48' Dean Custom 2002

Dean's Cat


St. Augustine, Florida

48ft blue water catamaran for sale. The boat has been meticulously maintained and modified to ensure it can deliver 200 miles a day under sail or power. Long range fuel tanks, upgraded engines and modified rigging underpin its passaging capabilities.  

New Awl Grip 2011
New Hatches 2012
New Generator 2014
New Standing Rigging 2015
Engine repower 2014

United Yacht Sales is pleased to assist you in the purchase of this vessel. This boat is centrally listed by The Catamaran Company. It is offered as a convenience by this broker/dealer to its clients and is not intended to convey direct representation of a particular vessel

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Four cabins, two doubles each with en suite forward and a double plus single berth starboard aft hull and a double cabin in the port hull. Guest heads with shower cabinet are located in the port hull aft of the desk space. The galley is located in the starboard hull.

Three burner gas stove with oven, microwave oven. Two fridges and a freezer. Two sinks with fresh and salt water taps. Storage designed for passaging.
LP Gas range and oven
Dometic 12 Volt Fridge with Nava Cool Freezers
Ice Maker
Stainless BBQ Grill
Various Galley supplies cutlery and appliances

Safety equipment – offshore Cat 1
Parachute anchor, drogue, whisper pole, 5 winches (4 large, 1 small), liferaft.
Spare Anchor & Stern Anchor
Maxwell 1500 electric windless with remote foot controls. 2015

The helm position has a large garmin chart plotter which provides integrated radar, sonar/fish finder, weather. Large compass. Instrumentation for boat speed, wind and depth and a forward facing fish finder. A separate radio mike is located at the helm. The inside nav station has a garmin chart plotter providing the same functionality as the external system, a VHF radio and a KVH sat phone.
Forward Facing colour echo (upgraded new 2013)
Raymarine Smart pilot Autopilot
Raymarine ST90 wind speed & Depth
Garmin 4010 at helm
Garmin 4208 at Nav Station
CD Stereo with salon and cockpit speakers
Icom VHF IC-M502 at Nav Station with comand mic at helm
Furuno DFAX-207 Port Hull
Icom VHF/HF marine HF-M802 Side band radio Port Hull
Raytheon Computer lead interface.

Genset whisper 8000 (upgraded new with onan in 2014)
110v – 220v isolation transformer
Gel battery upgrade to 800 amp (upgraded new 1400 amp in 2015.)
2 x 16000btu air conditioners (Replaced new in 2016)
2nd 80 litre fridge in saloon (replaced new in 2015)
Icemaker in saloon
AC distribution board in saloon
10 cabin fans
3 x 12v outlets at desk
3 x 220v outlets at desk
Specra Water Maker
Prowatt Zantrax SignWave Inverter
Phase Three - three stage charger Model PT-80
Automatic Bilge pumps
Shore power cable
Jabso heads with Electric Toilet Conversion Kit
Xantrax Solar charger/load controler.
Gel batterys (upgraded new 1400 amp in 2015.)
6 smoke detectors
10 cabin Fans
Hot Water Heater

2 x Yanmar (turbo) 50HP diesel engines with gory folding props an Onan generator
Engine Year: 2015
Engine Type: Inboard
Engine Configuration : Dual
2 x engine room FireBoy auto fire extinguishers
Onan Diesel Generator 2014
Vessel toolbox with various michanical spares


Two permanent screechers, one working jib, asymmetrical spinnaker and Profurl behind the mast furling on mainsail (vertical batons).
Storm Jib
New standing Rigging 2015

Owners Comments:
"In 2009 Kari Bela underwent a major refit at Sailcraft Marine, Oriental, North Carolina. The hull was extended both fore and aft. The traditional Dean Bow was fairly rounded and surfing down big ocean swells once you reached the speed of 16/17 knots there would be a “push back” effect. The bows were “sharpened” to get around this. A fixed teak bowsprit was added with two permanent furling systems for the screechers.

Kari Bela was designed for blue water cruising which by implication means you are going down wind and the two “screechers” gave her the ability to goose wing very effectively. The railings were modified on the bows and additional netting added to give easier access to the furlers. At the same time the jib and mainsails were replaced and I moved to a behind the mast furling system using vertical batons. This gave us the ability to be flexible in our reefing and is ideal for short handed blue water cruising as the reefing can be carried out from the cockpit and doesn’t require the boat turning into the wind and is a lot easier. The masthead was shortened from 68ft to 63.5ft to enable us to utilise the inter-coastal waterway.

During that refit the sugar scoops were extended as dive platforms and railings added. The Dean traditionally lacked buoyance aft and she tended to drag her bottom a little bit. The modifications were designed to overcome that tendency and to improve access to and from the water.

One of my criteria was I wanted to be able to log 200miles a day either under sail or engine. We upgraded the engines to 50 horse (turbo) Yanmar and added large gori folding props. The forward hatches were modified and four 100 litre aluminium tanks were added with a fuel transfer pump to the main tank taking total fuel capacity to 1,000 litres.

Kari Bela has a lot of electronics on board and I didn’t want to rely on the generator for daily charge. I installed a wind generator, replaced the solar panels and upgraded the batteries to 1400 amp hours. Sailcraft made modifications to the cockpit to allow me install a new Bimini with removable side and aft screens and Perspex “front windows”. As part of the refit I replaced the coach roof Perspex windows and added small hatches set into the Perspex to increase ventilation. We added new mattresses’ and closed cell cockpit cushions. The watermaker was relocated for ease of access to the aft port cabin. The cooker was replaced as was the microwave.
Sailcraft built a new system for supporting the dinghy off the aft deck rather than rely on a simple hoist based system,. We installed two dinghy supports which swivel outwards to allow the dinghy to be lowered between them and installed clip on netting between the supports and on the sides. The dinghy supports are linked and supported by the aft rigging shrouds. This provides an additional “sunbathing” platform and an ideal platform for getting kit on and off the boat."


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 desired validated. Photos may not properly reflect the current condition of the actual vessel offered for sale. In some cases stock photographs may have been used.

Contact Info

Contact Chuck Newman

Chuck Newman


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