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Custom Embroden - Choate Morgan Embroden 54, 1988

Boat Name: Cannibal

Hull Material: Fiberglass

Engine/Fuel Type: Single diesel

Cannibal is a unique blue water cruiser which has been sailed around the world twice by a husband and wife team. She is extremely easy to sail, set up to be handled single handed while the mate sleeps. Her helm can be so finely balanced that an Autohelm 3000 is sufficient for steering in winds up to 45k with accompanying seas. She is easily capable of 200+ nm in 24 hours. With the infinite adjustments available with the dagger and swing boards and the sail configuration Cannibal can be sailed flat, increasing the comfort and safety factors associated with sailing.

Cannibal has a long run box keel, 36 inches wide, which allows her to be beached when tides allow. She will stand upright. Because of her shallow 4' draft she can spend cruising time in much shallower water than most 54' yachts. The dagger board drops to as much as 10' for maneuvering in close quarters, or going to weather. The swing board along with the dagger board allows infinite adjustment of the lateral plane so that the boat will track comfortably on any course through the water.

Cannibal's hull is easily driven so in addition to the sailing capabilities, if the need arises, she can motor at about 6 knots for up to 2000 nm. The fuel capacity also allows the purchase of fuel where and when it is appropriate, rather than when it is necessary.

Cannibal was designed by Morgan Embroden and built by Dennis Choate in Southern California. Embroden was also the designer of the Trismus class of yacht so very popular in Europe. He was associated with Patrick Van God, the renowned European sailor and singlehander. The design and construction revolutionized cruising sailboats for many years.

Within her 54 feet are very comfortable living spaces. A locker with water tight bulkhead at the bow is for sails and anchors, but much more can be stored in the space, such as fenders, lines, bicycles, etc. A Maxwell 2200 windlass easily handles the 3/8 inch High Test chain. The foredeck is clear and large enough that an 11 foot dinghy can be stored there and still have plenty of space to safely maneuver around the deck.

Interior spaces are finished with varnished teak. The forward stateroom includes a full sized bunk with hanging locker, storage lockers and storage under the bed. A washing machine is concealed within the area. The head with separate shower and additional storage complete this stateroom.

The main salon includes galley, dinette, navigation station and settee and more storage. All furniture is upholstered in dark brown Turkish leather from Istanbul. The galley includes a deep double sink, microwave/convection oven, four burner LP gas stove and oven, separate holding plate freezer and refrigerator and more storage. The navigation station includes a 24 mile Furuno radar, Yaesu 990 all bands radio, Icom vhf radio, and a Garmin GPS. A stereo with 12 cd changer is installed in the area.

Aft of the main salon is an additional huge hanging locker which also houses the air conditioning unit, a double berth to port in a stateroom and two sea berths to starboard and more storage. There is a head with toilet only in the area, with more storage.

The lazarette houses steerage, watermaker, generator and more storage. Two propane tanks in a deck box on the swimstep.


  • LOA: 54 ft 10 in
  • Beam: 13 ft 6 in
  • LWL: 43 ft 0 in
  • Minimum Draft: 4 ft 0 in
  • Maximum Draft: 10 ft 0 in
  • Displacement: 30000 lbs
  • Ballast: 8000 lbs
  • Bridge Clearance: 62 ft 0 in


  • Engine Brand: Yanmar
  • Engine(s) Power: 100 HP
  • Engine Model: 4JH3-HTE
  • Engine Type: Inboard
  • Propeller: 3 blade propeller
  • Engine Hours: 1800


  • Fresh Water Tanks: 2 Fiberglass (180 Gallons)
  • Fuel Tanks: 6 (280 Gallons)
  • Holding Tanks: 1 Plastic (40 Gallons)


  • Number of single berths: 2
  • Number of double berths: 2
  • Number of cabins: 3
  • Number of heads: 2


    Entering from the companionway the L-shaped dinette is to starboard with the U-shaped galley just forward of the dinette. The dinette and the settee to port both have leather cushions in good condition. There is storage available outboard of the dinette and under the seating as well as lots of good storage in the well equipped galley.

    The port side settee will comfortably seat 3-4. The well equipped aft facing nav station is at the forward end of the settee. Taking one step down leads to the forward cabin and forward head. The forward head has a large shower stall with access to the daggerboard, a Raritan head and a sink with lots of storage also. The forward cabin features a double berth with loads of storage space and a full size front loading washing machine.

    Going aft from the salon/galley/dinette area taking one step down there are two double cabins and a head. The starboard side cabin has two single berths and the port side cabin has a good size double.

    Forward of the forward cabin is a deck locker, with a 30" x 30" hatch, a watertight bulkhead at the aft end and access to the chain locker forward. This locker is large enough to swallow, bicycles, dinghies, fenders, sails and more! Aft of the interior accommodations are the generator and watermaker in the lazarette and the propane locker makes a great bench seat on the swim platform!


  • The U-shaped galley features double stainless steel sinks just barely off the centerline of the boat, a four burner Wedgewood propane stove with oven, a Kenmore microwave, and a large top loading refrigerator with separate freezer. With good storage, opening ports for ventilation, and good counter space this galley will make it easy to prepare meals the whole crew will enjoy.


  • Icom IC-M56 Vhf
  • Furuno 24 mile Radar
  • Garmin GPS Map 230
  • Autohelm 3000 autopilot
  • Yaesu FT-990 HF Transceiver
  • Danforth Constellation compass
  • Pioneer AM/FM/Cassette player
  • Pioneer 12 CD Changer


  • 110 VAC
  • Two 30 amp shore power inlets
  • Two 50' and one 75' 125 volt shore power cables
  • Heart Interface Freedom 20 Inverter/Charger
  • Kohler 8.5 Kw generator
  • Breaker Panel C
  • abin Mate 16,000 Btu A/C
  • ASC Reverse Osmosis watermaker (20 gph)
  • 12 VDC
  • Two 8-D Batteries house bank
  • Four fans
  • Maxwell 2200 windlass

    Sails & Rigging

  • Inboard shrouds
  • Running backstays
  • Twin whisker/spinnaker poles
  • Roller furling genoa
  • Profurl genoa furler
  • Dutchman boom brake
  • Lewmar 65 Three-speed primary winches
  • Lewmar 48 Three-speed secondary winches
  • Six cabin top winches
  • Mast mounted halyard winches
  • Eight sails
  • Mainsail good condition
  • 130% Genoa serviceable condition
  • 120% Genoa serviceable condition
  • Staysail serviceable condition
  • Yankee good condition
  • Spinnaker serviceable condition
  • Storm jib, good but needs new hanks

    Hull and Deck

  • Custom balsa strip cored FRP construction
  • Integral full keel
  • Water tanks in keel
  • Dagger board forward for draft to go to weather
  • Trim/Centerboard aft to balance sail the sailplan
  • Skeg hung rudder
  • Very large foredeck
  • (Deck paint is peeling in a few places)
  • Dual anchor rollers
  • 80 Lb. Manson NZ Plow anchor
  • 55 Lb. AB Navy Style anchor
  • Large Danforth type anchor
  • 225' 3/8" galvanized chain
  • Three blade propeller
  • Custom stainless steel Radar Arch
  • Bimini on Radar Arch
  • Dodger

    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.

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    Custom Embroden - Choate Morgan Embroden 54, 1988 sailboat

    Custom Embroden - Choate Morgan Embroden 54, 1988 sailboat

    Custom Embroden - Choate Morgan Embroden 54, 1988 sailboat

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