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Custom Twin Screw Van de Voorde Ketch

$287,806 (Sale Pending) Listed price: £165,000
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01202330077

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Make Custom
Model Twin Screw Van de Voorde Ketch
Year 1957
Condition Used
Price £165,000
Type Power
Class Antique and Classic
Length 14.53 m
Fuel Type Diesel
Hull Material Steel
Location Gosport, Hampshire, United Kingdom
Tax Status Tax Not Applicable
LOA 14.71 m
Length at Water Line 12.32 m
Length on Deck 14.53 m
Beam 4.29 m
Max Draft 2.11 m
Min. Draft 2.11 m
Displacement 45000 kg
Engine Make 2 x Handed Kelvin R4 4 cyl
Fuel Type Diesel
Power 75 hp
Designer Alex Selleslagh
Builder Edward Van de Voorde, Antwerp
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Description

Born into the Low Countries' mid-20th Century zeal for very well found, long range steel motor yachts along the lines of the local fishing vessels - a very good idea - the true MFV yacht MENVRAS must be among the best proven of her kind. Over her more than three-score years she's been enjoyed by a select list of owners who have compiled full logbooks cruising from Greece to Greenland. Apart from this undoubted exploring competence, MENVRAS's above and below arrangements, including an excellent workshop, also set her up as a potential race yacht mother ship par-excellence. After a decade of cruising Atlantic Spain and Portugal, and the Mediterranean in current ownership, MENVRAS is now south coast UK based and ready for more adventures.

Brokers Comments

Born into the Low Countries' mid-20th Century zeal for very well found, long range steel motor yachts along the lines of the local fishing vessels - a very good idea - the true MFV yacht MENVRAS must be among the best proven of her kind. Over her more than three-score years she's been enjoyed by a select list of owners who have compiled full logbooks cruising from Greece to Greenland. Apart from this undoubted exploring competence, MENVRAS's above and below arrangements, including an excellent workshop, also set her up as a potential race yacht mother ship par-excellence. After a decade of cruising Atlantic Spain and Portugal, and the Mediterranean in current ownership, MENVRAS is now south coast UK based and ready for more adventures.

 

Owner's Comments

We have used MENVRAS extensively over a 27 year period cruising in northern European waters followed by 12 seasons in the Mediterranean. During this period she has proved to be a safe, reliable and comfortable vessel which is capable of long distance passages combined with safe anchoring throughout. These passages were made possible by a good endurance in terms of range and fresh water capacity. Her sea keeping qualities were necessarily tested on many occasions and she never let us down! MENVRAS is strong, sound and fully ready for further extensive cruising.

Restoration/ Refit

MENVRAS has had two major refits and continuous maintenance on an annual basis.

1994 TO PRESENT
The present owners over the course of their 27 year ownership have at various times rebuilt and equipped both bathrooms and the galley and restored the saloon to its original configuration as well as updating all navigational and electronic equipment.

1986-87 AT BERWICK-ON-TWEED
- Managed by the then owner Derek Edminson
- Interior completely stripped
- Hull taken back to bare metal inside and out and re-coated
- Interior fittings restored and replaced
- There is an extremely full and detailed log of this refit with comprehensive photographs

1968 AT JOHN I. THORNYCROFT, SOUTHAMPTON
- Original Danish Tuxham 38 bhp 1-cylinder engines replaced with Kelvin 4-cylinder engines
- Variable pitch sterngear was replaced with fixed pitch propellers
- Interior substantially remodelled and refitted

Construction

- Part-riveted and part-welded steel construction
- Hull design features one continuous deck
- Raked, soft-nosed stem
- Cruiser stern
- Rounded bilges with bar keel
- The shell plating is 5 mm, except for the garboard strake of 7mm
- Siemens Martin steel with joggled and riveted seams and welded butts
- Transverse angle bar shell frames are riveted to the shell plating
- 16 x Sacrificial anodes by MG Duff bolted to welded studs on the shell plating (2021)
- Vessel subdivided by transverse steel bulkheads into a total of seven compartments

 

History

MENVRAS was built in 1957 at the yard of Edward Van de Voorde in Antwerp, Belgium, for Belgian nobleman Vicomte Max Vilain XIIII. The designer, Alex Selleslagh, had a reputation for drawing stout steel yachts that had a tendency to go off on adventures, and MENVRAS is no exception.

She appears to have been Vilain's third yacht, all of them named after rocky islets and small islands at the western extremity of cruising from Belgian waters: ORTAC (1937), a steel schooner named after the rock in the Channel Islands; TRESCO (1948), named after one of the Isles of Scilly, a steel auxiliary ketch somewhat similar to but smaller than MENVRAS; and finally MENVRAS, after a prominent rock on a reef just south of Benodet, Brittany. But Vilain was often more adventurous than that and is known to have made singlehanded voyages as far as Iceland and Greenland.

She was sold by Villain or his heirs in 1967 to Brixham Marine Traders Co. at which stage she was first registered as a British ship: registration no. 333553; port of registry Brixham. The proprietor of Brixham Marine Traders, G.B. ‘Mac’ MacVickers lived in Dartmouth and came on board MENVRAS in 1996 (and said he wished he hadn’t sold her!).

She was sold on to Ernest and Olive Shrimpton later in 1967 and they found the original Danish Tuxham engines and variable pitch propellers difficult to handle, so arranged an engine change and major internal rebuild by John I. Thornycroft, Southampton, in 1968. It was at this stage that the Kelvin engines were installed. During this ownership MENVRAS was based in the Solent area.

Ernest Shrimpton died in 1973 and Olive retained MENVRAS until September 1975 when ownership passed to Leek Kirkpatrick (Marine Services) Ltd. She was used partly recreationally in the Solent area but later taken to Scotland and briefly used for survey work.

MENVRAS was then sold in 1983 to Vivian Algernon Lloyd on the Isle of Wight who eventually passed her to Derek Edminson of Berwick-on-Tweed in 1986.

Derek Edminson carried out a major refit in 1986-87 which is extremely well documented in a full refit log with numerous photographs of all parts and stages. Once this refit was complete he and his wife would live on board for five months of each year, transiting each year through the Caledonian Canal and cruising the west coast of Scotland.

The Edminsons transferred MENVRAS to the current owners in 1994, and she was brought south to Gosport. For the next 13 years she cruised the south coast of England and north and west coasts of France and the Channel Islands. During this period she was from time to time used as a guardship/ mothership, including assisting a club rowing around the Isle of Wight and as a steward at the International Fleet Review in 2005.

In 2007 she was taken down the Atlantic coasts of Spain and Portugal to the Mediterranean where she remained until 2018. She returned to British waters in November 2018 on board a specialist yacht transfer merchant vessel.

Deck Equipment and Ground Tackle

FROM AFT
- White painted bulwarks
- Raw teak rail on painted steel stanchions

AFT DECK
- Mooring fairleads at taffrail port and starboard
- Panama fairleads in bulwark port and starboard
- Samson post
- 2 x Spring line mooring cleats port and starboard
- Emergency tiller position
- Fortress kedge anchor stowed at stbd rail

RAISED TRUNK CABIN EXTENDING AFT OVER AFT ACCOMMODATION
- 3 x bronze ports port and starboard
- 1 x Bronze port aft
- Handrails port and starboard
- Hatch to aft cabin
- Liferaft stowage position
- Warps in stowage rack under
- Plywood box for pressure wash/ deckwash
- Cream painted spruce mizzen mast in tabernacle
- Cream painted spruce mizzen boom
- Small pinrails at mast base

SIDE DECKS
- Stainless steel boarding ladder davit to port
- Gate in rail port and starboard

WHEELHOUSE
- Varnished teak sliding doors port and starboard
- Steel handrails port, starboard & fwd
- Running lights port and starboard
- Radar scanner
- Francis searchlight
- Maserati air horn

SHORT RAISED TRUNK CABIN EXTENSION FWD OVER ENGINE ROOM
- 2 x Cowl ventilators
- Steel butterfly skylight with 4 x bronze lights

MID FWD DECK
- Raised scuttle hatch to saloon 
- Port light
- Sliding hatch
- Athwartships steel butterfly skylight over saloon
- 6 x bronze ports
- Cowl ventilator
- RIB on deck chocks to starboard
- Small steel butterfly skylight over galley
- 2 x bronze ports
- Cowl ventilator
- Gas and petrol stowage box to port

CREAM PAINTED SPRUCE MAIN MAST POSITION
- Cream painted spruce main boom
- Tabernacle with small steel pin rail
- ComeUp DHC-1600 24v electric hoist winch for derrick
- Stainless steel purchase wire and remote control
- For RIB launching/ recovery
- Aquasignal foredeck floodlight
- Large ventilator to port

FOREDECK
- Large Stockless Anchor
- 4½ shackles (125 m) of 9/16th x 3 in galvanised chain (Weight 550kg)
- 230 V Anchor windlass with chain gipsy and warping drum
- Power from generator; remote control
- Fortress FX 37 kedge anchor (stowed aft)
- 5 m Galvanised chain and 100 m warp
- Teak stowage boxes port and starboard
- Raised mushroom vent
- Hawse pipe
- Raised steel hatch to forecabin
- Bronze portlight
- 2 x Mooring fairleads at rail port and starboard
- 2 x Mooring cleats at bulwark port and starboard
- Panama fairleads in bulwark port and starboard
- Samson post

Accommodation and Domestic Equipment

WHEELHOUSE
- Excellent visibility
- Headroom 1.96 m / 6 ft 5 in

Aft
- Seating port and starboard
- Stair down to aft accommodation in between
- Chart table aft with chart drawers under
- Garmin GPS display
- Clock and barometer
- 1 x Opening window

Fwd
- Ship's wheel on centreline
- VHF and navigation displays
- Engine instrumentation
- Rudder indicator
- EPIRB
- Ship's bell
- 2 x Opening windows
- 2 x Kent Clear-View Screens – Wynn type C9/11

MOVING DOWN AFT
- Down aft companionway stair to aft lobby

WORKSHOP TO PORT
- Lockers
- Tool stowage
- Workbench
- Vice
- 2 x Bulkhead lights
- Fire extinguisher locker to starboard

WC COMPARTMENT TO STARBOARD
- Ceramic basin with hot and cold taps
- Shower
- Teak grate
- Auto sump pump
- Jabsco electric toilet
- 24 V Mascerator pump
- Mirror; 2 x Lights
- 2 x Lockers
- Opening port
- Deckhead light

AFT TO OWNER CABIN
- Headroom 1.90 m / 6 ft 3 in
- 2 x berths
- Lockers and drawers under
- 2 x Hanging Lockers
- Small chest of drawers
- 4 x Bronze ports (2 x opening)
- 3 x Bulkhead lights
- 1 x 'Lemon squeezer' type deck prism light
- 230 V Dimplex heater
- Large hatch to aft deck
- Access to steering flat

FORWARD VIA LOBBY TO SPACIOUS ENGINE ROOM
- Headroom 2.18 m / 7 ft 2 in
- Watertight door at aft bulkhead
- Steel butterfly skylight in deckhead with 4 x bronze ports
- Fire extinguishers
- 3 x Strip lights
- Watertight door at fwd bulkhead

FORWARD TO SALOON
- Headroom 1.86 m / 6 ft 1 in
- U-shaped seating are to starboard
- Telescopic Saloon table
- Converts to double berth
- Settee/ berth to port
- 2 kW immersion heater in calorifier below
- Clock and barometer
- Teak companionway ladder to fwd deck
- 2 x Opening ports
- Steel butterfly hatch in deckhead with 4 x bronze lights
- Free-standing 230 V Dimplex heater
- 1 x Deckhead light
- 4 x Bulkhead reading lights
- 2 x Bronze bulkhead light fittings 

FORWARD TO GALLEY
- Headroom 1.89 m / 6 ft 2 in
- Vanette gas cooker
- 4 x burner hob
- Substantial custom fiddle arrangement
- Oven and grill
- Stainless steel sink and drainer; mixer tap
- 24v Whale Gulper Pump for waste
- Cup racks and lockers
- Full outfit of crockery, cutlery, glass and galley equipment
- 1 x opening port
- 1 x 'Lemon squeezer' type deck prism light
- Steel butterfly hatch in deckhead with 2 x bronze lights
- Electrolux fridge and more lockers to starboard

FORWARD TO LOBBY
- Cable locker below

WC COMPARTMENT TO PORT
- Ceramic basin with hot and cold taps
- Shower
- Teak grate
- Auto sump pump
- Jabsco electric toilet
- 24 V Mascerator pump
- Extractor fan
- Mirror + Lights
- 1 x Lockers
- 1 x Top surface
- Deckhead light

LAUNDRY PRESS/ HANGING LOCKER TO STARBOARD

FORWARD TO FORECABIN
- Headroom 1.89 m / 6 ft 2 in
- 2 x Berths (bunks)
- Shelving to starboard
- Locker forward
- 230 V Dimplex wall heater
- 24 V Fan
- Fire extinguisher
- Raised forehatch in deckhead
- 1 x Deckhead light
- 2 x Reading lights

 

Mechanical Electrical and Tankage

MECHANICAL

Main engines
- 2 x Handed Kelvin R4 4 cyl diesels each rated 75bhp @1,500 rpm
- Installed 1968 by John I. Thornycroft, Southampton
- Fuel consumption c.16 litres/hr at cruising speed (8 kts) 
- 2 x Kelvin gearboxes 2 ½ : 1 reduction ratio
- 2 x 3-bladed 34 in, 35 in pitch bronze propellers
- Morse controls in wheelhouse

Generator
- Fischer Panda ‘Super Silent Technology' 10,000 PMS 50 Hz, 10.5 kVA (2015)
- Total hours 785
- Serviced May 2021 by Fischer Panda. 

ELECTRICAL

230 V
- Markon 3.5 kVA alternator belt driven off stbd main engine
- 4-Way change switchboard: Off/Shore/Panda/Markon
- 8 x circuits to all compartments - separate breaker switches 

24 V
- Direct drive alternators on each main engine
- Stbd charges domestic batteries; port charges starter batteries
- Domestic battery bank: 4 x US Battery XC 305HC 340 Ah 6 V
- Starter battery bank: 2 x Varta K7 115Ah 12 V
- Original switch and fuseboard for 24 V circuits serving all compartments
- La Marche Constavolt A40 – 24 V– 40 A charger
- Fitted to La Marche CD 40 Charge Divider
- Automatically charges domestic and starter banks as required
- Battery charger for Panda and Honda outboard starter batteries

TANKAGE

Fuel
- 2 x Tanks (Port & Starboard) each of 1,500 L

Gas
- 4 x gas bottles 

Fresh Water
- 1 x Tank of 700 L

Holding
- 2 x Tanks: Fwd bathroom, 150 L; aft bathroom, 400 L

Fresh water system
- Pressurised FW system supplied from ParMax pressure controlled pump
- Serves both bathrooms, galley and deck
- Hot water from calorifier with 2kw immersion heater
- Also connected to jacket water system of port main engine

Rig Spars and Sails

RIG
- Bermudan ketch rig
- 2 x Spruce masts, each in deck mounted tabernacles
- 2 x Spruce booms
- Main boom doubles as a derrick for lifting RIB
- Stainless steel standing rigging, rope running rigging

SAILS
- Jib, mainsail and mizzen
- All tan coloured heavy duty Terylene with sail covers

CANVASWORK
- Full set of awnings for the decks, complete with rigging wires
- Fo’c’sle, main deck (port and stbd) and aft deck, all with sides

Navigation Communication and Electronics

NAVIGATION/ ELECTRONICS
- Sestrel magnetic compass and binnacle
- Mounted on wheelhouse roof with mirror viewing
- Clock and Barometer set 
- Furuno Radar and Chart plotter NavNet VX2
- C-MAP NT Max Charts covering English Channel to Eastern Mediterranean
- Furuno Fax-30 Weatherfax interfaced to plotter
- Garmin AIS 600 active AIS transmitter and receiver 
- Furuno AIS Interface IF-1500 interfaced to plotter
- East Splitter AIS / VHF aerial splitter
- Robertson (Simrad) AP35 Autopilot
- Decca Pilot 150PC motor driving autopilot
- Simrad R135 Rudder Indicator
- Furuno Tri-Data F1-50 - Depth, Log, Temperature
- Furuno WAAS GP-32 GPS linked to plotter
- Garmin GPS 152 – Stand alone
- Garmin GPS 2 – Handheld linked to Garmin VHF
- Raymarine ST40 Echo sounder
- Clipper Wind direction and speed indicator
- Target Navtex Pro-Plus Navtex receiver

COMMUNCATIONS
- Garmin VHF 200i (DSC) radio
- Simrad RD 68 (DSC) radio
- ICOM IC M33 Handheld VHF radio

Safety

Bilge Pumping
- Jabsco high capacity bilge pump directly driven off port main engine
- Inlet hose is long enough to reach sounding pipes in all compartments
- This is the main flooding control pump
- Jabsco 24 V emergency portable pump rated 1,700 litres/hour
- Stowed in locker in owner’s cabin
- Henderson Mk V manual bilge pump in Engine room
- Henderson Chimp manual bilge pump in workshop area of aft lobby

Fire Extinguishers/ fire fighting
- 2 kg Manual, ABC dry powder - forecabin
- 3 kg Manual, ABC dry powder - starboard side of galley
- 6 L Manual, AFF foam - aft end of engine room
- 3 kg Manual, ABC dry powder - in damage control locker, aft lobby
- 2 kg Manual, CO2 - in damage control locker, aft lobby
- Fire blanket, over cooker in galley

First Aid
- Fully equipped first aid locker above damage control locker, aft lobby

Lifesaving
- Horseshoe lifebuoy on cradle on port mizzen shrouds
- A number of adult/ children’s lifejackets.
- SOS Danbuoy 33 in container – in wheelhouse
- Helicopter strop with ‘D’ ring for MOB recovery

Pyrotechnics
4 x Red parachute and 4 x red handheld flares in container in wheelhouse

EPIRB
- ACR Satellite 2-406 Model RLB-32 CAT II

Gas Alarm
- Sensor fitted below sole under cooker, sounder in galley 

Other
- Aqua Signal 55 Series Port & Stbd navigation, steaming and stern lights 
- Anchor light, Admiralty Pattern
- Francis searchlight
- Aldis signalling lantern
- Maserati air horn

Other Equipment

Tender
- Avon 3.40 m Sportboat RIB
- 15 hp Honda outboard

Deck
- 230v StuartTurner deck wash pump in engine room delivering to deck
- Karcher pressure washer and attachments
- Various shore supply cables of differing lengths and size of fittings
- Full outfit of warps and fenders

Boarding
- Folding side accommodation ladder and swimming platform
- Passarelle with rigging equipment for Mediterranean mooring

Spare parts, etc
- Extensive range of replacement pumps, etc.
- Extensive range of spare parts for machinery and equipment
- Supply of assorted paint in all necessary colours 
- Supplies of lub. oil and grease
- Extensive range of hand and power tools

Tables and chairs
- Portable teak dining table for aft deck
- Portable teak coffee table
- Folding chairs (various)

Flags
- Complete set of alphabetic and numeric signal flags in flag locker
- Courtesy flags for all northern Mediterranean nations

Fly screens
- All hatches and skylights have available fly (anti-mosquito) screens

 

Image Credit

'Under power Toulon': Xavier Legay, Flickr

Disclaimer

These particulars have been prepared from information provided by the vendors and are intended as general guide. The purchaser should confirm details of concern to them by survey or engineers inspection. The purchaser should also ensure that the purchase contract properly reflects their concerns and specifies details on which they wish to rely.

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