|25 Oct 2016 Update: I have finally got a lift out and the boat is currently being anti-fouled, the new through-hull fitting is being installed and she's generally being checked over under the waterline...
Here's a rare chance to buy an iconic Heavenly Twins, the most successful UK production catamaran ever built!
Over 300 of these endearing boats were built in-between 1971-1990. They might be small but they're a very capable centre-cockpit blue-water cruising cat - a substantial number of them having safely circumnavigated the globe.
If you would like a good website to check out more about them try : www heavenlytwins co uk
A great virtue of this little cat is that most marina's won't charge you double berth fees as she can be moored in a normal berth. Nowadays a lot of marinas won't even give a berth to catamarans but most will accommodate this little one, making her a very cheap live-aboard option as you get the accommodation of a 35-45 foot monohull for a fraction of the ownership costs. I currently spend approximately $75.00 a week for mooring her, which includes 15A power supply and unlimited water - that's cheap living!
The boat is easily handled by one person both under sail and motoring, as all sheets feed back to the cockpit and with the helm position being amidship you have a great view of all four corners of the vessel at all times. Maneuvering is a dream with the single engine and twin hydraulic drive propellers - put one prop in forward and the other in astern and she pretty much turns in her own space! This option offers you all the handling of twin engines, without the maintenance, expense and added weight of 2 engines.
Another great thing about a catamaran is that you don't go everywhere on your ear (i. E. Heeled over) and have to make sure you stow everything below securely away, I rarely have to pack up our day-to-day stuff aboard if we decide on the spur of the moment to get out on the water. Also, running aground either delibrately or unintentionally is no big deal on a catamaran, no worrying about heeling over the wrong way. It's a great way to be able to take a look at the undersides of your hulls on a regular basis or give her a quick scrub off and keep her nice and clean at no expense. The great thing about the Heavenly Twins is that they have inbuilt sacraficial wooden keel shoes fitted to the bottom of each hull that protect the hulls from being run aground, just more great peace of mind that comes with owning one of these fantastic little boats.
The comment I most often get when people come aboard for the first time is "Geez, this boat is a Tardis!!"
They've packed a lot into this little 26 footer... The boat sleeps 6 adults in 2 separate double aft cabins and a queen sized bed in the saloon when the table is taken down. Situated away from the main living area, the aft cabins provide 6'7" long double berths and peace and privacy and are a reassuringly safe playroom for small children at sea, even in bad weather. Depending on your particular circumstances you might be interested to know that some owners take down the dividing partion between the 2 aft cabins and make one massive king sized stateroom, or take half off the port aft cabin and make a larger queen cabin in the starboard cabin and either a kids single or a workroom/storage room in the port one.
I had a completely enclosed cockpit cover made to measure for the boat in December 2014, which gives you a massive area to use in all weathers and it offers great protection from the elements. Another nice safety feature is that the foredeck is solid fiberglass and not the normal mesh trampoline often seen on most catamarans, so if you do have to go forward in heavy weather you won't be getting a dunk bath!
A lot of people have been put off buying a catamaran in the past because of the infamous "slamming" sustained when underway when waves "slam" up on the underside of the bridgedeck, putting huge stress on the deck and hull joins. On the Heavenly Twins, they designed a clever little "pod" that externally "squashes" waves and deflects any pressure/energy away and prevents the jarring slamming. Internally the pod forms the footwell area underneath the saloon table.
I used to work with the builder of these yachts in the 1980's and so I was fastidious in finding the right one of these HT's when I purchased her with the intention to go cruising around Australia and the South Pacific. Unfortunately my personal circumstances did not allow this dream to manifest and instead I have been living aboard the boat full-time with my daughter for the past 4 years. The boat has been used locally regularly so she is mechanically and structurally sound.
I have had quite a few inquiries about my boat and a number of people have questioned my pricing and why so high, so I thought I would offer some explanation for those who are wondering about it...
Back in late 2010 I made my mind up I was finally going to buy a HT of my own (having had extensive experience working with the team that made them in the UK in the 1980's, assisting at Boat Shows and doing demo sails and deliveries on these fantastic little boats) and head off around Australia and then the South Pacific islands and I knew this was the type of boat I wanted to do it in.
I set about looking for any late build models anywhere in the AP region... There were none...
So, I started to look back in the UK and Europe and found a HT 27 in pretty good shape structurally BUT she had been owner fitted out and had an outboard engine (neither of these being ideal for me but I could live with... ), I had the boat completely and thoroughly cleaned and anti-fouled etc. So she would have no problems clearing through AQIS / Customs when she arrived as cargo on a ship into Australia.
As a few have pointed out to me, comparable boats in the UK/Europe are around the AUD$45,000-$50,000 mark - I paid equivalent to AUD$45,000 for my initial boat... BUT, I then had shipping costs, (NOTE: a few who have also inquired about this boat have said they could ship one out here to Australia or have one skippered and delivered here for a lot less... Hmmm, it would take around 90 days and at least a crew of 2 people who have good experience in doing the route and that would cost at least $30,000 + airfares x 2 and costs of associated with the vessel incurred en-route... I know these costs too because my father is a professional skipper and I have many friends in the industry who do such work.... But worst of all, the boat you purchased would be ready for a pretty big overhaul by the time she arrived here in Australia, so other unknown costs to be added on too.... Just my comments on this matter for what they're worth and why I chose to have the boat shipped out as cargo) which I managed to get at industry cost with Maersk because of my contacts through my work, which was AUD20,000 instead of nearly AUD$30,000 if I'd have had to do as myself...
Then there was also the 5% import duty to Australia, which many don't realise is on the purchase price of the boat AND the shipping costs, which brought it up to around AUD$75,000 at this point, all of which was completely fair and I was prepared for... What I WASN'T prepared for, nor my Logistics agent who saw how thoroughly I had prepped the boat for shipping and who was certain it would just be a matter of clearing the boat dockside in Melbourne and simply rubber stamping her in and clear.... Oh no!! ?
AQIS decided to inspect and hold the vessel and demanded $30,000 all up before they would release the boat!! Because they had concerns that the boat had been moored in a fresh water/tidal estuary in the UK and they wanted to be sure she'd been cleaned properly!!! They found ZERO but I still had to pay!!! $6k alone of it was transport fees to their inspection yard 2km away from the docks! I had the SAME driver collect and deliver my boat to its marina 72kms away for $1,800!!! So don't get me started on AQIS!! Thankfully I had the $ to pay for the boat but it was an expensive exercise!
I have since spoken to quite a few others who have arrived on overseas registered vessels (from the UK) AND who have had boats shipped in and they have all said the same thing, that AQIS are unaccountable to anyone and there is absolutely zero you can do if you want your boat, except pay and they can determine exactly what that fee is going to be and if you don't pay, then you don't get your boat! Simple as that!
The worst thing was that my contact back in the UK told me about a HT they'd been told was for sale 14kms down the road from me.... It was the same year AND it was factory fitted out AND had an inboard diesel!!! You can imagine much much much head banging on table ensued!!'
Cut long story short, I completely refurbished the boat I had imported and put her up for sale in early 2012 for $100,000 and I sold her within a week for $95,000!
This boat I am now selling is FAR superior and has many more extras and most importantly it has the single Yanmar engine with the twin hydraulic drives, which is a dream and by far the best configuration on these little cats for all round useability.
So, do please feel free to email or call me and have any further discussions, I am open to REASONABLE offers but I am willing to have the boat pulled out and put into long time storage if the right price isn't offered.
Drop me a note if you have any questions... Cheers :-)
||26' 0" - 7.93m|
||Heavenly Cruising Yeachts Ltd|
||GRP Balsa Sandwich decks|
||GM30 3 Cylinder 24hp Diesel
Brand new full set of consumable engine spares and comphrehensive workshop manual
||2-3 lt per hour|
||Twin hydraulic shaftdrives - 2 x 3 blade bronze propellers|
||60lt (stainless steel tank)|
||2 x 50lt bladder tanks (100lt total) situated on top of each sealed bouyancy chamber in each bow, could easily be upgraded to double capacity if required.|
||Fully enclosed cockpit awning (New Dec 2014)
Mainsail cover (needs replacing)|
||Main saloon area is situated through the main entry doors from the centre cockpit and spans across the bridgedeck with great all round visability, stepping down from the saloon area into the port hull you enter the massive light and airy 8' galley that has a gas 2 burner stove with grill and oven, double sink with chopping board cover to increase the counter space, an efficient fridge/freezer (you choose how cold you want it) box and heaps of storage for all your stores and cooking equipment.
The heads in the forward starboard hull is spacious and offers complete privacy from the rest of the boat with a shower and seawater toilet and plenty of storage.
6' - 6'3" standing headroom when you are in either the port or starboard hull.
Outside the heads is an impressive navigation area that utilises the steps up to the saloon as a seat and then a large chart table (larger than half an admiralty chart folded) pivots down from the wall to sit at and do your chart work and also offers a large chart storage area inside it. The VHF radio is also located in this same area. On the starboard side there is a small stoop through to the aft cabin that offers some more storage areas and is a nice way to get to the aft cabin without having to cross the cockpit.
||2 seperate double aft cabins, port side cabin accessed directly from cockpit and the starboard aft cabin also accessed from the cockpit and also via a stoop through corridor from the navigation area in the main cabin.|
||6 berths - 2 each in 2 seperate dbl aft cabins and 2 in a queen berth in saloon when table lowered.|
||Shower in heads serviced by Duetto 12v/240v (new 2015) water heater and heat exchanger on engine|
||Jabsco manual seawater|
||TEAC 12v/240v LED TV with inbuilt DVD player mounted on bracket on back of heads wall in saloon and a CD player / radio in Navigation area with speakers on each side of saloon and new (2015) FUSION waterproof outdoor speakers in cockpit.|
||Stepping down from the saloon area into the port hull you enter the massive light and airy 8' galley that has a gas 2 burner stove with grill and oven, double sink with chopping board cover to increase the counter space and heaps of storage for all your stores and cooking equipment.|
||An extemely efficient 12v Eutectic fridge/freezer (you choose how cold you want it) box inset at forward end of galley.|
||As above - 12v Eutectic fridge/freezer|
||Rinnai Horizon "Sailsafe" 2 burner gas stove, with grill and oven. With pan holder rails.|
|Hot Water System
||Duetto water heater 12v/240v (New 2015) serves shower and faucet + heat exchanger from engine.|
||Danforth (attached and set on bow furler)
Chain and warp to suit
Muir electric / manual anchor winch
||All required navigation lights
VHF Radio / 27 MHz
Bilge gas detector/alarm
Gas shutoff valve in galley and also at gas bottle in cockpit locker.
||2 x automatic float switch bilge pump in each hull and 2 manual whale gusher pumps to each hull|
||Yes, VIC Offshore rated|
||4 x, one in each aft cabin, 1 x in galley, 1 x navigation area.|
||2 x BP 80w solar panels mounted above aft cabins + regulator
3 x Batteries - 2 x new in 2015
|Furuno 24nm radar, Navman GPS, Autohelm ST5000,|
||Genoa (needs replacing)
Mainsail (cover needs replacing)
|Mast / Rigging
||All rigging checked Sept 2016, all in good condition and servicable
Lifelines are servicable but were recommended to be replaced with non-plastic coated s/steel cable
Plastimo roller furler
||Muir electric / manual anchor winch
||PLEASE NOTE: The 3 images are taken from the last brochure they made for the boat and a layout plan of the boat as well, this is not my actual boat I'm selling. As I live aboard permanently I do have my personal effects on board. I will take and upload photos of the boat shortly... Please keep checking back|