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1994 Dettling 48 Cruiser

Annapolis, Maryland



Boat is ready to head south! No better cruising package exists at this price point. Impressive quality and interior carpentry.

  • 2 staterooms, 2 heads both with stall showers
  • Twin Cummins dependable and cheap to maintain 1300~ hours SMOH, quiet and clean running
  • Aft deck teak table and 4 chairs
  • washer and dryer
  • Full beam master suite
  • No exterior wood
  • Ray Hunt deep V hull
  • 20 knots, 2000 RPM, 38 gph or 10 knots @ 10 gph
  • Bow thruster, updated autopilot and MFD Raymarine touch screen, AIS, dinghy, davits and electric outboard 

This is hull number one, showboat, of the 48-51' Dettling series. Owners love them for their easy handling, great sea boats, 20 knot cruise and comfortable accommodations. Ray Hunt hull design.  

Basic Boat Info

Boat Name: Serena
Make: Dettling
Model: 48 Cruiser
Year: 1994
Condition: Used
Category: Power
Construction: Fiberglass
Boat Hull ID: CCD480001C394
Has Hull ID: Yes


Length: 48 ft
Length Overall: 48 ft
Beam: 14'6 ft
Min Draft: 4'6 ft
Bridge Clearance: 17 ft

Engines / Speed

Engines: 2
Engine #1 Specs:
  • Make: Cummins
  • Model: 6 CTA
  • Drive Type: V
  • Fuel: Diesel
  • Engine Power: 450hp
  • Type: Inboard
  • Engine Hours: 1323
  • Engine Location: Port
Engine #2 Specs:
  • Make: Cummins
  • Model: 6 CTA
  • Drive Type: V
  • Fuel: Diesel
  • Engine Power: 450hp
  • Type: Inboard
  • Engine Hours: 1258
  • Engine Location: Starboard
Total Engine Power: 900hp
Cruising Speed: 20 kn
Maximum Speed: 25 kn


Fuel Tanks: 2
Fuel Tank Capacity: 475 gal
Water Tanks: 1
Water Tank Capacity: 350 gal
Holding Tank Count: 1
Holding Tank Capacity: 125 gal


Heads Count: 2
Drive Type: V
Boat Class: Cruisers, Downeast, Aft Cabin


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Dettling 48 Design and Construction

Motivated by a love for everything boats Ed Dettling set out to build the finest cruising yacht available. His original intention was to build one boat and cruise it in retirement. People took notice of his design and attention to detail and asked him to build a boat for them. Thus began Dettling Yachts. Dettling yachts are built without compromise, even on the smallest of details. The Raymond C. Hunt and associates designed hull is molded and the top deck installed before any interior work is performed. All components, ship systems, and joinery work is carried through the door leading into the vessel. Because of this, painstaking attention to detail is an absolute necessity. Much of the joinery work is done with hand tools resulting in tighter fits and finer finishes. All systems such as, lighting, electrical, engine components, refrigeration, and plumbing are designed and installed with maximum commitment to comfort and common sense.

Dettling 48 Vessel Walkthrough

The vessel is boarded just aft of midship through an access station in the railing. The first area seen after boarding and going aft is the aftdeck. The aftdeck boasts the only wood work on the exterior and is rich and inviting. The perimeter of the teak deck is open for drainage ensuring that any water taken over the rail is quickly drained away. The aftdeck will accommodate up to 6 guests comfortably and is intimate enough for an afternoon siesta. Teak table with 4 chairs with room to spare. Fiberglass dunnage box in this area as well. There is built in storage in the cabin bulkhead and the deck hatches lead to the engine room. Engine room has a primary access from the aft bulkhead inside the boat.

Forward of the aft deck are the side decks leading to the foredeck. The railings are substantial and are tall enough to provide a sense of security when going forward at sea. There is a Maxwell 2200 anchor windlass and capstan. The windlass, wash down port, and hooded vent are all stainless steel.

The dingy and davits are located off the transom keeping weight off the hardtop. 

The pilot house door is on the port side of the aft cabin bulkhead and opens to the bridge area. The bridge area is two steps up onto a platform with a long couch like seating area that will accommodate four comfortably. The helm is located on the starboard side and is comfortable to operate. Gauges, electronics, helm, and throttles are logically placed and easy to reach. Visibility from the helm is one of the main design features of the Dettling 48. The approximate eye level when seated at the helm is roughly 10 feet above the water line, The side windows open, and the top hatches slide open. Ventilation to the helm is provided by a unique pass though from the fore deck. Water is channeled away from the ventilation ports via an interior fiberglass trough built into the top deck. This system is very effective and allows for fresh air to come into the cabin at cruising speed in all but the most severe conditions, without getting water in the boat. The tracks along the opening bridge deck windows are a custom designed and do an excellent job funneling water away from the windows.

There are steps leading down into the salon on the port side just forward of the bridge deck. The companion way is reminiscent of sailing vessels and provides a distinct separation between the topside and down below. The main salon is open and very comfortable. The tall windows provide tremendous natural light, and the curtains transform the area into an intimate living room setting. The floors are carpeted, there is an 'L' shaped settee on the starboard side with an adjustable pedestal table in front.  There is a bar at the forward end of the salon that makes up to the galley. The ceiling is carpeted with varnished battens placed at interval.

There are two steps leading down into the aft guest cabin. The double size berth is on the port side and recesses into a cubby going forward. Above the bed are individual lights for reading. The guest head is on the starboard side of the cabin. The vanity is against the aft bulkhead and the head, shower, and washer and dryer are just forward of the vanity on the starboard side.

Engine room access is through a hatchway centered in the aft bulkhead. The engine room is well laid out with a fuel manifold on the port side center forward and four Racor fuel filters just aft of the manifold. The generator is on a pedestal, centerline aft and is enclosed in a sound dampening enclosure.

The u-shaped galley is located forward of the main salon with the sink, counter, and stove running transversely along the master stateroom bulkhead and bar. The high efficiency holding plate refrigerator is mounted fore to aft on the starboard side. There is a microwave oven flush-mounted above the refrigerator. There are two temperature gauges that passively monitor the refrigerator temperature flush mounted above the refrigerator.

The master stateroom is just forward of the galley and has a transverse mounted queen size, tapered berth with built in nightstands on either side and storage via built in drawers below the bed, under the nightstands, and along the starboard side bulkhead.

The master head is located forward of the master stateroom. There is a large sink and counter on the starboard side, the head is center forward, and the shower is to port.

There is a small access hatch centered in the forward master head bulkhead. This hatch leads to the chain locker and the 50 amp cord holding basket mounted under the 50 amp cord deck port.

Dettling 48 Galley

The galley of the Dettling 48 is well designed in both form and function. It is two steps down from the salon and runs transversely along the master stateroom bulkhead.


  • Galley Maid Empress 3 burner stove
  • GE Turntable Microwave
  • Double sink
  • Under counter lighting
  • Ample cabinetry and counter top
  • Seafrost Cold plate refrigerator air or water cooled
  • Seafrost cold plate freezer air or water cooled
  • Exterior refrigerator and freezer temperature gauges
  • ice maker
  • Port lights and curtains
  • gas grill, portable, included
  • Dettling 48 Master Stateroom
  • Transverse mounted tapered queen berth
  • Storage under the berth
  • Built in storage beside the berth
  • Reading lights
  • Built in cabinetry along the starboard side
  • Port lights and curtains
  • Carpet
  • Dettling 48 Laundry:
  • Kenmore side by side washer and dryer (not operated in recent years) located in the guest head
  • Dettling 48 Audio/Visual Equipment
  • KHV Tracvision satellite tv
  • Updated smart flat screen television
  • Fusion updated stereo
  • Dettling 48 Electronics:
    • Bow thruster
    • 2017 Raymarine touch screen MFD Nav System & Second Depth Sounder
    • Raymarine DSM300 Sounder Module
    • Raymarine 130 GPS Receiver
    • Raymarine RL 80 C Pathfinder Chart Plotter / Radar Display
    • Raymarine four foot open array radar
    • Autopilot 
    • AIS 
    • VHF 


  •   Dettling 48 Electrical System
  • Onan 8 kw Generator with approximately 1970 hours with sound dampening enclosure
  • 12V DC / 110V AC / 220V AC Systems
  • 50 amp shore cord
  • Switching for 30 amp power or 50 amp power
  • Dual 30 amp outlets
  • Xantrex 3000 inverter- updated
  • 4 8d AGM batteries, 2 for the house and 1 for each engine, batteries are between 3 and 4 years old

Dettling 48 Engine/Mechanical Equipment

Twin Cummins 6 CTA 450 horsepower main engines

  • Port engine replaced with factory remanufactured 1323 hours
  • Starboard engine rebuilt in 2007 1258 hours SMOH
  • Vetus bow thruster, new 2017
  • 2 Marine air conditioning units with heat
  • Dual Racor fuel filters
  • Fuel manifold
  • V Drive transmissions
  • Engine room access from the aft stateroom and from hatches in the aftdeck.
  • Mathers Micro Commander electronic engine controls
  • Fireboy engine room fire suppression system
  • Dettling 48 Deck Equipment
  • Bruce plow anchor
  • Maxwell 2200 anchor windlass with foot controls
  • Bow pulpit
  • Anchor wash down 
  • Stainless steel hooded anchor locker vent
  • Stainless steel rails
  • Teak aft deck with stern sunshade
  • Swim platform
  • Stainless steel swim platform access ladder
  • Window covers
  • Magma propane grill mounted to stern rail
  • Teak deck chairs
  • Fiberglass deck box on forward aft deck
  •  6 person life raft (Past due inspection)


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