|'Big Smile' is the finest example of professional Dutch yacht building. Designed by Henk Tingen, one of Holland’s renowned naval architects. . Henk Tingen also the chief designer for the Royal Huisman, the builders of some of the world’s finest classic luxury yachts. She is a proven cruiser, maintained continuously by professionals with quality materials. Her electronics and equipment have been upgraded when necessary. In 1984 she was returned to the Scheepswerf Kok (Boat Builder) in Vinkeveen – Holland for a complete rebuild and refit from the masthead to the keel. She was recommissioned in 1985.
In 1992 to Australia for an interim preparation refit for passage around Cape Horn via Antarctica, increased size rigging etc. Following refit - that passage was cancelled due to other commitments.
In 2011, Big Smile returned to a yard where professionals gave her a complete makeover, for all intents and purposes over 90% of this sailboat is new.
Seldom does a boat of this class, condition and heritage come onto the market – she is a very special boat.
As a genuine cruiser she has made several Atlantic passages, has cruised the Mediterranean extensively. Made passages from North America to many of the Polynesian islands in the South Pacific – to New Zealand and Australia, To Kiribati (Gilbert Islands) To Vanuatu where she took on a temporary/permanent registry.
Then to South East Asia where she has explored Borneo, Brunei, Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand. She took her crew to the distant Chagos Archipelago in the middle of the Indian Ocean. Spent time in the Andaman Islands.
All that time an extremely comfortable, tough, easy to sail steel cruiser.
'Big Smile' presents exceptionally well with her hull having been grit blasted and epoxy coated, then Awlgrip painted with four coats, hull. Deck and topsides, in September 2011.
||42' 7" - 12.97m|
|Keel / Ballast
||3/4 cut away fore foot|
||Isuzu 4JB1 67 hp (2011)|
||18hp Kubota diesel engine driving a 150amp 24 volt alternator for fast charging.|
||12' Cholamark RIB (2011) c/w custom tube covers|
||Yamaha 15hp (2011)|
||New sprayhood (2011). All new cockpit, aft and fore deck awnings.|
||One. Pressurised hot and cold water. A new shower stall was|
||One. Manual Jabsco. No holding tank.|
||A traditional cruising yacht layout fitted out with Mahogany, Iroko and teak. White deckheads and teak and holly soles. New upholstery was installed in each cabin in 2011 plus complete varnishing. There is no passageway to the aft cabin, better, the engin room is completely separate from the cabins and has its own access from the cockpit giving the obvious benefits. The aft master cabin has an Emporor size double and sink with vanity with good hanging and locker space.|
||Located port side opposte nav. Station. Deep sink c/w pressurised water and pumped salt water. Refridgeration from a new stainless steel fridge/freezer with 12v Adler Barbour compressor (2011). Ample DC power to run this unit from the various DC charging units. New Force 10 oven (2011).|
||Steel bowsprit c/w double bow roller
Maxwell VWC 3500 (2011)
260' 3/8 BBB chain
300' 1'' nylon anchor anchor rode
High pressure wash down c/w fast deck connections(2011)
||4 x life jackets
Manual bilge pump (high volume)
||The yacht's AC system is 110 VAC and shore power arriving at the Marco inlet is immediately converted to 110 VAC by an isolation transformer. This is used by a 100 amp Heart Interface [Model Freedom 25] to charge a 24 VDC bank of new AGM batteries 6x 285. The Freedom 25 acts as an inverter and supplies all 110v outlets with 110VAC. DC charging from 3 x 110watt solar panels, Aerogen wind generator c/w silent running carbon blades and an 18hp Kubota diesel engine driving a 150amp 24 volt alternator for fast charging. New AC and DC distribution panels were installed in the nav. Station and engine room in 2011. A total of 12 x 6v batteries were installed in 2011.2 automatic electric bilge pumps.
There is a large 24vDC-12vDC converter [spare also on board] used to provide 12 vdc for the all the electronics, fridge etc. Engine is 24VDC
|Raymarine sailing instruments
Furuno Navnet multi function plotter
Raymarine 7000 autopilot
Garmin 128 GPS
Garmin 230 GPS Map
Icom 602 VHF radio
Icom 710 HF radio c/w auto tuner
Pactor III modem
Thrane & Thrane Inmarsat C
||I x mainsail - short leech battens
1 x mainsail - fully battened c/w batten cars
1 x 130% genoa ( needs replacing )
1 x yankee
2 x jibs
1 x drifter
1 x spinnaker
1 x mizzen
|Mast / Rigging
||When the yacht was prepared for her Cape Horn passage in 1992 all standing rigging was replaced with 1/2'' wire, doubling the strength. During her 2011 refit the rigging and all associated fittings were checked and ascertained to be in very good condition. Ketch rig. Two spinnaker poles and mast tracks. Inner forestay. Mast steps on main and mizzen mast. Harken furling gear on headsail (2011).|
||2 x Gibb Sheetmaster 810C genoa winches. 2 x Lewmar 30st winches. 6 x Barient wire winch halyards. Davits. Boarding ladder.|