Croft Marine – Ketch for sale

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Croft Marine – Ketch for sale for just £ 35,000negotiableVat Included / Paid

Length Used.     Year good

Lying: , OverSeas, Spain.

Kareelah (‘South Wind’ in an Australian Aboriginal tongue) is a 12 metre round bilge professionally-built steel ketch (keel laid 1994, launched 1996) presently lying on the Costa Blanca, Spain. The current (and second) owner sailed her from the UK to Spain via the French canals in 2005 Until 2010 she cruised the Costa Blanca, Ibiza and Formentera, and has since been very lightly used. Kareelah’s 12 metre berth is also available if required.
Offering generous storage and standing headroom throughout, Kareelah is a strong, comfortable and well-equipped medium-to-heavy displacement cruiser featuring a lifting keel: with an AVS of 129 degrees she’ll look after you when it’s rough and enable you to explore the shoaling waters where others cannot venture.
She boasts a very fine round-bilged hull in 6mm steel painted in Awlgrip’s Flag Blue. There’s none of the agricultural appearance so often associated with steel boats, in fact she’s always mistaken for a GRP boat. She has a, Awlgrip painted 4mm steel deck and 10mm steel grounding plate along her long and shallow fixed keel. Her ballasted hydraulic lifting keel increases her draft from one metre to a maximum of 2.9 metres and retracts into a keel box that forms the centre of the saloon table.
Kareelah offers six berths in two cabins plus the saloon; throughout she is finished in attractive light oak joinery. There are two V berths in the bow cabin with two lockers forward above the berths, 2 drawers and 2 lockers under each berth, one hanging locker, shelving and a seat with locker beneath. A teak hatch affords ventilation and access to the foredeck. A forepeak locker beneath the apex of the V berths provides storage for the bower anchor chain, the kedge and emergency tiller. There is dorade ventilation to this cabin.
In the saloon there is an L-shaped dinette to starboard and settee to port, serving as single berths with lee-cloths. The centre of the table is formed by the keel box and has two drop leaves providing space to sit six diners comfortably. There are eight spacious lockers beneath the saloon seating/berths and seven lockers above the seating. The saloon has a solid fuel stove, a gimballed brass oil lamp and inclinometer as well as conventional electric centre- and spot-lighting. There is a Kenwood CD/MP3/FM radio and speakers. A large traditional glazed hatch means the saloon is light, airy and – in port or light airs – well ventilated.
The galley is to starboard, aft of the dinette, and has a four burner stove with oven and grill, a double stainless steel sink and a refrigerator. Above the stove is a range of fiddled shelves with sliding perspex doors and below the galley work surfaces are two drawers and three lockers. There is electrically pumped hot and cold water to both galley and heads and a reserve foot pump for cold water. The water is heated by the engine’s heat exchanger when under power or by immersion heater using shore power.
There is a separate heads compartment with Lavac marine lavatory and stainless steel washbasin with locker beneath. There is a storage cabinet above with sliding perspex doors. There is dorade ventilation to the heads.
The aft cabin to port has a double berth, hanging locker, drawer and locker unit and a capacious under-berth locker.
Two steps lead up from this accommodation to the raised doghouse and its large starboard side chart table, with a chart drawer and four further drawers under and cupboard to starboard. There is a fixed chart table seat with locker beneath, an occasional seat, and high level fiddle shelving to port and starboard. All instrumentation and switches are located around the chart table
Aft of the chart table (and at the foot of the three steps to the cockpit) on starboard side is a very large under cockpit locker (larger than the aft cabin) which is accessed via double doors in the doghouse. This locker is a great surprise to all who see it and whilst it currently affords storage only, it would lend itself to more specialised use.
The deep, self-draining and very secure cockpit has wheel steering (connected by rod to the rudder), a floor hatch gives access to the rudder stock to which the emergency steering tiller can be fitted. There are two open winch handle coaming lockers forward (one of which contains the push button control for the electric winch), and two teak hatched sheet coaming lockers aft. Beneath the split/lift helmsman’s seat is the gas locker, and stowage for the dinghy. An eight man Viking Rescyou Pro (new 2005, last serviced 2007) self-righting liferaft is attached in its stainless steel cradle to the pushpit. Also mounted on the pushpit are a Garmin GPS antenna, a Raystar 125 GPS antenna and a Navtex antenna. The cockpit also benefits from a de-mountable, folding teak cockpit table.
Sails and spars
Kareelah has a low aspect ratio cutter ketch rig with anodised aluminium masts and spars by Sailspar, strut vang, and stainless steel one metre bowsprit with a teak anchor handling platform. Her stainless steel standing rigging was completely replaced in 2005 as were her suit of sails, which now include an overlapping genoa, staysail, fully-battened mainsail with Harken cars, mizzen staysail and mizzen – all by Jeckells (guaranteed to 2010). She also has a cruising chute (1999) by Suffolk Sails and spinnaker pole. The genoa furling gear is by Harken (2005), the staysail furling gear is by Sailspar (1996). Furling sails have UV strips in navy blue and there are navy blue covers for the main and mizzen sails. All lines are led aft to the cockpit where there are two Lewmar 40 and two Lewmar 30 self-tailing sheet winches, one OP1 electric self-tailing control line winch and one Lewmar 6 halyard winch (for the mizzen). All winches are in chrome finish.
Deck gear
Kareelah has a stainless steel pulpit, pushpit, stanchions and guardwires (new 2005), together with a stainless steel and iroko folding boarding ladder from the stern (2008). She has a 20.5kg (45lb) CQR main anchor, with 60 metres of chain and further warp, Fortress style kedge anchor and anchor chum. There are twin stainless bow rollers and a manual anchor windlass. Substantial twin stainless steel sampson posts are in the bow, similar individual stainless steel sampson posts are to port and starboard at the stern and there are stainless steel cleats amidships. There are varnished teak grabrails to port and starboard on the doghouse and on the coachroof. The forehatch, the large glazed skylight, twin dorade boxes, companionway hatch and washboards are all in varnished teak, as are the toerails. There is an all-round 15 cm (six inch) bulwark with scuppers providing a high sense of security on deck. There is a deck light mounted to the main mast for foredeck working.
Mechanical and electrical systems
Kareelah’s Perkins Perama M35 three cylinder 35hp diesel engine has completed 1100 hours running time since new. It is electric start and freshwater-cooled via a heat exchanger. The prop shaft drives a three-blade feathering Maxprop propeller (2005) that gives Kareelah 5.5 knots cruising speed and 7.5 knots maximum. Kareelah has a flat water range under power of approximately 250 miles. She has a single lever control on the binnacle and Perkins control panel including rev counter, temperature gauge, decompressor and ignition.
The two 12 volt 110amp hour domestic batteries (with provision and wiring for two further such batteries) and one 12 volt cranking battery charged by an engine alternator, solar panel (new 2013) and shore power. Kareelah has an integrated system of isolation transformer (to provide smooth shore power without the risk of galvanic corrosion), battery charger, charge controller and battery monitor – all by Mastervolt (2005) – providing 220 -240 volts shore power via three sockets and 12 volts when off shore power. The solar panel is independently controlled. There is a conventional battery switch (off, battery one, battery two, all).
Navigation equipment and instrumentation
The steering compass is mounted on a Whitlock binnacle, on which is also mounted an Autohelm (now Raymarine) ST50 log, boatspeed and depth gauge (with chart table repeater) and Raymarine ST2 wheel autopilot (new 2007) with wireless remote and fluxgate compass fitted to the mizzen mast beneath the radar dome. There is a Raymarine ST60 wind system mounted to the doghouse bulkhead and visible from the helm. In the doghouse above the chart table, there is a Raytheon (again now Raymarine) RL70 monochrome chartplotter/radar, a back-up Garmin 65 GPS, Autohelm repeater, ST60 wheel pilot remote control, Navtex Weatherman, Navman 7100 DSC VHF, brass clock and barometer, 12 volt control panel, solar control panel, battery/charger panels and navigation light control panel. On deck there are deck level steam and navigation lights and a masthead tricolour.
Electronic charts include C-Map charts of North Sea, western approaches, Atlantic France and Spain, and Western Mediterranean there is a good selection of paper charts for similar areas. There are various plotters, parallel rules, dividers etc.
Safety equipment
In addition to the previously mentioned Viking liferaft, there are three fire extinguishers, fire blanket in galley, life sling, jack stays, Echomax radar reflector, manual bilge pump (fixed), manual bilge pump (portable), electric bilge pump (to fit), mast steps, bosun’s chair, horseshoe buoy and danbuoy.
Ancilliary equipment
Galvanised steel winter storage cradle, Tinker Tramp dinghy with wooden oars, windscoop for forehatch, two awnings to shade the main deck and cockpit, boat hooks, fenders, a considerable number of hanks of cordage (warps, sheets, halyards), anchoring and motoring day shapes, detachable anchor light, removable boarding ladder, emergency antennae, spares (impellors, bulbs, fan belts, stainless fittings bolts etc etc).
History and construction
Kareelah was built by Croft Marine to a design by William O’Donovan that was specified by his father. Mr O’Donovan Snr wanted a rugged, shoal draft cruiser that would be equally at home exploring the UK’s East Coast estuaries, negotiating Europe’s canals, cruising the Mediterranean and blue water sailing. The galley had to be capable of producing ‘Sunday dinner with all the trimmings’ and all the specifications and systems had to be ‘over-engineered’ to ensure safe and comfortable passages.
She was cruised from her base on the Orwell around the East Coast and to the West Country, Belgium, Holland and France by Mr O’Donovan and his wife. Sadly, Mr O’Donovan died before he could pursue his ambition to take Kareelah through the French canals to the Mediterranean. That part of Kareelah’s story was completed by her present owner in 2005 and since then she has visited Ibiza and Formentera as well as cruising the coasts of Valencia and Alicante provinces, and being a spectator boat during the 2007 America’s Cup.
Despite her displacement, Kareelah will make 4 knots in F2 airs but really comes into her own once F3 and above are coming over the deck: the cockpit remains dry, the bulwarks stay out of the water and there’s little more than 15 degrees of heel, but she’ll pick up her feet and make 6.9 knots on a reach.
Kareelah has been antifouled twice yearly since 2005 and in 2013/4 was professionally re-sprayed by International Allcoatings in Awlgrip’s Flag Blue (hull above the waterline) and Off-white (deck). The hull below the boot-top was taken back to primer, re-primed and anti-fouled with Hempel Crusing anti-foul (two coats).
Also available is Kareelah’s 12 metre pontoon berth – the maximum size available in an unpretentious marina located around 40 miles south of Valencia city. The berth also includes a lock-up to store all those things you can’t fit on the boat but which ‘might come in handy’ and need to be nearby. The berth is protected by a remote security system (card entry) and staff are on duty 24/7. The marina has a travel lift and 15 tonne crane. There’s a bar restaurant, small chandlery/boat sales office, large members-only swimming pool, and secure berth-side parking. Members share annual running costs, which work out around 1200€ a year.
It was estimated by Kareelah’s last surveyor that it would cost £250,000 to build and equip her – and that was in 2003! The original invoices show materials costs of more than £100,000 (excluding the labour) in 1994/96 prices.
In 2005, the berth cost 90,000€ (in those days, £63,000) for perpetual rights, with the additional costs being the share of the annual running costs, which are fixed at each annual meeting of members (currently about 1200€ pa).
Why is Kareelah up for sale? Having moved back to the United Kingdom and started a new business in 2010, I lack the time to sail her.
PRICE REDUCTION: Kareelah was £44,500 (no VAT), now £35,000. Part-exchange for a good seaworthy UK-based sailboat around 28’ would be considered. The berth is included in the sale, with concessionary annual fees (50% off) until December 2018 and annual fees thereafter will be approximately 2000€.

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