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1980 Custom Sailing Yacht

11 November, 2012 by EVAN

About this Sailboat:

Tropicbird is a 50 foot proven 23 ton bluewater liveaboard ketch.
Professionally built in South Africa to a Ted Brewer design Tropicbird has sailed tens of thousand miles and has kept her captain and crew safe, secure and comfortable.
Her hull is diagonal cold molded of 3 x 3/8 mahogany bonded together with epoxy to a thickness of 1 1/8 inch. She is epoxy painted on the outside. Anti-fouled last March 2012 in Panama. (At the same time the cutlass bearing was renewed and all zincs updated).
Decks are marine plywood with fiberglass and gel-coat on top and finished with anti-slip paint. She retains her original wooded handrails and curved sliding hatches all lovingly maintained. Internals are teak which is varnished and has achieved an old world patina.
Her accommodation comprises 3 double cabins and 2 pilot berths in the saloon plus 3 berths in the cockpit. Extra berths can be achieved using the saloon seating. She has two heads one with a shower and one with a bath. There are 3 entrances to below-decks , from the cockpit or the forward or aft sliding hatch companionway.
Her galley is large and has a marine 3 burner stove with oven which is on gimbals, (the captain regularly bakes bread). There are two large cooler boxes and a refrigerator and lots of worktop. Throughout Tropicbird there is an abundance of storage.
The navigation area has a full size chart table and full instrumentation.
Her engine is a Perkins M90 diesel which was installed in year 2000 with 4300 hours to date. This engine has been meticulously maintained and regularly serviced.
Her rig is a ketch with an additional inner forestay which will fly any of the smaller jibs. Her sail wardrobe is listed at on the page sale details, please see photos and description.
Her current owner is a qualified boatbuilder and presents his vessel in sound condition worthy of any inspection.

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