both have approximately the same engine hours and have had no known problems. Routine maintenance has always been completed to the best of the seller’s knowledge. 

  • Caterpillar 375 hp fresh water cooled, turbo diesel engines with 1400 hours
  • Twin Disc transmissions
  • Bridge helm engine gauges for RPM, oil pressure, water temp and volts.
  • 2-inch stainless steel shafts with dripless shaft logs
  • (3) blade NIBRAL 28 x 30 propellers
  • Bennett hydraulic trim tabs
  • Oil exchanging system
  • Fuel gauges
  • Hynautics hydraulic steering with stainless steel destroyer wheel
  • Morse stainless steel engine and transmission controls
  • Racor primary fuel filters
  • Fuel manifold system in aft engine room
  • Glendinning synchronizer
  • Fireboy fire suppression system

Brokers Remarks

Purchased by the current owners in early 2015 they have decided to remain shore and reluctantly place this Californian for sale.  With updated Amtico flooring and a fastidious owner this cockpit motor yacht is not to be missed. 

Financing, insurance and delivery information available through the listing broker.


Personal items, tool box, and tools seen in engine room photos do not convey. 



* Engine hours are as of the date of the original listing and are a representation of what the listing broker is told by the owner and/or actual reading of the engine hour meters.  The broker cannot guarantee the true hours.  It is the responsibility of the purchaser and/or his agent to verify engine hours, warranties implied or otherwise and major overhauls as well as all other representations noted on the listing brochure.

For Sale By United Yacht Sales

110 SW Atlanta Avenue
Stuart, Florida, 34994