'Vimala', a Spacious Hitchhiker 40 Catamaran, Meticulously Prepared, Freshly Painted and Competitively Priced

by Claudia Metschen
(Thailand)





This catamaran 'Vimala' is ready to sail and is already located in the beautiful sailing base of Phuket Thailand ready for you to create your own amazing adventures. If you wish those adventures further afield from Thailand and neighbouring exotic countries this boat can take you around the world, and in comfort with a 90cm bridgedeck clearance and spacious saloon and 4 double cabins.

Competitively priced at EUR99,000 (currently less than USD 125,000) and ready to sail. With this boat you can live your dreams.

Take a video tour of 'Vimala'...

Details follow and feel free to ask questions below in the comments or by email:

Design: Hitchhiker 40

  • Year of construction: 1993
  • Length: 12m
  • Width: 6.50m
  • Draft: 0.90m
  • Bridgedeck clearance: 0.90m
  • Weight: approx. 6 pcs
  • Standing height: 1.95 - 2.00m
  • Material: Composite Ply / West System Epoxy sheathing
  • Rig: Cutter rigging with inner forestay
  • Sail area: 85m2


Sail:
  • Large sail: 32 m2 through - new 2012
  • Genoa: 35 m2 - new 2012 - on Profurl Rollerfurling
  • Jib: 18 m2 - 2000
  • Cruising Chute: approx. 78 m2 with sock


The navigation:
  • NMEA 2000 : Autopilot Raymarine with Hydraulic pump and rudder checker, Wind, depthfinder, AIS, GPS
  • SSB, Antenna tuner, Power;
  • Batteries 4x12V (134Ah) – Total: 536 Ah;
  • Fishfinder / depth gauge / water temperature with display;
  • Radio with CD, USB - 2012;
  • Reserve Radpilot - 2013;
  • Epirb;
  • Laptop navigation program, tidetables, reserve gps dongle;
  • Lowance hand vhf waterproof;
  • Hand windmaster;


Equipment:
  • Stainless steel water tank 200 l with UV-light protection+ rainwater catcher roof, 1 hour makes the tank full and automatically filtered into tank (we have from tank REAL drinking water with good taste);
  • Main Watermaker 60l / h with 95;
  • Second Watermaker 5l / h with 12V;
  • Generator Honda 1000 W;
  • Wind generator Air Marine;
  • Solar panel 600w (2x250w + 100w) + MPPT charge controller 60A;
  • Control panel with countless individual switches / fuses;
  • AGM Batteries 4x12V (134Ah) – Total: 536 Ah (never run out of electricity);
  • Converters 1500 W and 300 W;
  • 220 V in kitchen and at the desk, 2 international sockets for charging camera, telephone etc;
  • A total of 14 hatches and windows open;
  • Compressor for diving;
  • 2 complete SCUBA sets -including tanks, BCDs, wetsuits, masks, fins;
  • Comprehensive set of tools and maintenance equipment and supplies;
  • Fully equipped with ropes, buckets, cleaning equipment and supplies;
  • Kitchen fully and comprehensively equipped;
  • Pantry with food such as dried herbs and seasonings, flour, sugar, etc;
  • Full set of bedding and towels with plenty of spares;



Anchoring:
  • Anchor winch Maxwell 1200 w - 2011 - 2 nuts (for chain and haul);
  • Operation in front of the mast and remote control at the control station;
  • Bracket anchor 60 pounds with 80 m 10mm chain and 40 m leash;
  • CQR 60 pounds with 30 m 10mm stainless steel chain and various ropes;
  • Danforth 40 pounds (stainless steel) with 15m chain and various ropes;
  • Anchoring chain 80m new galvanized at 2016;


The Rig
  • Ronstan;
  • The Rig was completely renewed in 2008 together with Turnbuckles etc;
  • Forestay, Backstay, Wanten - 10mm;
  • Inner forestay, lower backstay, undercut for cutter 8mm;
  • Babystay 8mm;
  • Mast stages;
  • 3 colour light LED at mast top + anchor light;
  • Engine light and strong deck spotlight on the mast (remote control directly at the control stand);
  • Additional running lights on deck;
  • 2 very strong anchor lights in front of the mast and at the rear, LED, turn on automatically at dusk and turn off in the morning;
  • Main front beam + cat work new in 2016;


The sail control:
  • (As with Catana) acts as a large sheet, descender and bulls at the same time - super easy to use;
  • Barber hauler for the exhibition of the Genoa on pre-course (operated from the cockpit);
  • Genoa adjustable from the cockpit;
  • Reefing facility Great sail with 3 reefs and downhaul, reefs by 1 person in 1 minute;


The motors:
  • 2 x Yamaha 9.9PS 4-stroke high thrust, ultra long;
  • Stronger transmission and slower rotation at the propeller than normal engines without high thrust;
  • Top speed 7.8 kn;
  • Normal speed (75%) 5 kn;
  • Consumption for maritime trips per 1.5 litres / hour;
  • When sailing and anchoring, the propellers are out of the water;


The dinghy:
  • Aluminium Dinghy 3m - 2011;
  • Outboard motor Tohatsu 3.0 - 2015;
  • Aluminium rudder;
  • Stainless steel anchor with hawser;


The control:
  • Hydraulic hose complete new in 2016;
  • Hydraulic control with 1 cylinder per rudder;
  • Fluid-connected;
  • Compensating tank integrated into the system;
  • Emergency stop for emergency situations;
  • Emergency rudder fixed mounted;


The salon:
  • Big kitchen;
  • Table, desk, drawer box, electropanel;
  • Storage space under the benches on the whole width;
  • 2 large hatches to open at the front;
  • 2 hatches at the Saloon roof;
  • Control panel with countless individual switches / all separately fused;
  • Salon size 4.50 x 2.95 m, a size rarely found on cats of this length;


The kitchen:
  • Fridge 140l (new in 2017) with freezer inside - run on 12V;
  • Gas cooker with oven (household size) for 3 loaves and 1 pizza at the same time;
  • Large working area;


On board:
  • 2 large storage rooms for sails, lines etc in the front of the hulls;
  • Storage space in rear of the hulls;
  • 1 sail / gas bottle storage compartment for 2 12kg bottles with safety drain in front of the mast;
  • 3 additional small storage spaces at the bridge deck in front of the anchor winch;
  • Platform at the stern behind cockpit (fishing, bathing ladder, currently used gas bottle with shut-off cock);
  • Chain box for 80m chain and spliced line directly under the anchor winch;
  • Dinghy on stainless steel davits;
  • Swimming net between the hulls for a nice swimming, laying in the water with shade;


We hope that the Vimala will find new owners who use the boat as a cruising boat and appreciate it as much as we do.

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