42' Sparkman & Stephens 1974



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42' Sparkman & Stephens 1974 Silkie







So many designers and builders today have gone to crazy extremes to create something new and different with all crazy angles and hard lines and square windows and built as a throwaway boat. Thank goodness there are a few good boats out there. There is nothing better than a sailing vessel that simply looks exactly right! The ultimate designer of beautiful boats is Sparkman & Stephens, Olin Stephens design is a gorgeous vessel that just looks right! If it looks right, it sails great! This S&S designed center board sloop is a beautiful sailing yacht. She looks as perfectly right has she did the day she was launched in 1975. Actually even more perfect! 

The classic CCA racer cruiser hull shape has a spoon bow and a counter stern with long overhangs to add that waterline when she’s heeled. This is the S&S design # 1966 by Olin Stephens which was the evolution of his Finisterre design. The modified full keel has a deeply cutaway forefoot and does not extend aft to the rudder. It is a modified almost fin keel with encapsulated ballast and skeg mounted rudder. With the center-board up, the draft is only 4’2”. Compared to earlier full keel designs, the reduced wetted surface resulted in a great deal more speed. The underbody design at the time was very much a racing boat. The shallow draft with the board up makes this boat absolutely dreamy in the Bahamas. She is a very comfortable sea kindly boat that will surprise you and anyone next to you! In fact, the owners report that couples cruising on some mighty good old boats like the Alberg 30 occasionally get whiplash watching Silkie stride by! 

It is indeed a great pleasure to offer you a lovely classic, beautiful boat that is all upgraded for cruising! Silkie, as she is called is our kind of classic boat. She is a perfectly balanced gorgeous S&S sloop with the hull laid up of solid fiberglass in 1974 by Allied Boat Company Inc. This S&S designed sloop known as Design No 1966, or the Allied XL-2, has been lovingly adored, maintained and updated by her owners for the past 16 years. She has been upgraded to a serious cruising boat with a Boom Furler, solar and wind, and Cape Horn steering. All the electronics have been updated with B&G radar and chart plotter complete with AIS. Silkie has safely taken her owners cruising for many trips on the East Coast, to the Caribbean and the Bahamas several times. Silkie is maintained in ship shape working order as she is a real cruising boat. When you see her, you will understand her owners have devoted the past 16 years to maintaining and restoring Silkie. A surveyor in 2014 put the replacement value at a half million dollars. In fact you could never ever build this boat today. Luckily Silkie is in perfect condition. You will be so proud to own a real boat like this!

Highlights and upgrades include:

  • Custom stainless steel Radar Arch with integrated bimini and solar panel installation with pushpit, stanchions, bow pulpit and stern rail
  • Furlboom mainsail system with electric winch and all controls in the cockpit
  • New B&G radar and chart plotter integrated with NMEA GPS and AIS
  • Light House electric windlass installed  with Flexiteak deck protection
  • New Kiwi Grip non-skid deck coating
  • Rebuilt refrigerator and freezer boxes with high quality insulation
  • New  Frigoboat refrigeration systems with keel coolers
  • Raritan Electra-Scan Marine Sanitation Device
  • Custom cabinetry to provide incredible storage for  provisions and cookware
  • Custom swiveling Leather salon lounge chairs
  • New Rudder - 316 S/S Rudder
  • New opening ports to replace the original fixed windows for great ventilation
  • Centerboard completely rebuilt with new centerboard pendant of Monel wire
  • Additional stainless steel fuel tank 26 gallons
  • Dual Racor  fuel filter system
  • New Navman anemometer wind instrument and an additional spare
  • And much more!!

If you love boats and you don’t have a cool quarter of a million dollars for a cruising boat, you really should give Silkie your consideration. She is just such a great sailboat in such good condition having been lovingly maintained and upgraded. You really need to check her out. She might just be perfect for your Bahamas cruising or the Keys or all the shallow places you’ll enjoy so much.

And…of course she can go wherever you want to go. She has everything you need including great sails, ground tackle, communications including SSB, great new navigation electronics including charts and AIS. She has solar panels and she’s a proven cruiser.. 

Owner wants her to have a new home! They continue to maintain and love Silkie. Please give her consideration. You will not be disappointed! Call now. 





Sparkman & Stephens


Centerboard Sloop

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The S&S Allied XL-2 sloop is a perfectly lovely vessel at 42 feet with a beam of 11’6” she is sleek and……well, Silkie!  The aft cockpit sloop is quite lovely down below where she feels just like a sleek racer cruiser of the bygone days. With her narrow beam and long lean lines and a beautiful S&S sheer she is a classic sloop and a perfect boat for a couple to easily manage. The layout below starts with the traditional v-berth forward with the head just aft to starboard and storage adjacent. The salon has custom seating and cabinetry to port with a large dinette to starboard. The dinette seating was redesigned to offer comfort with superior lumbar support and knee rolls. The swiveling lounge chairs on the port side as functional as they are interesting and they are very comfy. All along the port side the custom cabinetry creates a really expanded storage area for cruising to the Bahamas, where you actually need to bring your ships stores. The nav station is just aft to starboard at the companionway with a spacious quarter berth behind it. The berth is used as a sit down chart table area and ships office with all electrical breaker panel and ships instruments. The quarter berth offers a nice sea berth on a passage right next to the companionway. The traditional galley to port is right at the companionway with complete amenities including a well insulated refrigerator and a freezer with a new 12v system, a propane stove, and stainless steel counters with a beautiful large sink and dish draining area.


Silkie’s owners find her very comfortable on a passage or at anchor. Her easy motion and sea kindliness are enhanced by her well laid out design, handholds and comfortable seating. There really is nothing better than swiveling lounge chairs on a passage to provide a respite from the helm.  




  • Convenient to the companionway to port
  • Well insulated refrigerator – Frigoboat 12v keel cooled refrigeration (rebuilt 2008)
  • Separate freezer with Frigoboat 12 v system with keel cooler (2008)
  • Three burner gimbaled propane stove
  • Deep stainless steel sink with stainless steel counter
  • Dish drain sink
  • Hot and cold pressure water and Moen mixing faucet
  • Custom cabinetry on the port side of the salon provides storage for cruising
  • Custom glass and cup storage
  • Amazing spice rack built into the bulkhead aft of the galley sink and counter
  • Magma BBQ grill on the fantail stern rail



  • Total of 100 gallons of fresh water in four tanks beneath settees
  • Tank gauge for the 150 gallon tank
  • 10 gallon hot water heater
  • Sink in head with Moen shower faucet
  • Pressure hot and cold water
  • Foot pump for fresh water
  • Lavac toilet with Raritan Electra-Scan Marine Sanitary Device
  • Holding tank Ronco 35 gallon poly tank with inspection port under V berth 2013
  • Diverter valve to Electra-Scan or to holding tank
  • New Vetus hoses 2014
  • Deck pump out of holding tank


  • Proper propane locker with 12lb tank solenoid and pressure valve
  • Spare 12 lb tanks and one 6 lb tank
  • Used to fuel the stove


This vessel has a functional stand up navigation station on the starboard side of with available seating at the forward edge of the quarter berth. All of your ships controls and electrical panel is located at the nav station.

Navigation and Communication

  • Radar and chart plotter – B&G 4G radome with Airmar H2183 Heading Sensor
  • Zeus 12 radar-plotter display mounted in a nav pod at the helm
  • AIS Vesper 850 integrated with navigation
  • Maretron  GPS 2012
  • ICOM 604 VHF Radio with DSC and full function cockpit mic
  • Knot meter is Airmar CS4500 – speed and temp
  • Depth sounder Airmar B150 – B&G Triton T-41 Repeater display for depth and speed
  • Furuno RD33 repeater display for wind, speed, and depth
  •  Single Sideband Radio – Yeasu FT100D with SGC-235 smart tuner
  • KISS counterpoise
  • Windex on Masthead
  • Autopilot B&G not currently installed
  • Compass – Plastimo Offshore 135 with mount in the cockpit (stowed below at the nav station)
  • Capehorn Windvane steering system
  • Weems & Plath Trident time and tide clock


  • Nice clean engine room under the companionway
  • Excellent access under companionway, from panel in the aft quarter berth to starboard and through the port side cockpit locker.
  • Custom tool storage on the engine door
  • Westerbeke 42B4 (repowered in 1998)
  • 5.5 knots at 2200 rpms and 6.5 knots at 2900 rpms
  • Hours=meter reading plus 1865
  • Dual alternator system
  • Total of  52 gallons of fuel new two tanks
  • Custom aluminum fuel tank with 26 gallons which is also a well designed helm seat
  • Cruising range estimated at 180 miles
  • Amsoil & Amsoil dual bypass oil filtering system
  • Dual racor fuel filters with switch over capability
  • Straight shaft 1 inch, Aquamet 22 by Millers Island Prop service in 2006
  • New cutlass bearing 2007
  • Traditional shaft seal
  • Kiwi Prop (feathering propeller) plus a spare Kiwi prop
  • Ventilation with Vetus in lazarette hatches
  • Lewmar rack and pinion steering system
  • Emergency tiller
  • Spares including belts, filters, impellers, banjo washers, zincs


Comprehensive 110v shore power and 12v system with solar and wind generation with two alternators. The design foundation relies on two high quality 8D (Rolls/Surette 12 volt HHG-325) wet cell batteries new in 2014. When the house bank is enjoying a charge of more than 13.2 vdc, from either solar, wind, alternator, and/or shore power battery charger, Blue Sea Systems 7600 Charging Relay shares the charge with the Optima Red Top AGM start battery. The scheme has proven automatic and reliable.

12 Volt System:

  • Batteries – two 8D Rolls Surette house batteries 2014 installed under quarter berth
  • One 12 volt  AGM engine start battery 2014 installed under galley sink
  • Proper battery installation with tie downs and
  • Prestolite 80 amp main engine alternator with Balmar Max-Charge MC-614 regulator
  • Xantrex LinkPro battery monitoring system
  • DC electrical breaker panel-Blue Sea Systems
  • Refrigeration – Frigoboat 12 volt system
  • Tricolor mast head light LED Aqua signal with strobe
  •  Anchor light LED
  • Stern light – high on the radar arch
  • Navigation lights at deck level on the pulpit
  • 12 volt outlets – two at the helm
  • Cabin lights – Alpenglow and IMTRA fixtures
  • Deck wash down pump sea water
  • Cockpit shower hot and cold
  • Pressure water pump
  • Sump pumps for showers
  • Electric bilge pumps – two – Jabsco 1” diaphragm Pump and Rule 3700UL submersible installed under salon sole
  • 24 Volt electric winch

110 Volt System:

  • Shore power connection 30 amp
  • IOTA 55 amp shore power charger
  • Galvanic isolator
  • AC breaker panel
  • 110v outlets – one in the galley and one at the nav station, one in the head, and one in the forward cabin
  • 1800 watt inverter – Zantrex Statpower pure sinewave inverter

Electrical spares

  • Fuses, switches, and necessary items behind electrical panel


  • Sloop rig with two spreader
  • Allied aluminum mast, keel stepped with new mast step in 2004
  • Stainless steel 1x19 wire rigging inspected in 2012
  • Norseman terminals
  • Chainplates rebedded – new in 2010
  • In boom furling system by Furlboom
  • Garhauer rigid vang
  • Schaefer 4:1 vang tackle
  • Scott Boomlock system
  • Harken high beam track with a large car and 4:1 control lines
  • Roller furler for headsail
  • Inboard jib tracks and cars
  • Outboard Ronstan snatch blocks for jib sheets running downwind
  • Pole mount on the mast (pole stolen and not replaced
  • Internal halyards  with four sheaves at the mast head 2003
  • External spinnaker halyard
  • All control lines led to the cockpit
  • Garhaurer line stoppers – three port and starboard on the cabinhouse
  • Line stoppers on the mast


  • Electric mainsail outhaul and sheet winch – Harken 2 speed electric 44ST
  • Primary sheet winches – ARCO 52ST with new gears and pawls in 2013
  • Secondary winches – Barient 22 on the combing
  • Harken 2 speed 32ST chrome winches

Sail Inventory:

  • Rolly Tasker – furling mainsail with six battens with extra roach cut for furlboom
  • Tri radial 120% genoa made by Doyle – Dimension Polyant 9 oz Hydranet 2012
  • 160% genoa 3 oz with custom tack fitting and Harken furler
  • Tri radial spinnaker 1.5 oz with sock made by Rolly Tasker
  • Gale Sail 9.29 Sq Meters attaches over the furled headsail


Hull and Deck:

  • Solid fiberglass laminate hull construction hand laid
  • Topsides repainted with Imron in 1997
  • New skeg mounted rudder 2007
  • Encapsulated lead ballast 7100 lbs
  • Two 2” bronze Groco thru hulls new in 2008 for cockpit drains
  • One 1.5” bronze Groco thru hull for ElectraScan discharge
  • One 1’ bronze Groco for raw water intake for the toilet and washdown pump
  • Marlon nylon thru hulls at the water line for deck scuppers
  • Teak rub rail with SS striker
  • Deck construction is GRP sandwich with end grain Balsa core
  • Deck coating is cream colored Kiwi Grip 2013 non skid deck coating
  • No coring is used under station bases with are installed with backing plates
  • Hull to deck joint is a flange glued and thru bolted
  • Cabinhouse is painted with Epifanes two-part Polyurethane paint 2011
  • Bulkheads glassed to hull sides
  • Hot and cold shower
  • Bow pulpit and stanchions
  • Double life lines with boarding gates port and starboard new in 2007 uncoated
  • Stern rail is SS integrated with the custom arch 2007
  • Mystic boarding ladder
  • Teak caprail varnished with Le Tonkinois
  • Teak hand rails varnished Le Tonkinois
  • Teak dorade boxes – two custom boxes with storage
  • Six 5x12 Beckson opening ports
  • Four new Rutgersen SS 7x16 opening ports to replace original fixed windows
  • All ports have screens
  • Two large Bomar hatches with varnished teak frames
  • Oceanaire Sky screens and shades
  • Barrier coat in 1994
  • Waterline raised for cruising increasing the waterline length to 31’
  • Micron CSC bottom paint


  • Long comfy cushioned cockpit
  • Cushions are quick dry open cell foam
  • Helms persons cockpit well aft
  • Stainless steel arch with integrated bimini
  • Folding steering wheel
  • Stainless steel helm seat is a 26 gallon fuel tank adding extra diesel and range
  • Custom stainless steel binnacle to support the radar plotter display and VHF with engine switches and controls built in.
  • A small table that folds up is built into the binnacle
  • Aft deck with two lazarette hatches
  • Teak cockpit grate
  • Cockpit  shower hot and cold
  • Manual Edson 30 gpm whale pump
  • Mystic boarding ladder
  • Four cockpit drains


  • Bimini with connector and full cockpit enclosure
  • Custom cockpit cushions with backrests 2014
  • Helm seat
  • Wind scoops


  • West Marine Avon
  • Suzuki 6 hp outboard
  • Lifting crane for outboard engine
  • Motor mount on the stern rail

Ground Tackle:

  • Stainless steel steam head with double bow rollers
  • Lighthouse 1501 electric windlass with chain gypsy and capstan
  • Windlass controls on deck
  • Anchor wash down system with sea water
  • Primary bow anchor 20kg Rocna anchor with 75’ G-4 chain and 250’ 5/8’ nylon brait rode
  • Stern anchor is Fortress FX – 23 on the stern rail
  • Fortress FX-37 stowed under V berth
  • Reel mounted web for various uses


  • Viking 4 person with inspection due in 2016 mounts in canister on the cabin house just forward of the mast
  • Fenders and dock lines
  • Emergency tiller
  • Manual bilge pump in the cockpit
  • Life Sling
  • Jacklines (webbing from the reel)
  • PFDs two type 1, two type III and one type IV
  • Flares (some current)
  • Halotron I extinguishers – three all current and mounted properly
  • Engine room fire suppression system – Sea-Fire 75A FM200
  • Fog horn – Icom M504 (speaker needs installation)
  • Propane sniffer and alarm
  • GFCI outlets
  • Manual bilge pump in the cockpit
  • Numerous spare parts and maintenance items

This listing is presented to you 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 direct representation of a particular vessel.

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.

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