ZIA | 2002 Switch 51 Owner’s Version

Rio Dulce, GT

ZIA | Switch 51 Owner’s Version 51ft

US $312,000

Rio Dulce, GT


Charles Badoian

  Mobile:+1 305-735-1661


**Lightning Damaged**


On the market for the first time in over a decade! Zia is a truly special boat. During the era they were built, the Switch 51 was truly the Cadillac of seas. If you had to have the best of the best for a performance cruiserthis was it!

A VPLP design in the same vein as the classic era of Lagoon, the Switch 51 is a French built and designed catamaran for speed, elegance and simplicity. During the early years at Sud Composites, The Multihull Company were the North American distributors and we sold several of these fine cats to our customers, all of whom loved the boats and sailed great distances in them safely and swiftly. One of our customers raced his Switch 51 and took winning honors in every race he entered. But for all of that, the Switch is a very comfortable live-aboard voyager. Her two aft master cabins are very spacious and her forward port V-berth is double bed size. She was ahead of her time in design and build.

Owners have reported averaging speeds up to 12 knots on passage. The owner has owned many different catamarans over the course of his sailing career, but he reports that none of them have been able to point as well as Zia has. With her foam core and vinylester construction she avoids much of the weight issues that plagued earlier cats of this era, and the owners have never reported having to repair a single blister below her waterline. She also features the rare single helm layout, whereas most 51's were built with outboard helms.

Survey and haulout facilities are indeed available locally.

A totally new house battery bank and suite of electronics inside and out will have to be added. Sails are serviceable for the time but if new sails were added performance could really be improved by an order of magnitude. Side windows are also in need of rebedding.

Once the necessary updates are added, Zia will once again be a turn key true bluewater cruiser.


  • Length: 51ft
  • Beam: 25' 0"
  • Year: 2002
  • Hull: Composite
  • Status: Sale Pending

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  • Keel: Other


  • Length Overall: 51 ft
  • Beam Measure: 25' 0"


  • Total Power: 80
  • Engine Brand: Yanmar
  • Engine Model: 3JH3E
  • Engine Type: Inboard
  • Engine/Fuel Type: Diesel
  • Engine Hours: 3800
  • Engine Power: 40 hp

  • Total Power: 80
  • Engine Brand: Yanmar
  • Engine Model: 3JH3E
  • Engine Type: Inboard
  • Engine Hours: 3800
  • Engine Power: 40 hp


  • Number of cabins: 3
  • Number of heads: 2

Equipment List

Engines and Running Gear

Yanmar 3JH3E 40HP

Hours: 3800

Port Engine # A02672

Stb Engine # A02682

Continuous Power: 36 HP (26.5KW) at 3,650rpm

Maximum Power: 40HP (29.4KW) at 3,800rpm

Racor 500MA Turbine fuel filter system, port, starboard and generator.

Volvo 3 blade folding props

Rotation is clockwise, viewed from stern, so stern walks to starboard.

Certified for Type 2 Diesel

Yanmar SD40 Saildrives, Starboard Mfg No 05878, Port Mfg No 05888

Both starter engine batteries new (2022)


Fuel: 2 tanks of 480 liters (127 US gallons), giving 960 liters (254 US gallons) in total

Water: 2 tanks of 220 liters (58 US gallons), 440 liters (116 gallons) in total

Sails and Rigging

Aluminum Mast

All synthetic standing rigging – Redone in Dyneema 2016

All synthetic standing rigging terminates with Colligo Terminals

Lifelines – also Dyneema 2016

Mainsail, Quantum fully battened HD Dacron – 3 reefs – 2006

Gennaker, Quantum Fusion X Composites, continuous roller furling on bowsprit – 2008

Genoa, Quantum Fusion X Cruise Polyester Composites roller furling Genoa – 2009

Main Forestay – Harken furling system

Staysail – Profurl furling system

Doyle Stack Pack main cover – 2008

Anderson dual speed stainless winches: two 52s, two 58s, two 46s

Fredriksen mast track and batten cars

Fredriksen adjustable jib cars

Folding bowsprit (~4 foot) with Dyneema whiskers, controlled by dual Lewmar blocks


ST60 instrument package – Raymarine speed/depth/wind/autopilot/GPS

ST60 Multi display in owner’s stateroom

Color Radar – Raymarine 24 mile

Navigation System – Nobeltec MaxPro with charts

AIS – Miltech 2009

Single Side Band/Ham radio – ICOM M710 with Pactor III modem


Navtex – Morer WIB2

Digital barometer

Satphone – Iridium with data feature

Stereo – Pioneer surround sound

Electrical System

Solar panels – Shell 175W x 3 (525W total)

12 VDC/220 VAC

3.5KW genset – Fischer Panda 4500 SC – 3000 hours approx

Lithium House Batteries – Currently RIP

Service Alternators (2), Balmar 90-75-D, 100 amp with MC612 external regulators, center fielder

Engine Alternators (2), Hitachi 12v 80A, LR180-03C, internal regulators

Inverter Mastervolt 2500W

Dual Battery chargers – Mastervolt 80 amp (2)

Electrical control system – Mastervolt MICC

Shore power – 50 amp service

Hull nav lights

Masthead tricolor nav lights (LED) with strobe (damaged by lightning)

Masthead anchor light (LED)


Watertight collision bulkheads bow and stern

MOM 8 man overboard module

Lifesling system

Inflatable PFDs with harness


Spot locator satellite system

Paratech Cape Horn 18 ft sea anchor with rode

Drogue Galerider, storm survival system

Auto fire extinguishers engine rooms

Manual fire extinguishers (4)

Emergency tiller system

Cockpit and Exterior

Plastimo sphere compass

Goidot Wheel with faux leather cover

All deck hatches and side windows are also original Goiot

Brand new never used Eisenglass dodger (for the forward facing section between bimini and saloon)

Large custom awning to shade foredeck and after cockpit with mounting poles

Teak cockpit decking

Teak table with seating for 6

Bulkhead hydraulic steering, Vetus, 3 turns lock to lock

White vinyl bolster helm seat seating for 2 persons

Soft Top white vinyl bimini top

Dyneema netting beneath bimini combined with old battens for added stiffness

Fredriksen traveler

Gangway – teak

Swim ladder – teak (stbd)

Stern fresh water washdown

Metal dinghy davits

Metal toe rail surrounds entire deck

Ground Tackle

Spade 66lb steel anchor

Fortress FX37 aluminium with nylon rode

Fortress FX85 aluminium with nylon rode

300 feet 10mm chain – 2009

Windlass – Lofrens Tigress 1200 has both helm and foredeck controls

Chafe cover to protect netting


APEX A-10 RIB Lite (10ft)

5 Gallon tank, bulkhead mounted fuel filter, anchor

Yamaha Enduro 15HP two stroke


Gaggenau four burner propane stove

Oven – propane

Dual Corian sinks and countertop with trash hole cutout

Seagull water filter

Sharp Microwave

Oster Toaster Oven

Frigoboat top loading keel cooler fridge and freezer x 2


Owner Suite has an athwartships mounted queen berth

Owners head is a dry head with enclosed wand shower

Guest Side consists of athwartships aft queen berth and forward V-berth

Guest Head is a wet head with a wand shower

High output LED lights throughout

Many 12V fans throughout cabins (3 in the owners, 2 in both guests)

Spectra Santa Cruz water maker – 14 GPH (membranes due for replacement)

Dual 40 gallon holding tanks with macerators

Wilcox-Crittenden manual flush marine heads x2 (one in both guest and owners heads)

Hot water heater – 30 gallon

Washing machine – 6KG (this is actually mounted in the stdb forward storage compartment – owner has never used it – workability unknown)

Tool drawer with massive tool collection included

Extensive spare parts inventory

(Zia has no AC)


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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