A Magnificient Taswell 49

Will You Be Its New Owner?

  • Year 1989
  • A Bill Dixon Custom Design
  • Sales Price: US$ 295,000
  • Located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

WINDSONG is a superb three stateroom, center cockpit sailing yacht in enviable condition, maintained by her owner in turnkey, fully equipped ocean ready cruising condition. She is a totally custom built blue water sailing yacht that can be handled from the cockpit and easily cruised by one couple. With a keel depth of 5.5 ft and a mast height of 63 ft WINDSONG easily navigates the ICW.

WINDSONG was a fresh-water boat for her first ten years. During their ten years the second owners sailed the U.S east coast and the Bahamas. The third and present owner lived aboard to experience the U.S. east coast and the entire Caribbean, often 2 or more times. She now looks to conquer the remainder of the world.

WINDSONG has been continuously upgraded, including virtually all mechanical, rigging and electronic systems.  Qualified mechanics have professionally performed under owner's close supversion all necessary and optional maintenance and upgrades. She has always been non-smoking and pet free.

Why Buy This Boat?

Taiwan's reknowned boat builder Ta Shing and famed British designer/architect Bill Dixon created a true blue water boat endowned with highest quality materials and workmanship. Ta Shing is famous for their Nordhavn trawlers as well as Tashiba, Mason, Baba, Panda, and Norseman sailboat brands.

If you are looking at Oysters, Hylas, Passport, Bristol or other comparable yachts, you will be surpised by the incredible value of the Taswell 49: it's beauty, its yachts, you will be surprised by the incredible value of the Taswell 49: it's beauty, its teak interior, its spacious salon and cabins, its roomy heads with stall showers, its cedar lined lockers, its padded vinyl easily removable overhead liner, its satin varnished thick teak and spruce cabin sole, its thick solid hand layed fiberglass hull, its sound insulated engine compartment, its through-bolted stainless steel backed deck hardware, in-mast wire conduits, among many other features, all of which insure a luxurious, confortable, safe,sturdy, easily many other features, all of which insure a luxurious, comfortable, safe, sturdy, easily maintainable boat throughout the world.

The above is true of many Taswell's. But this 30 year old Taswell is special:

    • ▪ Shockingly pristine condition
    • ▪ Sail-away ready--get on and go
    • ▪ Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) capable (64 ft mast & 5.5 ft draft)
    • ▪ All control lines lead to cockpit and its Andersen variable-speed electric winches
    • ▪ Carry full sails at 22 kts wind with no excessive heel
    • ▪ Scheel keel insures superior performance
    • ▪ Leading edge Garmin electronics
    • ▪ Center line queen bed in the master cabin--you won't want to leave
    • ▪ Convertable salon table: from cocktail table to 8 person dining
    • ▪ Hard dodger with plexiglass windows
    • ▪ Remotely controlled burglar alarm
    • ▪ Remotely controlled oversized ground tackle (80kg Rocna & Maxwell 3500)


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Windsong is robustly constructed with a solid non-cored hull. The hull is further stiffened with 3 longitudianal stringers and 9 transverse floor stingers for stability and strength. Ballast is lead, located deep in the fully enclosed fiberglassed Scheel keel. The Scheel fin keel and the half skeg rudder enable Wingsong to be nimble, yet easily maneuverable in both forward and reverse. Overall it is 49 feet, beam 15 feet and draft 5.5 ft. Together with 64 ft mast above the waterline she handlely navigates the ICW.

The lead ballast deep in the keel weighs 13,000 lbs. Fully loaded with fuel and water it displaces approximately 44,000 lbs. Construction is robust with up to 18 layers of mat and roving of a solid fiberglass coreless hull. The hull is further insulated at least past the waterline.

The deck and cabin top has a half inch thich end grain balsa core. The deck is joined to the hull with 5200 and 3/8″ diameter stainless steel bolts on 8″ centers.

The generously sized forward cabin has a full-width berth, upholstered ultra-suede settee to starboard, mirrored vanity and storage cabinet, roomy cedar-lined hanging locker, five spacious drawers and two storage lockers. The cabin is well lit with two overhead dome lights and two brass cabin lights; the cabin is also well ventilated with an large overhead hatch, two ports and two dorade vents. Access to the chain locker is through this cabin.
Proceeding aft and to port of the forward V-berth is the port guest cabin. It features extra long upper and lower single berths, a generous cedar-lined hanging locker, voluminous storage lockers and drawer under the lower berth, and recessed bookshelves above the upper berth. A dressing table immediately forward of the cabin door has a lifting top, a mirror above and three drawers beneath. The cabin is lit with overhead dome and brass cabin lights and is unusually well ventilated with an overhead hatch, a portlight and a dorade. Both berths have sturdy stowable lee cloths.
Aft and to starboard of the forward V-berth is the guest head. Its two doors allow it to be entered directly from the forward cabin (for privacy) or from the passageway that both leads to the forward V-berth and separates the head from the guest cabin. The head boasts a separate shower stall that has a teak seat and teak floor grate. Ample storage is provided in three large storage cabinets and a sliding three panel vanity behind the sink. The large counter-top supports a sunken mirror-finish stainless steel sink and is edged with a teak fiddle. On the forward wall is a large mirror.  The Raritan toilet has a dedicated 30-gallon holding tank. An overhead hatch, a port and a dorade vent provide ventilation.
Aft of the guest cabin and head Windsong boasts its luxurious main salon. Outfitted in the finest teak with exceptional craftsmanship, it is incredibly spacious, airy, and bright. Two large overhead hatches, four fixed hull portlights and four long fixed trunk cabin windows provide natural light, while four dome LEDs and four brass cabin lights supply evening illumination. The companionway has a clear Plexiglas sliding hatch that allows additional light to enter the salon. To port is a large oval-shaped bolstered settee upholstered in luxurious fabric that surrounds a formal hi-lo oval teak table (comfortably seats eight for dinner). This large table can be removed (it has its own custom-built storage locker) to reveal a small coffee table that can be lowered for informal gatherings, cocktails or coffee. On the starboard side, two teak and upholstered swivel captain's chairs sit either side of a curved teak pedestal. When inverted, the pedestal's cover provides a secure setting for drinks. Storage inside the pedestal is outfitted for wines and liquors. Two forward outboard cabinets hide stereo speakers and provide storage along with 3 other outboard cabinets. WINDSONG also has a handsome curved teak mast cover that conceals the keel-stepped mast. The companionway can be alternatively closed using three solid teak boards or two screened teak boards. All boards are storable in their custom-designed compartment under the steps.

A seagoing, U-shaped galley is located starboard and aft of the companionway stair and free from any traffic. Teak louvered cabinets are found above the counters. Under the counters are a large two-shelved circular cabinet, eight drawers, a deep pot and pan bin, a below stove cabinet for large cooking utensils and a hidden stow-away garbage bin.

The Frigoboat DC keel cooled refrigerator and freezer provides 24 hour noise free operation. Both refrigerator and freezer have their own dedicated compressors, keel coolers and digital controls allowing each to assume the duties of the other and thus provide redundant refrigeration and freezing. The refrigerator has both top and front loading doors, while the freezer is top loading.

There are deep stainless steel double sinks with hot and cold pressure water, two over the sink counter extension covers, a microwave oven, a Sea Ward 3-burner electric stove with oven and broiler, teak towel dispenser, dual teak spice racks, and fresh and salt water foot pumps. A deck prism and LED mounted above the stove, four undercabinet LED's, and a ceiling dome LED provide illumination.

Proceeding aft past the navigation station you enter master stateroom. It is large and airy. There is a comfortable centerline island queen-sized berth. Two portlights on the transom furnish both light and, when open, air circulation throughout the vessel. Two curved ultra-suede settees are positioned on either side of the berth. On the forward wall a dressing table with an opening table top, a teak trimmed mirror above and swing-out vanity stool below are found. In addition to a large overhead hatch, three additional portlights and two dorades ventilate the cabin. Lighting includes four brass cabin lights, a large fluorescent light and four overhead LED dome lights. Storage space is extremely generous in this cabin featuring almost 6 feet of cedar-lined hanging lockers, a Formica-lined wet gear locker, and four large drawers (one with security lock). Two in-wall storage lockers plus ample storage under the settees complete the picture.

The en-suite master head features a separate shower stall with a clear Plexiglas door, folding seat, and teak grate. A built-in automatic dryer is mounted outboard of the shower behind a waterproof vinyl cover. There are also large storage compartments and a roomy linen closet. The counter-top is edged with a teak fiddle and has an sunken mirror-finished stainless steel sink. Above, a teak-framed mirror hides a medicine cabinet. The Raritan head has a separate 30-gallon holding tank. Two portlights ventilate and illuminate the head; two dome lights and two LED's provide evening light.
The generator room access doors are located in the passageway leading to the aft cabin giving virtually 360 access to the 8kw Onan MDKD generator.  The generator has run less than 2500 hours.  A sound-damping hush box surrounds the generator. Like the entire vessel the generator has had constant care. All equipment is bonded to ship's copper plate grounding system plus grounding line from mast to engine block.

400 watt hours of solar panels provide additional power to the 8 100 amp hour AGM house batteries and one group 8D AGM engine battery (all new 2015). Another source of energy is the Magna 2800 watt inverter charge that has a remote control and gauge at the navigation station.

A DC Shurflo Aqua-King fresh water pump supplies pressurized fresh water, both hot and cold, throughout the vessel. Included not only are the sinks in the guest head, the master head, and the galley, but also the three showers: in the guest head, the master head, and the swim platform. There is also an additional pressurized cold fresh water quick connect outlet on the starboard deck adjacent to the cockpit. An Atwood 10.5 gallon water heater, powered by both 110 volts and engine water circulation, provides hot water throughout the vessel, including to the swim platform shower. In addition to the pressurized water system the galley sink has two foot pumps that furnish fresh or salt water respectively.

Windsong has three stainless steel water tanks having a total capacity of 200 gallons. Water fills those tanks from three sources. Fresh water can be supplied to the tanks from either a water deck fill on the port deck or a hose connection on the transom.

When shore water is not available a 14 gallon per hour top end Spectra Cape Horn watermaker fills more than solves that problem. Its components are split between the engine compartment and underneath the banquette in the main salon.  

A separate high pressure sea water pump supplies water to another quick connect deck outlet near the windless. That water is principally used to wash down the chain and anchor prior to casting off.

Mounted on the cockpit coming are two electric variable speed Andersen 62 ST mainsheet winches,  two electric variable speed Andersen 40 ST jib sheet winches, and an Andersen low profile traveler winch.  Mast mounted are a Lewmar 43 STC main halyard winch, a Lewmar 40 STC genoa halyard winch, and a Lewmar 30 STC Staysail halyard winch.  The main sail has in mast roller furling that either of the starboard Andersen electric winches can furl.  Both jibs have new 2014 Schaffer stainless steel roller furlers.  All standing rigging is new 2014.  Spare halyards include one main and two spinnaker halyards.  Included are a well maintained 130 genoa, a 100 jib, a in-mast roller furling main, and a large gennaker with sock.

A Yanmar 77 hp turbo diesel model 4JH-DTE, with less than 5200 running hours, has been expertly maintained.  A recent upgrade includes a new turbocharger in 2014. The engine is easily serviced through six removable engine access doors located behind the companionway stairs, in the passageway from the salon to the aft cabin, in the aft cabin, and in the rear head. Indeed two of the doors behind the companion stairs are in wall that is easily removed to provide full frontal access to the engine. The engine compartment is well insulated to control noise.

The Yanmar delivers its power through a Kanzaki KBW20 gear box transmission. From there the power travels through a 1 1/2 inch stainless steel shaft (new in 2018) into a three bladed feathering MaxProp Classic propeller.

For its size Windsong also has a unusually large bow thruster. Two Energy NSB-130FT provide 24 volt power to a Lewmar 250T bow thruster. Not only is there a toggle type control mounted on the cockpit pedistal, there is also a 5 button remote that controls the Maxwell windless.

There also are three CruisAir self contained reverse cycle air conditioners, a 12,000 BTU unit in the main salon, one 8,000 BTU unit that cools the two forward cabins, and one 8,000 BTU in the aft master cabin.  Each unit has it own digitally controlled thermostat to cool, dehumidify, or heat.   The mechanicals furthermore include a three blade feathering Max Pro propeller and Maxwell vertical windlass VWC-3500.

Windsong safety equipment includes DSB Deutshce Schlauchboot GmbH 6 man life raft in a rigid container, a Switlik MOB-8A man overboard inflatable module, 2 ACR 496 EPIRBS, 2 Res-Q-Link personal locator beacons, six fire extinguishers, 7 life jackets, 2 jack lines, 2 safety harnesses, and a emergency life sling. A bilge high water alarm monitors the four foot plus bilge.  Also included are a Harken bosun's chair and an ATN mast climber.

A Flagship Marine Security deck activated intruder alarm secures the boat whether or not occupied. Additionally, when the owner is about to board the vessel, using the remote control she can deactivate the alarm and simultaneously turn on the spreader lights illuminating the boat.

The Taswell story starts at Ta Shing Yacht Building located in Tainan, Taiwan. The company was founded in 1957. The company began building fishing vessels, before adding other custom and OEM vessels. Not long after Ta Shing became recognized as the best of the Taiwanese boat builders and as one of the best quality yards worldwide, particularly well known for its exquisite joinery. Among the many well known vessels that Ta Shing built are the sailboats Tashiba, Orion, Mason, Baba, Panda, Skye, Mystic and more recently the well known and highly regarded Nordhavn motor trawlers. Ta Shing acted as an OEM for the great majority of these vessels.

However, the Taswell line was entirely Ta Shing’s own. Ta Shing commissioned famed marine architect Bill Dixon to design the Taswell 49. The 49 was introduced in 1989 and ceased production in 2002. During the production period the original hull was extended a foot and an optional deck salon model was offered. After the Taswell 49’s initial success Ta Shing and Dixon collaborated on a Taswell 43, a Taswell 56, a Taswell 58 and a Taswell 60.

Bill Dixon grew up in a boatyard and his grandfather instilled an appreciation of the fine lines of a good hull. However, his design philosophies sprung in large part from his personal experiences during the infamous 1979 Fasnet Race in which 23 boats and 15 lives were lost before the race was called off.

“The seas were awful,” remembers Dixon. “It completely changed my perspective of yachts and the way they should be designed. Cheesecake was well designed for the time, but it’s only when you’ve seen first hand what the elements can do to a boat, that you can fully appreciate the dangers of poor yacht design.” Dixon Interview

A relatively unique feature of many Taswell 49s, including Windsong, is it Scheel Keel. In 1974 Henry Scheel patented the Scheel Keel, a revolutionary keel that allowed for a shallow draft without a centerboard, for the lowest possible ballast for maximum stability and sail-carrying capacity and the fastest possible boat speed. The design widens the base of the keel via a broadly curved keel bottom (athwartships), with a concave return to the body of the keel above. This creates both a large envelope for the ballast down low, without having to increase draft, and also effectively provides an "end plate" to reduce the induced drag from eddy making at the base of the keel foil. A proper Scheel keel is claimed to work better to windward, while reducing wetted surface drag, and concentrating the ballast down low (as with other “bulb” & “winged” keel designs).

In shopping for his own ideal boat, one blogger accurately summarized the Taswell 49:

Although the Taswell is similar to the Northwind in design, a comparison of the two layouts makes it clear how much larger the Taswell is (6 extra feet in overall length makes a big difference). Starting at the stern (left), there is a massive (for a boat) master stateroom with a centerline queen, two settees, a large hanging closet, a vanity area with a seat and storage, and a large private head with a separate shower stall. Moving forward, there is a navigation station/office area to port. To starboard is a U-shaped galley with large sinks and good counter space. Further forward is the salon with a large dining area to port and a sitting area to starboard. The boat we are looking at is slightly modified--the dinette settee does not wrap all the way around into the center of the boat, which opens up the salon and provides space for our rug. Further forward is the first guest stateroom to port, which has two bunk beds and a hanging closet. To starboard is the guest head, which has a separate shower stall. All the way forward is the second guest stateroom, with a double bed, a hanging closet, and a seat.

The layout leaves almost nothing to be desired. The third stateroom is what really distinguishes the Taswell from the Northwind and the Hans Christian. Between the room with bunk beds and the room with the double bed, we could handle any combination of kids that we would ever want, and could even accommodate guests as well. One possible downside is the U-shaped galley. Although it is a nice size and keeps the cook secure while the boat is moving, it has only enough room for one person at a time, as opposed to the linear galleys found in the other boats we are considering.

John and Amanda Neal, noted teachers, cruising experts, and consultants who have booked more than 300,000 blue water miles, in their comprehensive boat reviews, say that the Taswell 49 reflects “Ta Shing quality, attractive, good sailing performance.”

Other independent reviewers have given similarly favorable reviews.

The Taswell 49 has a modern underbody with a fin keel and partial skeg rudder. The boats are fast and the rig is versatile, offering different sail plan configurations to accommodate most wind conditions. The boat’s 15-foot beam is apparent throughout the widest part of the saloon, with its circular port-side dinette and dedicated nav station just aft. In addition to the nice aft stateroom, this model offered two guest cabins with an over/under version that some owners converted to a stowage area or office. Both the fore and aft heads have their own separate stall showers, which means owners need not share their heads with the occasional guest—or they can use one as a wet locker.

See also Perry Design Review: Taswell 56 for Bob Perry’s take on the 49’s larger sibling.

SAIL magazine in its April 1989 review of the Taswell 49 said in part:

Any list of the world’s top quality yacht builders has to include Taiwan’s Ta Shing and the new Taswell 49 illustrates the reason. This center-cockpit long-range cruising cutter combines a moderate hull form with intelligent detailing and an interior that looks like teak sculputre. … Dixon said he wanted ‘a bit of performance both on and off the wind along with exceptional interior accommendation.’ He got what he wanted.




Derek Jarvis

David Walters Yachts

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