Cruise Florida, the Bahamas and beyond in comfort. Built by the legendary Kha Shingh shipyard, the 1988 Vista 52 Sundeck Phantom is a rare bird, with the sought-after fully enclosed aft deck which adds 25% more living area compared to its sister ships — more interior room than many 60-footers — and storage galore.
You get the interior room of a much larger yacht while still being able to operate the boat single handed.
There are two salons — a 13’ x 13’ full beam salon upstairs aft with a built-in entertainment center and wet bar, and a second 11’ x 12’ salon amidships on the main deck with its own wet bar. Phantom is a cruiser’s dream with room for friends, kids and grandkids: there are two full heads with showers and the three separate staterooms sleep 7, plus there’s room in the upper salon for a pullout couch (or two) to sleep even more.
A short staircase from the upper salon leads to an enclosed flybridge and helm with chart plotter, radar, autopilot and more. Excellent visibility and a newer ruggedized bimini make it a comfortable command station with seating for six.
From the upper salon, sliding glass doors lead to a line handling station with walk-through transom and access to the swim platform below.
The large galley is down a few steps forward of the main salon with a new full-size bottom-freezer stainless refrigerator, Princess 3-burner cooktop and a new convection/microwave. It has more than 10 linear feet of countertop and drawers plus two dozen cabinets and more storage under the counter and under the galley steps. It also has a newer clothes washer/dryer.
It’s all carried on a solidly built seaworthy hull, with a deep forefoot to cut through waves and a flatter back for performance. The stand-up engine room below the main salon holds two Caterpillar 3208TA diesels with less than 2,800 hours. At 375-hp each, they will bring Phantom up to 20 knots if you need to get somewhere in a hurry or throttle back to cruise at 15 kts. At a more leisurely 10 knots, the Cats sip a miserly 3 gph from the twin 300-gallon fuel tanks affording an 800-mile range. There are also (8) new house batteries and a Xantrex Freedom 25 inverter/charger to provide AC power from the batteries alongside a 12kw Westerbeke diesel generator. There’s also a built-in fuel polishing system and room for tool storage.
The interior is dressed head to toe in gorgeous teak, with steam-bent arched doorways and a teak-and-holly sole in the master stateroom, galley and forward V. Down one level from the main salon are two staterooms. The full-beam master stateroom is aft and features an island queen berth with built-in teak drawers, cabinets and lockers along with its own air conditioner.
A lockable door leads into the remodeled head with shower. Across the hall, a twin stateroom features two bunks; the upper is on hinges and can be swung down out of the way.
The forward V has an upper bunk for one and a lower bunk for two along with a private door into the forward head/shower.
Phantom was owned for many years by a marine engineer/boatbuilder who maintained the engines at a high level; both Cats and the generator start instantly, with no smoke, and run strong. The boat has been kept in fresh water for the past six years and is in a covered slip.
Very few Vista Yachts change hands each year -- and even fewer with the enclosed aft deck. Recent listings include a 43-footer for $99,000 and a 49-footer for $109,000, and neither had the enclosed aft.
This is a rare opportunity to own a cruise-ready classic motoryacht with the amenities you want and the space to enjoy family and friends.
The 52 Vista Sundeck was designed for living aboard in comfort.
Owner's stateroom aft is a full-beam cabin with centerline island queen berth. Room to walk around on both sides, built-in nightstands with drawers, built in cabinets/drawers on both sides and two hanging lockers. There is a makeup table with built-instool and a dedicated 12k air conditioner.
The owner's stateroom has a door into the updated master head dressed in tumbled stone and a large, tiled shower. A lockable door from the head leads into the companionway.
Across the companionway from the master head is a stateroom with two stacked berths and counter with drawers. The upper berth swings down and out of the way.
Forward of the galley is the guest bath, which has a second large shower, head and sink.
Adjacent to the guest bath is the forward vee berth, which sleeps three: two on the vee and one on a stacked berth above the vee. A door leads from the vee into the guest bath, making it en suite.