Ocean | Dolphin 460 46ft

Opua, NZ

Ocean | Dolphin 460 46ft

US $420,000

Opua, NZ


Matthew Dunning



You want to sail upon an Ocean? Start with an Ocean of wisdom. Buy a proven performance cruising catamaran design that is meant to cross oceans, has crossed oceans, and is ready to cross oceans right now. Buy it from cruisers with more than 40 years of maritime experience (you've been reading their byline in the world's sailing magazines for years). This is a one-owner catamaran whose owners have poured their knowledge, wisdom, and oversight into Ocean's build, equipment, care and maintenance.

Why is there so much wisdom in this purchase? Dolphins are made for the sea. They have extraordinary seakeeping qualities. They are smart cats. Dolphins have fine easily-driven hulls with tremendous reserve buoyancy. They have vacuum-bagged vinylester and Divinycell construction with ten watertight bulkheads, six watertight cabin soles, and a continuous flanged and glassed hull-to-deck joint. Ocean has skeg-protected SailDrives and rudders. She has a great stance on the water with excellent balance. Engines are placed well forward and tanks are carried low near the center of motion where they ought to be. Dolphins are fast and efficient. They have strong daggerboards for excellent pointing ability. Raise the boards off the wind to remove parasitic drag for even more performance. Folding props (and a watermaker) keep drag low and speeds high on all points. Dolphins can average 9.5 knots on long passages and often safely see the teens. Ocean has a tall mast, self-tacking sail plan, strong, intelligently-placed deck hardware (including an electric self-tailing winch for the main halyard and more), proven over-sized ground tackle, a protected helm, wide secure decks, and she has been meticulously thought-out for double-handing. You will enjoy her custom, unsinkable, 11' sailing/rowing/electric dinghy as you explore communities and anchorages throughout the world. Ocean enjoyed a $100,000 refit just last year including four new salon windows, all new deck hatches, batteries, cushions, a thorough survey, extensive engine and SailDrive service, and more. . .

Ocean isn't just structure and seakeeping; take a look inside. She has a beautiful and comfortable owner's version interior.The interior is bespoke and it has all of the touches that make for an especially comfortable and practical cruising home. What makes it so special? Two independent office spaces, two private cabins (one a complete owner's hull), a large convertible dinette for entertaining (or a rest area at sea for the on or off-watch), a practical light filled galley up (at the center of motion) equipped with a top-of-the-line stove, dedicated pantry, dual-sinks, 3-drawer refrigeration and fantastic storage, and two large heads with separate showers. Ocean is equipped with solar (1056 watts), batteries (1260 amp hours worth) and systems that make her truly independent of her engines for days if not weeks at a time. Ocean is warmed by hydronic diesel-fired heat, easily ventilated, easily enclosed, and cooled in her air-conditioned master cabin.

This is a wise choice for a cruising catamaran. Buy the best Dolphin 460 ever built - Ocean. And buy her in one of the most beautiful places on Earth - Bay of Islands New Zealand - where you can cost-effectively add your own touches and explore for nearly two years before reaching up to the rest of the South Pacific and the world. Contact Matthew for more information today.


  • Length: 46ft
  • Beam: 24' 0"
  • Draft: 7' 6"
  • Year: 2007
  • Hull: Composite
  • Status: Active

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  • Keel: Centerboard


  • Length Overall: 46 ft
  • Max Draft: 7' 6"
  • Beam Measure: 24' 0"


  • Total Power: 80
  • Engine Brand: Volvo Penta
  • Engine Model: D2-40
  • Engine Type: Inboard
  • Engine/Fuel Type: Diesel
  • Engine Power: 40 hp

  • Total Power: 80
  • Engine Brand: Volvo Penta
  • Engine Model: D2-40
  • Engine Type: Inboard
  • Engine/Fuel Type: Diesel
  • Engine Power: 40 hp


  • Fresh Water Tanks: 1 (109 Gallons)
  • Fuel Tanks: 1 (109 Gallons)


  • Number of cabins: 2
  • Number of heads: 2

Specifications & Equipment

Recent Refit & Upgrades:

2016: Volvo SailDrives renewed (including bellows)

2018: Isotherm S/S drawer-style fridges and freezer unit. 12-volt air-cooled

2019: Mast tangs strengthened

2019: Lofrans Project 1500 windlass installed (sized for 65 boat)

2019: Strengthened windlass platform

2019: Strengthened forward beam connections to hulls

2021: Extensive engine refit; injectors & fuel pumps, alternator and starter motors, valve adjustment, heatexchangers, mixing elbows, and thermostats, front main oil seals, SailDrive internal flush

2021: Complete check and renewal of hydraulic steering: new cylinders, hoses, steering pump

2021: Batteries replaced (1,260ah total)

2021: Four forward Lexan cabin windows professionally replaced

2021: Replaced eleven Goiot deck hatches with Lewmar Ocean hatches; every hatch has a two-ply customSunbrella cover (silver on the outside, dark blue on the inside) to protect hatches and boat from sun and heatin the tropics

2021: New saloon cushions and Ultrasuede fabric

2021: New cockpit cushions


-Large cockpit sheltered beneath a hard bimini

-Protected helm to starboard

-Large under-sole storage locker

-Teak cockpit table

-Additional storage beneath cockpit table

-Cushioned bench seating

-Sunbrella double-ply (for extra UV protection) covers for engine instruments

-Sunbrella sun awnings for cockpit.


-Sliding overhead bimini closure

-Polycarbonate windshield

-Antal 52 two speed electric self-tailing winch

-Sail control lines lead to helm

-S/S wheel at pedestal with Vetus hydraulic steering rams at each rudderpost.Cylinders and hoses new in 2021; steering pump new in 2018

-Rudders are solid FRP foils over solid 1.5 (38mm) withS/S rudderstock and low friction bushings


-Raymarine AxiomPro Multifunction Device (MFD) chartplotter at helm, August 2019.

-Raymarine HD Color Radar, 4kw, 24 (48-mile) with radome antenna mast-mounted belowspreaders (August 2019)

-Raymarine ST60+ Depth with hull transducer

-Raymarine i70 Wind with masthead transducer (2018)

-Raymarine ST60+ Speed with hull transducer

-Raymarine Evolution autopilot control head (2018) with dual hydraulic control pumps (primary and backup)attached to starboard hull hydraulic drive

-Raymarine AIS 700 class B transceiver (2019)

-Iridium Go! satellite transceiver with external antenna (2020),Iridium 95054A series phone handset

-Nav station VHF Icom IC-M424G GPS VHF, (2019)

-Standard Horizon handheld HX890 DSC/GPS Transceiver (2021)

-Icom IC-706MKIIG. HF/VHF/UHF SSB radio with smart antenna tuner. Includes Pactor
modem and insulated port outboard stay antenna

-Garmin handheld GPS Map 78 Series


-4 x Antal 48 two speed self-tailing winches

-8 x 12 cast aluminum deck cleats

-Hot & cold deck fresh water shower

-Saltwater deck wash

-Vinyl-coated 1″ webbing trampolines

-5 fenders

-Mooring lines

-S/S tube stanchions with double vinyl covered S/S wire lifelines.

-S/S handrails along cabin top, under cockpit hardtop, and down scoop transoms

-S/S swim ladder off port hull transom.

-Lewmar Ocean Series deck hatches (new 2021) with Ocean Air screens, and Goiot portlight openings

-Sunbrella double-ply (for extra UV protection) hatch covers, and lazy bag mainsailcover.

-Textaline saloon window coverings.Deck thermal hatch covers.


-The seller is a sailmaker of 15 years standing. On Ocean they worked with North Sails as a beta tester todevelop performance catamaran sails for passagemaking.OCEANs sail plan is aimed at efficient sailing for a double-handed crew, which is why, rather than theDolphins standard 150% genoa, they opted for a more efficient, more versatile working jib (97% overlap) with a self-tacking boom.When reaching, a 6:1 Harken block and tackle to vang the boom down to deck pad-eyes to control leechtwist.For winds under 10 knots while reaching or broad reaching, unroll the Screecher (Code 0).

-North Sails full batten high roach 3Di (thermoformed over full-size mold) Endurance Mainsail, (2017 – approximately 2 years working life remaining) withthree reefs;

-Double-ply (for extra UV protection) lazy bag mainsail cover with lazy jacks.

-North Sails paneled three-batten jib (2013) of Spectra laminate with Tedlar anti-UV coating (97% overlap),with three leech battens and foam-pad luff for proper furling; with Harken MKIV Unit 3 Reefing & Furling unit (2021)

-North Sails, February 2020. 3Di (thermoformed over full-size mold) Screecher (Code 0); Spectra/Aramid blend;

-Colligo top-down furling system, model #CN5S.

Mast & Rigging:

-Farol anodized aluminum single-spreader. Mast height above WL is 20.6 meters/67.5 feet

-SparCraft anodized aluminum with gooseneck fitting and hardware

-Farol anodized aluminum self-tacking jib boom with Goiot outhaul adjustment track

-Aluminum crossbeam extrusion with aluminum seagull striker; crossbeam attachments to hull were redesignedand strengthened in (2019)

-Stainless steel bowsprit with S/S whisker stays

-Cast aluminum mast-step over reinforced structural deck support with aluminum compression post

– S/S chainplate fabrication bolted through hull sides

-Standing rigging, turnbuckles, and toggles;1×19 316 S/S wire shrouds and diamond stays. S/S Hi Mod swaged or mechanical end fittings (2016)

-Chromed bronze open barrel turnbuckles and Hayn S/S toggles (2016)

-SparCraft heavy spec airfoil spreaders. Fabricated solid S/S through-bars to spreaders and hounds per professional rigging consultation.Metalwork by Fairhaven Shipyard (2019)

-All halyards and sheets/control lines are Spectra-cored

-Winches: 1 x Antal W52ST 2-speed electric on cabin top by helm for mainsheet and main halyard; 1 x AntalW52ST 2-speed manual port and starboard mainsail reefing jib outhaul and jib sheet on cabin top; 2 x Antal W48ST2-speed on port and starboard coamings; 2 x Antal W48ST 2-speed on port aft cabin top coamings fordaggerboards and furlers; 1x Antal W52ST 2-speed on port aft cabin top for main boom topping lift and halyards.

-Antal jib traveler; Antal control blocks, Antal and Harken deck blocks, Antal cabintop blocks atbase of mast, Antal line clutches

Ground Tackle:

-Primary Anchor: Rocna 40 kg (88 lbs) on3/8 (10 mm) high-test 240 feet chain

-Secondary Anchor: Danforth 35 lb on 3/8 (10 mm) high-test 50 feet chain, 250 three-strand anchor line

-Storm Anchor: Luke Fisherman 70-lb (disassembles into three pieces)

-Windlass: Lofrans Project 1500, vertical mount, 1500 watt (2019)


Engine Compartments:

-Sound-proofed engine compartments in sterns; watertight bulkheads aft and just forward of engines

-Solid FRP rudder foils over solid 1.5 (38mm) S/S rudderstock with low friction bushings

-Engines: 2007 Volvo Penta D2-40, 4 cylinder, 40hp

-Engine Hours: Port: 4,514; Starboard: 4,444. Overhauled: March 2021 by Lyman-Morse Shipyard, Thomaston,Maine.

-Fuel System: USCG Type A1 hoses; dual Racor 75500MAX filters with selector valve and vacuum gauges.

-Freshwater cooled through heat exchangers

-Volvo Penta 12V/115A alternators

-Volvo Saildrives model 130S-B, ratio 2.19:1, S/N Port: 51300623526;
Starboard: 51300623505. Linecutters on shafts.Saildrives serviced 2021 withbellow seals replaced 2016.

-2 x Volvo Penta panels with gauges/lights/alarms.

-Sacrificial FRP skegs protecting SailDrives

-2 x Volvo Penta 3-blade bronze folding props


-Hurricane II Hydronic diesel-fired heater for hot water and four forced-hot-air zones (radiators)

-Webasto FCF5000 5kBtu reverse cycle unit for master cabin and starboard office

-Spectra Newport 400 MKII 12-volt DC watermaker (draws 26ah, powered by battery bank) producing approximately 10 gallons per hour

-Kenmore Compact front-loading washing machine (August 2016)

-Sony MEXM71BT. AM/FM/CD/USB/Bluetooth with speakers

-Jabsco 12-volt 40psi pressurized water with Shurflo accumulator tank; Shurflo Blaster model 2095-232-244 backuppump


-8 x wrap-around polycarbonate windows

-Brazilian table and convertible settee

-Under settee stowage


-Top-hatch ventilation

-2 x fans

-Interior navigation station

-Varnished wood accents

-Cream headliner

-LED lighting throughout

-Weight saving Nida-core cabinet construction

-Laminated hardwood finish floors


-Galley up

-Secure U-shaped galley with top-of-line Dickinson Mediterranian forward facing stove and oven

-Deep double sinks

-3 fresh water sources including foot pump and pull-out sprayer

-Double-filtered drinking water tap

-Abundant counter space

-Abundant storage

-Dedicated Pantry

-3 Isotherm drawer-style refrigerators (one with freezer)

-Utensil drawers, deep pot drawers,

-Dedicated trash cupboard

Starboard Hull:

-Aft queen sized master cabin with high quality Tempur-Pedic mattress in water/mite proof cover.

-2 x fans and opening ports

-Below bunk stowage

-Deep owner’s closet and cabinetry

-Air conditioned

-Midship office and communications equipment

-Midship cabinetry and storage

-Forward Owner’s head, sink, vanity, medicine cabinet and separate shower

-Kenmore washing machine

-Forward bow machinery room with Hurricane hydronic heater, Spectra watermaker, house battery bank #2, and sail locker

Port Hull:

-Aft queen sized cabin with high quality Tempur-Pedic mattress in water/mite proof cover.

-2 x fans and opening ports

-Below bunk stowage

-Extensive bookshelves, storage and cabinetry

-Midship guest head, vanity, mirrored medicine cabinet, and shower

-Private forward office cabin with shelving and storage for office supplies, charts, and office equipment

-Forward bow locker for fenders, lines, supplies


-9 x Kyocera solar panels; total 1035 watts

-Outback Power Systems solar charge controllers

-U.S. 110-volt and 12-volt sockets with GFCI protection

-Xantrex Freedom SW Sine Wave 3,000-watt inverter/charger

-Xantrex Link 2000 battery monitor

-Xantrex Freedom SW 150-amp multi stage charger

-2 x Xantrex Digital echo-charge 15-amp echochargers for engine start batteries

-Marinco 30A/125V connector and 50 30A/125V shorepower

-Breaker panel in nav area and DC and AC circuit breaker panel in Master Cabin cabinet.

-House batteries in two banks (1,260ah total). (6) 2021 Lifeline GPL-4DL 12-volt AGM house bank; 4 x house batteries well secured with starboard and strapped under
saloon seating and 2 x house batteries in starboard forward machinery compartment
Isolators/Switches: On/off switches for engines in master and guest cabins; Blue Sea Systems rotary selector switchin starboard machinery compartment.

-2 x 12-volt AGM engine start batteries wellstrapped in FRP battery boxes on elevated shelves in engine compartments

-Marine grade insulated stranded copper wire throughout

-Bronze hull plate for SSB radio with copper strapping


-410 liters/109 gallons diesel in integrally-molded epoxy/glass tank, in anchor locker
Fuel Valves and Plumbing: Type A2 fill hose, A1 vent, supply, and return hoses, ball valve shut-offs at tank

-550 liters/148 gallons in integrally-molded epoxy/glass tank, in anchor locker.Clear reinforced PVC hose fills, vents, and supply lines.


-Rule-Mate 2000 automatic submersible in each engine compartment bilge and in each cabin bilge;Rule 2000 computerized submersible in each bow section; Plastimo manual bilge pumps operated from cockpit;high-capacity emergency pump hardwired to ships battery bank.

-Shower pans to Whale Gulper 220 sump pumps

-Tsurumi Submersible High Capacity (13-61 gallons per minute) with 50-foot hose; unit is hard-wired to ships battery bank

-Groco bronze thru-hulls, ball valves with double S/S hose clamps


-Groco Model K (bronze) manual saltwater flush in each hull

-32-gallons port, 32 gallons starboard in integral FRP tanks under mid-hull cabin sole

-Raritan Sanitation hose through plastic Y-valve direct overboard or to tank;
Jabsco Y-valves to deck plate pump-out or overboard out through hull (new, June 2021).
Secure Y-valves with lockouts to prevent overboard discharge when in no-discharge zones

-Port and Starboard Dometic TW-Series Macerator and discharge pump 12-volt


-Lifesling in compartment adjacent to helm seat

-Ocean Safety ISO-9650-I, Group A, 6-person hard case liferaft secured in S/S bracket on transom (nextservice 8/2024)

-(9) Kidde ABC model H110G ifire extinguishers n each aft cabin, portside in bridge deck saloon, in galleycabinet, and 2 in saloon Ottoman, one in each engine compartment, and one in starboard forward machinerycompartment.

-Fire blanket in galley and under saloon ottoman.

-2 Para red rocket MK8 exp. 1/2023; 3 red hand flares MK8 exp. 1/2023; 1 Orion hand held orange smoke,exp. 2/2023; 5 Orion handheld red rockets, exp. 3/2023; 6 Orion 12-gauge aerials exp. 2/2023; Orion revolverwith 4 x 12-gauge aerials exp. 12/2021

-Handheld air horn canisters

-Optronics 12-volt handheld spotlight

-Steaming light on mast; masthead tricolor

-Scuppers out hull bottom

-Tapered wooden plugs affixed with a lanyard to each through-hull

-S/S emergency tiller in port forward stowage compartment

-ACR Satellite3 406Mhz GPS, UIN: 2DCC75068AFFBFF. Battery expires 9/2025

-Tsurumi Submersible High Capacity (13-61 gallons per minute) with 50-foot hose; unit is pre-wired to ships battery bank

-Para-Tech Delta Drogue; Gale Rider 36 with braided deployment rode

-Two alloy RADAR reflectors on S/S tube (hoisted to spreaders on passage)

-5 x collision bulkheads in each hull and 3 watertight cabin sole compartments in each hull

Custom Tender:

-Custom-designed and -built Core-Cell/WEST Epoxy 11-foot sailing/rowing/electric-poweredunsinkable skiff/tender. Sailing: Sunfish rig with racing sail, and custom daggerboard and kick-up rudder. Rowing:Full-size wooden oars stowed inside seat tanks, via stern access ports. Power: 8hp Torqeedo Cruise 2.0, withTorqeedo Power 24-3500 146 ah Lithium Battery and Torqeedo 24-Volt Battery Charger (mounted in starboard enginecompartment) and charging cord from cockpit to tender. Tender and all components new 2021.


This vessel is US flagged andin New Zealand waters under a two-year temporary import permit expiring October, 2024. New Zealand duty and GST isnotpaid. Not for sale to New Zealand citizens while in New Zealand waters. The terms of the temporary import permit allow GST-free marine repairs and upgrades during the permit period.

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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