ACCOMMODATIONS & LAYOUT:
MAIN SALOON AND GALLEY:
Entering the saloon your first view will be one of a very open and elegant interior. The teak joinery is beautiful and is well complimented by the granite countertops and teak and spruce sole. The saloon features an extra large built-in teak dinette table with a starburst wood inlay to port with an L-shaped settee (abundant storage beneath). To starboard is a TV cabinet with a large flat screen TV on a powered lift, and two comfortable chairs. The settees are upholstered with Ultra Leather which is as comfortable as leather and yet is very practical and easier to look after. Also included are two factory custom bar stools done in teak wood.
The saloon and the entire ship, including the flat-screen TVs in the salon and master suite, are wired with a state-of-the-art Bose sound system. The Saloon, pilot house master stateroom and guest stateroom feature satellite TV converters.
This single level “living room” is divided from an extremely functional galley making it easy to prepare, cook and serve meals and refreshments while enjoying the company of guests. The saloon transitions down a couple steps into offshore functional galley that includes many brand name appliances. One noticeable feature is the double basin sink which maximizes space for the rest of the galley counter top. The faucet is a pull out type for rinsing dishes, made by Grohe. The commercial grade GE propane range top with GE electric oven is truly an impressive appliance and it is properly trimmed with a stainless fiddle rail to secure pots and pans while cooking underway. The granite counter tops extend up along the forward area. There is excellent ventilation in the galley provided by an opening port light outboard. A large stainless steel convection microwave with exhaust blower is provided for those quick meals when making passages. The optional spice rack is conveniently tucked away outboard. There are plenty of overhead and under counter lockers for storing everything you need in a proper seagoing galley. Also included are a GE trash compactor and GE dishwasher. Forward and towards centerline is a full sized Sub Zero refrigerator and underneath are two Sub Zero freezer drawers for cold storage and the bottom drawer includes an icemaker.
Lower level crew cabin:
From the galley one goes down stairs, in this area you have separate Bosch clothes washer and a top loading 7.2 cubic foot GE freezer. This whole area has been beautifully upgraded to a crew cabin with varnished teak veneer paneling and a single athwartship berth.
This utility area serves as the transition aft into the engine room, with full standing room.
The nerve center of the Nordhavn 55 is the pilothouse where you have an unimpeded view of your surroundings – or of your nav systems, live video shots from around the ship, or of your satellite TV or DVDs on any one of three large Furuno console screens. The windows are all commercial strength. Forward visibility is excellent through four large thick tempered glass panes. The forward dash cabinetry is teak and includes dark Formica instrument panels. The overhead is finished in white Majilite with Cantalupi lights. The floor is Lonseal vinyl with raised “coin” sized nonskid pattern covered with carpeting.
Secured in the center of the control area is a beautiful Stidd helm chair. The pilothouse is air conditioned with reverse cycle heating for optimum climate control.
Below the counter of the helm dash and just forward of the vertically mounted custom teak steering wheel, the wing engine and generator control panels are positioned so that they can be easily monitored while remaining out of the way. There is circuit breaker panel that houses all of the DC and AC breakers, the air conditioning select breakers and more. All of the electrical panels are clearly labeled and the current flow gauges are easy to read digital displays. All of the ships electrical distribution panels are hinged for access to wiring and each wire is labeled.
There is also a nice enclosed Captain’s cabin aft with a double berth featuring lots of storage underneath the berth. For long passages with a husband wife team it’s nice to have someone close by. In this area you also have a separate head with a large opening port for great ventilation. This saves a lot of time by not having to go up and down stairs.
Just forward of the pilot house cabin is a nice settee bench fronted by a permanent fixed teak wood table with starburst pattern inlay. The wheelhouse upholstery is done in Ultra leather. The settee includes stowage underneath; there are two slide-out chart drawers directly below the foot landing. Another large locker is located aft by the galley stairs.
The pilothouse includes two Dutch doors – port and starboard – which lead out onto the Portuguese bridge. Outside you can go up and aft to port to the boat deck, or out the starboard door make a quick turn to the foredeck or aft to walk along the covered side deck on your way to the cockpit.
The pilothouse instrument panels feature all of the operational electronic extras plus receivers to transmit and receive wireless headset communication throughout the ship
The large VIP guest stateroom is forward, with separate head and shower stall. There is a large double berth to port with drawers below and book shelves behind the berth. An additional sea berth has been added (a pipe berth “cot”) for extra crew or family as well.
Forward you adjoin generous head with tiled floors and a large shower with bi-fold door. The sink has a broad surface area and there are plenty of storage lockers for personal effects. In the forward area of the stateroom are two large, lighted and cedar lined hanging lockers on both sides. To starboard in the guest stateroom is an impressive ‘office sized’ desk with swing out seat.
A separate air-conditioning digital control pad allows adjustment of temperature and includes an outlet blower into the head. There are two overhead outboard hatches in the center of the room and in the top of the shower. There is plenty of light and available ventilation in this magnificent forward area. One very nice feature is that between the office area and the double berth is a by-fold door and a swing away bulkhead. When guests are aboard the area can become very private. When one wishes, you can open the by-fold door and swing the mid bulkhead forward to make this area large and open. . The stateroom also features a satellite TV converter and TV outlet.
From this cabin through an opening floor hatch is a vast storage area that has to be seen to be believed. The “basement” includes the fresh water heater, and plumbing as well as access to the bow thruster. It also has the upgraded aluminum overhead paneling.
There are two ways to access the owner’s stateroom. The first is from the main saloon and the second is from the stairway coming from the pilot house. The master is located amidships and the large queen sized island berth runs athwartship for maximum comfort while underway. Stepping inside the stateroom you will also appreciate the large hanging lockers. There are three opening port lights outboard to port. The master stateroom is air-conditioned. There are drawers under the bed. This is a very quiet place on the boat (even while underway!) and a nice reclusive area to read or sleep.
The master connects to a large head to starboard, which includes a fresh water toilet, granite counter and sink and a separate bath tub with shower! The tub area has additional vertical granite. This entire enclosure is designed for simple maintenance and is ventilated by two port lights and a shower exhaust blower.
For down time entertainment, you will enjoy the wall mounted flat-screen TV with built-in DVD player, and listening to the audio system where you can enjoy music on the Bose speakers situated throughout the room. Two custom Tempur-Pedic mattress pads make the master-suite bed a wonderful place to catch a good night’s sleep.
The engine room is located below the main saloon and is primarily accessed through the laundry / utility room. You can also enter via the aft door connecting the lazarette with the engine room and you can get into the engine room through the removable floor sections of the saloon. There is 6’ plus headroom around the optional extra large engine.
The Nordhavn 55 engine room is exceptionally well laid out. One of Nordhavns truly innovative passage-making developments is the simplification of all ships systems; specifically the fuel system and its relationship with the main engine. There is a built in fuel transfer and polishing system to keep your fuel clean. The entire engine room is insulated with sound deadening foam and shrouded with perforated aluminum sheeting for a clean professional look. All of the valves for fuel lines are clearly labeled and neatly tucked away behind easily opened hatches. The through hulls are also clearly identified and easy to get to. The amount of space in this area makes it a simple task to inspect the oil level of the generator and wing engine. The main engine has a keel cooler recessed in the hull and is the exhaust is dry stacked.
The engine room features a Lugger 70 HP wing engine to starboard – with its’ own day tank of fuel, and a 20kW Northern Lights generator to port. There is a Reverso oil change system for easy evacuation of the main, wing and generator– a key to ensuring machinery longevity. Many spare parts are included with the ship.
Located beneath the aft deck cockpit, the lazarette is accessed via a fiberglass deck hatch. The hydraulic steering is located aft and there is also an emergency tiller mounted. All of the through hulls are easy to get to. The Trace pure sign 4000 watt 24volt inverter/battery charger is located in the lazarette too. This lazarette is a working space that is easy to get around in for routine maintenance and inspection. Additionally, for sport and underwater recreation, there is a Bauer Jr. Dive Compressor with100’ Hookah hose, and a four SCUBA tank storage unit.
This cockpit is a great place to Barbeque on the built-in LPG appliance or to just relax when at anchor. Amandla II also has the extended swim & dive platform with stainless steel swim ladder. Behind the port aft locker is a sealed propane locker that is vented overboard and contains three braced aluminum tanks. A Glendinning power 50 amp shore power cord retriever system is installed on the stern. A fiber glass consol with sink and fresh water faucet is also located forward. There is a boarding door to starboard along the side deck and one aft to the swim platform. The cockpit freshwater wash down makes it easy to maintain this area and there is a built in Scandvik hot and cold freshwater shower. Extra stainless steel handrails have been installed to make moving about easier and safer while underway.
Inside the aft part of the Portuguese bridge there is a large molded in storage area for stowing lines, hoses, shore power cords, fenders, etc.
The stout stainless steel double anchor roller is backed by a rugged Maxwell 24 volt windlass with chain stopper that can be operated by deck foot button and/or by a toggle in the pilothouse and fly bridge. The anchor is a 170 lb. Aritex Stainless plow and is attached to 400’ of Hi-test chain. Shore power connections are located forward to port and include a 30-amp house, 50-amp house and 50-amp air conditioning connection.
Leaving the pilothouse and heading aft along the port side you go up a few steps to the boat deck. This area feature the fiberglass exhaust stack and a hydraulic davit on deck with power up / down and left or right power rotation. The boat deck is equipped with the ships tender: Caribe 14 with 40 HP Yamaha outboard that is mounted on custom chocks. For safety, Amandla II also has a Switlik 6 man CLR USCG MK 2 life raft with hydrostatic release plus an EPIRB. There is a Reebok elliptical trainer for exercising, mounted on deck fittings, with canvas cover.
MACHINERY AND FUEL SYSTEM FEATURES:
- Lugger L-1276A (approximately 3894 hours of operation time). This is a an upgrade from the standard Deere main engine.
- Lugger L-984D 75 HP wing engine (approximately 45 hours of operation time) with folding Gori 3-blade prop and 10-gallon day tank
- Sidepower bow and stern thruster - 15 HP each
- American Bow Thruster 250 TRAC active fin stabilizing system
- Cruisair air conditioning – five zoned – saloon, pilothouse, master, guest and galley. This system includes reverse cycle heating when warm air is desired.
- Village Marine “Squirt” 600gallons per day 240 Volt watermaker
- Fireboy fire suppression system for engine room and lazarette
- Spurs line cutter on main engine propeller shaft
- Reverso oil change system for main, wing and generator
- Mather’s electric engine shift controls for pilothouse and flybridge
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM FEATURES:
- Trace Pure Sine 4000 watt modified sine wave inverter with battery charger
- Glendinning shore power cord system installed on stern
- Marinco TV/Phone inlet
- Northern Lights 20 kW Generator with 9,094 hours
- Mastervolt 4 KVA generator with 270 hours
- Olsun isolation transformer
- Olsun balancing transformer
- (10) 255AH (8D) Vetus AGM batteries
- Radio ground plane for SSB
- Lightning ground system with Forespar wand
- (1) 50’ 50 amp shore power cord
- (2) Under water lights
GALLEY, LAUNDRY AND PLUMBING FEATURES:
- GE commercial grade propane stove and electric oven
- GE convection/microwave oven with electric vent
- GE 18” dishwasher
- Propane leak detector alarm and shut off system
- Sub Zero refrigerator with two freezer drawers
- Granite counters in heads and galley
- Fresh water deck wash down at bow, stern, engine room and boat deck
- Scandvik cockpit shower
- GE Trash compactor
- Garbage disposal
- Three-way valve in galley sink for overboard discharge or to gray water tank
- Fresh water filter mounted under sink
- Loose appliances include; an electric grill, blender, rice cooker and coffeemaker
NAVIGATION & COMMUNICATIONS ELECTRONICS, WHEELHOUSE FEATURES:
- Furuno 1954 Nav-Net 2 12-kW radar system w/ Furuno 15” color LCD monitor
- Furuno 1944 Nav-Net BB 6-kW radar system w/ 15” color LCD monitor
- Furuno GP 37 WAAS-Differential GPS
- Furuno BBFFI Black Box Sounder, w/ 1-kW thru hull w/temp
- (3) MU155C 15” monitors in pilothouse
- Flybridge Furuno GP1920 Nav-Net 2 system, w/ 10.4” color VGA display
- (2) Icom M-602 VHF radios
- Icom M802 SSB single side band
- Icom R75 all band receiver
- Furuno SC 50 Satellite Compass
- Furuno FA150 AIS Transponder – class A, with display
- Furuno RD30 digital depth
- C Phone 4 station intercom system (can access KVH and Iridium systems too!)
- (2) Simrad AP 50 Auto pilot systems, with HPU 150 pumps
- Bose Lifestyle 28 stereo system with personal music center, w/ extra amplifier and speakers
- Valhalla Marci PC navigation computer with NAVPACK & MAXSEA software & extensive SEAMAP charts. Second computer for communications and recording usage (portable screen).
- B & G H1000 base pack w/ sensor pack
- B & G H1000 analog wind display
- B & G apparent wind speed
- B & G H1000 display
- Furuno RD30 remote display in master stateroom
- Iridium satellite telephone docking station with Motorola 9505A phone
- SeaTel Coastal 24 dome receiver in matching Fleet 77 dome for aesthetics
- KVH Fleet 77 Sat-Com Antenna provides ISDN, MPDS, and telephone
- FAX and copy equipment
- Senheiser & Behringer recording equipment with firewall & USB ports, monster power strip and laptop jack
- SYRENS WIFI throughout yacht
- Airmar weather station
- Elbex cameras Closed Circuit TV (8) locations
- FLIR Thermovision Mariner night vision camera system mounted on T-top roof
- Ritchie compass
- Simrad autopilot remote control with 30ft cord
- Simrad Follow Up lever in wheelhouse
HULL, DECK AND COCKPIT ADDITIONAL EQUIPMENT:
- Maxwell reversing windlass with foredeck, pilothouse and flybridge controls
- 400 feet of Hi-test chain
- 170 lb. Aritex stainless steel anchor
- Maxwell chain stopper
- Custom dinghy deck chocks
- Center console Caribe rigid inflatable with custom cover
- Yamaha 40 HP four stroke outboard with power tilt and Doelfin
- Aritex 1,300 lb. davit
- Flag halyard on both spreaders
- Canvas covers for hatches and windows
- Fly bridge has a fixed stainless steel Bimini top with Stamoid cover and includes two helm chairs, fixed fiberglass seating, cushions, engine controls, bow & stern thruster control and windlass control. This whole area enclosed with Isinglass.
- Dual anchoring flopper stopper system – port and starboard
- Extra stainless steel handrails added for safety
- Factory tinted windows for privacy on all saloon windows
- Switlik 6 man life raft
- Standard and optional 110 volt deck lights
- Varnished teak caprail on transom
- Vertical stainless steel destroyer wheel on flybridge
- Rod holders
- Bow tow eye in stem
- All necessary dock lines and fenders, plus extra’s for world-wide usage
- Owner’s manuals for miscellaneous vessel equipment
- Nordhavn operator’s manual with descriptions of systems, diagrams and maintenance suggestions
- Fresh water wash down bow, stern and engine room
- Honda portable generator, extra cords
- Matching canvas covers for hatches, davit, dink, exercise equipment, and flybridge nav station
- (2) folding deck chairs
- Extra lines and smaller anchors
- ACR search light
- Fresh water filters for taking on water from shore
- Extra Fortress anchor fully rigged for use
- Two folding Easy Quatro 32 volt electric bikes, in canvas bags
- Folding bicycle in canvas bag
- Four salon window storm plates
- Paratech sea anchor
- Ventilation hatch to master stateroom from Portuguese bridge
- Covered aft deck with Stamoid Bimini on stainless-steel ���xed frame
- 6-seater teak table on upper deck
- (2) backup anchors (Fortress aluminum) with second ground tackling line/chain
- Petrol storage box on upper deck for tenders (capacity 200 liters)
- Passive flopper stopper anchor stabilizers with plates, booms and guys
- Mounting bracket for outboard in cockpit (up to 15HP)
- New Zodiac 3.4m tender center-console with chart plotter/sounder & Honda 4-stroke 30HP outboard engine
- Second tender: Zodiac 2.4m folding Hypalon RIB with solid ���berglass folding bottom
- 3HP Yamaha 2-stroke engine
- Honda crash/���re-���ghting pump installed in Portuguese bridge locker
- Extra portable 2,000W Honda generator with inverter
- Parachute anchor drogue
- Lines and fenders
- White Batyline windows covers on all windows
- Canvas shade/rain catcher on foredeck (has saved a lot of generator/watermaker time)
- Canvas shade in cockpit
INTERIOR ADDITIONAL EQUIPMENT:
- Large assortment of spare parts & accessories
- 27” Toshiba TV in MSR, 32” in saloon
- Weems & Plath barometer, brass
- Mounted brass clock
- Mounted, radio controlled time zone clocks
- Safety harnesses, yellow rain gear
- Iron and ironing board
- Cameras: (2) in pilothouse, (2) in salon, engine room, cockpit, boat deck, forward stack, flybridge, brow, and also the infrared camera mounted on the forward brow! These are controlled from pilothouse or the flybridge.
- Prepared ditch bag
- Shrink-wrapping sealing machine
- Orion 12 gauge cruiser deluxe signal kit
- Back-up, Village Marine 24 volt water maker
- Xantrex house battery monitor
Upgrades and Service items - November, 2013
- Hull polish
- Superstructure polish
- Sea-chest bronze vanes changed (x 5)
- New sea strainers (Groco with stainless-steel baskets) x 2
- New Trident hose-pipes and bronze elbows between strainers and sea-cocks
- Aft deck Stamoid Bimini cover stitching redone with anti-UV threads
- Full service of engine room extractors
- Update of TRAC software/Eprom
- Windlass serviced
- Extra teak night stand in the forward cabin under the porthole (guest complained they had no spaces for their IPhone)… Looks like original Nordhavn joinery...
- 20KVA generator service
- Wing engine full service (with exhaust check)
- Mastervolt generator service
- Village Marine water maker serviced (oil change and membranes cleaning)
Spare parts acquisition:
Spare windlass motor, spare seals for steering cylinder, spare sea water pump, spare air con pump, spare fresh water pump, several Lugger/Northern Lights spares (gaskets, heat exchanger elbows and impellers
Upgrades during current ownership:
- One of the main improvements is the installation of solar panels (1,000 W) on the upper deck Bimini which has widely reduced the carbon print of the vessel and has reduced the generator time to one third of the previous use.
- Another major improvement is the installation in Singapore of a stainless-steel tender rack on the upper deck overhanging the transom which has created a huge social space on the upper deck with a large teak table and 6 chairs and has facilitated the loading and off-loading of the tender without damaging the line and looks of the vessel.
- This huge space on the upper deck is covered by a custom-made Stamoid Bimini supported by a 316 stainless-steel structure. In the Tropics, the upper deck is the second lounge of the vessel.
- All extinguishers and life raft were serviced in 2012 by a specialized company in Bangkok.
- Major preventive maintenance on all hydraulic systems, steering, crane and stabilizers in August 2012. All cylinders seals replaced and hosepipes/ ���ttings controlled or replaced.
Miscellaneous improvements include:
- Cockpit door veneered with teak inside (aft end of saloon)
- Upholstery: Chester���eld black leather throughout (2012)
- Extra teak bookshelves throughout
- Black ceiling headliner in wheelhouse
- New white ceiling headliner in salon
- Second backup generator Mastervolt 4KVA (used as night or batteries charger generator)
- Main charger/inverter Xantrex
- Backup shore charger 220VAC Mastervolt
- Solar panels on aft deck (1000 W Panasonic)
- 2 solar panels regulators
- Interior lights all LED (a dramatic improvement with less heat and less power draw)
- Mooring lights: LED
- Xantrex battery monitor in wheel-house
- Stainless-steel tender rack behind aft deck (316 stainless-steel, installed in 2012)
- Tender 3.2m Zodiac center console and Garmin sounder/plotter with 30HP Honda (2012)
- Innovative aluminum tender power-coated chocks on swim platform for second tender
Major regular maintenance service work:
- Aritex hydraulic crane on upper deck (complete service in Singapore 2012)
- New Vetus AGM battery bank in 2011 (x 10)
- Bottom paint and new cutlass bearing on main shaft in October 2011
- Safety equipment (extinguishers & life raft) serviced in January 2012
- All seals changed on TRAC stabilizers and Hynautic steering cylinders in August 2012
- All new hydraulic hosepipes & ���ttings on Aritex crane in August 2012
Listing broker’s comments:
If you were to order a new 55 similar to Amandla II your waiting time from now until taking off would easily be longer than one year and the retail comparable pricing would approach or exceed $2,000,000.00! Preventive maintenance has always been a rule on this boat and no expense has been spared by the captain/owner. For instance in August 2012, following a minor leak on the port steering cylinder, the owner decided to replace all the hydraulics hoses and seals on the vessel’s cylinders (stabilizers, steering and crane/davit). All of the ���ttings exposed to marine environment on the crane are now stainless-steel. And all the service batteries were replaced in 2011. These are just two examples of the high and professional level of maintenance on this boat which has always been ready to leave the port on short notice.
The captain/owner used to keep on the boat not less than six months of provisioning! And an extensive stock of spare parts provided by Lugger would allow many minor and major repairs on the engines it was necessary (gaskets, fuel lift pumps, impellers, full sets of injectors, fuel ���lters etc.). The boat is in Bristol condition with many interior/exterior/machinery/cosmetics upgrades.
Maintenance and services have all been done by the book. All systems/equipments are fully operational. Amandla II has never been left unattended in a marina and was constantly used and maintained by the captain/owner.
“I have tried my best to upgrade Amandla II to a point where she is "greener" with a second small night generator and the solar panels. This has turned Amandla II into a more self-sufficient vessel for long periods off-shore or at the anchor. The plan was also to reduce the use of air-conditioning with the installation of twenty 24VDC fans throughout and LEDs everywhere and a second Mastervolt charger. On a sunny day, the 1000 watts solar panel and the timer on the Sub Zero fridge keeps the batteries up and running until early morning... The experience has shown that altogether it was a very successful initiative with a very sensible reduction of generator running time that I would replicate if I was one day to build another
On the exterior side, the three main alterations are the covered aft-deck which has created a huge social space with a table for six; the tender cradle hanging over the cockpit which has turned the off-loading and loading of the tender into a very easy operation that I can do single-handed and the second tender chocks on the transom platform which is suitable for the main tender or a smaller one.”