'Charisma', an Islander 55 (Hull #1) for Sale!

by Felix H
(Long Island, NY)


Islander 55, Hull #1, the famous Charisma is for sale.

Charisma is a 55 foot, cutter-rigged sloop designed by Bruce King. This is Hull #1 which was built as an all-out racing boat in 1968 for Mr. Jesse Phillips, from Phillips electrical company, under the then current CCA rule. Hence the beautiful overhangs. The hull has a full keel with a draft of 6'6" and a retractable centerboard with a maximum depth of 11'0". Her beam is 15'0"

The hull is solid fiberglass, pre-oil crisis (no blisters), with the deck being wood under fiberglass.

The cockpit is large with a full width bench in the back and 4 big lockers. The deck has 3 large hatches and 4 SS hatches, with some additional storage lockers.

After a short life as a racing boat Charisma was sold and moved to the Caribbean until 1998.

In 1998, the current owner bought her and sailed her to the Long Island Sound, where she is today.

Sails are in very good shape: Mainsail, 150% Jib, Staysail, Asymmetric Spinnaker with sock and storm sails.

The diesel engine, from Yanmar with 100hp, turbo-charged has about 100 hours on it. It was installed in August of 2015.

Charisma has white dodgers and a bimini, and a 6 person offshore life raft is included.

The current owner just came back from a cruise to RI and MA, and has started to update the interior and the project continues. Charisma still will need some work.


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