1991 Custom Bongers 39


YACHT DETAILS: 1991 Custom Bongers 39








Deltaville, VA
$79,500 USD
39 ft
5.08 ft
12.33 ft
55 ft









(1) 100|gallon
(1) 158|gallon
(1) 40|gallon

This is an absolutely bullet-proof cruising yacht, built in South Africa, that will take you safely anywhere in the world. This is not a weekend bay cruiser (nothing to stop you from using it that way) but it is designed and built to take on the world’s oceans. The Bongers 39 is a perfect platform for an adventurous couple to fulfil their cruising dreams. The yacht has recently arrived in the US after an Atlantic crossing and is fully set up for cruising with equipment and spares including a dinghy and outboard and a very well designed lithium battery system plus wind and solar charging. The hull and deck are solid fiberglass. Lead fin keel. The bottom is going to need to be stripped and repainted. Bully is a tiller steered boat which makes for a much more sensitive feel to the helm and opens up the cockpit for non sailing activities. The Monitor vane also works more efficiently with a tiller steered yacht. 

The first Bongers 39 was originally designed for and raced in the Cape to Rio Race by the Bongers brothers, well known sailors and boatbuilders in South Africa. Over time the design has been modified by the inclusion of a “sugar scoop” on the stern and a revised deck plan and interior layout

Highlights include:

  • Monitor wind vane self steering
  • Autohelm Tiller Pilot
  • Hooka, BC and Regulator
  • Fishing Gear (extensive)
  • Sewing Machine, Vinyl cutter and Laminator
  • Kite Board
  • SUP
  • Victron Inverter
  • 2.4 kw of Lithium batteries
  • Garmin Navigation Instruments (CPU, Radar, AIS etc.)
  • Single Sideband Radio
  • Solar and Wind Generation Systems
  • Dinghy and Outboard
  • Extensive Spares Inventory
  • Jabsco Compact manual head
  • Basin with pressurised water
  • Foot pump
  • Fridge/Freezer National Luna portable 40 liter
  • Fridge/Freezer Waeco portable 40 liter
  • Stainless steel countertops
  • Front loading fridge
  • Roller top door for port storage locker
  • Propane stove and oven – 2 burner
  • Pylontech US 2000 2.4 Kw 24 volt Lithium battery bank
  • Mixtech starter battery 75 Ah x 3
  • Canadian Solar Bi focal solar panels  x 2  300 Watt each
  • Solar charger 5 w for starter batteries
  • Victron battery isolator 80-2SC
  • Victron battery monitor BMV702
  • Victron Orion 48v to12v 30 Amp DC to DC converter
  • Victron Venus GX battery management module
  • MPPT Solar regulator 25/40A for start battery
  • Hoymiles micro inverter  220v
  • Gel 12v battery 12 Ah
  • Battery voltage meters x 3 (system, balance and starter)
  • Tradecraft portable generator  220v
  • 220 v / 24 v / 12 v systems
  • Garmin 19 x GPS
  • Furuno 1720 Radar
  • Autohelm ST 4000 tiller pilot – attaches to wind vane
  • Gamin G wind
  • Garmin GMI 20
  • Garmin DST Triducer
  • Icom AT- 20 Antenna Tuner
  • Icom IC M700 Single Sideband Radio
  • Intel Laptop 
  • Navstar CB 202 VHF with DSC
  • Northstar GPS 124 (VHF)
  • Onwa K38A Chart Plotter /AIS
  • Printer /Scanner HP Inktank 415
  • RETCI5 Handheld deck radios
  • Kenwood stereo
  • Cobra MRHH300 VP Handheld VHF
  • Bluetooth speaker
  • i Pad for Victron battery displays
  • 2 x Mainsails  (one needs recutting)
  • 2 x Genoas (one needs repair)
  • 1 x Staysail
  • 1 x Storm jib
  • 1 x Trysail
  • Standing rigging replaced approx 2015
  • Stackpack and lazyjack
  • Lewmar 52 primary sheet winches x 2
  • Lewmar 40 secondary winches x 3 
  • Lewmar 30 winch x 1
  • Barlow 19 winch x 1
  • Rocna anchor 25 kg with 45 meters chain and 60 meters of rode
  • Bruce anchor 25 kg with 10 meters chain and 30 meters of rode
  • Lofrans manual windlass
  • Monitor wind vane self steering
  • Fenders and docklines
  • Cockpit cushions
  • Dodger, bimini and connector with dovers for vinyl windows
  • Hatch covers
  • Swim ladders – portable and fixed on transom
  • Cockpit table 
  • Katadyn 40 E Manual water maker (unassembled)
  • Wildcat dinghy 3.5m inflatable hard bottom (stows on foredeck)
  • Yamaha 8 HP 4 stroke outboard
  • Safety gear: lifejackets, harnesses, liferings, flares, epirb, danbuoy
  • Singer 4423 Heavy duty sewing machine
  • Hammock
  • Diving hooka with compressor, line and regulator
  • Assorted diving gear
  • Assorted fishing gear including many rods, gaff, scoop
  • Assorted jerry jugs for diesel, gasoline and water
  • Assorted kiteboard equipment 
  • Inflatable stand up paddleboard with paddle and pump
  • Very extensive list of spares for just about everything on the boat
  • 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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