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124' Sensation Yachts
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Sales Rep: Adam Papadakis
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7009 1950

Built by Sensation Yachts in New Zealand PHILKADE was delivered to her owner in 1986 (named AQUEL II) and last refitted in 2017. An iconic Dubois design, she was the first from the renowned designer and the yacht with which he made his mark on the industry. Conceived as the ultimate fast cruiser, she is as rewarding to the eye as she is to sail. At her time of her build, the cutter-rigged PHILKADE was the largest sloop in the world. Her revolutionary exterior profile boasts a striking blue aluminium hull complemented by a classic white aluminium superstructure, has not aged and she still commands a significant presence when presented with her full sails.

Performance wise, PHILKADE has a comfortable cruising speed of 12 knots and can reach speeds of up to 14 knots under full sail. With excellent sea-handling capabilities, she has circumnavigated the world and proven to be a safe, economical, comfortable sailing yacht with a history of fast ocean passages.


PHILKADE exudes elegance and character in every detail. The magnificent craftsmanship throughout her interior and exterior provides a luxurious superyacht style. Her recently refit interior is a vision of tranquillity and beauty, making full use of space in a contemporary design. She is finished to the highest standard utilising a colour palette filled with shades of earthy tones. Communal areas welcome guests with peerless comfort.

Her raised deck-saloon has become a Dubois trademark. Tastefully decorated with guests’ comfort foremost in mind, the large space is a comfortable home from home, with a circular sofa and dining area. Oak woods are used throughout her interior, complemented with light soft furnishings. The main salon is large for a sailing yacht and boasts a comfortable seating and dining area, with steps down to the guests sleeping area aft and the galley and crew quarters forward.

Her accommodation includes a master suite, a further double cabin and two twin bedded cabins, one with a Pullman berth, accommodating nine guests in total. All cabins are spacious and finished to the same high standards as all the guest areas. She is also capable of carrying up to six crew on board to ensure a relaxed luxury yacht experience.

PHILKADE provides the ultimate combination of elegance, sailing performance and luxury living. She is the ideal sailing yacht for socialising and entertaining with family and friends. Step up on deck and stretch out in the sun or dine in the shade. The stern’s symmetrical steps have won her many accolades throughout the past few decades and have become a popular design, most recently used on the 58-metre Dubois Naval Architect designed NGONI built by Royal Huisman.


Aluminium Hull



Built by Sensation Yachts

Year 1987

Length 38m/125' 0"

Beam 7.6m/24' 8"

Draft 2.9m/9' 8"


Flag British Virgin Isles

Gross tonnage 164t

Net tonnage 43t

Displacement 128 tonnes

Designer Dubois Naval Architects

Naval Architect Dubois Naval Architects



Speed 12/14 knots (approx)

Range 2750 nm (approx)

Fuel capacity 7,660 US Gallons (28,996 Litres)

Water capacity 1,980 US Gallons (7,495 Litres)


Engines 2 x MAN 680HP

Engine model D2848

Engine hours

Port: 3,500hrs (8-Jan-2018)

Starboard: 3,500hrs (8-Jan-2018)

Hundestad controllable pitch propellers, fully feathering under sail



Propulsion PROP SHAFT


Wagner hydraulic steering



2 x 60 KW Northern Lights

Generator hours

Gen 1: 4500 hrs (Jan 2018)

Gen 2: 4500 hrs (Jan 2018)



208 V 50 and 60Hz, 24V, 12V

Shore power

100 amp shore cord – 100’


Dual 24V battery banks w/ approx. 2000 amp hours reserve

Air Conditioning

Cruisair MTA-60CA chilled water system – twin 60,000 BTU units – reverse


Other Machinery

Richfield 50HP bowthrusters – fully retractable

(5) Jabsco 24v DC, 300 gph bilge pumps

Fireboy automatic extinguishing system in engine room

2) Twin Racor plus fuel cleaning system plus LGX filters

(2) Engine driven bilge pumps


Proceeding aft of the forward collision bulkhead is the forward crew cabin with port and starboard upper berths, each with storage lockers below that can be reconverted back to crew berths very easily. There is hanging locker storage and bookshelf against the forward bulkhead. Built-in storage also exists underneath the berths. Further aft to starboard is the crew head with basin, WC and overhead hatch. The shower room is opposite to port. Proceeding further aft on the centerline, there are mirror image crew cabins. To starboard is the captain's cabin with lower double berth, inboard desk with bookcase and hanging locker storage. Forward of the captain’s cabin to starboard is the captain's ensuite with WC, basin and shower. Opposite to port is an identical cabin for use by an engineer and/or chef. This cabin also has an ensuite forward to port with WC, basin, shower and overhead hatch. There is separate crew access to the deck. The captain and engineer cabins can easily be converted to guest double cabins with the captain and engineer moved forward. Proceeding further aft, there is excellent crew access to the foredeck via a built-in companionway. Adjoining the companionway to port, is the crew mess with table seating for 6. The Maytag washer/dryer is furthest aft in this area and outboard to port.

The crew mess leads to a large and very well laid out galley. Against the forward bulkhead are two stand-up stainless steel Sub Zero refrigerators and freezers. There are six storage cupboards above and a warming oven underneath. There is a deep, double stainless steel sink with center sink and further aft against the aft galley bulkhead is extensive counter space with Kitchen Aid trash compactor and stainless steel dishwater under and oven above. Opposite to starboard are two Whirlpool self-cleaning ovens. On the centerline in the galley is a built-in hydraulic lifting wine cellar capable of storing four cases of wine at correct temperatures.

Proceeding aft from the galley is the light and airy main saloon. In the forward starboard corner is a bar area complete with excellent storage, sink, built-in icemaker etc. on the starboard side of the main saloon is a large U-shaped leather settee with movable easy end chairs. There is a burled ash coffee table surrounding this starboard settee. In the forward portion of the main saloon to port is the burled ash dining table which seats 8.

Outboard and forward to port in the main saloon is a built-in china and silver storage and slightly further aft is the entertainment center which has Sony, NEC and Pioneer equipment. The stereo system on board is driven by a Surround Sound Inc. system through Hafler 960 amplifiers. The Sony color TV is to port and raises and lowers via electrical screw jack and is in good viewing range of the starboard U-shaped settee area.

In the port after section of the main saloon is a companionway to the pilothouse. At the main saloon’s aft bulkhead centerline is the owner’s well equipped office & communications room. The office has a comfortable desk and excellent storage. Opposite to port of the office is the owner’s gallery complete with fridge, freezer, two-hob stove with overhead grill, microwave/convection oven, small washing machine and dryer, sink unit and ample storage.

Aft of the office is the study that can be converted. When this area is in the “study” mode a queen size berth is very cleverly recessed in the joinery work and outboard of a comfortable sofa. This cabin includes a full width desk with built-in storage for a large amount of equipment. There is an ensuite bathroom.

Opposite to port is an additional guest stateroom, again with ensuite bathroom, with forward facing twin berths. There is a large cedar lined hanging locker with built-in drawer storage.

The owner’s stateroom is, without question, one of the finest ever conceived on a yacht of this size and type. Across the aft bulkhead are three cedar lined, full headroom wardrobes. The two outboard wardrobes are for clothes storage. The centerline wardrobe has a large 30’’ Panasonic TV with Panasonic video on the upper level with drawers fitted below for video storage. Proceeding forward on the outboard sides are large chest drawers, built-in night tables and 2 beds, a double bed to port, and a single to starboard. The interior of the owner’s stateroom is finished with gray lacquer and coordinated fabrics.

  • Oven
  • Hot plates
  • Dishwasher
  • Trash compactor
  • Microwave oven




Communications Equipment

  • VHF Radio x2, ICOM IC-M504
  • HF Radio: Icom IC-M710

Navigation Equipment

  • Wind instruments: Furuno FI- 50
  • Radar: Furuno 36Nm, Garmin 34Nm
  • Depth sounder/log: Furuno x1 FCV -585, Garmin x1 4008
  • Autopilot: B&G, (NAC-2 Pack and Triton 2 controller and display)
  • Navigation: Twin flat screen monitors
  • Nobeltech Admiral on dedicated computer
  • Chart plotter: Garmin GPS 4008


Entertainment Equipment

  • Smart TVs in Salon, Master and Pullman guest


  • Fore and aft lowers
  • Continuous cap shrouds
  • Discontinuous diagonals, D2, D3 & D4
  • Single backstay hydraulically tensioned, insulated for use as HF radio antenna
  • Forestay and inner forestay
  • 4 captive winches: 2 for Staysail, 1 Main Sheet and 1 Outhaul
  • 2 Barrient winches for Genoa
  • Hydraulic furling (Rondal) for Main, Staysail and Genoa
  • Numerous lights, camera, radar, antennas and horns/hailers are fitted



Liferaft: 20 person canister Matchanu


2009 Refit before Pacific crossing from Florida to South East Asia

- Complete replacement of Standing rigging

- Mast stepped out, inspected and polished

- New sails (Mac Sails): Main, Genoa, Staysail

- Main engines and Generators serviced

- Hundested variable pitch bearings rebuilt

- Major Hydraulic refit, all winches, furlers, Hydraulic rams serviced/rebuilt, replacement of most of Hydraulic stainless steel piping and hoses

- New complete Kobelt steering

- New Boom Vang

- Major electrical refit with new Chargers and invertors, new batteries selectors / wiring,…

- All electronics replaced


2015-2016-2017 Refit

- New Awlgrip painting Hull and Superstructure

- All bilges have been scraped to bare aluminum and repainted

- All tanks have been inspected and cleaned

- The 2 Northern lights generators have been rebuilt in November 2016

- PTO's on Gensets rebuilt

- Several Hydraulic rams rebuilt: Boom Vang, anchor doors and lockers, backstay, lazarette,…

- Air conditioning system completely rebuilt (Cruisair)

- All electro magnetic controls and electronic circuits for Hydraulic commands have been replaced with new wiring in place

- Yacht operates now on both 50 and 60 Hz

- Teak on decks (new in 2012) sanded

- All Stainless steel hatches have new acrylics

- New stainless steel awning aft with Sunbrella material

- New life raft 20 pax Matchanu

- New B&G Autopilot (NAC-2 Pack and Triton 2 controller and display)

- All guest cabins, Saloon and common areas have been rebuilt, new veneers on walls, doors, new spray paint on cabinets/lockers, new headliners, new oak flooring, new smart TVs, new leather Sofa in Salon, new electrical switches/sockets, LED lighting, new Air conditioning electronic controls, new doors and cabinet fittings,…

- All bathrooms have been rebuilt with new aluminum composite walls including showers, new teak flooring, new furniture spray painting, new taps and shower heads, new headliners, new electrical appliances, LED lighting…


All crew area / cabins have been rebuilt, new wall covering, new furniture and cabinets re-varnished, new flooring, new headliners, new switches/sockets, LED lighting, new Smart TVs


She has flashed through ocean waters from New Zealand to the Caribbean at motor yacht speeds, turning heads in the Solomon Islands, Australia, the Indian and AtlanticOceans, and the romantic ports of the Mediterranean. She's seen the world - and now she's ready to show you.

Designed by a naval architect known for his racing yachts, and built to exacting standards of strength, safety, and speed, this is one of the largest cutter-rigged sloops in the world. She has the soul of a maxi-hull sailboat, graceful and fleet, her superb performance is the result of her sleek 122 foot hull, winged keel, transferable ballast and clean profile. Twenty-first century technology and innovative, user friendly design, have created an environment with features unlike any other yacht in the world.

She was born to cruise - in style. But, has more to offer other than excellent performance - much more. At heart, she's a sybarite, overflowing with the space expected only on the finest power yachts, and luxuries like a surround-sound audio/video system and wine cellar so you and your friends can make transworld passages as beautifully and pleasurably as you could live at home ashore.



A complete list of exclusions is available upon request.


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: 124' 8"
- LOA: 124' 8"
- BEAM: 7' 7"
- DRAFT: 2' 11"
- Engine(s): MTU D2848
- Hours: 3500
- Fuel: 7660 gallons
- Water: 1980 gallons
- Hull Construction: Aluminum
- Manufacturer: Sensation Yachts
- Model: 38m
- Designer: Dubois
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