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55' NEB New England Boatworks
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SCOOT - is the latest in an evolution of performance day sailing concepts from Nelson Marek Yacht Design. An experienced yacht owner from Nantucket spent years cruising on sail and power yachts before commissioning this purpose built sailing machine. Built at world renowned New England Boat Works the design parameters are based on ease of handling, speed and maximum fun with the lines of an eye catching, modern concept.

Only two Harken hydraulic winches on a 55 foot performance boat appears too clean on deck to be true but tacking and gybing is easy with a dual wheel system and push-button sail controls. After an exciting day of sailing this rocket will slide easily back into the shallow waters inside any breakwater with the aid of a push button lifting keel. Comfort for the crew was as paramount as performance so prepare for all to relax as you indulge in a perfect day on the water!


Manufacturer's Comments

For this custom project, NEB teamed up with the San Diego design firm, Nelson/Marek Yacht Design. For more than 20 years this office has developed extraordinary design of all types, including Americas Cup, measurement rule ocean racers and performance cruisers.

The ACK 55 (radio call letters for the Nantucket airport) is the latest in an evolution of performance day sailing concepts from NMYD. An experienced yacht owner from Nantucket, USA spent years cruising on sail and power yachts before commissioning this purpose built sailing machine. Design parameters are based on ease of handling, speed and maximum fun with the lines of an eye catching, modern concept.

Harken USA developed a user friendly hydraulic sail control system (Hydro 2.2) developed for short handed sailing. Only two winches on a 55 foot performance boat appears too clean on deck to be true but tacking and gybing is easy with a dual wheel system and push-button sail controls. Hall Spars did there part to keep the system simple with a swept spreader carbon rig together with a Forespar hydraulic boom furling main and under deck jib furler from Harken. Nelson Marek designed the modern concept jib-club boom, built by NEB with integral hydraulic controls again led back to a push button on either of the dual helm pods. Under deck main & jib sheeting enhances the clean look from bow to stern. After an exciting day on Nantucket sound this rocket will slide easily back in to the shallow waters inside the breakwater with the aid of a push button lifting keel.



LOA: 16.67m / 54.67ft     LWL: 16.05m / 52.64ft     MAX BEAM: 3.25m / 10.66ft
DRAFT: Lifting Keel Up 2.45m / 8.03ft    Down 3.65m / 12ft     DISPL: (mooring trim) 8,300kgs / 18,260lbs

  • Design: Nelson/Marek Yacht Design, Inc. Nantucket 55 / NM Design No. 137
  • Engineer: High Modulus Int. Ltd.
  • Type: High Quality auxillary sailing yacht for inshore and offshore racing. Originally conceived as a “simple, fast, and fun day sailer”
  • Construction: Carbon Pre-preg epoxy composite over Nomex Honecomb & Core-cell foam cores. Vacuum laminated / Heat cured to design spec
  • Mast: Hall Spars Autoclave cured pre preg carbon, 3 spreader fractional. Swept spreaders
  • Main boom: Forespar Carbon Leisure Furl boom w/hydraulic furling motor.
  • Standing Rigging: Navtec Series 800. No Backstay
  • Running Rigging: Hall Rigging custom. No runners or checkstays
  • Jib Furler: Harken Mark IV Unit 3 under deck system
  • Jib-Club boom: NMYD design, built by NEB, Carbon. JP3 bearings (2)
  • Hydraulic sail controls & keel hydraulics: Under deck Main & Jib sheeting. Harken Hydro 2.2 Hydraulic Power Unit – Mainsheet, Jib sheet, Furling Main, 2 spd. Winches (2), Keel lift & Harken vang
  • Keel: Steel fin machined / Lead bulb
  • Twin Rudders: NEB Pre-preg intermediate modulus carbon / epoxy. Tapered shafts/JP3 bearings
  • Steering: Custom NEB carbon quadrants – Double cable / Cross led system / PBO cables
  • Engine: Yanmar 3YM30C 30HP Diesel / Saildrive-SD20 / Gori racing prop
  • Generator: Fischer Panda AGT 4000 Diesel DC Generator. 24VDC x 110 Amp
  • Electronics: Custom Navigation
  • Sails: North Sails

ACK 55 Performance Sailing

A blend of modern concepts that will change your mind about what sailing is all about! Custom pre-preg carbon construction coupled with design features influenced by Nelson-Marek Yacht Designs previous experience with TP52 and 1D35 designs plus recent America’s Cup design research results.

This space age speedster is turning heads on the water in the US Northeast and around the world by all who have heard the word. The owner of Hull #1 says, “This boat constantly draws attention and positive comments from everyone who sees her on the water.”

The build team at New England Boatworks has been involved in a wide range of projects for 20 plus years but all agreed this boat is all about fresh ideas based on an outside the box approach to performance sailing.

Hydraulic sail handling and keel lift systems are designed and set up for ease of operation by one or two people. The open plan cockpit incorporates ergonomically correct and comfortable seating for a crew of family and friends. Twin wheels with dual push button controls are conveniently laid out for maximum safety and comfort underway. With a boom furling main and self tacking jib on a custom carbon club boom, sailing upwind or downwind in a wide range of conditions is easier than you ever imagined on this 55 footer!


Length Overall
16.67m / 54.69 ft

Max Beam
3.35m / 11 ft  

Draft Keel Down
3.65m / 11.98 ft
Draft Keel Up
2.45m / 8.04 ft  

5,000kg / 11,023 lbs

8,900kg / 19,621 lbs

Upwind Sail Area
150 sam (original main and self taking jib)  / 1615 sq ft
165 sam (with Sq top main and std jib)  / 1776 sq ft

Downwind Sail Area
265 sqm / 2852 sq ft approx


Yanmar Diesel 30 HP (3YM30C)

Saildrive SP20
Gori Folding Racing propeller

Cruise speed of 8 knots

Fuel Tank =   25 us gal

Recent Modifications

New Hull Paint (Awlgrip LP custom gray)
New Boom Paint (Awlgrip LP black)
New Bottom Paint VC17 (Bottom soda blast prep prior to new bottom paint)

SAILS (Sail Area Increased by 10%)
New Set of 3di 760 Sail From NORTH
1 Mainsail Squaretop
1 Light /Medium Jib
1 Medium/Heavy Jib

New Mainsail (2:1) Halyard and and Jib Halyard
New HARKEN Jib Track and Cars + Footblocks for Jib Sheet (P&S)
New HARKEN Winch for Jib Inhauler (2)
New HARKEN Hydraulic Vang (stronger and more powerfull)
New Spinex Profurl 5.0 – for Top Down Furling of Asymetrical Spin
New 32" Carbon Fiber Bowsprit for Asymetrical


Raymarine - GPS: 
Raymarine - G20 Radar w/chart plotter
Raymarine - ST6002 Autopilot w/remote
Raymarine - Depth Sounder
Raymarine - VHF RAY218
Raymarine - Displays (2) on mast bracket

B&G mast wand wind indicator

Richie - Magnetic Compass

Alpine Stereo w/(6) deck and (2) below deck speakers

Hull & Deck Specifications

The deck is flat with no crown contracted of Carbon pre-prey epoxy composite over Nomex honeycomb and Core-cell foam cores. Vacuum bag laminated/heat cured - to strict design specs

Lifting 5000kg keel - fin and bulb.
The fin was machined from a solid billet of stainless steel
The bulb is lead

Twin rudder configuration modest size canted outboard at tips to 19 degrees
Custom NEB fabricated Carbon Fiber quadrants
Custom NEB Carbon Fiber tapered rudder shafts with JP3 bearings and self contained head
2- Helm stations with Carbon Fiber wheels

Additional Information

Anchor - Fortress aluminum FX 39 in holder below deck
Mast Jack - Everpac hydraulic portable
Spotlight - Aqua Signal
2- Igloo cooler located under centerline cockpit built in storage 

Safety Equipment as required by USCG

4kw Fisher Panda generator with automatic sensor to start up when batteries require
output 24v DC 100 amp

2 - 8d House batteries 12v DC 290ah in series
1- 12v DC group 31 AGM start battery

Harken Designed system

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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 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.

Specifications, with Equipment and Information:
- Length: 55' 0"
- LOA: 55' 0"
- BEAM: 10' 7"
- DRAFT: 12' 0"
- Engine(s): Yanmar 3YM30C
- HP: 30
- Hull Construction: Composite
- Manufacturer: NEB New England Boatworks
- Model: Nelson Marek ACK 55
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