Saturday, June 11, 2011

Design 1956 - Hughes 48

Introduced in 1970 as a fiberglass production cruising boat, the Canadian company Hughes Boatworks, changed the name to the Northstar 48 after acquiring Northstar Yachts in 1971. The boat is a large volume center cockpit boat. At the time she was referred to as a "modern classic". With a 50% ballast/displacement ratio, she looks to be a very stiff boat. I do not know how many were built during the production run.

Here are the plans.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 48'-3"
LWL 33'-0"
Beam 11'-10"
Draft 6'-9"
Displacement 30,000 lbs
Ballast 15,000 lbs
Sail Area 1,000 sq ft


  1. It is possible that this design first appeared as the Seafarer 48. (Queen of the 1969 NY Boat Show).
    I think they actually built a small number in their plant on Long Island (USA). It could be this was a completely different boat, but the similarities are striking.

  2. Yes you are correct. It's the exact same boat.

  3. This and the other Hughes 48 all seem to have the Seafarer logo on the bow and sails.

  4. Apparently, only 20 Hughes 48 were made. And according to Seafarer made 5 of them.