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Elite 14.8 Mid-Pilothouse Cruiser

Bill Upfold has refined his Mid-Pilothouse Elite design over many years and it has gained a strong following with a large number of these vessels gracing the coastline. Empress is no exception to the rule, although a late 90s vessel you can see the styling flow throughout the vessel.

This comfortable coastal cruiser is powered with twin shaft drive Yanmar diesel engines giving a 18-20 knot cruise and it offers four cabins (nine berths) which is rare in a 14metre vessel. The master cabin is aft with three cabins forward, the large saloon amidships then leads up to the Upfold signature internal access to the pilot house. With a number of recent mechanical and electronic upgrades, this vessel is offered to the market at a realistic price and won't last long.

This vessel can be viewed now at the R Marine Flagship On Water Sales Arena – 123 Westhaven Drive, St Marys Bay.

Designer : Bill Upfold
Builder : Vaudry/Miller
Hull Construction Material : Strip plank cedar/triaxial glass
Hull Type : Mono hull, hard chine, variable V planning
Deck Construction Material : Ply/foam/ply (glassed)
Country Origin : New Zealand
Length (m) : 14.8
Beam/Width (m) : 4.5
Draft (m) : 1.1
Dry Weight (kgs) : 12600 approx
Number of Helms : Pilot house + cockpit throttles (electronic)
Colour : White
Engine Notes : Port engine Yanmar 6LYAM-STPC / SN# 56628 272KW @ 3300 rpm (370hp) 850hrs Starboard engine Yanmar 6LYMSTE / SN# 50120 257kw @ 3300rpm (350hp) 2710hrs The port engine was replaced new after a mechanical failure, the kw/hp rating of the replacement engine is higher. Transmission: Yanmar. Propellers: Bronze 4 Blade, Shafts: 2" Stainless Steel The engine room is midships with access from the forward, starboard cabin or through the saloon floor. The engine room is well laid out with easy access for engine servicing & maintenance. NB: The Gen-set is located to the front of the aft lazarette. The fuel tanks (1500lt) are aft with the water tank (900+lt) under the master cabin.
Generator : Gen-set: Kohler 8 KVA, 197hrs
Number of Batteries : 2 x Endurant 149/17 780CCA Hawker Cells
Propeller : Bronze 4 blade
Steering System : Hydraulic
Accomodation Notes : This vessel has four cabins with the master double cabin with head aft to port. Forward of the saloon is a double cabin to port, single cabin to starboard with a four single berth cabin forward, these cabins are serviced with a separate shower and head forward.
Air Conditioning : Eberspacher diesel heater vented through out the vessel
Galley Notes : The galley is to starboard running from the cockpit to the saloon, with a pantry and storage inboard. The galley has a Indesit four burner gas hob and oven, a large engine compressor driven fridge, a freezer is in the cockpit and a drinks fridge in the saloon. This vessel is being marketed with galley equipment as sighted on board.
Entertainment and Appliances Notes : Saloon, large Panasonic flat screen. KTV 1 Sat Dome Saloon: Fusion AV750 Aft Cabin: Pioneer
Anchor / Winch : Simpson Lawrence 12 volt 10mm galvanized chain 50lb Plough AA560 Auto anchor controller
Bilge Pump : 3 x 12v electric
Deck Gear : Ocean Lift manual davit on the fore deck. Dinghy cradle on the fwd deck. Outriggers Rocker launchers Game chair Cockpit table Boat hook 4 x fenders
Electrics : BEP 12v CB panel, BEP Battery monitor Inverter / Charger: Victron 12v / 3000w / 120amp
Electronics Navigation : 2 x Furuno TZ2 Touch MFC Furuno radar / chart plotter / sounder Furuno autopilot
Dinghy : MX-270 RIB alloy hull inflatable. Suzuki 2.5hp, 4 stroke
Safety Gear : VHF Icom M-200 Clock & Barometer 2 x 1kg fire extinguishers