Great Southern Yacht Company
Destin, FL, US
Office: 850-424-5344
1978 Formosa 51
Boat Type: Ketch Address: Monfalcone, IT Price: $213,888


This Formosa 51 was designed by the famous Canadian-American Engineer William Gardner, little more than 100 boats of this model were ever built. This centre-cockpit version is rarer still, offering both safety and comfort while cruising.

This Formosa has been under the ownership of her second owner since 1981, she has been well cared for with regular maintenance and upgrades.


Basic Information

Manufacturer: Formosa Vessel Name:
Model: 51 Boat Type: Ketch
Year: 1978 Hull Material: Fiberglass
Category: Sail Hull Type:
Condition: Used Hull Color:
Location: Monfalcone, IT Designer: William Garden
Available for sale in U.S. waters: Yes Flag of Registry:

Dimensions & Weight

Length: 51 ft - 15.54 meter Draft - max: 6 ft 2 in - 1.89 meter
LOA: 51 ft - 15.54 meter Bridge Clearance: -
Beam: 14 ft 1 in - 4.29 meter Dry Weight: -


Make: Ford Engine Type: Inboard
Model: Lehman Drive Type:
Engine(s): 1 Fuel Type: Diesel
Hours: 1900 Horsepower: 120 (Individual), 120 (combined)
Cruise Speed: - Max Speed: -
Range: - Joystick Control: No

Tank Capacities

Fuel Tank: 500 gallons - 2 tank(s) Holding Tank: -
Fresh Water Tank: 350 gallons - 3 tank(s)    


Total Cabins: 2 Crew Cabins: -
Total Berths: 2 Crew Berths: -
Total Sleeps: - Crew Sleeps: -
Total Heads: 2 Crew Heads: -
Captains Cabin: -    



This 1978 Formosa 51 is powered by a Ford Lehman 120hp 6-cylinder diesel engine with a Borg Warner 2.5 2:1 gearbox which drives a 3-blade prop.

Engine hours are 1900 with regular servicing.

Sails and Rigging

Sail inventory on this Formosa 51 includes:

Main sail: 70 m2
Foresail: 20 m2
Genoa: 50 m2 (with electric roll-reff system)
Mizzen: 22 m2

Her main mast was renewed in 2017.

Deck Gear

This Formosa 51 features the following deck gear:

  • Center cockpit
  • Cockpit cushions
  • folding gangway
  • deck house
  • 4x sky-lights
  • 30m2 Burma teak deck (from 2003)
  • 9x manual winches
  • 1x electric winch for sail and dinghy lifting
  • 1x aft deck house for ropes and cables
  • 1x storage bench at center cockpit
  • Electric anchor windlass
  • 3x anchors
  • 60m chain
  • 90m chain
  • 1x storage bench at front bridge
  • 1x folding table on deck for 4 persons
  • 2x folding chairs on deck
  • 1x fixed folding table for 2 persons at center cockpit
  • 1x strong winter awning
  • 1x summer cruising cockpit awning


The Master aft cabin has direct access to the deck and features a double bed, large feature window, seating space with extracting table and an ensuite bathroom with electric toilet, shower with basin, warm and cool water, mirror, bath tub/shower and washing machine

The forward guest cabin has bunk beds with a double berth and single above. The guest bathroom also features electric toilet and shower.

A pilot berth is located in the passage to the aft cabin and the saloon converts to provide an additional double berth.

Saloon and Galley

The saloon features a sofa area with a table which can convert to form a double berth. There is also a navigation station with a chart table and an interior helm position. 

The separate galley is well equipped with a 2-burner gas cooker, electric ceramic glass cooker, electric oven, double sink, 2x 12v refrigerators and a microwave.


Electrical Systems

This Formosa 51 has a 220v and 12v system throughout. Electrical equipment includes:

  • 4x 140A/H deep cycle batteries (2019)
  • Battery charger 40 A/H (2019)
  • Paguro 4000 5kw diesel generator (approximately 100 hours)
  • 2kw gasoline generator

Navigation Equipment
  • Furuno Radar
  • Raymarine Radar
  • Neco echo sounder
  • Neco log
  • 2x ICOM VHF
  • Raymarine GPS
  • Neco autopilot
  • Raymarine c80 chart plotter
  • ICOM IC-726 SSB




Nicolle Associates 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.

  • As always photographs do not do justice so a viewing is highly recommended.
  • This boat is lying in Monfalcone, Italy.
  • © 2021 Nicolle Associates


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Great Southern Yacht Company
Destin, FL, US
Office: 850-424-5344