DISCOVERY Discovery 55 for sale

Newport, United States

Listed price $465,000 USD

General information
DISCOVERY Discovery 55
Used sail boat for sale
£393,088 GBP | Listed price $465,000 USD
Name of boat
Length overall
16.99 metres
4.77 metres
Newport, United States

About this DISCOVERY Discovery 55


Broker’s Comments

Discovery 55s are one of the ultimate bluewater cruiser models - they won the World Cruising Boat of the Year Award in 2004. They offer impressive performance, reliability and easy motion, and have a rig that two people can effortlessly handle. They are a truly luxurious home in which to go cruising and are to be enjoyed in different locations with family and friends.


This example features a large owner’s cabin aft, with centerline berth, en-suite head and stall shower. Moving forward, you pass through the port side galley, with sinks on centerline. Her countertops are in an attractive sage green Corian. There are two large front opening stainless fridges.


Moving up a few steps to the deck saloon, there is a wrap around settee, around an expandable table, and opposite is a chart table. Both enjoy good visibility out of the saloon windows. Forward of this is the bunk berth guest cabin to port, head and shower opposite, and a v-berth cabin forward.


The Discovery 55 is a groundbreaking design, with excellent interior visibility, cherry interior and comfortable layout, which is also beautifully built. Add to this, sleek lines by Ron Holland, an easily managed sail plan and a sensible deck layout, and it’s not difficult to see why these yachts are so phenomenally popular.


CALLA has been sailed in the North East and in the Caribbean, and has just arrived back. She is in good working order, but a new owner will probably want to refresh some cosmetics and fabrics, and update the sails. This is reflected in the attractive asking price.

Owner’s Comments

We have really enjoyed CALLA, sailing her on the East Coast of the USA and in the Caribbean. She is comfortable and is easy to sail with just the two of us, and very safe in all conditions. Being able to see out from the saloon table is a great feature!


Hull Construction:

  • Composite construction with end grain balsa core provides superior strength, thermal insulation and acoustic insulation while keeping weight down, which adds to performance.
  • Layer of Kevlar massively adds to hull strength.
  • Non-pigmented gel is used below the waterline to help prevent osmosis.
  • Vinylester resins are used throughout for added strength and osmosis prevention.
  • (3) Layers of epoxy are a barrier against moisture ingress.
  • (2) Coats of anti-foul paint.
  • Aristo blue topsides with beige cove and boot stripes.
  • (2) Watertight bulkheads provide sealed buoyancy and safety.
  • The hull was painted with coppercoat in 2014.


Deck Construction:

  • Composite molded GRP/balsa core construction with end grain balsa core providing strength, thermal insulation and acoustic insulation while keeping weight down.
  • Joined to the hull with epoxy paste and stainless bolts for security.
  • Marine ply is used in all load bearing areas for added strength.
  • White gel coat.
  • Bulwarks run around the deck edge for strength and security.
  • Fine quarter sawn teak capping with no visible fasteners on rail, decks, forward coach roof, cockpit seats, helmsman’s seat, forward cockpit sole and transom steps.
  • Deep self-draining chain locker.
  • Large sail locker.
  • All bulkheads are laminated into the deck for strength and stiffness.
  • Locker in transom, (2) lazarette lockers, and self-draining chain locker at the bow.
  • Lazarette lockers are fitted with interior lights; sail locker has gas strut and interior light.
  • Grab handle for coming alongside in a dinghy.
  • Modified transom for easier access.
  • Load bearing fittings have aluminum or stainless steel backing plates.


Keel & Rudder:

  • Semi balanced large Kevlar reinforced rudder.
  • Emergency steering tiller.


Engine & Gearboxes:

  • Yanmar 4LHA-HTP 160 hp fresh water-cooled engine.


Maintenance & Performance:

  • Cruising Speed: 9 knots.
  • Injectors, alternator and turbo replaced main engine 2021.
  • 4063 engine hours (June 2022).
  • Steering serviced - all universal joints and bevil box replaced 2021.


Propulsion & Steering:

  • 24’ Gori folding propeller.
  • Single lever controls at cockpit pedestal.
  • Max power 125 composite bow thruster.
  • Custom steering pedestal.
  • Whitlock 42’ mamba wheel, general spares.

Electrical Systems

Voltage Systems:

  • Marine grade tinned cabling throughout.
  • Halogen lighting throughout.
  • Night lights throughout.


Battery Banks:

  • (12) 2v sealed gel batteries for house providing 500 amp/hour at 24v.
  • 200 amp/hour start battery for engine.
  • 120 amp/hour start battery for generator.


Battery Chargers:

  • House battery charging via shore power or on board 7kW generator & charger.



  • 55 amp/hour 12v alternator for start battery.
  • 100 amp/hour alternator for main house batteries.



  • 11 kW Onan generator.


Shore Power:

  • 230v/50Hz Shore power
  • 110V 60Hz shore capability.
  • 16 amp shore power cable.
  • Shore power 220V socket mounted in the transom.


Other Electrical:

  • 3kW Inverter providing 230v/50Hz.

Plumbing Systems

  • Saltwater pressurized deck and anchor wash located in chain locker.
  • All through hull and sea chest inspected, all valves on sea chest replaced, 4 through hull replaced 2021.


Fresh Water & Water Heating System:

  • 50 liter hot water heater.
  • Hot water heater replaced 2021.
  • Pressurized sea water for deck wash, electric toilets and hot tub.



  • Sea fresh 95 LPH watermaker.


Bilge Pumps:

  • 2 x Electric bilge pumps.
  • 1 x Manual bilge pump.



  • Total fuel capacity of 1,332.46 litres (352 US gallons).


Fresh water:

  • Total water capacity of 1,006.92 litres (266 US gallons).


Grey/Black water Holding Tanks:

  • Black water tank.

Navigation Equipment

  • E80 Ray marine color plotter at chart table.
  • PC60 Gig, Navtex, VHF & DSG.
  • Remote for autopilot custom pedestal & Raymarine E120 and engine instruments.
  • Compass and autopilot.
  • 2KW Marine radar.
  • ST60 Tridata system.
  • ST60 Wind system.
  • ST60 Depth sounder.
  • ST7001 Pilot control display.
  • S100 Wireless autopilot remote.
  • E120 mounted on pedestal helm.
  • Raystar 125 active GPS antenna.
  • Furuno dual frequency Navtex.
  • Custom Iridium antenna.

Domestic Equipment

  • A full sized Indesit washer/dryer is fitted in the owners shower.



  • Force 10 (3) Burner gas stove with oven.
  • 230v Microwave.
  • Front loading dishwasher.
  • Frigomat front opening fridge.
  • Front opening freezer.
  • Fridge and freezer replaced 2018.



  • The Forward Head incorporates a Sananautico electric toilet with fresh and sea water pressurized flushing, a sink with mixer tap, Corian countertop and a spacious shower compartment with seat, plus an electric heated towel rail.
  • To starboard aft is an en-suite head compartment with a sink surrounded by Corian countertop, Sananautico electric toilet with fresh and sea water flushing, a separate large shower compartment with built-in seat, plus electric heated towel rail.
  • Pressure hot and cold water is fed to a mixer tap at the sink and to the shower.
  • Bathing shower on aft deck with hot/cold supply.


Heating & Ventilation:

  • There is heating and full tropical air conditioning provided to all parts of the boat.
  • 3 x AC units replaced 2018.
  • Eberspacher D10W central heating.



  • Raymarine STV satellite TV antenna.
  • Masthead Glomex TV antenna.
  • (2) 19' Samsung flat screen TVs; (1) in master cabin, (1) in main saloon.
  • Alpine DVD multi changer.
  • Sony/Clarion CD and tuner.
  • Radio.
  • MP3 Player.
  • Cockpit speakers.



  • Halogen lights are provided throughout; in addition, each berth is equipped with a bedside reading light.
  • Red night courtesy lights are provided at strategic points, and there are U/W transom lights.


Summary of Accommodation:

  • The yacht is finished in cherry with upholstery in Alcantara and is light and spacious throughout.
  • There are Skysol blinds throughout.


Description of layout from forwards:


Forward Guest Cabin:

  • The forward cabin provides sleeping accommodation that is nearly as spacious as the owner’s cabin.
  • A central lee cloth is provided.
  • Each berth is equipped with a bedside reading light.
  • This has the head of the bed forwards, but is big enough to sleep the other way around.
  • Light and ventilation are provided by two fixed ports in the hull, a large opening hatch overhead and a dorade vent.


Pullman Cabin:

  • The cabin (to port) offers two good-sized single berths, upper and lower.
  • Fitted with lee cloths.
  • Each berth is equipped with a bedside reading light.
  • There are drawers, a mirrored hanging locker and a shelved cupboard.
  • There are two opening hatches overhead and a fixed port in the hull.
  • This cabin shares the forward head with the forward guest cabin.


Forward Head:

  • GRP molding provides for easy cleaning.
  • Two opening deck hatches provide ventilation.


Main Saloon:

  • CALLA has a raised deck saloon which provides unique panoramic views from the settee while underway or at anchor.
  • Double glazed safety glass windows have a modern exterior design with flush blended panes.
  • Ventilation is via (2) opening deck hatches.



  • A ventilated wet locker is located at the aft end of the galley.


Navigation Station:

  • The raised navigation station provides good visibility outwards.
  • The chart table is designed to incorporate the plotter/radar screen but still leave desk space for logs and chart work.
  • Other navigation aids and radios are mounted beside the navigator’s seat itself, while stowage for HF radios, almanacs etc. is conveniently to hand.
  • There is provision of both white and red night lighting in this area.
  • The large navigator’s seat is well curved for maximum comfort.
  • There is a separate chart drawer under the pilot berth.


Owner’s Cabin:

  • This aft cabin is light, airy and spacious.
  • Three lee cloths are provided.
  • The high quality split mattress is set on special battens for maximum comfort and to allow it to breathe.
  • Each berth is equipped with a bedside reading light.
  • To starboard is a comfortable armchair, and there is generous drawer, locker and wardrobe stowage.
  • There is a central vanity unit.
  • A large hatch is positioned over the berth, with an additional opening port aft, recessed into the transom that can be left open even in rain showers.
  • There are two opening port lights in the coach roof, two ports in the hull and two dorade vents for extra ventilation.
  • GRP molding provides for easy cleaning.
  • Ventilation is by two opening port lights in the coach roof, and an opening hatch overhead.


  • The deep center cockpit, divided into two parts, is designed for safety and comfort.
  • Self-draining, there are large drains with slotted stainless covers to remove water quickly.
  • The forward part of the cockpit provides a spacious, comfortable seating area, with carefully sculptured seat bases and well-angled, deep seat backs.
  • A substantial table, incorporating drink stowage and cup holders, is mounted centrally for outdoor eating.
  • A pair of water resistant speakers are fitted.
  • There is an instrument housing just forward of the main hatch.
  • Side benches extend through to the aft cockpit to provide maximum seating and sunbathing space.
  • The cockpit seats and forward sole are finished in solid teak.
  • The aft part of the cockpit is designed to give the helmsman uncluttered space.
  • The curved helm seat provides good forward visibility and comfort, whether the boat is heeled or upright.
  • The custom designed single steering pedestal provides a clear instrument and control platform.
  • A leather-covered stainless wheel controls a Whitlock Mamba and solid rod steering system.
  • The wheel is mounted on the pedestal, with instruments, control and single lever throttle immediately to hand. The side seats also provide a comfortable helm position.
  • The aft cockpit is normally self-draining. However, this cockpit has the option of being filled with sea or fresh water to provide a hot tub or spash pool, and the cockpit is shaped to allow two people to comfortably lie back and relax in this area.
  • There is cockpit lighting positioned on the underside of the boom for evening dining.

Deck Equipment


  • Strong webbing Jackstays.
  • Selden mast and boom (white Awlgrip).
  • In-mast electric furling mainsail.
  • Bamar electric roller reefing and furling system for genoa and cutter.
  • Self-tacking cutter.
  • Sailtec hydraulic boom vang with control panel in cockpit.



  • Electric Andersen winches.
  • Electric Andersen 52STE mainsheet winch.



  • Hood Vectran sails.
  • Mainsail Vertech with vertical batten.
  • 90% Jib in Vectran.
  • Cutter sail.
  • MPS Spinnaker with squeezer.
  • Gennaker.



  • Fold out bathing ladder built into the bottom transom step.
  • Stainless pulpit with teak seats.
  • Stainless stern rail with teak seats.
  • Stainless stanchions with higher than standard guard rail.
  • Stainless guardrails over dorade boxes.
  • Force 10 Stainless steel gas barbecue for pushpit mounting.
  • Carbon transom passarelle.
  • See Me active radar reflector fitted to mast.


Anchoring & Mooring Equipment:

  • (8) Stainless steel mooring cleats.
  • Lewmar electric windlass with remote control at helm.
  • 60 m of 10mm calibrated chain.
  • Delta 40kg anchor that stows in stem head fitting.
  • Fortress FX55 kedge anchor and bag with 100 m anchor chain.
  • Fortress kedge anchor roller fitted to transom.
  • 10 m chain, 50 m rope.


Covers, Canvas & Cushions:

  • Sprayhood (color: Sand).
  • Bimini top on stainless steel frame.


Tender & Outboard:

  • Dinghy with outboard.
  • Simpson stainless Davits (150kg) to accommodate dinghy.


Safety Equipment:

  • 8-man ISAF liferaft.
  • ACR Global fix Catagory. 2.
  • EPIRB.
  • Flares.
  • Lifebuoy.


Fire-Fighting Equipment:

  • Automatic fire extinguisher fitted in the engine room.
  • (2) Automatic fire extinguishers.
  • Fire blanket.

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Cruising speed
17 kph
Number of berths
Broker/Dealer Information

Berthon USA Inc

40 Mary Street
Rhode Island
United States
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