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Unique 45 Foot 2004 Steel Pilothouse

  • Condition: Used
  • Make: Custom made by Howdy Bailey Benford Design/
  • Model: Pilot House Raised Salon
  • Type: Sloop
  • Year: 2004
  • Location: Brooklyn, New York, United States


Benford Design 45'
Howdy Bailey Steel Pilothouse / Raised Salon,

The Casa Islena, a Benford Design was custom built as an ocean yacht with relaxation in mind. Several meetings between owner and Master builder by excellence, Howdy Bailey, resulted in a layout with 2 private staterooms, 2 salons and 2 heads, one with separate shower, and a chef's galley with Corian counters. The lower salon features a curved settee with 2 tub chairs for comfort; entertainment centre ( TV, DVD, stereo) or just enjoy reading with accurate LED lighting with dimmers for ambiance. The raised salon features a settee on port side with an adjustable coffee / dinning table with large windows to enjoy your surroundings. The captains chair is adjustable to be used for work and pleasure.
All interior wood work completed in 2008 is from hand picked American Cherry finished with 5 coats of marine varnish, by one of Canada's finest hand crafters in the Marine industry.
A spiral staircase leads to the aft owner's cabin with ample closets, built in drawers and large berth.
To quote Howdy Bailey" We achieved the space of a 55 in only 45 feet!"
All rigging was designed with world ocean, single handed cruising in mind. It includes Andersen stainless steel winches, and electric for mainsail, with Shaeffer boom and jib furlers and all deck hardware. This vessel has been slightly used in fresh water only and is priced well below replacement cost.

Construction Details

Pilot House Salon

Built in Steel by Howdy Bailey of Little Creek Virginia

Design by Jay Benford of Easton Maryland

Rust Proofing

  • 302 Inorganic Zinc By Devoe On All Surfaces
  • Two Coats Of Bar-Rust On Top Of Devoe 302
  • Exterior Awlgrip Over Devoe 302

Always stored out of the water in a custom built building that includes it's own marine railway. Sailed most of her life in fresh water.

Sails & Rigging
  • Custom JSI Aluminum Mast
  • Schaefer Gamma Boom (Furling)
  • Schaefer MK3-514 Genoa Furler
  • Dutchman Boom Preventer
  • Lee Furling Main Sail
  • Lee 155% Furling Genoa
  • North Sail 105% Jib (2010)


All Winches By Anderson

  • One Anderson SS46 Electric (Main Halyard)
  • Two Anderson SS40
  • Two Anderson SS 52
  • One Anderson SS46

  • Sunbrella Covers For All Hatches
  • Sunbrella Covers For All Winches
  • Dodger
  • Bimini
  • Dodger/Bimini Insert

Engine And Drive Train
  • Isuzu c240 60HP Diesel With Dual Control Panels
  • Hurth Transmission
  • Vetus Waterlift Muffler
  • Racor 500m Series Fuel Filters (Dual)
  • Lectric Oil Change Pump
  • Four Blade Variprop
  • Spurs Shaft Mounted Line And Net Cutter System
  • Fireboy engine room auto fire extinguisher

Ground Tackle
  • Lofrans Albatross Windlass (Electric)
  • Suncor 60 lb Stainless Steel Plow Anchor
  • 400 Feet of Galvanized Chain
  • Fortress FX-37 Aluminum Folding Anchor
  • Spare Mooring Lines
  • Fenders

Navigation & Electronics
  • Furuno Navnet 1700c at Helm
  • Furuno Navnet 1833c in Raised Salon
  • Sinrod Autopilot Dual Station
  • Panasonic Tough Book Computer With Nobeltec VNS Max Pro
  • ICOM IC-M602 VHF Radio
  • ICOM IC-M802 SSB Radio
  • Ritchie 5" Compass
  • Raymarine Wind Instrument
  • Skymate Satellite Communications System

Additional Mechanical & Electrical Equipment
  • Side Power Bow Thruster
  • Deck Wash Pump
  • Deck Hot And Cold Shower
  • 11 Gallon Hot Water Heater

Aditional Equipment
  • Rail Mounted Magna BBQ
  • Mystics Stainless Steel Folding Boarding Ladder
  • East Coast Charts

Safety Equipment
  • Winslow Life Raft (Six Person)
  • ACR Global Fix EPIRB
  • Lifesling Overboard Rescue System
  • Safety Lines & Harnesses
  • Life Jackets
  • Flares
  • Life Ring


Custom Cherry Joinerwork Throughout

Cherry and Holly Cabin Sole

The Glass Inserts In The Cabinet Doors Are 120 Years Old, Embosed With Pictures Of Different Types Of Sailboats Of The Time. The Glass Was Salvaged From An Old Lumber Mill Office That Was About To Be Demolished.

All upolstery done by Fortune Canvas of Maine to a very high standard

  • Cruisair Air Conditioning With Dual Condensors (16,000 BTU)
  • ESPAR Airtronic Heater With Vents Throughout The Interior
  • Seaworthy AM/FM/CD Player With Four Speakers
  • Lg Flat Screen TV With DVD Player
  • Red LED Lighting In Saloon And Galley
  • Dimable LED Lighting Throughout The Boat

Vessel Walk Through


  • Large V-Berth With Storage Under
  • Forward Access To Chain Locker
  • Two Drawers
  • Hanging Locker To Port
  • Shelves Port And Starboard
  • Large Opening Deck Hatch


  • Two Barrel Chairs To Port With Storage Behind
  • Book Shelves And Cabinets Port And Starboard
  • Folding Table With Storage Under
  • TV In Cabinet To Starboard
  • Liquor Cabinet With Glass Doors To Port
  • Extra Large Deck Hatch


  • Opening Deck Hatch


  • Seporate Shower Compartment
  • Shower Base Is Powder Coated Aluminum
  • Storage Cabinet
  • Corian Counter Top
  • Opening Hatch In Shower


  • Steps From Lower Saloon
  • Navigation And Steering Station To Starboard
  • Curved Settee To Port
  • Adjustable Table
  • Corner Cabinet And Chart Storage To Port
  • Two Overhead Hatches Provide Ventilation
  • Raised Salon Is Air Conditioned and Heated
  • Three Hatches I Sole Provide Engine Room Access
  • Spiral Stairs To Owner's Suite


  • Modified King Size Bert To Starboard
  • Dressing Table To Port
  • Hanging Locker To Port And Starboard
  • Ensuite Head To Port

  • Seafrost DC 5000 fridge and freezer
  • Fridge Both Top And Front Loading
  • Freezer Top Loading
  • GE Microwave
  • Force 10 Three Burner Propane Stove With Oven
  • Trident Propane Remote Control Switch
  • Corian Counter Tops

Electrical System
  • BASS AC/DC Electrical Panels
  • Xantrex Prosine 2.0 Inverter
  • Engine Starting Battery
  • Generator Starting Battery
  • House Bank Has 4 AGM Batteries
  • NexGen 5.5 Generator With Kabota Diesel Engine

Waste Treatment
  • Two Raritan Atlantes Heads (Electric)
  • Custom Holding Tank (30 Gallons)
  • Deck Pump Out
  • Macerator To Pump Out Offshore

Spare Parts


  • Alternator
  • Alternator Regulator
  • Water Pump
  • Starter
  • Electric Fuel Pump


  • Main Engine & Generator Fan Belt
  • Fuel Filters
  • Impellers
  • Engine Oil
  • Oil For Steering & Autopilot

The Designer

Jay R. Benford has a lifetime of experience in the creation of custom yachts. Since 1962 Jay has been earning his way in the narrow and difficult field of custom yacht design. He's designed boats for many uses, tug boats, fishing boats, cruising sailboats, liveaboards and freighter yachts. They've all been successful and beautiful, incorporating all the space and function his clients desire, in a unique and lovely form. More than that, they've almost been magical in the way they've met their owner's dreams. Thousands of Benford designs have been built and sailed safely all over the world.

The Builder

Howdy Bailey Yacht Services is located on Little Creek in Norfolk, Virginia on the south side of the Chesapeake Bay from the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel. This is a small operation that is capable of big things. They have a dedicated and very capable team led by perfectionist Howdy Bailey.

A few years ago Howdy decided that the time had come to slow down, so he is no longer taking on large new boat construction. He is available for refits and modifications to any boat but still specializes in metal construction.

Howdy was continually consulted during the interior and systems outfitting of "Casa Islena" after she left Norfolk for her new home port in Canada.

Howdy has been described on many occasions by clients and others in the industry as a real artist in metal. Howdy's extensive yacht building knowledge is only surpassed by his hospitality and friendly nature.

Central Agents Comments


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  • Topsides refinished with dark blue Awlgrip
  • 4 Coats Primer
  • 4 Coats Blue
  • 2 Coats Clear
  • Standing Rigging Inspection
  • New Holding Tank Installation
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