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Say Hello To: Scintilla

1986 Ta Chiao CT 49

Listing Price:

LOA: 48.92 ft

Beam: 13.17 ft

Max Draft: 6 ft

Cruise: 6.5 kn

Sail Area: 1,023 ft2


Scintilla is an ocean cruising liveaboard.  And every owner since new has used her for that purpose.  As such, she has been equipped, maintained and updated for that purpose constantly. The current owners have sailed her 35k nautical miles in the last ten years in comfort, safety and with good speed. She is equipped and ready for her new owners to continue that mission.

 Scintilla is the desirable aft cockpit cutter version of the CT49. And as a late run boat (hull 66), her build benefited from the knowledge and experience of previous boats and the original owners’ skilled input. She has the functional aft cockpit and a unique small center cockpit that gives access to the middle of the boat and temporary deck storage at sea. 

Fuel: 148 gallons in 2 black iron tanks.

Water: 165 gallons in two S/S tanks.

Holding: 25-gallon poly tank.

Recent Updates:

  • 2024 – New injectors on the Perkins 4-154 engine
  • 2024 – Westerbeke 7.5kw generator rebuild
  • 2023 – Maxwell 3K electric windlass rebuilt
  • 2022 – Antifouling paint applied and Prop Speed on propellor.
  • 20222 – 12V Interstate lead acid start batteries 
  • 2022 – 8-6V Trojan T-106 House batteries 
  • 2021 – 6 New cockpit cushions
  • 2021 – 125% Performance Genoa
  • 2012 – ENO 3 burner propane stove/oven
  • 2010 – Chainplates, running rigging, and standing rigging replaced

Boat Type: Sloop
Condition: Above Average


Number of heads: 2

Staterooms: 3

Berths: 3 double, 2 single

Headroom: 6’5”

Forward is a large cabin with a king-sized V berth with a custom latex mattress. There are two hanging lockers, two banks of drawers and a locker under the forward berth for general storage. There are two levels of shelving on either side of the berth. Also under the forward berth is a large water tank.

Just aft of the forward cabin on the port side is a head with a wet shower.  There are lockers on the outboard side, under the counter and sink and behind the stool.  Across from the head is a bank of drawers, counter and locker with a roll top door.

The main cabin has a large U-shaped dinette to port that converts into a queen sized double via a trundle.  There are shelves and cabinets above and outboard of the dinette. There is a centerline table with a leaf on both sides. When both leaves are open the table spans the entire boat and can seat upwards of eight people.  The center section of the table has a locker and a dedicated silverware drawer.

The starboard side has a single settee that is wide and very comfortable for sitting and sleeping. There are shelves and cabinets above and outboard with one cabinet being converted to office with a dedicated printer/scanner/copier installed and office supply storage underneath. 

There is a fuel tank under both starboard and port berths and both berths have lee clothes and are very comfortable at sea.

Aft of the settee is the galley.  It is a U-shaped galley with both refrigeration and freezer boxes run on independent compressors.  There is a dry storage locker in the counter next to a double sink and outboard of a late model ENO 3 burner stove and oven are storage lockers.  Also, above refrigeration and freezer are storage cabinets and a double locker for dinnerware and glasses.

On the starboard side of the main salon is the nav station. The nav station is big enough for someone 6’5’’ and over 300lbs. It is very roomy and comfortable.  There is a shelf and bookcase outboard of the nav station.  Behind the nav station is a hanging locker. This locker currently houses an Icom HF radio, 230VAC battery charger, 120/230V switch and a hand tool caddy that has seven removable containers.

The passageway to the aft cabin has a large hanging locker to starboard and to port, two access panels to the engine and generator.  There is a shelf above the hanging locker.

In the aft cabin there is a double berth to starboard with an outboard seat with storage below and a cabinet above.  The berth has an outboard shelf that runs its length.  On the port side is a single berth that has been converted to storage.  It has a shelf running the outboard length.  There are small cabinets at the aft end of both berths.  At the forward end of the aft cabin is transmission and generator access and a dedicated cabinet for a clothes washer/dryer.

On the port side of the aft cabin is an enclosed head with a dedicated shower stall.  There is engine access also through a panel in the shower.




Wind Speed and Direction





Electronic Details:

  • Icom fixed VHF, Standard Horizon fixed VHF
  • Icom 802 SSB with tuner and pactor modem
  • Furuno Radar
  • Robertson Autopilot
  • Nexus/Garmin sailing instruments, WS/WP, 3 multi’s, 1 steer pilot
  • AMEC AIS transponder
  • Ubiquiti Bullet Wi-Fi with 9db antenna
  • Stereo w/2 cockpit and 2 salon speakers.
  • Custom 12V fix mount windows computer with 12V 23” monitor.
  • Computer is wired to sailing instruments, GPS (3), autopilot, SSB and modem, Ubiquiti Wi-Fi and Cellular modem/router.  Primary for navigation (OpenCPN), and communication.
  • AC is independent 120V and 230V systems, with separate power cords, wiring and battery chargers.
  • 30 amp 230V battery charger.
  • DC is 12V
  • 2 12V Interstate lead acid start batteries 2022
  • 8-6V Trojan T-106 House batteries 2022
  • Xantrex Freedom 25 inverter/charger
  • Xantrex Link 1000 systems monitor
  • Balmar smart regulator
  • Balmar Duo smart charger for starting batteries
  • 4 shore power cords 120v
  • 1 shore power cord 230v



Shore Power Inlet




Cockpit Speakers


Engine Make Perkins
Engine Model 4-154
Engine Hours Unknown
Engine Year 1986
Total Power 67hp
Engine Type Inboard
Drive Type Direct Drive
Fuel Type Diesel
Propeller Type Max-Prop 3 Blade
Propeller Material Bronze

Inside Equipment

Washing Machine



Marine Head

Deep Freezer

Battery Charger

Electric Bilge Pump

Manual Bilge Pump

Hot Water


Air Conditioning

Outside Equipment

Mainsail Cover


Battened Mainsail


Storm Jib

Asymmetrical Spinnaker


Steering Wheel

Spinnaker Pole

 Equipment Details:

  • ENO 3 burner propane stove and oven 2012
  • Electric propane solenoid shut-off valve
  • Isotherm refrigeration with cold plate
  • Isotherm freezer with evaporator plate
  • 6-gallon AC and engine hot water heater
  • 1800 BTU Mermaid water cooled marine air conditioning
  • Planar 44 forced air diesel furnace
  • Splendide 2000, washer/dryer
  • Ships safe with electronic release
  • (2) Panasonic solar panels, 420 watts and outback controller
  • Eclectic Energy D-400 wind generator and custom controller
  • Monitor Servo-pendulum self-steering vane
  • Maxwell 3000 lb. electric windlass with chain gypsy and emergency crank. Customized with an oversized motor and re-engineered to be reversing. Rebuilt with new motor 2023.
  • 66 lb. Bruce anchor with 200’ 3/8” HT chain on bow roller
  • 33 lb. Bruce stern anchor with 30’ chain and 150’ rode, on stern roller.
  • Full cockpit, hatch and port screens
  • 8 fenders; dock lines.
  • Masthead tri-light.
  • Radar mast with halogen deck light
  • Boarding ladder.                  
  • Life Sling rescue system
  • (2) ARC EPRIBs
  • 6-man Winslow life raft – not certified.
  • 8-man Lifeguard life raft and canister – not certified
  • Blue Dodger/Bimini top of S/S frame.
  • 2 propane tanks.
  • Canvas cockpit weather cloths.
  • Cockpit cushions.
  • Full sun shade screens for cockpit enclosure.
  • Pedestal mounted folding mahogany cockpit table.
  • 2 Manual Henderson MK5 bilge pumps.
  • Rule electric bilge pump.
  • USCG safety package.
  • Smoke/fire detector.
  • 6 fire extinguishers.
  • Emergency tiller.
  • Magma grill with cover.
  • 6 Cockpit Cushions, new 2021

Wind Generator

Solar Panel


Cockpit Table

Bimini Top

Spray Hood

Mainsail Cover

Lazy Jacks

Sails & Rigging:

  • Fully battened Mainsail, Pryde, 2010
  • Fully battened Mainsail, Lee
  • 125% Genoa, Performance 2021
  • 90% Yankee, Lee
  • Staysail, Pryde 201
  • Staysail, Lee
  • Asymmetric Spinnaker Storm Trysail, Tasker 2010
  • All standing rigging was replaced in 2010 and inspected every two years.
  • All chainplates replaced 2010
  • All running rigging replaced 2010 and then as needed
  • Inner forestay on Fairchild Lever
  • Seldon furler
  • Tides Marine strong track
  • Hall boom vang
  • 2 headsail halyards, 2 spinnaker Halyards
  • Harken lazy jacks
  • Spectra runners.
  • 2 Barlow 27 self-tailing staysail winches
  • 2 Barlow 32 self-tailing genoa winches
  • 2 Barlow 24 self-tailing running backstay winches.
  • 1 Barlow 24 self-tailing winches with clutches, mainsheet and control lines. 
  • 2 Barlow 27 self-tailing halyard winches, 1 Barlow self-tailing reefing winch.
  • Main cover, hatch covers and winch covers
  • Full boat winter cover
  • Full boat summer cover

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