If you’ve been waiting for an Able Apogee a rare opportunity has arisen due to owners change in plans. These vessels are known as the ultimate Semi Custom offshore, shorthanded cruising sailboat!
This Able Apogee is the only one currently on the brokerage market. She is loaded with gear and is very well maintained. “Scoots” is lying in New Zealand a jewel in the South Pacific. Cruise NZ, then the Pacific Islands before returning home with your dream sailboat.
Designed by Chuck Paine only 9 were ever built, to exacting standards by Able Custom Marine in Maine USA.
“SCOOTS” gives clear evidence of why the Able Apogee 50 received Cruising World Magazine’s prestigious Bluewater Award.
The design criteria for the hull focused on maximum strength - without sacrificing performance. Current owners offshore average is168 miles per day. Safety was paramount in the design & construction of this classy yacht. Watertight bulkheads fore and aft, the engine & systems are in a completely sealed watertight compartment. The hard dodger provides dry, comfortable and safe shelter in almost all weather with stand-up headroom. All sail controls and navigation can be tended to without leaving the safety of the cockpit.
Having sailed around the world 2 ½ times Scoots has proven herself along with her sisterships. She has been maintained to a high standard both mechanically and cosmetically and has an extensive inventory with all the cruising gear to head off to faraway places and live aboard comfortably.
If you’re after the best, most comfortable yacht of this size ever built, and with a good turn of speed, contact Busfield Marine Yacht Broker Ron Mossman Now for a Comprehensive Information Memorandum.
Designed by Chuck Paine and built to exacting standards by Able Custom Marine, SCOOTS gives clear evidence of why the Able Apogee 50 received Cruising World Magazine’s prestigious Bluewater Award. Presented to the boat that best exhibits “safe, sea kindly design and performance characteristics suitable for self-sufficient offshore voyaging and liveaboard purposes...the Bluewater Award spotlights the year’s most serious offshore cruising vessel. Period.”
The design and construction of SCOOTS was clearly a successful collaboration between a knowledgeable owner, the designer and the builder. The design criteria for the hull focused on maximum strength without sacrificing performance. The hull is a rugged ABS approved combination of Kevlar hybrids, end-grain balsa core, non-woven E and unidirectional S-glass, all with vinylester resin. The vinylester resins, used between every hull laminate layer, are molecularly similar to the laminate resulting in exceptional strength. Core material is solid glass in all areas of hull penetration. The hull to deck joint is a double inward flange with an anodized and perforated toerail affixed with 1/4” thru bolts and 3M 5200 adhesive. All major bulkheads are bonded to the hull and deck, and there are two watertight bulkheads as well.
Testing of the Able Apogee's hull after numerous offshore miles confirms theoriginal data: this is a boat that continues to deliver. With two circumnavigations and a loop of the South Pacific under her transom, SCOOTS is ready to continue her life on the world’s ocean.
The APOGEE 50 was also designed for safe, comfortable, single-handed sailing. Ballast is an 11,400lb external lead keel with additional stability available from transferable water in port and starboard 200 gallon fresh water tanks. These tanks are located outboard of the saloon and carry all the way up to the deck, and water is transferred between tanks by a 12-volt Johnson FB4-1207 self-priming pump. For folks who may be cruising shorthanded, this equates to six to eight guys on the rail...and they never need food, water or a place to sleep!
The hard dodger provides dry, comfortable shelter in almost all weather, so the crew stays rested and alert. Foul weather gear can normally be left below and the crew can spend watches enjoying the passage. Beneath the hard dodger is stand-up headroom along with complete navigation facilities: a chart table, chart plotter with radar (which is visible to the helmsman), GPS, all sailing instruments, auto-pilot controls and VHF. All dry, safe and protected. This part of the design allows the crew to navigate and stand watch from the samespot with no need to keep ducking below in order to navigate.
Speaking of ducking below, there is no ladder to complicate the process. Rather, two normal steps take the crew from the cockpit to the main cabin quickly and easily.
The head is located directly to port at the bottom of the steps to allow for quick use of the facilities for a watch stander burdened with heavy boat traffic.
The electric mainsail halyard winch is operable from the cockpit. Single-line reefing lines all lead to the cockpit so the mainsail can be easily reefed without going on deck.
Water ballast tanks improve upwind stability and pointing ability.
The long waterline and modern hull design make SCOOTS a very fast boat. This becomes a key safety feature for a short-handed crew when running from an approaching low and has many times allowed SCOOTS to get safely into port ahead of a blow.
Alternative methods of power supply include solar panels and a Rutland 913 wind generator - to allow for miles of ocean crossings or days at anchor without depending on the main engine.
Superb load carrying capacity with plenty of storage throughout the vessel.
The below-deck design is visually open, giving the main cabin an airy, roomy feeling. Layout is traditional with a large head/shower/wet locker/washing machine to port of the companionway, large guest cabin to starboard, main cabin (galley, navigation station and saloon) midships, and comfortable owner’s cabin forward. All seating includes back and leg bolster and is covered with New Zealand leather. The cabin sole is solid teak from a single tree, laid in long matching planks fore and aft with Roppe non-skid at the entry and in the galley. The cabin is heated with a Dickinson Newport diesel-fired heater.
The Master Stateroom is furthest forward and set well back to accommodate the forepeak locker. There is a large hanging locker, with shelves, as well as open bins and closing drawers for storage. The berth is a Queen-sized Pullman berth consisting of a 5-inch foam mattress with a memory foam topper, on the port side. Beneath the forward bunk is an appropriately sized drawer for chart storage and several large storage compartments
The Main Saloon comfortably seats six at the main saloon table with two folding leaves and internal storage. One table leaf features wood inlays of the corporate flags of the two boat builders - Kaiser Gale Force and Able Marine - that are part of the first owner’s history. There is a deep bilge beneath the cabin sole, drained by an electric bilge pump, as well as an Edson one-gallon-per stroke manual bilge pump.
The Head includes a stainless steel sink, Corian counter top, stand-up (or sit-down) shower with portable shower head, wet locker, Haier washing machine, Wilcox-Crittenden SKIPPER toilet and Roppe non-skid decking. All fixtures are Grohe. There is abundant storage behind the vanity mirrors, behind the toilet, as well as in cabinets further aft.
The Guest Stateroom is to starboard of the companionway and consists of a full sized double berth made from comfortable 5-inch foam with a memory foam topper. There is a large hanging locker with shelves, open bins and drawers for storage, with tons of additional storage beneath the berth. Located near the center of the ship, the guest cabin also provides seakindly berths when underway with easy access to those on watch.
The Galley is to port and has a single large stainless sinklocated centerline, a Corian counter top, a Force 10 3-burner LP stove/oven, a Xintex S-2A fume detector and a Tappan microwave. The refrigerator and freezer bins are extremely large and are powered by a Grunert 12-volt holding-plate system. Water pressure is from a Groco Paragon Jr automatic pressure system.
A GeneralEcology/Seagull water filter is at the galley sink. The galley has ample storage in cabinets outboard, above and below; drawers, and shelves Included are a cherry/magnetic kitchen-knife holder and cherry spice-jar racks. A special recycle pump recirculates cold water from the ship’s water system until hot water arrives at the sink from the 12-gallon Watercraft stainless steel hot water tank. This is a real water-saver.
The Engine Room/Workshop is accessed through a Freeman watertight door and includes all operating mechanical systems as well as a work bench, ample storage and a vise. The cockpit seat above opens for light and air when working on a project.
The Yanmar 88hp 4JH2-DTE runs a V-drive transmission through a Poly-Flex vibration dampener. Twin switchable Raycor 500-MA fuel filters keep the fuel clean. The prop shaft is 1 ¼” and drives a 17” 3-blade Max Prop with SPURS line cutter attached. A PSS shaft seal and an engine-mounted Jabsco crash pump keeps the water out.
The electrical system aboard SCOOTS draws power from a number of sources including the main engine; the Beta Marine B-14, 12 hp, 2-cylinder, DC genset (also directly drives the water maker); solar panels; and a Rutland Wind generator.
There are nine Lewmar opening hatches on deck for excellent ventilation, ten hull ports for light and visibility below and six stainless steel dorades, two with guard rails. All deck handrails are stainless for ease of maintenance. The toe rail is aluminum. Lifelines are bare stainless wire for easy inspection.
The huge forepeak locker has standing headroom with bins port and starboard, a ladder for ease of entry, a removable floor to facilitate storage and a mount on the port side for the outboard motor. Reserve anchors are lashed to the hull. There is a power wash-down fitting for a hose on deck as well as a wash-down nozzle located directly inboard of the returning anchor chain.
The cockpit is protected by a full bimini, (2021) the aft end of which is attached to the radar arch. The 615 watts of solar panels are inset into the bimini frame and are barely visible. The arch also serves as mount for a variety of electronics and the wind generator. Additionally, there is a hoist mounted on the starboard side on the arch for raising and lowering the dinghy motor.
Wheel steering is on an Edson quadrant; the wheel can be disconnected from the drive chain to ease the load on the auto-pilot. The windvane is a Wind Pilot with control lines that go to the wheel. Upwind or downwind, heavy air or light, this unit steers the boat with remarkable precision and ease.
The aft sugar scoop has walk-down steps with storage for the outboard fuel tank integral with the bottom step. Life raft storage is beneath a hinged, lift-up “wing” that is normally part of the aft deck. This provides excellent protection for the life raft as well as extremely easy launching. The Wind Pilot windvane mounts on the trailing edge of the sugar scoop and there is a shower with hot and cold water in the scoop for washing up after swimming or for showers in empty anchorages.
Maxwell 2200 electric windlass with reversible controls both forward and aft (2004)
The APOGEE 50 was designed for fast, safe, comfortable short handed sailing. The boat is sloop-rigged with three furling headsails: a Code Zero, a number 3 and a staysail.The aluminum mast is keel mounted and rises 70’ above water. Mast spreaders are swept aft 20 degrees for improved mast stability. The rigging is 7/16th wire attached to massive 1” solid rod chain plates. Lower shrouds are both forward and aft. All rigging has been replaced since the boat was new with all new side shrouds in 2017, new backstays in 2016 and new headstays installed in 2013. Top fittings are swaged Gibbs, bottoms are Norseman. Folding aluminum mast steps greatly increase the ease and safety of crew who need to reach the masthead.
Sails, sail-handling and other deck gear are as follows:
Achilles HB-315LXPRGY 10.5ft RIB
15 hp Yamaha Enduro outboard motor