80′ Southern Ocean Shipyard

80' Ocean Shipyard Taboo

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Single Diesel

Hull Material


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80′ Southern Ocean Shipyard ‘Taboo’ 

Taboo was custom finished by Aqua Star in the UK. She has only had one owner since new, and has seen 22 knots!

Taboo is the latest Aquastar 81′ version, modified and upgraded with the latest technology. She was built by the Aquastar shipyard in Guernsey. Taboo was specifically designed to be used for Caribbean charters. The five double guest cabins each have a head/shower compartment. The Saloon is huge; it occupies the full width of the hull at its maximum beam and offers a good-sized dining table. There is a vast area of deck space for sunbathing and a very large guest cockpit with a separate steering cockpit.

She is based on a hull whose design has been-proven in Whitbread race circumnavigation, and with her easy schooner rig, this is a serious ocean-going yacht, demanding low maintenance by comparison to most others of her size. The rig size and rudder depth have been increased by the designer for added performance and the aft section of the stern has also been made fuller and longer.

Taboo is a rare combination of sailing performance, low maintenance, and high income. The Owner has had 15 years of charter on Taboo and feels he and his family need a change.

Starting forward there are two identical guest staterooms. They have minimum headroom of 81″, increasing to 85″. The cabin sole is varnished teak and holly plywood, and the joinery consists of a generous amount of teak. There is a 10″ flat screen, built-in iPod playback in the teak frame about 2″ thick (from wall), Playstation, (2) in each forward cabin.

To the inboard side of the cabin is an inset dressing table above a chest of drawers. The dressing table has a Jerdon First Class hairdryer. On the outboard side of the cabin is a single berth that folds up in half. Above the single berth is a set of three lockers and an opening hatch.

The length berth is 83″ x 35″ at its maximum width. The main double berth is 78″ x 50″ wide at the head and 35″ at the bottom. Under the double berth are four drawers and a separate cupboard. At the head of the double berth is a switch panel for cabin lighting and air fan operation, and volume control for the central sound system.

At the forward end of the cabin is a comfortable head/shower compartment, which is made from an easily maintained pre-fabricated GRP module, which has a Mira 88 shower control. Over the vanity shelf is a larger mirror. The outboard is a double cupboard unit. On a raised sole on the outboard side of the cabin is an electrically operated Lavac head. The compartment has an opening hatch.

Going aft a short hallway leads into the full-width galley. The joinery in the galley is Alwgripped high gloss with teak edging and the sole with teak and holly, which is also in the passageway.

The starboard side of the galley has a spacious worktop. This includes heavy teak faced door to the top-loading deep freeze, with a storage area outboard. Aft is a Gaggenau double hot plate inboard and a griddle outboard, fitted with a removable lid. Next inboard along the aft bulkhead is a Gaggenau cooker with a high-level grill and a large lower oven. Under this are a set of large drawers and a cupboard. The forward bulkhead counter has a double sink and an intercom telephone. Beneath the counter is a chest of drawers and a cupboard below the sink. A solid stainless steel handgrip is mounted to the outboard. The minimum headroom in the galley is approximately 79″/2.00m, rising to approximately 82″/2.08m.

To the port side of the galley area outboard is a table with a settee for crew dining. The counter to the forward side has a large double sink with cupboards beneath with cupboards over. Outboard of the crew dinette is a 13″ Sharp flat panel TV & monitor for the main 42″ Plasma TV and the 24V DC panel. On the aft bulkhead is a converter, and inboard a large top-loading refrigerator with double teak faced trap door. There is ample storage for cups and coffee pots. Plenty of natural ventilation is provided by the opening hatches.

Aft of the galley and three steps up is the raised saloon. This area has a high overhead and large windows that create a bright open feeling. The headroom in this area is approximately 86″/2.18m at the center. There are two opening overhead hatches. There is seating to port and starboard.

Against the port forward bulkhead is an entertainment center with Panasonic surround sound, DVD player, and 42″ Panasonic Plasma TV. On the centerline is an island fitted with stainless steel handrails. It contains two large refrigerators for cold drinks and a high-level cupboard in which the music center is located. The banquet seating accommodates eight diners and two more can be seated on freestanding chairs. The dining table is 78″/1.98m long, 53″/1.34m wide at the fore-end, and 34″/0.86m wide aft. There is storage for a large number of dry goods under all the seating. There are two large opening hatches and a fan of natural ventilation.

A stair leads up to the center lounging cockpit. This cockpit has a large folding table that is used for alfresco dining.

Aft is the separate steering cockpit with access to the aft accommodation via a cantilevered stainless steel ladder into a wide hallway. All aft compartments have varnished teak and holly soles.

The guest cabins are off the forward end of the hallway and are identical. The port cabin has 77″/1.95m headroom. Joinery is mostly teak paneling. The double berth measures 78″/1.98m long, 56″/1.42m wide at the head and 43″/1.09m wide at the foot. The lockers are above and outboard of the berth and beneath are four drawers and a cupboard. Forward is a bedside table with two drawers. Looking forward is a comfortable 35″/0.96m settee that is inboard of a large hanging locker and two cupboards. At the base of the berth is a Sharp 13″ flat-panel TV with, iPod stereo system in each cabin. There are four opening ports, two into the cockpit and two in the outboard coaming.

The aft bulkhead opens into the head/shower compartment which is made of a white GRP module with teak sole grating. The electric Lavac is on the outboard side. On the inboard side is a GRP molded unit incorporating the sink and a Mira shower unit.

Aft in the hallway is a full-length mirror fitted to the main entrance door of the engine room. Aft to starboard is the navigation center. Headroom is 73″/1.85m. There is attractive teak finished joinery. There is a berth on the outboard side of the compartment, it is 78″/1.98m long, 28″/0.71m wide at the head, and 9″/0.22m at the foot. Separating the berth and the chart table is a seat. The chart table is 56″/1.42m long and 26″/0.73m deep. There is a hatch overhead and two ports – one in the aft cockpit and one in the outboard coaming.

On the port aft side is the utility cabin. Outboard is a tall linen cupboard and aft is a washing machine. Under the inboard counter are drawers and a cupboard. The windows and hatch are identical to the navigation center.

The crew accommodation is off the foredeck. The captain’s cabin is entered from the deck just forward of the foremast. The double berth is 81″/2.05m long, 59″/1.49m wide at the head and 40″/1.01m wide at the foot. Joinery in this cabin is a combination of teak and ash-faced veneer. The dressing table has six drawers and a small cupboard and behind it are a short hanging locker and two cupboards. Beneath the double berth are three drawers and two open storage bays. Above and outboard of the berth are three lockers. On the-forward bulkhead are a clock, fan and a Sharp 10″ flat panel TV with iPod stereo system. Next to the door to the shared head compartment are the towel rail and hair dyer. This cabin can be used as a fifth guest cabin.

The head / shower compartment can be reached from the Captain’s/guest cabin and from the forward crew cabin. It is made of molded GRP and there is a sink, head and shower with mirror and extractor fan and double door cupboard.

The twin crew cabin is reached via a deck hatch. The berths are outboard against the sides and are 74″/1.87m long, 30″/0.76m wide at the head and 180″/0.45m at the foot. A small table is located between them. There is also a Sharp 10″ flat screen TV.

  • 50 GPH watermaker
  • Deep-freeze in utility cabin
  • 2 x large refrigerators for soft drinks in salon
  • Top loading deep freeze and top loading refrigerator in galley
  • Gaggenau double hot plate & griddle, with lid to serve as extra work surface
  • Dual fan extractor hood fitted with automatic opening flaps
  • Gaggenau cooker w/grill & large lower oven, the lower section of is a fan oven, the upper a conventional oven/grill
  • Three Spacemaker Optima coffee makers
  • 2 x double stainless steel sinks
  • Sparmeister 800 Eumenia washer/dryer
  • Three water heaters in series
  • Pressure water system -110V pumps 65lbs pressure.
  • Dining table
  • Fifteen new Raymarine instruments 2007
  • Furuno 48-mile radar with 4-tone daylight display
  • Simrad electric autopilot
  • Garmin color GPS with 10” screen a dial & needle indicate angle steerage to port or starboard of the selected course
  • Garmin chart plotter w/computer, receives chart cassettes & provided with a hand-held control set at chart table
  • Infosat satellite telephone with 800 # to boat worldwide
  • Garmin GPS
  • Kenwood 150w SSB
  • Raytheon RAY 201 VHF
  • Ritchie magnetic steering compass
  • Chelsea ship-strike quartz brass finished clock
  • Ingramham quartz clock
  • Saloon entertainment system:
  • 42″ Panasonic plasma TV
  • Full surround sound by Panasonic
  • Pioneer CD
  • 15’ Nautica RIB dinghy with a 60 HP Yamaha OB – new
  • 12’ Caribe RIB dinghy with two 15 HP outboard motors
  • Six SCUBA tanks and two electric dive compressors
  • White spray hoods to both companionways with stainless steel frames
  • Cockpit awning – 1700 sq ft
  • Ground Tackle:
  • 140# Danforth anchor
  • 140# CQR with chain – new
  • Lewmar 3000 vertical windlass with drum & chain gypsy
  • Two Lewmar “Puffer” switches
  • 5′ cockpit table with 2 folding leaves, ash panels with teak framing & stainless steel mounting struts
  • Fresh water wash down system – 3 points on deck
  • 12 x lifejackets / life rings
  • Lights include: docking lights, navigation lights, dual searchlights & spreader lights
  • Fenders & warps
  • Swimming ladder
  • Dive Platform
  • Hardware:
  • Lewmar X-section mainsheet tack with traveler
  • 2 x Lewmar 100″ x35mm genoa tracks with Lewmar roller cars & single blocks
  • Tackle kicker with Lewmar single block & beckett
  • Triangular stemhead fitting with chain roller/chain chute to starboard
  • Stainless steel plate to protect the edge of the foredeck well from chain damage
  • Stainless steel pulpit
  • Stainless steel protection bars at mast
  • Stainless steel spray hood frame
  • 2 x bow fairleads
  • Stainless steel stern guard with central shaped opening gate
  • Footrail moldings incorporate 2 x 12mm wide grooves, filled w/PVC compound to give an anti-skid facility
  • Boarding step with stainless steel handles fixed on opening gate
  • 2 x stainless steel handrails on pilothouse
  • Stainless steel1 1/4″ diameter pole stanchions
  • Stainless steel lifelines with port & starboard opening gates
  • Stainless steel shroud plates
  • Lewmar hatches: 5 x 27″x27″; 6 x 23″x23″; 6 x 22″x17″
  • 10 x Lewmar opening ports
  • 8 x dark glazed pilothouse windows with stainless steel frames
  • Winches:
  • Lewmar chromed winches:
  • 2 x 77ST electric primaries on coamings
  • 2 x 66ST manual secondaries on coamings
  • 2 x 58ST on foremast
  • 3 x 44ST manual on foremast
  • 1 x 58ST electric (halyards) on deck aft of foremast
  • 1 x 58ST electric (foresail sheet) on coach roof by main mast
  • 1 x 58ST on main mast
  • 2 x 44ST on main mast
  • Spars:
  • Proctor silver anodized aluminum spars:
  • 2 x keel stepped, double spreader masts fitted with simple slider tracks
  • 2 x booms
  • Spinnaker pole
  • 1 x 19 stainless steel wire standing rigging
  • Single backstay for foremast attached to large stainless steel strut down rear of pilothouse
  • Tackle operated foremast boom vang
  • Sails:
  • By Doyle in Dacron:
  • Mainsail – replaced in January 2004
  • #1 genoa
  • #2 genoa- new 10/02
  • Fore staysail
  • Foresail – new 10/02
  • Three air conditioners totaling 50,000 BTUs
  • Engine:
  • 1994 Ford Lehman 180hp diesel
  • Lube oil transfer system
  • Emergency engine stop
  • Engine fuel shut off valve
  • Raw water sea strainer
  • Range Approximately1500 miles under power
  • Cruising speed Approximately 8.5 knots (subject to load & conditions)
  • Maximum speed Approximately 12 knots- 18 knots under sail
  • Generators:
  • 2 x Onan 20kw generators
  • Batteries:
  • 8 x batteries with parallel switch – DC breaker for fire safety
  • Trace automatic battery charger
  • Automatic Halon fire extinguishing system
  • 5 x automatic & manual bilge pumps
  • Bilge blower
  • 12/24/110/220 volt electrical systems
  • DC system is separated into 3 independent systems, each fitted with Trace RC 2000 inverters
  • Yacht can be run on AC power w/o generator running, allowing for “quiet ship” operation & full AC convenience
  • Tanks:
  • Fuel: 1,300 gallons
  • Water: 1,000 gallons with watermaker 30 gpd
  • Marlin blue GRP hull with gold cove line and double white boot top.
  • White GRP deck and superstructure
  • Two self-draining cockpits with teak gratings
  • Foredeck well with central drain
  • Fin keel
  • Spade rudder
  • Chain/wire steering
  • Large diameter stainless steel wheel
  • General interior joinery is solid teak and part teak faced plywood
  • The cabin soles are traditional teak and holly.
  • Ash wood-paneled bulkheads
  • Off-white GRP molded deck head paneling set off with dividing stripes between the panels
Yacht name





LOA: 80 ft 0 in
Beam: 21 ft 0 in
Maximum Draft: 10 ft 6 in


Engine 1:
Engine Brand: Ford Lehman
Engine/Fuel Type: Diesel

Cruising Speed: 9 mph
Maximum Speed: 13 mph


Fresh Water Tanks: (1000 Gallons)
Fuel Tanks: (1300 Gallons)


Number of single berths: 7
Number of cabins: 3
Number of heads: 1

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