Sunnybrook Yachts
130 Marina Rd, Suite 202 PO Box 546
CHESTER, Nova Scotia, CA, B0J 1J0
Tel:902 444 4500
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1962 Kerstholt Pilot House Ketch 48

location icon Chester, Nova Scotia, Canada
Year 1962
Length 48 ft

This yacht has had a full refurbishment in 2015/2016. 

This Van De Most Rhoden designed Kerstholt 48 is a serious ocean cruiser with ample room for extended cruising and living aboard. The centre cockpit is large and protected from the elements, there is also an aft recessed seating area for enjoying the sun and sites.

Down below has a large aft cabin, main cabin with galley, crew/guest double cabin and two enclosed heads(one with a tub).

Sailing is ketch rigged all manageable from the cockpit( Newer sails, masts and rigging)

Powered by a 1990 GM 210HP inboard diesel with 3000 litre fuel capacity. Bow thruster.

All newer electronics and wind generator.

Owners comment: The Groninger was built in 1962 by Kerstholt Shipyards in Groningen, the Netherlands.  Kerstholt mainly built large freighters.  This boat was extremely well built and is heavy duty.  The rib spacing is 13 inches welded on both sides and the steel below the waterline was shown to be 10 mm. (built like an icebreaker) This is one of the most solid boats I have ever seen.  When we motored and sailed the Groninger from Shelburne, Nova Scotia to Grenada via the New England Coast, ICW, Bahamas and Caribbean Islands there were many comments made by other boaters of the sturdiness and durability and the ocean going style in which it was built.  The Groninger could be taken anywhere in the world and, in my opinion, is a type of vessel that could do the Northwest passage without worrying about ice. 



Year Built 1962
Category Sail
Length Overall 48 ft
Beam 13'6 ft
Max Draft 6'6 ft
Construction Steel
Keel Full Keel
Drive Type Direct
Engines 1
Total Engine Power 210 hp
Cruising Speed 8 kn
Prop. Cruise Speed 1600
Maximum Speed 10 kn
Fuel Tanks 2
Fuel Tank Cap. 1,500 gal
Fuel Tank Mat. Steel
Water Tanks 1
Water Tank Cap. 800 gal
Displacement 30,000 lb

Engine 1 Specifications

Make: Detroit GM
Model: 6-71
Drive Type: Direct
Fuel: Diesel
Engine Power: 210hp
Type: Inboard
Propeller Type: 3 Blade
Year: 1990

Painted steel hull, full keel(lead filled) and keel and shaft hung rudder; rib spacing is 13 inches welded on both sides and the steel below the waterline was shown to be 10 mm. (built like an icebreaker). Steel decking with painted on non-skid; insulated from bow to stern down as far as the bilge.  Inside the hull about two feet up there is no insulation which lets any condensation run down into the bilge.Hard dodger with canvass back enclosure section, centre pilot house cockpit, aft seating cockpit as well, hull ports and opening deck hatches, raised bull works with life lines and stainless steel bow and stern push pits. Bow thruster and manual windlass.


This yacht has a main cabin with galley, dinette, enclosed head and twin bunk state room as well as an aft cabin with twin bunks and private enclosed head.

The galley has stainless steel sinks with hot and cold pressurized water as well as a manual sea water pump, 12/110 volt refrigeration, 2 burner propane stove, ample storage.

There are two enclosed heads, one with shower and tub, one with manual overboard discharge toilet and one with a composting toilet.

Blue upholstery and painted plywood flooring.

Engine Electrical

1990 Detroit 6-71 210HP diesel fresh water cooled engine(rebuilt 2015)(meter hours approx. 4000) with a Borg Warner 2.45:1 transmission(rebuilt). 2015 three inch drive shaft through newer stuffing box, three blade prop.

3000 Litres fuel storage in two steel tanks, double fuel filter system.


Seven batteries, 12/24 volts, Blue Seas switching,Magna Sine battery charger/inverter, breaker panel(yacht mostly rewired 2015), Magnum Energy systems monitor,110 volt shore power and panel. Wind generator 

Interior LED lighting, navigation, spreader, anchor and docking lighting.



Sails Rigging

Douglas fir box spars epoxy sealed with new electrical conduits and wiring,main and mizzen masts and solid booms; deck stepped; stainless steel rigging, dacron running rigging, Profurl headsail furling.



Lewmar 6 on gunwale to starboard.
Lewmar on mizzen mast to starboard and two (2) on main mast. Enkes 8 on the main boom to port.
Lewmar 6 on main boom to starboard.
One (1) on mizzen boom.
Two (2) winches aft on pilothouse.


4 winch handles, 2 boom vangs, genoa and spinnaker gear, spin and whisker poles, backstay adjuster, topping lifts, genoa snatch blocks and mainsheet traveller.


Doyle 110% jib, 2016 mainsail,2015 mizzen sail, genoa 150% and a spinnaker and gennaker.


Standard Horizon VHF, 2015 Raymarine chart plotter,radar,speed and depth, Raymarine ST60 wind machine, cockpit Ritchie compass. Bose stereo with speakers.


Danforth anchor with 200ft chain and rode, Bruce anchor with 30ft chain and 200ft rode, manual windless,one rule 2000  bilge pump in the salon bilge and one in the lazzarette.  There is a rule 3600 bilge pump in the engine room. There is a high water alarm also in the engine room. 6 life jackets, dock lines and fenders, fender board, 4 fire extinguishers, boat hook, BBQ, flares, radar reflector, life ring, clock and barometer, deck chairs, first aid kit, windshield wiper, search light, horn, cockpit cushions, 10ft inflatable with 9.8hp Mercury outboard, 4 man life raft.

The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.
Additional Contact Information

Sunnybrook Yachts is a professional yacht dealership and brokerage firm with eleven brokers located in boating areas from Newfoundland to Ontario. 

Sunnybrook has been providing yacht sales expertise since 1990, with over two hundred years of combined experience and representing new yachts from Alerion, Back Cove, Island Packet, Jeanneau, J/Boats, Leopard, NorthCoast and Tartan Yachts.   In addition to new and pre-owned yacht sales, Sunnybrook can provide service and refit management with a full time, year round service team in Chester that focuses their efforts on our clients yachts. The service team’s capabilities include all aspects of commissioning new vessels, yacht refit and repair along with captain services.   For an appointment to see the boat or if you have any questions, please email us at or try our office at 902.275.2424.

Listing Broker: John Suederick