Used 55' Power Catamaran For Sale

Owner has purchased land in Colorado.
Boat is Priced to Sell at


Boat Name:  IKE
Model:  55' Power Catamaran
Year:  1999, Launched 2000
Price (US$):  $1,250,000  $995,000
Location:  2HDock
Catamaran Style:  3 Decks
L.O.A.:  55'
Beam:  19' 10"
Draft:  3' 5"
Staterooms:  3
Displacement:  53,000 lbs.
Engine(s):  2 x 570HP Caterpillars T570 Model 3176
Engine Hours:  less than 800 hrs
Cruising Speed:  20 knots
Max Speed:  29 knots
Fuel Consumption:  At 10 knots 18 gal/hr, 1.8 gal/mile
Fuel Range:  @10kts - 600, @21kts - 400
Fuel Capacity:  1,260 gal.
Water Capacity:  260 gal.
Holding Tank Capacity:  100 gal.
Designer:  Custom

3 cabin design
Designer interior with New Zealand wool carpets
Total luxury for liveaboard/cruising
Cherry wood throughout, dining table and lounge table
Full awnings up at the flybridge an down off the back deck

Cherry wood trim on all cabinets
Force 10 propane 3-burner stove/oven
Double SS sink
Top of the line Sun Frost RF19 refrigerator/freezer 12V - low voltage
SS countertops

2 x Ritchie compass
2 x ICOM IC-M59 VHF radios
ICOM M700 Pro SSB/HF Transceiver w/AT - 130 tuner
Garmin GPS Map 162
Sony Triniton Television
Standard Horizon log-speed
Si-tex Pro Fish II
Anritsu RA772UA 2Kw radar
Standard Horizon Depthfinder
Sony Stereo
Furuno DFAX-207 weather fax
Ocean C Micropilot integrated navigation computer system
WH model AP-4 automatic pilot

Si-tex Pro Fish II Sounder with WAAS Antenna
Ocean PC - CD Rom Nav system
Jastrom steaming
Hynautic throttle & bucket controls

Panda 8Kw generator w/sound box
(20) 100amp hour 12 volt batteries sealed
2 x 8D 12 volt wet cell batteries (engine starting)
110 volt shore power
Pro Mariner 50amp zinc saver galvanic isolator
Statpower 3Kw battery Charger/Inverter

Engine Room:
2 x Hamilton 322 Water Jets
Pitts Clutch Electric Activated Transmission
Spectra Gulfstream 400 watermaker
Guest spot/flood light
Freshwater engine cooling system
Exhaust water cooled
Hynautic 3 station engine controls
Hynautic 2 station steering controls
4 x Automatic bilge pumps
2 x Wilcox Crittenden heads
2 x 16kbtu Cruise Air AC
1 x 7kbtu Cruise Air AC
2 x Full helm station
Water Purification

Aft deck size 23' x 20' allows multiple uses for serious access to sea based activities
Maxwell electric anchor winch
55lb Delta anchor
20kg Bruce anchor
Splendide 2000 Washer/Dryer
Quick Lifts QLH1600 davit
Thunderduck catamaran tender dinghy 14'6" x 7'8"
Yamaha 50hp outboard
Awlgrip paint
Diamond Sea glass glazing on exterior doors
Fresh/salt water washdown aft/foredecks
Aft deck storage box 7' x 7' doubles as dinghy cradle
Stanchions 1" SS railings
Handshower on swim platform

IKE is a unique aluminum power catamaran with hydrofoil. A luxurious three cabin design built to luxury standards with Hamilton jet drives. A very large aft deck allows complete access to water for professional diving and fishing. This yacht is for the serious yachtsman and family or guests whose primary concern is with stability, safety, speed, quality, shallow draft and comfort.  Designed to have lots of forward reserve buoyancy in its symmetric forward sections and reduced wetted surface with its asymmetric hull aft. The high wing deck clearance of 36" gives a quiet ride with minimal slamming and eliminates the  common "sneezing" associated with catamarans. This could be a great charter vessel. IKE is a different breed of cat!

IKE's owners have lived aboard while cruising from Washington State to Panama. They are making the trip to Fort Lauderdale for the purpose of selling IKE and purchasing a larger powercat.

I was a commercial tuna fisherman, fishing fifty miles off shore from Cape Cod.  It seemed that where ever I went it was always against a head sea, coming or going it didn't matter.  So when my wife and I contemplated a cruising boat the first criterion was to have a great "sea" boat.  Something that could take short steep head seas in stride.  The natural choice was a catamaran, not a sailing cat but something with real motors.  We came and went when fishing at maximum speed, like 20 kts and "sailboat speed" of five or six knots felt like I was standing still.

Just because a boat has two hulls it is not necessarily a good sea boat, and when we chose the Teknicraft hull design it was with the intention of getting a dry boat with lots of reserve buoyancy in the bows, for those head sea days, and enough wing deck clearance to avoid the slamming associated with the typical power cat that are really just a sailing cat with bigger engines and none of those emergency white things called sails.  Teknicraft boats are hydrofoil assisted which means that at about 15 kts they rise up about 10 inches or so and ride on the wing between the hulls, and also add 10 inches to the already substantial 36" wing clearance.  To say that IKE is a great sea boat is an understatement.  You don't even have to remember to put the wine glasses away until it is blowing 25 and the Coast Guard has issued a small craft advisory.  We have a table lamp that we have never moved or fastened down even when we were crossing the infamous "Tahuantipec" in Mexico and it was blowing fifty five and gusted higher.

As for speed Ike is shockingly fast.  Something over 30 knots, with a rock solid cruise in the low twenties.  All of this with less that 1200 horse power ( comparable sport fishers would have three times this power and three time the fuel consumption.)  In fact when the cat mechanics were doing the sea trials on IKE they said that they had never seen a fuel curve fall as speed increase, level off maybe but never fall as IKE's had.  So we have a boat that is fast, comfortable in a running sea, fuel efficient and because of the jets it is shoal draft.  We have anchored IKE in Mexico and been able to stand on the bottom when checking the anchor.  The hidden plus to the jets is the total maneuverability  of the boat with the jets.  Ike will stop in its own length while going twenty knots,(you had best tell every one to hang on!).  It will go sideways at two knots and can be parked in a side tie slip between two boats with only inches to spare.  We were knocked sideways by the prop blast of a tug in the Gatun Locks in the Panama Canal and I simply turned IKE all they way around, a little pirouette in the lock!  I wouldn't want to repeat it but IKE is a marvelously maneuverable craft.

We like to play when we are cruising and IKE took all three surfboards, both kayaks, six tanks and a dive compressor, all the BC's and assorted dive gear,  plus fly rods, ocean rods and fishing equipment with no clutter on deck.  IKE arrived time and again at some remote anchorage with all of our gear and we were rested and ready to explore.  We never one put on foul weather gear, and in fact we didn't even bring any.

I have often said that the reason for the big boat is just to get the little boat to where we are.  The bright yellow "Thunder duck" dingy is also a catamaran.  It is an adaptation of a navy seal boat and will get up on the step in its own length.  In fact we once had twelve people in it going to a beach party and it still got up on the step with its Yamaha 50 hp four stroke engine.  It is 14'6" long and 8'6" wide and with its bright canary yellow tubes is not a candidate for the typical theft problems experience in Central America.  In fact it went "missing" once in the San Blas Islands, because we had miss tied the painter, and some Kuna Indians brought it back when they found it adrift because they knew the yellow boat belonged to IKE.

There is a reason that IKE looks the way he does.  He was built in the Northwest out of aluminum because it is the best material to build a light weight "one off" boat.  The windows lean forward because that is how they build them out there.  It turns out that there is a distinct advantage to this style in the tropics, the interior doesn't get so hot from the sun beating in.  We were sailors once and loved to sit in the cockpit and have a panoramic view of the anchorage so we built IKE with no interior walls on the main level so we could have that 180 degree view.  The aft deck is 20' by 23', or almost the size of a two car garage.  We didn't really intend for it to be that big but we had all of the accommodations we needed with three staterooms and a large salon and galley and it was just "left over".  Ike is 55' long because that is how long it needs to be to get the sea kindly motion we wanted.  The beam is 20' because narrower and it would roll and wider and it would snap.  The fly bridge is there to be able to do that critical "eyeball" navigation so necessary in shallow water and the two large bench seats on the fly bridge double as bunks so we can sleep out during warm tropical nights.

Hand steering a boat is really not an option, but most of the autopilots I have experience with would wander or get lazy when heading north.  We picked a WH autopilot because of the rave reviews it was getting from the SSCA.  And here is another one.  We never hand steered in over 8000 miles of cruising.  The WH was twice as expensive as others but its performance was flawless.  The water maker will produce about 10 gallons an hour and since it is 12 volt we could leave it running and not have to run the generator.  There are 20, that's right 20, 100 amp hour batteries that give IKE an amazing amount of reserve electricity.  You can go for days and days without so much as a care, electrically speaking.  They are charged by shore power, generator or engines.  It's electrical peace of mind, if that's where peace of mind comes from.

Lets talk about IKE's speed and range, one being a function of the other.  If you are willing to travel at "sail boat speed" then IKE will take you a 1000 miles while at hull speed, something around 91/2 to 10 knots then the range is reduced to about 600 miles and at a cruising speed of twenty plus knots the range drops to about 400 miles.  IKE carries 1260 gallons of fuel.  There is a clever little invention called "Debug" from New Zealand that magnetically kills any micro organisms in the in the fuel as it is recirculated when the engines are running.  Adding Biobore to the fuel is an option but not a necessity.  Speed in the 11 to 16 knot range are not really an viable choice since the boat is not "flying" yet and fuel consumption is higher at these slower speed than at cruise.

We have done a good portion of our cruising at hull speed, in order to conserve on fuel, but the real delight is to be behind schedule, doomed to arrive at some shallow reef strewn new anchorage after dark and to simply throttle up and get there with time to spare.  We have taken advantage of many a small "weather window" while other sail boats and slower trawlers have had wait days for another, longer window.

IKE is a superb boat.  He will take you wherever you want to go safely and dry and rested.  He needs to be cared for but not pampered.  He is a boat that lives for months away from marinas and shore power.  His systems are simple by design and efficient it their use.  All advertisements for boats say the they are great cruising boats but IKE truly is a superlative cruiser, he was planned and built that way and that is just what he does.

Details are thought to be reliable but are not guaranteed. 
Offer subject to change, prior sale and tax when applicable.
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