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AXIA Yacht for Sale

123' 5" (37.62m)
Palmer Johnson

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AXIA is an exceptional pedigreed sailing yacht designed by Sparkman & Stephens and built by Palmer Johnson that features stunning design and outstanding performance. This yacht is a true blue-water, world cruiser built for long-distance cruising. She has a comfortable sea kindly motion yet is fast under sail and power.

Sailing yacht AXIA is a quintessentially modern, classic yacht whose features reflect current trends of a raised salon with plenty of light, great deck space and easy, graceful navigation through deck and interior. The yacht has been continually updated, having received several refits over her lifespan.

The luxury sailing yacht features a beautiful, classic interior designed by internationally famous John Munford. AXIA’s interior combines rich honey-colored teak walls with raised paneling, offset with white overhead ceilings, gold plated hardware, plus subtle granite and marble to create an elevated, elegant ambiance. The yacht’s raised salon with expansive windows, a fireplace with granite hearth, large teak table with an inlaid compass rose, and a full-service bar, provides the ideal space to host friends and to relax. The lower salon is an extension of the raised salon, providing another great place for everyone to enjoy. AXIA also has a well-equipped galley with top-of-the-line appliances and ample storage.

The yacht extends her outdoor living space with an exceptional hard-covered cockpit, which has ample seating and alfresco dining. AXIA’s aft uncovered deck provides further guest use featuring two built-in chaise lounges.

AXIA offers accommodations for six-to-eight guests in the comfort of three beautifully appointed staterooms. The yacht’s full-beam master stateroom showcases a centerline queen bed, an abundance of cedar-lined closet space, including a special closet for shoes and an en-suite bath with a tub and rain shower. Perfect for two small children, this stateroom also has a settee that can convert into over/under bunks. The sailing yacht also has two identical guest staterooms with twin beds and en-suite bathrooms.


  • Prestigious American pedigree: Sparkman & Stephens and Palmer Johnson
  • Beautiful John Munford teak interior
  • Serious world cruiser; classic style, comfortable and secure
  • Excellent condition; lovingly upgraded and maintained
  • Low MTU engine hours since major overhaul
  • Three staterooms plus library and communications room
  • Raised salon with copious light, fireplace and full wet bar
  • Marshall Islands flag and commercial compliance
  • Recently completely painted


  • Wi-Fi


Builder Palmer Johnson
Model Custom
Length (LOA) 123' 5" (37.62m)
Year 1990
Year Refit 2019
Gross Tonn. 164
Draft 16' 5" (5.00m)
Beam 26' 6" (8.08m)
Range 3,500 NM
Location Newport, United States


Staterooms 3
Sleeps 6
Heads 3
Crew Cabins 3
Crew Sleeps 6
Capt. Quarters No

Dimensions & Capacity

LOA 123' 5" (37.62m)
Max Draft 16' 5" (5.00m)
Fuel Tank 4,940 g (18,699 L)
Fresh Water 2,620 g (9,917 L)
Gross Tonn. 164
Displacement 168


Hull Material Aluminum
Int. Designer john munford
Max Speed 12 Knots
Cruising Speed 10 Knots
Range 3,500 NM
Stabilizers None


Engine Make MTU
Engine Model 12V183TE91
Engine Type Inboard
Power HP 530
Power KW 0
Fuel Type Diesel
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Crew quarters are forward. They include one captain’s cabin with double bed, one cabin with two bunks and one cabin with three bunks. Each crew cabin has an ensuite head. Continuing aft is a crew dinette which is across from the port side Galley. 


The galley was redesigned by a professional chef and refurbished in 2010/11. Countertops are granite; appliances are top of line, enabling a chef to produce five-star meals. See GALLEY List. 


Below the galley, on the engine room level, is a large space housing the batteries, washer and dryer, two large fridge/freezers and three temperature-controlled wine coolers and extra storage. Serious provisioning can be accomplished; aligned cargo hatches allow provisions to be dropped from the deck directly to galley or utility room. See GALLEY List.


Aft of the utility room is entrance to the engine room, located beneath the raised salon. It is stand-up, very spacious with good access to all machinery, advantageous for long term voyaging and easy maintenance. Most all major equipment is located here. A work bench and general layout make it a comfortable area for the engineer. See MECHANICAL EQUPMENT List.


Designed by famous interior designer, John Munford, Axia’s classic teak interior is one of the finest. Newly re-plated gold hardware (2019) sets off the rich honey-colored wood. The cabin soles are finished with grooved solid teak planks and bulkheads are faced with quarter sawn teak throughout. Fresh interior fabrics enliven the classic look. In the salon granite punctuates the hearth and bar top, while marble is the stone used in the owner and guest bathrooms. 


From the Galley, a few steps up and aft lead to the raised main salon.  It has all the hallmarks of the new trend--light and visibility. Large, surrounding windows, pour light into the salon to offer a sense of space and freedom as well as an expansive, lovely view to the outside. A large custom varnished table inlaid with a compass rose easily seats eight for meals or card games. A full wet bar discreetly hides service while inviting guests forward. A lounge area on the other side opens to a real wood-burning fireplace, though the current owners have never used it and the Charlie Noble accessory has been removed. 


Lower Salon/Den  

Down a few steps from the main salon is a corridor leading aft.  On the starboard side is a large lower salon, or den, with a library, desk, entertainment center and sofa. Pocket sliding doors permit the doors to be closed or to stay open and function as a continuation of the salon. This room is very versatile and can serve as an extra sleeping space. 

Communications Room/Office

On the other side of the passageway is a fully equipped office especially for communications and navigation. VSAT, Sat C system, ship’s computers, printer, and navigational instruments are housed here for comfortable, efficient use. Extensive ship’s manuals, nicely bound, line the shelves.

Guest Staterooms

Continuing aft, on each side of the corridor are mirror image guest staterooms with twin beds and a bureau/night-stand between. A hanging locker and drawers provide ample storage while individual lamps above each bed provide reading as well as ambient room light. Ensuite baths, beautifully appointed with a marble-clad stall shower, toilet, sink with marble counter and recessed medicine cabinet complete each guest space.

Master Stateroom

The owner's stateroom is aft and the full width of the vessel.  It has generous wardrobes (including a shoe locker), a large vanity/desk and settee. The settee can convert to two over-under berths for children. The owner's ensuite bath, with marble accents, includes a full- sized bathtub with rain shower, toilet and sink with counters and recessed medicine cabinet.


Up stairs from the salon and aft is the fully enclosed on-deck pilothouse featuring the usual instrumentation and controls for sailing and navigation. The helm is centered here and fully protected. Visibility is superb, given the helmsman is standing at deck level. A raised observation seat is farther aft. The pilothouse side windows can lower and three overhead hatches give plenty of fresh air to this area. See ELECTRONICS AND NAVIGATION EQUIPMENT List for instruments.


Miele 6-burner electric induction cooktop (new 2017)

Miele electric gimbaled oven (new 2019)

Panasonic Microwave, Inverter Dimension IV with broiler function

(2) Stainless steel sinks (new 2010)

Insinkerator Garbage Disposal (new 2010)

Instant Hot Water (new 2010)

Grunert custom stainless refrigerator in galley (new 2011); new compressor and monitoring gauges (new 2018)

Crew refrigerator in crew mess.

Liebherr refrigerator with drawers; at bar in cockpit (new 2010)

(2) Grunert custom built-in stainless deep fridge/freezers, each 35 cu.ft.; in utility room (new 2011) 

(3) Signature wine coolers in utility room (new 2011)

Miele Professional PW 6065 Vario front loading clothes washer; in utility room (new 2018)

Miele Professional PT 5136 front loading clothes dryer; in utility room (new 2016)

Deck And Hull

Refit history:

In 2010 the owner of Axia decided to change out the rig from aluminum to carbon to increase the performance of Axia for Corinthian racing. Later, in 2014 he further decided to increase the draft for even better performance with a new, deeper keel and new rudder. The original keel was laid in 1989. If an owner should wish to restore the draft to its original depth of 12 ft, it is very doable.

In 2019:

Axia was completely painted new. Hull is Awlgrip Flagship Blue and superstructure Matterhorn White.

New exterior varnish, stripped and many layers of sealer and two-part varnish applied

New gaskets for hatches

Anchors re-galvanized

New anchor chains

In 2014: 

New aluminum and lead keel plus a composite rudder (Front Street Shipyard in Maine)

New deck hatches (Front Street Shipyard) 

Replace thru-hulls to (6) new stainless steel ones in engine room.

In 2011:

New teak decks by Teak Decking Systems.

In 2010:

Removed cap rails and reset  

New cockpit cushions

Deck layout from forward to aft

Bow has a bell and two independent windlasses for each anchor. Main mast is surrounded by winches at base. Side decks lead aft to substantial gates which open to transversal passageway with access to social cockpit aft or pilothouse door leading forward. The pilothouse roof extends to cover virtually the entire cockpit for maximum weather protection, while the aft deck is exposed.

Directly aft of the pilothouse, a wet bar with refrigeration  is to starboard and stowage to port.  A large table with U- shaped settee and directors’ chairs invites alfresco dining. On the other side is another settee/lounge area and passageway to the aft uncovered deck. Here the mizzen mast, tender and a crane reside as well as two settee/lockers.  The stern gangway, an electric Sanguinetti passerelle, retracts into the transom. The large lazarette stores Atlas and gear.  

Deck equipment includes:

Brig 18.5’ tender with 115 HP Yamaha (Both new 2017)

Bombard C-4 inflatable dinghy with 15 HP outboard (crew tender)

Two Steen Type 23 vertical windlasses

Side gangway/ boarding ladder of stainless and wood

Sanguinetti Passerelle

Two 400 lb Poolanker anchors recessed in hull; (re-galvanized 2019)

Two 500 ft. 9/16 inch high-tensile galvanized chain (new 2019)

Sanguinetti low profile hydraulic tender lift; not in commission

(8) Modern Blowup Fenders


(2) 16-man Ocean Safety life rafts

One MOM Life Sling

70 life preservers (adults and children)

(4) life buoy rings:  (2) with Pains-Wessex day markers with smoke and lights, (2) with 30m of line 

(10) Inflatable Life Vests

 (8) Immersion Suits

ACR satellite 406 Mhz EPIRB

(2) ACR Pathfinder SART

MSOS Medical Kit replaced (new 2019); upgraded seasonally


Electronics And Navigation

(2) Simrad GN33 DGPS

Furuno Navnet radar multi-system; 72 and 48 mile 

Furuno 8050D 48-mile radar w/gyro converter AUGC1

(2) Green Marine monitors (new 2016)

V7 KVH Sat system (new 2016)

Ship’s computer in office (new 2016) 

Nav computer in pilothouse (new 2017)

Simrad AIS V50-35 system (new 2017)

Furuno Felcom 18 Inmarsat C data terminal (new 2019)

Simrad AP 70 autopilot (new 2015)

Simrad QS 80 autopilot (joystick control; can steer with joystick or wheel)

(2) B&G 5000 system; monitoring wind, speed, depth…

(3) analogue wind, depth, speed gauges

(6) B&G repeaters; 4 on mast,1 coach roof, one captain’s cabin (new 2019); others in crew mess and office

Boning-AHD 514 OP; Main engine control and monitoring system (new 2019) in PH/ER

Navigation and Instrument lights panel

Ships Alarm System Panels

Skanti TRP1150 GMDSS MF / HF radio telephone

Ray 430 Loudhailer

RCL-100 Searchlight

AHD-VCP Camera; in engine room through port side monitor

Navitron System NT880-AHR gyro compass

Sestbell-Moore magnetic compass

Sat gyro compass

6 ICOM handheld VHF radios

AV system:

Internet capable TV in all rooms

Electrical System

(2) Northern Lights 55 KW, 50 HZ/60 HZ 

•  Port Generator: 8098 hrs; last serviced 7600 hrs (June 2020)

•  Starboard. Generator: 7472 hrs; last serviced 6800 hrs (June 2020)

•  Generators exhaust system replaced. (new 2019)

Atlas Energy 25 KVA shore power frequency converter

(3) Mastervolt battery chargers 

(3) Victron inverters: (1) 24v to 220V; (2) 24v to 110v (new 2019)

Isolation transformer

Newmar converter; in office, powers 24 to 12 volt instruments. 

New house batteries: Gel cell (new 2019) 

(3) Single start batteries each for generators and engine 

Batteries can charge from alternator off main engine and from generators through battery chargers

Sails And Rigging


New In 2010: 

•  All the aluminum rig was replaced with carbon rig by Southern Spars. New carbon main and mizzen masts and carbon Park Avenue booms 

•  All new standing discontinuous rod rigging by Nevtec Nitronic 50 ; includes new turnbuckles

•  New running rigging  

•  New headstay foil.

•  New hydraulics:  FKG Rigging in St. Marten built new tank to upgrade Lewmar power pack to accommodate upgraded, more powerful primary winches.

Reckman hydraulic roller furling for headsails. 

Navtec hydraulic boom vangs, outhauls and backstay adjuster


All sails by Doyle:

New in 2017: 

New mainsail, fully battened 

New mizzen, fully battened

New staysail ; battened

New in 2015:

New jib (high cut) 

Assymetrical; reformed from racing yacht sail

New covers for main and mizzen

Mizzen staysail

Older sails, still serviceable:

Mizzen staysail 



All winches by Lewmar: 

Main mast:

(4) 88 (New 2019)

(3) 700 ST 

Mizzen mast:

(1) 88 (new 2019)

(1) 77 

(2) 650 

Aft deck:

(2) 1220 ST primaries with backwind capability

(2) 700 for running back stays


(1) 700; in middle of foredeck for downhauls etc.

Mechanical Equipment

Main Engine: MTU 12V183TE91; rated at 530 HP (768 hrs, June 2020; last serviced at 590 hrs)

In 2019 engine work:

• Top End Overhaul

• New Boning monitoring system 

• Main engine exhaust system replaced

In 2016 engine work:

Major overhaul

ZF 665 Gearbox (New 2018)  

Richfield retractable 400 R hydraulic bow thruster; 55 HP (Refurbished/serviced 2019)

Hundestadt Variable pitch 3-blade prop (Completely refurbished/serviced 2019)

(2) 80 gallon lube oil storage tanks; one for clean, one for dirty oil

Steering is cable and chain; separate hydraulic emergency steering

(6) Headhunter toilets

Hamman Sewage Treatment Plant (new 2007, completely rebuilt 2019)

(4) holding tanks; (opened, cleaned and painted black and gray tanks 2019)

MarineAir chiller air conditioning system, reverse cycle (4 compressors replaced 2017 and two replaced since then with latest titanium coiled units; Individual air handlers replaced 2018/19) 

 In 2018/19

(2) Aquamiser + FCI water makers new 2015; (all membranes replaced by 2019) 

Anchor washdown system

Dayton Speedaire #3Z219, compressed air system for horn, dinghies, tools

Fire Safety

FM 200 fire system for machinery spaces

Auxiliary fire/bilge pump system off MTU (rebuilt 2019)

New electric emergency fire/bilge pump in engine room (replaced 2019) 

Emergency diesel portable fire pump with electric or hand cord start

(14) portable fire extinguishers

New fire detection system; installed smoke alarms, connected to main panel in pilothouse and crew mess (new 2019)


Designed by Sparkman & Stephens (S&S) and built by Palmer Johnson (PJ), Axia is an outstanding example of excellent naval architecture, engineering, construction and interior design---the highest American pedigree that stands the test of time. 

The owners have lovingly upgraded and maintained Axia. Her rig and keel were replaced to enhance performance on the Corinthian regatta course.  New sails, new decks, new varnish and hull paint complete the exterior. The interior is in beautiful condition—hardware replated, galley equipment replaced, and mechanical systems updated or refurbished as necessary. The spacious engine room provides good working conditions, so systems have been easily updated and serviced—and Axia is running smoothly.

This classic S&S/PJ design still delivers the recent trends—excellent outdoor living spaces; on- deck pilothouse; and natural, copious light within.  Her John Munford interior is warm and graceful, but carefully planned for safe passage-making in rough conditions. Axia’s tall rig, fully- battened main and mizzen provide her with the power and stability to safely cover long distances quickly. Her comfortable motion and extreme quiet below decks further enhance the cruising experience aboard, making Axia one of the best choices on the market today for a true cruising vessel.   

Axia is Marshall Islands Commercial Compliant. 

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