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Oliver 3
Bestevaer 45ST
$450,000 USD
45ft in

For sailors looking for a practical, no nonsense cruising yacht that is as comfortable in her home waters as it is circling the globe, the Bestevaer 45ST is the complete package. With a robust aluminum hull, efficient design, and bright modern interior, the 45ST is appealing to a wide range of sailors. The boat came from owners wanting to downsize from a 53ST when their children no longer joined them for extended voyages, but they still wanted to have guests aboard. Constructed by the reputable KM Yachtbuilders, who specialize in expedition yachts capable of  sailing anywhere in the world, she features a carbon rig, retractable bowsprit, and a performance based yet simple sail plan that is intended to be singlehanded. The aluminum doghouse protects the forward cockpit from wind and spray — and at the same time her tiller steering provides the ultimate feel at the helm. Down below, her simple twin cabin, single head layout (with separate shower stall) includes a large U-shaped galley, proper nav station, and spacious salon that is an ideal balance of space for entertaining and living aboard in comfort. Stepping aboard Oliver 3 will undoubtedly inspire your next sailing adventures.


  • 991 engine hours
  • Watermaker
  • Hydronic heating
  • Fresh bottom paint
  • Full interior & exterior detail
Name of vessel Oliver 3
Model Bestevaer 45ST
Year 2011
Builder K&M Yachtbuilders
Designer Dykstra & Partners
Price $450,000 USD
Location Seattle, WA
Length (feet) 45
Beam (feet) 13' 3"
Draft (feet) 7'
Displacement (pounds) 26000
Ballast (pounds)
Engine model Yanmar 4JH4-CE
Engine horsepower 54
Engine hours 991
Fuel tank capacity (gallons) 174
Water tank capacity (gallons) 171
Holding tank capacity (gallons) 13

Interior description 

Beginning in the forward stateroom, there is a cozy 6’ 5” long twin bunk tucked onto the port side of the hull and two LED reading lights. The 10” diameter porthole, and 22” square Lewmar overhead hatch with Ocean Air sunshade and screen let light and fresh air into the space. The bright white painted overhead and hull compliment the custom mahogany cabinetry. A cabinet at the forward end of the space has shelves and one to starboard provides space for hanging items. Two drawers with soft close glides are built in below the bunk for more storage. Mounted on the starboard side of the hull is the radiator style cabin heater. A solid mahogany cabin door separates the space from the main salon. 

The main salon is bright and open with good ventilation and 6’ of headroom. The overhead hatch has a built-in Ocean Air bug screen and shade, and Göit opening portlights with curtains provide a crossbreeze for hot summer days. Two more 10” diameter portholes give a view of the water while underway and have white covers when needed. Along the portside of the salon is an L-shaped seating area with a removable solid mahogany table. While underway, it secures down into the cabin sole but can be moved to access the tank space for projects. There is a view of the freshly clear-coated carbon Selden mast from the main salon and galley space with storage to port. On the starboard side of the salon is a 6’ 2” linear settee that makes an excellent sea berth. Overhead, a brushed aluminum handrail provides a solid handhold for moving around the cabin. There is storage below the settee.  

The large U-shaped galley is aft on the port side and is open to the main salon. Black Corian countertops complete the polished modern interior and are easy to clean. On centerline, there is a double basin stainless sink with pressurized hot and cold water and a foot pump. There are two countertop access hatches to the refrigerator and outboard to port is the three-burner propane stove with oven. There is a stainless grab bar that protects the cook from getting pushed into the stove while underway. Just behind the stove is space for oils, spices, and dishes. To the left of the stove is a countertop and three drawers below for more storage. Two opening portlights and an overhead hatch keep air moving through the galley.  

Opposite the galley on the starboard side is the forward-facing navigation station. A lift-up chart tabletop provides space for commonly used boat items and there is room for larger items such as binoculars or reference books outboard. The 12v DC panel is clearly labeled with four gauges for the water and fuel levels. A Mastervolt battery monitor, AC power/control and inverter/charger control readout are accessible here too.  

Just aft of the nav station is the head with a separate shower stall. There is a Dometic electric flush toilet, built-in cabinet for storage and radiator style heater that doubles as a towel heater. The shower stall is on the larger side for a sailboat and has a mahogany seat that flips down when needed. Outboard on the hull is a large heated wet locker for gear.  

All the way aft on the port side behind the galley is the guest stateroom. The solid mahogany door provides privacy from the rest of the salon and contains the heat from the cabin heater on chilly mornings. The double berth is 6’ 10” long and has 8” thick custom foam mattress. To starboard is a hanging locker with a storage shelf on top. There is more storage under the head of the bunk to fit a small cooler, shoes or other quick grab items. In an emergency, you could exit the cabin through the cockpit seating hatch that is over the bunk. The inboard bulkhead of the bunk allows access to the port side of the engine for maintenance work and storage is outboard.  

A moderately sloped four step companionway leads from the main salon to the cockpit. The middle two steps flip up to provide storage for tools or other items. The hard dodger provides protection to the companionway from wind and spray and the integrated hatch board is always in place to seal the cabin at a moments notice.  

Electronics and Navigation

  • B&G Zeus3 S 12” chart plotter display in cockpit on swing arm (2022)
  • Simrad autopilot Ap24 controller
  • Simrad AC42 autopilot computer
  • Simrad WR10 autopilot remote
  • Simrad RS82 VHF
  • (5) Simrad IS20 displays (wind, compass, depth)
  • B&G radar (2022)
  • Garmin GPS Map 541 at nav station
  • Plastimo Offshore 135 magnetic compass
  • Radar reflector
  • Fusion AM/FM radio

Electrical systems

  • Mastervolt Mass Combi 12/2500-100 sine wave inverter/charger
  • Battery combiner
  • (3) house batteries (under fwd bunk)
  • (1) starter battery (In machinery space)
  • Isolation transformer
  • Blue Sky Energy charge controller
  • Solar Boost 2512ix
  • 12Vdc-25amp mppt charge controller
  • Fox-MD1 charge controller
  • Fox-320 charge controller
  • DC electrical panel at nav station
  • (4) Wema water and fuel gauges
  • Webasto thermostat control
  • 12v cigarette style outlets
  • 110v AC outlets
  • (4) dimmable LED reading lights
  • (13) Overhead LED red/white reading lights
  • (3) Kyocera KD135SX-UPU solar panels
  • Sunware solar panel
  • 30amp shore power service
  • 50’ 30amp shore power cord


Mechanical and Plumbing systems

  • Yanmar 4JH4-TE engine 991 hours
  • Yanmar SD-60 saildrive (October 2022)
  • Balmar alternator
  • Balmar Max Charge MC-612 regulator
  • (2) 76 gal aluminum diesel storage tanks (153 gal total)
  • (1) 21 gal diesel day tank
  • PYI 4-blade Max Prop
  • (2) 66 gal Aluminum fresh water tanks (132 gal total)
  • (1) 39 gal Stainless steel drinking water tank
  • Spectra Ventura 150/200T water maker
  • Dometic electric flush toilet
  • (1) 13 gal black water tank
  • (5) Jaga hydronic cabin heaters
  • Webasto hydronic furnace
  • Isotherm refrigerator
  • 3-Burner LPG stove/ oven
  • (2) Aluminum 20# propane tanks (2022)
  • Whale galley manual fresh water pump for drinking water only
  • Hot & cold pressurized fresh water at galley, head, and shower
  • Water pump
  • Shower sump pump
  • Double basin stainless sink at galley
  • Jabsco manual bilge pump
  • Electric bilge pump
  • Whale cockpit shower
  • Isotherm 6.5 gal hot water heater
  • Lewmar 1855 6Kw 12V bow thruster
  • Lewmar bow thruster control


Hull and Deck

This Bestevaer 45ST was built with a fixed keel and single spade rudder. The ST refers to the modern, straight bow that distinguishes many Bestevaers from other aluminum high latitude sailboats. This gives her a long waterline and the fixed keel with high ballast ratio delivers excellent sailing performance. Oliver 3 was recently brought back to her original color scheme with tomato red bottom paint and a 10” black high gloss boot stripe.  

Forward, on deck, she is fitted with carbon bowsprit on the starboard side and the anchor roller is to port. A watertight hatch allows access to the anchor and forepeak storage locker and is fitted with a watertight bulkhead. 

From bow to stern, in total there are eight integral aluminum bollards (a version of a cleat), and the decks are wide, flat, and easily navigated. While moving about, the 7” bulwarks and 31” stanchions keep the decks safe while underway. Her modern and simple sail plan makes the boat manageable to sail solo yet, still performance oriented.  

The cockpit is long, low, and is sheltered by the fixed doghouse that also protects the companionway from spray and wind. A large fixed awning provides sun and rain protection to the aft end of the cockpit. The tiller steering means getting to either of the four cockpit winches is a bit easier than moving around a wheel. The two primary winches are electric, and the two forward winches service the line clutches. The starboard cockpit bench has gas hinges to support the heavy duty hatch while working in the machinery space. A watertight panel gives engine access and through the aft watertight bulkhead there is access to the watermaker and steering system.  

  • Single anchor roller
  • Lewmar V3 anchor windlass
  • Quick windlass remote
  • Plow anchor
  • 207’ anchor chain
  • ~150’ spare anchor rode
  • (4) Vetus dorades
  • (8) Aluminum bollards
  • LED navigation lights
  • Jefa rudder bearings
  • 7” bulwarks
  • 31” stanchions
  • Double uncovered lifelines with two gates
  • Stainless dinghy davits
  • Fold down swim platform
  • Aluminum radar post
  • Outboard bracket on stern
  • New dodger canvas (2022)
  • Aluminum anchor rode box in forepeak
  • Lewmar deck hatches
  • Spinlock tiller extension
  • Simrad Hydraulic Linear Drive steering


Sails and rigging

  • Selden double-spreader-carbon-7/8 fractional-cutter rigged-mast (clear coated in 2022)
  • Carbon boom
  • Carbon retractable bowsprit
  • Furlex 400s roller furler
  • Inner removable forestay
  • Selden track on front of mast for spinnaker pole
  • Selden mainsail track on mast
  • (7) Lewmar turning blocks
  • Spinlock line clutches on mast
  • Rigid boom vang
  • Single mast walker step
  • Rod rigging
  • Selden adjustable backstay
  • Staysail halyard
  • Topping lift halyard
  • Jib halyard
  • (2) Mainsail halyards
  • Spinnaker halyard
  • Dynema running backstays
  • Lazy jacks
  • Flag halyard
  • Black canvas mainsail cover
  • (2) Lewmar 45ST winches on mast
  • (2) Lewmar 65ST electric winches
  • (4) Lewmar 55ST winches
  • (2) One touch winch handles
  • Doyle mainsail
  • Doyle 130% jib
  • Doyle asymmetrical spinnaker


Miscellaneous and Safety

  • West Marine aluminum bottom, Hypalon inflatable dinghy (2022)
  • Tohatsu 6hp outboard (2022)
  • Lifesling in soft case
  • Inflatable lifesling in hard case
  • Crewsaver 6 person liferaft (in service)
  • Stainless outboard davit
  • Docklines
  • Fenders
  • Boathook
  • Swim ladder
  • Jack lines
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Fire blanket
  • (2) Diesel jerry cans

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