Bill Dixon - Taswell 56


Bill Dixon design

Built at the renowned Ta Shing Boatyard in Taiwan

Semi-Custom built suited to high latitudes and offshore cruising 

Full pre-purchase survey May 2024. Report available on request

Two owners only, who have taken great pride in ownership (owned 13 years and 11 years)

Fully enclosed cockpit

Electric primary winches

Furling Jib, Genoa and Main sail in good condition

75 l/h watermaker, 8 Kva diesel generator, 480W solar power

Shore power 110V and 220V, 50/60 hertz capable to suite international voltage 

 5 AGM House batteries and one separate Engine/Genset  start battery. All replaced 2022

Battery Charger/invertor Victron 12V/3000watt/120amp

Full set of B&G Zeus 3 electronics with repeaters and B&G Radar

VHF, HF, SSB, Iridium GO

Reliable 100Hp Yanmar diesel in excellent condition

310 RIB Hypalon Dinghy and Tohatsu outboard 

Extensive set of offshore cruising safety equipment, including automatic fire extinguisher in engine room

Huge inventory, turnkey and available with everything on board to just move on and sail away.


Drawn by the legendary Bill Dixon, mastermind of such incredibly respected designs as the Moody, the Hylas, and such magnificent vessels as the 100' Antares III, or the 147' Heureka, the Taswell 56 is instantly recognisable as Dixon design, a serious offshore cruising vessel with the most beautiful lines.

Built for strength, balance and sea kindliness, as well as easily delivering an excellent turn of speed, the Taswell 56 is in every way the perfect ocean voyager, capable of all latitudes sailing and to withstand difficult ocean condition with ease and safety for her passengers. 

Dash is a veritable head turner, always treated with the care and respect such a yacht inspires by her two consecutive owners. Handed to you after religious upkeep and regular upgrades, this beautiful yacht is presented to you ready to begin your journey. Her owners are on board and available to welcome you for your inspection, assist with sea trial and a detailed handover to ensure that you feel safe from the very beginning of your ownership.

Because images are worth a thousand words, we have put together a detailed video tour, which was filmed in June 2024, just days before going to market, to show you this beautiful yacht exactly as she presents today. To ensure that Dash with in perfect health before being passed on to you, the owners commissioned an internationally qualified marine surveyor from Sydney, Australia, to travel to Fiji and fully survey the boat before going to market. The report is available on request. 

Dash has just come off the slip and all her maintenance is up to date. The boat is located at Vuda Marina, just 25 minutes drive north of Nadi International Airport, which has regular flights from LA, SF, Vancouver, Tokyo, Singapore, Hong Kong, as well as several NZ and Australian cities several times a day.

For a bit of info about Nautilus Yacht Management, we are a boutique-style brokerage devoted to high quality cruising yachts and to the cruising community since our launch in Sydney in 2011.

With representation from French Polynesia to Fiji, New Zealand and Australia to assist cruisers along South Pacific route, we are here to help both sellers and buyers with the logistics involved from registration to insurance, delivery, import, survey, storage and crewing if required. Ex- cruisers ourselves we just strive to help others begin their journey on the ocean.

If you think Dash may just be what you have been looking for, get in touch! Our team can organise a private video viewing, discuss the purchase process with you as well as take all the time you need to answer your questions, assist with organising your visit, purchase, delivery home if needed, insurance, berthing, crewing, etc.


A Word From The Owners:

"We had been looking nationwide for ocean-going vessels for close to 18 months when we saw this Taswell 56, then named Felicia.  It was in our own backyard – same marina that we sailed out of in Marina del Rey California.  It was slightly bigger than we had planned for and slightly over our budget but when we both visited - the boat sold itself to us.  It was in such good condition having only one owner who had the boat built to his specifications that we knew this was the one.  We are happy to say we made the right decision in so many ways.  Renamed Dash, she has been our friend, our home, our protector, and provided us with much happiness for the past 11 years.

Dash has been up and down the west coast of North America.  As far north as 52 degrees in British Columbia Canada and down to Mexico.  In 2018 we cut the dock lines and left from Marina del Rey to the Marquesas French Polynesia completing the 3000nm passage in just under 20 days. Since then, we have explored French Polynesia, Cook Islands, Niue, Fiji and New Zealand.

We chose the name Dash for the boat, not due to speed (though we have had multiple “+200nm” days on passage) the name comes from the concept that our lifetime is too often summed up as two dates on a tombstone, separated by a dash and we have been out “Making the most of our Dash”!  After choosing the name, we found the beautiful poem The Dash by Linda Ellis that more eloquently spells out the concept." Kellie and Mike, Fiji, June 2024



  • Beam: 16’ 5”
  • Draft : 8’ 1”
  • Displacement: Gross tonnage 34 GRT, Net Tonnage 31 NRT
  • Boat weighed in CA  60,000 lbs (30 tons)
  • Hull Material: fiberglass
  • Keel: encapsulated lead
  • Designer: Bill Dixon
  • Builder: Ta Shing Boatyard Taiwan
  • Year Built: 1999
  • Year Launched: 1999


  • Aft Stateroom

Spacious aft stateroom with centerline queen size custom inner-spring mattress; two opening side ports over head of berth; two reading lights at top of berth with another reading light above the bench.  Double hanging closet with side cabinet for additional storage and reading bench with storage underneath.  Eight drawer vanity with mirrors. On port side additional four drawers with side storage cabinet.  Additional three opening ports in stateroom (total of five opening ports).  Large overhead hatch with built in screen and black-out slider.  B&G full function display on port side of berth; toggle switch that turns on spreader lights, USB port. Heater/AC controls in room.

  • Forward Stateroom

Lovely v-berth guest quarters with centerline berth.  Double hanging closet; large under berth drawer with additional storage under berth.  Two cabinets each with two-shelves.  Shelving that runs full length along berth.  Ensuite forward head entry.  Hanging mirror attached to wall.  Large overhead hatch with built in screen and blackout slider.  Reading lights. Two opening ports with screens.  AC/Heater controls.

  • Mid-ship Port Stateroom

Bunk room with single bunk on top and double bunk on bottom.  Both bunks have built in lee clothes.  Overhead hatch with built in screen and blackout slider.  One opening port.  Cabinets at each end of upper bunk.  Storage under lower bunk.  Large hanging closet that was converted into a pantry with adjustable shelves.  Hanging device still in so can be returned to a hanging locker.  Reading lights available for both bunks.

  • Salon

Large open salon that allows for great entertaining or quiet reflection.  Settee on starboard side with storage underneath.  There is also storage in cabinets and behind backrests.  Westinghouse 33” TV.  On port side is a large u-shape settee that surrounds a table.  The ‘everyday’ table - a small cocktail size – allows for easy movement in and out of the settee.  A beautiful burlwood table can be easily added to the top of the smaller table to allow for six to eight for dinner.


  • The galley provides significant workspace along the starboard side with Corian countertops.
  • Closest to salon is a three-shelf cabinet below counter with a two-shelf cabinet above counter.  
  • Force 10 three burner propane stove/oven with an overhead hood exhaust fan.  
  • New Propane Solenoid sensor and control replaced in 2022.
  • Refrigeration is Glacier with two refrigerators that are both top and front opening and one deep freezer top loading.  
  • Refrigeration compressor and motor replaced in late 2017.  
  • Goldstar Microwave oven.
  • Four two-shelf cabinets above refrigeration units.  One cabinet opposite freezer.  
  • Double sink with foot pump activated fresh and salt water.  Spice racks. Hanging wet locker.  Two double access doors to engine room.
  • Galley inventory includes variety of serving, cookware, cutlery, kitchen appliances that are available.


2 heads both with separate shower stalls with bench. Spacious amount of storage space in each.

  • Aft Head

Entry through aft stateroom on port side. Separate shower stall with bench.  Jabsco electric 12v fresh or saltwater flush. All toilet hoses replaced in 2018.  Sink drain hose, new check valve and thru hull. New Zealand 2022 Storage cabinets above and below sink.  Opening side port with screen.

  • Forward Head

Two entries – one door from hallway and second door from v-berth. Separate shower stall with bench.  Jabsco electric 12v fresh or saltwater flush. All toilet hoses replaced in 2018.  Sink drain hose, new check valve and thru hull replaced in New Zealand 2022.  Storage cabinets above and below sink.  Opening side port with screen.  Overhead hatch with screen.  Large enclosed three shelf cabinet in shower.


  • Air conditioning:  Three AC/Heat units (forward cabin, salon, aft cabin; ducting from salon allows bunk room AC). (Please note, the salon AC operates normally but forward and aft cabin AC needs repair). 
  • Watermaker:  Spectra 12 – 20 gph (75 l / h); Clark pump rebuilt 2022; Membrane replaced 2022
  • TV Westinghouse
  • Fusion MSA-R70N AM/FM Blue-tooth capable sound system with controls at nav station and helm chart plotter.  Speakers in salon and on deck.


  • Batteries: 5 AGM Juice; House 12v 4 x 250ah; Engine/Genset 12v 1 x 250ah All replaced 2022
  • Battery Charger/invertor: Victron 12V/3000watt/120amp
  • Generator: Northern Lights 8kw 110v; 1222 engine hours; Fully Serviced May 2024
  • Shore power: 110/220 and 50/60 hertz capable; Victron Isolation Transformers - 2
  • Solar: Soliban (Italian) 4 x 120w (480 watt total)


Electronics:   B&G Zeus 3 installed 2018

  • 12” Chart plotter at Nav station; 9” at helm on deck
  • 3 B&G Full Function Displays; 2 on deck; 1 in aft stateroom
  •  B&G Radar


  • Icom M504 VHF 2018 at Nav station; remote mic at helm
  •  Icom M710 SSB
  • Iridium Go at Nav station 2019


  • Dinghy: West Marine brand 310 RIB Hypalon. (10’) purchased 2018
  • Outboard: 6 hp Tohatsu four stroke outboard (regular gasoline) purchased 2018


  • Bilge Pumps:   Two 2000 GPH 12v with float switches electric; One Whale Gusher manual pump with handle in cockpit
  • Life Raft: Lifeguard 8 man liferaft with hydrostatic release; carried on deck in a SS bracket installed in 2017
  • EPRIB: ACR Global Fix V4 with hydrostatic release mounted in companionway
  • Life Jackets: Eight Type 2 (orange) life jackets
  • Flares: Six 
  • Fire protection: Engine room auto system plus large manual extinguishers; additional smaller extinguishers in all staterooms purchased in 2022


  • Fully enclosed cockpit; dodger and bimini replaced in 2018 with Stamoid fabric; clear windows in dodger 60 mil Makrolon Polycarbonate; sunshades added in 2023
  • Canvas pieces that cover the forward and aft overhead hatches and boom cover canvas
  • Canvas covers for overhead hatches and winches


  • Forespar made; aluminum; keel step
  • Clearance above water 77’ (air draft)
  • Two inline spreaders with deck lights
  • In-Mast 12v powered Mainsail furling 
  • Pulled and inspected in late 2017
  • Standing (SS wire) and running rigging replaced in late 2017; receipt available that indicates specs
  • Added folding mast steps up to first spreader late 2017
  • Telescoping spinnaker/whisker pole


  • Ground Tackle.  100m Maggi 3/8" Imperial short link chain. G43. WLL 2450kg, BL 72kN, P=31mm (new 2021)
  • Anchor: Excel No.7 SHHP Anchor - galvanized - 36kg (new 2021)
  • Windlass:  Maxwell 3500 Vertical Electric; new 1.5 hp motor installed 2022
  • Chain stopper between windlass and bow roller installed 2022
  • Foot controls at bow; secondary control at helm
  • Winches: Cockpit: 2 Lewmar #66st electric, 1 Lewmar #44st electric; 2 Lewmar #44st; all self-tailing
  • Other: Modified stern pulpit to extend solid rail from transom to mid-ship


  • Engine details: Yanmar 4LH-TE diesel inboard w/ Kanzaki transmission 2.5:1 reduction. 1999 3543 engine hours
  • Fuel Capacity/Consumption:  2.5 GPH cruise 5 kts … 5+ GPH at 7+kts
  • Max Speed: 8+ kts
  • Cruise Speed: 5.5 kts
  • Genset: Northern Lights 8 kw, diesel. 110 volt output model M 753.  1222 hrs
  • Full serviced May 2024 both Yanmar and Genset


Water: 3 tanks; total capacity 288 gals (1090 l); stainless steel

  • Fuel: 3 tanks; total capacity 190 gals (719 l); mild steel
  • Grey: 2 sump-pumps
  • Black: 2 x 25 gal (2 X 94 l) fibreglass tanks, each w deck and through hull discharge


  • Main Sail In-mast furling  2018 
  • Furling Jib  2018
  • Staysail 2018
  • Gennaker purchased used in 2018 lightly used


  • New Bottom Paint 2023 – only in water four months
  • Prop Speed 2024
  • New 1.5 hp windlass motor 2022
  • New Excel anchor and 100m Maggi chain 2021


AC units original equipment and rarely used


Disclaimer: 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.