SWEET RETURN II is one of the newest of the Mark Ellis/Bruckmann 50s to come available on the brokerage market, and is the only Bruckmann 50 MKII presently available. Further, she has been kept in a fashion that the terminology “Like New!” feels appropriate.
SWEET RETURN II is one of those rare offerings where, if you like her as she described on paper, you are destined to love her in person.
Being the Mark II version of these unique and special sailing motorsailers, she shares all of the acclaimed attributes of earlier sisters, but offers added speed under power, compliments of her 200 hp John Deere and elongated hull form, which incorporates the swim platform.
The interior is finished in the classic Herreshoff style, with lovely gloss-varnished mahogany joinery detail and trim, contrasting white bulkheads and overhead panels. Cabin soles are varnished teak and mahogany, and hardware is polished stainless steel. There is an abundance of natural light and plenty of storage space throughout.
The owner’s cabin, forward, has a large queen V-shaped berth with a custom Portland Boat mattress and large mahogany drawers on front face. Generous storage throughout in built-in chest of drawers with louvered hanging locker to port. An overhead dome plus four directional reading lights provide light, while two large opening hatches, an opening port and two Hella fans provide natural light and ventilation.
Moving aft, the guest cabin is to starboard, with double berth, hanging locker, night stand and additional storage lockers above/outboard and beneath the berth. An overhead dome and reading lights, two opening ports, an overhead hatch, as well as a Hella fan provide good light and ventilation.
The guest and master heads, separated by a stall shower, are found opposite the guest cabin along the port side. Both are equipped with stainless steel sinks, Corian counters and Vacuflush heads.
Galley and Library Lounge
Midships there is an open-air virtual vestibule, flanked by a truly generous U-shaped galley to port and the vessel’s unique den/library to starboard. Natural light and the sense of openness come from the pilothouse windows above. The efficient galley layout features an abundance of storage (including a centerline pantry-style cabinet), along with all of the accoutrements associated with gourmet cooking and entertaining.
The unique library/den is a very versatile area, with a convertible settee upholstered in Camel Ultrasuede for added sleeping accommodations, as well as bookshelves, storage lockers/drawers, a flat screen TV, Blu-ray player, stereo and separate washer and dryer hidden behind matching louvered cabinet doors. It’s the perfect place to read or watch a movie. Truly special.
Refrigeration/ Galley Equipment:
Three steps lead to the pilothouse, which offers a 360° panoramic view, even from a seated position. The helm chair is an electric up/down model in Camel Ultrasuede. The inside steering station (hydraulic) is fully functional, complete with custom built-in electronics, chart table and engine controls. Navigating in adverse weather conditions is done in complete comfort and security. A custom chair with reading light is located behind the inside helm station on the starboard side. Opposite there is a U-shaped dinette, again upholstered in Camel Ultrasuede, which converts to a double berth. There are mahogany Oceanair mini-blinds throughout. Two large floorboard hatches along the centerline offer extraordinary access to the full-beam engine room below.
Access to the cockpit is via a sliding door, which, when opened, creates a (single-level) large and inviting indoor/outdoor entertaining space. A fixed, mounted teak cockpit table with folding leaves and cooler box provides additional dining space and storage for beverages. A Teak Decking System sole was installed in the cockpit in 2015, and there is a hinged transom door for ease of access to the teak-decked swim platform.
Cleats and Chocks
All winches chromed and self-tailing:
Heating and Air Conditioning