What the current owner says about Aoife -
Three flotilla holidays in the Ionian introduced my family to sailing and in 2010 we bought Aoife from her original owners. Although she was in excellent condition, over several years, we upgraded her from a basic production boat and customised her to her present, high specification.
The Jeanneau mainsheet bridle on the coachroof did not shape the mainsail well and was not handy during puffs to manage the mainsail. So, after much research, we fitted a demountable Harken traveller across the cockpit. Sited just in front of the wheel, the mainsheet is now readily available for immediate attention by either crew or helm. Sail set is significantly improved, the traveller is great in lively conditions to depower slightly and overall Aoife’s handling has improved remarkably. Once in harbour we can very easily remove the traveller to provide full use of the cockpit and table.
To improve mainsail flattening we altered the fixed, split backstay to provide backstay tensioning and had a third reef fitted to the mainsail that is permenantly reeved for immediate use. A storm jib, set on a moveable inner forestay, provides the other half of the bad weather sailing capability.
We alternate the mainsail and genoa at the sailmakers for maintenance and laundering each year. A preventer pendant is permenantly rigged on the boom, allowing easy set up.
Electronically, we replaced the VHF with a Standard Horizon GX2100 and a RAM3 handset in the cockpit, which is very handy for monitoring and responding to radio traffic at sea and when entering harbour. Its AIS reception was such a boon that the following year we fitted a Raymarine AIS B system and an Echomax dual band radar responder. Both the AIB B and Echomax responder provide signifiant peace of mind without the complications and cost of radar. At the same time, we replaced the rather dated chart plotter with a Raymarine E7 multifunction display, mounted at the chart table and its WiFi capability allows us to use an I-pad as a cockpit repeater. It is a great confidence builder, displaying charts, wind, log, depth and various derived data on customisable pages.
We have fully maintained the engine every winter, fitted a new water pump and regularly treated the fuel to prevent diesel bug. Aoife was last out for maintenance in March 2016 when she was antifouled, new shaft and boss anodes fitted and engine maintenance completed. Many more changes and upgrades are listed in the inventory.
My wife, son and I have thoroughly enjoyed cruising the North Wales coast and the Irish Sea in Aoife, getting to Southern and Northern Ireland, the Isle of Man, the Clyde and through the Crinan Canal as far north as Craobh Yacht Haven. This summer we fitted new engine and service batteries, dyneema centre-line jackstays, an extractor fan in the refridgerator compresser space and new blue cockpit dodgers. We sailed her to Dun Laoghaire in July and early August where we enjoyed some Irish hospitality and the Laser dinghy international regatta.
We are now looking for a slightly larger boat with live-aboard potential. Aoife is a capable, very well equipped and meticulously maintained cruiser, well suited for family cruising. We shall miss her but she is a little beauty and she is ready to sail away.
Fair winds and good sailing.
The forepeak has two berths with a shelf each side for stowage, hanging space and under-bed stowage for sails and the water tank. There is a hatch opening to the foredeck.
Spacious with 1.92m headroom; it has two bench seats that can be used as berths and a fold down table to seat six. Both berths are fitted with a lee canvas and there is under bunk stowage. The main hatch opens to the coachroof and provides ample light. There is a FM radio and CD player.
To starboard there is a generous aft-facing chart table with stowage for charts, a locker for pilot and other books and a rack for pencils and so on. The chart table light has been replaced with a flexible LED white/red lamp (2013).
Situated to starboard, the galley has a single sink with mixer tap on the pressurised water system. There is ample stowage for crockery behind the cooker as well as stowage under the work surface for canned and dry foods. The cooker was upgraded from an ENO with two burners and grill to an ENO two burner unit with oven in 2013, when the vessel was last gas checked. The galley is equipped with a Jeanneau crockery and cutlery pack. Safety features in this area include a fireblanket, 1kg dry powder extinguisher and a CO monitor and a gas detector. There is a 12v refrigerated cool box. To increase the work surfaces for preparation, a teak fold-down flap was fitted in 2014.
The main cabin is aft, fitted with hanging space, a generous double bunk and shelf space. There is under bunk stowage, access to the batteries and the engine.
The heads to port is fitted with a manual Jabsco marine toilet, wash basin and mixer tap which doubles as the shower head. The shower tray has a separate pump and sea cock for drainage. There are coat hooks for hanging wet gear.
LED lighting is fitted throughout the cabins, with white and red options in both cabins and at the chart table. The companionway steps provide the main access to the engine, providing good access to service points. The sugar scoop stern is fitted with shower head and boarding ladder
The cockpit sole is teak covered. There is a collapsable table at the binnacle; the main locker is to starboard with a separate gas locker beside it that drains overboard.
Sail and Rig
Quantum mainsail with three reefs, permanently reeved
Furling gear Facnor SD 130
Crusador cruising chute and sock
Kemp Orange storm jib, used once - 2012
Blue Jeanneau packaway bag
Adjustable lazy jacks, renewed - 2016
Kicker upgraded to 8:1 led aft - 2012
Stainless steel rigging - 2007, mast down 2013 for inspection
Running rigging maintained and turned end-for-end annually
Demountable mainsheet traveller - 2012
Demountable inner forestay - 2012
Backstay tensioner - 2012
2 x Harken 2 speed 32
2 x Harken 1 speed 16
All lines to cockpit through Harken clutches
Two winch handles
Six mooring cleats, including two midships
Engine and power
Two cylinder Yanmar 2GM20F engine, 18HP - 2004
Shaft propulsion on a P-bracket - 2004
Rope cutter - 2004
Cutlass bearing - 2010
Volvo lip seal - 2012
Fixed two-bladed propellor - 2004
Engine hour meter - 2013 (160 hours since)
Diesel use: just over 1 litre an hour at 5.5 knots
Engine exhaust alarm - 2013
Engine waterpump replaced - 2014
Engine waterpump rebuilt as spare - 2014
Motor and domestic batteries charged by alternator and/or smart charger
Christec CPS 300 charge - 2004
240v shore power fitted with outlets in galley, aft and fore cabins
Shorepower cable - 2012
2x batteries, 80Ah
Warps and fenders
Five mooring lines - 2010
Two long warps
Brittany type anchor with 20m chain (regalvanised 2015) and 40m octoplait (2010)
Danforth type kedge anchor (Danforth type) with ~10m chain and warp
Lofrans electric windlass with clutch handle and handheld controller
Anchor chain hook - 2012
Six fenders - 2012
Bow fender - 2015
Fender board with rebated lanyards - 2013
The wheel is leather-covered. The steering compass by Plastimo is clear and behind that in full view of the helmsman are the Raymarine ST60 Tridata displays, ST4000+ autohelm display. There is also a power cable for a handheld GPS.
Echomax passive reflector - 2010
Standard Horizon GX2100 - 2012 (AIS reception display)
RAM handset fitting in cockpit - 2014 (AIS reception display)
New VHF aerial and cable, no junctions - 2014
Raymarine AIS B - 2014
Echomax dual band radar responder - 2014
Raymarine E7 chartplotter with UK charts - 2014
Navionics Gold UK water - 2014, last updated June 2015
NASA Navtex - 2015
Navigation lights - sail and power
Day marks – anchor and motoring
Barometer & clock
Rollflat fresh water hose - 2013
Fresh water carrier, 5 litres - 2012
25 litre spare diesel fuel carrier - 2010
Two buckets - 2016
Engine spares and lubricants
Flag staff and red ensign
Flag halyards - 2016
Boom rigged preventer pennant - 2010
Outboard motor bracket, pushpit
ENO two burner and oven - 2013 (used unit)
Wash basin and mixed tap
Teak drop down flap - 2014
Lockers for cutlery, plates etc
Jeanneau crockery and cutlery set - 2004
Under sink stowage
Calorifier water heater
240v immersion water heater
Pressurised hot/cold water systems
FM radio CD player
12v outlet at chart table
Jabsco marine toilet
Combination tap and showerhead - 2013
Hangers for foul weather gear
NASA Gas detector - 2010
Carbon monoxide detector - 2014
Gas locker in a cockpit
Gas check - 2013
Dry powder fire extinguishers:
- 1kg in forepeak - 2013
- 1kg in companionway - 2013
- 2kg in cockpit locker - 2013
Fire blanket in galley
Life raft cradle - 2012
Danbuoy (2010) connected to:
- Ocean Safety horseshoe life belt 2016
- Drogue 2010
- Light float 2010
XM Oscar rescue sling
Fog horn, cannister type, unused - 2013
Emergency steering augmented with tiller extension and relieving tackles
Storm boards - 2012
Rocket tube for flare stowage (flares due for disposal)
Day marks for motoring and anchoring
Electric bilge pump
Manual bilge pump
Soft wood bungs tied to each through-hull fitting - 2010
Guard wires renewed - 2013
VAT paid - 2004
Builder’s certificate - 2004
RCD status - 2004
Bills of sale - 2004, 2004, 2010
Sale contract - 2010
Bills and maintenance records since - 2010
RYA sail number - 2004
Gas safety certificate - 2013
SSR documents - 2004, 2010 and 2015
CG66 documents - 2015
Ofcom ship’s radio licence - 2004, 2010
Original engine and other manuals
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