ALICE Able Whistler 48 1985

Southwest Harbor, ME


48 ft
13.92 ft
100 hp
5.92 ft


ALICE is an exceptionally graceful aft cockpit design which provides fore and aft staterooms in a unique raised saloon configuration featuring an inside steering station. Designed and built for ocean crossings, ALICE is also set up for easy short handed use and is an equally good for enjoying an afternoon out on the water.  ALICE is ready to take her next owners safely and comfortably on their next adventures.


  • Boat Name: Able Whistler 48 1985
  • Location: Southwest Harbor, ME
  • Ballast Weight: 13,600 lb
  • Displacement Measure: 36,000 lb
Engine 1
  • Brand: Westerbeke
  • Engine Type: Inboard
  • Engine/Fuel Type: diesel
  • Hours: 7430
  • Drive Type: Direct
  • Engine Power: 100|horsepower

Vessel Description


The interior is built with a classic Herreshoff finish with white bulkheads and overheads with varnished cherry trim and solid plank teak cabin sole resulting in a traditional but light feel.  Cushions are upholstered in a maroon Ultraleather.  Storage is well thought out behind louvered locker doors, in drawer and shelves.  Abundant opening portlights, overhead hatches and dorades provide excellent ventilation although the interior is also climate controlled with air conditioning and heat.

The FORWARD STATEROOM includes a V-berth with filler, bureaus aft of starboard berth, cabinets above and a large hanging locker to port and starboard. Three opening ports and a large escape hatch provide abundant light and ventilation. Additional features include individual heat/AC controls, shipstrike and barometer, directional brass reading lamps and a collector quality, Dutch oil lamp. While debatable, this stateroom is likely to be favored over the aft cabin for the owner’s quarters.

Next aft to port is a generous head compartment with shower stall. Concealed beside the shower is a Sanyo 1l0v clothes dryer. Marine toilet is a Groco full size with holding tank.

To starboard is some additional hanging storage and a solid fuel, Luke soapstone fireplace in polished brass with matching brass firewall backdrop exuding as much charm as it does warmth. Aft of the stove is a settee with a folding backrest that converts to a transom/pilot configuration. Bookshelves are outboard to either side of a liquor locker framed in leaded glass.

Opposite to port is the residential sized U-shaped GALLEY. The galley is ideally configured for cooking while passaging. It is located on the vessel’s mid-ship axis and separated from the saloon by a serving space. There is 16 sq. ft. of counter space in a U-shape which is partially tiled. Other features include: double s/s sink on centerline, top opening deep freeze and refrigerator with Sea Frost holdover plates cooled by engine or 110v compressors.

Also included is a 3-burner gimballed LPG stove (20 lb. bottle stored in cockpit), microwave (driven by an inverter), stainless pots and pans, matched flatware and china service for six in custom fitted storage.

Two steps up is the raised MAIN SALOON with dinette to port that comfortably seats six. Visibility from all the dinette seating is superb. To starboard is the full helm station.

Space under the dinette is cleverly configured to allow a work bench with vise and full spares locker when the outboard seating is removed.

One step down is the private AFT STATEROOM with a double berth to starboard, drawer storage beneath and a handsome hanging locker on centerline with five more drawers and mirrored backdrop. To port is the enclosed head with shower.

North Carolina cherry trim in hand-rubbed, satin finish contrasts with white panels and bulkheads in Herreshoff style. Cabinet and locker doors are louvered in solid cherry. Overheads are white with exposed deck beams. All doors are recessed and cherry-faced drawers are flawlessly dovetailed. Ference Mate’s “The World’s Best Sailboats” goes to considerable length to convey a sense for the quality of finish and degree of innovation aboard ACADIA, now named ALICE, but comparison is the best medium. We invite and welcome specific comparisons with yachts from the best custom boat builders in the world.



Hull design is a Chuck Paine modified fin with a full skeg and a Scheel keel for moderate draft.

  • Hand laid fiberglass with Airex core provides a light, stiff hull with excellent acoustic and thermal insulation properties.
  • Rubstrip at sheer painted to match hull with stainless steel chafe strip
  • Hull Awlgripped Flag Blue 2005 with white whale stripe at sheer and single white boot stripe
  • Stainless steel and teak bowsprit with bobstay with integrated anchor roller and headstay attachment
  • Decks are composite wood and fiberglass construction with core
  • Decks Awlgripped white with contrasting San Mateo Wheat non-skid 2006
  • Integrated bulwark at intersection of hull and deck provides security on deck underway



The deck is laid out with a generous aft cockpit and wide side decks with excellent access forward and well designed systems for safe, shorthanded sailing.

  • Varnished teak toe rail cap on bulwark
  • Varnished teak handrails, eyebrow, dorade boxes, sea hood and name boards
  • Stainless steel bow and stern rails and stanchions with double white vinyl coated lifelines with port and starboard gates
  • Teak decking on side decks and cockpit sole and seats
  • Custom bowsprit/anchor platform w/dual rollers providing permanent stowage for Danforth, CQR and Bruce
  • Flush hatches in foredeck provide access to fresh and saltwater deck wash
  • Deck prisms in foredeck bring natural light into forward cabin
  • Three dorades with varnished boxes add ventilation below
  • (9) opening bronze portlights on either side of the cabin house and (5) largo overhead hatches provide abundant natural light and ventilation
  • Large fixed raised salon side and front windows bring in additional light and connection to the outside
  • Storage on top of raised salon rooftop for fenders, boarding ladder and fender boards



The large aft cockpit with deep coamings provides room for lounging and entertaining and safety underway. 

  • Teak decking on cockpit settees and lockers
  • Removable teak inserts over cockpit sole
  • Edson helm pedestal with  stainless steel teak rimmed wheel and binnacle
  • Mounts at helm for Raymarine Axiom chartplotter and depth and speed instruments
  • Single lever engine control mounted to helm pedestal
  • Custom triple-leaf Able cockpit table at binnacle (seats 5)
  • Navman depth sounder and Datamarine wind instrument mounted on forward bulkhead of cockpit
  • Storage under cockpit settees and coamings
  • Cockpit shower in coaming locker



  • Westerbeke 100 hp diesel engines with approximately 7,430 hours on meter (September, 2022)
  • Redundant electric fuel pump
  • Primary and secondary fuel filters with water separator
  • Lube oil transfer system with remote mounted oil filter
  • Engine alarm and emergency stop
  • Raw water sea strainer
  • Acoustic insulation lining for engine compartment
  • Scatra thrust bearing – replaced ’95 (w/spare)
  • Lasdrop shaft seal – installed ’95
  • Max Prop three bladed adjustable pitch feathering prop
  • Cruiseair 16,000 BTU reverse cycle air conditioning
  • Espar diesel fired, forced hot air heater
  • Hydraulic bow thruster with PTO pump off generator
  • Edson manual wheel steering
  • Spectra Watermaker (not commissioned)
  • Bilge blower
  • 1 Automatic bilge pump
  • 2 shower sump pumps
  • Fresh & saltwater washdown
  • 2 15 gallon polyethylene holding tanks, new 1999
  • 2 manual heads
  • Wheel clutch (disengage) on cockpit & inside station wheels
  • Tank Tender system for water and fuel tank level monitoring
  • Paragon Senior fresh water pressure system
  • 12-gallon stainless hot water heater – heats from 110v power and engine coolant loop
  • MarineAir air conditioning system
  • Extensive spare parts inventory



Electrical systems, both 12v DC and 110v AC, are laid out to the highest standards with tinned copper wire in conduit, soldered terminals and color-coded, numbered circuits. Electrical panels were reconfigured in ’95 with spare breakers added.

  • 5 AGM 8D batteries, (4 for ship’s service, 1 for engine start)
  • Emergency start parallel system
  • 2000W Trace inverter/charger
  • TrueCharge 40 amp Battery Charger
  • Balmar 140 amp dual output alternator
  • Shore cables – two 30 amp (125v) x 50′
  • Westerbeke 8KW generator in sound shield



  • Raymarine ST8002 autopilot w/remote
  • Raymainre ST60+ rudder angle indicator
  • Raymarine Axiom touchscree Chartplotter GPS at helm (2020)
  • West Marine DSC VHF
  • Datamarine Link 8000 (speed/log, depth, wind)
  • Furuno GPS with computer link
  • Furuno 803D 36 mile radar
  • ICOM M-710 SSB w/100 sq.ft. counterpoise in hull laminate
  • Pactor PTC-II modem
  • ACR Rapidfix 406 EPIRB (battery expired)
  • CD stereo system w Pioneer speakers w/ 2 Pioneer weather speakers in cockpit (‘2006)
  • Telephone wiring and jacks for land line



The rigging plan is suitable for shorthanded sailing with sail controls led to the helm wherever possible.

  • Soundspar aluminum double-spreader furling mainmast is stepped on the keel
  • Profurl furling units for staysail and headsail and electric primaries, electric mainsheet winch, hand secondary and reefing winches.
  • Manual in mast furling for main and self tacking staysail with club boom
  • Navtec hydraulic vang and backstay.
  • All spars Awlgripped in 2004.
  • Spreader lights
  • Spinnaker pole mounted on mast



  • In mast furling mainsail – North 2004
  • Yankee – North 2011
  • Club staysail – North 2002
  • Gennaker – North
  • Storm trysail – North (w/separate mast track & halyard)
  • Storm staysail – North



  • (2) Barlow #325T electric primaries
  • Barlow #285T electric secondary on port side
  • Barlow #27 ST manual secondary stbd side
  • Barlow #25 ST manual winch for main inhaul/outhaul
  • Barlow #27 ST manual winch on mast



  • Givens 6-man liferaft in canister (out of inspection)
  • Lifesling
  • Deployable storm stay
  • (6) Switlick safety harnesses
  • 100 gph manual bilge pump in cockpit
  • Masthead strobe light w/tri-color
  • Emergency tiller
  • Padeyes in cockpit for safety tethers
  • Cockpit speakers
  • Portable fire extinguishers


Ground Tackle:

  • Nilsson Electric windlass with rope and chain
  • 65 lb CQR primary anchor in bow roller with 280’ chain rode
  • 65 lb Danforth anchor mounted to bowrail with rode
  • 35 lb Bruce on deck forward of life raft (can also store in second anchor roller)
  • 100 lb Luke Yachtsman storm anchor (stored below in hanging locker)
  • 22 lb Fortress stern anchor
  • Full deck awning
  • Bimini
  • Foredeck & cockpit awning
  • Custom boathooks in deck chocks (2)
  • Stainless steel LPG barbecue w/railmount
  • Fenders and docklines
  • Custom outboard bracket of teak and stainless
  • Custom binocular box at binnacle
  • Hinged deck chocks for tender (8′ Trinka)
  • Boarding ladder
  • Fender boards
  • Magma grill mounted to stern rail

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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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