56' Taswell 1996



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56' Taswell 1996 IRISH LASS


The Bill Dixon-designed Taswell 56 was built to very high standards by Ta Shing and features many desirable traits for long-distance cruising, including a spacious owner’s cabin, oversized galley, huge main salon and tremendous storage space, both inside and on deck. IRISH LASS is particularly well suited for bluewater cruising with her extended hard dodger, furling staysail and three-cabin layout below to provide additional sea berths. Other cruising amenities include electric genoa furling, bow thruster, watermaker and an electronics package fully replaced in 2016. IRISH LASS is a must-see for anyone looking for a high-quality, safe, and comfortable long-range cruising yacht to enjoy with family and friends.






Cruise Speed:


Max Speed:


Range NMI:



16' 6"

Engine Details:

Yanmar 4LH-HTE

Engine 1:

1996 2000.00 HRS 140.00 HP

Engine 2:

1996 2000.00 HRS 140.00 HP

Engine Fuel:

Inboard Diesel

Fuel Capacity:

200 GAL

Water Capacity:

230 GAL


IRISH LASS offers a very spacious three-cabin layout with owner’s cabin aft and two guest cabins forward, all with private heads. Her full-beam salon, u-shaped nav station, full-length galley and workshop forward further enhance her capabilities as a long-range, comfortable live-aboard cruising yacht. The interior joiner work is all varnished teak with solid trim and door frames, with veneers on large surfaces. Cabin soles are varnished teak and holly, with white suede overhead panels (new 2011). There are screens to all portholes and hatches, light blinds for hatches, and curtains throughout. Upholstery is green Ultrasuede, with additional fitted covers for main salon. There are also fitted mattress covers, sheets and bedding for all berths.


Beginning aft is the master stateroom with centerline berth, a bureau each side and vanity/bureau forward with (14) drawers total. There are numerous lockers, as well as a double hanging locker. Five opening portholes and a large deck hatch provide great light and ventilation. An ensuite head and shower stall is forward to port with wash basin, Vacuflush toilet and storage lockers. Outboard the shower is a Splendide washer/dryer (new 2016). Access forward is through the head/shower or the galley forward to starboard.


A long galley stretches from the aft cabin to main salon along the starboard side. There is exceptional counter space and numerous storage lockers, along with large refrigerator and freezer compartments – all ideal for long-range, self-sufficient cruising. Additional features include:

  • Twin stainless steel sinks and faucets (all new 2016)
  • Corinite countertops
  • Alpes Inox 4-burner stainless stove and oven (new overhead exhaust fan and light, 2016)
  • Grunert 220 volt holding plate refrigerator/freezer system
  • Panasonic microwave oven
  • Icemaker
  • Broan trash compactor
  • Fresh and salt water pressure systems for galley sink
  • Pura UV filtering system (drinking water)
  • Full galleyware


Aft and to port of the companionway is a large, u-shaped nav station with an upholstered swivel/sliding chair, lots of working countertop space all around and numerous storage lockers. Main switch panels are inboard with flush-mounted nav instruments outboard.


The companionway stairs bring you directly into the main salon, which features a large u-shaped dining area to port with a varnished dining table, and centerline settee inboard with custom bar storage. To starboard is a full-length settee. Two opening hull ports each side provide a light and airy feel while seated, in addition to overhead deck hatches and full-length cabin portlights.


Forward of the main salon is a unique two-cabin layout that provides great versatility. To port is a guest stateroom with a double berth. There are numerous drawers, lockers, bookshelves, hanging locker and a private head forward with Vacuflush toilet. The guest stateroom to starboard has two upper/lower berths, bureau, bookshelves, hanging locker and an additional private head forward. Both private heads lead to a shared stand-up shower stall.


Forward of the shower is a forepeak workshop area with sail storage and wet locker storage. The workshop is complete with Zyliss vice which is stowed when not in use--providing a large, convenient workspace. The forward sail bin can be accessed through either the forward cabin or the large deck hatch. In the bow is the chain locker with crash bulkhead, with space to store mooring lines, small outboard, spare anchor, hoses etc.

  • 12/24 volt DC and 120/240 volt AC electrical systems
  • AC and DC breaker panels with amp and volt meters
  • 30 amp shore power inlet with 30 and 50 amp power cords, splitters and adapters
  • Onan 6.5 kVA generator (1,850 hours) with enclosed sound shield
  • (6) 8D Lifeline AGM house batteries (new 2017) and one engine battery
  • Mastervolt 24 volt/50 amp battery charger (new 2018)
  • Vanner 3600 watt inverter/charger
  • Vanner battery equalizer
  • Xantrex Sine Wave 1800 watt inverter
  • Prowatt 800 watt inverter
  • 130 amp 24V DC Balmar alternator
  • Alpha multiple-cycle charging regulator
  • Cantalupi light fixtures
  • LED overhead lighting (new 2011)
  • Courtesy lights throughout

  • Raymarine a125 chartplotter/radar at nav station (new 2017)
  • Raymarine 12 kW 4' open array radar (new 2017)
  • Raymarine a90 hybrid chartplotter/radar at helm (new 2016)
  • Raymarine autopilot (new 2016)
  • Raymarine instruments with (5) repeaters above companionway (all new 2016)
  • ICOM M802 SSB radio (new 2016)
  • ICOM M504 VHF at nav station (new 2016)
  • ICOM M124 VHF in cockpit (new 2016)
  • ICOM M15 hand-held VHF radio
  • Clarion stereo (new 2016) with (10) speakers, Bluetooth and Sirius XM
  • Danforth compass at helm

  • Yanmar 4LH-THE 140 hp diesel engine (approx. 2,000 hours)
  • American 24 volt electric bow thruster (new 2010)
  • Maxprop 3-blade propeller, stainless shaft and self-aligning shaft seal
  • Spurs weed and rope cutter
  • Electric oil change pump
  • Dual Racor fuel filters
  • Engine room blower for added engine ventilation
  • Wema tank level indicator for water/fuel
  • (3) Automatic bilge pumps
  • (1) Manual bilge pump in cockpit
  • Portable 220 volt bilge pump
  • Sea Recovery Aqua Whisper 7000GPD 220 volt water maker (new 2010)
  • Barnaclean electronic antifouling system
  • Marine Air air conditioning system with (2) zones in main salon and aft cabin (both new 2005)
  • (3) Vacuflush marine toilets with new discharge hoses (2014)

All sail handling controls are led back to the cockpit for easy short-handed sailing.


  • Allyacht Spars (Australia) extruded anodized aluminum double-spreader mast
  • Leisurefurl in-boom roller furling mainsail system
  • Profurl 24V electric furling for genoa (new 2016)
  • Profurl manual furler for staysail with running backstays
  • 316 S/S (1x19) stainless wire rigging with insulated backstay
  • New main halyard (2016)
  • Sailtec hydraulic backstay and boom vang
  • Carbon fiber whisker pole (new 2016)
  • Dutchman boom brake – model BB750
  • Storm trysail track
  • Aqua Signal tri-light with strobe
  • Firdell radar reflector


  • Offshore Hydranet fully battened furling mainsail (Maine Sailing Partners, 2010)
  • Hydranet 110% genoa (Maine Sailing Partners, 2010) with new cover (2016)
  • Dacron staysail with new cover (2016)
  • Asymmetrical spinnaker


  • (2) Andersen #66 self-tailing electric primary winches
  • (2) Andersen #52 self-tailing electric winches for main halyard, boom furling and staysail
  • Andersen #58 self-tailing mainsheet winch
  • (2) Lewmar #56 self-tailing mast winches

The hull is molded fiberglass with longitudinal stringers, shoal draft Scheel keel and skeg hung rudder. Molded transom swim platform with laid teak decking, steps, painted rub rails with stainless striker, and (10) opening hull portholes. White Gelcoat hull with green cove stripes, green boot stripe and green bottom. The deck is molded fiberglass with balsa core, laid teak decks and molded hard dodger with fixed tempered glass windows.

Additional features:

  • Stainless steel stemhead fitting with double anchor rollers
  • Aluminum toe rails
  • (10) Lewmar deck hatches
  • (6) Lewmar opening portholes
  • (4) Framed portlights
  • (6) Dorade boxes with stainless cowl vents
  • Stainless bow and stern pulpits with teak seats
  • Mast pulpits
  • Triple stainless wire lifelines, 32” high (new 2016)
  • Chain locker sealed and drained overboard with forward watertight bulkhead
  • Large aft lazarette with separate vented propane locker
  • Genoa and staysail tracks with fairleads
  • Mainsheet traveler system
  • Radar mast S/S 316 mounted on aft deck with outboard motor hoist davit
  • Custom cockpit pedestal with Edson cable steering system
  • Varnished teak stern rail, cockpit table, drink holder, steering wheel rim and companionway doors
  • Teak cockpit grating
  • Fold-down swim ladder at transom

  • Simpson Lawrence V4000 24 volt anchor windlass
  • Simpson Lawrence 75 lb CQR anchor with 200’ 3/8” chain
  • 45 lb. plow anchor with rode and chain
  • Fortress FX55 Danforth anchor
  • Salt water deck wash
  • Fitted covers for steering wheel, pedestal, deck hatches, aft seats, aft stern rail, bow seat and winches
  • Full deck cover, foredeck to transom (new 2016)
  • Windshield washers for hard dodger
  • Caribe 8’ RIB dinghy (2006)
  • Yamaha 8 hp and 3 hp outboard engines with both lazarette and pushpit storage mounts
  • Custom folding bimini with full side enclosures and sun screens
  • Full set of high density cockpit cushions
  • (2) Bosun’s chairs
  • Fenders and docklines
  • Numerous spares

  • Avon 6-man life raft mounted on stern rail (repacked Oct. 2016)
  • Lifesling MOB rescue system
  • Jacklines
  • (6) PFDs
  • (2) Inflatable PFDs with harness
  • Para-Anchors hydraulic parachute sea anchor with 80’ double braided line and fittings
  • Drogue
  • AFI marine horn
  • Fireboy automatic fire extinguisher system

The owner’s personal effects and tools are excluded from the sale.

This listing is presented to you courtesy of a member of the International Yacht Brokers Association and may be centrally listed with another broker. It is offered as a convenience by this broker/dealer to its clients and is not intended to convey direct representation of a particular vessel.

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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