1973 Bowman 46 Sloop

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Class Sails
Category Cruisers
Year 1973
Make Bowman
Length 46'
Propulsion Type Single Inboard
Hull Material Fiberglass
Fuel Type Diesel
Location Deltaville, VA
Vessel Walkthrough

Aurelia has a large forward cabin with spacious v-berth, large hatch for ventilation, a short seating area to starboard and storage on the forward bulkhead, along each hull (shelves), below the berth and at either end of the bunk. Aft of the forward cabin, is the large forward head with a vanity, basin with shower and a Raritan head. Opposite the head is a large hanging locker cum storage area.

The cozy salon has a centerline table which can be removed to create more space; a straight settee on the starboard side with storage above, below and behind and a fixed, writing table and storage locker against the forward bulkhead. To starboard, an L-shaped settee also has plentiful storage below, behind and above it. The galley, to port, at the foot of the companionway, is separated from the salon by a low bulkhead. It has a lot of workspace and storage, as well as stove, microwave, fridge, freezer and double sinks. Across from the galley, is the nav station, behind which is a low walk-through to the aft cabin. The outboard section of the walkthrough has a hanging locker as well as a large storage area; inboard is a portlight into the cockpit and access hatches into the engine.

The aft cabin can be accessed from the rear of the cockpit or from the walk-through. It has a large double berth to starboard, cushioned seating areas at different levels to port, with storage on both sides of the cabin. The aft head is forward and to port and comprises a toilet with basin and vanity. The aft cabin mattress shown in the photo is no longer aboard as it was in poor condition. The owner is not planning to replace the cushion as the cabin is mostly used for storage.

  •  Force 10 3-burner stove w/ oven
  • Seafrost top-loading refrigerator
  • Double S/S sink
  • 2 Foot pumps
  • Storage




  •  2 x Shorepower outlets
  • 2 x 50' Shorepower cables
  • 4 x GR 31 12V House batteries (May 2017)
  • Guest Battery Charger
  • Isotemp 6Gal Water heater
  • MarineAir 16K BTU reverse cycle Aircon



  •  B & G Depth
  • B & G Knotmeter
  • B & G wind instrument (not working)
  • Furuno GPS
  • ICOM M-600 SSB w/ AT120 Auto Tuner



  •  Perkins 4-108M 50HP Diesel Engine
  • 1500 Hours
  • Fixed 3-blade ZF propeller
  • Balmar 100A alternator
  • Dripless shaft seal on prop shaft
  • New engine mounts.




Hull & Deck
  • Topsides painted with Sterling LP Paint (2007)
  • Teak decks removed (2009)
  • Decks repainted w/ Sterling LP paint (2015)
  • Bottom stripped and epoxy coated (2013)
  • 66lb Bruce Anchor w/ 200' Chain 
  • 45lb CQR as spare anchor
  • Lofrans Tigress Electric windlass
  • Double bow roller
  • Anchor washdown
  • Full enclosure
  • Dodger, bimini, connector
  • Wooden wheel
  • Binnacle
  • Davits on stern
  • Magma BBQ 




Sails and Rigging
  • North Mainsail
  • Mack 140% Genoa
  • Harken furling system
  • Tri-sail
  • Storm Sail
  • Spinnaker
  • Spinnaker pole
  • Whisker Pole
  • Harken traveller behind cockpit
  • S/S rigging  - Norseman & Stalock
  • 2 x Lewmar ST66 Primary winches
  • 2 x Lewmar 55 Secondary winches
  • Lewmar 40 Winch on Mast
  • Lewmar 30 winch on mast
  • Lewmar reel winch
  • Lewmar 40 



  • Apex 10' RIB
  • Outboard motor mount on stern rail
  • Aries windvane (not installed)
  • Magma BBQ
  • Misc parts
  • Flares
  • Life Jackets
  • Lines
  • Fenders

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.

Contact Information

Annapolis Yacht Sales Deltaville

Contact the listing brokers:

Jonathan Hutchings (CPYB)


804-436-4484 (cell)

Anne Hutchings (CPYB)


804-436-4701 (cell)

(804) 776 7575 (office)


Nominal Length
Length Overall
Max Bridge Clearance
Max Draft
Length at Waterline
Single Berths
Double Berths
Engine Make Perkins
Engine Model 4-108
Total Power 50hp
Engine Hours 1500
Engine Type Single Inboard
Fuel Type Diesel
1973 Bowman 46 Sloop

"Aurelia" is a classic blue water cruiser of the highest ranking and would suit a couple, looking for an older boat that has a pedigree of design, build and performance. David Cooper of the famed English design firm Holman and Pye penned the design for a client seeking a fast but tough cruising boat that could be produced in a variety of versions. The Bowman 46, of which approximately 50 were built in the early 70s, came with a choice of yawl or sloop rigs and centerboard or deep keel versions. Another variation on the design was an aft cockpit sloop rigged boat named the Bowman Corsair. Aurelia is a center cockpit, deep (7) draft version with encapsulated lead keel and she is sloop rigged.

In a design review of classic cruisers published in February 2005, Yachting World had the following to say about the Bowman 46: An undeniably elegant sheer line, subtle tumblehome, classic counter and a low aspect coachroof all add up to give her timeless appeal. Whats more is that she sails beautifully her performance to windward particularly impressed us close reaching in under 10 knots of breeze at 6 7 knots for hours on end we could leave the wheel untouched as she sailed herself always better than we could. Thanks to a fine entry and longish fin keel, her seakindliness added to her appeal. She eats up most short seas without being slowed we set off from St Maarten into 35 knots true to windward. She rode nicely over the building sea her downwind behavior was impeccable she surfed easily down heavy seas during a following gale so well balanced and always responsive to the helm.
Aurelias owners have done many upgrades over their years of ownership, but realizing that their bluewater ambitions are over, are keen to pass her on to new owners who will use her for her intended role. Here is the opportunity to own a rare classic at an extremely reasonable price.

Motivated sellers have priced this boat to sell. Naturally, at this age and price, there is some work to be done, but she is not a boatyard ornament. The chainplates should be removed and inspected, there are some cosmetic improvements that could be made to the interior, and the canvas and sails may need attention, depending on the new owner's intended use. The boat has air-conditioning and heat so would make a great liveaboard. The age of the standing rigging is unknown and so replacement should be considered for any bluewater passages. 

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