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New Boat: Apollonian 52

A new boat from a new brand with Pacific Northwest roots, the Apollonian 52 is set up to be easily managed by an owner-operator.

Apollonian Yachts is a new brand created by Washington state-based naval architect Howard Apollonio, and Seattle yacht salesman Vic Parcells. The Apollonian 52 is marketed as an affordable, well-built cruiser set up to be easily managed by an owner-operator.

At 52 feet length overall and with a 16-foot, 8-inch beam, the Apollonian 52 is designed to fit in most 50-foot slips. The raised pilothouse design includes large living spaces and has traffic-flow areas for entertaining.

“This is a very versatile boat with a little something for everybody,” Apollonio says.

The 52 is a three-stateroom, three-head boat. Two heads are below, in the full-beam master and VIP staterooms, and one is in the pilothouse.

“With two doubles, it’s a good two-couples boat, but with a twin-berth cabin that would be good for kids,” Apollonio says.


Built in Shanghai, the boat has a deck and hull that are vacuum-bagged with infused fiberglass and vinylester resin. This construction method minimizes deck and hull weight by 35 percent while increasing strength and decreasing cost, according to the builder.

The 52 is based on a hull Apollonio says is efficient at a range of speeds.

“It has a split chine with minimal wave-making resistance, but it makes an easy transition to planing,” he says. “It’s powered to work very nicely in the teens.”

Hull No. 1 arrived in Seattle last year with twin 425-hp Cummins QSB6.7 engines. With that package, the Apollonian 52 can reach a top speed of 20 to 21 knots, and cruises comfortably between 12 and 16 knots, Apollonio says. At cruising speeds, the yacht has a range of 447 nautical miles with a 10 percent fuel reserve. A 660-hp Cummins option is available for owners craving a dash more speed.

Air draft with the arch collapsed is 17 feet, 9 inches, which allows transit under the Chicago railroad bridge on the Great Loop. Price for a well-equipped Apollonian 52, including tariff and freight, is $1.295 million.

LOA 52ft.
Beam 16ft. 8in.
Draft 3ft. 6in.
Construction FRP
Displacement 48,000 lbs.
Fuel 500 gal.
Water 240 gal.
Engines 2x 425-hp Cummins