1996 Horizon 50 Steel Pilothouse


YACHT DETAILS: 1996 Horizon 50 Steel Pilothouse








Deltaville, VA
$169,000 USD
50 ft
5.83 ft
13.42 ft
54.58 ft









(1) 150|gallon
(1) 110|gallon
(1) 20|gallon

The Horizon 50 “Raven” is a custom designed steel hulled pilothouse yacht. Her first owners cruised her extensively from the West Coast of the US, through the Panama Canal throughout the Caribbean and along the US East Coast. The second owner has used her almost exclusively in the Chesapeake Bay since purchase in 2015.  He has undertaken several upgrades in recent years.

Raven has a beautiful black hull, hence the name, and she has been meticulously maintained by her owners, who had the yacht commissioned and built by Horizon Yachts in British Columbia. They were able to alter the design to suit their cruising needs and have made it extremely liveable as a result.  The pilot house offers great visibility, either from the table or from the helm, which has a comfortable captain’s seat with access to battery switches, electrical panel and electronics. Raven can be steered from the cockpit as well. Note that Raven is a sailing yacht, not a motorsailer and the owners have delighted at her performance under sail where the miles have been reeled off under the right conditions.

This boat is built with world cruising in mind. It is strong, stable and safe, all desirable features in a cruising vessel. Raven is in immaculate condition and loaded with cruising gear, and very attractively priced.

 If you wish to step aboard and go sailing without doing a refit project, you should step aboard Raven.


Raven has an open-plan layout, which accentuates her spaciousness.  Headliners are made of mahogany planking which can be easily unscrewed.  All cabinetry, doors and framing are mahogany; bulkheads are painted white. Cabin sole is mahogany and white cedar striping.

Entry to the boat is from the cockpit into the back of the pilot house by way of solid teak swing doors and ladder. The swiveling captain’s seat at the helm is to starboard, with instruments, battery switches and electric panels to hand; on the port side of the pilothouse is a dinette which drops down to form a large pilot berth (82” x 60”). The pilothouse has 6’3 head room, affords panoramic views through large glass windows front and sides and is perfect for holing up in bad weather.

The master stateroom is aft, under the cockpit, and is accessed down steps from the starboard side of the pilothouse.  A queen bunk ‘to die for’ fills the space at the stern of the cabin, with plentiful storage down both sides & hanging locker to port. An enclosed (new) electric head is against the forward bulkhead to starboard with a mirrored vanity with basin between the head and the door.  There are opening ports on both sides of the cabin for good cross ventilation and two opening ports in the transom, as well as an overhead hatch.

Back in the pilothouse you step down to the galley and salon via central steps.  The galley is u-shaped to starboard, with double s/s sinks, stove and work surfaces with storage. To port is the ‘pantry’, microwave and fridge/freezer as well as more work space. A small table with cushioned seats on either side is forward of that, in the salon, with bookshelves and storage against the hull. The table can be lowered to create a single seaberth. On the starboard side of the  spacious main salon is a settee which converts to double berth (75” x 54”)  Headroom in this section of the boat is 6’4”.

Through the forward bulkhead is a guest head with vanity & mirror to port, head  shower to starboard. Access to the anchor locker is in the bow

  • Force 10 3-burner stove w/ oven
  • Adler Barbor top-loading fridge
  • Technautics freezer
  • Double S/S sink
  • Emerson Microwave
  • Pressurized hot and cold water
  • Storage
  • Electrical

    Balmar AP750 DC Generator
    1 x Shorepower outlet1
    1x 30A shorepower cable
    1 x G24 start battery (2017)

    1 x G24 generator battery (2017)
    3 x 8D North Star AGM batteries (2020)
    Magnum 2000 Inverter/charger 
    Prosine 1000W inverter w/ separate switch

    Super Store 12Gal hot water heater
    2 x 80W Sharp solar panels 
    IOTA-DLS-90 Battery charger (backup)
    LED spreader & running lights
    Note. This yacht does not have air conditioning


    Simrad/Robertson AP20 
    Simrad depthsounder 
    Garmin GPS 741 XS (2017)
    Simrad Log 
    Simrad Wind meter 
    Garmin 72-H GPS 
    Garmin GPS 76
    Furuno GP-1650F CMAP Chartplotter
    Standard Horizon Matrix GX2000 VHF
    ICOM IC-M710 SSB
    Touch Screen Stereo and 4 x Speakers (2018)
    DVD player
    Stereo Antenna Booster
    Vizio TV  (2018)
    Radar powers up but is not operational. 

    Sails and Rigging

    North Mainsail 
    150% Light Air Genoa (6oz) – Hank on sail
    Yankee x 2 – Hank on sails
    Evolution Staysail on Profurl Furler (2020)
    Gennaker with sock
    Storm sail 
    Norseman SS316 Wire Rigging – Sections replaced between 2006 and 2015

    Deck and Cockpit

    Bow pulpit and integrated bowsprit with double anchor roller
    88 lb ROCNA  anchor with 235′ 3/8 inch chain
    66 lb BRUCE  anchor with 20′ chain & 300′ rode
    Fortress SFX-55 storm anchor with 600′ rode
    Delta stern anchor w/ 10′ chain and 200′ rode
    Lofrans Tigres electric windlass
    Anchor washdown/ Deck shower
    2 x Anderson ST46 primary winches
    2 x Anderson ST28 winches
    2 x Anderson 12ST winches
    1 x Anderson 10ST winch
    1 x Lewmar 6 Reefing winch (aluminum)
    Painted decks white with treadmaster non-skid
    Dinghy chocks on forward coachroof
    S/S rails/’lifelines’ from bow to stern
    Mastpits at mast
    Mainsail & lower mast cover
    Lexan storm windows over pilothouse windows
    Wheel cover
    Awning, mast to end of boom 
    Connector between awning and bimini
    Cockpit cushions
    Dinghy cover  for on deck storage 
    Helm cover
    Seat cover
    Raised cockpit area with helm station
    Arch at rear of cockpit
    Radar pole mounted on arch
    Solar panels mounted to cockpit railings, port and starboard
    Folding Cockpit table


    Iridium 9505 Satellite phone
    Solid S/S guardrails round whole boat
    Lexan Storm windows for all pilothouse windows
    4 Offshore & 2 coastal lifejackets
    Winslow 4 man life raft
    MOB pole
    Horseshoe Buoy and Throw Ring (2017)


    Caribe 8′ inflatable w/ fibreglass floor (2004)
    Dinghy cover (2010)
    Yamaha 8HP 2-stroke outboard (2010)
    Watermaker (40 GPH)  Operating condition unknown
    Fuel Polishing system
    Weather fax
    Southern hemisphere compass module
    Dishes, pots, pans, glassware, silverware etc
    2 x Dive tanks w/ 65′ Hookah pipe
    Magma propane BBQ w/ aluminum propane cylinder
    Specialist tools for engine

    Prop shaft replaced (2009)
    PYI Dripless coupling installed (2009)
    Decks repainted (2012)
    New masthead light w/ strobe, anchor lights & running lights (2012)
    Engine room painted (2012)

    Numerous spares, for engine, generator, toilet, watermaker etc

    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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