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18m Custom Ketch, spacious Liveaboard Cruiser

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DESCRIPTION:18m Custom Ketch
LENGTH:18m (60ft)
BEAM:4.8m (15.7ft)
DRAFT:2.7m (8ft)
LOCATION:Auckland, New Zealand
BROKER:Clive Bennett
PRICE:NZ $650,000

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This extremely well-engineered and seaworthy vessel is considered among the finest cruising yachts available on the international market. The 60ft spacious custom-built ketch is impeccably presented and maintained by fastidious owners. Construction is Triple diagonal Kauri with West System. The 2.2m headroom interior is crafted from solid hardwood. Accommodation includes 3 cabins, two with ensuite and third separate bathroom plus optional 4th Cabin currently used for storage. It has all systems and equipment for safe, shorthanded cruising liveaboard or extended off-shore passages. She has proven to be supremely comfortable at sea and easily handled some 'fairly rough conditions including Force 10 storms'.  
This boat is in sail away condition and the owners are confident it will continue to offer a new owner the same excitement and lifestyle they have enjoyed over many years.
Designer: Naval architect Brian Poole
Construction: triple diagonal bonded New Zealand heart Kauri hardwood
Interior vertical surfaces mahogany, horizontal surfaces Australian Jarrah
Net tonnage: 23t
Engine: Cummins 130 HP
Speed: 8 knots under motor
Aft - Island queen size bed with en suite
Port - Double with en suite
Starboard - Two single berths
Forward - Originally four berth cabin - currently configured for storage, laundry with second deep freeze. 
Additional bathroom (day head) starboard amidships.
Vacuflush Toilet Systems
2.2m headroom
4 hob gas cooker with oven and grill
Electric- turbo oven, toaster
Two door stand-alone Fridge
Two separate Freezers
Sunbeam espresso coffee maker
Galley/cooking equipment-Extensive of range of quality cutlery, crockery, utensils, pots, pans and containers, carving knives etc
Watermaker EchoTech
Ray Marine autopilot + instruments.
Raytheon fish finder/depth sounder
Forward looking depth sounder
2 GPS systems
Raytheon radar
Trimble Inmarsat “C” transceiver
ICOM IC-M 802 SSB + Pactor III modem.
Self tracking TV dish antenna
Icom immersion proof handheld VHF
Garmin handheld GPS
Navigation Systems: Nobeltec, Seapro 3000 Lite.  Sailmail system currently disconnected from network
Genset: 7 KVA 220volts
Widescreen TV system +2 flat screen monitors
Sound system with CD and tuner
2 stereo and audio systems
2 laptop computers.
10 Person RFD Life raft
Safety Equipment
Life jackets (8 +)
Fire extinguishers
Safety harnesses
Man overboard life rings (2)
Man overboard light 
Deck equipment:
Open transom access
Bow thruster
Electric Sheet Winches (2) Andersen
Electric Mainmast Service Winch Muir
Electric Anchor Winch Muir
Manual cockpit winches (3)
2 spare anchors.
1 spare propeller
4 fenders
Water hoses for watering and cleaning plus attachments 
Lifelines - rigged from fixing points
Tender: 3.2 Metre Zodiac RIB + 3 hp Mercury Outboard
Sails & Rigging:
No 1 Genoa) (Harken Roller)
MPS Multi-Purpose Sail (Gennaker)
Mainsail (with Jackstays)
Mizzen Sail (with Jackstays
Storm Sail
General purpose spare sail 
Rigging - All braided stainless steel
Auspar aluminium masts and booms 
Bosun's chair
Documentation and manuals for all operating systems
Miele washer/dryer
Water filtration equipment
Barbecue, heaters, vacuum cleaner, iron and ironing board.
Cleaning materials and implements
Various spare parts and components.
Sail repair kit and an extensive array of mooring lines and general lines
Fuel filtration equipment
3 aluminium marine propane tanks
Electric power leads.
Optional extras - Dive compressor and scuba equipment,
Vessel walkthrough
Aft Cabin:
The aft cabin, as with the rest of the vessel, is luxuriously appointed in warm and co-ordinated wood finishes. Wood is solid, not veneer. Generous storage is provided under the floors, under the bed and in lockers each side of the bed head.  Above those lockers there is provision for books in bookshelves elegantly designed to complement the ambience of the entire cabin.  The bed is equipped with two elegant bedside lamps and above those lamps attractive maritime original paintings.
The Queen size bed is accessible from three sides and the step-up configuration makes access easy.  At the forward end of the cabin on each side two wardrobes, one full length.
Natural light is provided by two panoramic portholes and a large overhead hatch.  A 15-inch flat screen TV is mounted high up in the forward starboard corner.
The en-suite is equipped with wash basin with cupboards below, fresh water Vacuflush toilet, a retractable shower head, heated towel rails, a generous wall mirror, retractable facial mirror and varnished teak floor gratings.  A capacious utility storage cupboard is located forward of the ensuite.  The en suite door has a full-length mirror on the main cabin side and a half-length mirror on the inside.
Chart Room/Communications:
The companionway between the aft cabin and the saloon houses navigation, power switchboard and communication systems.  It comprises a chart table and alongside that is our primary deep-freeze.  The main access door to the engine room is located on the port side of the companionway.
Within the area there is a Trimble Inmarsat C transceiver, 2 single side band transceivers (one Sailmail capable), Raytheon radar, Raytheon Chart plotter, VHF transceiver and 2 Toshiba laptop computers.  2 cupboards under the chart table and the chart table itself provide appropriate storage as does a locker under the floor.  Above the deep-freeze elegant shelving is used for housing optical equipment and other gear.
This is a comms centre for e-mails, radio messages, receive international weather reports and charts and display position using any one of 3 software systems.  All this can be relayed continuously to the other TV screens throughout the vessel including the 15-inch flat screen mounted in the cockpit.  The flat screen in the cockpit can be demounted easily and quickly whilst not required at sea.
One of the all-pervading vessel characteristics is that of interior volume and light. This is because of incredible headroom throughout, more than adequate and well-placed panoramic portholes and windows together with the textures and reflectivity of the natural wood surfaces.
This is especially true of the Saloon area.  The wide companionway with its proper steps and windows at and above head height around the coach area provide wonderful illumination even in dull conditions.
On the port side from the galley to the forward bulkhead is a beautiful sideboard in Australian Jarrah.  Alongside that is an extensive seating system to service the port side of the fixed galley table.  This seat is usable as a berth and has storage behind it and beneath it.  Other seating is provided by up to 5 elegant collapsible chairs which can be stored in a locker under the floor of the main cabin when not in use.
On the starboard side of the entire saloon there is another beautiful sideboard in Australian Jarrah with a row of 8 cupboards.  These cupboards house many things including crockery, glasses and the two stereo and audio system.  Above this is located the 32-inch TV screen.
The saloon affords a wonderfully spacious environment for entertaining.  Food can be prepared and displayed (buffet on the sideboard) in wonderful style and the owners’ have on occasions accommodated up to 40 friends and family at one time.
At the forward end of the saloon a double folding hatch in the floor provides access to the bilge which houses most of the services equipment.
This is located in the saloon on the port aft side.  Being part of the saloon is a very important aspect for communicating whilst at sea between the galley and the watch.  When not at sea it is equally as important for the social interaction between the galley and those on board. Everything is within easy reach including the coffee maker, full-size two-door refrigerator, four burner stove with grill and oven, double sink bench with four drawers and two cupboards; all within arm’s length.
Port (Guest) Cabin:
A very comfortable double berth and ensuite provides a good combination of privacy and comfort. The cabin is decorated with an interesting wall decoration and painting.  Storage is provided in the ensuite, under the double bed and under the floor.  There is also a floor to ceiling storage cupboard.  Library shelves are mounted on the inside of the hull.  Excellent lighting is provided by a panoramic porthole and a large overhead hatch.  A solar cell ventilator in the ensuite provides good air circulation.
Starboard Shower/ and Day Head
This is provided for general use and has the same facilities as the other two bathrooms.
Starboard Cabin:
The cabin has two full length bunk berths with four cupboards under the lower birth.  Two under floor lockers provide storage and access to the bow thruster and some of the transducers.  A full-size hatch provides light, ventilation and access.
Forward Cabin:
Originally this cabin comprised a Double sized Vee berth and 2 smaller pilot type berths.  At present there are removable storage containers along with an Engel portable deep-freeze unit and a full-size top-of-the-line Miele washer/dryer.  Most of this is reversible without much effort should additional accommodation be required.
There are 5 lockers underneath the Vee berth area.
Engine Room:
Access to the engine room is via a door from the Navigation/Chart room area.  Additional access is provided via a removable panel at the forward end of the main cabin.  The engine room houses the main Cummins engine, the 7 kVA genset and the fuel filling and fuel transfer manifolds.  By normal yachting standards this engine room is very spacious affording unusually easy access to machinery and systems.  The engine room insulation was upgraded just before "Alpha Crucis" left New Zealand. 
Very few vessels have a bilge like this!  White, spotless and easy to maintain. One observer commented “this is what you expect to see at a Boat Show”. Here are located most of the vessel's service systems.  This includes refrigeration plant, hot water cylinder, fresh water supply system, water maker (new), intermediate holding tanks (2), toilet control system, fresh water tanks (4), diesel tanks (4), bilge pumps (2), bilge cleaning system.
Large, comfortable and dry even in extremely difficult conditions.  During a voyage the owners experienced three Force 10 storms and were in Force 8 gales most of the way across the Atlantic. During this and similar occasions they were well protected at all times by the rugged construction of the canopy framework and covers.  The electric winches make running the ship in inclement conditions relatively easy with a crew of 2. The current owners spent 300 days and nights at sea, not including coastal sailing, and throughout all that time one was in the cockpit. 
Heating and Cooling:
The main cabin, saloon and port cabin have permanently installed circulating fans.  These together with a wind scoop and a desktop auto rotating fan with natural ventilation ensure comfort in temperatures up to 40° C.
There are also small oil filled electric radiators used during winter conditions.
Sailing Characteristics:
The boat has the design benefit of being relatively high sided offering more space and keeping dry whilst sailing.  Also, with a displacement weight less than an equivalent sized glass construction it has proven performance both on off the wind.
 Owner comments:
  • In 50,000 nautical miles we would not have had the main fully up more than 20% of the time.  The most efficient and comfortable strategy was to use the headsail and mizzen, using the main as a balancing tool to keep our heel within 10 to 15 degrees maximum.  This providing optimum speed and comfort.
  • We probably used the engine less than 5% of the time on ocean passages.
  • We did use the MPS (Multi-Purpose Sail) in light conditions.
  • The electric service winch just ahead of the main mast was a godsend for hoisting the main and crew to the top of the mast for R&M in port and at sea.
  • The relatively unobstructed deck space made working on the boat safe and easy.  This comment is made in context.  There never is any substitute for safety consciousness at sea in any vessel.
  • The anchoring system is brilliant and has at no time failed.

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IMPORTANT: 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 their agents, or their 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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