All yachts in the charter group are designed and built to Australian standards with supervision and approval by the designer, Mark Pescott. The yachts are performance sailing catamarans of the Whitehaven design which has years of proven ocean going safety and international racing success. Even to an untrained eye, these beautiful sleek yachts stand out and exude class, performance and quality.
The largest of the yachts is a 12.7m Pescott Whitehaven sailing catamaran “Alba Dash” with the others being similar design but 11.2m. Accommodation includes 3 double cabins, one with an ensuite (electric toilet, shower and basin), one full double cabin and one small double cabin. The second communal “head” or bathroom has electric toilet, shower and wash basin. All water is pressurised with hot and cold including a shower on the rear steps for rinsing salt water off after swimming.
The large saloon is over the bridge deck area and the cockpit area are ideal for socialising with luxurious white leather covering, New Guinea Rosewood door surrounds and White Ash on the floor. Exposed Western Red Cedar beams on the ceiling add to the rich nautical finish throughout the boat and the well faired finish in white gives the interior a bright and light feeling that is not found in the older designed classic boats.
Ventilation is excellent throughout with through breezes to keep the boat cool and airy day and night and the cabins have mounted fans.
The galley has a gas 3 burner hotplates and oven/ grill and fridge and freezer at 100L each, keeping your drinks cold! The large chart table and electronic setup is suitable for long distance sailing but our skipper and crew will be the ones doing the work (unless you want to!)
Two large trampoline areas at the bow are ideal for relaxing, reading or even sleeping at night should you wish. While sailing at speed with some swell, this area can be very exciting with waves breaking up through the tramps and cooling you off. The wide 7.4m width of the yacht gives a lot of space for relaxing, reading, fishing or photography and also provides stability giving a smooth ride.
The cockpit area is fully shaded – essential in the tropics and the steering station is central with good visibility over the saloon. The rear trampolines are smaller but good for using especially for fishing as retrieving the fish from this point is easy as you are close to the water.
The sterns both have access steps with the port side having the hot/cold pressurised shower – great for rinsing off the salt after swimming .
Tender / Dinghy
The tender (small dinghy) for the yacht is a 3.5m rigid bottomed inflatable (RIB) made by Aquapro with a 7.5hp outboard. It is easy to handle, safe and stable and moves fast under power. It is powerful enough for scurfing (waterskiing with a surfboard) if you want a bit of fun and makes transfers to beaches, coral heads and other boats nice and easy.
Sailing these catamarans is a joy and very easy. Being a catamaran, they are very stable during sailing and at anchor so the less than enthusiast ones amongst us will not be scared by the 30* or 45* lean that you get with monohulls – even the motorboats in rough seas! Our cats list no more than 10* so your drinks can be sat safely on the deck without falling over! Our galley does not need to be swung (gimballed) and walking around the boat when under way is easy.
There are 2 x 30hp Yanmar diesel engines that drive the boat at 6-7 knots with one engine and more with both engines on. Under sail, you can feel the power a grace as she glides effortlessly with very little attention to sail setting at speeds of 7 knots upwind and 10-15knots downwind. While we have sailed her at 20 knots for considerable distances, this tends to be too exciting to be enjoyable for most guests!
Most sailing is done under autohelm and the boats can be handled with the autohelm to speeds of 15+knots. For guests that want to learn how to sail and to get used to the steering process and sail setting, our skipper / crew can teach you during the cruise and you can do as much or as little of the yacht and sail handling as you want. It is a very good environment to practice your skills and get more confidence in yacht handling.
Alba Dash Technical Data:
12.7m Pescott Whitehaven Performance Cruising Catamaran
Dimensions : LOA 12.7m, LWL 12.2m, Beam 7.4m, bridgedeck clearance 0.8m, internal headroom – 1.8-2.2m.
Draught : 0.6m – 1.8m (daggerboards down)
Construction : Western Red Cedar / Epoxy Glass sandwich
Weight : 6 tonnes
Mast Height : 15 meter
Sails : Fully battened mainsail, furling genoa, storm jib. (Asymmetrical spinnaker)
Auxiliary power : 2x Yanmar 3GM diesel engines (30 Hp each)
2 queen sized beds in spacious cabins, one with ensuite (toilet, shower and basin), 3rd smaller double cabin. Single bunk in bow of starboard hull (crew berth). Large saloon area with dining table.
Comfortable galley area with 3 cooker gas stove, gas oven and grill, h/c basin, 100L fridge, 100L separate freezer, adequate storage space for extended cruising.
Heads / Bathrooms:
One communal and one ensuite – both with hot and cold shower, electric toilets and basin. Hot and cold shower on stern steps also.
Cockpit area is covered with awning for sun and rain protection. Seating capacity for 12+ people. Front trampolines large, rear trampolines
6 knots cruising, 8-9 knots full power
8-12 knots easily, 15-20knots when pushed. Daggerboards manually lifted and dropped.
Hydraulic steering. Coursemaster autohelm – magnetic compass controlled. Can be steered on autohelm in all except the most severe conditions and for high performance upwind.
3.3m rigid bottomed inflatable Zodiac with 7.5hp outboard
Wind generator, 3x120W solar panels and 120A alternators on engines. House battery bank of 4x150Ahr 12V batteries and separate engine batteries. 1kVA inverter for 240V power – Australian plugs. Suitable for charging cameras, phones, computers etc
GPS with plotter (Navman – basic variety), VHF radio, HF radio, depth and log. No radar and no wind speed indicator.
Large plough anchor on 40m chain. Electric winch – Maxwell. Second large sand anchor, small plough and coral anchor. 100m rope plus mooring lines + fenders.
Water sports + games:
Kayak with glass bottom, snorkels, goggles and flippers, surf mat, lilo, boom net, towing ropes, climbing harness (for going to top of mast), rope swing off mast and on board games (Cluedo, Trivial Pursuit, Cranium, cards, chess, backgammon etc.)
Flares, EPIRB, liferaft (zodiac).
2-4 guests usually, up to 6, three crew on board – skipper, first mate and cook/guide. The skipper will be responsible for the safety of the boat and the mate will assist all of the sailing and engineering, the cook with be satisfying your culinery and drinking needs as well as trips and sightseeing. All meals, teas, coffees, snacks, soft drinks and some alcohol (beers) will be provided by the crew, spirits and cocktails will be charged for extra. Minimum of 4 day charters will be booked.
Charter Rate : Euro 500/day for up to 04 people
Extra person is Euro 80/person max 06 people