Alan Buchanan designed De Ruyter Mk II Steel Ketch

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Main Cabin

Inside Ketos's main cabin with diesel heater to starboard and seating area to port which converts to a double berth when required. The galley heads and cabin with double berth are forward. Access to the engine compartment is below the steps which hinge up out of the way.

Alan Buchanan designed De Ruyter Mk II Steel Ketch - Details

An Alan Buchanan designed Dutch built steel ketch with a long and distinguished blue water history. She is now in need of significant attention and so is very keenly priced as a yacht with great potential.

The hull and superstructure was built by Koninklijke Fabriek van Rijtuigen en Spoorwagens J.J. Beijnes (Royal factory of cars and track carriages J.J. Beijnes!) in Beverwijk in the Netherlands to very high standards in 1961.
She was then fitted out in the same year by the Rowhedge Ironworks Shipyard on the River Colne in Essex using solid teak cabin soles and mahogany trim.

Sailed to the Mediterranean by her first owners she was cruised extensively there, eventually being sold to the current owners in 1972, taking possession in Porto Santo Stefano in Tuscany, Italy. The new owners fitted a new BMC Commodore engine at this time and replaced the original wooden spars with alloy in 1973.

The current owners spent 4 years cruising the Mediterranean and Black Seas from 1988 to 1992 travelling both via Biscay and the French canals on different trips.
They have also spent some 25 years cruising the West and North of Scotland, Orkney, Shetland and St Kilda and have circumnavigated both the UK and Ireland as well as done numerous trips to France from Scotland.


Originally classed by the designer as a Motor Sailer she is actually more a long distance sailing yacht with a powerful engine. With a hull speed in the region of 8 knots, she cruises easily at 6.5 knots in most conditions.

Surveyed in 2006, all recommendations to maintain her considerable strength were carried out.

Part 1 registered with an original registered port of Ipswich.

She was built pre-UK VAT and is therefore is exempt from that tax.


Specs:

Hull : Steel
Year : 1961
Berths : 8
LOA : 35' 10" (11m)
LWL : 32' 9" (10m)
Beam : 11' 6" (3.5m)
Draft : 4' 10" (1.5m)
Displacement : 30710lbs
Keel : Long
Rig : Ketch
Engine Type : BMC Commodore
Engine : 3.8 litre 65HP
Fuel : Diesel
Fuel Capacity : 1100 litres
Engine Hours : 7855
Water : 365 litres
Location : Loch Fyne




Accommodation:

Fore-cabin with one double and one single berth. Saloon with one double berth. Aft cabin with three single berths.
Heads compartment with Baby Blake, wash hand basin and portable shower.

The Saloon is fitted with a Refleks diesel heater to starboard and seating area to port which converts to the double berth when required. The galley heads and cabin with double berth are forward. Access to the engine compartment is below the steps which hinge up out of the way.


Galley:

Flavell gas cooker with two burners, grill and oven. Stainless sink. Matsui 600 watt microwave. Electrolux fridge (gas, 12 volt and 240volt). Storage racks complete with cups dishes etc..Cutlery in baizerolls.


Sails:

Mainsail by Gowan in 1975 in fair condition. Flat cut Tan Mizzen by William Leach in 1988 in good condition. Spare mizzen by Gowan 1975, fair. Tan Genoa by Seateach 2005, good. No.1 jib by Gowan, 1975, fair. Cruising Chute by Bruce Banks, 1983, as new. Snuffer by Owen Sails 2003, as new.

Close up Mizzen Stay-sail by Miller and Whitworth 1995, as new.

Roller reefing (Rotostay) head-sail and slab reefing main and mizzen.


Instruments:

Nasa DSC VHF, Furuno 1600 radar. Garmin 128 GPS. Nasa Clipper Navtex, Appelco Loran C. Sestrel Major compass, Plastimo reserver compass. Ebco Sextant.


Electrical System:

12 volt with three batteries and three battery switches. Shore power. Built in petrol generator giving 12 volts at 30 amps for charging. A portable generator giving 240 volts at 650 watts.


Equipment:

Hydraulic anchor winch. Engine driven bilge pump and deck wash. Manual whale deck pump.


Additional Info:

A holding tank facility is available, but was never fitted by the owners.

The engine is a BMC Commodore 4 cylinder diesel connected to a PRM 175MT gearbox and 2 inch stainless steel shaft and is reported to be well maintained and reliable.


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visited and photographed by Claire France and Robert White for Western Horizon Yachts, Scotland
Listing started in February 2010

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