45' Sparkman & Stephens Sailmaster Yawl 1965



Dighton, Massachusetts

MIDNIGHT (ex: Melita II) was designed by Sparkman & Stephens and built by one of Europe’s finest yards, Weaf Gusto of Holland. MIDNIGHT will appeal to those desiring traditional lines and heavy fiberglass construction. Full keel underbody with private aft stateroom and two heads. Only two owners since her original commission. MIDNIGHT is in excellent shape – she has had numerous refits and is perhaps, in many respects, better than new.

Her long keel and wine glass sections give a comfortable motion in a seaway and instill confidence in her ability to handle any condition. Her displacement of 13 tons ensures she reacts calmly to wash and chop, and is surprisingly stiff.

She finished 2nd in class in the 2011 Marion to Bermuda race, including Marion Town Trophy.

United Yacht Sales is pleased to assist you in the purchase of this vessel. This boat is centrally listed by Wellington Yacht Partners. 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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The lay-up from keel to water line consists of fiberglass,\nin total 25.5 oz/sq.ft. From water line to deck the lay-up consists of fiberglass,\nin total 19.5 oz/sq.ft.


The strength of the hull and deck have been calculated as\nbeing freely supported without taking into account stiffenings such as\nbulkheads.


1996 – Installation of a new propane locker was added in the\ntransom compartment and the existing Heritage stove was converted from alcohol\nto propane


1998 - Removed, sandblasted and re-gelcoated both fresh\nwater tanks


2005 - Installed bilge garboard drain plug


2009/10 - Removed the polyester gelcoat hull from the keel\nto top of the W.L. and exposed its fiberglass for two summers in a solar shed


2011 – Applied 1208 biaxial cloth (12 oz. glass ¾ oz. mat)\nwith vinylester resin, followed by Duratec vinylester resins, followed by\nInterlux 2000 epoxy barrier coat system and applied Interlux CSC bottom paint


2012 - Removed worn internal rudder gudgeons, lower pintle\nand replaced all pins. Repacked rudder and driveshaft stuffing boxes


  • Hull painted Jet Black Awlgrip (2011)
  • Waterline is white (2011)
  • Bottom is green (2017)
  • The sheer is gold with Sailmaster/Seafarer insignia
  • Stainless steel folding boarding ladder (2007)
  • Bronze three-bladed sailor’s prop



Deck and superstructure consists of 1” balsa with 5 ½ oz. of\nfiberglass; the bottom layer is 6 oz. fiberglass. Deck to hull connection is\nreinforced by a tapered step back lay-up of 16 oz. fiberglass and fitted by means\nof stainless steel bolts.


1992 - Replaced teak toerail, eyebrow, handrails, coaming, (2)\nhatches, (4) dorade boxes, aft companionway entrance, spinnaker pole and boat\nhook chocks.  All currently varnished and\nin excellent condition


1994 – Designed/built new aft companionway


2002/03 - Removed polyester gelcoat from deck and cabin top.\nApplied 1208 biaxial cloth (12 oz. glass ¾ oz. mat) with vinylester resin,\nfollowed by Duratec vinylester resins and repainted all surfaces using Awlgrip\nproducts


2003 – (13) New stainless steel Hood portlights, all opening\nand inclusive of individual screens


2005 – Fitted canvas for all handrails, dorade boxes,\nspinnaker pole and boat hook chocks, main companionway and (3) hatches


2006 – 3” Fitted exterior cushions


2006 - Installation of inner headstay, deck mounted and\ntabbed to hull


  • (13) Hood portlights, all opening with screens (2003)
  • Windlass - Lewmar V3, 5/8’s rope/chain gypsy (2012)
  • 50 lb. Northstar claw anchor (2007)
  • 75’ 5/16 HT chain with 5/8’s, 275’ 3-strand nylon rode\n(2007)
  • 33 lb.  Danforth
  • 8’’ 5/16 High-tensile chain with 5/8’s 100’ nylon braid rode\n(2007)
  • Dodger - Thurston (2006)
  • Edson steering pedestal (2011)
  • Edson 28” destroyer stainless steel wheel (2007)
  • Stainless steel pedestal guard (2007)
  • Emergency tiller
  • Stainless steel pulpit and pushpit – custom (2007)
  • Stainless steel stanchions - custom (1992)
  • Stainless steel double lifelines (2007)
  • (3) Scuppers per side and (4) in the cockpit
  • (4) 10” bronze cleats
  • (6) Chocks, bronze
  • Stainless steel anchor roller
  • Primary winches: (2) Barient 32, self-tailing
  • Secondary winches: Barient 28 std.
  • Mainsheet winches: Barient 21 and 28 self-tailing
  • Main mast: (2) Lewmar 40 self-tailing
  • Mizzen mast: Barient 10P std.
  • 25 lb. aluminum propane tank
  • Assorted dock lines
  • (4) Dock fenders
  • (2) Winch handles
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MIDNIGHT has three cabins; all are well-lit, bright and\nwelcoming. The interior bulkheads, cabinets and main salon ceilings are\nbrightly varnished dark mahogany, refinished in 2011. The interior cabin top\nand remaining ceilings were painted Mediterranean White in 2011. All cabin\nfloors are removable and were reinforced in 2003, and last polyurethaned in\n2013.


Forward Cabin

There is a V-berth with center filler in the forward cabin.\nHanging locker with various storage areas under V-berth and in various\ndrawers. 


Forward Head

Aft of and to port of the forward cabin is the en-suite\nforward head and shower. The forward head was totally remolded with Corian\ncounter tops, mirrored walls, new cabinet doors, a teak grated floor and\nvarnished bright mahogany trim in 1996.


Main Salon

The port side of the main salon was redesigned in 1998. The\nproject included a U-shaped dinette, adjustable dining table (up, down, side to\nside), mahogany planked ceilings, bookshelf, and louvered cabinet with ample\nstorage beneath the settee. The starboard side of the main salon was redesigned\nand installed in 2011. It follows the same design trim concept as that of the\nport side. However, its layout has a set of drawers adjacent to an oversized\nsettee. Both port and starboard settees can be used as twin berths with lee\ncloths.



The full galley\nis located aft and to port of the main salon. There is a 3-burner Heritage 5-A\npropane stove/oven and a 9 cu.ft. icebox opposite the galley, which doubles as\na stand-up chart table and is amply sized for a 6-to7 day passage. Oversized\nstainless steel sink, single lever faucet/sprayer faucet and countertops were\nnewly installed in 2011.

  • Full storage for food and utensils
  • Heritage 3-burner stove converted to propane (1995)
  • 9 cu.ft. Insulated ice box
  • ShurFlo 12-volt potable water pump (2007)



The main companionway is on centerline with the engine beneath\nand provides access to the main cabin. A second companionway was added in 1994;\nit is also on centerline and provides access to the aft cabin.


Aft Cabin

The aft cabin, redesigned in 1995, includes a reverse nav station\nto port, an oversized sea berth to starboard, a set of drawers and a vanity\nfacing aft. A full hanging locker is to port and a ½-hanging locker is beneath\nthe 2nd companionway. Additional storage can be found beneath the sea berth.


Aft Head

The aft head is forward to starboard of the aft cabin and\ncan be closed off to either the main salon or aft cabin. The aft head was\nredesigned in 2011 and includes a new stainless steel sink, faucet, countertop\nand mahogany trim.



The varnished mahogany bright work is immaculate and the\nteak and holly sole give the vessel a very traditional look. All cushions are\ndark green in color. There is generous headroom throughout.  MIDNIGHT has an ideal layout for both\noffshore sailing and coastal cruising, and is a joy to sail.

  • 120 Volt AC shore power 30 amp circuit
  • Bass products 9000 AC/DC 44-switch distribution panel with led indicators (1992)
  • (4) Group-31, AGM deep cycle batteries, 105-amp hour ea. (2014)
  • Xantrex Freedom SW 2012 12V, 2000 W inverter/charger (2015)
  • Balmar Series 6, high-output 110 amp alternator (2006)
  • Balmar ARS-5 regulator (2007)
  • Balmar Digital Duo charge (2007)
  • Xintex/Fireboy SV-1 solenoid MS-2 propane sensor (2007)
  • (6) Hella 2-speed fans (2007)
  • (3) Chart light/cigarette lighter combo (2007)
  • (7) Xenon dome light (2011)
  • (5) ABI chrome bulkhead light set incandescent lights (2011)
  • Tricolor mast-mounted running lights with strobe
  • Foredeck, spreader, mizzen flood, steaming, bow and stern running lights
  • 30 amp shore power cord
  • 4-position battery switch 


  • Raymarine E80 chart plotter/ radar (2007)
  • Raymarine ST 6001 Smart pilot with hydraulic steering (2006)
  • Raymarine ST60 Plus wind/speed (2011)
  • Raymarine ST60 Plus Tridata speed/depth (2011)
  • E.S. Danforth compass (rebuilt 2017)
  • Icom VHF remote (2006)


Nav. station-mounted

  • Raymarine ST60 Plus Tridata speed/depth (2007)
  • (2) Raymarine graphic display (2007)
  • Raymarine SR100 Sirius/XM satellite weather (2007)
  • Raymarine remote autopilot control (2007)
  • Weems and Plath electronic marine barometer (2007)
  • Icom IC-M802 SSB radio (2006)
  • Icom AT-140 HF SSB tuner (2006)
  • Icom M502 VHF radio (2006)




  • Raymarine graphic display (2007)

Aft Head

  • Toilet - Groco (2007)
  • Stainless steel sink and faucet (2011)

Fwd Head

  • Re-designed fwd. head - cabinet doors, Corian counter top, stainless\nsteel sink, (4) mirrors, shower sump, head and assorted plumbing (1996/97)
  • Forward head - Wilcox Crittenden “Headmate” (2007)
  • 18-gal Holding tank system (2007)


  • 500 gph Rule 25s bilge pump (2014)
  • Navy pump
  • Cockpit diaphragm type

Standing Rigging

  • Main mast 56’ Metal Mast Inc., aluminum (New 1992, repainted\n2004)
  • Mizzen mast 28’ Metal Mast Inc., aluminum (New 1992,\nrepainted 2004)
  • Harken roller furling (1992)
  • Marine Tides track system main mast and mizzen mast (2011)
  • Navtec hydraulic backstay adjuster (2004)
  • (4) Lower shrouds 5/16 stainless steel and turnbuckles (2007)
  • (2) Main cap shrouds 5/16 stainless steel and turnbuckles (2011)
  • (6) Mizzen mast shrouds (2011)
  • Inner headstay 50’, 9/32 stainless steel with Sta-Lok\nfittings (2007)
  • Winchard # 5 585 babystay adjuster with ratchet (2007)
  • (7) Spinlock XTS main mast clutches (2007)
  • (2) Antal mizzen mast clutches (1992)
  • (4) Schaefer 32-33-UC half-moon jib sheet lead cars (2007)
  • Stainless steel life lines, gates and turnbuckles replaced\n(2007)
  • Inner headstay installed (2007)
  • Aluminum spinnaker pole
  • Primary Winches: (2) Barient 32 self-tailing
  • Secondary Winches: Barient 28 std.
  • Mainsheet Winches: Barient 21 and 28 self-tailing
  • Main Mast: (2) Lewmar 40 self-tailing

Running Rigging

  • Main halyard: T900 with Wichard shackle (2007)
  • Second main halyard/topping lift: T900 with Wichard shackle\n(2007)
  • (2) Jib halyards: T-900 with Nicro snap shackles (2007)
  • (2) Spinnaker halyards: Endura braid with Tylaska T-8 shackle\n(2007)
  • Inner headstay halyard: T-900 with Tylaska T-8 shackle\n(2007)
  • Spinnaker pole topping lift halyard: Stayset Braid with\nWichard shackle (1992)
  • Mizzen halyard: Stayset X with Wichard shackle (1992)
  • Mizzen staysail halyard: Stayset with thumb shackle (1992)
  • Main sheet: Stayset (2013)
  • (2) Jib sheets: Stayset (1992)
  • (2) Spinnaker sheets: Stayset (1992)
  • Mizzen sheet: Stayset (1992)
  • Roller furling sheet: Endura braid (2007)
  • (2) Running backstays: Vectran-12 (2007)
  • (2) Running backstay Lewmar Synchro racing 72 mm fiddle,\nratchet and becket cams (2007)
  • (2) Snap shackles
  • (4) Dock lines


  • North main, Performance Series 200 AP tricut – Very Good\n(2013)
  • North 135%, genoa Performance Series 200 AP tricut – Very\nGood (2013)
  • North 95%, jib, Soft Norlam SR Spectra, tricut - Very Good\n(1997)
  • North 70%, fore staysail, 8.4 oz. Nordac - Excellent (2007)
  • North storm jib ORC reg. 9.0 oz. 4800 Dacron – Never Used\n(2007)
  • North storm trysail ORC reg. 9.5 oz. 4800 Dacron – Never\nUsed (2007)
  • North asym. spinnaker, Code 2/3A Norlon 75 with snuffer–\nVery Good (2006)
  • North mizzen (2014) – Excellent
  • North asym. mizzen staysail, Code 3A Norlon 75 with snuffer\n– Excellent (2007)
  • Hood symmetrical spinnaker and staysail– Fair/Old (1965)
  • Hood staysail– Fair/Old (1965)
  • Lifesling (2007)
  • (6) Type 1 lifejackets with flashlights (2007)
  • Flare kit
  • Heaving line
  • (2) Cockpit jack lines
  • Emergency plug sets at each through-hull
  • Plastimo tube-type radar reflector 
  • Fairclough winter cover and frame (2004)

The owner’s personal effects and tools are excluded from the\nsale.

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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