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1983 Brewer 12.8 Cutter

location icon Marco Island, Florida
Year 1983
Length 42 ft

“Sunshine” is a Ted Brewer designed 12.8 (42ft LOA) cruising yacht. In 1983/84 she was built at Ft. Myers Yacht and Shipbuilding yard in Ft. Myers, Florida.  The 12.8 Brewer design was commissioned by a group of racing yachtsmen who were member of the Knickerbocker Yacht Club on Long Island NY.  These sailors all had extensive racing credentials along with substantial coastal and offshore experience in a variety of vessels including the Bermuda 40 and Hinckley Pilot.  The syndicate wanted to construct their last “dream boat” which had to be graceful and seaworthy. Ted Brewer was charged with designing a comfortable and safe platform for extended cruising.  The yacht had to perform on all points of sail under light and heavy wind and/or sea conditions.

Brewer took the opportunity to refine his previous designs and include a low profile cockpit and raised bulwarks with sea kindly boat that was easily managed by a couple.

“Sunshine” was the third hull laid at FMYS originally ordered by Ed Du Moulin.  Because he was busy with his involvement as manager of the America's cup effort he reassigned the yacht to the initial owner who sailed her for 12 years. (Current owners purchased “Sunshine” in 1996).

"Sunshine" made it through Irma with no issues! Please call for a showing.


Year Built 1983
Category Sail
Length Overall 42 ft
Beam 13'6 ft
Max Draft 5'8 ft
Cabins 2
Cabin Headroom 6'6 ft
Construction Fiberglass
Keel Full Keel
Min Draft 5'5 ft
Drive Type Direct
Engines 1
Total Engine Power 85 hp
Cruising Speed 5 kn
Prop. Cruise Speed 1300
Maximum Speed 7 kn
Fuel Tanks 2
Fuel Tank Cap. 110 gal
Fuel Tank Mat. Stainless Steel
Water Tanks 2
Water Tank Cap. 200 gal
Water Tank Mat. Aluminum
Holding Tanks 1
Holding Tank Cap. 30 gal
Bridge Clearance 55 ft
Tax Status Not Applicable

Engine 1 Specifications

Make: Perkins
Model: 4-236
Drive Type: Direct
Fuel: Diesel
Engine Power: 85hp
Type: Inboard
Year: 1983
Engine Hours: 9700

  All woodwork and trim in the cabin and throughout the yacht is satin varnished teak. All flooring is fiberglass with teak and holly inserts offering easy access for below floor storage. LED lighting  is accessible throughout interior including staterooms and lockers.

Sleeping accommodations include 2 staterooms, sleeping 4 plus 2 salon berths.

Starting forward of the V-berth is an anchor locker, separated from the V-berth by secure latching teak doors.   The forward stateroom is a V-berth with  filler. 

Moving aft, the forward head is to port.  Teak doors lead to the head either from main salon or V-berth.

Main salon has L- shaped settee to port, with an additional settee on starboard with dinning table mounted  center line.  Going aft on the port side you'll find a spacious and efficient U-shaped Galley. Across to starboard the Navigation station.

 A teak door leads to the aft stateroom which can be accessed from the interior companionway or cockpit hatch. En-suite head has full standing shower, corian counter-top, sink and ample  storage 



Sunshine is equipped throughout with 14 Bronze opening ports with screens.  In addition, there are 4 opening hatches with screens.  Additional ventilation is provided with Five 12-volt Guest fans located throughout and  (2) Nicro day-night solar fans.


Forward of the V-berth is a locker for ground tackle and  anchor rode,  separated from the V-berth by secure latching teak doors

The forward stateroom is a V berth with filler, LED lighting  is accessible throughout including the hanging lockers, you'll find abundant storage via multiple  lockers and drawers and under berth.  All woodwork and trim is satin varnished teak. All flooring is fiberglass with teak and holly inserts offering easy access for below floor storage. 


Teak doors lead to the head either from main salon or forward berth. The head is equipped with stainless sink, corian counter top, faucet, Jabsco manual head, ample storage, shower with shower curtain.  Ventilation is provided by a solar fan and a opening port.. Holding tank is 30 gallons and services the forward head. There is deck discharge port and y valve for overboard discharge. (actual tank is located under forward v-berth.


Main salon has L- shaped settee to port, with brass oil lamp mounted on teak enclosed mast. Additional settee on starboard with dinette table mounted center line.  Both port and starboard seating are completely upholstered with dark green, suede like material.  Port and starboard salon interior is constructed to maximize storage throughout.  Under and behind settees is additional storage. 


The Navigation station faces forward and is located to starboard at base of main companionway. Large teak chart table with cushioned seat (storage underneath) opens to store chart kits and plotting tools.  Located at Nav. Station is VHF radio, Radar and GPS.  Additional storage is under Nav table and along interior wall.


Spacious and efficient U-shaped Galley is to port. Facing forward is large counter with fiberglass sink and additional storage. Under sink is roll out trash container for ease of use.  3 drawers for utensils and silverware. To port is a 3 burner Galley Maid propane stove with oven. (propane system has 3 types of sensors and controls for safety) Stove is supported by (2) 10 gal.


(alum) propane tanks located in aft port deck locker. Microwave is mounted above stove.  Aft side in galley are refrigerator and freezer. Refrigerator has top and and front loading with independent thermostat and has excellent designed access shelves. There are (2) Technatics 12 volt DC compressors, with stainless steel holding plates. (one for refrigerator, one for freezer) A great effective and practical system.


Aft of the navigation table is a passageway to the aft stateroom. In the passageway on the starboard side is a counter-top.  One half of counter-top is for tools/supplies,etc and the second half is a battery box.  Below the battery box is additional storage.  The Battery box contains (6) six volt deep cycle batteries.  (Additional 12 volt  starting battery is located in engine room) Above the counter-top along the hull are enclosed shelves for additional electronic gear, stereo, etc.  A hinged AC/DC panel is next and offers easy access to the breaker switches.  To port in the passage way is a vertical storage cabinet with door and engine room access with 2 large doors allowing unprecedented access to  diesel, pumps, water maker, hot water tank, refrigeration and freezer equipment.


Teak door leads to aft stateroom.  Stateroom has a queen berth, 3 hanging lockers, 2 drawers, additional storage along port and starboard interior wall. Again  all woodwork and trim is satin varnished teak plus teak and holly floors. Aft stateroom is also accessible from cockpit companionway, adding easy access to cockpit and an additional safety exit


Jabsco manual head ,  corian counter-top and sink, storage plus full standing shower,  with teak grate in floor.



Raymarine SL 72:    24 mile Radar with 24” Radome sender/receiver  (mounted on mast) Display at navigation station

VHF I COM 324  (Navigation station)

VHF I COM Command mic (at the helm)

Dynaplate sintered Bronze ground plates (three) connected to insulated backstay antenna

Raymarine C-80, 8.4” Chart plotter with SR 50 Sirius weather at helm. (subscription needed)

Raymarine ST 60 depth system.  (cockpit)

Raymarine ST 60 speed system.  (cockpit)

Raymarine ST 60 wind speed and direction indicator.  (cockpit)

Raymarine “Smart Pilot” autopilot computer and control system. Display in cockpit with hand held remote control for autopilot.

Cybernet CTX 1000 Horn, yelp and automatic fog signal can be reached from captains seat.

GPS mounted at Navigation station (used as backup)

Kenwood stereo AM/FM CD Sirius ready (needs subscription) with speakers in main, forward & aft cabins.

Windex at Masthead

Anchor light at Masthead (LED)

Tricolor light at Masthead (LED)

Steaming light Mast @ second spreader (LED)

Deck light Mast @ second spreader (LED)

Radar reflector mounted off mast steps near masthead


Large center cockpit can seat 6-8 people.  A custom varnished fold out teak cockpit table is stowed beside the aft companionway port side.  Cockpit has closed cell cushions, custom designed canvas covered dodger and bimini with side curtain and eisinglass windows. Cockpit has beautifully designed helm with stainless Ritchie compass mounted at the helm.

Helm has operating gauges,  switches, windless control, and chart plotter, A 36” leather wheel,  VHF radio, mount for autohelm remote control, cockpit lights and electrical access for additional lights.  Teak cockpit coaming  has five mounted winches, two to port, two to starboard and one aft for the traveler.  Port storage built into teak combing, starboard storage designed for poles, brushes, etc. Under port cushions is a large locker for rode, BBQ, boom preventer, etc.  Cockpit also has coordinated sheet bags, storage bags all designed to keep cockpit clutter free and efficient.  Under captains’ seat is separate locker that holds 6 man Winslow life raft folded especially for locker and very easy to deploy by anyone.



Hand Rails




Bow sprit

Bimini & dodger with full eisenglass enclosure




Winslow 6 man life raft, with soft custom case under helm seat. (Very easy to deploy)

2 suspender life vests (water activated)

4 regulation life vests USCG offshore rated

50’ Jack line and harness hookups

Fanny Braces and  Mast steps

Safety nets, Life lines.

Lifesling overboard rescue system mounted on stern

4 Dry powder fire extinguishers placed throughout

2 Fireboy extinguishers (automatic) in engine room

Flares and flare gun (in “ditch” bag)

Amidships 70” Stainless boarding ladder 

Stern mounted stainless boarding ladder.

ARC sm-2 automatic overboard light

Portable air horn

Portable Brass bell

Fireboy Xinex Propane fume detectors and snifters below galley stove and in  bilge

Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, forward and aft cabins.


Boom and mast are Isomat. Mast has double spreaders, mast steps, internal halyards. 3 winches are mounted on mast.  Height is 55’ well positioned for most bridges.  Mainsail is fully battened and mounted on batt cars for smooth lift. With easy access stack pack, mainsail is always covered. Jib (120%) and staysail (100%) are mounted on Pro Furl system that are sealed and very dependable. Besides the fore and aft stay. @ 9/32” there are 3 upper and lower stays at 9/32” and additional lower stays at ¼”on both port and starboard.  Noteworthy,  all stainless chain plates were replaced 2015.  Boom has internal sheets for reefing and for back haul and topping lift.  (note: topping lift is uniquely rigged to reduce chaffing while underway).

Lewmar winches:  Total 8 winches

Mast (3) # 30 self tailing winches.

Cockpit: 2-# 55 Lewmar self tailing primary winches

Cockpit 2-# 30 Lewmar self tailing secondary winches 

Cockpit aft: (1) # 30 self tailing winch Adjacent to traveler.

Winchrite portable electric winch can power all named above.



“Sunshine” is equipped with 200 gallons of fresh water.  Two, 100 gal. tanks are located on each side of mast beneath the cabin sole in main salon.  A Jabsco Sensor – max VSD fresh water pressure pump drives the system.  Hot water is provided by a 10 gal stainless steel water tank  or the engine.

Saltwater intake is consolidated in one Vetus 325 “sea chest” for :

Diesel raw water cooling
salt water wash down
2 Jabsco “twist and lock” toilets.

This system reduces number of thru-hulls and seacocks.

Bilge water is monitored and eliminated via;
Jabsco 37202 series electric pump
Rule 3700 pump
Whale gusher manual pump
A unique valving system that pumps water out of bilge by the diesel raw water pump.

Fresh water system is distributed to:
Filtered Cascade galley sink
Aft head sink and shower,
Forward head sink and shower,
Cockpit shower
Aft deck shower
Forward deck washdown.

Watermaker power is provided by  main diesel and produces 18- 30 gals. per hour depending on water temps. Water pump  for system is a Cat 277 Triplex Plunger pump belt driven by the diesel.


Extended Stainless steel bow pulpit has beautiful teak base and dual anchor rollers which accommodates a Delta  # 44 lb and Rocna # 55 lb.  with 200 ‘ of 3/8 BBB chain.  The 200’ of chain is the primary anchor and is directed from bow windless via hawser pipe to center-line of boat under v-berth.  Second roller deploys a #44 Delta with 200’  ¾” nylon rode.  A Maxwell Nielsen V-1000 electric windless handles the bow anchors.  Windless can be controlled from cockpit or from bow with a handheld remote control.  Fresh and Salt water wash downs are available on deck at bow.

5 Anchors total:
55 lb Rocna (on bow)
44 lb  Delta (on bow)
1 Fisherman/luke 65 lbs, 1 Delta, 1 Danforth (in storage)

Maxwell Nelsen V-1000 electric windless handles bow anchors (controlled at cockpit or bow)

Fresh and Salt water wash downs at bow.



The hull is a one-piece fiberglass laminate construction with alternate matte and roving, ranging from ½” solid glass in sheer to 1 ½ solid glass on the center-line.  There is a balsa core from waterline up to the sheer for weight reduction.  There is a molded-in rub rail with bronze striker bar.  The deck is thru-bolted on 4” centers with hull and deck bonded with fiberglass and varnished teak cap rail also bonded with 5200 and thru-bolted.  “Sunshine” boasts an integrated keel with ballast estimated @ 9000lbs.  Sea kindly, sails true.

Deck is designed for easy access with ample room to move from bow to aft with two large aft lockers for equipment and LPG containers. Scupper drains really work and are augmented with 2 additional drains in cockpit. Bow has salt and fresh water wash downs

Hull, Deck  and non-skid color:   Interlux” Perfection, YHS253, Pearl White

Striping color: Pettit Easypoxy  3626 Burgandy

Bottom:  Trinidad #75 Red 1076  (3 coats)

Drive and Prop: Barnacle Barrier #1792 (4 coats) ( Bottom paint completed 11/2016)


Extended Stainless steel bow pulpit with teak base and dual anchor rollers.

Navigation lights port and starboard, at bow

Complete cockpit canvas coverage, including side curtains with isenglass

Amidship stainless steel swim ladder (70”)

Reinforced dingy davits on stern

Separate stainless outboard engine lift mounted on stern

Isomat mast and boom with internal halyards, reefing lines, back haul, toping lift.

Profurl roller furling for jib and staysail. (completely sealed no maintenance)

Fore and aft stays 9/32”, 3 stays port and starboard @ 9/32”

Additional lower stay @ ¼” port and starboard

8 Lewmar winches: Mast (3) # 30 selftailing, cockpit port & starboards (1) #30 and (1) #55 selftailing,   cockpit aft deck combing (1) # 30 selftailing adjacent to traveler.

Winchrite portable electric winch handle can power all of abovel

Cockpit and stern deck showers, hot and cold

Matching sheet bags on mast and in cockpit.

Large storage bags in aft and 2 storage lockers in aft.


“Sunshine” is powered by 85 hp Perkins 4-236 diesel engine with a three bladed prop.  The engine control is a Morse single lever. The engine room contains a high capacity blower, two auto  fire extinguishing systems and extensive sound insulation.  110 gals of fuel is stored in 2 tanks with gauges and manifold system with valves that control feed and return lines for each tank plus valves that allow fuel to flow thru either Racor filter or both. Polishing and transferring fuel can be done via this system.

85 hp Perkins, 4-236 Diesel

3 bladed prop

Electric priming pump

Electric oil change pump

High capacity blower

2 automatic and manual bilge pumps

Fresh water cooling system

Hurth 1.5.1 Transmission

Hydraulic steering

Visual and audible alarms

4 Manual fire extinguishers and 2 automatic engine room extinguishers

2 fuel prefilters (Racor 500 ) with vacuum gauge


110-volt System

“Sunshine” has two sources of 110-volt power.  It can be connected to shore power with 30 amp power cord.  While cruising a 2500 watt Xantrex Freedom inverter/charger is available.

Six, 6 volt Trojan (T-105) 225 amp hour batteries hooked in series/parallel to produce 675 – 12 volt amp hours as the primary source for the “house electrical needs”  The starting battery(and backup to house system) is  12 volt.  The Balmar 6- series, 139- amp alternator is controlled and monitored by a Balmar ARS – 5 H. voltage regulator.  This system is composed of alternator, regulator and digital duo charge.  While connected to shore power, the 12 volt system can be charged and monitored by 2500 watt Heart Interface Inverter/Charger.

“Sunshine” has (2) 100w solar panels with custom mounts(at stern of vessel) They provide up to 800 watt hours per day, through a charge controller.

The 12-system is grounded throughout.  All metal fittings have lightning protection.

2 solar panels (200 watts)

12 volt DC, 110 volt AC

6 (6) volt parallel series house batteries.

Separate diesel starter battery with Duo charge

Dockside electrical cable

High output Alternator, 2500 watt inverter/charger

Balmar high output  Regulator

Overhead and cabin lighting (LED)

LED walkway lighting

Interior cabinet lighting  (LED)

Masthead lighting, Anchor light and Tricolor light (LED)

Mast lighting: Steaming light, deck light (LED) Second spreader

Mobile lantern, battery or DC

Dynaplate sintered Bronze ground plates(three)connected to backstay antenna


Included with Sale

2007 Walker Bay 10’ Dingy. RIB with fiberglass seats

Protective chaps, cover, anchor, chain, storage bags, oars.

Stainless cargo/outboard lift, mounted on port stern for the 9.9  Four stroke Mercury outboard (less than 100 hrs)


Hurth transmission rebuilt


rigging gear,




spare and maintenance parts.  

Equipment manuals


Boat hooks


“Sunshine” since purchase in 1996, has been continually maintained.

 More recent maintenance items completed include:

Replacing all lights to LED, interior and exterior

Replacement of all stainless chainplates, port and starboard

Repainting of deck.  (all hardware was removed during process)

Resanding and resealing exterior teak handrails, toe rail, cockpit, etc.

Hauling out and refurbishing all seacocks.

Repaint burgundy striping

Buffing and waxing above water line hull

Hauling out and refurbishing and painting bottom, keel, rudder, prop, shaft

Cleaned out fuel tanks.

Oil change


Above list is not  all inclusive and offers a general overview of  vessel & accessories for sale.

Everything displayed on vessel or noted elsewhere, except wall mounted picture in salon and personal picture mounted In aft cabin, is included in the sale.

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.
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Sunshine is a well taken care of boat inside and out and is ready to cruise!