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S/V Cassiopeia For Sale

by Asailof2hearts

Boat is currently in Mexico, Pacific mainland (Puerto Vallarta)
Currently at Paradise Village Marina, slip transferable to next owner.

With the cruising season starting, now is the time to grab this cruise-ready boat that is already in Mexico! She is ready to go this season. 

S/V Cassiopeia is a 1997 Bavaria 46E (Exclusive), a classic performance cruiser. She has crossed the Atlantic multiple times, cruised the Caribbean, made the passage down the US west coast from Seattle to Mexico, and cruised the Sea of Cortez and mainland Mexico.

Built to German Lloyds GL-100 AF (ALL OCEAN) specifications before boat builders decided those specs were too expensive, she is solid, with many features indicative of a boat ready for challenging conditions.

Cassiopeia is very comfortable on the water, at anchor, and at dock. Seeing her in person allows you to experience the 6′ 6″ headroom and the open, roomy feel the 14’ 8” beam provides. She has a spacious custom owner layout, with a large centerline stateroom master berth forward (approximately a California King-size, with latex mattresses installed in June 2020) with its own head and lots of storage. No crawling over each other to get into bed!

There are two (almost) queen-size berths aft sharing a common head with full shower. (In the photos below, is the starboard aft cabin, the port side cabin is a mirror image–it currently has storage boxes  🙂  ) She comfortably sleeps 6.

The straight-line galley is amidships with a top-loading frig, recessed compartment for the induction hotplate, and counter area for the Instant-Pot. Dual sinks with single handle faucet. Lots of counter and storage space.

Beautiful salon and table, bench has underneath storage, table includes a beautiful inlayed cover hiding a wine storage area. Seating for up to ten (10) adults for entertaining.

Eighty-five (85) pound Mantus anchor and all chain rode mean secure anchoring for a restful night’s sleep on the hook and peace of mind when you are off the boat exploring. Sugar scoop swim step and ladder allow easy access to and from the water for swimming and snorkeling, and the fresh water shower (hot & cold) is right there to rinse off! Wide side decks for safety moving for and aft and provide great places to relax and lay in the sun or watch dolphins while at anchor or under way.

Ten foot Walker Bay inflatable RIB dinghy with 2-stroke 15 HP Yamaha outboard mean you can get around quickly and up-on-plane with 2 people and your groceries.

Lithium house bank (550 Ahr) and 790W of solar allows to you to be off-grid without being concerned about running out of power. Run the engine and a 170 Amp Balmar alternator charges the housebank. All lights are LED for energy efficiency.

We’ve kept Cassiopeia maintained for cruising. The bottom paint is 2 years old (Dec 2021), and still protecting. All through hulls replaced Dec 2021.

Never chartered, her original owner commissioned her for racing on Lake Constance in Germany. Hence, the control line layout where everything runs to the cockpit and the full complement of winches. The two primaries are 2 speed electric. The roller car sail track for the mainsail allows for easy raising and lowering (especially with the incorporated lazy jacks and stack pack). It also facilitates reefing.

All the boat electronics, lighting, and most systems are powered by 12V, including the water maker and all the water pumps. There are 12V USB plugins in every berth on the light fixtures and in the cockpit and the the salon.

B&G MFD and Halo 20+ radar, AIS transceiver, Raymarine instruments; all available instrument data is on the NMEA2000 backbone and broadcast via Wifi, so your phone or tablet can receive and use it for Navionics, iNavx or whatever navigation app you prefer.

The boat was built and wired in Germany for 230V, the norm in Europe, the Caribbean and most of the world. The 230V inverter powered by the Lithium house battery bank provides 230V to outlets through out the boat. These can be used to power almost everything you use. Most electronic devices (cell phones, tablets, laptops, etc.) are powered/charged by adapters that are designed to be used with either 110V or 230V, because they are sold and used all over the world. This includes StarLink (we used one on the boat). All that is necessary is an outlet adapter, and we have those on the boat already. As described in the specifications, there are several 230V appliances included. The hot water heater is powered by 230V from the inverter, or 240V shore power when that is available (50 amp plugin).

The boat was professionally wired by an electrician to also allow a 110V-60 Hz outlet for things like hair dryers, vacuums, tools, etc., and to power the 110V battery charger to charge the Lithium house bank when on shore power in the US or MX. If 30 amp is available at the dock, there are adapters to allow the 50A power cord to be connected to the 30A receptacle on the power pedestal.

We lived aboard full-time for 6 years and enjoyed 3 years in Mexico. We prepared her for cruising Mexico and beyond. Life and family changes require us to sell her to new owners who can continue to care for and enjoy this beautiful boat.

There is so much more, you have to see her to appreciate and experience her for yourself.

Price includes dinghy and outboard.

$135,000 USD

S/V Cassiopeia is currently listed with La Paz Cruisers Supply & Brokerage. Please contact the brokerage directly. 



  • solid fiberglass hull
  • LOA: 47 ft 6 in (14.48 m)
  • Beam: 14 ft 8 in (4.48 m)
  • LWL: 40 ft 0 in (14.2 m)
  • Maximum Draft: 6 ft 7 in (2.10 m)
  • Mast height: 61 ft 10 in to deck (estimated 71 ft waterline to top of antenna)
  • Displacement: 25300 lbs
  • Ballast: 9680 lbs. Lead keel, non magnetic
  • Headroom: 6 ft 6 in
  • Fin keel
  • Spade rudder
  • Cruising speed: 6-7 kts


  • Fractional sloop
  • Selden mast and boom – mast height 61 ft – deck stepped
  • Selden Rodkicker Size #3 (replaced internal spring/shock July 2020)
  • Furlex 400S  jib furler
  • Selden mechanical backstay adjuster
  • LED anchor light
  • All standing rigging new in 2015
  • Spinnaker pole, mounted with track to mast


  • 2 electric primaries, Harken ST56 (2 speed self tailing)
  • 2 cockpit secondaries, Harken ST48 (2 speed self tailing)
  • 2 roof top, Harken ST44 (2 speed self tailing)
  • 1 at the mast, Andersen 46ST (2 speed self tailing)


  • Ullman Sails
  • 120 Genoa – Dacron (LP 6920/J 5820) (new 2015)
    J=18 ft 8 in (18.75 ft)  (5,820 mm)
    LP=22’10” (22.83 ft) (6960 mm)
    I = 59 ft (18,000 mm)
  • Fully adjustable jib sheet cars
  • Main sail – Dacron (new 2015)
    P = 56 ft 4 in (17,150 mm)
    E = 16 ft 8 in  (5100 mm)
    fully battened
  • Selden sail track and cars on the mast
  • fully zippered stack pack with lazy jacks
  • Asymmetrical spinnaker with snuffer (unknown manufacturer or age–it was gifted to us)
  • All halyards and lines in good to great condition


  • 59 HP Volvo Penta MD22P-B (diesel)
    approximately 2,700 hrs
  • Cruising speed 6 knots at 2800 RPM, 7/8 G/hr fuel
  • timing belt, belt tensioner, idler pulley replaced March 2018
  • New start battery AGM Group 31 105 Ahr – Feb 2018
  • raw water pump replaced – Aug 2019
  • starter motor replaced – April 2020
  • Volvo sail drive 120SE
    Saildrive was overhauled with new bearings and seals by the previous owner prior to our purchase
  • Volvo 3 blade folding propellor
  • QL BP800 bow thruster (Volvo Penta)
    Powered by 2 ea Optima Red Top 34-78 12V 800 CCA batteries (new Sept 2019)


  • Fresh Water: (153 Gallons)
    Forward tanks: 105 G/2×200 L
    Stern tank: 48 G/180 L bladder
    Hot water: 6 gallons (230 VDC or 240VAC, or engine coolant circulation)
  • Fuel: (69 Gallons/262 L) stainless steel with Racor primary filter
  • Holding: 15 gallon (plastic)

Ground tackle

  • Mantus 85 lb anchor with Mantus swivel and BR-2 anchor roller (2020)
  • Rode: 300 feet Acco Galvanized Hi Test, G-4 5/16 inch chain (2018)
  • Windlass: Anchorlift windlass Mako 1200 with controller
  • Stern anchor: Fortress G-37 18 lb; 15 ft 3/8” chain and 60 ft rope rode

Electrical/Power System

  • Victron Multiplus 12/3000/120‐50‐ 230V Inverter/charger (June 2020)
  • Sterling BB1260 Battery to Battery (B2B) charger, 12V‐ 12V, 60A (June 2020)
    (powered by LiFePo house bank to charge the bow thruster bank and the start battery)
  • Victron Phoenix Smart IP-43 Charger 12/50 120-240V (new Feb 2024)
  • Lithionics 555 Ahr model GTX12V555A hr‐F2509‐DIN LiFePo4 Battery; and Li3‐OPE Never‐Die Dual‐Channel BMS module, 400A, Advanced Series V8 (purchased and installed through Ocean Planet Energy) (June 2020)
  • Li3‐OPE Never‐Die SOC display (June 2020); status also available via app over Bluetooth
  • Balmar XT-SF-170 high output alternator installed with pulley kit and serpentine belt (2019)
  • Balmar MC-614-H external regulator (2019)
  • All new cabling and fuses installed from engine compartment to house battery compartment (2019)


  • 2 each LG 395W rigid solar panels  (November 2021)
  • 2 each Victron 100/50 MPPT controllers (June 2020 and November 2021)

    controller status and data available over Bluetooth via Victron App

Electronics and Instruments

  • B&G Halo20+ radar (June 2020)
  • B&G Zeus3s 9 inch MFD (September 2022)
  • Vesper XB8000 AIS with VHF antenna splitter and GPS
  • IridiumGo with external antenna (1 spare SIM card)
  • Icom M506 VHF with Icom HM-195B handheld remote at the helm
  • Raymarine GPS
  • Compass: Ritchie Helmsman HF-742
  • Raymarine depth, wind, boat speed are connected through a converter (0183 to Seatalkng) and plug-in to the NMEA2000 backbone that runs from the helm to the forward berth. All data is available over WiFi through the Vesper 8000 that connects to the onboard Netgear router.

  • Autopilot: Autohelm ST6000
  • Stereo – Aquatic AV AQ-MP-5UBT-S with Bluetooth receiver, USB inputs, speakers in salon and cockpit


  • ECHOTec Watermaker
    Model 260 – DML – 1 
    13 gal / hr (50 l / hr)
    38 amps 12V DC


  • Eberspaecher D5LC (Espar D5) (diesel) forced air – needs service and ducting replaced

Safety Gear

  • EPIRB ACR Electronics 2744, RLB-35 Cat.2 GlobalFix Pro 406MHz
  • 3 fire extinguishers (galley, forward berth, cockpit locker)
  • Fire blanket (galley)
  • Fireboy MA2 Automatic Discharge Clean Agent Extinguisher mounted in engine compartment


  • Jabsco model 29120-3000 (main head); model 29090-2000 (forward head) — both manual

Interior Equipment

  • Engel MD040F-U1 freezer (Oct 2021) – 12 VDC or 110 VAC
  • Dyson Vacuum
  • Instant Pot / Air Fryer (230V)
  • Induction Hot Plate (230V)
  • Braun food processor (230V)
  • Knife Magnet
  • 7 Interior Fans
  • 3 Hatch shades

Cockpit and Deck Gear

  • Deck navigation lights; foredeck light
  • Teak folding cockpit table with leafs
  • Large port and starboard cockpit lockers
  • Lifesling
  • Edson outboard motor mount
  • Outboard motor lifting crane
  • 2 ea small (1 gallon) propane tanks
  • Leather wrapped wheel
  • Swim step shower (hot and cold)
  • Swim ladder on swim step
  • Deck wash (salt water)
  • 50 Amp shower power cord (75 feet) with SmartPlug connector on the boat side; various 30 Amp adapters included
  • Solid stainless steel tube rails from side gates to pushpit
  • Bimini frame (stainless steel tube) and canvas (February 2021)
    Bimini covers cockpit from rail to rail, and includes zip on side shades
  • Dodger frame (stainless steel tube) and canvas (Sunbrella) (February 2021)
  • 6 ea 20 L diesel (yellow) jerry cans
  • Sunbrella jerry can covers (February 2021)
  • 5 HTM-3 fenders
  • 2 round fenders
  • Assorted other fenders
  • Large sail locker on foredeck behind the chain locker
  • Lots of spare lines


  • 10 foot Walker Bay Superlight 310 SLRH Hypalon RIB (fiberglass bottom) (Aug 2016)
    with chaps (Jan 2021)
  • 2002 Yamaha 15 HP  2 stroke (model 15MSHA)
    manual start, standard shaft length
  • Beachmaster dinghy wheels
  • 2 ea 6 gallon gas cans

Notable Spares

  • new water maker membrane
  • watermaker filters
  • water pumps
  • Balmar alternator and serpentine belts
  • raw water pump
  • starter motor
  • prop and saildrive zincs
  • oil and diesel filters
  • Fixed blade prop for sail drive
  • bolts for alternator adjusting arm
  • engine/saildrive oil
  • bow thruster oil
  • windlass remote control
  • spool of 1/4” Dyneema
  • wire, glue, 5200, caulk, wire connectors, misc nuts and bolts, screws, most everything a cruiser needs to deal with what needs fixing

Updates to the boat

Galley remodel (June 2021 – Puerto Vallara, MX)

  • added insulation around frig and small 12V circulating fan inside compartment and 12V fan to help cool the compressor
  • new counter top
  • removed propane stove and added storage drawers and covered space for induction hot plate

Major maintenance

October-December 2021 (Puerto Penasco, MX)

  • removed all existing seacocks and thru hulls
  • fiberglass filled 4 holes no longer used
  • replaced 10 thru hulls with Marelon Series 93 using Garolite G10 1/4” thick backing plates
  • sandblasted hull, keel, and rudder
  • repaired all noticeable blisters
  • 2 coats Seahawk Tuff Stuff primer barrier coat
  • 2 coats Seahawk Islands 44 blue ablative bottom paint
  • PropGlide on folding prop
  • installed 2 new rigid solar panels (see details above), bolted to bimini frame with stainless steel tubing

February 2023 (Barra de Navidad, MX)

  • Removed remaining cosmetic teak laminate on cabin roof to reveal existing molded nonskid, filled any pinholes with epoxy, sanded, and painted with white polyurethane.

June 2023 (Puerto Vallarta, MX)

  • Port side electric primary winch motor rebuilt (new brushes)
  • Refrigerator control module for compressor replaced

February 2024 (Puerto Vallarta, MX)

  • Installed Victron Phoenix Smart IP-43 Charger 12/50 120-240V

Here are some YouTube videos as well:

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