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1996 Dettling 51



Moore Haven, Florida, United States
  • 2 Staterooms
  • 2 Heads
  • 2 Engines

DOLPHIN is a terrific example of a boat that was built to the highest level in terms of craftsmanship, design, and design execution. There are so many clever ideas built into this boat, it will amaze those fortunate enough to spend time aboard. Ed Dettling, the builder and driving force behind the Dettling brand built boats that powerboaters, and sail-boaters alike would appreciate. Not only is the quality good, the hull design by Hunt outstanding, but the countless number of details make this boat perfect for short- and long-term cruising by a couple or two couples. To build this boat today a boat builder would have to charge an astronomical amount.

The boat's classic lines look great but are also very functional. The main salon, for example, features huge, fixed windows that let wonderful light into the main living area. The galley is connected to the main salon, and it is extremely functional with outstanding freezer and refrigerator space, outstanding storage, and clever elements like a trash drop directly into the trash can from counter level.

Forward of the galley is the full beam master stateroom with a double berth athwartship. Storage is plentiful throughout. Attached to the master stateroom and forward is the master head with separate stall show and plenty of storage.

Aft of the main salon is the guest cabin with attached head and shower. There is a full-sized washing machine and dryer in the head. The berth is a double berth. Again, there is outstanding storage in this space.

Aft of the main salon and up slightly curved steps are the pilothouse/helm station. The sense of control provided by great visibility is instantly felt when sitting at the helm bench seat. A clever design element is implemented in the pilothouse for those who like to drive outside, but don't want a full flybridge. The area inboard of the helm station is designed to be stood upon and there is a large sliding hatch which one can then stand up through. There is an enclosed electronics box just forward of the hatch that allows the captain to comfortably handle the boat while standing partly outside.

The aft deck/cockpit is a favorite place on this boat as it is covered with a hardtop. There is a beautiful folding table in the middle of the space with four folding captains' chairs. What a perfect place to enjoy a quiet morning or relax at anchor after a good day's trip.

DOLPHIN has been lovingly maintained by her owners. She is extremely clean on both the interior and exterior. The Awlcraft 2000 Jade Mist Green hull and the deck, pilothouse and cabin house painted with Imron Cream with green accents is beautiful.


Galati Yacht Sales is pleased to assist you in the purchase of this vessel. This boat is centrally listed by United Yacht Sales. It is offered as a convenience by this broker/dealer to its clients and is not intended to convey direct representation of a particular vessel

  • Last updated Mar 4th, 2024


Quick Specs

Country: United States
Category: Motor Yachts
Model: 51
Model Year: 1996


Cabins: 2
Heads: 2

Hull Information

Hull Material: Fiberglass


Length: 51 ' (15.54M)
Beam: 14' 6" (4M)


Cruising Speed: 20 Knots
Fuel Capacity: 150 G. 567 L.
Water Capacity: 300 G. 1135 L.
Holding Tank: 125 G. 473 L.


Engine 1

Engine Make: Cummins
Engine Model: 6C
Engine Year: 2018
Engine Type: Inboard
Power HP: 430
Fuel Type: Diesel
Engine Hours: 9
Engine Location: Port

Engine 2

Engine Make: Cummins
Engine Model: 6C
Engine Year: 2018
Engine Type: Inboard
Power HP: 430
Fuel Type: Diesel
Engine Hours: 9
Engine Location: Starboard



  • New Cutlass Bearings.
  • New Shafts and Couplers.
  • Props Serviced to Class.
  • OIL/Filter Change.
  • Rebuilt Port Engine Fuel Pump.
  • Rebuilt Fuel/Water Separators Including New Fittings.
  • Bottom Job with Two Coats of Pettit Odyssey HD
  • Runing Gear Coated with Pettit Prop Coat.
  • Two New House Bank Batteries.
  • New Underwater Zincs
  • Lube/Exercise All Sea Cocks.

Vessel Walkthrough


The main salon is open, airy, bright. This area is finished with satin varnished honey teak.

  • DC/AC panel to port, with Tank Tender, Inverter Control and just forward is Generator control panel, battery breakers, AC source selector, anchor breaker
  • Terrific natural light from three large, fixed windows with bright polished stainless-steel frames on port and starboard sides. Curtains are provided on each fixed portlight.
  • Additional natural light provided by (4) Stainless Steel overhead hatches. Each hatch has a wood framed hinged bug screens.
  • Overhead is cream fabric with varnished teak battens.
  • Light is also provided throughout via overhead lights, classic Frigast lamps, and mounted table lamps.
  • Comfortable L-settee to starboard with storage below and outboard. Just aft of the L-settee is a built-in end table with two deep drawers.
  • Varnished teak table with folding leaves and hi/low pedestal
  • Two swivel chairs are to port and have a built-in cabinet between them. This cabinet houses Samsung flat screen TV. These chairs are easily moved either to the table or turned around for use at the desks.
  • Stereo control head is outboard to port
  • Outboard of the two swivel chairs are two built-in drop-down desks. Below both desks are large storage cabinets. Forward cabinet has printer for computer.
  • Built-in bookcase is aft
  • A bound rug covers the cabin sole. Color compliments the teak wood.


Forward of the main salon, down one step is the galley. The galley partially divided from the main salon by a teak faced partial bulkhead. The bulkhead forward bulkhead of the galley is also teak so looking from the salon one sees a big expanse of varnished teak. The galley itself is practically finished in the Herreshoff style of white Formica and varnished teak trim. Galley sole is teak parquet.

  • The galley has outstanding storage above and below the countertop as well as outboard and below the galley sole. Storage for pots and pans, dishware, glass and wine glass storage
  • To starboard is large built-in sailboat-style top loading refrigeration and freezer with holding plates. Temperature gauges are provided for refrigerator and freezer. Freezer has front opening access towards bottom. Top is Formica and inboard face is Formica. Outboard is additional storage.
  • GE Microwave outboard
  • To port is the main portion of the galley.
  • Built in Raritan Icemaker
  • Large sink unit with built-in dish drainage, large sink, small sink, and clever drop access to trash below. Moen single lever faucet with separate sprayer
  • Garbage disposal below large sink
  • General Ecology Seagull Water Filter
  • Galley Maid electric 3-burner stove with three burners and oven. Stove has folding top to cover burners.
  • Exhaust fan for stove outboard

Master Stateroom:

Just forward of the galley, the Master Cabin is accessed through a teak door. The Master Cabin is full beam with the master berth athwartship. This area is largely finished in the Herreshoff style with white Formica and varnished teak trim. This style makes the space feel light and bright. Additional light both natural and via lamps and lights.

  • Bound rug with underlayment
  • Walk-around queen sized berth to port
  • Storage drawers below the berth and below cabin sole
  • Night stands forward and aft of berth with mounted lamps
  • Two bookcases outboard of berth
  • To Starboard a large bank of storage lockers, drawers, and drop-down storage. This bank is all teak and really shows the quality craftsmanship.
  • Two large hanging lockers are forward and aft with a small, cushioned footlocker below the forward locker.
  • Between the hanging lockers are drawers, and drop-down spaces
  • Four Stainless Steel opening port lights with curtains
  • One Stainless Steel overhead hatch with built-in wooden bug screen

Master Head:

Forward of the Master Cabin is the Master Head. Upon entering this cabin, the enclosed shower is to port and there is a long vanity to starboard. The marine toilet is forward with an additional vanity to port. Above the marine head is an access door to the anchor locker and additional storage to port and starboard. This area is also finished in the Herreshoff style which makes the space feel bright and airy.

  • Teak parquet cabin sole
  • Stall shower to port has a ceramic shower sole and shower seat
  • Long vanity to starboard with ceramic sink, storage below, tilt out waste bin and large clothes hamper forward
  • Two Stainless Steel overhead hatches with built-in bug screens
  • Two Stainless Steel opening port lights with curtains
  • Exhaust fan
  • Extensive linen and towel storage

Guest Stateroom/Head:

The guest cabin is aft of the main salon. This area is cleverly laid out including a large double berth, large vanity, large hanging locker, and head/shower. It is finished in the Herreshoff style with Formica bulkheads and varnished teak trim. The sole in the cabin is covered with a bound rug. The head and shower sole are ceramic tile.

Upon entering the cabin, the double berth is inboard. Outboard and forward is the shower and marine toilet along with full-sized separate clothes washer and dryer. Aft of the head/shower door is a large hanging locker. Aft of this hanging locker is the head vanity.

The engine room is accessed from the aft end of the guest cabin.

  • Enclosed marine head with shower. Shower is partitioned via a shower curtain.
  • Separate full-sized clothes washer and dryer
  • Storage above and outboard of washer/dryer
  • Large hanging locker outboard between head/shower and head vanity.
  • Head vanity includes large mirror, Stainless Steel sink with single lever faucet. Four drawers and below sink storage.
  • Double berth is inboard and has storage below
  • Aft of double berth is large storage locker
  • Four opening Stainless Steel portlights with curtains along with overhead lights and reading lamps makes the space bright.

Pilothouse/Helm Station:

Between the aft deck and the main salon is the pilothouse/helm station. This area provides outstanding visibility to run the boat safely and comfortably. The helm bench has seating for 4 adults.

  • The helmsman can stand through the large 40"X40" sliding hatch on the expansive console next to the main helm and maneuver the boat with the upper controls while enjoying the wind in their face. Console is teak parquet.
  • Three fixed forward windows, two windows on each port and starboard side with one panel each side opening. Aft window lowers.
  • Below fixed forward windows on exterior are three opening ports and three on the interior which can be opened to allow additional fresh air into pilothouse. On pilothouse top just forward of opening hatch is enclosed flip up control station includes Mathers Microcomander engine control, autopilot control, display showing depth and speed, electronic compass, ACR spotlight control, Maxwell windlass control, Bow Thruster control.
  • Sliding 24" X20" hatch above helm station for even better ventilation
  • Edson 26? stainless steel helm wheel with teak trim
  • Expansive helm/instrument console with full engine instrumentations, electronics, and annunciator panel to show water sump, bilge pumps, and generator running
  • Mathers Microcommander engine controls
  • Three networked Raymarine e120 Multifunction Color Displays
  • Side power bow and stern thruster controls
  • Wireless Dual Band Yacht Controller
  • Raymarine ST60+ Tri data display
  • Furuno RD30 depth display
  • Raymarine ST8002 autopilot
  • Floscan fuel flow display
  • Raymarine ST60+ Wind Instrument
  • Icom IC-M604 VHF
  • Standard Horizon Ram+ Control Mic VHF
  • 5" Ritchie compass in custom mount
  • Ritchie Electronic Compass display
  • ACR spotlight remote
  • Momentary battery parallel buttons
  • Windshield wiper and windshield washer controls
  • Windlass control
  • Bennett trim tabs control
  • Fireboy Fire Extinguisher System with Automatic Engine and Generator Shutdown with manual override.
  • Manual Fireboy Fire Extinguisher
  • Fusion MS-AV700 stereo/CD control head
  • Boston Acoustic SE95 speaker
  • Lighting in overhead for day and night usage. Frigast reading lamps mounted above aft window.
  • Large chart locker below seat
  • Teak parquet cabin sole
  • White fabric overhead with varnished teak battens
  • Full height door to aft deck

Aft Deck:

The aft deck is a wonderful outdoor social area. Hardtop from pilothouse extends to transom and provides outstanding coverage from sun and the elements.

  • Folding Teak Hi-Low table is in the middle of the space
  • Four folding teak director chairs with Sunbrella backs and bottoms.
  • Sole locker is designed specifically to fit the 4 director chairs
  • Teak decking
  • The aft deck is just above the engine room and is designed to be removed for major work on engines, etc. Boarding light on transom
  • Aft facing seat with cushions just behind pilothouse. Just above seat and forward are two deep drop-down storage lockers.
  • Overhead is white vinyl with varnished teak battens
  • Stainless Steel overhead lights
  • Polyplanar speakers in overhead
  • Stainless Steel Railing surrounds area with three gates, one port, one starboard and one from swim platform.
  • Fresh water spigot
  • Recessed drains and scuppers
  • Lifesling and throwable life ring on railing

Hull and Deck:

  • Ray Hunt deep V hull design with is efficient and has outstanding sea keeping abilities
  • Hull had Jade Mist Green Awlcraft 2000 (F4114)
  • Imron Cream (MS600) painted cabin/pilothouse/deck with green accents. Makes the boat shine like new!
  • All weather ventilation system built into forepeak, which drain rain overboard and distributes air aft to living quarters
  • No exterior varnished teak!
  • Fiberglass toe rail with Stainless Steel Railing surrounds entire exterior of vessel. total of 5 boarding gates are provided.
  • Hand-laid integral fiberglass rub rail with Stainless Steel rub rail
  • Fiberglass swim platform with Stainless Steel ladder to cockpit with boarding gate. Portion of ladder folds into water for swimming.
  • Seven Stainless Steel hatches on cabin house top provide outstanding natural light to cabin below
  • Two Stainless Steel hatches on foredeck port and starboard provide access to fender/dock line storage
  • Two sliding hatches on pilothouse top, one sliding hatch(40"X40") is designed for people to stand through and drive vessel. Smaller sliding hatch (20"X24") to starboard provides even more light and space to helm station.
  • Nine opening Stainless Steel portlights on cabin house sides
  • Integral fiberglass drain pan and overboard drain between anchor roller and windlass
  • Rocna 33kg/73lb Anchor on bronze anchor roller with stainless steel guard.
  • Maxwell 2200 anchor windlass and Ideal chain stopper
  • Bow mounted halogen anchoring and docking light
  • Two saltwater anchor washdowns forward
  • Fresh water outlet forward
  • Fourteen 12" Stainless Steel Cleats with Stainless Steel Chafe Strips
  • Six Stainless Steel bow chocks allow for optimal dock line placement
  • Four Stainless Steel handrails on cabin house top
  • Stainless Steel step mounted between pilothouse windows to gain access to pilothouse top. Custom Stainless-Steel handrail on pilothouse top above step to make accessing top easier and safer.
  • Four Stainless Steel handrails on pilothouse top
  • Switlik Offshore Passage Life raft mounted in hard cannister case
  • Category 1 ACR EPRIB
  • Marquipt Lo-Boy davit on pilothouse top for dinghy launching and retrieval
  • Mast- hinged to reduce bridge clearance. Mast holds forward and aft facing deck lights.
  • Weblon covers for exterior to provide sun protection and help keep interior cool. Covers for large main salon windows, pilothouse front and side windows, all hatches on deck and pilothouse, Across stern aft deck and one for either port or starboard aft deck.


  • AB Inflatable 10Al10'6" Aluminum bottom inflatable dinghy with Honda BF20D 20hp four stroke outboard. Dinghy new in 2018. Full cover for dinghy and motor.

Mechanical Disclaimer

Engine and generator hours are as of the date of the original listing and are a representation of what the listing broker is told by the owner and/or actual reading of the engine hour meters. The broker cannot guarantee the true hours. It is the responsibility of the purchaser and/or his agent to verify engine hours, warranties implied or otherwise and major overhauls as well as all other representations noted on the listing brochure.


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.