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1947 Sparkman & Stephens 48' Nevins Sloop



1947 Sparkman & Stephens

48' Nevins Sloop-COURAGEOUS

For Sale

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Designed by Sparkman & Stephens for Arthur Islen as a comfortable day sailer with a deep cockpit , COURAGEOUS has proved herself fast in Classics Racing. Built by Henry B. Nevins in 1947 of double planked mahogany on oak frames and keelson with bronze fastenings, she has all her original hardware and looks today exactly as she did at launching.  A perfect  time capsule ready for her next caretaker. Each of her three owners to date  has endeavored to keep her original. With moderate freeboard and clean lines, she performs well under sail while her  comfortable cockpit with a removable table makes non sailors feel secure underway and provides old salts a place to lean back and gam at the end of the day.

Wet stored this winter and easily inspected.






Quick Specs

Type: Sail

Year: 1947

LOD: 47' 9"

Draft Max: 7' 6"

Draft Min: 7' 6"


Heads: 1

Fuel Type: Diesel

Hull Material: Wood

Stabilizers: None

Designer: Sparkman & Stephens

Builder: Nevins


Engine 1

  • Engine Make: Westerbeke
  • Engine Model: 4-108
  • Engine Type: Inboard
  • Drive Type: Direct
  • Power HP: 0.00
  • Power KW: 0.00
  • Fuel Type: Diesel
  • Hours: 3000.00

Engine 2

Full Details


Mahogany over cedar double planking above the turn of the bilge, single plank mahogany below. White oak frames and keelson. Canvas covered deck plywood deck with spruce deck beams. Mahogany cabin house, hatches and cockpit coaming. External lead ballast. The hull is painted black with beige deck. In 1960 a 20', bronze, I beam construction was installed under the mast step. A more extensive version of what Rod Stephens installed on his NY32 MUSTANG. 1993 boat was refastened.  

Arrangement Plan

The main salon has settee berths on either side with upper pilot berth to starboard and bookshelf to port. There are eight opening ports in the cabin house sides and a butterfly hatch with screens overhead.   Lockers and cabin heater stove forward to starboard and enclosed head opposite. The galley is forward of the head with stove to port and icebox and counter to starboard and opening hatch overhead. Large V berth in forepeak with large hatch overhead.


The original Gray marine engine was replaced with a Westerbeke 4-108. (approx. 3,000 hrs) Double blade fixed prop in aperture.


VHF Radio: Handheld

Depth sounder: Standard

Compass: Wilfrid White 6” card in binnacle

Knotmeter: Ken Speed analog

Fenders and dock lines

Soapstone cabin heater stove

3 burner Heritage propane stove with oven

Anchor and rode

Cockpit table (removable)






Sails & Rigging

Hollow, spruce mast and boom and spinnaker

1 x 19 standing rigging.

Barient primaries

Original Nevins winches for main sheet, mast and foredeck

Hifield levers for running backstays

Main 2017

Genoa 2017

Working Job 2017

Older sails


Cockpit cushions

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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