1996 Dettling 51

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Yacht Overview

Make: Dettling

Model: 51

Year: 1996

Length: 51′

Located In: Fort Lauderdale, FL

Engine/Fuel Type: diesel

Hull Material: Fiberglass

YW#: 8891818





This vessel is simply stunning. You honestly have to see her to believe the luxury, yet practicality this immaculately maintained boat offers the serious cruiser.

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LOA: 54.08
Beam: 14.5 ft


Engine Brand: Cummins
Engine Model: 6CTA I-6
Engine/Fuel Type: diesel
Engine Power: 420|horsepower

Engine Brand: Cummins
Engine Model: 6CTA I-6
Engine/Fuel Type: diesel
Engine Power: 420|horsepower



Number of heads: 2


"Dolphin" is a terrific example of a boat that was built to the highest level in terms of craftsmanship, design, and design execution. There are so many clever ideas built into this boat it will amaze those fortunate enough to spend time aboard. Ed Dettling, the builder and driving force behind the Dettling brand built boats that powerboaters, and sailboaters alike would  appreciate. Not only is the quality good, the hull design by Hunt outstanding, but the countlless number of details make this boat perfect for short and long terrm cruising  by a couple or two couples.  To build this boat today a boat builder would have to charge an astronomical amount.

The boat's classic lines look great, but are also very functional. The main salon, for example, features huge fixed windows that let wonderful light into the main living area. The galley is connected to the main salon and it extremely functional with outstanding freezer and refrigerator space, outstanding storage, and clever elements like a trash drop directly into the trash can from counter level.

Forward of the galley is the full beam master stateroom with a double berth athwartship. Storage is plentiful throughout. Attached to the master stateroom and forward is the master head with separate stall show and plenty of storage.

Aft of the main salon is the guest cabin with attached head and shower. There is a full sized washing machine and dryer in  the head. The berth is a double berth. Again there is outstanding storage in this space. 

Aft of the main salon and up a slighly curved steps is the pilothouse/helm station. The sense of control provided by great visibility is instantly felt when sitting at the helm bench seat. A clever design element is implemented in the pilothouse for those who like to drive outside, but don't want a full flybridge. The area inboard of the helm station is designed to be stood upon and there is a large sliding hatch which one can then stand up through. There is a enclosed electronics box just forward of the hatch that allows the captain to comfortably handle the boat while standing partly outside. 

The aft deck/cockpit is a favorite place on this boat as it is covered with a hardtop. There is a beautiful folding table in the middle of the space with folding captains chairs and lounging sofa aft. What a perfect place to enjoy a quiet morning or relax at anchor after a good days trip. 

Dolphin has been lovingly maintained by her owners. She is extremely clean on both the interior and exterior. The Awlcraft 2000 Jade Mist Green hull and the deck, pilothouse and cabin house painted with Imron Cream with green accents is beautiful. 


The main salon is open, airy, bright.   This area is finished with satin varnished honey teak. 

  • DC/AC panel to port, with Tank Tender, Inverter Control and just forward is Generator control panel, battery breakers, AC source selector, anchor breaker
  • Terrific natural light from three large fixed windows with bright polished stainless steel frames on port and starboard sides. Curtains are provided on each fixed portlight
  • Additional natural light provided by (4) Stainless Steel overhead hatches. Each hatch has a wood framed hinged bug screens
  • Overhead is cream fabric with  varnished teak battens. 
  • Light is also provided throughout via overhead  lights, classic Frigast lamps, and mounted table lamps.
  • Comfortable L-settee to starboard with storage below and outboard. Just aft of the L-settee is a built-in end table with two deep drawers
  • Varnished teak table with folding leaves and hi/low pedestal
  • Two swivel chairs are to port and have a built-in cabinet between them. This cabinet houses Samsung flat screen TV. These chairs are easily moved either to the table or turned around for use at the desks
  • Stereo control head is outboard to port
  • Outboard of the two swivel chairs are two built-in drop down desks. Below both desks are large storage cabinets. Forward cabinet has printer for computer
  • Built-in bookcase is aft 
  • A bound rug covers the cabin sole. Color compliments the teak wood
  • New (2023) 50" TV mounted on bulkhead for viewing comfortably anywhere in salon



Forward of the main salon, down one step is the galley. The galley partially divided from the main salon by a teak faced partial bulkhead. The bulkhead forward bulkhead of the galley is also teak so looking from the salon one sees a big expanse of varnished teak. The galley itself is practically finished in the Herreshoff style of white Formica and varnished teak trim. Galley sole is teak parquet.

  • The galley has outstanding storage above and below the countertop as well as outboard and below the galley sole. Storage for pots and pans, dishware, glass and wine glass storage
  • To starboard is large built-in sailboat-style top loading refrigeration and freezer with holding plates. Temperature gauges are provided for refrig and freezer. Freezer has front opening access towards bottom. Top is Formica and inboard face is Formica. Outboard is additional storage.
  • GE Microwave outboard
  • To port is the main portion of the galley.
  • Built in Raritan Icemaker
  • Large sink unit with built-in dish drainage, large sink, small sink, and clever drop access to trash below. Moen single lever faucet with separate sprayer
  • Garbage disposal below large sink
  • General Ecology Seagull Water Filter
  • Galley Maid electric 3-burner stove with three burners and oven. Stove has folding top to cover burners. 
  • Exhaust fan for stove outboard

Master Stateroom

Just forward of the galley, the Master Cabin is accessed through a teak door. The Master Cabin is full beam with the master berth athwartship. This area is largely finished in the Herreshoff style with white Formica and varnished teak trim. This style makes the space feel light and bright. Additional light both natural and via lamps and lights. 

  • Bound rug with underlayment 
  • Walk-around queen sized berth to port
  • Storage drawers below the berth and below cabin sole
  • Night stand forward and aft of berth with mounted lamps
  • Two book cases outboard of berth
  • To Starboard a large bank of storage lockers, drawers, and drop-down storage. This bank is all teak and really shows the quality craftsmanship. 
  • Two large hanging lockers are forward and aft with a small cushioned foot locker below the forward locker. 
  • Between the hanging lockers are drawers, and drop-down spaces
  • Four Stainless Steel opening port lights with curtains
  • One Stainless Steel overhead hatch with built-in wooden bug screen
  • New (2023) aircon compresser for forward stateroom



Master Head

Forward of the Master Cabin is the Master Head. Upon entering this cabin, the enclosed shower is to port and there is a  long vanity to starboard. The marine toilet is forward with an additional vanity to port. Above the marine head is an access door to the anchor locker and additional storage to port and starboard. This area is also finished in the Herreshoff style which makes the space feel bright and airy. 

  • Teak parquet cabin sole
  • Stall shower to port has a ceramic shower sole and shower seat
  • Long vanity to starboard with ceramic sink, storage below, tilt out waste bin and large clothes hamper forward
  • Two Stainless Steel overhead hatches with built-in bug screen