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2001 Dettling Express Cruiser 51

$595,000 USD

  • $595,000 USD
  • Active
  • Used
  • Motor Yachts
  • 2001
  • Dettling
  • Express Cruiser 51
  • Fort Lauderdale, Florida, US
  • Power
  • 51ft / 15.54 m
  • 14ft 6in / 4.42 m
  • Cummins
  • 6cta. 3
  • Inboard
  • Diesel
  • Fiberglass
  • 2014-12-11
  • 2015-04-23
  • 1606224

This proven boat could be called an Express Cruiser, a Motoryacht and even a Downeaster, but regardless, the quality and the pedigree of having been designed by C. Raymond Hunt and built by the reputable Dettling Yacht Company, has distinguished itself as a premier yacht with a superb reputation.

Ed Dettling has produced some of the finest US built boats since he started in 1992.  It has been said that he has a "relentless pursuit of perfection".   That coupled with the reputation of C. Raymond Hunt designers and naval architects, with a long record of turning out some the finest, dryest, offshore performance hulls, make this boat quite exceptional.  It is all about the details.

This boat can cruise economically at any speed up to 24 kts. and maxes out at 27 kts.  At 20 kts. the fuel consumption is a mere 23 gphr.  At 16 kts. the consumption is 17 gphr.  All machinery is balanced into the aft section, therefore the noise levels inside the boat are minimal.  The raised Express bridge, which can be open or closed, offers 360 degree visibility, allowing the owners to be able to cruise easily in quiet and comfort.

This particular yacht has been owned by an experienced owner that always maintains his yachts in a stellar fashion.   I have sold his other boat and have never worked with a more fair, fastidious owner.  In addition, these experienced owners have upgraded this boat with numerous additions and improvements, which are listed in this listing.

Not many of these solid, handsome boats hit the market.  If you want to see a true example of fine craftsmanship, with a rich and warm interior, in absolutely great condition, don't miss the chance to inspect this fine cruising yacht.  You will not be disappointed in what you find.


Standard yacht is an Express Cruiser design with an extended hardtop over the aft deck.  The Pilothouse can be opened or closed off, with heat & air-conditioning.  Visibility is 360 degrees.  Innovative design with main steering station on starboard;  open a centerline hatch, step up and a second steering station mounted on the canopy top, (if you're working your way through a reef); and a wing station on the port side.  Large opening windows allow for fresh air and excellent visibility.  

Down a few curved teak steps is the Salon.  Paneled in teak, the salon has a L-shaped lounge with fold-out table to starboard and hidden his & hers fold-down desks behind a pair of comfortable chairs on port.  Windows are 28" high picture windows on both sides to allow light to enter the cabin.  Also, 4 opening hatches in the overhead. Many ingenious storage areas are built into the cabinetry with well designed accessibility.

The Galley is forward down 2 steps.  From the Galley, the chef has the full benefit of the air and light streaming into the salon.  Countertop separation still affords a bit of privacy from the galley functions.  Space is surprisingly good for a 51' vessel.  Engineering of the appliances allows for minimum operating time, saving battery power.  Galley layout wants for nothing;  plenty of storage and work space. Forward of the Galley is the Master Stateroom which has 6' 6" headroom.  Queen bed is 6' 6" x 60" wide, walkaround  and accessible from both sides, with storage under, in the form of drawers & a large locker. The ensuite head is forward with a tiled shower stall;  there is also a louvered laundry hamper. Opening ports allow fresh air and light.

Aft of the Salon is the Guest Stateroom.  Again, a regulation Queen-sized bed.  Opposite the bed on starboard is a vanity with sink and an enclosed head with a separate shower stall.  From this stateroom is a passageway to the aft engine room.

Important to mention:  Noise vs. Quietness.   Because the engine room is aft and well insulated, no one sleeping on board has to listen to the rumble of a shaft or propeller.  Sea trials have produced statements that the Dettling 51 is the quietest boat in its class.  One can cruise at 24 kts. and yet have decibel ratings below 70 dBA, which is a real luxury.  This is due to a well designed engine bed design and excellent motor mounts and drive-train design, leading to short propeller shafts supported in two positions.  At 2200 rpm's the decibel ratings were 67 at the bridge and 69 in the salon. 

Description of the mechanicals and engine room are found in the Listing.


The Dettling 51 was designed to be a easy, comfortable, quiet owner operated boat.  There are 2 Staterooms with Ensuite Heads separated from each other by the salon and galley, for maximum privacy.

Master Stateroom:

Forward and larger than aft stateroom.  Queen walk-around bed  with 5" mattress & 6' 6" headroom.  4 Opening ports and hatch with screen.  Carpeted.  2 Hanging lockers.  8 drawers under the bed.  Dresser and small seat with shoe storage under.  2 bookcases.  Reading lights.  Full length mirror.  2 night tables.  Space for TV.   Several lights & lamps.  Storage under the sole for long-distance cruising or wine storage.  A special built-in ventilation system introduces fresh air into the cabin in any weather.   Air-conditioning. Intercom. 

Master Head:

Overhead lights, wall mounted light, flourescent light over sink and electrical outlet.  Electric head (keep noise level down), can be fresh or salt water.   Vanities.  Stall shower with tiles.  Opening hatches.  Opening ports. Exhaust fan.  Ceramic sink. Teak parquet sole.  Waste bin.  Hamper. Corian countertops. 2 drawers; several other lockers for storage, linens and towels.

Aft Stateroom (usually Guest S/R)

Queen Bed with 5" mattress and storage below.  Bedside utility shelf.  Large storage locker.  Hanging locker, 7 drawers and 4 bins.  Bed reading lights, wall mounted lights & overhead lights.  Separate vanity and sink outside the enclosed head - for dual convenience.  4 opening ports with screens.  Carpeted.  Intercom.   Good headroom.

Electric head. Ceramic tiled shower stall.  Exhaust fan.  Electrical outlet and lighting.

Also, adjoining this area is what is called the vestibule.  There is a Full-sized 220V washer & dryer.  Door for access to engine room, from the inside.   (Hatch above the aft deck for access from the outside;  allows for 2 escape routes).


Salon is paneled in teak.  Lounge is L shaped to starboard.  On port are two swivel chairs with hidden writing desks cleverly hidden them. There is a new Samsung, flat screen TVmounted between the salon and the galley. A hi/lo table next to lounge.  Access to the Salon from the Pilothouse is down a curved teak staircase of about 5 stairs.    Major feature are the 28" large windows on both sides of the salon; streaming in tons of light.  4 opening hatches with screens.  Recessed bookcases.  Separate drawer storage for bottles and glassware.  All windows are UV block tempered glass with polished stainless steel rims.  The cabinetry and joinerwork are superb and have multiple coats of spar varnish.  Headroom is 6' 6".   The features incorporated into a typical Dettling need to be shown and observed personally.  Each item or feature was thoroughly thought out and ergonomically designed and built for simpilicity and user friendliness.   This is not rhetoric but realistic and evident upon your inspection,

When the new flat screen TV was installed, a new amplifier ad combined DVD/CD player, new speaker system with woofer, side speakers and a tweeter were also installed.  This is basically a 'Suround Sound" system.  Master Stateroom has its own DVD player.


Galley is located forward of the Salon.   Easy access to the sitting and dining area, yet removed enough to allow for kitchen mess and duties to be hidden.  

  • Sea Frost Holding Plate refrigeration    
  • Raritan Ice maker                              
  • Force 10, 3 burner Electric stove                                       
  • Separate drinking water faucet with water supply processed by Village Marine carbon block filter to remove chlorine.  Aqua Pure charcoal filter for taste and to remove odors, dirt and rust.  Seagull for taste and removal of harmful contaminants and impurities
  • Double Moen S/S sink                       
  • Corian Countertops                             
  • (3) 120V outlets                                 
  • Storage cabinets, drawers & bins        
  • Recessed lighting above countertops   
  • All vertical surfaces are off-white matte Formica for easy cleaning.  All trim, drawer fronts and cabinet fronts are varnished teak
  • Under sole storage for dry goods and provisions for longer distance cruising
  • Separate Freezer
  • Under sole storage for dry goods and provisions for longer distance cruising 
  • Sharp Microwave
  • (3) 220V burners from inverter
  • Insinkerator Garbage disposal
  • Trash compartment
  • Exhaust blower at stove
  • Single lever hot/cold and spray faucet
  • Lighting in refrig/ freezer/ & cabinets


  • Glass rack, wine & liquor cabinets


Engine Room

Engine Room is aft, behind a well insulated bulkhead, constructed of two 3/4" marine grade plywood panels with acoustic insulation between them.   Access is either from an overhead hatch on the aft deck or via the aft stateroom, down below.

Twin Cummins 6CTA.3 @ 480 Hp each, diesels, with ZF 302 VLD V Drive transmissions, with ratio of 1.65 : 1.     Propellers are 5 blade Nibral.

Rated Performance:

     27 kts.   54    US gal/hr   2650 rpm                               Decibels:  71  (at helm) 

     24 kts.   35.7 US gal/hr   2100 rpm                                               69  (in salon)

     16 kts.   17    US gal/hr   1500 rpm     360 nm range                      64

  • Sidepower Bow Thruster with new motor July 2014
  • Walker AirSeps                                *  Engine Alarms
  • Apollo S/S ball valves                       *  Mather Micro Commander controls (3)
  • Shurflo Extreme Series Smart Sensor Pumps
  • Bilge Pumps (3) electric  Rule 3700 Auto  and Rule 800 Auto with pump running indicator lights at bridge control station and main electrical panel.
  • Fuel Filters with water separators - Racor 75/1000 max.   (2) sets, 4 filters, and Racor 500 (1)  for Generator
  • Fuel lines are flexible aircraft type, Parker-Hannefin
  • Bennett Trim Tabs                            *  Hydraulic Steering
  • Holding Tank, reinforced FBG, with monitor; electric overboard pump-out for use where legal;  fresh water flush system to clean overboard pump & lines.
  • Insulation, both thermal and ascoutical, throughout the vessel.
  • Vernalift waterlift type mufflers           *  5 Blade Nibral propellers
  • Aquamet 22 S/S propeller shafts 2"   *  Propeller & Shaft Coupling pullers
  • Groco Engine raw water intake seacocks with emergency position for pumping bilges with main engines.
  • Rudders, manganese bronze, transom hung, wedge shaped.
  • All Seacocks & thur-hulls are bronze  * Oversized main engine Strainers
  • Shaft logs, Norscot Shaft Seal, dripless type, ATF lubricated.
  • Struts - Bronze                                 *  Vibration isolating engine mounts
  • (2) Sump Tanks w/ automatic primary and backup  pumps.
  • Hart Tank Tender - Fuel, Water, & holding tank monitoring System
  • All hoses Shields or equal                  *  All hose clamps 316 S/S, ABA
  • Air-Conditioning (2) 16,000 BTU and (1) 7,000 BTU Reverse Cycle, heat pumps  Cruisair   NEW compressors 2013 & 2014.  NEW air handlers 2013 / 2014
  • Auto Halon Fire Fighting System - FireBoy, and (6) Fire Extinguishers
  • Fuel Transfer system w/ electric pump
  • S/S 316, transom mounted exhaust port, each 8"
  • Diamond plate aluminum engine room decking, finished in white Awlgrip paint
  • Engine room fresh water hose bib       *  Engine room finished in white Awlgrip
  • Pre-Lube & Oil Change systems for both main engines
  • Sealand back-up holding tank
  • Refrigeration System, Sea Frost, holding plate type, driven by (2) compressors, one 3/4 Hp water-cooled and one 1/4 Hp air cooled: both adequate for usage.
  • Electric heads, Atlantes by Raritan, will operate with either fresh or salt water.


(1) Onan 13.5 Kw Generator  Output:  220V  60 Hz   Hours:  1860                     

Shore Power: 110v / 220V -  60Hz   *Heart Inverter   *12V DC / 120V AC / 240V  AC

  • Bass Distribution Panels with circuit breakers in pilothouse - 12V 120 + 240V AC
  • Separate auxiliary panels for bilge pump systems
  • 3 Alternators  (2) engine approx. 130 amp;  (1) house approx.  210A starboard
  • 5 New Lifeline AGM batteries Oct. 2013.  (3)  8 D's   Group 31 12V for genset.  Auxiliary battery for VHF, (located in the pilothouse).
  • Momentary paralleling solenoids to parallel engine start batteries, and/or to parallel engine start batteries to house batteries, and/or to parallel generator start battery to house batteries.
  • Bonded electrical system with 2 ground plates - Wonderbar Marine Mark VI plates
  • Coded wiring system and schematics
  • Engine room lights
  • GFI  Ground Fault protected 120V AC circuits
  • Lighting  12V /  120V throughout
  • Tined wire throughout
  • Aqua Signal navigational lights
  • Vapor proof battery switches           *  Electrical outlet in engine room
  • Manual Cable Master with 85'  50A/240V shore power cable
  • SW2512 Inverter/Charger - Xantrex 2500w true sine wave inverter /150amp battery charger with remote panel.
  • Separate Professional Mariner battery 20amp charger for engine and generator batteries only.
  • Shore power cable adapter enables use of 110V 30 amp service input.
  • Phone and TV cables and hookups  * Phone & TV inlets fore & aft
  • Separate 12V battery  with separate dedicated charger located in bridge area & wired to separate breaker panel for switching one VHF ratio, the Datamarine depthsounder and the Northstar GPS /Plotter form house power to emergency battery power.

On Deck - Hull

Hand laid molded fiberglass hull and deck with Airex, Core-cell and Divinycell vacuum bagged cores - all vinylester resins throughout deck & hull.  Hull is solid where need be. Wider chines for On-plane efficiency and stability.  (4) full length FBG, foam filled stringers insure rigidity.

Note:   All hulls, decks and superstructures where constructed in the USA, at the   Hinckley Yacht Company in Maine.

  • Molded tunnels for prop protection and reduced draft      
  • Maxwell Anchor Windlass     (1) Bruce 66 # anchor     200' 3/8" HT Accochain
  • Intregal Spray rail - molded 
  • Solid grounding plate in keel and chines
  • Hull to deck joint, all solid fiberglass
  • 3/4" standard marine plywood bulkheads - structural
  • Core relieved to solid in all stress areas and where placement of thur-hulls
  • Molded internal rubrail with stainless steel striker rib
  • Entire interior fiberglass bonded to full & deck throughout for quietness and strength
  • All windows recessed
  • All tanks integral fiberglass constructed with vinylester resins and West epoxy, with stainless steel  inspection ports accessing all compartments.
  • Awlgripped hull and deck
  • No exterior brightwork for less maintenance.
  • Recessed drains and scuppers for proper drainage
  • Triple stainless steel handrails  with 3 gates.  1.25" S/S rails full 39" high.  Both stiff, strong and meets USCG regulations.  Placed fairly close to each other.  Forward the side railings are a full 33' high, make for safe all-weather accessibility forward.   Full walkaround decks are 15" wide with rails.
  • (14)  12" cleats for heavy duty mooring.
  • One could change a Y valve and collect rain water, if needed.   Also, another Y valve allows fresh water clean-out of sewage pump-out line to prevent any odor from escaping in or around the vessel.
  • Raised fiberglass flange molded into the deck surrounds the ground tackle, containing and diverting directly overboard, any muddy water shed by anchor chain.
  • Non skid throughout for good footage.   11/16ths teak decking on aft deck with removeable soft plugs for heavy engine work, if necessary.   
  • All exterior fittings are 316 S/S         *  9 Opening portlights S/S
  • 9 Opening hatches  S/S                   *  All internal deck drains
  • Navigational lights - S/S bow, stern and side lights.  Aqua SIgnal anchor and steaming light.     Mast is hinged to reduce bridge clearance, with crutch
  • Stainless Steel anchor chute with bronze roller
  • Forward and aft lighting mounted on mast for deck illumination
  • Searchlight                                      *  Quick release antenna mounts 
  • Fresh water outlets fore & aft             *  Hot/Cold shower aft deck
  • Swim ladder                                     *  Bell
  • Anchor chain wash down system with 3100 GPH pump with 1.5" thru hull intake
  • Switlik 6 man Liferaft - Coastal cansister type, mounted on fore deck
  • Flagstaff and pig pole                        * S/S step to gain access to bridge top
  • Ideal bronze chrome plated chain stopper
  • S/S Bow eye at waterline for anchor tag line
  • Dinghy chocks, custom aluminum, Awlgripped white
  • NEW custom Crane/ Davit on extended hardtop;  1000 lb. Capacity.   2014
  • 2011 11' Walker Bay inflatable, w/ 30 Hp Honda w/steering wheel, 4 passenger
  • Hardtop Sliding Hatches are:     (1) 24' x 24"    (1)  40' x 40"
  • Covers 


 The Dettling 51 is a surprisingly unique boat.  The Listing conveys the many features that are important to a cruising couple, to enable them to understand what a well-designed boat this is.   If one were to purchase a new Dettling, the builder offered and almost insisted that the buyer take advantage of his offer and allow him (them) to cruise for a day or two and learn how to operate and enjoy the boat properly, with a training session. 

No other builder offered that benefit.

Life at sea has been made easier and more comfortable, and certainly more safe, with this design.  We encourage you to make the effort to experience this fine craft and learn about its finer details.   

Overall, the condition and diligent care and maintenance will all be quite obvious.  


Default Disclaimer

The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.

For Sale By Luke Brown Yachts

1500 Cordova Road Suite 200
Ft Lauderdale, Florida, 33316