The Cherubini 48 Staysail Schooner




The Cherubini 48 Staysail Schooner is stunning. Long and low, with a clipper bow, bowsprit, and schooner rig, she integrates classic themes in American sailboats–the schooner America, the clipper ships, the Grand Banks fishing schooners, and racing schooners of the 1930s. Below decks, she embodies the classic elegance of the finest yachts. While traditional in appearance, she is fast and fully contemporary in her construction and outfitting. She is a modern classic.


The Cherubini 48 was designed by John Cherubini and is similar to her smaller sister, the Cherubini 44. She has a long waterline, narrow hull, large divided rig, and shallow Scheel keel which opens up vast areas of Chesapeake Bay and the Bahamas. She combines a Marconi-rigged main with fore and main staysails to establish a plan that can be easily handled by two people. The staysails can be set up to be self-tending, and the large main is furled or reefed with Dutchman and simple reefing or with the optional furling system.


The divided sail plan allows the ultimate in versatility from an enormous sail area in light wind to a very short rig when conditions demand. Offshore sailors will appreciate the Schooner’s ability to heave-to in comfort under a deep-reefed foresail. The Cherubini 48 is a “go anywhere” boat, designed and constructed for the rigors of the long passage, yet capable of exploring the hidden backwaters of the world with its Scheel Keel drawing only 5 feet, 10 inches.


The Cherubini 48 preserves the classical appearance of yesteryear while offering the strength of fiberglass construction. Hand-finished teak, highlighted by custom stainless steel and bronze fittings and ports, incorporated with the latest construction methods and materials, will tell you that this is a yacht crafted with care and an understanding of the sea.


Below deck, the same high standards of quality and traditional elegance have been carried throughout. The standard layout is designed to accommodate a cruising couple with occasional guests very comfortably. In the Cherubini tradition, the builders will customize the interior, as well as sailing and mechanical features, to the owner’s specifications.

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Design Features


Customized interiors.

The interior of the Cherubini 48 can be highly customized to suit your tastes and preferences. Several 48s have featured a comfortable owner's stateroom aft to port, with a double bed and its own head. Others have had more open space aft, with emphasis on a deck-accessible nav station and ample space for putting on foul weather gear.



In the above layout (Plan A), the aft cabin has a double bed to port. The aft cabin includes a navigation station, wet locker, and many drawers and hanging lockers, and comfortable seats. A door can give privacy from the rest of the boat, retaining access to an en-suite head (including linked shower area). Moving forward, there is large galley to port. Forward of that is a classic, roomy and comfortable main salon, including a pilot berth to starboard. A second companionway from the cabin top provides direct access to the main cabin without disturbing the privacy of the aft cabin.



Plan B (above) has two distinct deck houses, each with its own companionway. This provides a full width aft cabin, with a double bed, sofa, ample hanging lockers, and the engine box with a nav station on top of it. There is space for a captain's berth in the passage way forward.


Under the forward deck house, there is a full U-shaped galley, commodious main cabin, forward head, and forward V berths.


Whatever the configuration, the Cherubini style is constant. Throughout, there are lots of drawers and hanging lockers. Locker doors usually have a beautiful cane inserts (both light and excellent for ventilation), but can be made with distinctive wood panels if the owner prefers. Depending on owners' needs, the interior can be fitted with air conditioning and washer and dryer.



The Cherubini 48 Sailplan


This sail plan is the original drawing of the schooner sail plan. Over the years, according to owners' preferences, there have been some options in the rig.


The fore-triangle can be one jib or divided into a jib and a boomed fore staysail.

The main sail can slide up or down the mast, with or without full length battens, or can have in-mast furling.


The main mast has been built with a Bergstrom-Ridder swept-back rig. With this rig, a back stay is not needed. The trade off is that the back-swept spreaders limit how far out one can let the main boom. Alternatively, the mast can be built with regular spreaders and a boomkin and standing backstay, supplemented with running backstays.

The height of the main stay (and its main staysail) has been higher or lower on different boats.


Perhaps least obvious but most important, the Cherubini hull form (narrow, slack bilges, long keel) means a more comfortable boat at sea. Carl Adler's Sail Calculator website computes that the Cherubini 48 has a "Motion Comfort" index of 41. A well known contemporary boat of similar size has an index of 26. These numbers mean that the Cherubini 48 has slower rolling and pitching motions; the hull slices the water instead of pounding it. Moreover, the cabin sole is well under the water line and bunks are near the water line, where boat motion is the least. Sailors who have ventured to sea in a modern, wide, shallow hulled boat will sense the difference immediately. Voyagers on the Cherubini 48 will arrive at their destination not only quickly but comfortably. The Cherubini 48 design is optimized to function as a real sail boat at sea, not as a house at the marina.


Unsurpassed performance

The Cherubini 48 hull form (narrow, slack bilges, long keel) means a more comfortable boat at sea. Carl Adler's Sail Calculator indicates the Cherubini 48 has a "Motion Comfort" index of 41. Comparable boats rate only in the high twenties. These numbers mean that the Cherubini 48 has slower rolling and pitching motions. The hull slices the water instead of pounding it. Additionally, the cabin sole is well under the water line and bunks are near the water line, where boat motion is the least. Sailors who have ventured to sea in a modern, wide, shallow hulled boat will sense the difference immediately.


These yachts are typically equipped with electric winches and sail handling equipment, complete electronic systems, air conditioning, and a bow thruster. Her profile may be traditional, but her equipment is state-of-the-art. These boats are built to order at the hightest standards of strength and finish, with the finest materials, custom crafted to meet the needs and dreams of the individual owner.






- LOA: 56'0"

- LOD: 48'9"

- LWL: 44'0"

- Beam: 13'0"

- Draft: 5' 10"

- Displacement: 37,600 lbs.

- Ballast: 16,000 lbs.

- Sail area: 1,218 sq.ft.

- Bridge clearance: 63 feet

- Auxiliary power: 75/85-HP turbo diesel


Cherubini Yachts is committed to building the finest quality yacht, fully equipped at the highest standards, with room for customization according to the individual needs and preferences of the buyer. We welcome suggestions from buyers on possible improvements in equipment or suppliers.




Standard Equipment


- Solid laminate high-strength hull with vinyl ester-impregnated fiberglass (no core)

- Bi-directional fiberglass sheer clamp.

- Lifetime warranty on hull structure

- Fully encapsulated all-lead ballast

- One-piece (no welds) stainless-steel rudder shaft with UHMW bearings

- Strong, maintenance-free G10 Garolite (fiberglass) propeller-shaft tube

- Cast-bronze heel casting

- Polished stainless-steel bobstay with anchor-rode lead

- All corrosion-proof composite underwater through-hull fittings

- Electric bow thruster

- Elegant Cherubini-logo molded-fiberglass trailboards



- Fiberglass covered plywood deck and coachroof; mahogany cabin sides; molded fiberglass cockpit

- Custom-fitted SS bow and stern rails, stanchions, double lifelines

- Varnished teak brightwork

- Varnished teak hatch spray hood

- Varnished teak foredeck hatch

- Varnished teak butterfly skylight

- Varnished teak port & starboard Dorade boxes

- Electric primary winches (2)

- 6 deck cleats

- Roller-furling yankee jib

- Anchor-locker hatches

- 60 lb CQR anchor with 300 ft. 3/8" chain

- 12VDC Lewmar windlass with remote control

- Anchor rollers

- Cherubini portlights

- LPG bottle locker with two 10 lb. tanks

- Binnacle compass

- Dodger and Bimini

- Four docking lines, four fenders, boathook

- All required navigation lights



- Two water tanks, each 65 gal (130 total)

- 2-door head

- Shower and shower grate

- Avonite counter surfaces (galley and head)

- Pressure hot and cold water system

- Seagull IV water purifier

- Emergency foot pump

- Electric refrigerator and freezer

- 3-burner LPG stove with oven

- Microwave oven

- Manual Raritan PHE II head with 30 gal holding tank or treatment system

- Wine locker & courtesy bottle

- Teak sole

- Mahogany drop-leaf table



- 12 VDC house service: 3 AGM batteries, each 250 Amp hours (750 amp hours total)

- Additional engine starting battery

- Alternator on engine: Balmar 210 amp

- 115 VAC shore service: Two 30 amp inputs, One 50 amp input

- 3 KW inverter and battery charger

- 9-gallon hot-water heater (heated by engine and 115 vac)

- Yanmar 4-JH-75-T turbo diesel

- Two fuel tanks, 20 gal and 70 gal

- Dual remote fuel filters

- Stainless-steel prop shaft and bronze feathering propeller

- Whale manual bilge pump

- Dual 12 VDC bilge pumps

- Pressure sea water deck wash

- Tank Tender fuel and water gauges

- Built-in conduits to simplify installation of additional antennas in the future



- Complete integrated navigation system (gps, chart plotting, speedometer, wind instruments, depth sounder, radar)

- Autopilot (with hydraulic drive)

- VHF (digital)

- AM/FM/CD (with a Luigi Cherubini CD)



- Aluminum spars, stainless-steel 1 x 19 rigging

- Bronze/stainless-steel turnbuckles

- Sta-Lok rigging ends at the bottoms of cables

- Roller furled Genoa jib

- Self-tacking boomed fore staysail

- Release mechanism on fore stay

- Self-tacking boomed main staysail

- Mainsail reefing lines led to main hatch

- Spinnaker entry/exit plates on foremast

- Fisherman halyards on main mast

- TriLens radar reflector




Optional Equipment

- Several interior layout options.

- Extra tanks (fuel and/or water)

- Head upgrades: Electrical, VacuFlush, Lavac, others

- Main cabin settee can be pulled out to be a double berth

- GenSet, air conditioning, and heating

- Additional electronics (SSB, AIS, computer, sat links, Wi-Fi booster, etc.)

- Enhanced entertainment (DVD and flat screen, CD changer)

- LED interior lighting

- Dinghy

- Dinghy davits and/or chocks

- Low maintenance exterior package (AwlGrip paint covering varnish brightwork)

- Stainless steel rub rail

- Teak decks

- Bergstrom-Ridder swept-back rig or boomkin with permanent backstay

- Carbon fiber masts

- Rod rigging

- In-mast furling

- In-boom furling


Buyer's Choices

- Rig: classic slides, full length battens, in-mast furling

- Staysail: boomed, deck sheeted, furler

- Spinnaker: with poles or poleless

- Additional anchors and rodes

- All sails



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