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1956 Abeking & Rasmussen Yawl

$75,000 USD

  • $75,000 USD
  • Tom Thomas
  • Active
  • Used
  • Yawl
  • 1956
  • Abeking & Rasmussen
  • Yawl
  • Wickford, Rhode Island, US
  • Sail
  • 43ft / 13.11 m
  • 11ft 6in / 3.51 m
  • Mercedes
  • 636
  • Inboard
  • Diesel
  • Wood
  • 2014-09-26
  • 2016-07-07
  • 1561028

Designed by Sparkman and Stevens and built by Abeking and Rasmussen, DIVA is a true thoroughbred.  Her elegant lines turn heads wherever she sails 

Launched in 1956 as NORTHERN LIGHT, this yacht is included in the book “The Best of the Best:  Yacht Designs of Sparkman and Stevens.”  She was custom built for Rudy Schaefer, of Schaefer Beer to compete in the Newport to Bermuda Race.

DIVA’s yawl rig and keel/centerboard design make her ideal for both cruising and racing in the classic yacht regattas.  Her current owners have cruised extensively on DIVA along the East Coast, the Caribbean, South and Central America.

Recent restoration (summer 2014) includes refastening the hull, bottom painted and hull painted.

Owners have other interests and are ready to pass the baton. Please bring all offers.

Vessel Walkthrough

The chain locker forward is followed by the forward cabin with full/double berth.  There is plenty of storage including a hanging locker, another locker with shelves, a book shelf above the berth, and small dresser.  A large overhead opening hatch provides light and ventilation.  Lighting includes a brass overhead light and two brass wall lamps.  The forward cabin can be closed off for privacy with a sliding pocket door.


The head is to port with a stainless steel sink with hand held shower head, hot and cold water, mahogany vanity, Corian counter, and a Skipper head.  The teak floor is latticed for drainage when shower is in use.


Across from the head on starboard is a large storage locker/pantry with a shelf above.


The main salon has two settee berths that pull out with two sea berths above.  A gimbaled drop leaf mahogany table is in the center.  A large opening hatch is above the table.  Six storage lockers are located back of the berths and there is a book shelf.  The main salon has brass heading lights, an overhead brass light, a brass clock and barometer set, and a built in stereo radio.


To port is an L-shaped galley with three burner stove and oven, stainless steel sink, mahogany counter, and cabinets.


The teak cabin sole and extensive mahogany trim work run throughout the yacht.  The many portholes in the cabin provide excellent natural light and it is well vented by large dorade vents.  The cabin is entered thru the companionway with mahogany stairs which fold up to access the engine.

Main Salon

  • Norcold 12V-110 fridge
  • Force 10 3 burner stove with oven


  • Double planked mahogany on oak frame with bronze screw fasteners
  • Bronze knees, straps, gussets
  • Bronze mast step
  • Mahogany raised cabin house
  • Teak cockpit with mahogany trim
  • Cast bronze centerboard
  • Dynel on plywood decks and cabin top


  • Masthead rig stepped on keel
  • Spruce spars and booms with stainless steel rigging
  • Spreader lights
  • Wheel steering with emergency tiller
  • 60 pound CQR anchor
  • 200 feet high test chain
  • Electric capstan
  • Custom built 10’ cold-molded hard dingy
  • Stainless Steel bow and stern rails
  • Stainless steel lifelines and stanchions
  • Life sling
  • Cockpit dodger with stainless steel bows

Electronics & Helm

  • Raytheon ST60 Autopilot with remote
  • Raytheon ST60 wind display
  • Raytheon ST60 depth display
  • Raytheon ST60 Maxi-view repeater
  • ICOM-M502 VHF with remote microphone
  • ICOM-M710 single side band radio
  • Raytheon RN300 GPS
  • Raytheon R70 radar
  • Link 1000 battery monitor
  • Blaupunkt AM/FM radio with 6 disc CD changer
  • Constellation compass


  • Three 12V AGM batteries (house bank)
  • One 12V starting battery
  • 12V lighting
  • 12V circuit breaker panel
  • Two Rule automatic bilge pumps

Engine Details & Mechanical Equipment

  • 42 HP Mercedes 636
  • 2 alternators
  • Racor fuel filter

Sails, Rigs, and Winches

  • Main sail
  • Roller furling genoa
  • Mizzen sail
  • Harken furler
  • 3 halyard winches
  • 2 Barient 28 Primary winches
  • 2 Lewmar 44 self-tailing Secondary winches
  • Spinnaker gear

Broker's Comments

As you can see, DIVA has had a wonderful life racing and cruising from New England to South America.  She is getting ready for her next adventure but is ready for a new captain.  The current owners have loved her, but they are two boat owners and only have time for one of their classics.  So DIVA is waiting for your inspection.  Come have a look and start making your plans.


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 United Yacht Sales

110 SW Atlanta Avenue
Stuart, Florida, 34994