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Bowman Talisman 50 - SOLD

£143,950 GBP

Elegant, custom blue water cruiser

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Lying: Spain

General Information

Manufacturer / modelBowman Talisman 50 - SOLD
New or usedUsed
Price£143,950 GBP
Tax / VAT statusPaid / included
Price commentElegant, custom blue water cruiser
LyingMallorca, Balearic Islands, Spain


Length overall15.24 m
Length waterline12.19 m
Beam4.27 m
Draft2.29 m
Displacement20,000 kg
KeelFin keel


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A strikingly good looking yacht and one for the true connoisseur, this beautiful passage maker based on the Bowman 49 is currently owned by a marine surveyor.

Currently based in Mallorca a short distance from Palma, her owners are prepared to meet serious prospective purchasers at the airport and transport them to the yacht for viewings or a short sea trial,

She is a center cockpit yacht with a large double aft cabin, a single berth with pullman over passage cabin, two heads and a large fwd double cabin.

One of only two of her kind in existence, Pleiades with her Holman & Pye lines is a real beauty and a delight to sail. The first was ordered by a Norwegian gentleman from Bowman, he liked the Bowman 49 but needed extra headroom so they altered the moulds to accommodate this. This resulted in the overall length going from 49ft to 50ft. And he certainly got his extra headroom throughout.

The then builder and first owner of Pleiades, Jolyan Wilde, bought the moulds of the Talisman and had the hull and deck moulded. She was fitted out by craftsman David Skeene in a building shed at Moodys Boatyard on the river Hamble. She was built to the highest standards using only the best of materials, equipment and high quality interior joinery.

Most of the deck fittings are custom made as are the stantions and bases. The scantlings are oversize in all departments from the hull layup through to the mast and rigging.

Her present owner comments “The fabric of Pleiades is as good today as the day she was launched in 1998”

Fitted out for long distance or liveaboard cruising full details are in the specification section but her highlights include:

Seafresh Watermaker H204A, 65 litres per hour
Ampair towing generator, 100watts
Two solar panels
500watt inverter
Perkins M90, 85hp engine
Max Prop with rope cutter fitted.
Fully battened main -Doyle NZ 2005
Yankee - Crusader Sails 2010
Cruising chute - Crusader 2010
Proctor mast fitted with Ronstan Cars.
Proctor boom strut
Twin carbon fibre spinnaker poles.
Icom SSB IC-M710 radio
AIS Receiver and Transponder
B&G Hydra 2000 system
Lawrence Globalmap 5300 - using Navonics chart system
SCS PTC-11E Pactor modem
Icom IC-M505 DSC VHF
Icom command mike for above
Bimini with stainless steel support poles
Bathing platform with built in bathing ladder

Lying Mallorca Spain

Available to view strictly by appointment

Office Hours Mon- Fri 0900 – 18.00

Saturday by prior appointment

For more information or to arrange a viewing please contact John Rodriguez Yachts

Please note all our yachts are privately owned and actively for sale.
Due to the varying marina locations of our yachts and travel time
and distances involved, please only make travel arrangements to view
if you are actively considering purchase.

Tel: +44 (0)7505 485 950


Part 1 British registered
Previous Bills of Sale
VAT paid evidence
RCD exempt evidence


BOAT NAME: Pleiades

MAKE & MODEL: Bowman Talisman 50 – Custom Build


YEAR: 1998



BEAM: 14’ 4.1m

DRAFT: 7’6’’

KEEL TYPE: Moderate Fin










AGE OF STANDING RIGGING: Various – cap/fore replaced 2010







Bowman Talisman 50

Accommodation :

Pleiades is a strikingly attractive yacht, she gets heads turning wherever she goes. She has beautiful lines and lovely sweeping decks. Her teak decks are always being commented upon. Unlike a lot of modern yachts all the deck area is usable. She has a centre cockpit which seats six or ten at party time. The cockpit seats are long enough and wide enough to sleep on- very nice in the summer months. The cockpit table folds away while sailing. From the helm position there is excellent all round visibility even with the bimini in position.

From the companionway into the large saloon with its offset dining table to seat six with comfort. There is an island seat that happens to also be a bottle storage and another bench seat to starboard. Lots of storage and drawers for all those bits we just need. To starboard is the navigation station. Good sized chart table with storage under. An insert lifts up from the table lid to reveal the Dell computer which runs the Seapro navigation system. Radios and other equipment are at fingertip range.

Just aft of the navigation area is the ‘bosuns cabin’. Single berth with Pullman above. Overhead stowage and wet locker. The perfect sleeping spot when on passage. Access under the seat to the hot water tank. Stowage under the berth.

From the port side of the saloon going aft is the longitudinal galley. Once again perfect for passage making-very little boat movement. With fridge and freezer also a built in cool box. Just add ice to a stack of beers and wine on those hot summer days. Next to the double sink is the Force 10 stove, with three burners, oven and grille. All the burners have been replaced since 2012. Lots of stowage under the work top and behind the sink etc. There are various racks for all manner of things. The gas alarm with its on/off solenoid switch is located above the sinks and has two sensors below. This was new in 2009.

Continue aft through the galley to the owners cabin. Offset double with hanging wardrobe, drawers and stowage lockers. Heads compartment with Jabsco manual toilet ,new in 2009. Stowage lockers, mirror, towel rail etc. Separate shower cubicle.

Forward of the saloon is an area we call the ‘lobby’, storage and an extra area that can be used by the fore cabin if needed. From the lobby to port is the second heads and shower unit. Forward is the second double cabin with hanging locker and good storage. There is excellent storage under the berth. The chain locker is also accessed at this point.

Throughout Pleiades the joinery is excellent, there are plenty of lights when and where you need them, very good headroom, top quality fittings and equipment. All in all she is a wonderful craft.

Build :
Bowman Talisman 50, Custom Built in 1998
Designer; Holman & Pye
Builder; JPM Wilde and David Skeene Yachts
British Registered Part 1, Official No.901566
GRP hull, deck and superstructure
Teak laid decks
Fin keel
Wheel steering

Engine; Perkins M90, 85hp, 3420 hours as at 16 January 2014. Fitted with two alternators 12v and 24v.
Generator; Northern Lights M673 (2010) 556 hours.
Stainless steel shaft through cutlass bearings, bronze P bracket.
Max Prop with rope cutter fitted.
Edson wheel steering system, stainless steel wires through bronze turning sheaves to bronze quadrant. Grease points fitted.

Fully battened main. Doyle NZ 2005
Yankee, Crusader Sails 2010
Staysail, Hood 1998
Storm Jib, Quantum 2001
Cruising chute, crusader 2010
Spare battens stowed in the boom

Proctor mast fitted with Ronstan cars.
Proctor boom strut
Twin carbon fibre spinnaker poles.
Forestay and cap shrouds-new 2010- 12mm 1x19
Inner forestay 8mm 1x19
Babystay 12mm 1x19
Lowers 12mm 1x19
Aft lowers 14mm 1x19
Backstay 12mm 1x19
Rechman furling system

Primary- two Lewmar 66ST 2 speed
Furling -Lewmar 40ST 2 speed
Mainsheet –Lewmar 40ST 2 speed
Staysail sheets- Lewmar 48ST 2 speed
Downhall- Lewmar 44ST 2 speed
Staysail halyard- Lewmar 44ST 2 speed
Main halyard- Lewmar 48ST 2 speed
Fore halyard- Lewmar 48ST 2 speed
Reefing- Lewmar 40ST 2 speed

Inventory :
Navigation Equipment:
Raytheon R20XX radar
Raymarine RN300 GPS
Icom SSB IC-M710 radio
Prosser electric barometer
Furuno Navtex NX300
Clipper battery monitor BM1
Safeshore Marine galvanic isolator.
Icom IC-M505 DSC VHF
Icom command mike for above
SCS PTC-11E Pactor modem
Simrad HT50 handheld VHF
AIS Receiver
AIS Receiver and Transponder
B&G Hydra 2000 system-
Lawrence Globalmap 5300- using Navonics chart system.
GME Epirb- 2010

Ground Tackle:
Lewmar 2000 24volt deck windlass.
102 meters of 12mm galvanised chain.
60lbs CQR anchor
Fortress FX-37 kedge

General Equipment:
Navigation lights
Pulpit, pushpit and guardwire
Ropes and fenders
Deck brush
Boat hooks
Fore and aft deck wash outlets
Alpine CDE 9880E radio and CD player, two saloon speakers plus two deck speakers
Alpine remote control.
Mainsail cover
Staysail deck bag
Bimini with stainless steel support poles
Solid teak cockpit table
Solid teak washboards
Outboard crane.
Engine and generator spares
Aft deck communication mast- TV aerial, AIS, Emergency VHF, Navtex, GPS.
All deck hatches and port lights are of stainless steel.
Bathing platform with built in bathing ladder.
Honda 2.3hp 2008
Clock and barometer
Cockpit cushions
24 volt bilge pump.
Manual bilge pump.
Large lazarette with own auto bilge pump.
Very large fordeck locker with own auto bilge pump
All electric pumps have been replaced since 2008

Fuel tank; 650lts
Water tanks(three); 500lts
Grey water holding tank; 40lts
Black water holding tanks (two) with electric pump through hull discharge or, deck pump out.

Four 220ah AMG, 2010. Domestic 24 volt and navigation systems.
Two 100ah acid, 2012. Engine start and 12volt systems.
240volt shore power with domestic sockets throughtout.
Four 24volt sockets.
Ampair towing generator, 100watts.
Two solar panels.
500watt inverter.
Charles 24volt charger- 2010
12 volt charger.

Water System:
Pressurised hot and cold water throughout
Water heated by calorifier and 220v immersion heater
Seafresh Watermaker H204A, 65 litres per hour

Safety Equipment:
Plastimo six-person liferaft.
MOB sling
Stainless steel emergency tiller
Fire blanket
Fire extinguishers.
Auto fire extinguisher in engine room.

Owner’s comments:

She is a delight to sail, her Holman & Pye design giving he wonderful seagoing characteristics. She is a big heavy yacht that looks after the crew extremely well in all conditions. Over the past five years we have lived onboard and sailed 12,000 miles not once did we feel in any danger. We are sad to sell Pleiades as she is certainly the best boat I have ever had and sailed in.

Lying Mallorca Spain

Available to view strictly by appointment

Office Hours Mon- Fri 0900 – 18.00

Saturday by prior appointment

For more information or to arrange a viewing please contact John Rodriguez Yachts

Please note all our yachts are privately owned and actively for sale.
Due to the varying marina locations of our yachts and travel time
and distances involved, please only make travel arrangements to view
if you are actively considering purchase.

Tel: +44 (0)7505 485 950
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