125' Dubois Sensation 1987



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125' Dubois Sensation 1987 Philkade


S/Y Philkade is a custom aluminum 125 ft. sloop designed by Dubois Naval Architects, built by Sensation Yacht in New Zealand and launched in 1987. Accommodation is for nine guests in four cabins, each with en-suite heads. There are additional accommodations for six crew in three cabins - two with en-suite heads, and the third served by a separate toilet and shower room. There is a separate crew lounge and access to the engine room and foredeck. The vessel is fully air conditioned (chilled water system) with controls for individual cabins and common areas. The galley (forward of the main saloon) is outfitted with an oven and stove, stainless steel sinks, hot/cold pressure water and large dual unit refrigeration with additional freezer capacity. A trash compactor is also installed. The saloon features several lockers/cabinets, a dining table, settees and lounging areas with large screen TV and coffee table.

The current owner and crew are working hard to complete the interior refit, currently projects include; interior sofas, exterior Sunbrella cushions and hatch protection, TV's and deco as well as engine room cosmetics.



Dubois Sensation



Cruise Speed:

12 KTS

Max Speed:

14 KTS

Range NMI:



24' 8"

Engine Details:

MAN D2848

Engine 1:

3500.00 HRS 680.00 HP

Engine 2:

3500.00 HRS 680.00 HP

Engine Fuel:


Fuel Capacity:

7660 GAL

Water Capacity:

1980 GAL


Yacht Details:

  • LOA: 38 m (125 ft)
  • Beam: 7.6 m (24' 8")
  • Draft: 2.98 m (9' 8") center board up, 5.90 m (19' 2") board down
  • Displacement: 128 tonnes (282,192 lbs)
  • Engines: two (2) 680 hp MAN D2848, ca. 3,500 hrs
  • Generators: two (2) 60 KW Northern lights (4,500 hrs)
  • Electrical power: 208 V 50 and 60Hz, 24V, 12V
  • Max Speed:14 kts
  • Cruising Speed:12 kts
  • Range: 2,750 miles at 12 kts
  • Fuel Capacity: 29,000 liters (7,660 gallons)
  • Water Capacity: 7,500 liters (1,980 gallons)


Main Equipment:

  • All hydraulics operated from PTO on each generator: windlass, winches, furlers, anchor doors, lazarette, centerboard, retractable bow thruster
  • Windlass: hydraulic dual chain wheels and capstan
  • Kobelt steering with independent hydraulic pump 220V and 24 V
  • Two (2) 60K BTU Cruisair chilled water air conditioning



  • Wind instruments: Furuno FI-50
  • Radar: Furuno 36Nm, Garmin 34Nm
  • Depth sounder/log: Furuno (1) FCV -585, Garmin (1) 4008
  • Autopilot: B&G, (NAC - two pack and Triton two controller and display)
  • VHF Radio (2), ICOM IC-M504
  • HF Radio: Icom IC-M710
  • Battery charger & inverter: Victron & Mastervolt
  • Navigation: twin flat screen monitors
  • Nobeltech Admiral on dedicated computer
  • Chart plotter: Garmin GPS 4008
  • AIS: CSB 200
  • EPIRB: 406
  • Liferaft: 20-person canister Matchanu


Sails & Rigging:

Rigging detail; The mast and boom are carbon fiber. The mast is a four spreader rig and rod rigging is used consisting of:

  • 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
  • Running backstays


Numerous lights, camera, radar, antennas and horns/hailers are fitted. A stainless steel cradle is fitted to the foredeck for the tender stowage and is lifted via the hydraulic system.

The mainsail, (in mast furling), staysail and genoa and associated lines and fittings were replaced in 2009 (Macksail).

  • Hydraulic furling (Rondal) for main, staysail and genoa
  • Two (2) Barrient winches for genoa
  • Four (4) captive winches: two for staysail, one main sheet and one outhaul


2009 Refit before Pacific crossing from Florida to South East Asia

  • 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 two (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 sanded (new in 2012)
  • 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- two pack and Triton two controller and display)
  • New water maker (24V) Spectra 200T MPC
  • All guest cabins, saloon and common areas have been rebuilt, new veneers on walls, doors, new spray paint on cabinets/lockers, new headliners
  • 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 coverings, new furniture and cabinets re-varnished, new flooring, new headliners, new switches/sockets, LED lighting


Recent survey & refit project invoices available for review prior to visiting yacht for potential buyers.


Owner’s Comments:

We purchased the yacht in 2009 and put her through an extensive engineering refit at Rybovich shipyard in Florida. After this refit we undertook a Pacific crossing from Florida, through the Panama Canal, to South East Asia. We spent three months making the 13,600 nautical mile crossing, stopping along the way (Tahiti, Bora Bora, Fiji, Cairns, Bali, Phuket as a final destination).

The yacht was in need of a complete interior refit and new paint. Due to changes in our plans, the refit was put on standby and therefore we made very occasional use of the yacht while the regular, necessary maintenance was still being performed. In 2015 we decided to present a new youth to this iconic first Dubois designed superyacht and started a major refit. She now presents as almost new condition, and is ready to take her new owners all around the world, as she has already done for us.


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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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