1994 David Lyons Open 50 – SOLD

An Open 50, Sparrow was designed by David Lyons and built in Australia by Kanga Birtles at Jarkan for the 1994 BOC Around the World Race.



An Open 50, Sparrow was designed by David Lyons and built in Australia by Kanga Birtles at Jarkan for the 1994 BOC Around the World Race. As Newcastle Australia, Alan Nebauer completed the race after dismasting before Cape Horn, rounding jury rigged. Then sailing to the Falklands where a new mast was fitted. Then enroute to Punta del Este, his rudder failed, and he fitted a steering oar to complete the leg to Punta del Este. Alan rightly earned seamanship awards for his tenacity and grit, and finished fourth in class. Four years later, American Brad Van Liew race her around the globe again in the 1998-99 Around Alone as Balance Bar. This time it was Brad’s turn, and he was dismasted on the final leg to Charleston. But again a new mast was fitted and Brad completed the race, finishing 3rd in class

Philippe Khan bought her, renamed Pegasus and worked with Brad to fit a new carbon mast, rudder and deck, along with a new keel and ballast tanks, engine and electronics.


LOA 50.0 ft

Beam 14.5 ft

Draft 12.5 ft

SA (100% Foretrangle) 1600 Sq Ft

Displacement 18,000 lbs

D/L 68

SA/D, Upwind 39

SA/D, Downwind 66

Fixed keel


Charleston, S.C., USA

Equipment List


Engine – Beta Marine BD722 20hp
Technodrive 60 saildrive (2017)
FlexoFold composite 2 blade prop (2017)
Fuel – 25 gallon, aluminum
Water – 42 gallon Vetus bladder (2020)
Waste – 10 gallon poyethylene
Stripping Pump – Jabsco 72000 diaphragm (2019)
Dewatering pump – Rule Gold 3800 w float switch (2020)
Hand Pumps (3) – Whale Gusher Titan
Water Ballast System – 4 tanks (2 port, 2 stbd), 4 Rule 3800 pumps, 3 intake/dump throughhulls
Galley Pumps – 2 (fresh water, sea water)
Galley Stove – Jetboil Zip & gimbal
Anchor – Fortress FX-23 with 280’ rode
Mechanical Compass (2) – Plastimo Contest 101, globally balanced
Emergency Rudder – Custom fitted bracket & cassette for Farr 40 carbon blade & stock
Trogear Bowsprit


400AH LiFePO4 12v battery with cell voltage and temperature monitoring (2018)
Battery Monitor – Victron BMV 712 Smart (2019)
Alternators – 170 amp with Balmar MC-712 external regulator (2018), 105 amp secondary, internal regulation
AC – None


Sailing Instruments – NKE v2.6 (3 multigraphic displays, HR Carbowand wind, Regatta Compass, Ultrasonic speed, HF GPS, Wifi Box, Depth, Remotes (2018)
Autopilots – Gyropilot2 with Lecomble & Schmidt 50ST20, Pelagic backup & emergency rudder (2018, 2020)
AIS – Vesper Watchmate 850 (2018)
Fixed VHF – Standard Horizon 2200, Vesper AIS/VHF masthead antenna, low loss cable (2018)
Handheld VHF – Standard Horizon HX890 (2020)
Radar – Furuno 1815 (2018)
Radar Reflector – Echomax XS (2021)
Laptop – Dell Rugged Extreme 7424 w/ Expedition (2020)
Tablet – Dell Rugged Extreme Tablet 7212 (2020)


Hydranet Delivery Main (2017)
Hydranet Delivery Jib (2017)
Hydranet Staysail (2018)
4 older downwind sails, unknown age or useability


Sheets, halyards, runners, inner stay, control lines – All dyneema (2020)


Coach house cracks
Keel fairing cracks
Port turning block needs mounting
Rudder bearing housing shows cracks
Chainplate, Jib track leaks
Kelp cutter tube leaks
Mast track damage

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