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Old 08-07-2014, 12:56   #1
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1981 Aluminium Schooner currently cruising Fiji

S/V "Silver Ruffian" is offered for sale at US$87,500
My husband bought Silver Ruffian in 1992 and sailed her from the UK to the South Pacific. We have cruised there annually for the last 16 years and had a wonderful time. Now it is time for a new phase.
Silver Ruffian is a strong, purpose built, ocean cruising or “expedition” yacht in excellent shape that has sailed over 75,000 miles, having sailed one and a couple of halves around the world plus New Zealand to the South Pacific islands and back more than ten times. She is ready and waiting to go off on another circumnavigation or to cruise around Fiji and the South Pacific. She was Imported into Fiji in 2012 when duties and VAT were paid there.
Silver Ruffian is maintained as an ocean going vessel, ready to go. Breakages and repairs have been put to rights by professional marine yard employees either immediately or as part of its regular annual refit. (1998 – 2011 at Gulf Harbour Marina , New Zealand and 2012 – 2014 Vuda Point Marina, Fiji). Preventive maintenance is part of the annual refit process. She was antifouled May 2014. She is currently a British registered vessel with deemed VAT paid in UK when purchased in 1992 and was Imported into Fiji in 2012.
She is currently cruising Fiji waters and expects to return to Vuda Point Marina, Fiji in September 2014.
Details follow (some photos are in the photo section, more on request. Enquiries are welcomed).
Dimensions: L.O.A. 51 feet (just fits 16m berth)
L.O.D. 44 ft 6 ins. L.W.L. 33 ft 10 ins.

Beam 12 ft 2 ins. Draft 5 ft 10 ins.
G.R.T. 15.99 tons Displacement 13 tons (approx.)
Designer/Builder: J Dewar / G.R.L. Bates & Sons. , South Africa
Launched: 1981
Construction: Complete construction from D-54-S Marine Grade Aluminum Alloy – 4.72 mm hull plating, 50 x 35 x 8 mm T frames, 25 x 13 mm stringers. Cork lining to just below the waterline and under deck / coachroof plating with blue treadmaster panels on deck. Bare alloy above blue Trilux anti-fouling. The hull and deck paint was professionally removed in the 2000 refit in New Zealand. “Lexan” polycarbonate windows and mid -and fore hatches (2000). Three smaller Lewmar hatches. Interior joinery of imbuya and ash or oak faced ply with ash / imbuya trim. Mahogany deck beams and floor timbers. Self draining aft cockpit. Whitlock wheel steering. Long fin keel with approximately 9000 lbs of encapsulated ballast. Through hull keel and skeg. Skeg hung spade rudder.
Rig: Equal height masted schooner, sometimes called an “Ocean 60 rig”. Two deck stepped masts and two “Z spars” slab reefing alloy booms (1988). Twin running poles. Stainless steel wire standing rigging (professionally inspected 2013). Twin forestays, triatics and back stays. Sailspar roller headsail gear (1988) on one of the forestays. Rope running rigging backs and inner standing “baby” stay. Two Barlow 26 genoa winches, four Lewmar 30 winches for hallyards and reefing lines. Lewmar rope “jamming” cleats.
Sails: Aft and forward Main sails (identical in dimensions and construction) (Sails Speciality, New Zealand, 2002). Roller genoa (2003). Orange storm trisail, a storm stay sail and a storm jib. Spare roller genoa. Blue Sunbrella covers for the Mainsails.
Machinery: Ford Mermaid 70 HP four cylinder diesel engine (1995 supplied by Lancing Marine, Hastings ,UK.) This is a marinised Ford FSD425 2.5 litre engine. Approx. 6200 engine hours. Fresh water Bowman heat exchange cooling . Aquadrive flex mount and shaft coupling. Newage PRM Delta Marine direct drive 2.83:1 reduction gearbox with reverse. Volvo dripless shaft seal. Three bladed alloy fixed pitch propeller. Electric start from main cabin or cockpit. Single lever engine control. Dedicated manual and automatic marine “Fire Boy” extinguisher system in the engine compartment. Raycor double manifold fuel filter system enabling filter change while underway. Manual sump oil pump for oil changing. Electric “Lift” pump for easy engine bleeding.
Power Generation:
Two engine mounted alternators (120 A with Next Step “smart” regulator (2014) for four 75 AH lead acid “accommodation” batteries in two banks (2014) and 80 A for two 600 CCA engine starter batteries (2013). An emergency “jump” switch can connect all the battery banks in case the starter batteries fail.
Four 80 Watts solar panels with M.P.P.T. smart regulator (2011) with two fixed in heavy alloy frames and two removable for mounting on the aft bimane during the coastal sailing season.
Aerogen 6 wind generator with dedicated regulator.
Two DC/AC inverters – a 450 Watt Sign wave 240 VAC and a 400 Watt 110 VAC.
Tankage: 480 litre diesel in two fitted fuel tanks – 300 litres and 180 litres.
350 litre fresh water in 80 litre fitted tank and in 11 x 20 litres/2 x 25 litres plastic “jerry” cans stored under the floor of the main saloon, so that different sources of water can be kept separate.
A 12 V PUR 80 watermaker (13 litres/hour) feeds directly into the 80 litre tank, which is typically used for day to day requirements.
Instrumentation:
Autohelm/Raymarine ST6000/7000 Autopilot (1998) with Direct Linear drive to the quadrant. Autohelm/Raymarine radar (1998). Raymarine ST60 Wind (2000), ST60 Plus Depth and Speed Log (2013). Control units at the Nav Table and at the Helm. Two Garmin GPS Chartplotters 76CSXi (2011), one removable at the helm and one fixed at the Nav table NMEA linked to the Raymarine equipment. The Raymarine kit is connected with a Sea-Talk network.
Fixed VHF marine transceiver. ICOM M700 SSB transceiver with automatic tuner in stern locker. A starboard backstay has isolaters to act as the SSB aerial.
Plastimo Horizon 135 helmsman compass (being replaced).
Hydrovane wind powered self steering system (1988, main shaft and bearings replaced 2010).
Accommodation (approx. layout plan shown in photos section):
The main hatch is slightly to starboad. A hanging wet locker is immediately to starboard, then aft to port is a large Nav station with a large chart table and opposite is a bench seat and a “one and a half” berth convenient as an ocean sea berth. A stern locker accommodates long items, more stowage under the berth, the seat and the stairs.
The Main Saloon is open plan. A dinette is to port, with a removable table, which breaks down into a double berth , and a curved sofa is to starboard, with book shelves, a stereo unit and “entertainment” cupboard above. Storage areas are under each of the seat areas and the book shelves. A large galley to port has a stainless steel sink with hot and cold freshwater mixer taps with pull out hose for water transfer and two Whale Gusher foot pumps for saltwater in and sink drainage out. Hot water is from an LPG Califont instant water heater (2013). The electric water system consists of an electric Jabsco pump (2013) and accumulator (2000) and feeds the Main Saloon sink and the Head sink/shower. The gimballed cooker is stainless steel, two burner with oven and grill and has a stainless steel surround for safety. The 12V fridge is approximately 6 cu ft. There is plenty of work surface and stowage space. Amid-ships is the sound insulated engine box with stowage built in and work surface on top. To starboard is a workbench with stowage under and the Solar and Wind regulators. Above the workbench and facing aft is the main electrical switch board and electricity/battery monitoring instruments. There are two female sutar sockets and the on/off for the LPG gas tank solenoid is here with the LPG detection alarm.
The Head is to port with full sized toilet bowl, a sink with hot/cold mixer taps with an extendable hose for showers. The shower tray drains overboard via an automatic sump pump, but has a manual pump too. To starboard is the dry hanging locker with a full length mirror for use when the door is open.
Forward begins the main sleeping areas. The Main cabin has a double berth to port with stowage above, a good sized bookcase, and a sofa/single berth to starboard with more stowage and mirrored lockers above and either side. The forepeak has two berths but breaks down to an over-sized double as necessary. Underneath is a large stowage area for sails and any extra “jerry” cans. There is more stowage in the forepeak bunk area and also between the Main cabin and forepeak.
General: Henderson and Pattay manually operated bilge pumps.
Electric automatic bilge pump.
Four man Lifeguard liferaft (serviced Fiji 2014). Danbuoy (serviced Fiji 2014). Three fire extinguishers and a fire blanket. EPIRB (2014). “Visiball” radar reflector.
Maxwell 2200 deck mounted electric anchor windlass (Serviced 2014). 120 metres galvanised 10mm chain (Italian Maggi, 2008). Three anchors – 56 lb Delta (2014) as main anchor, 30 kg Bruce, 20 kg Bruce.
3.2 metre RIB Dinghy (Inflatable Boat Company, Tauranga, New Zealand, retubed in Fiji and New Zealand, 2010/11) with 8 HP Yamaha outboard (major service 2011) with tank and fuel line.
Alloy mast steps, boarding ladder, cockpit table, two alloy boathooks, horseshoe lifebuoys, man overboard recovery lifebuoy system. Alloy stantions, plastic covered stainless steel safety lines (2010), pulpit and stern alloy guard rails, handrails, deck safety line fore and aft.
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Old 08-07-2014, 16:21   #2
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Re: 1981 Aluminium Schooner currently cruising Fiji

Always seemed to be a nice boat and a great price for an alloy yacht.

Hello from Jeff and Abby, formerly of No News.
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Old 08-07-2014, 20:40   #3
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Re: 1981 Aluminium Schooner currently cruising Fiji

Thanks for the nice comment. Its really hard to put a price on a boat. There are some great boats out there. So what happened to No News?


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