1981 Custom Bruce Bingham Andromeda 48


YACHT DETAILS: 1981 Custom Bruce Bingham Andromeda 48








Deltaville, VA
$139,000 USD
48 ft
6.5 ft
14.5 ft
60 ft









Ford Lehman
(1) 290|gallon
(1) 360|gallon
(1) 25|gallon

Eager Dreamer is a rare find. This stunning vessel is a head-turner in anchorages, as well as a proven live-aboard and offshore cruiser, which has sailed the Pacific Northwest from Washington to Alaska, south to California & Mexico, through the Panama Canal into the Caribbean and Bahamas and up the East Coast of the US to the Chesapeake Bay.

Designed by Bruce Bingham and built by Gary & Lana Wiles as a full-time live-aboard, capable of extensive cruising, this beautiful ferro-cement vessel was designed and built to exacting standards, with a lot of thought given to details, and has proven its capabilities over decades. The hull is ferro-cement over multiple layers of square welded steel mesh and 1/8″ steel rod.  The interior of the hull is insulated with 3/4″ of Insulite closed cell foam, which prevents condensation.  The deck is fibreglass over 6 layers of 1/4″ plywood, laminated and epoxy coated. The deck and all bulkheads are tapered to fit, all drawers are custom fit, as are the cabin soles. The keel is 14000 lbs of encapsulated iron, toerails are teak.  

Eager Dreamer has just (2021-2) undergone a full exterior refurb and is looking better than ever.  Her current owners had a fixed bimini installed over the cockpit, which is not only aesthetically pleasing, it is practical too.  The structure makes excellent handholds and allows for a full enclosure, that makes the cockpit an extension of the interior (which has excellent heating systems) and enables the crew to sail year round.

Wide side decks allow for easy movement.  All rigging leads to the cockpit makes for easy single or short-handed sailing.  The deep cockpit allows for safe cruising as crew are dry and protected from the elements by high freeboard and full enclosure.


The interior is well ventilated, from the exterior, thanks to hatches and dorades and there is airflow , through vents and aeration holes, throughout the interior into cabinets, below bunks and into the bilges.  The builder, Gary Wiles, stated ‘a mouse could find its way from bow to stern through the ventilation holes, without anyone knowing of its existence!’. With 8′ head clearance in the salon, even the tallest family members can stand! The diesel and wood stoves and the insulated hull, keep the boat (and cockpit) cozy & warm in all climes.


For more information (and photos) on the build & the history of this intriguing vessel, call the listing brokers, Anne & Jonathan Hutchings.


This vessel has 2 cabins, 1 head and sleeps 7. Access to the interior of the boat is down the companionway ladder at the forward end of the cockpit. One is immediately struck by the sheer volume of the salon, which takes advantage of the full 14’6″ beam as well as the high freeboard of the boat, which allows 8′ headroom.  

There is extensive storage;  a 3-seat settee to port, has storage below, behind and above as well as at the forward and aft ends;  4-seat settee to starboard also has storage behind and below and a pilot berth above, which can double as a storage area.  The settees make excellent sea-berths and are 6′ plus in length.

The salon table is central and has 2 large leaves that fold up and extend the width of the salon, so diners can sit comfortably on the settees.  On the forward bulkheads are the cabin heaters – one diesel and one wood-burning.  Fiberglass water (4) and diesel (2) tanks are below the floor of the salon.

The forward cabin has storage along the port hull and bunks along the starboard hull.  Access to a stand-up sail locker is through the forward bulkhead and from there the chain locker can be reached.  There are hatches above both the sail locker and the forward cabin. 

Back in the salon, a door to port of the companionway leads to the head.  The head compartment is spacious and has a vanity with basin, upper cabinet and mirror, shower and freshwater Vacu-Flush toilet with teak grating on the floor.  There is access to the engine room amidships and in the salon, behind the companionway

The aft-facing nav station is tucked away to starboard, between the settee and the galley.

The galley is accessed from the salon. It is well appointed with and easy walk-through to the aft cabin and  deep, double  S/S sink, counter space, with drawers below and microwave/storage above on the midships side.  Access to the engine compartment is through a removable panel below the drawers.  On the outboard side is the stove and top-loading  fridge/freezer with nifty pot-hangers on the bulkheads.

The aft cabin has, a queen-sized, pullman-style berth to port with custom mattress, storage drawers beneath and hanging locker forward; a seat, drawers and a pantry locker to starboard; a ‘utility locker’ aft and access to the engine room, forward. 

  • Force 10 3-burner Propane stove w/ oven & broiler (hardly used)
  • Magic Chef Microwave oven
  • Adler Barbour Fridge/Freezer (top loading)
  • Engel 12v/120V Fridge/Freezer
  • Double S/S sink w/ mixer tap & spray nozzle
  • Propane solenoid switch and leak alarm
  • Drawers & shelves for storage
  • Pot storage on bulkheads
  • On-demand, tankless, propane water heater for galley & head (in aft cabin)
  • Engine access below midships counter.
  • 120V/12V system 
  • 2 x 30A Shorepower cables (50′ each)
  • Xantrex 2000 Inverter/charger
  • Xantrex 2000 Battery monitor
  • Ample Power Smart Alternator Regulator
  • 2 x 80W Solar panels (not mounted)
  • Blue Sky MMP Solar Charge Controller w/ wiring installed
  • Wiring for Wind Generator & mounting on mizzen mast
  • LED lights throughout
  • Batteries Lead Acid: 1 – start, 4 house, 1 windlass (May 2022). 
  • ICOM VHF (w/AIS receiver)   

  • Handheld VHF  

  • Dual Electronics radio / CD player(Bose speakers in cabin and cockpit)  

  • Dual Electronics radio/CD player in master cabin 

  • Schaefer in-boom furling mainsail system
  • Fully battened Mainsail (2007)
  • Fully battened Mizzen  (2007)
  • 150% Genoa (Furling)
  • Reacher 
  • Working jib
  • Storm jib
  • ProFurl Genoa furler
  • Main & Mizzen removed, cleaned & re-stepped (2021/2)
  • Standing rigging replaced (2008)
  • Aluminum mast steps – main & mizzen
  • All lines led to cockpit
  • Schaefer blocks
  • Mizzen sheet led to controller on sternrail.
  • Harken ST # 44 electric 2-speed Electric  Primary winch, port coaming
  • 2 x Barient ST 28 2-speed Secondary  winches on coaming
  • 2 x Harken ST 16 single-speed winches on coaming
  • Schaefer mizzen winches and spare main and genoa halyards  
  • Mast mounted Barient #27 winch 
  • Mast mounted Barient #28 winch 
  • Mizzen mounted Barient 18 #winch 
  • Double anchor roller
  • 75lb CQR w/ 300′ 3/8 chain
  • 75lb CQR w/ 30′ chain & 200′ of 1″ nylon rode
  • 35lb CQR
  • 30lb Danforth
  • S/S bow pulpit
  • S/S Sampson post
  • S/S fairleads
  • S/S cleats
  • Maxwell 3500 Electric windlass w/ wireless remote & chain counter
  • 3 large deck hatches
  • 11 Dorades
  • Granny bars at mast
  • S/S Rail-mounted boarding ladders
  • Deck box forward of cockpit
  • Fixed bimini w/ aluminum structure & canvas cover
  • Full enclosure w/ eisenglas & screen panels
  • Cockpit cushions
  • Pedestal w/ wheel
  • Nav instruments
  • Fresh & Salt water outlets in cockpit
  • Winches on cockpit coamings
  • S/S sternrail
  • Outboard motor mount on sternrail
  • Outboard motor lift
  • Tang for Mizzen sheet on sternrail
  • Aft hatch/lazarette
  • Ford Lehman 2711E 80HP
  • Hours 2389
  • PYI dripless shaft seal
  • RACOR fuel filter
  • PUR Watermaker (needs service)
  • Wiring for wind generator on mizzen mast
  • Bowthruster (motor removed)
  • Fuel: 290 Gallons
    2 tanks – 150G & 140G
  • Water: 360 Gallons
    4 tanks – 75G, 83G, 102G & 102G
  • Holding Tank: 25 Gallons
  • Vacuflush Head – fresh water flush
  • Deck wash pump w/ deck mounted hose  
  • 2 x Whale Gusher manual bilge pumps
  • 1 x Electric bilge pump
  • 1 x portable bilge pump
  • Dickenson Diesel Stove with circulating hot water radiant heat 
  • Bulkhead mounted Shipmate wood/coal stove
  • Yamaha 15HP 2-stroke outboard motor
  • Weems & Plath Ships’ Clock and Barometer 
  • Fenders & dock lines  
  • Bosun’s chair  
  • Extensive Spare Parts (list available)

  • EPIRB – ACR GlobalFix 

  • Flares, smoke, strobes emergency rations etc. 

  • Horn 

  • Halon automatic fire extinguisher in engine compartment
  • Cockpit mounted high-water alarm 

  • Cabin mounted fire extinguishers (8)

  • Jack Lines, Tethers 

  • Safety Harness 

  • PFD’s 

  • Emergency rudder & tiller  

  • Docklines and fenders
  • 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 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.

    Jon and Anne Hutchings
    YaZu Yachting
    Deltaville, VA 23043

    Contact the listing brokers, Jon or Anne Hutchings at YaZu Yachting in the heart of Deltaville, boating capital of Virginia.
    We are cruising yacht specialists who have “been there and done that”. We are able to guide buyers and sellers through the purchase and sale experience as a result of having sold hundreds of boats in the past fifteen years and our personal backgrounds in boating.
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