Details about Woods Surfsong Catamaran. REDUCED FOR QUICK SALE.See original listing
02 Sep, 2012 19:16:53 BST
Ibiza, Las Baleares, Spain
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Alley Cat has been re-listed due to time-wasters.
Alley Cat was built in 1989 and has been our home since 1996. In the same year we sailed from Ravenglass, Cumbria, with Mac, our trusty labrador crew, bound for sunnier climes. We followed the classical route southwards and through gales in the Irish Sea and Biscay, to the sweltering heat of the Mediterranean, she has kept us safe and warm, or cool, as required. This simple way of life, with very few overheads, has allowed us to enjoy what many can only dream about, on a minimal income. Very reluctantly age is now forcing us ashore.
Since 1997 she has been cruising in the Western Mediterranean, and the Balearic islands in particular. For the last 10 years we have made San Antonio, Ibiza, our base. All of the photographs were taken there recently.
Alley Cat went through her latest refit in April 2011.
This is a very deceptive boat, offering more space inside than you would think. Yet she is light and fast, achieving 18 knots in a stiff breeze. Under power she can move at 5 knots, but it is under sail where she really performs. She can tack almost like a dinghy, yet running in a sea she is steady, dry, and very easily handled. In light airs she also out-sails most other yachts, and in the sometimes sloppy, short seas to be found in the Mediterranean this is a distinct advantage.
Alley Cat lies in a free, safe harbour, with no tidal gates to worry about, just 2 hours from Stansted airport, currently on a free mooring. Her tender has a small berth on the passeo, for a nominal charge, and the pleasures of San Antonio and Ibiza are just 5 minutes rowing from the boat. Formentera and it's unbelievable waters are just a few hours delightful sailing to the south. Alley Cat's shallow draft allows her to go where few other live-aboard boats can venture.
Vessel Type: Racer/Cruiser
Designer: Richard Wood
Builder: David Southward, in 1989, from plans that we still have.
No of Engines: 1
Engine Model: Mercury
Engine Power: 10 hp
Fuel Type: 2 stroke (50 : 1 Mixture)
Engine Cruising Speed: best economical speed: 4 knots. Maximum: 6 knots
Best speed achieved under sail:18 knots
Length Overall: 27' 7" / 8.4 metres
Beam Overall: 16’ / 5 metres
Single centre board in starboard hull
Draft minimum: 1’ 6” / 0.46m
Draft maximum: (e.g. board down) 3' 11" / 1.2m
Hull construction: The hulls are woven-roving fibreglass matting (the strongest fibreglass of all) bonded by two part epoxy resin gelcoat. The hulls are then covered with two part paint and lastly covered with International Toplac white paint. They are supported internally by plywood frames for added strength.
The forward beam is solid timber, the remaining cross beams are box section plywood. The decks and coachroofs are all plywood covered in International non-slip deck paint.
Fresh water tank: 80 litres
Mast & Rig:
Mast height from step to cap: 36' / 11 metres
Water level to mast cap: 40’ / 12 metres
Boom length: 10' 6” / 3.2 metres
Alley Cat inventory
Garmin Handheld GPS (internal batteries & 12v DC)
Hanked-on Working Jib
Hanked-on Storm Jib
2 x life jackets
Foghorn - lung powered
Range of fenders, mooring lines, spare cordage
Grapnel anchor - folding
Twin running backstays
Gas cooker: 2 rings & grill & 2 gas bottles
Foot-operated fresh water galley pump
A selection of Admiralty Charts
Pilots (mainland Spain and The Balearics)
1 Large set of Douglas Gill Waterproofs
1 Medium set of Douglas Gill Waterproofs
Brass Ship's Bell
Brass tidal clock
12vDC / 240AC mini fridge
1 x small awning
1 x large awning
3 duvets with covers
4 x open deck lockers containing gas bottles, lubricants
2 x 5 litre petrol cans
1 x 12 litre fuel tank
Fuel siphon tube with tap & concertina primer
2 x winch handles
Storage space for sundry ready-use equipment
Mercury 10hp outboard mounted amidships 1 metre aft of mast in underslung transom.
Position provides good maneouvreability under power.Tilts clear of water for no drag sailing.
Stainless steel swimmers boarding ladder easily fixed (removed) from bracket at stern.
Aluminium ladder with inserts to form gang-plank, which has also been used as an 8-seater banquet table mounted in cockpit centre from mast to stern.This is used as a straight-forward ladder when hauled-out.
Rutland 913 Wind Generator (needs attention)
Unsinkable rigid dinghy with centre-thwart and flotation chambers
2 x oars & rowlocks
All-round fenders & stern mount for lamp-post
Small folding anchor, chain & padlocks to secure boat
Battery: Volts: 12 DC
Amp hours: 65
240VAC ringmain and shore-side cable
Catalytic Butane Heater
Mast head: bi-colour
Anchor chain & scope
Alley Cat has been re-listed due to time-wasters; only serious buyers please.