1989 Sparkman & Stephens Sunward 48

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Yacht Overview

Make: Sparkman & Stephens

Model: Sunward 48

Year: 1989

Length: 56′

Located In: Myrtle Beach, SC

Engine/Fuel Type:

Hull Material: Fiberglass

YW#: 8457363


Willet is one of approximately 27 boats built by Sunward Yacht Corp. in Wilmington NC and finished out by Rose Yacht interiors . These yachts gained fame when Walter Cronkite commissioned the build of Hull#17 S/V Wyntje. S/V Willet is Hull#18 and was commissioned in 1989 and given a master carpenter’s certificate.   She is a very stable, great blue water sailing vessel. Her 38 ft waterline quickly lengthens under sail and she has been seen to do 8+ knots for extended runs. Her Code Zero and Asymentrical on Bamar Endless furling move her along nicely in wind under 12 knots. At 15 knots her basic canvas will move her well and at 18 knots she comes into her own.   She is balanced and managebale with a solid turn of speed even in following seas. When the current owner was researching vessels suitable for his plans he contracted with Robert Perry N.A. to help evaluate potential purchases. Perry’s  comment on the Sunward 48 was  “…well, she’ll certainly stand up to her canvas.” and that she does. 

The current owners have invested over $300K in upgrades and maintenance since purchasing Willet in 2011.  Recent highlights include:

ReLion Lithium Batteries
Balmar High Output Alternator
New Found Metals Portlights
Replaced Refrigeration Compressor & Evaporator Plate
Replaced Engine Mounts
Harken Electric Winch on Coach Roof
Harken Mainsheet Traveler 
Code Zero on Top Down Furler
New Mainsail by Mack Sails

Full Specs

Boat Name



LOA: 56
Beam: 14.33 ft



Number of heads: 2


LOA: 48.00 ft / 14.63 m
LWL: 38.50 ft / 11.73 m
Beam: 14.25 ft / 4.34 m
S.A. (reported): 1,091.00 ft2 / 101.36 m2
Draft (max): 5.58 ft / 1.70 m
Displacement: 50,000 lb / 22,680 kg
S.A./Disp.: 12.92


Engine Brand: Yanmar
Engine Model: 4JHTE
Engine Type: Inboard
Engine/Fuel Type: Diesel
Drive Type: Direct Drive
Engine Power: HP 115
Engine Hours: Approx 5700 


Fuel Tanks – Total 320

1 x 200g GRP integral beneath Cabin Sole
1 x 120g GRP integral beneath Engine Room Sole 

Water – Total 500g
1 x 250g GRP Starboard side below salon Cabin Sole
1 x 250g GRP Port side below Cabin Sole

Holding – Total 32g
1 x 20g molded Poly in Forward Head 
1 x 12g Molded Poly under sink in Aft Head


Willet is a large, comfortable yacht built to take you anywhere you wish to go in style and comfort.  Entering from the robust companionway you enter the spacious salon which is resplendent with the finest joinery.  The mahogany salon table has inlaid olive burl and both settees are highlighted by lockers adorned with leaded stained glass.  

The Galley to starboard is a true sea going chef's dream, with huge refrigeration and freezer space, ample prep surfaces, double stainless sinks and an almost new Force 10 Stove/Oven. This complimented by a large number of lockers for flatware, cutlery and provisions. 

The NavSta to port is also elegantly appointed with inlaid olive burlwood. 

Turning aft past the NavSta one finds a workshop bench outboard complete with tool storage and vise.  To inboard is the large electrical service panel with breakers for all DC and AC systems.  Just aft of the electrical panels is the entry to the walk-in engine room where one will find most of the yachts key systems easily accessible.

Continuing aft in the passageway one enters the master stateroom with king size berth equipped with custom mattress.  The aft stateroom includes an ensuite head with separate shower.

Continuing forward from the Salon one finds ample locker storage outboard and entrance to the day head inboard.  Further forward one enters the large forward stateroom with queen pullman berth to starboard and additional storage and seating to port.


The U-shaped galley is designed with blue water passage making in mind, and allows one to cook safely while underway. 

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