Lorrigray II, a Dix Custom 65
by Graham Parkinson
Lorrigray II on an idyllic island anchorage
Lorrigray II is an impressive round bilge steel yacht with a large rig, built in South Africa in 1998. She is a Dudley Dix design 65 foot custom cutter and can be viewed on (dixdesigns.com). She was custom designed for the present owners Lorraine and Graham Parkinson. The hull was built in Port Elizaberth and the project managed by the designer Dudley Dix himself and has a Lloyds constructional certificate.
The finishing was completed in Johannesburg by a team of carpenters and painters under the supervision of a project manager. Particular attention was paid to the paint systems, with zinc epoxy applied to the hull exterior after blasting and epoxy tar applied to the interior. The hull was faired to a very high standard and took a crew of five people almost twelve months.
She was designed as a high specification luxury world cruiser with charter potential, all the systems are duplicated with real redundancy in the main systems. Lorrigray II is ideal for world cruising or charter use. All the sailing systems are power driven and therefore easily handled by a small crew. Lorrigray II has sailed just about round the world, mostly by just two crew members - the owners.
The yacht can be sailed from both the internal Nav station or the aft cockpit. In addition there are two cockpit areas, the aft main steering station (with wheel and winch access), and the central cockpit which is ideal for guests when chartering or as a fully protected area when on a passage.
Added last year is a sunbrella canvas dodger/wheel house arrangement that can be sealed in the event of heavy rain - this offers excellent rain and sun protection. In addition, a large awning over the aft cockpit steering area gives complete sun protection when hand steering, very important we think in the tropics.
Graham and Lorraine Parkinson have been sailing for over 40 years and on this voyage aboard Lorrigray II for almost 20 yrs.
The twin Yanmar diesel engines provide ample power to ensure a good speed in all conditions, the 10 kva genset uses a 3 cylinder Yanmar diesel engine of the same series making spare parts common.
Each engine has a second 24 volt Mastervolt alternator fitted to charge the main battery bank. The engine 12v alternator is used to charge the 12v system and the starter battery. The fuel system is designed to be completely independent, two main tanks, two day tanks etc are individual for safety.
The internal woodwork is solid American white oak, constructed to a high standard. What makes Lorrigray II special is the volume down below - a separate large galley, a dining area with a large table and seating for eight people and a completely seperate saloon seating also for eight people make this vessel very luxurious. Four double cabins and a bow crew cabin plus a large walk through lazarette complete the internal arrangements.
Two air conditioners provide cool air and ample headroom over the bunks give a very comfortable environment for sleeping.
A towering 100 foot mast with hydraulic furling mainsail makes shortening sail simple and quick. The large sail plan and plenty of diesel power means you don't have to worry about getting to your destination. The 40 ton displacement can smooth out the motion making a passage comfortable and quick, reducing fatigue on long bumpy passages.
The anchoring system is similarly over specified; the windlass is a Lofrans Super ercole with primary CQR anchor 75 kg and a back-up Bruce 50 kg on 12mm chain. A back up aluminium anchor, never used, completes the system.
The winch system was supplied by Andersen and is all hydraulically powered from a Bosch 24v pump system. Push button sailing.
Lorrigray II has two dinghy and two outboard engines:
- Main dinghy NAB 4m hard bottom;
- Avon roll away 3.5m;
- Yamaha 15hp;
- Yamaha 2hp.
The system includes Raymarine E70 with remote controls from both inside and the outside cockpits.
The autopilot system uses a Raymarine core pack driving a Whitlock heavy duty steering pedestal through a gearbox. A second gearbox drive and motor is available should a problem present itself. Also a manual emergency steering helm is stored in the lazarette.Electrical system
The system was designed by Mastervolt and comprises:
- 6x AGM 8D battery bank 24v;
- 2x AGM 8D for the 12v bank;
- Single 8D starter main;
- Single 4D generator starter;
- 2 Mastervolt 24v 100amp chargers;
- Mastervolt sine wave inverter 2kw;
- Mastervolt auto electrical changeover system;
- Aerogen 6 wind generator.
The galley contains all modern conviences, and would be the envy of most apartment dwellers - a dish washer, microwave, fridge, freezer, kettle, toasters etc etc. Large work areas and a four burner gas oven.
Force 10 four burner oven, Panasonic microwave, Bosch dishwasher and various other electrical devices.Other
In the lazerete we have a 90 litre/hour watermaker running at 60 litre/hour at present. Safety gear
Avon 6 man life raft, overboard recovery system, EPIRB, Dan buoy. two life rings, 4 harnesses. Emergency steering system.Maintenance
Repairs and maintenance are always an important issue on luxury yachts and its vital to see what has been carried out in the last few years, just to give an example the following excerpts from the repair log:
- Yanmar engine replaced 70hp, 2012;
- Mainsail replaced, 2012;
- Genoa replaced, 2010;
- Main battery bank 24v, 2016;
- Backup 24 charger, 2017;
- 12v charger, 2017;
- Saloon windows, 2016;
- Hull spray job, 2016;
- Windlass controller, 2017;
- Internal window surrounds, 2016;
- All internal doors revarnished, 2016;
- Forward air conditioner, 2015;
- Re-upholstered all through, 2014;
- Saloon table revarnished, 2015;
- Motor drive TV lift and table top, 2015;
- Generator 10 KVA Stamford, 2016;
- Canvas awning and dodger, 2015;
- Canvas forward cover, 2017;
- Forward cabin carpets, 2015;
- BBQ, 2016;
- Saltwater pumps x 4, 2017;
- Bilge system and pumps, 2017;
- Steering gearbox and motor, 2010;
- Yamaha 15hp engine, 2010;
- Yamaha 2hp engine, 2010;
- 4m dinghy NAB, 2010;
- Watermaker membranes x 2, 2017.
Plus a large collection of spares and tools.General specifications
- LOA 65 feet (19.8m);
- Beam: 16 feet (5.4m);
- Disp: 45 tons loaded;
- Genset 10 KVA;
- AC power 240v;
- Engines twin screw @ x Yanmar 100hp;
- Batteries AGM x 8D 600 amp hr 24v;
- Batteries AGM 8D 400 amp Hr 12v;
- Mast height Approx 100 feet;
- Winches, Andersen;
- Instruments, Raymarine;
- Electrical, Mastervolt;
- Fuel capacity approx 2000 litres;
- Water capacity approx 1800 litres.