Palmer Johnson Tri-Masted Staysail (1983) for sale in Manhattan, United States

£3,614,313 GBP
Listed price $4,500,000 USD


Palmer Johnson's iconic 157' Tri-Masted Staysail schooner, "Arabella", is for sale and offers luxurious accommodations, modern conveniences and automated rigging. She was custom built in 1983 and underwent a hull extension and was brought up to USCG Standards in 2000. She offers 40 overnight guests as underway and can accommodate 149 guests when in her berth. The boat features 2 Plough anchors, Keypower Hydraulic Windlass, 8 8" Stainless Samson Post and masts and rigging. The salon features a full mahogany bar and curved seating with buffet area with cold storage. The galley includes Commercial Coffee Maker, Moffat Commercial Oven, Garland Induction Countertop Stove and more. There are 20 staterooms with en-suite heads and showers with private climate control. On deck, the boat features Teak Decks, large Jacuzzi and forward sun deck and much more. Boasting Raymarine Electronics, Simrad Autopilot and 2 Norther Lights Generators, "Arabella" is a true one of a kind.

General information
Palmer Johnson Tri-Masted Staysail
Used sail boat for sale
£3,614,313 GBP | Listed price $4,500,000 USD
Name of boat
Length overall
47.85 metres
Manhattan, United States

About this Palmer Johnson Tri-Masted Staysail


"Arabella" is a one of a kind, iconic 157' tri-masted staysail schooner custom built by Palmer Johnson. She was originally built in 1983 but underwent a hull extension and brought up to USCG Standards in 2000. Not only is "Arabella" a classic beauty, she also offers all of the best modern conveniences for sailing, including automated rigging, running gear, navigational equipment and a single inboard 500HP Caterpillar making any outing on her as memorable as this classic beauty herself.  

Arabella's current configuration works as a dual platform. She can either be run as a very large multiple guest charter operation or as a private vessel with the capacity and comfortable accommodations for large groups. She is USCG Certified for 40 overnight guests underway while also accommodating 9 crew members. Her daytime USCG certification allows for 149 persons aboard while underway within a mile of shore or in her berth.  You may have seen her in Bermuda for the 2017 America's Cup or maybe cruising the waters of Long Island Sound and through the Hamptons. Whichever port "Arabella" is moored she truly stands out as a one of a kind.

Key Features

ARABELLA offers the best of both worlds. A classic appearance with all of the modern convinces you could want. Some key features to highlight are:

  • Automated Rigging 
  • Two Anchors with 400' of chain each
  • Varnished Mahogany Cap Rails
  • Teak Deck
  • Covered Oversized- U shaped Settee on the Aft Deck
  • Full Sized Jacuzzi
  • Massive Aft deck capable of accommodating up to 60 guest 
  • Raymarine Electronics 
  • Simrad Autopilot
  • Spacious Forward Sundeck
  • Tender Storage
  • 2 Northern lights Generators
  •  Chesterfield Ultraleather throughout the salon
  • All 20 Staterooms have En-Suite Heads and Showers


Not only is ARABELLA beautiful to look at, her exterior offers the perfect entertaining space for any number of guests.

On Deck:

  • Teak Decks
  • Full sized 6 Person Jacuzzi on the Aft Deck
  • Forward Sun Deck
  • Oversized covered u-shaped settee with custom cushions made by Hinckley
  • Spacious Aft deck capable of accommodating 60 people
  • Aft deck cold storage locker

Deck Equipment:

  • Foremast – Lewmar 50 ST winch; Lewmar Winches with Wire Wheel
  • Mainmast – Lewmar Winch Wire Wheel; Barient 28 Winches
  • Mizzen Mast – Lewmar 58 ST; Lewmar 50; Lewmar 50 Boom Winch
  • Deck – Barient Hydraulic Winches; Seaway Reel Winches
  • 4 Hood Yacht Systems Hydraulic Furling Systems
  • Navtec Hydraulic Backstay Tensioner
  • 2 Plough Anchors
  • Large Keypower Hydraulic Windlass w/Wildcat & Capstan  Starboard Side of Foredeck
  • Small Keypower Hydraulic Windlass w/Wildcat & Capstan  Port Side of Foredeck 
  • 8 x 8 Stainless Samson Post  Foredeck
  • 6 Stainless Mooring Bitts  Aft Deck 5 Double Stainless Bitts  Aft Deck

Masts and Rigging 

  • Main Staysail (2009)
  • Mizzen (Fall 2010)
  • Mizzen Staysail (2016)
  • Fore Staysail
  • Inner Jib (2016)
  • Outer Jib (2016)
  • Main Fisherman
  • Forward Fisherman (2016)


ARABELLA's interior will make you feel right at home with her luxurious, yet welcoming finishes. 


  • Full mahogany bar
  • Satellite Tv and radio
  • Curved Seetee seating along port and starboard sides with tables allowing up to 48 guests to be seated at once 
  • Large windows offering ample natural light 
  • Buffet area with cold storage


  •  Commercial Coffee Maker
  •  Moffat Commercial Oven
  •  Regency USA Dual Oven/Broiler
  •  Stainless steel food preparation counters 
  •  Garland Induction countertop stove 
  •  2 Amana stainless steel microwave ovens 
  •  Cospolich 4 door stainless steel chest freezer 
  •  Hobart stainless commercial grade dishwasher 
  •  Stainless sinks adjacent to food prep and dishwasher 
  •  Cold Buffet with Manitowoc icemaker  
  •  True large capacity under counter commercial refrigerator


  • (6) Forward staterooms with queen berths
  • (6) Forward staterooms with double berths or upper/lower berths
  • (6) Aft staterooms with upper/lower berths
  • (2) Aft cabins with two with small double berths
  • All Staterooms provide private En-Suite access
  • Viewing Port Hole in each Stateroom
  • Private Climate Control in each Stateroom


Main Bridge:

  •  Felcom 16 Ship Security Alert System
  •  32” diameter stainless steel wheel
  •  Horizon Intrepid VHF Radio
  •  P Sea Concepts 24-mile Radar
  •  Raytheon Speed-Depth Gauge (New Transducer 2010)
  •  Raymarine E-120 Radar
  •  Raymarine C-120 Chart Plotter
  •  Raymarine AIS-500 (2004)
  •  Furuno 24-mile Radar
  •  Raytheon Wind / Speed Gauge
  •  Robertson R135 Rudder Angle Indicator
  •  Raytheon Tri-Data ST 60
  •  Depth/Speed Log
  •  Robertson AP22 Repeater
  •  Kobelt Hydraulic Steering Control Lever 
  •  Main Engine Exhaust Temp Gauge 
  •  Kidde Firewatch Discharge Alarm Panel 
  •  Caterpillar Digital Gauge Rack 
  •  Main Engine Tachometer 
  •  Pyrometer for Main Engine

Forward Bridge:

  • Robertson R135 Rudder Angle Indicator  
  • Raytheon Tri-Data ST 60 
  • Depth/Speed Log 
  • Robertson AP22 Repeater 
  • Kobelt Steering Control Lever

Navigation Station:

  •  Nobeltec Chart System 
  •  Clock and Barometer 
  •  Speedtech Temp and Barometer Gauge 
  •  Raytheon Tri-Data ST 60 Repeater 
  •  (3) Portable Handheld VHF Radios 
  •  SEA Single Sideband Radio 
  •  Repeater for VHF Radio


  • 40 kW Northern Lights Generator (New July 2016)
  • 85 kW Northern Lights Generator (2000) (New motor @ 19,000 hrs)
  • 12/24v DC and 120/208v AC systems
  • 24 to 12v Heart inverters
  • Emergency radio battery
  • 24v system - 2x banks of 6v batteries for Hous

Mechanical Equipment

Main Engine: 

Caterpillar 3196 Diesel Engine, 500 HP 
Total Rebuild in 2016

  • Twin Disc 5114 Marine Gear - 3.28 x 1
  • 5” Diameter Stainless Steel Propeller Shaft
  • Hundested Variable Pitch Propeller
  • Oil Pressure Alarm
  • High Water Alarm
  • Marine Air Systems AC – 6,000 BTU
  • Marine Air Systems AC – 24,000 BTU
  • Marine Air Systems Heat Pump
  • Groco Bronze Sea Strainers
  • Air Chime Dual Trumpet Air Horns
  • Gardner Denver  HP Air Compressor
  • Racor Fuel Filters for Main Engine and Auxiliary Equipment
  • Wagner Electro-Hydraulic Steering System
  • Electro-Guard Model 601 Corrosion Protection Level Monitor
  • 75 HP Hydraulic Bow Thruster
  • Kabola Diesel Boiler (2008)5-ton Scott Chiller Plant
  • Head Hunter Toilet Flush System
  • Pure Pro Reverse Osmosis Water Maker – 4,000 gal/day capacity 
  • Tank Sentry monitoring system for fresh water, gray water, black water 

Recent Upgrades

  • CAT 3196 Rebuilt (July 2016)
  • 40 KW Northern Lights Generator New (2016)
  • 80KW Northern Lights Generator Replace Head  (2018)
  • Water Systems Fully Restored (2016-2017)
  • AC Restored w/adjustable Thermostat in Every Cabin (2016)
  • New Awlgrip Paint (2017)
  • New Carpet (2017)


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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Broker/Dealer Information

Denison Yacht Sales - Harbour Towne Marina

Harbour Towne Marina 850 NE 3rd Street, Suite 205
Dania Beach
United States
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