45' Davis 2001



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45' Davis 2001 PELAGIC MAGIC III



This express sportfisherman was the first of the model labeled the 45' Davis express, but the fiberglass hull is actually 47' and the boat including pulpit is well over 50' on deck. Powered by 825hp Detroit Diesel Series-60 diesels this boat is one of the best offshore rides of anything in this size class.






Cruise Speed:

24 KTS

Max Speed:

28 KTS

Range NMI:



16' "

Engine Details:

Detroit Diesel Series 60

Engine 1:

Engine 2:

Engine Fuel:

Inboard Diesel

Fuel Capacity:

820 GAL

Water Capacity:

120 GAL


The 45' Davis can sleep four, but the boat is most comfortable for a standard "eight-four-two":  eight for cocktails, four for dinner and two for the night. This is similar to most express-style boats under 50 feet LOA, though the cabin narrows drastically as you move forward and makes this 45 feel a bit smaller than some other 45-foot boats. It's a trade-off for the Carolina flare hull shape (which yields this vessel's strongest asset, exceptional sea ability). What may be less in cabin space is more than made up on the bridge deck, which is very spacious.

Buddy Davis knew how to build a fishing cockpit, and this one should please almost everyone. There's plenty of room for moving around and teak coaming pads encircle the 'pit'. A heavy-duty transom door to port opens under a hinged section of the covering board, and large hawse pipes lead to oversized cleats in the transom corners. An in-deck, transverse fishbox is accessed through a hatch to port, and extends 5 1/2 feet under the sole. A similar hatch to starboard houses a large lazarette for stowage. The forward end of the cockpit contains freezer and tackle-storage boxes, with the freezer and sink to port and a large live well and rigging station to starboard. The steps to the bridgedeck are located on the centerline between these two units, and open to provide engine-room access. Tackle lockers are built into a bulkhead that sits above and forward of the freezer and live-well units, giving you a substantial volume of tackle storage. Opening the steps reveals the ladder down to the engine room, where you'll find a surprising amount of space for a 45-footer. The engine-room sole is faired & coated in white paint. The generator is forward between the motors.

The bridgedeck features a unique two-level arrangement that provides great visibility for the helmsman of an express boat. The first level is a full 32 inches above the cockpit (that helps explain the generous engine-room headroom), and the helm itself is up another step, on the centerline. The helm has single-lever controls and a large electronics surface to starboard. Two wraparound settees provide both guest seating and additional storage, with the starboard couch containing rod racks. The bridge deck on this boat has teak decking, a very nice feature. Down below, this boat features a single stateroom forward, with a compact galley to port as soon as you come down the stairs. There's a fold-up table just forward to port, and a spacious head with full stall shower across to starboard and aft (a good location when it has service as the day head too). This boat has a couch with rod storage behind it to port, between the galley and the master stateroom and a similar couch and rod storage behind to the starboard side. Aft of the starboard couch is cabinet with drawer storage and the TV. 

Entrance to the Cabin is slightly to port of the centerline helm and down three teak steps to the mid-level galley. One more step down to the salon level. The sole throughout the interior is real wood cherry & holly. All the cabinetry is cherry with neutral vinyl wall coverings and Corian countertops. The two comfortable settees to either side have neutral color leatherette coverings and on the starboard side is a fold-up table. Behind either side are hinged opening compartments which accommodate rod storage. There is a TV and a media deck in a cabinet aft to starboard. Just behind there is the door to the head..

Also located in the Salon:

Flush mounted overhead spots

CO monitor

(1) SMX A/C control for Salon

Two overhead opening deck hatches

The mid-level Galley is aft to port and includes the following features:


  • Cherry & Holly sole
  • Sub Zero refrigerator drawer w/teak front
  • Sub Zero freezer drawer w/teak front
  • Corian countertop
  • Under mount stainless steel sink w/Corian cover
  • Single lever retractable spray faucet
  • Princess two burner Ceran top cook top w/Corian cover
  • Stainless faced Kitchen Aid microwave oven
  • Cherry drawers and cabinet storage, hideaway trash bin under countertop 
  • U-line ice cube machine
  • Headhunter Mach 5 pressure fresh water system pump
  • Brass clock & barometer hanging above main electrical panel across from galley aft


To starboard aft is the enclosed Head with the following features:


  • Cherry & Holly sole
  • Corian countertops with oval stainless steel undermounted sink
  • Vacu-flush fresh water head
  • Circular stall shower with clear shower curtain
  • Corian seat in shower
  • Light in shower
  • Handheld or wall mounted shower fixture
  • Beveled edge mirrored medicine cabinet doors
  • Storage cabinet below vanity
  • Exhaust fan
  • Overhead lights

The single cabin aboard is all the way forward with circular double berth and will sleep two centerline.

There are two drawers under the berth, additional storage under the mattress, a hanging locker with cedar lining and an auto light.

Above the berth to starboard are four hinged cherry front storage lockers with three additional to port.

Also in this cabin a backlit mirrored etching forward, a Corian nightstand, digital SMX AC controls, overhead lights and a large Bomar deck hatch.


  • Fiberglass nonskid deck
  • Varnished teak toe rail (raised, rebidded & resealed)
  • Bomar deck hatches (3)
  • (4) Spring line cleats
  • Teak bow pulpit
  • Aluminum bow rail
  • Lewmar windlass and chain stopper
  • Foot switch for windlass
  • Danforth-style steel anchor with chain rode through stainless chute
  • Deck access hatch to anchor locker
  • International Navigation lights
  • Remote control searchlight
  • Forward facing hailer horn
  • White windshield with electric ram opening center panel and windshield wiper

  • Teak over fiberglass deck, teak coverboards, & teak steps to bridgedeck
  • Transom fish box or could be plumbed as a livewell
  • Livewell in tackle center to starboard side with rigging station next outboard
  • Freezer box, port forward with stainless lining with cockpit sink next inboard
  • Freshwater wash down in starboard locker
  • Salt water wash down
  • Hatch to Engine Room centerline under steps
  • Four place teak rocket launcher with rigging tray
  • Tuna door & gate portside aft (receiver inserts for swim ladder on door sill)
  • Fish box (large)  below deck with Eskimo crushed ice machine outlet into box
  • Storage box underdeck starboard
  • Teak covering boards
  • Upholstered Cockpit bolsters
  • (6) Flush mounted rod holders (swivel base)
  • (3) Rod holders on each tower leg
  • Hinged storage cabinet above each freezer/live well with tackle drawers each side
  • Pipewelders Tuna Tower with FBG tops & full tower helm, Rupp tower mounted 2x outriggers with collapsible back bars and Center rigger
  • Under coaming lights
  • Under coaming speakers
  • Three underwater lights on transom
  • Furuno 8' NavNet 3D display in cockpit

  • Fiberglass hardtop w/(5) recessed lights
  • Teak over fiberglass sole
  • L Shaped bench seat to port w/removable cushions raises with storage beneath
  • L Shaped bench seat starboard aft w/removable cushions raises with storage below
  • 4 Side enclosure curtains
  • Release teak helm chair with footrest & canvas cover
  • Teak companion chair with footrest & canvas cover
  • Stereo speakers
  • Air conditioning compressors under port & starboard
  • Storage compartments port & starboard forward seats aft
  • Sliding door to Main Cabin, port forward
  • Miya Epoch CX-6 electric Teaser reels in overhead
  • Electrical panel for Helm Area in starboard forward cabinet



(2) Furuno NavNet 3D 12" screen multifunction displays, each reads out:

  • a) color chartplotter with WAAS GPS
  • b) color HD radar (25Kw with open array, 4' scanner)
  • c) color sounder (3Kw, DFF3)
  • d) Direct TV
  • f) Sirius weather
  • g) Sirius radio


  • AIS transponder
  • Simrad AP28 autopilot system
  • Furuno RD33 digital data displays (helm and tower)
  • ACR spotlight remote
  • (2) Icom – M504 VHF w/DSC & remote mount MICs
  • DC lighter plug outlets
  • Anchor windlass controls
  • Varnished teak helm pod with single lever engine controls
  • Ritchie magnetic bulkhead mount compass
  • Electronics are mounted in upright box forward of helm with solid lockable covers
  • Garmin 741 touch-screen backup GPS/Chartplotter
  • Fusion marine stereo system, (4) JL Audio speakers
  • (2) Detroit Diesel digital engine displays
  • Sturdy single lever controls
  • Lectrotab automatic trim tab control panel (new panel and actuators 1/17)
  • Bilge pump monitor lights
  • 110 Volt GFCI outlet under helm
  • Fireboy remote panel for fire suppression system & electric fuel gauge
  • TracVision KVH satellite TV antenna mounted on tower buggy top

  • Fiberglass hardtop with two opening overhead hatches
  • Fiberglass non-skid tower deck
  • Icom Command Mic VHF & Simrad autopilot remote
  • 6 person life raft w/hydrostatic release
  • Padded bench seat, belly band and aft backrest
  • Center rigger
  • Fiberglass helm pod
  • Sturdy DD engine controls
  • ACR spotlight control
  • Furuno 8" NavNet 3D screen & Furuno RD30 digital data display
  • Ritchie magnetic compass
  • Horn button
  • Dual trumpet white air horns
  • Engine shutdown buttons
  • ACR 406 EPIRB
  • (5) spreader lights molded into underside of tower floor, (2) forward, (2) outboard, (1) forward
  • Aluminum arch type top w/fiberglass hardtop
  • Furuno 48” Open array HD radar scanner
  • (2) Furuno GPS antennas

  • Detroit Diesel Series-60 4-cycle diesels with approximately 3680 total hours, Engines had top-end overhaul approximately 1200 hours ago.
  • (5) Automatic/manual Rule bilge pumps
  • High water alarm system
  • Walker Air sep crankcase ventilation system
  • Dual SeaPro 511 fuel filters for each engine
  • Racor fuel filter for generator
  • Dripless shaft seals
  • Hydraulic steering reservoir
  • Oil XChanger oil change pump
  • Air conditioning raw water pump
  • Raw water wash down pump
  • (2) Engine Room exhaust fans
  • Fireboy fire suppression system
  • Generator exhaust muffler
  • Dripless rudder seals
  • Hynautic steering system
  • AC fluorescent Engine Room lighting
  • DC incandescent Engine Room lighting
  • Cruise Air direct expansion AC compressors
  • Twin Disc transmissions
  • Stainless steel prop shafts
  • Emergency bilge pump engine driven via diverter valve
  • Airsep crankcase ventilation system
  • Coolant recovery bottles on main engines
  • Generator coolant recovery bottle
  • Hardcast wrapped exhaust risers
  • (2) Engine block heaters
  • 4 blade props
  • Engine room painted Jan. 2018
  • Headhunter Mach 5 freshwater system pump replaced 11/17

Westerbeke 12.5 KW generator, 4188 total hours with approximately 1400 hours since complete overhaul.

  • 12/24 Volt DC electrical systems
  • 110/220 Volt AC electrical systems
  • 24V Sentry battery charger, 3 bank
  • batteries port (in FBG boxes)
  • batteries starboard (in FBG boxes)
  • Battery parallel system 
  • Cable TV and telephone inlet plug
  • 50 amp shore power inlet
  • (4) Battery shutoff switches
  •  generator start battery
  • 10 total group 24 lead-acid batteries (all new 10/2016, 4 replaced 2018 others load tested good)
  • Battery equalizers added 2018


Salon AC panel (Paneltronics) with:

  • (2) digital amp & (2) volt meters
  • Breaker protected 110V circuits
  • Breaker protected 220V circuits
  • Switch panel for shore/generator

Generator start/stop panel


  • Salon DC panel with:
  • digital volt meters & digital amp meters
  • Breaker protected 12 volt circuits
  • Breaker protected 24 volt circuits

PELEGIC MAGIC III represents a serious “Blue Water” fish boat with great offshore capabilities. Her newer Furuno electronics package, offshore liferaft, and mechanical updates are all positive features. Seller is looking to downsize and may consider a trade of a 30' - 35' offshore capable, outboard center-console or express style SF.  

Mechanical Disclaimer

* 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.

While an effort was made to list all pertinent included equipment aboard PELAGIC MAGIC III, there are some personal belongings aboard. Prospective purchasers should assume any item not specifically mentioned herein will not convey at closing.


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. This listing is a courtesy of a member of the International Yacht Brokers Association and may be centrally listed with another broker. It is offered as a convenience by this broker/dealer to its clients and is not intended to convey representation of a particular vessel.

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