'Drakkar', a 46’ Fountaine Pajot Casamance Catamaran for Sale

by Max
(St George, Grenada)


After living aboard for 1.5 years of fantastic family adventures through the Mediterranean, across the Atlantic and exploring the Caribbean it is time for us to return to land life and our jobs. We were very particular on the boat we took our children across an ocean on and have been very happy with our choice. Our main criteria was a strong seaworthy boat that was comfortable to live on for years and had reliable recent equipment. We have been completely through the boat during our ownership preparing and equipping her for our trip and maintaining her so that we would be happy to sail across oceans with our children. See extensive list in details below.

She represents a bargain at EUR 130,000 with this specification and is ready to go again. We are currently enjoying Grenada for the hurricane season. A great location to start your adventure with the easy sailing in the iconic Caribbean. We can help with delivery if needed. Boat is EU VAT paid so makes travel in Europe easier.

'Drakkar' is from 1988 when boats were built strong before production and price pressures started to squeeze specifications. All systems and equipment have been modernized for the best of both worlds. She is 46 feet / 14 metres long giving extra waterline length for higher average speeds, easier motion on the waves and excellent living volumes. Our top speed is 20.4 knots surfing Atlantic rollers on our lovely crossing. It is always fun sailing comfortably faster than the other guy, it cuts days off an ocean crossing and makes required weather windows smaller for coastal trips.

Four double cabins and two heads has been an ideal layout. Everyone including our guests have had plenty of space, even with four adults and four kids on board! Two heads are better than four as you get reasonable sized heads and half as many through hulls and plumbing issues.
Motors are recent enthusiastically sized Volvo 55hp with 1,500 hours and run like clockwork. We have not touched the extensive and expensive Volvo Penta OEM spares we bought other than routine maintenance. Motoring cruise speed on one engine is 6 knots at 1,700rpm using average 2.7 l/hr helped by her feathering J-Props. We have done 11.2 knots at wide open throttle with both engines! Great to have such reserves of efficient reliable power and their 115 Amp alternators.

She is set up to be self-sufficient with 600 litres of water and 360 litres diesel capacity. The solar panels will run the water maker, cover all loads including fridge and inverter and still be charging the batteries. It’s great seeing the amps going in on the digital battery monitor even when making water.

We love our boat and have been very happy with her. The forward cabins particularly are very spacious which is important when I am height challenged at 6’4” / 196cm! The coherent design of this boat has been much appreciated. Other boats have things like outboard helm stations which are fun for the first hour before you are baked in the tropical sun or blown off in the rain squall while you can’t see the other side of the boat in the tight reef anchorage. Our helm station is well sheltered with excellent visibility and communication with the rest of the boat, not an ejector seat several s.tories high. Her engines are behind a watertight bulkhead for safety and noise control. The bows are huge watertight compartments with massive storage volume for light gear. The 15hp outboard is lovely and quiet and efficient. And will get the dinghy on the plane with two adults, two kids and lots of shopping which is great when you want to anchor in the lovely bay but get provisions in the town a distance away or explore that snorkelling spot. We brought the parachute sea anchor and drogue from Coppins Sea Anchors in New Zealand to give options if caught at sea by a storm the Iridium GO satellite communications was not able to route you around. Why all the way from New Zealand? Because they make them for the fishing fleet working the Southern Ocean and boisterous Tasman Sea.

I could rave on for ages about the boat, equipment and reasons behind the choices but it’s probably time for some more pictures. See our blog and for sale page at https://svDrakkar.com/for-sale for more pictures and information

Sometimes the phrase ready to go needs to be taken with caution. This boat is extensively equipped with new and recent gear and ready to go on your adventure. Please see the equipment list and ages below and feel free to contact us.

New parts:

Jul 2017
New antifouling, saildrive fairing boots and zincs;
Service of feathering J-Prop propellers;
New starboard toilet motor;
New port salt water pressure pump;
New drinking water filter.

Nov 2016
All new standing rigging including seagull striker forebeam stay and all new rigging screws;
Complete disassembly of mast to review condition. Sheaves replaced and mast rebuilt;
Boom gooseneck and reefing line jammers rebuilt;
All new lifelines;
New steering cables including spare cable;
New 6 man offshore life raft;
New offshore flare set;
4x new offshore adult life jackets, 2x new children’s lifejackets with integrated harness, 6x new tethers;
New main halyard, first and second reefing lines;
New jib furling line;
Port saildrive service changing lower oil seals and oil;
Updated Navionics charts for Mediterranean including Canaries, Caribbean and South American charts;
Solar regulator upgraded to 40A;
Extra solar panel to be self-sufficient on just solar including running watermaker;
3x 180Ah new house batteries;
Rebuild of top and bottom units of jib furler;
Mainsail and jib reviewed by sailmaker;
New Pioneer stereo, indoor and outdoor speakers;
10x obsolete through-hulls removed.

Jun 2016
New Iridium GO satellite modem with external aerial for worldwide weather forecasts, calls and emails;
Full service of watermaker by Schenker agent;
New AIS, Vesper Marine WatchMate 850 class B transmitting, including standalone GPS and anchor watch. Draws milliamps so stays on all the time;
New parachute anchor, drogue and custom rode and bridle from Coppins Sea Anchors;
New electric toilet in port hull.

Mar 2016
Extensive new Volvo Penta OEM spares including complete alternator, starter motor, fuel pump, water pumps and exhaust elbow. All still unused. Only seals, alternator belts, filters and oil has been needed due to regular maintenance – no breakdowns;
Starboard saildrive service changing lower oil seals and oil;
Cannon lazerjet printer scanner;
Awesome Weber barbeque;
New large offshore first aid kit from Medaire;
New mattress toppers;
LED lighting for all main usage areas.

Recent parts
2010 Volvo Penta 55hp D2-55 new engines and MS25/130S sail drives;
J-Prop feathering propellers;
Quality Elvstrom sails from 2011. Mainsail in hydranet. Jib. Asymmetric gennaker on continuous line furler;
Airmar 3.2m rigid bottom inflatable;
Honda 15hp 4 stroke outboard;
Mercury 5hp 4 stroke outboard;
Raymarine e7D HybridTouch chartplotter multifunction display;
Raymarine p70r autopilot controls and SmartController remote;
Schenker Smart 60 l/hr 12V watermaker;
ICOM IC-M411 mounted VHF;
ICOM IC-M71 Handheld VHF;
Spade anchor and 90m quality Italian chain;
Brake anchor as second main anchor with chain and rope rode;
Fortress aluminium kedge anchor;
5l scuba bottle and regulator;
Steiner Commander 7x50 binoculars with compass, top of the range;
1000 Watt inverter;
Canvas bimini, sunshades and clear windscreen gives many options depending on weather;
Comprehensive hand and power tools including DeWalt random orbital sander, angle grinder and drill;
Also comes with extensive live aboard equipment; Mediterranean and Caribbean guide books, snorkelling gear, linen, pillows, warm and cold weather duvets, kitchenware, plenty of fenders, ropes, fuel and water cans, etc etc…

See our blog https://sv'Drakkar'.com for more details on the boat and the full story of our adventures.

Asking EUR 130,000 (approx. USD 153,000) EU VAT paid.
She is a lot of boat and recent equipment for a very modest price.

Please click here to contact the owner by email, or WhatsApp call or message +64 21 213 7654. We wish the new owners all the very best for their voyaging.

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