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Turtle's Back
Outbound 46
$749,000 USD
46ft in

The Outbound 46 has a well-deserved reputation as the gold standard of blue water cruising sailboats. Designed by renowned naval architect Carl Schumacher, built to the highest standards and continually refined over more than 20 years in production, the Outbound 46 will take you comfortably across any ocean. Her long waterline, moderate beam, high righting moment and efficient foils provide exceptional sailing performance. At the same time, her solid fiberglass hull is robust and safe, well reinforced by strong structural members that are bonded to the hull. Ballast is integral to the fin keel (no bolts) with a deep sump. Water and fuel tanks are built in fiberglass below the cabin sole – maximizing capacity (190 fuel and 200 water) and ideally distributing weight. Her elegant hand-crafted American cherry interior features a semi-raised salon that is only three easy steps from the cockpit. Natural light from large windows floods the salon and galley spaces, and good ventilation is provided by hatches and opening ports. Her master stateroom is forward with a walk around island berth and quarter cabin aft provides comfortable accommodations for owners and guests. Systems installations and access are prioritized, with the famous Outbound 46 “garage” with work bench in the starboard quarter.

Turtle’s Back (hull 66) is the most highly optimized Outbound 46 available. She has only seen light use in Pacific Northwest waters since new – logging only 105 hours on her Yanmar diesel. Her cabin sole varnish gleams, systems show virtually no wear, and compartments behind the scenes are clean and tidy. See detailed photos of these areas in this listing. Turtle’s Back must be seen to be appreciated.



1200 amp hour LIFEPO4 house battery bank

716 watt solar array

Wind generator

Northern Lights generator

Air conditioning and hydronic heat

Keel cooled Frigoboat refrigeration

Full Raymarine electronics package including Flir mast mounted thermal camera

Splendide washer/dryer

High output (31 gallon per hour) watermaker

Bow thruster

AB aluminum bottom RIB dinghy with Honda outboard on custom Outbound Yachts davits

Complete sail inventory including Hood Vektran working sails, spinnaker and storm jib and trysail

Electric primary winches and mainsail halyard winch

Custom Tempur Pedic mattresses

Name of vessel Turtle's Back
Model Outbound 46
Year 2018
Builder Outbound Yachts
Designer Carl Schumacher
Price $749,000 USD
Location Seattle, WA
Length (feet) 46
Beam (feet) 13'6"
Draft (feet) 6'6"
Displacement (pounds) 28000
Ballast (pounds) 10000
Engine model Yanmar 4JH80
Engine horsepower 80
Engine hours 105
Fuel tank capacity (gallons) 190
Water tank capacity (gallons) 200
Holding tank capacity (gallons) 40

Interior Accommodations

Turtle’s Back interior is beautifully finished in American cherry with satin varnish. All hatches and screens are finished this way as well. The cabin sole is thick teak and holly over plywood and has been finished in high gloss two part Awlgrip for durability. Locking drawers and cabinets can be secured. Large salon windows fill the living areas with natural light. Opening ports and hatches with screens provide excellent ventilation. There are plenty of handholds to make passage easy and safer when the seas kick up or you are heeling over. She can sleep six comfortably in two separate cabins and the salon.

The master stateroom is located forward, featuring a walk around island berth. This berth hinges up to reveal storage below, with additional drawers below the aft end. Sliding door lockers run along the hull sides, with a shelf below. There is a hanging locker aft and to starboard. The head is located to port, with a sink outside of the compartment in the stateroom just forward.

The main salon is aft of the master stateroom. There is a seven foot long U-shaped dinette to port with a drop leaf table with a straight settee to port. The mid-section of the backrest of the starboard settee drops down to become a small table perfect for playing cards or having a drink. There is a wine cabinet behind this table. Bookshelves with adjacent lockers are above and behind both settees. The settee coverts into a generous sea berth when underway. The battery bank and inverter/charger is accessed beneath the starboard settee. Cushions are covered in ultra-suede fabric in excellent condition.

The U-shaped galley is located to port and aft of the main salon and includes Corian counters, double stainless sink and Scanvik faucets. There is a dish storage rack above the sinks. There are two large access hatches to the fridge and freezer on the port side as well as a three-burner gimballed Force 10 stove with oven. There is generous storage including a pantry with generous open storage.

Across from the galley to starboard is the navigation station. Situated adjacent to the companionway, the navigator will be in close proximity to those on watch allowing communication with the helm. The top opening chart table easily accommodates all the necessary navigation equipment. There are drawers and lockers for tools, winch handles and binoculars. The chartplotter screen is here as well as VHF and SSB radios, electrical and tank monitors and generator controls. The electrical panel is a short reach across the passageway beneath the starboard side of the galley counter and hinges open to allow full access to the back for service.

The guest stateroom is located aft of the galley. This is a comfortable quarterberth with hatches and ports providing light and ventilation including into the cockpit. Lockers are above and outboard of the berth with additional storage in cabinets along the aft bulkhead. There is a large hanging locker a bookshelf as well as two drawers below the berth.

The aft head is to starboard. This is the ideal location near the companionway for access to the on watch crew or storage of foul weather gear. Molded surfaces that are easy to clean and impervious to moisture. A stainless steel sink is set into a counter forward and there is a mirror above. The Raritan electric head is outboard. A separate shower stall is located aft.

The garage is accessed via the shower stall. This space features a work bench with storage, Splendide washer/dryer and excellent access to the generator and other systems. The starboard cockpit locker lid opens to give this space standing headroom and ventilation. A door in the bulkhead aft allows access to the lazarette and steering gear.

(1) Marine Air air conditioning/reverse cycle heat system in salon and (2) Climma systems in staterooms

Webasto DBW2010 hydronic diesel cabin heater

Pressure hot/cold water

Tempur-Contour Elite by Tempur Pedic queen mattresses for each cabin by Artisans Custom Mattress

Custom cadet grey Sunbrella blackout curtains for portlights

Red/white Imtra interior lights with salon and master stateroom overhead lights on switches

(7) cabin fans

Raritan Elegance electric toilet at aft head

Raritan manual toilet at forward head

Fresh/raw water selection valves for heads and washdown

Splendide washer/dryer (vented) in lazarette



Frigoboat keel cooled refrigerator and freezer with K50 compressors and digital controls

Force 10 propane three burner stove/oven with broiler

Magic Chef microwave

Fresh and raw water foot pumps

Carbon filter for fresh water

Assorted knives, silverwar, pots, pans and dishes


Electronics and Navigation

At helm:

Raymarine Axiom 9 Pro-S 9” multifunction display

Raymarine p70s autopilot control head

Raymarine i70s

Raymarine i70s

Ritchie binnacle compass

At companionway:

Raymarine Axiom 7 7” multifunction display

Raymarine i70s

At nav station:

Raymarine Axiom 12RV 12” multifunction display

Raymarine i70s

Raymarine Ray260 fixed mount VHF with passive speaker

Icom M802 SSB radio with AT-140 antenna tuner and KISS counterpoise


Raymarine Evolution autopilot with Type 2 linear drive


Raymarine AIS650 Class B AIS transceiver

Raymarine GPS antenna

Raymarine Quantum Q24C 18” radar antenna

Flir M-625CS mast mounted thermal camera

Raymarine ECL-100 engine monitor

Raymarine wired wind transducer

Raymarine RV-200 sonar transducer

Raymarine DST800 depth, speed and temperature transducer

AFI shorty horn

1000 watt spotlight with control at helm

SSB radio with KISS counterpoise

At salon:

Majestic LED323GS flat screen monitor with two piece swing arm and UFO antenna

Bose sound bar mounted on TV swing arm

Custom cadet grey Sunbrella cover for television


Electrical Systems

12v DC and 120v AC electrical systems

Dual Smartplug 30 amp shore power inlets at bow and stern

Outbound Yachts AC/DC electrical distribution panel with AC voltmeter and ammeter and DC voltmeter

Victron BMV 712 battery monitor

Victron Color Control GX monitor/remote control

Victron Multi Control inverter/charger remote control

Victron Multiplus 3000 inverter/charger

(4) Relion 300amp hour LIFEPO4 house batteries (1200 amp hours)

West Marine Group 31 AGM engine start battery

Primus Windpower Silent X Marine wind generator

716 watt solar array: Solbian Flex SP104 (104w) solar panels two per side and two Renogy RNG-100D (100w) panels above bimini (rigid), one Renogy (100w) on dodger (rigid) with Victron MPPT Bluetooth charge controllers

Dual engine alternators

Balmar Max Charge MC612 external alternator regulator

Buckboost DC/DC converter

(2) Sterling alternator protection devices


Mechanical Systems

Yanmar 4JH80 80 horsepower diesel engine (105 hours)

Direct drive transmission

PSS Dripless shaft seal

Line cutter

Flexofold 22×15 three blade folding propeller

Dual Racor primary fuel filters for main engine with vacuum gauge

9kw Northern Lights AC generator (104 hours)

Racor primary fuel filter for generator

Side Power bow thruster

Tank Tender tank pneumatic tank level monitor

Rule 3700 upper bilge pump with float switch and cockpit indicator light

Blue Water Desalination Explorer 750 31 gph AC watermaker with UV sterilizer, commercial pre filter, oil/water separator, media filter and Ph neutralizer


Hull and Deck

The Outbound 46 design was conceived for serious offshore cruising. Each Outbound Yacht is constructed of 100% hand-laid fiberglass with a massive system of stringers, longitudinals and bulkheads that are carefully bonded directly to the hull while still in the mold. Laminates are increased in high stress areas and in the bow and bilge for added strength. Bi-axial cloth adds to the overall impact resistance and outer layers of vinylester resin protect against osmotic blistering. Ashland Maz-Guard premium ISO-NPGH gelcoat is used to protect the laminate and provide a superior gloss for years. To eliminate keel bolt troubles, the hull and keel are molded as a single lamination. The hull is coated with five layers of Interlux 2000 barrier coat before bottom paint. After the deck is through bolted and sealed to the hull with 3M 5200 sealant, the bulkheads are fiberglassed on their entire perimeter, not just screwed in place. All furniture is then carefully bonded to the hull adding to the structural support system.

The deck is cored with balsa and vacuum bagged with the core materials removed and replaced with solid fiberglass and stainless backing plates in critical areas. There are removable overheard access panels throughout to get to deck hardware. Pushpit, pulpit and mast rails are oversized 1.5” stainless tubing. Lifelines are taller than average at 30”, with a solid handrail leading from the boarding gates aft. There are stainless handrails on the cabin top and padeyes to connect jacklines and harnesses. Mooring cleats are 12” stainless, suitable for a large ocean-going yacht. There are ten stainless steel opening ports and eight Lewmar hatches. Four dorade vents and Nicro solar fans provide plenty of ventilation.

The cockpit is a safe and comfortable place whether driving the boat in a gale or resting in a placid anchorage. The long seats provide plenty of room for entertaining, sleeping outside or sunbathing. Most importantly, the cockpit is deep and narrow with seat backs ergonomically designed for maximum comfort. For safety and comfort, the Outbound 46 was designed to make moving about the cockpit and cabin as easy as possible. The three step companionway allows easy transit from cockpit to salon without having to use a steep and long ladder. A factory installed hard dodger protects the cockpit. Lights are installed in the dodger overhead and two hatches provide ventilation. A walk thru transom with boarding platform and fold down swim ladder make access to the dinghy and water easy. And there is a built in liferaft storage container accessible to the cockpit and platform.

Excellent stowage and load carrying capacity are designed into the Outbound’s hull and deck. 200 gallons of water and 190 gallons of fuel are stored in integral fiberglass tanks beneath the cabin sole which aids in upwind sailing performance and opens space under the settees and bunks for other stowage. There is a large foredeck locker at the bow, separated from the cabin by a watertight bulkhead and accessed from on deck. The locker also offers standup access to the anchor locker and makes stowing an asymmetrical spinnaker a breeze. In addition to the forward locker there is a giant cockpit lazarette, a large propane locker and access to the “garage” aft of the after head.

Lewmar V-4 anchor windlass with wired remote

Anchor washdown pump with quick release hose

Ultra 77lb stainless steel anchor with Ultra swivel and 250’ 3/8HT chain and 250 rope rode

Fortress FX37 secondary anchor with 40’ 5/16HT chain and 200’ 4/8 nylon rode

Mantus anchor bridle

Rubrail with stainless trim

Seahawk CuKote bottom paint (May 2023) over five coats of Interlux 2000 barrier coat

Prop speed coating on shaft, propeller, line cutter, transducer and bow thruster strut

All gelcoat on deck treated with Glidecoat ceramic coating (Winter 2022/2023)

Granny bars with cleats for flag halyards

(6) stainless mooring cleats

Lewmar teak cockpit table – unvarnished

Custom fiberglass deck storage box (lockable, with screened ventilation)

Iverson’s Design full cockpit enclosure with acrylic window revisions by Canvas Supply

Paddle board racks on lifelines


Sails and Rigging

Turtle’s Back is rigged for shorthanded sailing with all lines led aft to the cockpit. Electric primary winches and mainsail halyard winch provide power assist. All sailing hardware is oversized and well suited for a blue water cruising yacht.

Sparcraft double spreader aluminum mast, white powder coat

Sparcraft aluminum boom, white powder coat

Rigid boom vang

Stainless steel 1×19 standing rigging

Antal low friction mainsail track and stainless storm trysail track on mast
Lewmar mainsheet traveller

Selden carbon fiber removable bowsprit for asymmetrical spinnaker

Hood Sails Vecran mainsail with Antal low friction slides

Hood Sails Vectran genoa

Hood Sails Vectran solent jib

North Sails Norlon 150 A2 asymmetrical spinnaker with Harken top down furler

Hood Sails storm trysail

Hood Sails storm jib

Hood sails custom mainsail cover

Carbon fiber/aluminum telescoping whisker pole mounted on mast

Harken MKIV genoa and solent furler

Spectra lazy jacks

(1) Lewmar 40 ST winches at mast

(2) Lewmar 65 ST electric primary winches

(2) Lewmar 50 ST winches at cabin top (one electric for mainsail halyard)


Miscellaneous and Safety

AB Lammina 8AL RIB dinghy with aluminum hardbottom (2021)

Honda 5hp four stroke outboard engine (2022)

Custom Outbound Yachts davits (folding and removable) use electric halyard winch to raise/lower

Outboard motor lift with mount on port rail

(2) outboard motor lifting harnesses

Lifesling 3 MOB recovery device with 3:1 lifting tackle

(8) fenders and (4) docklines

60’ “lock lines”

Sea-B-Q stainless steel marine BBQ with cover and cutting board

Custom North Sails Cadet Grey Sunbrella line bags and covers for outboard motor boom and dinghy


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