Sunward 48
$249,000 USD
48ft in

The Sparkman & Stephens designed Sunward 48 is a unique and meticulously finished out yacht. She has a solid hand-laid fiberglass hull, with a cut away full keel, skeg hung rudder, and center cockpit all making her blue water capability exceptional. Karma has a generous sail plan and multiple configurations with her cutter/ketch design that allows control in a multitude of wind and sea conditions. She is an ultimate offshore cruising machine on deck and below.  

The interior accommodations include three cabins, and two heads, full L-shaped galley and large main salon. Karma is hull #14 and is one of the few Sunwards finished in Wilmington, NC. The bright teak, mahogany and ash finishes are fastidiously cared for and the original joinery work is remarkable. This interior lends itself well to the cruising lifestyle and also is very functional for long distance passages.  

Name of vessel Karma
Model Sunward 48
Year 1983
Builder Seaward Yachts
Designer Sparkman & Stephens
Price $249,000 USD
Location Mexico
Length (feet) 48
Beam (feet) 14' 3"
Draft (feet) 6' 3"
Displacement (pounds) 50,000
Ballast (pounds) 16,500
Engine model Westerbeke W100
Engine horsepower 100
Engine hours 5250
Fuel tank capacity (gallons) 400
Water tank capacity (gallons) 400
Holding tank capacity (gallons) 15
Questions? Call us! (206) 378-1110

Deck and Hull: 

The hull is comprised of hand laid fiberglass from a female mold. The hull design is a center cockpit style raised cabin with a hollow sheer. The underbody is a cutaway style full keel with the ballast fully encapsulated in the keel with a skeg-hung rudder. Hull and deck joints are bonded with the main transverse bulkheads and interior joinery and mechanically fastened via stainless steel bolts and machine screws. The integrity of this joint is very strong and has proven seaworthy for blue water cruising. Just forward of the stern reaching just aft of the bow is a teak rubrail with a stainless plate. In 2014 new barrier coat was applied and Petit Ultima SR-40 bottom paint was recently applied in March of 2021.  

The thruhulls are bronze, bonded to the hull via a plate in the engine room and are arranged into two sea-chests in the engine room, with the exception of the galley sink and the two head overboard discharges. Each sea-chest utilizes a moldedin fiberglass tube acting as both the intake and discharge for the thruhulls. 

The decks are wide with deep molded bulwarks and a teak cap rail running the length of the sheer. The topsides were last repainted in 2012 with Awlcraft. The chainplates are mounted on the outboard edge of the deck allowing safe passage inboard. At the bow there is a stainless pulpit with a short anchor platform with dual bow rollers supported by a bobstay. The electric windlass is mounted to the foredeck with a bronze spillpipe and two closed bronze chocks with cleats mounted onto the port and starboard bow. For moving about on deck, the teak grab rails provide hand holds and double stainless lifelines with a gate midships on both port and starboard sides allow safe boarding and disembarking. 

The center cockpit is well protected by the large dodger and bimini system with zip on isinglass panels and full screen enclosure. The full set of cockpit cushions makes this space very cozy while still being functional for sailing.  

  • Double anchor roller 
  • 75lb Spade anchor 
  • 300ft 3/8” D-4 high strength chain, re-galvanized in Oct. 2014 
  • Secondary Plow style anchor 
  • 30ft chain and ¾” three strand nylon rode  
  • Fortress style hurricane anchor 
  • (2) Extra 250’ 3-strand anchor rodes 
  • (4) 300’ 5/8” floating 3-strand shore tie lines, stored in individual Sunbrella bags 
  • Nilsson electric windlass 
  • Jordan series drogue with dedicated chain plates 
  • Double stainless lifelines 
  • Stainless steel stanchions 
  • A&H adjustable aluminum dinghy davits 
  • Custom kayak storage brackets 
  • Bronze portlights 
  • 1½” cockpit scupper drains  
  • Barrier coat applied in 2014 


Sails and Rigging: 

  • Keel stepped painted aluminum double spreader main mast with Tides Marine Track system, Tides Track replaced 2019 
  • Deck stepped painted aluminum single spreader mizzen mast with Tides Marine Track system 
  • Adjustable boom vang 
  • Aluminum spinnaker pole, stored vertically on front of mast 
  • Standing rigging and chainplates replaced in 2006 
  • Harken headsail furler 
  • Harken staysail furler 
  • Aluminum jib tracks 
  • Halyards and sheets of low stretch braided dacron 
  • Lewmar two-speed self-tailing winches 
  • Stainless Bimini frame 
  • Canvas Bimini with full vinyl window enclosure 
  • Cockpit canvas winch covers 
  • Canvas windlass cover 
  • Canvas helm cover 
  • Canvas dorade box cover 
  • Canvas deck hatch cover 
  • Canvas BBQ cover 
  • Full set of isinglass covers for bimini  
  • Zip in rain/shade bimini covers  
  • Full separate screen enclosure for bimini  
  • Portlight screens 
  • (23) Polycarbonate winter interior portlight covers 
  • “Mack Sail” Fully battened Dacron main sail with lazy jacks and cover (good condition) 
  • “Mack Sail” 130% Dacron roller furling genoa with UV cover (good condition) 
  • “Mack Sail” Dacron roller furling staysail with UV cover (good condition) 
  • “Mack Sail” Fully battened Dacron mizzen sail with lazy jacks and cover (good condition) 
  • UK nylon Flasher MPS spinnaker in sock (great condition) 


Electronics and Navigation: 

  • Single Side Band radio, Icom IC-M710 with AT-130 tuner (insulated backstay antenna)  
  • Pactor 3 modem for email 
  • Standard Horizon GX2150 VHF with AIS receiver and remote mike in cockpit (antenna on top of main mast) 
  • Standard Horizon Intrepid VHF with remote mike in cockpit (antenna on top of mizzen mast) 
  • Standard Horizon HX280S handheld VHF 
  • Fog horn/hailing speaker mounted on mizzen mast 
  • Auto pilot hydraulic ComNav A-1500 
  • ComNav wind display 
  • ComNav autopilot display 
  • (2) ComNav multi control display 
  • Danforth pedestal mounted magnetic compass 
  • Raymarine Raydome 48-mile radar 
  • (2) Raymarine E120 chart plotters 
  • Nexus NX2 integrated server for all instruments 
  • (2) Raymarine 125 GPS antennas 
  • (2) Depth transducers 
  • Speed transducer 
  • Anchor light 
  • Steaming light  
  • Masthead LED tricolor light 
  • Strobe light 
  • Floodlight 
  • Mizzen mast floodlight 
  • LED reading lights in all berths 
  • LED strip lighting in salon and galley 
  • Red LED courtesy lighting at all floor steps and Nav station 
  • Samsung 19” flat screen TV, wall mounted 
  • JVC stereo with CD player and waterproof speakers in cockpit and salon 
  • Several Hella turbo fans  
  • Chelsea brass ships clock and matching barometer 
  • Uboquiti Bullet WIFI antenna and wireless router 


Mechanical and Plumbing: 

  • Main engine: Westerbeke W100, 100hp diesel engine with 5250 hours 
  • Borg Warner Velvet Drive 
  • Auxiliary generator: Westerbeke W-21 with 5925 hours and its own Racor fuel/water separator 
  • Luke 3 blade feathering propeller  
  • 1½” propshaft  
  • Vetus 24v bow thruster 
  • Custom fuel manifold, for fuel polishing and transfer between tanks 
  • 12v fuel transfer pump 
  • Dual Racor 500 series fuel/water filters for main engine 
  • (3) Bronze keel coolers 
  • (2) Air conditioning systems both with dedicated 120v seawater cooling pump and in-line strainer 
  • Flagship Marine 16000 Btu air conditioner with built in heat strip (main salon) Not currently working 
  • Aqua-Temp 7000 Btu reverse-cycle air conditioner  
  • Refleks hydronic diesel heater, model 2000KV  
  • 5gal stainless day tank for heater 
  • Bronze thruhulls 
  • (2) Sea chest manifolds 
  • Bronze steering quadrant driven by sprocket, chain and stainless cables (replaced in 2011) 
  • Stainless steel rudder post  
  • Bronze packing gland 
  • Emergency steering tiller  
  • Diaphragm style shower drain pump 
  • Edson high-capacity manual diaphragm style pump 
  • Rule 3500 12volt submersible pump 
  • Jabsco diaphragm pump 
  • (2) float switches and manual overrides 
  • bilge high water alarm system 
  • Shurflo 12v water pump 
  • Dockside pressure water system 
  • Water heater, IsoTherm 13gal stainless steel 120/220v with heat exchanger loop 
  • Water purification system with separate faucet at galley sink 
  • (2) Manual Wilcox-Criten toilets 
  • 15 gal fiberglass holding tank with pump out via deck fitting and 12v macerator pump 
  • Village Marine No Frills 120v water maker, 27gal/hr capacity 
  • (3) Frigoboat Danfoss DB-50 keel cooled compressor with variable speed controllers 
  • (2) 20lb propane tanks with regulators 
  • Propane solenoid and 12v leak detector in lazarette 
  • Magma Monterey propane BBQ rail mounted grill 


Electrical Systems: 

  • Bass 12v circuit breaker panel 
  • Battery selector switch 
  • Volt meter 
  • House bank 1000 amp/hour capacity comprised of (2) 8D Lifeline AGM and (3) 4D Lifeline AGM batteries 
  • (2) Group 31 AGM engine start batteries 
  • Group 24 AGM generator starting battery 
  • (2) Group 27 AGM bow thruster and windlass batteries 
  • Inverter/charger Xantrex Freedom Marine 30, 130 amps 3 stage charger with 3000-watt inverter 
  • Link 2000 controller display 
  • ProNautic 1240P 3-bank battery charger, 220v or 120v input 
  • Galvanic isolators  
  • Kiss wind generator 
  • (2) Solar panels, 275 watts  
  • Outback FM-80, 3-stage, charge controller 
  • Balmar MC-612 110amp alternator 
  • GFCI outlets for all wet areas 
  • Scad tank monitoring system 
  • (2) 30 amp shore power cords 
  • 50-30 amp splitter 
  • 15 amp 220v shore power cord 


Interior Accommodations: 

Interior access is through the center cockpit companionway with varnished teak sliding hatch cover and folding companionway doors. There is a step-over onto the varnished teak companionway stairs with a vertical stainless grab rail to the right. Throughout the vessel is a Teak and Holly sole and exceptional original joinery work.   Headroom is effectively 6’ 8” in the living spaces. 

The L-shaped galley is to starboard at the foot of the companionway with a pass-through to the aft cabin with engine room access.  The bright mahogany, teak and ash finishes brighten the space and the large porthole over the stove allows good ventilation while cooking.  The galley has a four burner Force 10 stove, double basin sink with a filtered drinking water tap and fridge and freezer. 

  • Force 10 four-burner stovetop and oven 
  • 12v exhaust hood vent 
  • GE microwave 
  • (2) Freezers, (1) refrigerator with custom built vacuum insulated panels  

 In the main salon there is a large L-shaped settee on the port side and a longitudinal settee on the starboard side. The diesel heater adds a cozy centerpiece and is great as supplemental heat to the Hydronic heating system 

Starting forward there is a V-berth cabin suitable for two people with separation from the access pass through. This cabin is well ventilated by a large square deck hatch and is bright from the hull portlights.  Moving aft, on the port side are single over/under sea berths. This cabin is separated by its own door and has a nice hanging locker. On the starboard side opposite that cabin is the forward head.  There is a manual Wilcox Crittenden toilet and single basin sink. The bronze portlight opens and provides good light and ventilation to the space 

Back in the main salon and aft of the companionway, on the port side is a midships pilot berth(mattress removed) that sleeps one.  This space is currently used as a workbench.  The Westerbeke generator is accessible under the berth via a fold down panel 

In the starboard pass through aft of the galley is a walk in engine/equipment room with access to all filters, both sea chests and mechanical equipment. Karma is being offered fully equipped with all safety equipment, and extensive spare parts necessary to start your blue water cruising experience right away. This unique machinery space allows all necessary maintenance to be done off the grid and is noteworthy in a boat this size.  

The aft cabin is a queen size athwart ships berth that sleeps two. There is a private aft head with separate shower and tub. There is hot and cold pressurized water and a generous amount of storage.  


Miscellaneous and Safety: 

  • Achilles 9’ 2” hypalon RIB dinghy (2011 HIN# ACH00107A909) 
  • Dinghy sun cover 
  • Yamaha 15hp 2-stroke outboard 
  • Tohatsu 5hp outboard (spare) 
  • Life raft, Winslow 6 person 
  • Hand held emergency water maker in life raft 
  • Fireboy Halon automatic and manual actuated fire suppression system for engine room 
  • (3) Fire extinguishers 
  • Type BC 
  • (2) Type A: II BC  
  • EPIRB, ACR 406 with GPS, model RLB-36 
  • Jordan series drogue with dedicated chain plates 
  • (3) Scuba tanks with regulator and 50’ of hose 
  • (2) Dive equipment sets 
  • Type I and II personal flotation devices  
  • (2) Auto inflate PFD’s with safety harnesses, automatic strobes and safety tethers 
  • LifeSling man overboard device 
  • Man overboard pole with strobe light 
  • Orion flare gun kit with hand-held and meteor flares 
  • Nylon jack lines 
  • (2) Smoke/carbon monoxide detectors in main salon and aft cabin 
  • Smoke detector in engine room 
  • Compliment of fenders and dock lines 
  • Aluminum boathook with brush accessories  
  • 50’ water hose 
  • Portable swim ladder that mounts to sail track 
  • Stainless steel swim ladder mounted to aft rails and lifts for storage 
  • Full set of closed cell foam cockpit cushions 
  • Miscellaneous engine and system spares 

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