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1959 48 (ft.) Norseman Classic 48

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General Information

Listing# 139698

Bradenton, FL, United States
Boat Type
Model Year
Classic 48
48 (ft.)
Hull Material
Fuel Type
Engine Model
671 N
Number of Engines
Engine Hours

General Details

1959 Classic Norseman 48. Beautifully painted in Imron and refurbished in 2007. Honduran mahogany completely fiber glassed with epoxy resin and cloth. A solid hull that is safe and dependable in heavy seas. She has been owned, loved and cared for the present owner for the last 23 years. Opportunity knocks.



Total Power: 225
Detailed Walkthrough
Twin Detroit 671 Naturals (1990) 700 Hours Since Major Allison Gears New Upgraded Generator Robertson Auto Pilot With Dual Controls Furuno Radar 1831 MKII With Dual Display  Furuno GPS Heart Inverter 2500W SSB ICOM M700 Radio And Tuner Fish/Depth Finder VHF Radio W/Hailer Mounted TV Antenna RCA Television  New Stereo And DVD Cockpit Icemaker Newer Lee Outriggers 9’ Dinghy W/ 9HP Johnson Two Staterooms Two Heads Full Galley Gas Grills New Microwave  
Broker's Remarks
True classic Norseman with two staterooms and two heads, this boat has been owned and cared for by the same owner for the past 23 years. New Imron paint in 2007 and lots of new upgrades, she is turnkey and ready for a new owner. Call Today!
It is a well-documented fact that all boats have a story but once in a while I come across a boat that actually has an interesting history- mostly because of its original owner. And this is about the "Flying Tiger," a 1959 Norseman 48ft Sport Fisherman. So named by Ambassador William Douglas Pawley, wealthy Miami businessman, adventurer, diplomat and the cofounder of the American Volunteer Group (AVG) of World War II fame - the Flying Tigers. This Norseman was built for Pawley by S.A. Christiansen of Miami, Florida in 1959 and this was the time period that Pawley was actively engaged in activities to assassin or overthrow Fidel Castro in Cuba. Some clandestine trips may have been made with this yacht; this is not certain but he did use his second yacht, the FLYING TIGER II, a 65 ft. motor yacht to transport a heavily armed landing party to the north coast of Cuba. The details of the raid can be read in Chapter 19, Operation Red Cross, of the book "William D. Pawley" by Anthony R. Carrozza. Potomac Books, 2012. Born in South Carolina in 1896 Pawley spent most of his youth in Cuba as his father was in business there from about 1898 to 1910. Young Pawley became fluent in Spanish and by the age of eighteen he was already an inspiring entrepreneur. In 1925 he went from selling Florida real estate to working with the Curtis-Wright Corporation with interests in Florida and Cuba; and by 1928 he became president of National Cubana de Aviacion Curtis. This company was sold to Pan American Airways in 1932. Wealthy and knowledgeable of the aircraft industry Pawley then moved to China in 1933 where for the next five years he was active in building aircraft factories and assembly plants. China was at war with the invading Japanese. During this time the well-known aviator, Claire Chennault was also working for the Chinese Government in securing aircraft from the U.S. but his most important job was getting American pilot and mechanic volunteers from the U.S. military to join what became the American Volunteer Group (AVG)   Although Pawley was also securing aircraft for the group his major contribution was getting a contract for 100 P-40s that was originally destined for England - but not before insisting on a 10% commission of $450,000! He settled for less but this was probably the beginning of the animosity between him and General Chennault. This friction between the two continued into the post WWII years. Two Walt Disney artists, friends of some men in the AVG, designed a flying tiger logo for the group which had already painted their P-40’s with the jaws of a tiger shark. The name "Flying Tigers" was then adopted. Fame then began for in seven months, starting in December 1941 they destroyed 296 Japanese with few losses. Their history is well documented in many WWII stories but one book in particular is great reading: "Flying Tigers," by Daniel Ford, Smithsonian Books, 1991, 2007. Also a Hollywood movie starring John Wayne was made in 1942. Authorization to use the name Flying Tigers was made my William D. Pawley himself. In post WWII years Pawley became very active politically. President Harry Truman appointed Pawley U.S. Ambassador to Peru in 1945 and while there it is said that he made several lucrative deals. He had businesses in Dominican Republic and dealt personally with Generalissimo Rafael Trujillo there. He was also very friendly with Fulgencio Batista of Cuba. An earlier deal with Batista is when Pawley sold him his Cuban bus company, Autobusses Modernos de Cuba. In 1948 Pawley was named U.S. Ambassador to Brazil. (Also became an FBI informant). During this period is when he became a good friend and admirer of General Dwight D. Eisenhower. . Fidel Castro and his rebels were having success in eastern Cuba and by mid-1958 his force had grown from a few hundred mountain fighters to a formidable army of thousands. The U.S. State Dept. and several prominent journalists considered Castro a "safe" alternative to dictator Batista but Pawley knew better. He considered Castro a communist and a danger to U.S. policy in Latin America. "So close were Douglas Pawley's ties to Cuba that President Eisenhower asked him to meet with Batista. On December 9, 1958 he went to Havana in an unofficial status to convince the dictator to resign in favor of an anti-Castro junta to be a take-over government. Since he could not use Eisenhower's name Batista refused to step down. His rejection of the offer was then followed by U.S. cancellation of all support to the Batista regime. Then on January 1, 1959, as Castro's forces had grown to more than twenty thousand, Batista fled to nearby Dominican Republic. Then Castro's army marched into Havana and took over the Cuban government. Years later, Pawley's bitterness over U.S. policy made him testify before a Senate• Committee on Latin Affairs that the actions of named State Dept. employees was a deliberate overthrow of Batista in favor of a communist Castro. And that he likened that policy to the surrendering Chang Kia-Shek's China to communist Mao." So our "Flying Tiger" does have an interesting and historical past due to her famous and controversial owner. No vessel I have ever dealt with has such a past.   Fortunately, her present owner of the past twenty-three years has modified and kept this beautiful yacht in cruising condition. She turns many heads wherever she cruises.
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.