"Ultima Fuga" (formerly "Final Approach") is a 60ft Fast Cruiser from the renowned New Zealand designer John Lidgard that was built for speed while still maintaining a very comfortably laid out yacht that has been prepared for world cruising.
Purchased in 2009 by the current owner family who have put a great deal of effort in to produce a comfortable live-aboard that can easily be short-handed, without compromising its race-standard performance in all points of wind. As part of this work he gave himself the goal of making the boat a truly self-sufficient floating home capable of sailing anywhere on the globe in any weather.
Not only does the boat have a high-capacity water-maker; it also has enough sun and wind power capacity to run it without the need for fuel, so given only a little patience in times of low wind there is no reason why this boat couldn't complete a non-stop circumnavigation.
She sleeps eight in an aft ensuite captain's cabin, pilot berth, double master and crew cabin forward with separate shower room and day head.
The second shower room has been converted to a wet room for diving equipment and a medical-standard air compressor permanently installed to provide hookah air for a diving to maintain the hull, sort problems with ground tackle, and/or catch breakfast!
This Lidgard boat should provide lots of speed for the owner. It is built in wood with one-inch Kauri skin, edge fastened and glued, covered with two 5/16-inch diagonal Kauri layers and finished with a triaxial glass cloth and epoxy. It's a rocket but a comfy one.
The boat is trimmed well. The slot is poetry in carved ivory. The feel of the helm is delicate, balanced and responsive. The spray that finds your face from time to time only increases your feeling of vitality.
The transom of the boat ahead is slowly growing bigger, and you have no inclination whatsoever to turn on the engine.
Since purchasing the boat the owner overhauled all the systems of the boat, including complete rewiring, complete rigging replacement, and revision of all systems related to: plumbing, air flows, refrigeration, instrumentation, ground tackle, dock lines, etc.
Close attention has been paid to the engine and hull too, although they always were, and remain, in excellent condition needing only ongoing care. The engine has low hours for its class and gives no problems, oil and fuel filters have always been replaced well in advance of the recommendation.
The entire rigging, standing and running, was completely replaced by race-renowned Glen Hanson of Alameda, CA in 2010 at a cost of $65,000 and has been stressed very little since.
The mid-ship cockpit has an ideal refuge for crew in foul weather (with withdrawable top cover, benches, and a deep well to sit in), during his ownership the owner installed much larger scuppers to easily handle heavy rain or wave action.
October 2015 Survey and valuation is available of request
October 2015 Survey including hull, rudder and keel thermal imaging prepared by a certified master marine surveyor, USSA and documented ship wright with over 225,000 miles off shore experience, as the designated captain, in sailing and power vessels from 50' to 425', in most oceans worldwide.
Hull Construction and Arrangement
The basic design is a fin keel sloop cutter rigged.
The construction process is cold molded kauri wood with fiberglass laminate on the bottom and freeboard portions of the hull.
The decks are teak over marine plywood that has been painted out with epoxy base paint and anti-skid finish.
The deck protection is stainless stanchions with dual stainless wire.
The keel is a semi winged fin type and the rudder is a spade in design.
Foreword is the bow rail and anchor management system including bow roller, windlass and chain locker.
The decks are fitted with opening hatches and the rigging and sail management systems are fitted allowing ample walk around deck space.
The center cockpit is large and roomy and the aft cockpit is fitted with steering, machinery controls and sailing and communication instruments.
The sweep transom is fitted with a boarding ladder.
A strong and extensive stainless-steel structure over the entire aft section of the deck, supplying the dinghy davits, outboard hoist, radar arch, bimini and solar panels. The davit arms are currently hoisted by a normal winch, but the structure was designed to allow an electric hoist to be fitted if required.
Primary: Single Wheel and Pedestal Cable and Sprocket Drive & Brake/ Spade Rudder
Emergency Tiller Quadrant Access, Mechanical, In Cockpit
Back Up: Autopilot with Dedicated Drive
Interior Construction and Arrangement
The interior construction all wood and mastic with stainless fasteners, including furniture, cabinets, flooring and supports.
The stringers, longitudinal braces and bulkheads are also of wood.
The separate aft stateroom is accessed via a companionway aft and hallway from the main salon.
The captain's cabin can be converted from a bunk to a queen-size bed with an interlocking, multi-piece wooden conversion.
The main salon shares its space with the navigation station and is fitted with settees, dinette and ample storage.
Access to the main salon is provided thru a second companion way from the amid ship cockpit and the walk thru hallway.
The galley to starboard is fitted with sinks, cold food storage, propane stove and oven, microwave counter tops and cabinets.
The machine space is under the middle cockpit sole with access thru side doors.
Foreword is the main head and separate shower, crew bunk spaces and 2 work shop and storage areas.
There is ample lighting and outside light via the port lights and overhead access is afforded via opening deck hatches thru out.
The cabin sole is laminated wood throughout.
The settees and bunks are fitted with padded cushions and mattresses.
Machinery and Propulsion
Main Engine: Perkins 6 Cylinder Injected
Diesel, 135 BHP 3,638 Hours
Exhaust Type: Wet with Hydro Muffler
Engine Controls/Gages: Cockpit
Cooling: Raw and Fresh H20, Pumped, Heat Exchangers and Oil Coolers
Riser: Water Cooled
Shaft: 2'' Stainless Steel
Fuel Filters: Dual Racor and Factory Primary
Reduction Gear: Borg Warner Velva Drive 1.9:1
Fuel Shut Off: Manual
Ventilation: Forced Air
Thru Hulls: Ball Valve Marine Grade, New 2010
Prop: Max Prop Self Feathering
Shaft Support: Skegg with Cutlass Bearing
All AC management is in a waterproof housing, completely isolated from the DC systems. Earth leakage protection is provided, and the shore power ground line is isolated with a galvanic isolator.
Dual 110v and 220v systems can be supplied from battery or the shore power available in any region of the world.
The 110v systems can now be supplied by: a 6kW invertor from battery power; directly from 110v shore power; or from 220v shore power via a transformer. A 220v system can be supplied by: a 2kW invertor from battery power; directly from 220v shore power; or from 110v shore power via a transformer. This means that the boat can dock in any region of the world and use the shore power both safely and easily.
An additional high output alternator, in addition to the engine alternator, ensures that the house system is quickly recharged.
Shore Power: 110 V 30 AMP/240 V 50 AMP. with Approved Cord and Connector
Inverter: Heart 3.KW, Pure Sine 6KW, 1KW, 110/240v
Other: Honda Gas Portable Generator
Protection: Master Breaker and Polarity Warning
House Batteries: 6 AGM = 24 V
Starting: 2 AGM = 12V
Instruments: 1 AGM =12 V
Protection: Breakers and Isolators
Wind Gen: Sun Force 600W as a supplement to the solar power.
Installations: Isolated and Secured
Charging: 10 Solar Panels supplying a theoretical power of more than 1000 Watts with a programmable solar charger / 3- 110V 60 AMP Charger / 220 AMP Alternator +2 / Main Engine.
Communications and Navigation Systems 12V/24V
VHF: Icom M-604 with DSC & Horizon
SSB: Icom M-802 with AT and Tuner/DSC
Excellent reception (subject to conditions) possible on the SSB as a result of a large ground-plane of parallel 2.5'' copper bands spreading for 30' along the inside of the hull and connecting to the keel and rudder.
There is also a Pactor modem for optional data transmission over SSB, and a Weather Fax unit for receiving weather updates.
Navigation: Raymarine Nav/Net E Series with large screen installed in its own waterproof housing at the helm, with additional smaller screen at the Nav Station. 2ed Navigation: Raymarine E90W with Charts
Auto Pilot: New Raymarine computer, rudder feedback and fluxgate compass, driving a ram. Two alternative control heads, one fitted in an enclosure at the helm and the other for the mid-ship cockpit.
A spare Raymarine ram is stored as a spare inside the transom.
Wind Instruments: Nexus
Depth Sounder: Nexus, Raymarine FF
Radar: Long-range radar and custom protector built to avoid damage from/to the genoa
Knot Meter: Nexus
Dual frequency fishfinder, with custom cowl to reduce water turbulence
Power Management: Breaker Panel
Compass: GPS and Ritchie 5''
Wiring: Marine Grade Shielded Copper
Spars and Rigging
Standing Rigging: 1/2'', 5/8'' and 3/8'' Stainless Wire, Chines and Turnbuckles, Adjustable Back Stays New 2010
All the winches are consolidated into the mid-ship cockpit, freeing the aft cockpit of lines and allowing the helmsman to focus on his job, single-handing still being perfectly possible by controlling the autohelm remotely from the mid-ship cockpit.
The main sheet is routed via the boom to avoid the risk of crew (or their family!) getting caught in a powerful loop of line in the case of an accidental jibe, although the possibility of the latter has also been reduced by the addition of winchable preventers.
Similar adjustments for safety were made to the routing of the running backstays, and the jib sheets
Winches: Lewmar #55 ST, #65 ST, #52 ST, 8 Total
Mast/Boom and Spreaders: Extruded Aluminum New 2010
Sails: Dacron and Nylon, Main, Stay, Storm, Spinnaker, Genoa 120, Tri Sail
Sail Management: All Routed Aft to Cockpit.
Light Air: Spinnaker and 15' Whisper Pole
Doyle furling 135% genoa, which makes an excellent main head sail for general use, having a lot of power but also being easily manageable by one person.
Both the headsails furl, and the staysail has been adapted accordingly.
A brand-new cruising spinnaker was made to order for the boat by Doyle of San Francisco in 2010 at a cost of $8,000 and has never been used.
Better lazy-jack system for frictionless operation - The mainsail on this boat is a powerhouse, but originally needed a full crew to go with it! A stronger lazy-jack system with blocks and lines now enables easy, frictionless control in all weathers, even when short-handing.
The original pole set consisted of two heavy duty poles to handle (for example) a large symmetrical racing spinnaker. These were replaced by a modern lightweight whisper pole to handle (for example) the asymmetric cruising spinnaker, in 2015. The pole was made to be storable on the mast.
Ground Tackle and Shore Equipment
Anchor Management: Bow Roller, Chain, Windlass with Brake
Primary Anchor: Rocana 150 with Chain
Dock Lines: Braided Nylon
Windlass: 24V Maxwell 3500 with Controls at Foredeck
Secondary Anchor: CQR
Dock Fenders: Inflatable Rubber
Fuel: Diesel, 2 Tanks, Welded Stainless, 180 USG Total , Amid Ship
Grey Water: 1 Tank, 30 USG
Potable Water: 2 Tanks, Welded Stainless 250 USG Total Amid Ship
Holding: 1 Tank, PVC, 20 USG
A cone of protection is provided across the boat by 00-guage copper wire running from a masthead ionizer to anchor points on the main external metal structures and (when anchored) down to the sea.
Heads: 1 Mechanical and 1 Electric with OB/Holding Y Valve
An ecological (USCG approved) Lectrasan processing unit is fitted to the electric main head with an insulated box to reduce the noise to a comfortable level. An automatic flush controller ensures that sufficient sea water is always passed through the system to minimize the likelihood of blockages.
Water Pressure: DC Pump, and Accumulator
Cold Food Storage: Adler Baber New 2012, 12V
Cooking: Propane Stove and Oven, 110V Microwave
Dive Gear: Compressor and Tank
Cooking Fuel: Propane, 2 Tanks, Aluminum with Valves, Electric and Manual Shut Off, Regulator Stored In Isolated Locker
Heater: Diesel Forced Air
Water Heater: 110V 6 USG with Pressure
Water Maker: High-output Spectra 400, Electric, with additional plankton filter as a first stage for highly fertile (eg tropical) waters.
Entertainment: TV's and Stereo
A new system of refrigeration has been fitted with piped-air and optional water cooling. Quiet operation is ensured by the fact that the compressor has been installed in a heavily insulated box in the engine room.
Safety Equipment and Systems
Fire Extinguishers: Portable and Fixed in Machine Space
EPIRB: 406 Series
MOB: Life Sling and Ring
Boarding Ladder: Stainless
Deck Protection: Welded Pulpits, Supported Life Lines
Sounding Device: Hand Held Air Horn
Bilge Pumps: 12V Electric and Jabsco Gusher Mechanical Type
6-person lift raft
PFD's: 6 Adult Inflatable and 10 Type II
Search Light: 9 V
Exterior Lights: 12V Navigation, Anchor and Steaming
First Aid: Kit
Tender, outboard and kayaks
Caribe Inflatable dinghy with Hard Bottom
Yamaha 6 HP Outboard
2 PVC Kayaks
Nicolle Associates 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.
* As always photographs do not do justice so a viewing is highly recommended.
* This boat is lying in Jalisco, Mexico.
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