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Specials thanks to Roger Frost who was the first owner for kindly contacting us and giving us the full story of Xanadu.

See it here including building, video on you tube of first launch and cruising the atlantic.

Owner's note:
Xanadu was built for a south African couple to circumnavigate (Broker amendment after comunicating with the original owner: Roger Frost was the first owner and Steve Dalzell made a plan with his specs, after a transatlantic and in the Bahamas Roger sold the boat to a guy that took her to Hawai, then that guy sold her to the Souht African that did a major trip with her.) It is the prototype of the Swan 47 but with 48 feet and in aluminum. Xanadu was built at Metalu, a famous aluminum shipyard in France then the interior was outfitted in England. Xanadu has had 4 owners so far. The South africans that circumnavigate her, then a Corsican man that sailed the Caribbean’s, then a TV producer who had lots of dream to sail far but no time for it and finally us. We bought her in Rio dulce, Guatemala in 2005, she was in poor condition. Her transmission was dead, and she was a leaky boat from the top which, in those humid latitudes, was disastrous to the wood inside. We spent 3 years re-fitting Xanadu and when she was almost finished, we had to go back to France to work, then babies came and from one thing to the other we are 4 years later and we still have not sailed her. She has been well maintained and cared for while we were gone but some work is still needed to make her pristine!

There are a lot of equipments un-installed inside and there is almost no electronics on board of Xanadu, however, her electric board is ready to plug in more electronics and some wires are already laid for that matter. The only electronics on board is a depth sounder (the old one needs to be replaced with another one on board), a speedometer (that function), a CD player (that need to be plugged in) and that is all folks!!!
The navigation table is loaded with Maps from south Africa, the entire Atlantic from north to south, all of the carabeans , regles de cras, mini-morins, nav compas.
The motors works great, it has been totally re-built in 2007 and barely used since. It has a new transmission, alternator and starter. It is a Westerbeek 58.
The Boat has two battery banks, one motor bank and one house bank. There are 3 acid- proof battery cases made so you could equipped her with 12V or 6 V batteries (she has currently 3 times 12V batteries.
There is a complete electrical diagram for all of the wiring.
There is one solar panel but no Bimini nor other manners of installing it. Currently we attach it to the bow pulpit or in the cockpit.

There is a Pure 35 Water maker that is in very good condition. The filter has been pickled properly and the unit has been checked by Pure. The thru hull are ready for the installation. Just need to be installed!
There are 2  aluminum water tanks: each is made of 2 smaller tanks that connect. One of the four tank leaks which means tat two of them are out of order! The other one (or two) are in good condition.
There are 3 aluminum fuel tanks and one stailess one. They all are in good condition. No leaks! There are valves to make them connect or not and to choose which one to fill up
There is also 5 brand new lewmar opening port hole to be installed! One was going to be in the communal head (to replace the port hole that does not open) and the 4 others were to be added in the saloon/nav table area. There is a “step” in the deck/roof where those 4 hatches could be added. It would create a great breeze in the boat and will allow good visibility from inside the boat for bad weather navigation.


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General Description
Builder/Designer Metalu in France and fitted by whisstocks
Model Dalzell 48 aluminum Year: 1982
Length 48'
Beam 14' 8 ”

mini 5'1 maxi 9'1

Fuel Tanks (gal) 106 gals (aluminum)
Water tanks (gal) 100 gals (aluminum)
Cruising speed (Knots) @RPM: 6 knts
Top speed (Knots) @ RPM: 8 knts
Gal/Hr @ top speed: -/+ 1 gls/ hr
Range (miles): 100 miles

1 Aft cabin with master bed (sleeps 2)  + 1 “coffin” bunk, (sleeps 1) Desk and private Head w shower. (the thru hulls are there for a toilet and a sink/shower. We have the sink and the faucet but they are not connected, the toilet is missing)
1 Front Cabin with master bed  (sleeps 2) and one bunk bed (sleeps 1), storage under all of the beds, Toile anti-roulis, overhead cabinet, night stand + extra cushion that fits the floor (sleeps 1).
1 Sail Locker that can fold into a V-birth bed (sleeps 2)
The Salloon: seats 8 with lots of storage under seats + one wet/dry cabinet, saloon table drops down for extra sleeping (could sleep 2)
80% of the reading lamps and overhead lamps are LED. 15% fluorescent, 5% Incondescant light When all of the lights are on (except the incandescent one, the Voltage draw is: 3 Amp.
The front cabin and saloon cushion’s covers are all new and made with sunbrella (motif: white and blue stripped) They all have a second set terry cloth covers. (in the picture, you can see the stripped sunbrella (back cushions) and the terry cloths covers (butt cushions). They all have both! The aft mattress only uses normal sheets as covers, the sail locker cabin cushions also.
Head#1: (communal  access): One sink, one fresh water foot pump and fresh water pressure system. One Raritan electric and manual toilet. One shower, Lots of storage cabinets and easy access to thru Hull valves. The electric toilet is not hooked up, only works manual right now.
Head#2: (in aft cabin): One sink, one fresh water foot pump and fresh water pressure system. (to be installed). Thru hull for the toilet which is missing. One shower, Lots of storage cabinets and easy access to thru Hull valves.


Galley with 3 Burners, one Oven, double sinks, lots of storage cabinets Fresh water and sea water foot pump as well as Fresh water pressure system. Dishes, pots and pans.
The fridge/freezer is brand new and on board but needs to be installed. There is room for making a pretty spacious fridge on the other side of the navigation table, but the insolated box needs to be made.
There is an LPG electric switch off valves on board Xanadu but it needs to be installed.
The two LPG 20gls Tank are located at the very aft of the boat inside an aired balcony and there is a direct hook up to the LPG tanks.
12 volt PUR water maker, in excellent condition, revised by PUR in 2007. Filter has been pickled by PUR as well, Thru hull ready, just need installation!


Westerbeke W58 58HP diesel
Engine #: U2736-C909
Engine was rebuilt in 2007 with new alternater, new starter and new transmission, new head gasket, totally cleaned.
Extra alternator, tons of fuel filters and parts etc…


This is where the electric board is, already wired to await GPS, VHF, wind Instruments, radar etc…  (There is a radio/cd player, 4 Bose speakers and 4 marine indoor speaker to be installed) there is a small compass and a barometer but beside those there is literally no electronics on board of Xanadu.  All of it was ruined during the two years she stayed in the tropics with leaky decks before we purchased her!!!  There use to be: a radar (there is still a radar post outside with the radar antenna), SSB (tuner and SSB radio are still there but need works), VHF and GPS, therefore all of those hook up at the electric board are still there! Today: there is only 2 portable GPS and VHF, and one Epirb
There is a monitor windvane in great condition with rebuild kits and extra parts
There is an Autopilot autohlem 5000 (needs brushes to be changed)
There is a autopilot autohelm 2000 (to be hooked up to the windvane) I have not tested it so I don’t know if it works and how it hooks up???
1000 watt inverter
300 watt inverter


One Caribe 12 ft inflatable dinghy with Hard bottom. New in 2008. Has not one patch yet and stays inflated. Paddles, bench, blower and dinghy anchor.
One 15 hp Yamaha 2 stroke outboard (function great but far from new)
One 15 hp Evinrude 2 stroke outboard (function great but not too powerful)
One gasoline plastic tank (plastimo)
Repair kit for dinghy

Deck, Sails and Rigging

Xanadu is a racer/cruiser cutter rigged with manual backstay adjusters.
Xanadu has a regular main (no roller) with manual boom vang, an Harken roller furling jib, and a club foot staysail with a self-tailing boom. The standing rigging is stainless cable with Norseman fittings.
2 batten main sails with 3 reefs,  (one in good condition, one in used condition)
135% genoa on roller,
spinnaker w sock,  
small solent for roller,
#1 staysail sail w reef,  
#1 yankee,
#2 yankee,
storm staysail.
Sail repair kits

The mast is aluminum with two levels of spreaders. Mast height 62 ft from deck but mast is stepped to the keel (There are 33 folding aluminum mast steps on board ready to be installed)
All the winches on xanadu are Lewmar, self tailing,  2 speed winches, and there is a repair kit, instructions, grease and extra parts on board)
In the Cockpit, there is 2 winches #55, 2 winches # 40, 2 winches #30. The mainsail sheet has been changed from a rail (which is still on board) to a double sheet system on poullies (it works as a preventer as well).
There are 5 more #40 winches on the deck under the boom and at the bottom of mast for all of the halyards. There are 2 more winches on the mast. (one for the main sail, the other for the reef’s lines).
6 winch handles
4 genoa/spinnaker/staysail rail with roller cart poulies
2 Big poullies (aft and on arch) for jib and spinnaker sheets
There are two spinnaker poles and rail on mast for adjusting the poles.
The clubfoot staysail is on a removable stay with a pelican,  ratcheting,  turnbuckle for easier tacking with the genoa, and adjustability.
1 manual winch for the swing Keel.
LED anchor light (top of mast)
Incondescent navigation lights (top of mast)
LED Running light (bow and aft)
Bow pulpit and aft pulpit with stanchions and lifelines.
Pulpits at mast
5 cow vents w pulpits
2 solar vents for heads
1 sucking vent/light over burners/oven
8 opening hatches thru out the deck
Cable lifeline to attach oneself during navigation (they run from aft to bow on both sides)
One small folding cockpit table at binnacle with cup holder (seats 2)
One large cockpit table (it is the Caiiboti that can be set as a big table, seats 6)


1 Maxwell Nilsson Electrical Windless  w extra parts and 2 handles for operating manually
One 75 lbs CQR with 190 ft 3/8 inch chain + line
One 35 lbs CQR with 100 ft 3/8 inch chain + line
One 25 Lbs Danforth with 40 ft 3//8 inch chain + line


1 boat hook
1 bag of flags
1 bossom chair
1 horn
8 harnesses
6 adult lifejackets
2 children lifejackets
2 baby lifejackets
8 floaty cushions
1 horse shoe boye
1 signalization pole (for man overboard0
1 turn-over light (man over board)
1 Very Very long tow line
1 very very long big blue and white line
1 big sea anchor
3 Fire extinguishers (expired)
Extra aluminum for repairs
1 liferaft (8 pers/ Plastimo expired march 1999)
1 waterproof tube filled with all kinds of Flares
1 rope swim ladder


Emergency tiller
4 large storage tarps (cockpit, over the boom, center bow and bow)
2 large fenders, 1 medium, 1 small
1 Solar shower
Four 10 Gallons plastic water jugs
Three gasoline plastic jug (5, 3 and 1 Gallons)
Mosquito nets on all hatches and companion way
1000 watt inverter
400 watt inverter
150 watt inverter

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