The Kong & Halvorsen Dawn 48 design was custom-commissioned by a group of sailors who aspired to own a world-class cruising design built in a high-quality Asian yard. They got together to select a naval architect and then a yard to create a boat that was not matched by any production-line model. The result was this beautiful German Frers design -- a performance-oriented and very capable ocean cruiser -- and a sturdy, beautiful execution from the Kong & Halvorsen yard.
The lines of this vessel are timeless. This will attract the experienced yachtsman looking for the proper vessel, not off the mass production line of today's weekend boats. Note the similar lines from Bristol, Swan, and Little Harbor when view this yacht. Its beamy design provides excellent deck and interior space. The center cockpit offers outstanding protection, all-around visibility, and accessibility. The sail plan and rigging are configured for power for easy management while shifting gears through the different weather conditions. Extended cruising would be very comfortable for a couple or a family on this yacht!
This is designed as a very live-able boat for extended cruising and would also make an excellent live-aboard. The saloon is large and open, with comfortable barrel chairs to starboard, and u-shaped dinette to port (which converts to a double berth). The galley offers a lot of counter space and cabinet storage and is configured for safety in a seaway. The forward stateroom has two single berths, good storage space including a hanging locker, and an adjacent head compartment with sink and shower.
The aft cabin is reached via companionway down the starboard side, and features full standing headroom, two berths, two hanging lockers (and much more storage space), and a head compartment with separate shower compartment. A private companionway accesses the cockpit.
The interior is well-lit with portlights and windows all around, five deck prisms and three opening overhead hatches. Ventilation from four dorade boxes is also excellent. The interior is lovely, with nicely-crafted teak everywhere. The center cockpit is also designed as a comfortable living area with a sunbrella sun shade, dodger and Bimini with high-backed bench seating.
Solid Fiberglass Hull with deep keel stub and 11,600 lbs. of lead ballast heavily bolted and secured to stub with stainless through-bolts and stainless anchors.
Teak decks over fiberglass (re-bunged and caulked 2016)
Ketch rigged aluminum spars (1985) with Rod and Wire standing rigging. Most running rigging replaced within last two years.
Mainmast chainplates removed and welded with a "T" stainless reinforcement in 2017
EZ Furl Mainsail and mizzen in-boom furling systems. Headsail furler.
Main and mizzen sails are American made (2021) by Evolution Sails of tri-radial design with extra heavy cruising cloth.
Main and mizzen masts are keel stepped.
Standing rigging is a mix of rod and wire rigging. Mainmast has a removable baby stay.
Staysail stay is removable and has hank-on sail.
Roller Furling "Mule Sail" rig with wishbone between Main and Mizzen masts.