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Panta Rhei
Able Apogee Raised Salon 51
$349,000 USD
52ft 9in

From the windswept Aleutian Islands to the warm waters of Tahiti, the Able Apogee 51 Panta Rhei is ready to go—she should know, she’s been there before.

This expedition style yacht is outfitted to safely and comfortably take you and your crew wherever your dreams may wander. Designed by Chuck Paine, Panta Rhei has a sea-kindly hull form and efficient deck layout that places an emphasis on performance and ease of use. Her bright interior features a raised salon with forward galley, true navigators station, watertight bulkheads fore and aft, and plenty of headroom throughout. Combine that with continuously and meticulously maintained and upgraded systems since she was first commissioned, including a new genset with just 7 hours of use, watermaker, forced air heat, an air compressor, bow thruster and much more, and you have a vessel that stands out amongst her peers.

Contact Swiftsure Yachts to learn more about what makes Panta Rhei a truly special boat.

Panta Rhei’s owner is 6’6″ and her interior was configured with standing headroom at 6’8″ or more through out the living space and the exterior as full enclosure as well, making it a great boat for a taller person.

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Name of vessel Panta Rhei
Model Able Apogee Raised Salon 51
Year 2000
Builder Able Marine
Designer Chuck Paine
Price $349,000 USD
Location Bainbridge Island, Washington
Length (feet) 52
Beam (feet) 14
Draft (feet) 6ft 9in
Displacement (pounds) 33140
Ballast (pounds) 11400
Engine model Yanmar
Engine horsepower 75
Engine hours 2306
Fuel tank capacity (gallons) 200
Water tank capacity (gallons) 200
Holding tank capacity (gallons)


A minimum of 6’ 8” head room in living areas of the boat combined with bunk length (7’ in forward and aft cabins and 7’2” in the salon) set this boat apart. Combine this with a warm and inviting interior layout, a true nav station (with a comfortable chair that can be lifted up for use) and a true pilothouse. The salon is up and the galley is a true chef’s galley forward. There is a lot to like about Panta Rhei!

Walk through starting forward and moving aft.

The forward cabin is the master with enclosed ensuite head. The cabin starts well aft from the bow (behind a watertight bulkhead) and has a walk around double bed. The bow locker takes up enough space so that the bed is large at the forward end with the sleepers head forward (as opposed to aft). Under the bunk is a set of three drawers. Forward (it’s hard to see because it is so well integrated above) is storage area for long narrow things. Fans attach both port and starboard as well as aft. (4 attachment locations). There are full length book cases along each side of the bed. Under the bunk are a tremendous amount of spares and the (6) 8D AGM batteries new in 2016. (1500 AH at 12 volts ½ that at the 24 volt working voltage). Aft on the port side is a bank of 4 drawers. Behind the drawers is the European house bank battery charger and the Outback power system for the solar array and a spare mast head fly. Sugar maple slating is on the ceilings to port and starboard. A Samsung television and DVD player are located on the port side. Furthest aft in the forward cabin is a large hanging locker. A Marine Air system Air conditioning /reverse cycle heater is located below the hanging locker. The floor is a true teak and sugar maple wood which extends throughout the boat.

The ensuite head is trimmed in teak wood but is finished in a white laminate. The mast is behind the door in the head. The sink is an oval affair with single lever water control. There is a large mirrored cabinet above and cabinet below with cabinet space set outboard of the vacuflush head. The shower is on the aft bulkhead. A curtain separates the shower from the rest of the head. A bar running the length of the head can be placed to make a nice additional hanging locker. This is a generous head room area.

Moving aft is the galley space. This large galley extends across the entire width of the boat. The galley is below the pilot house forward windows, making it very open and bright. Most of the galley is to starboard and we will start there. Starting forward and above on this U-shaped galley there is an open area with great storage. Two levels separate this space. Just outboard is another enclosed cabinet. Underneath is a counter (perfect for rolling out bread) that runs the length of the galley, with a space for four drawers under and a large cabinet space. In the outboard corner is a very large cabinet space accessible from the top. At the bottom of the “U” is the Force 10, 3 burner stove/oven with a storage cabinet below. Above and outboard are a full three cabinets with space above for a hull window and two surprising cabinets. Moving aft there is another full length of counter and sink space. There is a spice rack above that runs the full length of the galley. Outboard there is a large top loading compartment with a tremendous amount of space below. Four drawers are just inboard of the stove, then a large area under the sink accessible through two cabinet doors. The waste bin is in a cabinet just inboard under the sink, which is accessible from the walkway.

On the port side is a huge top loading freezer and an equally large top and front loading fridge. The fridge and freezer are unusually well insulated with vacuum panel walls, bottoms and tops. Outboard of the top loading freezer and top and front loading fridge are three more cabinets. The center cabinet holds the Avanti microwave oven. Above and outboard is a hull window with two cabinets forward.

Moving aft on the port side is the Navigators station. This is a true forward facing navigators table. The nav seat itself a flexsteel nav chair. The chair lifts to give the Navigator a full forward and side view of his surroundings. There is a true 2nd helm station with engine controls as well as control of the helm through the autopilot. The Simrad autopilot control and B&G 2000 wind indicator and multi control is at the front of the nav table. From there is the ample power energy monitor, Simrad autopilot remote attachment, Furuno radar, Furuno GPS/WAAS Navigator, Simrad AI50 GPS and AIS display, Outback power system controller display, Icom IC-M504 VHF, Icom IC-M710 SSB radio, and engine control. On the aft bulkhead behind the nav seat is a 4.5 kW trace engineering inverter/charger control panel, and new Genset control with just 6 hours on the genset, the large breaker panel for AC and DC circuits, and shore power control switch. Aft and facing inboard is the Tank Tender, Bilge level control panel, Fireboy controller, C-power Marine Isolation transformer controller and three larger breaker switches for the power winches. Under outboard and down can be found more storage and a space for the Sextant. Finally, forward and inboard in the space are the Soundstream stereo and two more drawers.

Across from the Nav station on the starboard side is the salon table. The salon table is up, giving an excellent view while seated. The Salon table drops down making a double berth. Above and outboard is a hull window which divides two more storage cabinets. Under the salon seats can be found additional storage as well as storage behind the outboard seat backs.

Moving aft on the starboard side of the companionway is the starboard sleeping berth. This is a smart use of space. There is a bunk wide enough for two people which has a curtain to close it off from the rest of the boat should the occupants want privacy. A very large cabinet is set aft above the bunk. There is access to the starboard side of the engine through a hatch inboard. AC power feed breakers along with a shore power load inlet selector switch (for selecting 50 Hz or 60Hz power inputs) are just outboard of the cabinet door. Moving forward in the space there is file drawer sized cabinet under the berth itself and a large louvered cedar lined hanging locker cabinet outboard.

On center is the companionway entrance. This is an easy two steps into the raised salon. The steps are completely removable to give access to the back end of the engine. I say back end because the engine itself is reversed because of its location aft with a V-drive.

To port is the aft head. This is a full head complete with a separate shower stall. This head has a completely separate system from the forward head. That way if something goes wrong with either head you have a complete back up. The shower space is furthest forward in the head. The shower does have a fold down chair and louvered locker, which can be sectioned off with a shower curtain. Overhead is a removable curtain rod which turns this space into a hanging locker when not in use. The head itself is a nice space with excellent room. There is a large oval sink with cabinets above and below the sink. There are also two large cabinets outboard of the head itself. The head is a vacuflush toilet.

Moving aft is a watertight doorway which gives access to the mechanical space. The mechanical space serves many functions and gives excellent access to the engine space, genset (new Northern Lights!) steering quadrant, spectra watermaker, Webasto heating system, RIX air compressor and the list goes on. This is an excellent space to get things done and a good majority of the mechanical systems are in this space.

This is a layout that works, and works well. It will be excellent for someone who is taller with standing headroom throughout for up to 6’ 8” tall person.


Watertight bulkhead forward with separate bilge (keeps saltwater out of the interior of the boat)

Watertight bulkhead aft for engine room with separate bilge and ventilation

Nav Station with captain’s chair having tilt and elevation control

Settee table with height adjustment. Configurable with separate cushion for a 7 foot two inch long double bed

Very large and wide main cabin and custom berth with side bed access on both sides. You don’t have to crawl across your wife when you get up in the night

Quarter berth with 7 foot long double berth having personal lighting, fan, ventilation, and heat control

Companionway with lower hatch board that can be locked into place and steps for climbing over for use when boarding seas are a concern.

9 attachment points for Fans

Solid Teak and sugar maple floors

Hydronic (Webasto) Heating

Engine hot water heating with hydronic and electric supplements

Teak trim in heads; cherry trim and doors elsewhere

Sugar maple ceilings in cabins

7 Opening hatches

Hydronic heating operational from each cabin (4 locations)

Two Reverse Cycle air conditioners

Overhead bars removable in both heads

2 Vacuflush head systems

Overhead lights and reading lamps are LED’s

110 volt plugs through-out boat

Salon table up

Sleeps 6 comfortably

Settee table with telescoping top converts to a double berth

Cedar lined interior hanging lockers

Separate shower stall in aft head

Hull and Deck
Hull construction featuring Kevlar/E glass inner and outer skins with corecell foam core. Balsa cored deck

Watertight bulkhead forward with separate bilge (keeps saltwater out of the interior of the boat)

Watertight bulkhead aft for engine room

One 50 kg bruce type (Manson construction) main anchor with 330 feet of 3/8 inch chain (new in 2012) and a stainless steel swivel to prevent chain clumping

One 30 kg bruce anchor mounted on dual anchor pulpit. 100 feet ¾ inch rode and amsteel connector for series connecting the two anchors.

Custom Dual Anchor chain roller

Deck stop for chain

Chain bridle

There is also a 20 kg anchor separately stored in the forward sail locker for stern anchoring.

Roller Bearing on lower rudder bearing with neoprene seal on rudderpost

Fanny bars for support when working at the mast at sea. Also, the fanny bars provide climbing support to reach the mainsail at the mast (or to elevate the view forward in regions with coral bommies)

The anchor locker is large and deep so no manual flaking is required for the chain

Anchor washdown directed automatically onto chain

New Lewmar anchor windlass in 2012

New cockpit bimini 2018

7 opening hatches

2 opening port lights (to cockpit)

32 inch lifelines with three 1/19 wires

Lewmar Electric windlass with remote and deck controls.

Anodized aluminum toe rail

(8) Lewmar sheet stoppers mounted on mast

(2) Lewmar 48 winches on mast

(2) Granny pulpits located at mast (Stb side has built in storage for removable stay)

Stainless steel stern pulpit forward to lifeline gates

Deck fills for water

Deck fill for diesel

Deck pump out for Waste

Genoa lead adjustable under load

Staysail lead adjustable by pin

6 cleats – 2 forward 2 amidships and two aft

Tartarooga hard dodger top

Full enclosure bimini top new!

Hand hold for walking around cockpit to the gates on the lifelines

(3) Lewmar sheet stoppers on deck

(6) Lewmar sheet stoppers on cabin top

(1) Lewmar 48 electric winch on port side cabin top

(1) Lewmar 48 winch on stb side cabin top

(2) Lewmar secondary winches in cockpit

(2) Lewmar 66 two speed electric winches in cockpit

Latched cockpit lockers, no water to interior of vessel even if locker lids left open

Edson steering binnacle

Edson Outboard motor mount on transom

Radar pole mounted at transom with open array radar, VHF, and flood light

Outboard dinghy motor lift on radar pole

Storage for two scuba tanks and compressor controls and fill station at transom

Two hand holds on transom swimstep

Dual 5 gallon propane tanks with selector switch and propane line for gas barbeque

Electronics and Navigation
B&G Hercules 2000 Electronics

Hercules 2000 MMFD display at nav

Hercules B&G wind display at nav.

Simrad Robertson AP20 display at Nav (electro-hydraulic autopilot)

Portable control for the autopilot

Rebuilt autopilot ram 2014.

New autopilot electrohydraulic pump 2014 (working older unit kept as spare)

New autopilot rudder position sensor 2014 (working older unit kept as spare)

Single side band radio ICOM M710R with Pactor modem with backstay antenna and antenna tuner

Simrad Autopilot controller at nav

Furuno GaAs FED FRONT END. 8-TONE DAYLIGHT DISPLAY at nav station (for radar)

Furuno GPS/WAAS Navigator

Simrad AI50 GPS AIS Navigator

Icom IC-M504 VHF

ICom M710 SSB with Pactor modem, antenna tuner, and backstay antenna

Garmin GPS 76 hand held GPS

(2) B&G 20/20 displays at companionway

B&G wind display at companionway

Radar Leveler

6kw open array Furuno Radar

Icom Command Mic III at upper helm

External mounted Garmin GPS antenna

External mounted Iridium Satellite phone antenna

External mounted Simrad GPS antenna

Furuno radar display at outside helm station

Hercules 2000 mfd display at helm station

Samsung Blue Ray disc player in forward cabin

Samsung Television in forward cabin.

Separate controls for Stereo

Sound Stream MOSFET 50Wx4 Touch Sensor MPE/CD AM/FM player

Ritchie compass at helm

Northern lights generator 5kw with 4 hours of use! (New)

24 volt house bank electrical system with 6 8D AGM batteries (new batteries in 2016)

Separate 12 volt AGM batteries for engine start and gen set (new 2014)

135 amp 24 volt Balmar house bank alternator. Separate 12 volt alternators for engine and gen set (cross connectable batteries)

Engine alternator for engine starting system (new in 2017) Also spare engine alternator for engine start circuit

Spare house bank alternator

Ample Power Energy Monitor at Nav station

Outback Power Systems control

Remote Trace engineering inverter control

120 Volt Generator/Shore power selection switch

C-Power Marine Isolation transformer with automatic voltage normalization for 220 volt input. This corrects for voltage drop on long docks where the boat may be far from a distribution system transformer

Separate transformer for 110 v 30A input

Solar panels (720 watt) for charging of house bank batteries

Three Bass Power DC & AC control/breaker panels

Three blue Sea Systems main breaker for electric powered winches

Electrical connectors for 220v 50 Amp 60 Hz on the forward and aft portions of the boat (so a 50 foot chord can reach shore power whether the boat is backed in or bow in)

Provision for 220 v 50 Hz power input (including certified cables for connecting to 50 Hz power) with a separate charging system to recharge the house bank batteries (when operating on 50 Hz power)

110 volt 30 amp power input

AC power feeder main breakers

Balmar Max charge MC-624 separate charge controller

Yanmar 75 hp Engine with 2306.0 Hours (new in 2011)

Three blade Max Prop feathering propeller

Dual hydraulic engine controls (at nav station and in cockpit)

Spare transmission cooler

Dual Racor Engine fuel filters

Diesel Fuel day tank with electric pump

Fire control system in engine room

Large size fire extinguishers in forward stateroom, galley, engine room

Webasto Hydronic heating operational from each cabin

Fuel and water capacity gauges

Holding tank gauges

Fuel tank and water tank vents placed on top of aft pulpit to prevent sea water ingress

Holding tank vent on top of radar post

Bow thrustor, retractable 5 hp electric (28 volt dc) currently being repaired

200 gallons diesel fuel in one aluminum tank

200 gallons water in two 100 gallon water tanks (stainless steel)

Spectra Watermaker 12 gallon per hour with manual control

Carbon Water filter for main sink

Surge suppressor and pressure vessel for fresh water system with LARGE capacity geared pump

H/C pressure water with cold water carbon filter and Seagull filter

Fresh water manifolds for system management

Foot pump for fresh water emergency use.

2 Air conditioners, fore and aft, salt water cooled and AC powered

Force 10 three burner stove with oven and oven temperature control

12 gallon hot water tank with engine heating, electric heating element (AC either shore power or generator), webasto hot water heat loop (heats hot water when webasto heater is ON)

Double electric bilge pumps in main compartment, large manual bilge pump with selection for main salon or engine compartment (in addition to engine room bilge pump). Bilge pump control and monitoring system.

Fresh water and salt water distributed through connections in forepeak sail/equipment compartment

Salt water manifold for cooling water distribution to air conditioners, watermaker, refrigeration cooling,

Tankwatch 4 tank tenders for black water

Vacuuflush heads fore and aft with large independent holding tanks and level sensors

Force 10 three burner stove/oven

Large Glacier Bay refrigerator with front and top access and holding plate and 1/2 hp dc compressor including temperature display and independent controller. Vacuum Panel insulation

Large Glacier Bay freezer with top access and wire shelving and holding plates including temperature display and independent controller. Vacuum panel insulation.

Avanti Microwave oven

Xintex S-2A Propane /CNG Fume detector and control system

Dual 5 gallon propane tanks with selector switch and propane line for gas barbeque

Tank tender (2 water & 1 Fuel) gauge

Bilge level control panel with 4 zones Forepeak, galley, keel sump and engine room

Fireboy propane detection system

Fireboy ES-5000-01 shut down system

Boatsafe Marine Engine Compartment Heater

Electric heaters (fore and aft)

RIX “oil less” scuba compressor in engine room with charging station and controls in aft lazarette. “Soft Start” AC input allows starting and running the scuba compressor on low power sources like Trace inverter and gen set. Scuba air intake in port side cubby. Scuba air outlet filters

Storage locations for 3 scuba tanks

Oil change pump

Max Power retractable bow thruster with controls at helm

Rigging and Sails
Tall aluminum mast (72 feet from keel mast step) with rod rigging

Profurl furler

Antal Track on Mainsail

Hydraulic vang

Removable inner stay

Spare halyard for jib

Spare halyard for mainsail

Spinnaker halyard

Swept back spreaders on dual spreader stay

Reefing lines and mainsail halyards led to cockpit (second and third reefs; first reef at mast). Reefing lines are abrasion resistant design

Carbon Fiber mast mounted spinnaker/whisker pole

8 Sheet stoppers mounted on mast

Forward Lowers

Stays all Rod rigging

Two spreaders lights

Foredeck LED light and steaming light

Masthead LED Running light and anchor light

Hydraulic split backstay

Fold down swim step with teak foot treadles

Navtek Hydraulic control for Vang, Backstay, and Outhaul at helm

Stack Pack sail cover new in 2012 by Lidgard Sails (NZ)

Full 6 batten mainsail new 2012 by Lidgard Sails (NZ) with three reef points (Top two with control lines led to cockpit)

Roller furling headsail, new 2012 in New Zealand (Lidgard Sails) with Carol Hasse cover replacement 2018

Breakaway inner forestay with storm staysail and normal staysail

Storm trysail and separate storm trysail track on mast

Spare 135% Genoa (gatorback spectra North Sail)

Safety and Miscellaneous
Safety attach points throughout cockpit. Safety lines for decks to attach to

Winslow 6 man life raft (needs re-packing, repacked 2014)

Life raft compartment

Emergency tiller

Ditch Bag

ACR EPIRB in case

Fireboy fire suppression system in engine room

Hand powered 1.8 gph watermaker

Dinghy storage rack on foredeck

Tohatsu 18hp 2 stroke Outboard


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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