RCD Status: Our understanding is that the yacht is exempt from the essential safety requirements of Directive 94/25EC (Recreational Craft Directive) as she was built and placed into use within the EU prior to 1998.
Germanischer Lloyd 100 A Rated.
Hull, Deck & Superstructure Construction:
- Aluminium hull deck and superstructure. Awlgrip painted in 2002
- MOB/Swim ladder built into hull.
- Decks were replaced by Teak Decking Systems in 2006.
- Teak decks epoxied to aluminium
- Sub-deck in aluminium
- No mechanized fasteners (2006) or bungs.
- International Pacific antifouling applied and 8 x Strip anodes installed (October 2010); International Pacific antifouling applied and anodes checked (January 2012). Trilux 33 applied and anodes checked (May 2013).
Keel & Rudder:
- Rudder dropped and bearings checked and replaced (July 2010).
Engine & Gearboxes:
- 1 x Volvo Penta MD100B 6 cylinder 150hp/1800rpm (rebuilt 2004).
- Twin Disk MF506 1.93:1 gearbox.
- Engine room ventilation replaced (June 2010).
- Main engine exhaust system stripped and serviced (June 2010).
- Dive compressor – not used or tested in this ownership
Maintenance & Performance:
- Cruising Speed: 7 knots.
- 2 gallons/hour fuel consumption (cruising).
- Max Speed: 9 knots.
- 3 gallons/hour fuel consumption (maximum).
Propulsion & Steering:
- 3-Bladed propeller.
- Federal retracting hydraulic 20hp bow thruster; bow thruster hydraulic ram rebuilt by Hydromar, Netherlands (2012); bow thruster head rebuilt and reinstalled in Antigua (January 2012).
- Federal propeller and shaft.
- Mercedes disc brake for main shaft (July 2010).
- 2 x Steering stations in cockpit (steering cables replaced July 2010).
- Emergency steering.
- Mechanical chain/cable on quadrant steering.
- 12/24v DC; full DC rewire (July 2010).
- 110v AC.
- Service battery bank replaced with 8 x 150 amp Mastervolt AGM batteries (February 2012).
- Battery monitor system (installed July 2010).
- Mastervolt 24v and 12v chargers (installed July 2010).
- Single 100 amp alternator.
- Kohler 20 kW generator (2004).
- Northern Lights 6kW generator (2002).
- Heart 2000 watt inverter.
- 200lph Sea Recovery compact watermaker (installed October 2010).
- Emergency engine driven bilge pump.
- Electric bilge pump.
- Manual bilge pump.
Grey & Black Water:
- All grey water is pumped to a single grey water tank in the keel with the exception of the crew basin which discharges overboard.
- There is a black water tank for the midships heads with a deck pump out point.
- Tank tender system (installed July 2010).
- Total capacity of 3000 litres; including a 200 litre day tank.
- Total capacity of 3200 litres in 2 x tanks; 2000/1200.
- Water tank opened and cleaned (July 2010).
Grey/Blackwater holding tanks:
- Grey water in single keel tank
- Black water tank in stainless steel
- Gas regulator and lines (July 2010).
- Raymarine ST60+ instruments (installed July 2010).
- Raymarine C120W plotter (installed in cockpit, in navpod, July 2010).
- Raymarine HD radar on scanstrut (installed on mizzen mast July 2010).
- Furuno Navtex (installed July 2010).
- Repeaters at navigation station.
- Simrad 48-mile radar.
- Simrad repeater.
- ICOM 3M VHF.
- ICOM SSB
- AIS (July 2010)
- Furuno GP31 satellite navigator.
- Roberson AP300 autopilot.
- Sailor 150 Fleet Broadband (October 2010)
- Instrument panel at chart table rebuilt (July 2010).
- Whirlpool washer and dryer.
- Magma gas BBQ (July 2010).
- Force 10 3-burner cooker with oven (2006).
- Extractor fan.
- 2 x Built-in cabinet refrigeration units (checked and fully serviced 2012).
- Large freezer (checked and fully serviced 2012).
- All sanitary hoses replaced on midships and aft heads, including holding tank (July 2010).
- Crew heads rebuilt and all sanitary hoses replaced (February 2012).
Heating & Ventilation:
- 4 x Marine Air air-conditioning.
- Each cabin has its own air conditioning control.
- 2 x Flat Screen TVs in Main Saloon and Owner’s Cabin (2010)
- Surround sound for saloon and cockpit for stereo with CD changer with iPod docking station
- Main and mizzen spreader lights.
- Port, starboard and stern Lopolight navigation lights (fitted May 2012).
Summary of Accommodation:
Five steps lead from the cockpit down to the main saloon. Master cabin aft with 3 x cabins forward. Forward facing navigation station is on the port side. Large saloon with fireplace and dining area. Galley is on the starboard side. Guest and crew cabins forward.
- 4 x Cabin layout.
- 3 x Hatches for master cabin (2 x plexi hatches and 1 x escape hatch).
- Solid oak doors and cabinets.
- Delft titles.
- Extensive storage.
- Mahogany pocket doors in forward cabins to maximize space.
Description of layout from forward:
There is a useful workshop in the bow with a corridor leading from this to the saloon. To port is the crew head and shower and to starboard an upper and lower berth crew cabin.
There are 2 further generous twin cabins with a large heads compartment to port with a separate shower stall.
The interior is executed in American Oak with the use of mahogany in the trim and with tongued and grooved overhead linings in cream which gives a light and airy feel. The joinery is of course of the highest quality.
The main saloon has a large dining table to port with a coffee table to starboard and u-shaped seating around both areas. There is also an open fire with a charming fireplace on the saloon forward bulkhead.
The Galley is to starboard and is large with ample refrigeration and lots of storage for equipment and foodstuffs.
The navigation station is to port aft and has been reworked in this ownership.
A corridor leading aft gives access into the engine room and there is a sea berth to port.
The corridor leads into the aft cabin which has a large offset double berth to starboard and a seating area and desk to port. There is also a large en-suite heads compartment with bath.
- Cutter ketch rig which was Awlgripped with new standing rigging in 2002; all lines lead to the cockpit and can be controlled from there.
- Main mast and mizzen mast are deck stepped.
- Rondal hydraulic in-mast furling main and mizzen.
- 2 x Spinnaker poles mounted on mast.
- Navtec hydraulic backstay tensioners (rebuilt July 2010).
- Navtec hydraulic boom vang.
- Starboard spinnaker halyard and mainsheet (replaced May 2012).
- Main Rondal mast motor rebuilt by FKG Rigging, St Martin (April 2012).
- Mizzen mast motor rebuilt by Rondal June 2013
- Full rig survey with all recommendations implemented (July 2010).
- Most running rigging replaced (July 2010).
- All Lewmar:
- Main Mast - Manual:
- 2 x 55ST Halyard winches.
- 2 x 48ST Halyard winches.
- 2 x 30ST Pole lift.
- Cockpit – Hydraulic:
- 2 x 90 Primary winches.
- 2 x 55ST Staysail winches.
- 2 x 68 Secondary winches.
- 1 x 55ST Mainsheet winch.
- 2 x 55ST Manual winch (runners).
- 2 x 48ST Mainsheet winches (track)
- All winches stripped and serviced (August 2010).
- 3 x Lewmar Commander power packs; serviced and new motors installed (August 2010).
- All Hood sails.
- All sails serviced and valeted by Hood Sails (October 2010).
- Genoa – new UV strip June 2013 Sanders Sails
- Mizzen staysail.
- Storm jib (October 2010, never used).
- Cockpit table.
- Stainless steel swim ladder with teak platform.
- Aluminium gangway.
- Sea railings at mast.
- 2 x Fresh water and 2 x salt water deck washes.
- Dive compressors with 4 x tanks.
Anchoring & Mooring Equipment:
- CQR 140# anchor.
- Danforth 104# and 60# anchors.
- 100 meters of 13min. chain rode.
- 100 meter and 200 meter braided nylon rode.
- Maxwell hydraulic windlass (2008).
Covers, Canvas & Cushions:
- Cockpit sprayhood.
- Full sun awning.
- Oyster white dodger and bimini extension covers the entire cockpit.
- Cockpit cushions (replaced July 2010).
- Hatch covers and cockpit table cover (July 2010).
- Green tropical sun cover, made by Antigua Sails, which is in two parts and covers from the main mast to the stern, with drop down sides.
Tender & Outboard:
- Apex 3.1m light rib (September 2010).
- 15hp Suzuki outboard.
- Givens 8-man offshore liferaft (October 2010).
- Givens liferaft serviced by Seagull Inflatables, Antigua (February 2012).
- ACR EPIRB (July 2010).
- Upper lifelines replaced (June 2010).
- Automatic fire extinguisher system (installed in engine room July 2010).
- All fire extinguishers serviced (July 2010).
We purchased ASTEROID in 2010 for a family adventure and she has never disappointed. After picking her up in the USA, we pitstopped the yacht and had a wonderful time on the East Coast of the USA, and in the Caribbean before sailing her across the Atlantic to Ireland where we cruised her this summer before leaving her at Berthon to be sold in September 2012. She is an immensely strong yacht and has handled all weather conditions without fuss – taking 50 knot winds in her stride with an easy motion that gave the family complete confidence in her at all times. Her accommodation has housed the family generously and she is superb for entertaining and living aboard. Whilst the full keel would not have been my first choice, the benefits in terms of blue water cruising are legion and we are converts. She comes with astonishing amounts of fuel and storage for serious cruising and we have loved every minute of our ownership of ASTEROID and thank her for providing us with such a memorable sailing experience. She is now for sale as the office, university and school run all beckon, and we will not have the time to use her to her potential for the next few years.
ASTERIOD has some of the very best joinery that we have ever seen. She is of the first quality and her systems are robust and beautifully made. She is a serious blue water cruising yacht built as Van Dam Nordia can, and she has been substantially updated through life including new decks, and many systems upgrades. Great for both high and low latitude, her rugged and capable construction and design make her perfect for serious bluewater passagemaking.