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1975 Formosa Cutter Ketch

  • 41 ft
  • Cutter
  • Merritt Island, FL, US

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  • 1975 Formosa Cutter Ketch
  • 1975 Formosa Cutter Ketch
  • 1975 Formosa Cutter Ketch
  • 1975 Formosa Cutter Ketch
  • 1975 Formosa Cutter Ketch
  • 1975 Formosa Cutter Ketch
  • 1975 Formosa Cutter Ketch
  • 1975 Formosa Cutter Ketch
  • 1975 Formosa Cutter Ketch
  • 1975 Formosa Cutter Ketch


The Creme de la Creme of All Formosa 41's

Wooden Masts Replaced with Aluminum Spars
Newer Chainplates, Standing Rigging
Lofrans Tigres Electric Windlass w/Split Anchor Locker
300 Feet of Regalvanized 3/8 inch chain
Xantrex 3 Bank 40A Charger / 3k W Inverter
24V Bow Thruster controlled at Helm
Dedicated 70A Charger for Bow Thruster 
13K btu Deck Mounted Air Conditioner
Highly Insulated Fridge/Freezer
Marble Counter Tops in Galley
300 Gallons (2 tanks) Fresh Water Tanks
Pressurized Water plus Foot Pump for Salt Water
11 Gallon Stainless Water Heater by Seaward
Newer Water and Fuel Tanks
Barrier Coated in 2016
Newer Upholstery 
Special Order Mattress ($2500) for Captains Berth
Forward cabin with workbench drawers

There are two beautifully hand carved teak doors going into the master captains cabin(starboard) the head (port side). She is a charmer!


Bel Canto (which is Italian for Beautiful song) is a meticulously maintained 1976 Ketch, cutter rigged Blue Water Cruiser with an impressive cruising history. She has sailed the world with her original owner, Arthur Resnick the song writer of the classic "Under the Boardwalk". She was built in Formosa for the Island Trader Boat Company. She has had 3 owners including the current owner of 15 years. Bel Canto is in sail away condition with a fully equipped galley, spare parts and safety equipment. She sports a clipper bow and a wineglass transom, a full keel, heavy displacement and enough storage to carry a years provisions.  All masts, mast steps, stays, rigging, chainplates and associated equipment have been upgraded.  Bow Thruster.  Rebuilt Perkins 4-108 (50hp) w/less than 600 hours SMO. Gel Strip hull in 2016 with barrier coat.  Teak decks removed and replaced with non-skid decks w/awlgrip paint.  Dinghy Davits, Wind Generator, Solar Panels. Cruise Ready!

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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.(8019958)


Basic Information

Cutter Ketch
Merritt Island, FL, US
Available for sale in U.S. waters:
Vessel Name:
Bel Canto
Boat Type:
Hull Material:
Hull Type:
Hull Color:
William Garden
Flag of Registry:

Dimensions & Weight

41 ft - 12.5 meter
50 ft - 15.24 meter
12 ft - 3.66 meter
Draft - max:
5 ft 11 in - 1.8 meter
Bridge Clearance:
Dry Weight:


Cruise Speed:
Joystick Control:
Engine Type:
Drive Type:
Fuel Type:
50 (Individual), 50 (combined)
Max Speed:

Tank Capacities

Fuel Tank:
80 gallons - 1 tank(s)
Fresh Water Tank:
300 gallons - 1 tank(s)
Holding Tank:
25 gallons - 1 tank(s)


Total Cabins:
Total Berths:
Total Sleeps:
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Captains Cabin:
Crew Cabins:
Crew Berths:
Crew Sleeps:
Crew Heads:




Overhead clamshell hatch one half of which houses a 15000 BTU air conditioner that is strapped to the deck allowing one to day over overnight sail safely with it in place. The area also has one of two Day/ night solar vents. There is a settee port and starboard that can be uses as bunks. There are fiddled shelves above each bunk/ settee with two large louvered cabinets on each side with a drawer unit between. On the port side there is a hanging locker. The most forward on on the starboard side also houses the VHF, AM/FM/DVD/CD and SSB radios. Adjacent to the settee on the port side is a lift up table and engine cover generally used as a chart table with removable fid rails. The lift up table can also be used for dining. It has a map light and two 12 v sockets. There is excellent access to the engine. There is a port and starboard fire extinguisher on the bulkhead.

To starboard: 3 burner mumbled stove with oven. Fire blanket and extinguisher with strap to hold the cook while sailing. The sink has hot and cold water with cold water hand pump and sea water hand pump. It hs a large drawer and cabinet area underneath.

To Port: Dining table and seats athwart ships for 6 people. Dining table can be lowered for additional bunk space. 3 generous storage cabinets with a microwave shelf between the upper two. The entire cabin area has generous florescent and LED lighting. Companionway to aft. Aft bulkhead sports the electronic control panel, switch of the LPG tank in the aft storage area.

Sliding hatch with deck ventilator overhead with cabin electric fan.. Bunk to starboard that pulls out to double two storage lockers over bunk with fiddled shelf, light and fan overhead. 4 storage lockers under bunk with two drawers. Hanging locker to port with fiddled shelf and hidden compartment and fire extinguisher. Large wall mirror with fiddled shelf for books above and below a fiddled shelf with pull up dressing table . Under the floor boards resides the shower drain pump, a separate bilge pump to totally drain the bilge.,a macerator and holding tank. This space also holds the water jet bow thruster pump, intake and diverter valve plus , batteries for the pump and 12 to 24 V charger . Lastly it houses the flux compass for the autopilot and two sending depth meter sending units.

The area features an overhead day/ night solar vent Medicine cabinet, Porcelain head. And large storage cabinet. The round sink sports a new faucet assembly with an attractive pebble acrylic sealed base. Underneath the sink is a slide door that houses the plumbings and valves for overboard in tank waste storage. Behind the head is a hatch that houses a deck wash down pump and other valves for controlling waste movement. The separate shower compartment with bulkhead, shower curtain with a deep shelved linen cabinet with hidden locked concealed document and cash metal safe.

She has hinged hatch with stays and vents. Single berth to port with storage under. Three hinged lockers over. 12V lighting over workbench and berth with another three hinged storage areas and drawers under workbench (starboard side), hanging locker to starboard with locker under. Under floor seacocks for port and starboard bow thruster orifices. Sliding door to captains cabin.

Louvered doors to warp , fender and chain storage area.


- 5 inch Compass

- Roberson (Simrad ) Fluxgate J300 Compass

- VHF W Two Handheld remotes

- SGC Powertalk HF SSB 150 W

- Hand Held VHF

- Data Marine Depth

- 120 Amp Alternator w/electronic regulator & alternative Bank Switching w/ manual override

- Ampair 100W wind generator , XX W Solar panels

- 4 Banks of 12 V AGM batteries

- Zantrax 3 bank smart dockside charger

- Silva Nexus Log/Depth/Temp/WPWS

- Garmin GPS Navigator

- Raymarine pathfinder SL72 Radar

- Boss Marine FM/AM DVD/CD Radio

- DVD /CD player-

- Shakespear VHF/FM Antenna converter

- Printer for on board computer

-110 and 220 V Shore power converters and cords

- Zantrax Pro watt 3000W Shore power charger

Deck, Hull & Cockpit

Solid GRP hull, Deck ans Superstructure GRP covered Marine Ply. Aft Deck is Teak covered ( New). Fully encapsulate Lead Keel.

- S.S. Pulpits

- Double Lifelines

- Wheeled Aluminum Gangplank

- Dodger w/ connector to Bimini

- Full length Awning

- Aft Cockpit Seat w/seat and back cushions w / three Storage bins under seat

- Deck Wash down tools

- Stern S.S. Boarding ladder

- Thwart ships wooden boarding ladder

- S.S pulpit

- Port and Starboard Boarding gates

- Catwalk on Bow Strip

-Bimini with side screens to fully inclose cockpit

- 2 large storage areas under cockpit -LPG storage locker

- Folding Ladder

- Boat Hooks

- Spare Jerry Cans for Fuel and water

- LPG tanks (2) and controller


Sails & Rigging

- Doyle Dacron Main w/3 reef points
- Roller Furling Staysail w sun protector
- Mac Packs For Main and Mizzen
- Self tacking staysail on boom
- Reefing winches on masts
- Mainsheet, jib/staysail combined and mizzen winch
- Mast steps on upper 2/3s of both masts
- Masts were updated to Aluminum 4 years ago.
- All rigging including stays, running backstays, etc are recently replaced
- All keel stepped maststeps are new
- Boom Vang
- 105% furling Genoa w/sun protector
- Lucas Mizzen w 3 reef points
- All Headsails run back to cockpit
- Winch handles and pockets at masts
- Mainsheet Rack on coach roof w/car and traveler system running aft to cockpit
- Two large two speed Primary Winches
( all winches recently /rebuilt/ greased)
- Crosstree , mast head and steaming lights
- Chain plates, bowsprit stays and chain plates including dolphin striker with all bolts are new.
-Spinnaker boom and sail are available to purchase separately Spinnaker Track not installed.

Anchor & Safety

- 35# Delta anchor with 330' marked Chain
- 40# Bruce w/30'chain and 200'rode
- Lofrans Tigress Electric Windlass
- Dual Anchor Lockers
- Fenders and dock lines , misc warps
- 2 safety harnesses
- 2 integrated life vests w/safety harnesses
- 6 life jackets in bag
- Flares
- Masthead
- Tricolor Spreader/steaming lights
- Medical Chest

Description Summary

The master Cabin is separated from the main cabin by beautifully carved Teak doors. The entire inside of the vessel is appointed with teak trim, painted bulkhead and deck beam teak ceilings. It has a warm comforting feel. She has excellent interior sound proofing. There are no engine/ diesel or bilge odors common with many boats. All of the tanks water, sewage, and diesel are new. Unheard of with modern boats, all fittings, tanks, plumbing and wiring are easily accessible. The main Cabin has a open airy feeling enhanced by excellent cross ventilation from the round ports, overhead clamshell hatch and unique Hershoff designed large opening spray / rain proof port windows all with screens.

Physically the vessel has no leaks above or below decks.. a miracle in itself for a boat of this age. All chainplates, shrouds and rigging including the masts an booms have been replaced with stainless. All mast steps and Deck through holes are sealed. The cockpit teak was replaced 3 years ago. All areas of caulking are refreshed. There are three bilge pumps each with a separate water activated of float switch . The bilge is clean . The VHF radio is 4 years old with two remotes and MMSI capable. It has a old but still functional SSB radio. It has an excellent Zantrax 3 bank charger and 3000W Inverter. The battery banks can be switched to any service location as needed should one bank fail (house 1&2,Bow thruster bank and starter bank). Between the mizzen mast wind generator and the davit mounted solar panels, all electrical capacity needs are met while at sea.

Below Decks She hosts a very innovative water jet bow thruster. It is controlled from the steering pedestal. It produces over 200 Ft Pounds of thrust and is capable of spinning the boat 360 degrees in place. For a heavy full keel boat it makes maneuvering a dream. It is powered by a 24V motor with its own charger and battery bank. As it uses venturi ports there is no drag or fowling compliment as would be the case with propeller type thrusters.

To give the potential buyer a general idea of the approximate investment put into Bel Canto the owner can offer a list of Total Upgrade Investments upon request.

Engine & Mechanical

Perkins 4-108 was rebuilt in 2003 by international Diesel
Engine has approximately 600 hours SMO
Oil and filter changed every 100 hours
Borg Warner Hydraulic gearbox
Three blade left hand prop with PSS dripless shaft seal renewed 2019
Rudder shaft seal packing renewed at same time in 2019
Well equipped tool box and engine spares are included

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.


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