'Harlequin', a Dudley Dix Hout Bay 40 Sailboat for Sale


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'Harlequin', a Dudley Dix Hout Bay 40 is a 44ft (LOA) steel cutter with a 4'4" draught, designed by Dudley Dix and professionally built by Hout Bay Yachts in Cape Town, South Africa.

'Harlequin', a Dudley Dix Hout Bay 40 Sailboat underway'Harlequin', a fully equipped ocean sailing yacht

These photos are mostly from our last season in the Caribbean and she has been on the hard in Grenada (West Indies) since October 2020. Deck has since been repainted. We sailed and lived aboard her in the Grenadines for the past 3 seasons and are now ready to pass her on to the next owners as we plan to start building our next home.

Lots of extra bits like SSB radio, Inmarsat sat phone, spares and tools as well as scuba gear for one, 2 folding bicycles and a stand-up paddle board. 'Harlequin' is literally ready to go cruising as is. 

'Harlequin', a Dudley Dix Hout Bay 40 Sailboat underway'Harlequin', reefed down and making good progress

'Harlequin' is a true bluewater cruising vessel and a very comfortable live aboard. The broad beam, large cockpit and spacious salon make for a very comfortable boat to live aboard and sail. She is well maintained and all workmanship is done to an exceptionally high standard.

The strong wing keel makes the boat ideal for shallow areas like the intracoastal waterways and Bahamas. The boat is strong enough to handle almost anything and has safely crossed oceans and sailed some of the roughest coastlines with ease. 

The salon on a Dudley Dix Hout Bay 40 Sailboat'Harlequin's saloon, looking forward


  • Vessel type: Monohull, sailing
  • Designer: Dudley Dix
  • Builder: Brian Alcock (professionally built by Hout Bay Yachts)
  • Make: Dudley Dix
  • Model: Hout Bay 40
  • Hull was built: 1989 to 1990
  • Interior and finishings: 1990 to 1999
  • Vessel Launched: 1999
  • Cabins: 2
  • Berths: 6
  • No. of engines: 1
  • Engine model: Yanmar 4jh4-te (installed 2012)
  • Engine power: 75 HP
  • Engine hours: 1150
  • Fuel type: Diesel
  • Drive type: Shaft drive
  • Length over all: 44 Foot (13.4 Metres)
  • Beam: 13 Foot (4 Metres)
  • Maximum draft: 4.3 Foot (1.3 Metres)
  • Hull material: Steel
  • Hull colour: white
  • Keel type: Winged Keel
  • Displacement: 14 metric tons
  • Fuel capacity: 500 Litres (2 tanks)
  • Water capacity: 500 Litres (3 tanks)
  • Holding tank capacity: 80 Litres


  • Yanmar 4JH4M-TE 75hp turbo diesel - 2012 purchased and installed
  • 1500 hours approx.
  • Belmar 150Amp alternator 
  • 3 Racor fuel filters, one per tank and one for the day tank
  • Maintenance access to engine from 3 sides and top
Yanmar 4JH4M-TE 75hp marine turbo diesel engine'Harlequin's 75hp Yanmar diesel

Tender (on davits) 

  • 3D Tender with 9.5hp Tohatsu 4-stroke outboard (both new 2019)

Galley & Cooking

  • Large top-loading fridge (new compressor and cooling plates 2019)
  • 90 litres (approx.) freezer 
  • Force 10, 3 burner stove with oven
  • Double sink with pressurised water and foot pump
  • Place for 3 LPG gas cylinders (mounted outside)
  • LPG barbecue mounted outside
  • Charcoal barbeque 
The galley on a Dudley Dix Hout Bay 40 Sailboat'Harlequin's galley at the foot of the companionway

Head & Shower

  • Single Jabsco marine manual toilet (new 2020)
  • Electric hand shower
  • Holding tank with valves 
  • Wet locker large enough to hang foul weather gear 
The head on a Dudley Dix Hout Bay 40 Sailboat'Harlequin's head

Cabins & Salon

  • 2 double cabins with cupboards and storage lockers
  • Total of 6 berths
  • Salon has seating port, starboard and aft
  • Sea berth on port side of salon
  • Large central table which folds back in half
  • Enough seating in salon to comfortably seat 8 people
The double berth on a Dudley Dix Hout Bay 40 Sailboat'Harlequin's double berth


  • Large Forepeak with workbench and installed vice on starboard side of forepeak. Large storage shelf above workbench with an extra tool shelf than can be closed during sailing beneath the storage shelf. Extra rope and line hanging pegs mounted on port side of forepeak. 

Deck & Cockpit

  • Harlequin has the above water characteristics of a traditional yacht with a modern underbody of a wing keel and skeg mounted rudder, the propeller is in an aperture in the skeg immediately forward of the rudder. She is a Marconi cutter rig with bowsprit and aft cockpit. She has strong steel pulpit and pushpit, with boarding access either starboard, port or aft. 
  • Large cockpit with port and starboard seating long enough to sleep on and an aft seat behind the steering wheel. There is a foldup table just forward of the steering wheel. There is a medium sized lazarette storage area accessed from under one of the starboard cockpit seats. The main large lazarette can be accessed either from under the port cockpit seat or from behind the companionway stairs from the inside. The cockpit is protected by a composite dodger with large lexan windows and a sunbrella bimini which has the 2 x solar panels on a frame above it.
The coachroof on a Dudley Dix Hout Bay 40 SailboatSix Dorade vents provides excellent ventilation below decks

Electrical System

  • 5x deep cycle marine batteries (new 2020) 95a/hr
  • Victron Isolating Transformer (220v or 110v supply)
  • Victron 2000kv 220v pure sine wave inverter
  • Shore power jack and cable (can plug into 110v or 220v with a easy adjustment to the isolating transformer)
  • 2x200Watts Sanyo hybrid solar panels
  • Outback MPPT solar panel regulator/charger
  • Victron battery monitor with shunt
  • KISS wind generator
  • Lights are LED (galley and saloon can be switched between LED and incandescent)
  • deck navigation nights
  • LED anchor and tri colour
  • LED cockpit lights
  • Deck light and steaming light

All systems properly fused with circuit breakers and isolation switches

The electrics on a Dudley Dix Hout Bay 40 Sailboat'Harlequin's electrics

Navigation Equipment

  • Lowrance HDS-10 (2nd gen) 10" chart plotter (2013)
  • Simrad/Lowrance G4 radar (2013)
  • Simrad AP 28 hydraulic autopilot
  • Simrad multifunction digital display
  • Airmar DST800 nmea2000 depth/speed sensor
  • backup depth and log system (furuno)
  • AIS Transponder (transmits and receives) - Digital yacht - class B
  • Tiller pilot backup autopilot (links to Sayes Rig wind vane self-steering) 
  • Airmar weather station PG200

Communication Equipment

  • Icom VHFradio (ic-m55)
  • Icom SSB radio (ic-m802)
  • Sailor 150 Inmarsat phone with broad band internet
  • 1 x Icom hand held VHF (ic-m92D)
  • 2 x Entel hand held VHF 

Safety Equipment

  • LPG gas control system with leak sensors
  • EPIRB, (new 2019)
  • Electric Rule 3700 GPH bilge pump with float switch
  • Double action Henderson manual pump
  • Single action Henderson manual bilge pump
  • 3 x mounted fire extinguishers
  • Plastimo life raft – 4 persons (new 2020)
  • Danboy with life ring, drogue and light
  • Self-inflating life jackets for 4 (new 2020)
  • Safety harnesses and tethers
  • Man-overboard floating retrievable line in easy access bag mounted in cockpit
  • Jackstays (new 2020)

Anchoring Gear

  • Rocna 25kg (primary) anchor
  • 90m 10mm galvanized chain (primary) new 2019
  • 90m 18mm warp (secondary)
  • Lofrance windlass 1200W
  • LARGE (spec unknown) Danforth backup anchor
  • CQR 25kg backup anchor


  • Mainsail
  • Genoa on Profurl roller furler
  • Storm sail
  • Gennaker (with sock)
  • 6 winches (all lines lead to the cockpit)
  • 1st and 2nd reef are double line reefing, can be done completely from within the cockpit)
  • Stack pack and lazyjacks (new 2016)

Miscellaneous Other

  • CD/Radio with JBL speakers
  • Deck wash system
  • 4 cabin fans
  • Sunbrella wind scoop for forward hatch
  • 6 stainless steel dorades (cowls)
  • 3 x mounted fire extinguishers
  • Sunbrella covers for all hatches, life raft, LPG tanks, bbq and plastic fuel and water cans
  • Soft bimini.
  • 2 x fold up bicycles
  • 1 x scuba tank & BC
  • Assorted snorkelling gear
  • Speargun, rod & lures
  • Inflatable stand up paddle board
  • Complete kitchen utensils
  • Complete bedding & pillows

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