General Description

Sotalia is a branch of the Kelly Peterson 46 tree. This very well know design from Doug Peterson was first seen in the KP 44. The design was stretched to 46 and taken over by Formosa Yachts after design royalties not being paid to the designer. Formosa Yachts built this design for four years and the product was not nearly as good as the boats overseen by Jack Kelly.

In 1984, Australian, Ron Hillier took over production using the same molds and built the 46 as the Sprindrift 46.

The SPINDRIFT 46 was built by Formosa Yachts using the same molds that built the FORMOSA 46. (1980-1984). R. Hillier, of Brisbane Australia, oversaw the building of this yacht which was to be sold in the US for Bristol yachts of Newport Beach CA. For the Australian market, they were called the HILLIER/PETERSON 46. Hillier ran afoul of designer Doug Peterson who filed a law suit. Hillier died and the suit was shelved. 
These boats were in the same quality level as the KP 46 and thus have retained a higher value than a regular Formosa 46

Features include:

Fresh bottom job in Jan 2016

Spectra watermaker

Recent electronics

Powerful 90 hp diesel engine

Dinghy and outboard.

Extra sails



American Marine Yachts is pleased to assist you in the purchase of this vessel. This boat is centrally listed by David Walters Yachts. 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

Sotalia is a 1984 Formosa 46 with the total construction overseen by Australian Ron Hillier. The quality is comparable to the Kelly Peterson 46 which is well known as a terrific bluewater cruiser.

All the way forward is the V berth with insert that makes into a fine double berth.There is storage on both side and a hatch above for light and ventilation.Next aft is the head with marine toilet, with mirror ,sink and vanity. There is storage access here as well.

As we enter the main salon the first thing of notice is the fine teak interior and teak and holly sole. There is a teak folding table that seat up to 6 people. Across to starboard is a long settee with book shelves and lockers outboard.

There is a bulkhead mounted TV with DVD player for onboard entertainment.

Also there is a beautiful cabinet for glassware for when there are guests on board.

Moving farther aft we arrive at the galley. It is an L shape with good areas for preparing meals and serving either to the table or cockpit.

Opening ports make it very comfortable either on passage or at anchor.

Directly across from the galley is the navigation station with opening chart table, communication gear and electrical panel.

Next aft along the starboard side is the walk thru to the aft cabin.

Along this passageway the space can be a sea berth or storage area. There is also the entrance to the engine room here.

Finally we arrive at the aft cabin featuring a large double berth with adjacent seat and drawers beneath plus head and private entrance.


Refigeration and freezer with 4" insulation

Double SS sink with hot and cold pressure water

Stove with oven

Garbage bin

Dish and cup holder

Spice rack

10 gal Hot water heater  (2013)

Numerous drawers and cupboards for storage

Salt water foot pump

Lockers are teak lined

Formica work area

Electronics and Nav Gear

Raymarine chartplotter (2013)

Raymarine autopilot  (2013)

Raymarine type 2 Autopilot drive (2013)

Raymarine ST 60 wind and speed (2013)

Icom IC-710 SSB  Needs attention

Icom IC-M45 VHF radio

Neiko 1000W inverter  (2014)

Xantrex 20 amp battery charger

Richie compass

Clock and Barometer

Engine and Mechanical

Ford Lehman Super 90 hp diesel engine (Full service in 2013)

Borg Warner transmission

Racor fuel filters

SS exhaust 

70 amp alternator

1 1/2" SS prop shaft

Fully insulated engine room

Stop solenoid

Full engine instrumentation

Engine room blower

All seacocks are bronze with SS ball valves thru hulls replaced in (2013)

2 X VDO tank guages

Fuel sight glass


Deck and Sailing gear

Well constructed fiberglass hull with modified keel

Double spreader alloy mast with alloy boom

Lofrans electric windlass 1200 watt

45 lb CQR anchor with 300' of 3/8" chain

45 lb CQR anchor as backup

Double lifelines

SS pulpit and pushpit

Perko spreader lights

Double backstays

Jiffy reefing

Internal halyards

Flag halyards

SS boarding ladder

Outboard motor bracket

Salt water wash down pump



2 X mainsails with 3 reef points

2 X furling jibs

150% furling Genoa

100% furling Genoa


Storm jib


All winches are ST Lewmars and have covers

2 X ST 55 primaries

2 X ST 46

Main sheet ST 46

Main halyard ST 40

Jib halyard ST 40

Staysail ST 30 Reefing wincg ST 30


Bimini and dodger  (2013)

Full awning  (2013)




Well designed center cockpit

5/8" cockpit sole

34" destroyer wheel on pedestal with compass guard and teak ring

Cockpit cushions

Cockpit table and glass holder




6 X 225 amp Trojan batteries (2013)

90 amp starting battery  (2013)

45 amp solar panel

400 watt wind generator  (2014)

LED navigation Lights

12v electrical panel

70 amp alternator

Sharp DVD and TV

2 X 50' shore power cords

500 watt Honda generator

Spectra watermaker



2500 Rule bilge pump with Rule sensor

Companionway locks on both entrances

LED navigation lights (2013)

6 person life raft  (needs service)

2.7M dinghy with 5 hp Mercury and 2 gas tanks

Life vests


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 Year 1984
 Builder Spindrift
 Designer Doug Peterson
 Boat Name Sotalia
 Model 46
 Location Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States
Asking Price $105,000.00
 LOA 46' 0"
 Beam 12' 0"
 Max Draft 6' 0"
 Total Power 90.00
 Engine Brand Ford Lehman
 Engine Power 90.00
 Engine Year 1984
 Engine/Fuel Type: Diesel
 Engine Hours: 0.00
 Engine Type: Inboard