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73' Custom 1987 Renaissance

Christobal, Panama

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  • Length 73’
    Location Christobal, Panama
  • Beam
  • Draft 9' 5''
  • Staterooms 3
  • Engine(s)
  • Price $300,000

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Classic German Frers Design. A true Ocean-Going vessel.

‘RENAISSANCE’ is an exceptional, well-cared for converted racing yacht designed by German Frers for the then Commodore of the New York Yacht Club. This 73 foot sloop was custom built of aluminium by Williams and Manchester, in Newport, Rhode Island. Today she is ready to cruise with 7 berths and 3 cabins (Captain's quarters and Crew quarters forward have been converted to storage but can be used as berths). Thoroughly detailed in the past two years when she received an extensive "face-lift", she can be run with just two people.

She underwent an extensive refit and update in 2000 and 2001, which included installation of a new Volvo TAMD41 200HP engine, a 12 kw Northern Light generator, most systems, a complete rig overhaul with new standing and running rigging, including a new hydraulic furler. The majority of the work was completed by what is today the Hinckley yard in Portsmouth, R.I.

Since 2008, she has been under new ownership. The owner has fully maintained and upgraded the boat where needed or desired. From 2012-2014, here is are some of the items done:

  • Replaced Engine Head, rings, injectors, fully serviced,
  • New hull paint (Navy Blue) - May 2014.
  • Fresh Bottom paint July 2019
  • Bow Thruster, finished in July 2014.
  • New deck paint in Blue-Grey, stripped and repainted in Polyeurythane, with non-skid,
  • New Biminis on cockpits,
  • Teak coamings and deck hand-holds repainted in Polyeuthane paint, no more varnishing to do except in mid-ship cockpit!
  • Rebuilt all winches, new buttons, fully serviced Harken winches, mast blocks,
  • New AGM Batteries,
  • Updated electronics to Garmin Charplotter (2011) and Raymarine e120 (2008),
  • New LED lighting throughout the interior,
  • Complete new headliners down below, plywood covered in epoxy then with new fabric.

See Full Specs for more details.

She has completed four very successful trans-Atlantic crossings, and participated in the America’s Cup Jubilee (2001). Her new owner brought her from Rhode island to Cartegena, Colombia, and then to Panama.


  • Hull Material: Aluminum
  • Max Draft: 9' 5''
  • Displacement: 88,856 lb
  • Fuel Tank: 8 x 513|gallon
  • Fresh Water: 4 x 250|gallon
  • Holding: 3 x 25|gallon
  • Single Berths: 10
  • Cabins: 3
  • Heads: 4



  • 'Renaissance' is laid out with a Mid-ship Cockpit for guests with seating for 6-8, and can easily be accommodated to have dinner (no table, currently). Nice teak benches that have been oiled, and the backrests are varnished teak. A new bimini enclosure and a cockpit keeps your guests out of the elements.
  • The Aft Cockpit is for controlling the boat. Twin helms, a second set of buttons to control the winches on the deck, dodger and bimini make the boat comfortable to sail.
  • The Foredeck has the hard-bottom Zodiac dinghy, and the spinnaker pole.


  • Cabins: As currently laid out, "Renaissance" has 3 cabins each with 2 twin beds each. There is one quarter berth in the salon, and couch space for two more.
  • All the way forward is the crew cabin, chain locker and storage. There is a crew head/shower on the starboard side and over and under bunks to port. Crew bunks are currently being used for storage and sail and line locker. This area opens aft into the galley on the port side.
  • On starboard is the forward guest cabin with a private head/shower. There are over and under bunks. There is access to the salon from the guest cabin and the galley.
  • The salon has a large dinette table with seating to port and a straight settee and storage and a quarter-berth to starboard.
  • Aft of the salon on port is the aft guest cabin with over and under bunks. There is a head with stall shower with access from the aft guest cabin and the salon so it can be used as a day head.
  • Aft of the salon on starboard is the navigation/captains cabin. This cabin has over and under bunks and navigational equipment, and currently the bunks have been converted to a tool storage.
  • Continuing aft down the companionway leads into the master cabin with large twin double bunks. There is ample storage and a private head with separate stall shower. A ladder leads up from the salon to the mid-cockpit area. This area accesses the decks and the aft cockpit with twin steering stations, engine controls and navigational equipment.

Upgrades Completed In 2012-2014

All work completed between 2012 and 2014, except where noted.


  • Garmin 3010C GPSmap chartplotter added (2011), includes Southwest Caribbean map.
  • Raymarine e120 Chartplotter at navigation station, includes Navitec maps for West, East, and Central USA and Canada (2008).
  • 6 pax Viking life raft, needs yearly servicing
  • Batteries replaced with AGMs: 4 x 6V Starting batteries and 8 x 6V House batteries; new cabling
  • Zodiac hard-bottom 10-foot dinghy (Purchased in 2006, very little use until 2013)
  • 8HP Yamaha outboard, serviced in 2013, runs well.


  • Rebuilt all winches, incl. new or rebuilt buttons. Winches all have secondary buttons in the aft cockpit for easy control while at the helm.
  • 2 biminis added to cover both cockpits; used 1 ¼ inch stainless, reinforced with ¾-inch stainless supports, and Sunbrella above.
  • Forward cockpit dodger serviced; all stitching redone
  • Tent cover (goes from mast to stern) in Sunbrella.
  • Steering wheels both recovered in leather, with new Sunbrella covers
  • All halyards and jib sheets in Spectra
  • Reseated Staysail stay, with steel backing plate, turning block support at mast base
  • Dinghy chaps replaced
  • All Harken blocks fully serviced
  • Rebuilt hydraulic jack for baby stay
  • Rebuilt 2 propane fiberglass lockers, serviced all the hardware, including new cellunoids.


  • Fully repainted deck; stripped all deck hardware, and repainted with 2-part polyurethane in grey with notes of blue, finally including non-skip in paint.
  • Hull: Stripped old blue paint and repainted with navy blue. Also new bottom paint (May 2014)
  • Repainted mast up to first spreaders, as well as boom
  • Both teak cockpit coamings, foredeck teak rails, teak hatch bases and flag pole have had been stripped to bare teak, painted with 10 coats of epoxy, then added primer and finally polyurethane paint, sealed and good for ten years (est.)
  • Teak decks (located between cockpits and on the floor of the aft cockpit have been stripped, acid-washed, with the filler shaved down and all plugs filled, and covered in teak oil.
  • Rebuilt midship cockpit removable sole


  • Engine: replaced heads, rings, injector, fully serviced
  • Headliner: Complete new covers, removed each panel, replaced with new plywood when necessary; added coat of epoxy; all panels screwed on instead of old Velcro, with caps.
  • Lighting: Over $2,000 of LED lights throughout boat
  • Shower floor pans all recaulked, reseated
  • Replaced water pump
  • Fresh water tanks: Visual inspection found interior paint coatings beginning to chip. (2008)


  • HULL / KEEL DESIGN: Externally ballasted wing keel with skeg rudder
  • HULL MATERIAL: Welded aluminum plating attached to aluminum frames. The exact thickness of the aluminum plating was not supplied with any ships documentation.
  • STRINGERS: Aluminum frames positioned approximately 16 to 18 inches on center with longitudinal and transverse aluminum angle irons welded to the frames
  • BULKHEADS: Transverse plywood bulkheads attached to aluminum framing
  • HULL / DECK JOINT: Welded aluminum
  • DECKS: Painted non-skid over welded aluminum with laid teak decking in the mid and aft cockpits
  • DECK FITTINGS: Teak handrails, cockpit coamings and trim with stainless steel stanchions and pulpits

Rig & Sail Inventory

- RIG:

  • Sloop rig, keel stepped with four Sparcraft spreaders.
  • Made in Aluminium, repainted in 2012 up to first spreader.
  • Antal luff track and cars with two-part main haylyard for easy of hoisting and lowering the mainsail. There is a separate track for a storm trysail.
  • Carbon fiber spinnaker pole.

- STANDING RIGGING: Navtec Rod rigging. Has brass turnbuckles.

- CHAINPLATES: Aluminium welded into the aluminium frames


  • Harken Hydraulic roller furling headstay, Harken mainsheet and genoa tracks, Navtec hydraulic inner forestay, baby stay, flattener, outhaul, backstay and boom vang
  • Upgrades in 2012-2013: Reseated Staysail stay, with steel backing plate, turning block support at mast base, Rebuilt hydraulic jack for baby stay, all Harken blocks fully serviced


  • Located near the mast; Four Barient #37 self tailing two are hydraulic operate

    In the mid cockpit:

  • Two hydraulically operated Barient self tailing primary winches, Two hydraulically operated Barient self tailing secondary winches
  • Two Barient hydraulically operated Barient #28 self tailing

      In the aft cockpit:

  • Two Barient # 37 self tailing
  • One hydraulically operated Barient #737
  • One Barient #23+ self tailing

- OTHER RELATED EQUIPMENT: Spinnaker pole, reaching strut and turning blocks located at the mast. Maxwell V4000 windlass.


  • Main Sail has been lost, needs a replacement.
  • 1997 North Staysail, Spectra, great condition
  • North Storm Trysail, great condition
  • More Sails in Storage, adding inventory soon.


  • SHIP’S SYSTEM VOLTAGE: 12 Volt DC and 24 Volt DC
  • GENERATOR: Northern Lights, M834K model, rated 12kw (added in 2000)
  • INVERTER: Newmar, model 24-2000. Additional 12 volt inverter for entertainment system.
  • WIRING: Original and aftermarket, copper stranded, mostly well secured, OK
  • BATTERIES: Batteries replaced with AGMs (2012): 4 x 6V Starting batteries and 8 x 6V House batteries; new cabling       
  • LOCATION: All 6 Volt DC batteries are located underneath the cabin sole. The 12 Volt DC battery is located in the captain’s quarters
  • SECURED: All batteries are boxed and covered in acid proof boxes
  • LIGHTING: Over $2,000 of LED lights throughout boat
  • OVERCURRENT PROTECTION / PANEL: Circuit breakers / In the companionway to the aft  cabin
  • MASTER SWITCH: Vapor proof rotary; the battery switch is located in the electrical compartment near the entrance door to the aft cabin
  • BATTERY CHARGER: Mastervolt 12 Volt DC 40-Amp charger a Newmar 24 Volt DC 70-Amp charger and high output engine alternator with Smart regulator
  • INVERTER: Newmar 2000-Watt
  • SHORE SYSTEM VOLTAGE: 120 Volt AC and 240 Volt AC                    
  • AMPERAGE: One 120 Volt AC / 30-Amp and one 240 Volt AC / 50-Amp
  • WIRING: Original and after market, copper stranded, well secured.
  • OVERCURRENT PROTECTION / PANEL: Circuit breakers / At the companionway to the aft cabin
  • SHORE INLET: Marinco twist locks in the cockpit
  • OTHERS: There is a 24 Volt DC to 12 Volt DC converter, an isolation transformer and a corrosion control meter.

Electrical & Navigational Equipment

  • VHF: Icom IM 120
  • Satellite Tracking: Thrane & Thrane Inmarsat-C
  • Weather: Furuno Dfax 208 Satelite Weather trac system
  • Chartplotter: Raymarine e120 Chartplotter at navigation station, includes Navitec maps for West, East, and Central USA and Canada (2008).
  • Chartplotter/Radar (Deck): Garmin 3010C GPSmap chartplotter added (2011), includes Southwest Caribbean map

Mechanical Specifications

  • COOLING: Closed freshwater cooling with heat exchanger
  • TRANSMISSION: Volvo Marine Gear model; HS45A-A    RATIO: 2.43:1
  • EXHAUST: Wet through a FRP water lift muffler with water exhaust separator
  • STEERING: Dual wheels in the aft cockpit with wire and quadrant on the rudderpost
  • PROPELLERS: Two blade Max Prop, switching to 3 or 4 blase fixed prop (will keep folding Max Prop as extra).             
  • SHAFTS: 2” stainless steel
  • STRUTS: Welded aluminum                            
  • RUDDER: Aluminum
  • BILGE PUMPS: 12 Volt DC with both manual and automatic functions and a manually operated bilge pump
  • SHOWER PUMPS: There are shower sump pumps for each individual shower  
  • OIL CHANGE PUMP: There is an oil change pump systems installed in the engine compartment
  • BLOWERS: 24 Volt DC in the engine compartment                
  • HVAC: Four Marine Air reverse cycle units
  • BELOW WATER THROUGH HULL FITTINGS: Aluminum with Delron plungers and Marelon ball valves
  • WATER MAKER: Sea Recovery, works but needs new filters.
  • OTHER: Fuel transfer pump, saltwater wash down pump system and line cutting spurs




               #1 Stbd Fwd: 90 Gal                    #2 Port Fwd: 90 Gal

              #3 Port Mid: 55 Gal                      #4 Stbd Mid: 65 Gal

              #5 Port Aft: 45 Gal                       #6 Stbd Aft: 45 Gal

              #7 Aux. Stbd Mid: 85 Gal            #8 Day Tank: 18 Gal

                              TOTAL CAPACITY: 513

  • MATERIAL: All tanks area welded aluminum
  • FILTERS:  Dual Racor fuel water separators for the main engine, a single Racor fuel water separator for the generator and a Racor fuel water separator on the transfer pump


  • Upgrades in 2008: Interior paint coatings found beginning to chip. repainted inside.
  • NUMBER OF WATER TANKS: Four           
  • CAPACITY: 250 gallons
  • LOCATION: One tank is underneath the galley, one tank is underneath the forward guest cabin and the remaining two tanks are located underneath the salon floor forward of the fuel tanks.
  • MATERIAL: Welded aluminum and all are integral with the hull


  • CAPACITY: 12 gallons            
  • LOCATION: Behind the port settee        
  • POWER:  240 Volt AC and engine heat exchanger


  • Upgrades in 2012-2013: Rebuilt 2 propane fiberglass lockers, serviced all the hardware, including new cellunoids.
  • QTY & TYPE: Four / LPG    
  • CAPACITY: 23 lbs each            
  • LOCATION: The tanks are located in two deck boxes near the mast partner     
  • MATERIAL: Aluminum         


  • Zodiac hard-bottom 10-foot dinghy (Purchased in 2006, very little use until 2013)
  • 8HP Yamaha outboard, serviced in 2013, runs well.
  • 6 pax Viking life raft, needs yearly servicing


Denison Yacht Sales offers the details of this yacht in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of this boat for sale. A yacht buyer should instruct his yacht broker, or his boat surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This yacht for sale is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.