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1964 Nielsen Custom 41

  • 41 ft
  • Yarmouth, ME, US

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K. Aage Nielsen and Paul Luke were long term collaborators; working together as designer and builder respectively, producing over 20 stunning sailing yachts that were built to a standard that was difficult to achieve.  After 57 years of thoughtful care such were Nielsen's design and specification skills and Luke's building skills that TAYGETA has not warranted any notable rebuild work though three or four nominal repairs/replacements have been made.  As testimony to her sailing prowess she won the Halifax Race in '91 and innumerable local series out of Marblehead as well several NYYC Cruise races over the years!
She has been repowered and given sail and electronics upgrades and for those who can appreciate a classic of renowned design and build she represents an incredible opportunity.  Please read the full specs for details. A full structural survey is being completed by noted wood boat surveyor, Paul Haley, of Capt. G. W. Full & Associates.


Basic Information

Custom 41
Yarmouth, ME, US
Available for sale in U.S. waters:
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K. Aage Nielsen
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Dimensions & Weight

41 ft - 12.5 meter
41 ft - 12.5 meter
11 ft 6 in - 3.51 meter
Draft - max:
4 ft 8 in - 1.42 meter
Bridge Clearance:
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2005 3JH4E
Cruise Speed:
7 MPH - 6.08 KTS
Joystick Control:
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Drive Type:
Direct Drive
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Max Speed:
8 MPH - 6.95 KTS

Tank Capacities

Fuel Tank:
Fresh Water Tank:
Holding Tank:



Vessel Walk Thru
TAYGETA, accommodates 5 in a Herreshoff style interior of varnished mahogany on white flat panels with a laid raw teak sole.  Head room in the salon is 6'-2" to the deck beams on c/l  and 6'-1" in the stateroom.  Excellent natural light and ventilation with one large hatch and one fixed sky light, 3 dorades, and 8 bronze ports all with screens.  12 volt lighting throughout.  When cruising early or late in the season or just to take the dampness out of the air on a foggy evening while cruising the Luke fireplace will manage it all!
Berths for up to 5 in a single stateroom configuration with settee berths in the salon and a pilot berth to starboard.  At both settees the berths pull out for more comfort.
Starting forward is the Stateroom featuring 6'-5" V-berth with storage under in drawers and drop face lockers while above the berths there is storage shelf and small locker P&S and there are storage lockers aft of the berth as well.
Aft and to port are the Enclosed Head featuring a manual W.C.. A stainless capped vanity runs athwartships at the forward bulkhead and incorporates a stainless steel sink with H&C pressure water.  An en-suite shower drains to a separate sump pump.
Opposite is storage in a large hanging locker at the forward end of the Salon which has settees P&S with drawers in the seat backs while above the starboard berth there is a pilot berth and then to port storage in 2 lockers and an open shelf.  Dining is from the centerline gimballed, drop leaf, varnished mahogany table
Aft and to starboard is the U shaped Galley with stainless steel capped counter top aft with stainless sink with H&C pressure water and manual FW pump and varnished mahogany counter top forward, storage in several lockers, dish racks and a drawer.  Cooking is done from a Shipmate 2 burner alcohol stove with oven while chilled food stuffs are kept in a generous well insulated ice box at the forward part of the U. 
To port is the outboard facing Nav. Station large chart table and with storage for charts and Nav. Pubs as well as electronics mounting.
New berth/settee cushions and upholstery 2014
Chelsea Ships Clock
Weems and Plath Barometer
Luke soapstone solid fuel cabin heater
Sails and Rigging
Keel stepped single spreader painted aluminum mast and boom with 1X19 stainless steel wire rigging.  The mast was rewired and new spreader and mast head lights installed in 2018
Harken roller furling 2020
Barient 2 speed #30 genoa sheet winch on c/l aft
South Coast #2 main sheet winch mounted aft
Barient 2 speed sheet winches
South Coast #2 sheet winches
Jiffy reefing line winch mounted on boom
Merriman centerboard winch mounted on starboard house top
2 Barient 2 speed spinnaker and genoa halyard winches on mast
Barient steel reel wire halyard winch on mast
Aluminum spinnaker pole
2012 Doyle 8 oz. square weave Dacron main 
2012 Doyle 155% #1 genoa 7.5 oz. 310 square weave Dacron used 8-10x
2012 Doyle 140% #2 genoa 7.77 oz. Marblehead Dacron used 8-10x
2006 Doyle 140% #2 cruising genoa Marblehead weave 7.77 oz.
Hood star cut 2.0 oz. heavy air spinnaker 1990 +/-
Doyle 1.0 oz. tri radial spinnaker early 90s
Doyle 3/4 oz. spinnaker early 90s
Doyle 1/2 oz. spinnaker early 90s
The primary sailing instruments are located above the companionway while a Garmin display is on a swing out bracket so as to be visible either in the cockpit or at the Nav. Station where the VHF is located.
Garmin GPS with color plotter, 2kw radome, and depth transducer 2014
Garmin VHF with AIS 2018
Datamarine Depth
Datamarine Speed/Log
Datamarine Wind Pt. and Speed
6" Danforth magnetic compass in binnacle mount
hand held magnetic compass
Wired for 12 volt DC service:
Distribution panel with breakers
1 8D lead acid house battery
1 Group 31 engine start battery 2019
80 amp alternator
Volt and Amp meters
Installed in 2005; Yanmar 3JH4E 40 hp diesel turns a 15" Max prop feathering propeller on a 7/8" shaft through a Kanzai 2.5:1 reduction gear.
Edson engine controls
Racor fuel filter
Whale high volume manual emergency bilge pump
Rule electric bilge pump
Edson pedestal steering new cables in 2020
New centerboard pennant 2013
Fuel tank gauge
Contruction and Loose Equipment
TAYGETA is of double planked construction, mahogany/cedar planking on 2"x1 3/4" laminated white oak frames fastened with bronze fastenings.  1 5/8" white oak floor timbers with bronze stiffeners in way of the mast step.  There are also bronze stiffeners tying the adjoining bulkheads to the frames.  The sheer clamp is 3 3/4"X 3" white oak.
The decks are believed to be 1 1/4" teak and are fastend on 1 1/4" X 1 3/4 white oak deck beams again with bronze fastenings.  The decks had their seams reefed out and all deck seams re-caulked with fresh thiokol in 2014.
Light grey topsides with gold cove stripe and red boot top.  The bottom is painted in a hard finish blue anti fouling.  Solid teak decks with mahogany deck house, coaming and rails all varnished.  Bronze deck hardware and double stainless steel stanchions and lifelines with gates P&S and single rail bow and stern rails.  
Typical of the day, she has a cockpit with forward helm with the thought that when racing the helmsman was not distracted by sail trimmers in their line of sight and was close enough to the dodger to be afforded better protection but still capable of seating 4+ comfortably.  Generous sail lockers are port and starboard and lazarette aft.
Bronze Ideal electric windlass
35 lb Danforth anchor with app 20' of chain and 150' of rode
25 lb 3 piece Fisherman style anchor and 2nd rode stows in lazarette
6 Type I life jackets
2 horse shoe liferings
Horn and Bell
3 ABC dry chemical fire extinguishers
Flare Kit
3 fenders and 4 dock lines
Cockpit cushions new 2014
Dodger new 2020
New lifelines 2016
One section of bottom planking replaced (port garboard) 2014
Bottom stripped to bare wood, primed with Interprotect 2015
Repaired underdeck framing around starboard cockpit coaming and rebuild cockpit seat gutters 2015
Removed and re-bedded keel shoe
Replaced lazarette hatch frame 2019
Rebuild of area around backstay chainplate, covering board and transom apron 2019
The name TAYGETA is reserved by the Sellers.



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Disclaimer: 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/her agents, or his/her surveyors, to instigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.