A proper little ship, from Holland, which has recently been massively refitted for a trip Down under, which is now on hold. Push button Rondal furling rig, new paint, sorted engine room, new generator and totally upgraded interior. This Van Dam Nordia 57 comes with a great pilothouse for ocean sailing and with her strong metal construction, she is the perfect conveyance for high latitude or pacific cruising.
WILLOWTARN was built by Nordia to Dutch 100A+ in Holland in 1980.
The design was a combined effort between the very experienced owner and Van Dam to produce a very capable bluewater cruising yacht without loss of performance. This being the third vessel for the owner, a good deal of evolutionary experience had gone into her, proved with two circumnavigations.
In 2003, the vessel being tired, underwent a full rebuild - replacing much of her underwater areas, a new deck and full modernisation of her systems, hatches etc. by Rondal.
WILLOWTARN is a tall rigged ketch with both outside helm and pilothouse helming position which is a real benefit in bad weather.
Below the water her traditional long keel and 2.7m draft keeps her tracking in all conditions.
A well-protected propeller (upgraded 2019) and 250hp Cummins engine gives WILLOWTARN a good turn of speed of about 9 knots. Manoeuvring being greatly aided with a powerful bow thruster.
The teak laid decks are in very good condition with no visible wear.
All hatches were upgraded with Rondal flush deck units - two large over the saloon and one in each of the cabins giving good ventilation and exit routes if required. Fore peak has a further large hatch for access to sail store. All hatches are fitted with gas struts.
Her sails are in good serviceable condition and comprise of a main and mizzen, cutter jib, storm jib, spinnaker in snubber tube, roller cruising shute and mizzen staysail.
WILLOWTARN is well rigged for plenty of power. She has a ketch rigged Rondal hydraulic in mast furling system all - operated from aft. The main mast is twin spreader.
The vessel is provided with 3 ample anchors and electric Francis windlass with single Gypsy and chain, an additional full chain is stored in the bilge if required.
WILLOWTARN is a fine classic sailing yacht, from a good stable, which due to a major refit has been brought fully up to standard.
RCD Status: Our understanding is that the yacht is exempt from the essential safety requirements of the Recreational Craft Directive as she was built and placed into use within the EU prior to 1998.
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