2006 Buddy Davis 48 Express Gypsea


Saint Augustine, FL


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48 ft
yacht-beam-length Beam
15.67 ft
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2000 HP
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GYPSEA is a captain maintained 48 Buddy Davis express with an extensive list of recent updates.

2024 Improvements include:

  • Starlink system installed
  • KVH Tracphone and Direct TV domes removed
  • New tower and bridge backrest cushions

From 2001-2023 she has undergone a substantial refresh including:

  • New Hull, house, cockpit and topside Alexseal paint
  • New Furuno electronics package
  • New teak cockpit sole and covering boards
  • New Faux teak transom, toe rail and pulpit by Monique Richter
  • New underwater lights
  • New EZ2CY curtains
  • New Sionyx night vision system
  • New transformer

The GYPSEA is now a stunning example of the collaboration between Buddy Davis and the esteemed Donald L. Blount and Associates, re-imagining the express sportfish with 360 degree helm visibility, a stand-up engine room and great seakeeping ability. The Buddy Davis boasts modern, composite construction with a solid glass bottom, Divinicell cored hull sides and Nidacore decks. Her watermaker, Eskimo ice maker and impressive list of spare parts make GYPSEA self sufficient for travel and extended time offshore. Her owner’s plans have changed making GYPSEA available, she’s exceptionally clean, updated, turnkey and ready to fish or cruise.


We provide this yacht listing in good faith, and although we cannot guarantee its accuracy or the condition of the boat. The South Jersey Yacht Sales - CCM is pleased to assist you in the purchase of this vessel. This boat is centrally listed by United Yacht Sales - Georgia, Florida -Jacksonville and St. Augustine Area. She is subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice and does not imply a direct representation of a specific yacht for sale.


BOAT TYPE: Saltwater Fishing

MODEL: 48 Express


YEAR: 2006


BEAM: 15.67 ft

LENGTH: 48 ft / 14.63 m

DRY WEIGHT: 42,000 lb


MAKE: Caterpillar


FUEL: diesel

POWER: 1000 HP

TYPE: Inboard

HOURS: 3450


DRIVE: Direct




MAKE: Caterpillar


FUEL: diesel

POWER: 1000 HP

TYPE: Inboard

HOURS: 3446

LOCATION: Starboard

DRIVE: Direct









Manufacturer Provided Description

Take the helm of the 48 Express, and we will show you it can do what no other sportfishing boat can do. Punching through 6-foot head seas at 35 knots, its beautifully flared bow throws off every drop of water before it gets to the windshield. Try that on one of our competitor's boats, and you'll be under a waterfall. The power steering makes it easy to change direction, sprinting forward or backing down. And when you have to head out to the canyon, you'll know you'll get there with plenty of time to put your lines in, even when conditions make our competitor's boats head for cover, thanks to a 30-knot cruising speed. Optional power gets her over 37-knots. Everything starts with the bottom hull shape. All other things-the tumblehome, the flare-are all derivative of the bottom, and it's very effective. Designed in collaboration with noted naval architect Donald L. Blount, the Buddy Davis 48 Express is a masterpiece in seakeeping performance. Run her hard. She doesn't pound. She won't shake, rattle, roll or leave you wet. Down swell, she behaves and goes where you want, never steering by the bow.

Once you experience the superb ride, you'll want to take a closer look at the many quality and innovative details that make her a true fishing or cruising machine. First the helm is elevated for an ideal line of sight. In fact, the Buddy Davis 48 offers the best visibility from the helm of any of the competition-bar none! Yet it's close to all the action, making it the perfect cockpit. Four anglers and a mate have plenty of space to maneuver. And for those who fish up forward or need to drop the anchor, there's plenty of non-skid on her massive foredeck. Access to the massive, clutter-free engine room is through the bridgedeck stairs fitted with substantial gas struts as standard equipment. Thanks to the elevated helm, there's stand-up headroom and all systems are easily serviced. With six feet of headroom, maintenance is a pleasure. The Buddy Davis 48 offers more headroom than any other size boat in her class.

Additional Description

Davis's attention to detail goes beyond where the eye can see, and that ensures that the 48 Express is at the forefront of high tech, yet utilizes proven boat-building techniques. This 20-ton vessel features a solid glass bottom, Divinycell-cored hull sides, Nidacore decks and bulkheads, and a hull-to-deck joint that is screwed, epoxied and fiberglassed to withstand anything the ocean can throw at her. The Davis tunnel technology is now available on all Buddy Davis models. On the 48, for example, the draft is reduced to 3'2". If you plan on fishing and cruising where every of inch of water beneath you counts, the shallow draft of the 48 is tough to beat. In addition, the rudders are less exposed with the tunnels, reducing the risk of damage. Also impressive is the fact that with tunnels, the 48 maintains the same seakeeping characteristics that has made Davis famous among sportfishermen. So while other builders continue to build boats using the same decades-old hull design, Davis continues to ensure that each Davis is better than the last.

Vessel Walkthrough

Main Salon:

  • L-Shaped settee with storage
  • Swivel chair with storage
  • Tackle/rod locker with etched glass door and LED lighting
  • Varnished Teak coffee table
  • Samsung smart LCD Television
  • Fusion audio head


  • Corian countertop
  • Sink
  • Sharp microwave/convection oven
  • Princess Gourmet 2-Burner stove
  • (2) Subzero 700BR refrigerator drawers
  • Teak and Holly floors

Master Stateroom:

  • V-Berth with storage
  • Hanging locker
  • Built-In nightstand with Corian top
  • Samsung LCD television
  • Teak and Holly floor
  • Port and starboard overhead storage
  • Clarion stereo
  • LED lighting


  • Corian vanity top
  • Sink
  • Raritan marine head with vacuum pump
  • Shower enclosure with folding glass door
  • Tankwatch holding tank monitor
  • Teak and Holly floor


  • New Teak deck and covering boards in 2021
  • Alexseal paint job 2023 including house, hull, cockpit, foredeck and hardtop
  • Faux Teak toe rail, transom and pulpit by Monique Richter
  • Polished 13 step aluminum tuna tower with sun shade and second station
  • Oversized cockpit freezer
  • Oversized cockpit refrigerated drink box
  • Pipewelders triple spreader outriggers
  • Rupp 15’ center rigger (2022)
  • Murray Products fighting chair with rocket launcher
  • Tuna door with transom gate
  • Teak cockpit sole and covering boards (2021)
  • Cockpit mister system with 10 nozzles
  • Port/starboard Gemlux vertical swivel rod holders for dredge rods (2022)
  • (3) Gunnel rod holders per side
  • (3) Tower rod holders per side
  • In-Deck fishbox with macerator
  • Port/starboard tackle drawers and storage
  • Port/starboard EZ2CY panels (2023)
  • Port/starboard deck live well plumbing
  • Cockpit fresh and raw water washdown
  • Lazarette access
  • Aft bridge polycarbonate panels with zippered access
  • 3-Sided glass windshield with painted aluminum frames
  • Combination cockpit cover/shade with carbon poles (2022)
  • Cockpit bolsters (2022)
  • (2) Ladder back helm chairs
  • Port/starboard L-Shaped bridge seating with storage
  • Lewmar stainless DTX anchor with 30’ chain and 600’ rode (2022)

Helm and Electronics:

  • (2) Furuno TZT 2 15” displays (2021)
  • Furuno Navpilot 711C autopilot (2021)
  • Furuno FI70 4.1” data display (2021)
  • Furuno 25kw open array radar (2021)
  • Furuno black box sounder (2021)
  • Elbex video switcher for engine room cameras
  • Clarion audio controller
  • Furuno FM-4850 vhf/radio telephone (2021)
  • Furuno SP-4800 vhf speaker (2021)
  • (4) JL Audio speakers, Subwoofer and amp
  • Engine room cameras
  • (2) Digital VHF antennas (2023)
  • Wave wifi system
  • Sionyx night vision camera (2022)
  • Bilge pump indicator lights
  • High water alarms
  • Starlink dedicated streaming system (2024) - replaced KVH TV & Tracphone
  • Sunbrite bridge television
  • Analog fuel gauge


  • Furuno 12” TZT 3 display (2023)
  • Furuno Navpilot 711C autopilot (2021)
  • Furuno FI70 4.1” data display (2021)
  • Bennett LCD trim tab indicator
  • Furuno FM-4850 vhf/radio telephone (2021)


  • Westerbeke 20kw genset (4,050 hours)
  • Volt master 60A battery equalizers (2)
  • Charles 50A battery charger
  • A/Seas DBT 12 marine transformer (new 2023)
  • Salon AC/DC breaker panel 12/24V
  • Helm DC breaker panel
  • 12V Cockpit electric reel outlets (2022)
  • (5) Multicolor bridge overhead LED lighting
  • Multicolor cockpit rope lighting (2022)
  • (2) Multicolor tower sunshade LED lighting
  • (4) Multicolor tower platform LED lighting
  • (2) Tower aft facing quartz spreader lights
  • (1) Tower foreword facing quartz spreader light
  • Striker Go spotlight (2022)
  • (2) Sea Vision LED multicolored underwater lights (2022)
  • All 8D AGM batteries replaced (2022)

Engine Details and Mechanical Equipment:

  • Twin Caterpillar C-18 1000hp (3,450 hours)
  • ZF transmissions
  • Glendenning electronic controls with backups
  • Digital Caterpillar engine displays (helm and tower)
  • (4) Cruisair reverse cycle air conditioning units (2 bridge, 1 salon, 1 master)
  • Hydraulic actuators for bridge storage and engine room hatch
  • Glendenning cable master
  • Galleymaid watermaker
  • Eskimo 600lb/day ice maker
  • Brownies third lung system
  • Engine room crash pumps
  • Engine room blowers
  • Engine room exhaust fans
  • Fire boy fire suppression system
  • Air compressor with hose
  • Sea star hydraulic steering
  • Double Racor turbine fuel water separators
  • Oberdorfer A/C cooling pump with backup pump installed (2022) and plumbed with selector   valve
  • Headhunter fresh water pump with D/C backup plumbed with selector valve (2022)
  • New steering ram ( 2022)
  • 5-Rule bilge pumps with USS Ultra Pump float switches
  • Reverso oil change system for mains, genset and transmissions
  • Bennett trim tabs with LED indicators
  • Water heater
  • New cutlass bearings (2022)

Notable Spare parts (2022/2023):

  • Genset raw water pump
  • Genset starter
  • Genset alternator
  • Main engine starter
  • Main engine alternator
  • Raw water washdown pump
  • Fish box macerator pump
  • A/C cooling pump
  • House fresh water pump

  • Miya Epoch teaser reels in tower

Mechanical Disclaimer

Engine hours are as of the date of the original listing and are a representation of what the listing broker is told by the owner and/or actual reading of the engine hour meters. The broker cannot guarantee the true hours. It is the responsibility of the purchaser and/or his agent to verify engine hours, warranties implied or otherwise and major overhauls as well as all other representations noted on the listing brochure.


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.