|Sindbad has been our home and life for 25 years during which time we circumnavigated once for 10 years with our two children. We are currently anchored in Vanuatu. Sindbad was originally built as a coastal cargo vessel. We purchased her in Denmark and gradually converted her into a beautiful, comfortable, multi option money making home. We ran a successful sunset dinner cruise for 30 passengers for five years in St. Martin before we decided to set sail from the Caribbean in 1996; I have used her for salvage work, exploration charters and a wood working shop. Today the cargo hold has been converted into a studio and art gallery for my copper sculptures. Sindbad is more than a fabulous home. She provides an exciting lifestyle full of adventure. At an honest 2 litres per mile she is relatively inexpensive to operate. A 15,000 litre fuel tank gives years of operation, 5,000 litres of water which we catch from rain and filter. Solar panels and a wind gen. Mean we only run our 7.5 kw generator for approximately 3 hours every three days. The systems aboard are simple, sensible and very efficient. She has a Thrige auto pilot and Svendborg steering gear which has run non stop for 25 years maintenance free.
||78' 9" - 24.00m|
|Keel / Ballast
||Internal keel with cement ballast|
||8L3B Gardner and also has never had any problems for 25 years. It is one of the finest engines ever made. Revs are 7-800 max, speed 6-7 kts. It doesn't burn any oil! Keel cooled, dry exhaust and when running is extremely quiet and comfortable. Excellent condition. Two starters 24VCD with separate batteries. Engine room: 7.5 kw Northern lights generator. Keel cooled, dry exhaust new in 2010 in excellent condition 110/220 VAC
7 kw Lister, in the stern, air cooled, hand start, used for welding mostly.
good condition 220VAC
7 kw Markon belt driven gen 110/220AC off the Gardner.
3.5 kw 24VDC belt driven off the Gardner excellent condition
||1.5 litres per mile|
||7.5 kw Northern lights gen. Keel cooled, dry exhaust new in 2010 in ex. Condit. 110/220 VAC 7 kw Lis|
||15000 litre fuel tank|
||5000 Litres water|
||One 16ft runabout hard chine fibreglass dinghy 1 x sailing lifeboat, gaff rigged with jib Fibreglass|
||15hp Yamaha, 4 Hp Yamaha|
||Awning over main deck 15 ft X18 ft, roll downs, permanent roof over entire poop deck, all sailcover|
||Focsle... One queen double, one single, settees 2, with table, one sink, large porthole either side.
Amidships.... One queen size walk around bed, private shower and loo, marble counter and sink, 8 large opening, bronze ports. Floor is bamboo laminated new in 2012 varnished.
Aft.... One private cabin with large single bed, 3 opening ports, light and airy. Private door.
Aft... One queen, double bed, shwr and loo, large teak desk, chair, mahogany., bookshelves, wardrobe 5 opening
ports, laminated bamboo hardwood floors new in 2012. Private door to the galley.
||3 x doubles plus one single|
||2 x large single berths in the workshop|
||Two showers one aft, one amidships|
||Two toilets, one aft, one amidships, separate from the showers. Flush type|
||Aft, 16 ft X 6 ft, stand up 230 vac freezer and fridge, Miele, teak galley table /settee with two chairs, cork floors, Corian Counter, Viking HD stove propane, large enamel sinks and work surfaces. Remodelled in 2013.
4 large opening portholes. Access up stairs to the wheelhouse and another door out to the main, awning covered lower deck area 15 ft X 18ft... Varnished mahogany table and 10 deck chairs...... Teak ladders up either side of this main deck area up to the poopdeck and wheelhouse.
||Miele refrigerator 230 vac through an inverter 24vdc, stand up type freezer half size, 230vac through inverter. 24vdc both front door opening. Units|
|Hot Water System
||Main anchor D'Hone new in 2013,500lbs, Dutch built, Lloyds approved
Day anchor, Ships type 200 lbs, ex condit. These 2 anchors are port /stbd on 22mm stud link chain, Lloyds approved, 450 ft each side. Chain new in 2012..... One shot (90') weighs 500 lbs
One Fisherman anchor 600 lbs. On a hydraulic winch drum with wire..... 750 ft x 1/2 " high strength. The hydraulic
winch is driven by a hyd. Motor clutched in off the front of the Gardner main engine
One Ships type anchor hurricane 800 lbs. All four of these anchors are in excellent condition.
The anchor windlass weighs 1000 lbs and can operate the two chain lockers separately or together if need be. It is in excellent condition, is high pressure hyd. And operates when the Gardner is running. It has it's own clutch for operating. The windlass has a 90 : 1 ratio and also has a hand crank option.
||One Norwegian fibreglass lifeboat with bowsprit jib and gaff mainsail 14 ft; lead removable ballast under the floorboards, accommodates 9 men, unsinkable and has a 4 HP outboard on a bracket. It's a go anywhere tender and is a joy to sail too! It has a full length Skeg and draught is 20".
4 Solex life rings,
One life raft 8 man in a fibreglass container..... Not renewed
||Automatic system in the engine room plus CO 2 bottles placed around the boat|
||House batt. 24 vdc 440 amp hour. New in 2013.
8 large solar panels which on a good day produce 25 amps @ 24 vdc.
A 5 bladed quiet wind gen. Producing 5 amps in a 20 knot breeze at 24vdc
numerous inverters 24 to 110 and 220
|Furuno chart plotter/ radar 24 mile combination new in 2012
Furuno depth sounder ex condition
Furuno GPS Navigator.
Icom marine SSB......
Icom VHF new in 2012.
Epirb New in 2012
||Tanbark Main and Mizzen,
2 x Mizzen staysails
One storm trisail HD
|Mast / Rigging
||Gaff rigged ketch, steel masts in ex condit... 16" dia...... Shrouds are solid steel rod, sandblasted and epoxy coated with heavy plastic covering. 3/4" on the main and 5/8" on the mizzen... Massive turnbuckles in ex condit
The main gaff is steel.
||Main deck winch forward is low press. Hyd and is driven from a take off on the Gardner. Now it is used to run the wire anchor drum for the big Fisherman and to lift the lifeboat aboard. It also has two drums which we use to put up the mainsail. It's a very solid piece of kit.|
||Of course the heart of this ship is the 8L3B Gardner, which has operated day in and day out for me fo 24 years and has never given an ounce of trouble. It's never been opened and has never had any need for replacement parts or mechanics. After two circumnavigations and countless other voyages the engine does not even smoke! It burns an honest 2 litres per mile at 6 to 7 knots. This engine has never let me down and with the superb hydraulics aboard it is the easiest vessel to operate that I've ever owned. I get underway alone quite often.
Sindbad is a beautiful old piece of the past. Solidly and exquisitely built by craftsmen long gone. She must be seen to be appreciated., Her wheelhouse is solid teak wit 10 bronze 2ft X 2 ft ports all around; the exterior is 2" mahoghany planking. The varnished overhead covers the side decks and the large aft area which has a circular table and can seat six for dinner in a most romantic setting. She is an ideal home for a family to cruise the world or could be easily converted for charter, diving, salvage, a dinner cruise, air B&B, or as of late into an art gallery...