Catamarans, South Africa
dock, Fort Lauderdale
Hgt. Off Water:
Commercial 4 Cylinder 1800 CC Alpha (1075 hours)
Layout & AccomModations:
Two berths in the two aft hulls and one forward in the starboard hull,
Head with bath located forward in port hull with plenty of space to move around in,
The saloon features comfortable seating for up to 10 people,
Large table with folding leaves,
Fitted with a 3-burner stainless hob plus an eye level oven with grill. Both units are propane and have thermo couplers for safety. Propane is stored on the transom in a custom-made plastic abs box that holds 2 x 20lb propane bottles. Propane is controlled via a remote control solenoid. There is a warning light in the saloon when the propane is in use. There is an 800-watt microwave (220volt). Extensive storage for provisions. A 12volt fridge is provided in the port hull.
Par Head with spare pump unit and service kit,
Holding tank with pump-out facility,
Blake bronze seacocks,
Sit bath with hot and cold pressure water,
Electronics & Navigation:
Autopilot is a Cetrek 700 unit which is a self contained hydraulic system driving directly onto the port rudder. This has been a totally trouble free unit and works in all conditions. A safety feature being that should the main steering fail the boat can still be controlled by the autopilot.
1 x Garmin GPS and 1 x Magellan GPS,
A Robertson Repeater mounted at the wheel,
Instruments are Autohelm ST50 Speed, Depth, Wind with inside repeater for all functions,
An all frequency VHF Radio is mounted at the nav. Station with remote speaker unit,
Yeasu Single Sideband Radio with an SGC electronic antenna tuner,
Matching clock and barometer,
Hand held compass,
Mechanical & Electrical:
Engine and Transmission:
The vessel is fitted with a single engine coupled to a steerable tiltable drive leg. The advantage of this installation over twin engines are as follows:
1. Less weight,
2. Better fuel consumption,
3. Less drag when sailing (leg lifted) especially in light winds,
4. Better steering, saildrives mounted directly in front of the rudders often cause turbulence that leads to rudder stall in very rough conditions,
5. Less noise in the boat, the engine room is totally separate and noise and heat from the engine room has less effect on the interior of the boat.
6. Maintenance. The engine room has a large hatch and there is ample room to work on the engine. Due to these features the engine can easily be removed if necessary in under 2 hours. The engine is a Lister Alpha (installed 1998). The engine has clocked 1046 hours. The heavy duty commercial version of this engine was chosen over the normal marine version for the following reasons:
a. Direct injection giving better fuel economy, easier starting and double the oil change service intervals (250 hours) over the standard indirect model,
b. The engine is rated at 3000rpm max for long life and develops max torque and fuel efficiency at 1800rpm,
Lister 4 cyl 1800cc Alpha Diesel,
Develops 40hp at 3000rpm,
Cooling is by fresh water with salt water intercooler,
The engine is connected to the S drive via a self-aligning rubber coupling to absorb shock loads. Drive leg is a Volvo Penta 270 unit with a 2:1 reduction, driving a 2-blade adjustable pitch propeller. Prop adjustment is done internally; increased pitch can be selected in calm conditions to give 5.5knt at 1800rpm. In areas with strong tidal currents less pitch provides more thrust, adjustment takes a few minutes.
The leg is lifted by means of an electric motor,
The leg can be steered with a control lever next to the wheel, this feature makes maneuvering easy,
There is a spare 3-blade propeller.
Main tank 220 liters plastic tank, a feature of this tank is that it can be removed for cleaning in about 10 minutes. It is mounted under the cockpit and totally insulated from the boats interior. There is a header tank which is 45 liter plastic tank fitted with an electric fuel gauge. Fuel transfer is via a manual pump and there are 3 fuel filters in the system.
There are 4 x 105amp hour batteries in the house bank. The starting battery is a 100amp hour cranking battery. Charging is controlled by a TWC smart charger. Battery selection is via a guest selector switch with a built-in battery state indicator. Auxiliary charging is by solar panels 2 x siemens 80-watt panels mounted on fully adjustable custom-made mountings. Panels are easily removable in storm conditions but are fine in 50 knots. There is also 1 moveable 55-watt BP solar panel. Charging is controlled by means of a siemens regulator. All circuits are controlled by a custom distribution panel. All circuits are protected by circuit breakers. Auxiliary power is provided by a 1000-watt petrol yamaha generator.
Fresh water system:
2 x 200 liter each plastic tanks mounted under the aft berths and can easily be removed for cleaning. There is both an electric pressure system and a manual system in the galley and heads. A Seafresh Water Maker is fitted operating off the engine and reliably produces 32 liters an hour. Hot water is provided by a Trum propane water heater.
Deck & Hulls:
Standard Prout lay-up with additional stringers in the forward sections of both hulls. The hull is solid laminate, the best lay-up for cruising. The deck is balsa cored, all balsa is end grain. All deck fittings are laid on solid laminate with backing plates. Rudders are hung on full skegs. Steering is by cable and quadrant, all parts by Whitlock. The whole system is easy to service and all cables run through conduits that are accessible. The entire quadrant and control unit are easily removable for maintenance. This system has been totally trouble free. Stanchions are in mounted on very strong bases and can support substantial loads. Opening sections are provided in the lifelines both sides, and fore and aft. Stanchion bases are heavy-duty custom made stainless steel. Deck cleats are heavy-duty aluminum, 2 boxes, 2 stern, 2 breast, 1 center box (towing and anchor). Hatches are 4 opening nemo hatches in the saloon. (2 open aft for sailing and 2 open forward at anchor, maximizing the breeze). Aft cabins 1 Gebo opening hatch and 2 Lewmar opening vents each cabin. Forward cabins have 1opening Nemo hatch each.
Sails & Rig:
The mast and boom are Isomat. The mast section is a larger section than the standard Prout spec.
Primary winches are 2 x Lewmar self-tailing type 46,
Halyard winch is 1 x Lewmar self-tailing type 40,
Reefing winch is 1 x Lewmar self-tailing type 30,
Is to Prout specification other than the forestay which is 10mm (oversize). Spare Forestay. Genoa furling gear is by profurl and in good condition (spare top swivel included).
Staysail Furling gear is by Plastimo (fitted 1998),
Main is fully battened with slab reefing and a stackpack type system,
Genoa (fitted 1999) is 7oz heavy duty sail,
Cruising Gennaker is blue, red and white and has a furling sock and custom sail bag,
All sails are by North,
Main anchor is 45ib genuine CQR with 140ft 3/8 HI test BBB chain (1999) plus 140ft rope warp,
Kedge is 30lb Danforth on 25ft 3/8 chain and 120ft rope warp,
Storm anchor is a very large Danforth,
Various spare warps and mooring lines,
Sea Anchor (unused) with 300ft special nylon warp, 2 heavy duty swivels and custom bridle,
Muir (Australian) Electric Windlass with remote foot operated switch,
Anchor wash down system,
9 ft Achilles inflatable hypalon dinghy,
3hp Yamaha malta outboard engine,
Aluminum dinghy davits (new 1999),
Firdell blipper (mast mounted radar reflector),
220volt vacuum cleaner,
12 volt washing machine,
Removable cockpit table,
various other non-specified items
Tao was delivered as hull, deck and bulkheads and finished by qualified boat builders to a high standard of structural and cosmetic finish and specifically built for long distance cruising. She was launched in 1992. This well-built Prout Manta is owned by seasoned world cruisers and is in excellent cosmetic and mechanical condition. Purchased new by her present owners in South Africa, the boat has proven its mettle in extended ocean cruises. She is now awaiting new owners and further adventures.
Details are thought to be reliable but are not guaranteed.
Offer subject to change, prior sale and tax when applicable.
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