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 Classic Yacht SONIC for sale

Asking US $ $650,000

A  truly beautiful steel classic yacht. 
"Sonic" has brand new Burmese teak decks.  She's a 60' Burmudan Ocean Racing Yawl.  The historically defined Burger Boat Company built her in 1951.  Originally designed as a Sonar Bouy testing vessel, "Sonic" was classed as a research vessel.
The cockpit, exterior trim, and interior is elegant dark mahogany.
She has recently undergone a 2 year extensive, comprehensive re-fit.
She has circumnavigated the world 6 times.
She's very strong (her frames are 15" on center) and is capable of navigating any waters.
A great yacht  for cruising, chartering, and/or to sail in the classic regattas.

Boat Name
Builder: Burger Boat Company. USA.
Designer: Philip Rhodes
Flag of Registry: Malaysia
Keel: Other
LOA: 60 ft 0 in
Beam: 15 ft 6 in
Maximum Draft: 7 ft 0 in
Displacement: 29000 kgs

Engine 1:
Engine Brand: GM Detroit
Engine Model: 3-71 FWC
Engine Type: Inboard
Engine/Fuel Type: Diesel
Propeller: 2 blade propeller
Drive Type: Direct Drive

Fresh Water Tanks: (300 Gallons)
Fuel Tanks: (800 Gallons)
Number of double berths: 2
Number of cabins: 3
Number of heads: 2
Number of bathrooms: 2


The owner's cabin is aft and separate from the rest of the yacht with its own shower and head. The main saloon has a large galley to port with the nav. station opposite. A table each side of the saloon allows for generous dining. Forward is the head to starboard with the large forepeak cabin. The interior is finished with a mixture of hard woods, mostly solid mahogany.
Headroom is 6' 7''.


'Taylors' 3 burner gas stove and oven.
Two top loading fridge/ freezers 30 litres each approx . Double deep stainless steel sinks with Jabsco pressurised hot and cold water.
Additional foot pump draws filtered water.

Two Showers.
One in each bathroom.
Sump pumps to grey/black water tank.  
Heads Two,manual.
100 litre holding tank.

Engine & Genset

A single GM Detroit diesel 2-stroke engine model 3-71 FWC. The engine is offset to port and coupled to a GM hydraulically operated reverse reduction gearbox, shaft with two Hardy Spicer universal joints to the 2 inch stainless steel propshaft, main thrust journal bearing, cutlass bearing and 24 inch 3 blade Maxprop.

The engine room was completely refit in 2010 with non combustible materials and high quality non combustible material.

The 10KVA Onan genset is sited to starboard of the centreline parallel with the main engine.

Fuel Tanks 5
Structural fuel tanks on the centreline under saloon totalling 800 US gallons.
Flow and return manifolds in the engine room with isolating valves for each tank, serving two Racor fuel filter water separators for main engine and generator.

Water Tanks: Two
structural steel water tanks on centreline under saloon totaling 300 US gallons.
Watermaker is a 'Village Marine' 6 GPH.

Sail Inventory

  • No 1 genoa (Dacron) 150% - Good
  • No 2 genoa )Dacron) 'Neil Pryde' - Good
  • No 3 blastreacher (Dacron) - Good
  • No 1 staysail c/w battens (Dacron) - Good
  • No 2 staysail (Dacron) - Good
  • No 3 staysail (Dacron) - Good
  • Mainsail (Dacron) - Excellent
  • Mizzen staysail (1 1/2 oz nylon) - Excellent
  • Mizzen sail (Dacron) - Excellent
  • Heavy asymmetrical spinnaker - Neil Pryde c/w sock - Excellent
  • Medium asymmetrical spinnaker - UK Sails c/w sock - Excellent
  • Light asymmetrical spinnaker - UK Sails c/w sock - Excellent
  • Large symmetrical spinnaker c/w sock - Good
  • Small symmetrical spinnaker c/w sock - Good
  • Storm jib (Dacron) - Good
  • Storm trysail - Good
  • Two 100% headsails - UK Sails - carbon Tape-Drive sails with full battens - Excellent
Electric and batteries
8 x 100amp ACDelco 12v batteries connected through master battery switch into 1 bank of 3 in parallel for engine starting and 1 bank of 5 in parallel for 12v house service

Electronics & Navigation

  • Raytheon sailing instruments
  • Raytheon Autohelm ST6000 autopilot
  • Newmar HDM 220-12-40 AC battery charger
  • Furuno radar display
  • Furuno DFax weatherfax
  • West Marine Kona VHF radio
  • Magellan h/h GPS


  • Ground Tackle

    Maxwell 3500 electric windlass. 75 lb CQR gavanised anchor with 220' of 12mm galvanised steel chain. 50 lb CQR and 60 lb Danforth anchors stowed aft.

    Deck Gear

    • Mainsheet on Harken traveller on aft cabin top
    • 2 x Barient 32 two speed primary winches
    • 2 x Barient 22 two speed secondary winches
    • 1 x Barient 22 two speed main sheet winch
    • Deck / anchor wash
    • Low profile bronze dorade vents
    • Custom teak and mahogany scuba tank holders
    Stainless steel boom gallow

Mast and Rigging

White enamelled aluminium mast of oval section by Fosters Marine in New Zealand, rigged with two spreader masthead bermudan rig. Wooden boom with galvanised steel bands and strong points, rigged for three slab reefs. Stainless steel standing rigging : Forestay and cap shrouds - 12mm Dyform. Backstay - 12mm Dyform insulated as SSB HF radio antenna with split lower section in 10mm Dyform. Intermediates and lowers - 12mm Dyform. Inner forestay - 10mm 19 strand stainless with stainless steel manual tensioner. Running backstays - 7/16 Dyform with bronze blocks and 9mm efswr tails lead to bronze Highfield tensioners. Main halyard in stainless steel efswr lead to a Merriman No 11 wire reel winch. Genoa halyard in stainless steel efswr lead to a Merriman No 8 wire reel winch. Other halyards in stainless steel efswr with polyester braid-on-braid tails. Other running rigging in braid-on-braid polester.

White enamelled aluminium mizzen mast and boom with single spreader rig comprising aft swept cap shrouds, forward and aft lowers and upper forward angled intermediates, all in 8mm 19 strand stainless steel and 6mm running back stays. Boom c/w slab reefing. Two Lewmar 25 two speed halyard winches and one Barient 10 single speed reefing winch. Mizzen and mizzen staysail halyards in braid-on-braid polyester.

All chainplates were replaced in 2010 ( 316 stainless steel )


Safety Gear

Full ORC/ISAF Category 1 outfit of safety equipment, including: 10 auto inflate lifejackets, 10 harnesses, 5 standard floatation devices, Life Sling and recovery system plus two separate liferings.

  • 2 x 1.25 kg dry powder fire extinguishers
  • 3 x 2.5 kg dry powder fire extinguishers
  • 3 x Kidde Marina Firewatcher 385 BCF (Halon) automatic fire extinguishers in engine room.
2 x manual bilge pumps

Philip L. Rhodes (1895 -1974) was one of the most distinguished yacht designers of the past century. A brilliant designer whose boats were beautiful, fast, seaworthy, and comfortable, Phil Rhodes was active for 50 years -- from 1920 to 1970. And he was prolific; a listing of his yacht designs totals 386, most of which are sailboats. Because he designed many boats for  ocean racing, especially to Bermuda, his boats had to be fast, but they also had to be strong, seaworthy, and comfortable to survive and keep racing through the gales that frequent the Gulf Stream and other race courses. All of Phil's designs follow a set of underlying design principles. The boats are beautifully shaped and proportioned. The Rhodes sheerline is distinctive, rising to a fairly high bow, dropping aft of amidships, and rising modestly to the stern. Medium overhangs give the bow and the stern plenty of buoyancy and increase the waterline under sail. The construction was strong.


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