Sunday, February 8, 2015

Zulu Sold in Bay of Islands, New Zealand

Zulu, the sound and excellent sailing boat that we voyaged on for six years, has sold in the Bay of Islands, New Zealand.

It was a Scotsman from Vancouver Island, British Columbia who had her so well designed and built.
And it is a Scots-born New Zealander from Wellington who is the new owner.
Zulu's home is now in Aotearoa, The Land of The Long White Cloud.

My wish is that she sails on through oceans blue to new horizons.

In time, I will write the untold stories of The Voyage of Yacht Zulu.

As new chapters begin
May dreams come true.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The sea awoke at midnight from its sleep
And round the pebbly beaches far and wide
I heard the first wave of the rising tide
Rush onward with uninterrupted sweep;
A voice out of the silence of the deep,
A sound mysteriously multiplied
As of a cataract from the mountain's side,
Or roar of winds upon a wooded steep.
So comes to us at times, from the unknown
And inaccessible solitudes of being,
The rushing of the sea-tides of the soul;
And inspirations that we deem our own,
Are some divine foreshadowing and foreseeing
Of things beyond our reason or control.

From the deck of Zulu: Bora Bora 2009

Footprints in the Sand: Port Morelle, Tonga 2010

Monday, January 20, 2014

Yacht Zulu for Sale: Ready for Blue Water Cruising.

January 24, 2014 

Yacht Zulu is up for sale. Very fairly priced for quick sale. Ready for blue water cruising.

Summary and further description; Photo gallery

Summary Description

Name: ZULU 
Year/Launched: 1988 
Price: US$139,000 fixed  (NZ$159,000)
Located:  Bay of Islands, NZ 
Hull Material: Aluminum 
Engine/Fuel Type: Single Diesel 

Fin keel, blue water cruiser—Seattle, Alaska, Mexico, South Pacific, NZ. Cutter-rigged Masthead Sloop with 1 furling headsail and full cruiser sail wardrobe. Three sleeping cabins, with master aft; single-berth cabin to starboard; and double V-berth cabin forward. Gas stove/oven and large fridge/freezer. Two heads. Comprehensive communications with additional power-generating capacity to include KISS wind generator and two solar panels. Good live a board. 

Designer: Naval architect--Grahame Shannon, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada. Professional Builder: TD Manufacturing Port Coquitlam, BC, Canada. 

Dimensions: LOA 44’8’’ 
LWL: 38’6” 
Beam: 13’ 
Displacement: 27,000 lbs 
Draft: 7’ 
Bridge Clearance: 59’ 
Ballast: 9,500 lbs 
Gross Tonnage: 20 GRT 

Enquire now for extensive inventory and specs to--
Marilyn Marais Email:
Christian Eckhoff Email: 
Home: 64+09-403-7281
Johny Bjorngard Email: Cell: 64+021-866-177 

Further Description 


Layout, aft going forward--
Aft cabin with double berth—head to starboard; seat with storage underneath; lockers to port and starboard off berth; vanity with mirror and 3 draws.
Access to machinery space/workroom is through door via head to starboard.
There is a walk through going forward into the main cabin on the port side.
The fridge and freezer is to port of walk through and engine access to starboard.
The navigation station is aft of main salon to port with galley opposite to starboard.
Main salon offers port and starboard settees with centerline folding table.
There is a pilot berth to starboard in main salon an end of which houses the diesel tank that feeds the Dickinson Antarctic cabin heater forward of folding table.
The forward section of the boat offers a second head to port, a single-berth cabin to starboard, a hanging locker and cabinet draws forward of head to port; and a double V-berth cabin forward.

Headroom and berth length--
Main salon/galley headroom is 6’4” at highest point in galley and 6’3” at highest point in main salon.
Both sides of the ceiling taper down to about 6’0” at edges  with curve of deck.
Berth length of all settees plus the pilot berth is 6’8”
Forward cabin: the boat tapers down to about 6’.0”.
The berth length of starboard side cabin is 6’4” and the forward V-berth cabin is 6’3”.
Aft cabin: 5’10” headroom at entry to 6’0” and greater in different areas. Berth length is 6’5”. The aft head is also 6’0” and greater.

Type: Isuzu diesel C240                HP: 75          Cruising speed: 7.5 knots
Hours: NA                 Age: 1988

Fuel:  100 gals                            Water: 300 gals

Dickinson Antarctic diesel cabin heater; Rebuilt fridge/freezer; Force 10 Gourmet propane galley range/oven.

Raytheon R20 radar
Wagner autopilot
Garmin 128 and 72 GPS
ICOM 802 HAM Marine transceiver with Sp-24 speaker; Pactor II controller; AT-140 automatic antennae tuner; MN-100 Antenna matcher
Northstar wind indicator and Navman depth sounder
Uniden ES UM525 VHF plus two hand held
Epirb and Automatic Identification System receiver (AIS) and much more miscellaneous

12/120 volt system
(6) 6 volt deep cycle installed new 02/2013 in (2) 12 V banks (check)
Link 10 battery monitor. Honda EU series generator

Sails and winches
Main/three reefs (2008 new); headsails 100%, 150%, and Yankee.
Gennaker with snuffer.
900 sq ft sail area /15.9 Displacement. Ratio
6 Lewmar winches (check)

Ground Tackle
45 lb CQR, 25 lb Danforth, Bruce, Spade,  (only have 3 anchors. Will check CQR or Danforth)
200’ chain purchased 2011 and lots of line

Mainsail cover and SS framed cockpit bimini new 2011/2012, plus awning

Rubber:  10.6 ‘ 4-person Achilles Model SR JP-ACH00130J405 with wheels
Fiber glass:  Sailing dinghy (To be determined if leave on board)
Outboard Motor:  Mercury 9.9

Additional Equipment
Life ring with light attached
Overboard rescue life sling
Man overboard pole
Outboard motor mount on stern pulpit
Folding mast steps to first spreader
Step bench forward of mast
Stainless steel step off stern sugar scoop step
Bumpers (8) and (2) brand new oversized bumpers stowed in V-berth
Viking Life Raft—Type 1 Group A.   Serial No. 6UKSL-11020237.
 Solar cells (2) panels
 Sony car radio with speakers
And more

Hull Construction
Grade 5086H32 Aluminium; Plating ¼” to turn of bilge and 3/16” thereafter; foam above waterline.

Note: These details offered in good faith by owner. Drawn from surveys and current op systems.
Leaving on/taking off some equipment still under consideration: e.g., IPIRB, Sailing Dinghy.

Photo Gallery   

Here is a photo gallery of interest: It includes-
  • Selected current photographs of Yacht Zulu 2013 to 2014, Okiato Pt., Russell, New Zealand 2014
  • Yacht Zulu out cruising 2008 through 2013
  • Original photographs provided on purchase, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada 2005 
  • Vuda Marina staff in Fiji singing the Goodbye Song to Zulu as we prepared to leave
  • New beginnings
Selected current photographs of Yacht Zulu 2013 to 2014


Out cruising with Yacht Zulu 2008 through 2013

Original photographs of Yacht Zulu provided on purchase, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada 2005


Vuda Marina staff in Fiji singing the Goodbye Song to Zulu as we prepared to leave

 New beginnings