2015 Circa Marine FPB 78
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- Engine/Fuel Type:
- Twin / diesel
- Located In:
- Beaufort, NC
- Hull Material:
- Current Price:
- US$ 5,500,000
The FPB 78 series has proven to be astonishing in terms of capability, safety and endurance at sea as well as being a fantastic platform for living well. IRON LADY II is #3 of this series and so the last and newest of the FPB 78s. She has been specified for serious cruising by her most experienced owners, and during their ownership has cruised in the Pacific, Chile and into the Antarctic in company with her hull sister GREY WOLF II. With her light and airy interior, with 360 degree vision from the Great Room, comfortable Matrix deck for watch keeping and controlling the yacht and 3 comfortable en-suite cabins plus crew, she is extraordinary and is ready for world cruising, offering recovery from capsize, surfing ability, rugged aluminium build and total steering control.
Please contact Sue Grant at +44 (0)1590 679222
Additional Specs, Equipment and Information:
IRON LADY II
Builder: Circa Marine, New Zealand
Designer: Steve Dashew
LOA: 86 ft 0 in
Beam: 20 ft 11 in
LWL: 83 ft 4 in
Minimum Draft: 4 ft 5 in
Maximum Draft: 4 ft 11 in
Displacement: 54885 kgs
Total Power: 462 HP
Engine Brand: John Deere
Engine Model: 6080 AFM75
Engine Type: Inboard
Engine/Fuel Type: Diesel
Engine Power: 231 HP
Engine Brand: John Deere
Engine Model: 6080 AFM75
Engine Type: Inboard
Engine/Fuel Type: Diesel
Engine Power: 231 HP
Number of single berths: 7
Number of cabins: 4
Number of heads: 3
Engineered for Toughness:
The FPB 78s are the toughest of all the FPBs with a massive upgrade in the already extra strong hulls.
She has five watertight bulkheads and double bottom, which extends 6’5” / 2m forward of the forward accommodation watertight bulkhead to the engine room bulkhead.
The centerline plating is one inch/24mm thick. Outboard of this, from forward of the central water tight bulkhead to the rudders the plating goes to 5/8”/16mm (light green colour in the nearby image). Elsewhere plating is 1/2”/12mm to above the chine waterline (pink colour). The topsides are 8mm. There is a collision bulkhead five feet/meter and half aft of the bow. A stem-bar extends off the centerline girder in this collision containment area. This stem-bar is 1.75”/40mm thick and 10”/250mm deep. It and the topsides in this area are supported by five horizontal stiffeners (breast-hooks) which extend aft into the forepeak as topside stiffeners.
Hull frames in forward forepeak are closer together than other FPBs and the topside stiffeners are overbuilt. As a result of the size these they double as shelves.
Hull, Deck & Superstructure Construction:
- Basic hull and structure Is welded aluminum including superstructure with five full water tight bulkheads.
- Bottom is nominally 12 mm aluminum plate, 24mm in mid drying out/grid area, 16mm turn of bilge aft through to rudders.
- Integral aluminum tankage for water and diesel form a double bottom between the middle of the forepeak to the engine room forward bulkhead.
- Four internal water tight doors by Freeman Marine.
- Main deck and swim step watertight doors by Freeman Marine.
- Forepeak hatch, and aft deck hatch by Freeman Marine.
- Bomar hatches for ventilation, natural light, and emergency escape with retracting screens and shades.
- Matching grey tread master decking on exterior decks.
- External handrails, stanchions and foremast of low maintenance aluminum.
- Specially rigged booms for launching dinghies.
- Booms are rigged for easy deployment and retrieval of stainless flopper stoppers which are stored in special cassettes on the swim platform.
- 6,000 pounds of lead added to keel increases stability.
Window glass supplied by Bent Glass Design and glued in place with wide flanges. 12mm threaded, welded inserts are placed in each corner for use during installation. These inserts can also be used to hold storage covers in place.
- 12mm Tinted HPML-CG Laminated Marine (Hurricane) sides.
- 15mm Clear (3ply) HPML-CG Laminated Marine (Pilothouse) forward facing.
- 9.25mm Clear HPML-CG Laminated Marine (High impact) aft facing and entry door.
Matrix Deck Windows:
- 4mm Tinted HPML-CG Laminated Marine (Light weight) sides.
- 4.4mm Clear HPML-CG Laminated Marine (Light weight) (High impact) forward facing.
Engineered for Quiet:
IRON LADY II was conceived from the beginning to be exceptionally smooth running and noise free. This starts with the very thick aluminum plate extending (5/8”/16mm) extending under the engines and over the propellers. Close framing in the way of the propellers further reduces natural harmonics.
The use of thick EPDM foam for normal hull and deck insulation contributes to sound absorption. The fire control insulation in the engine room covers both bulkheads, hull sides, and the deck to reduce the amount of noise leakage. The air intake and exhaust vents are lined in EPDM foam and baffled to reduce noise on deck.
The engine exhaust systems include both Centrek aqua lifts and mufflers, the latter including special remixing chambers that reduce the tendency for gas and water to separate. The generator also has a gas water separator to quiet the normal generator discharge noise.
Each interior bulkhead, beginning with the forward face-off the engine room bulkhead is specially engineered with air space, sound dampening visco elastomeric sheet, and sound absorbing foam, and is mounted with isolation material.
Engineered for Maneuverability:
The FPB 78 takes the FPB fleet maneuverability to a new level. The thrust from twin engines against the large rudders with a 42° rudder angle either side of centre and a seven second hard over to hard over time, coupled with a proportional bow thruster make for exceptional close quarter maneuvering capabilities.
Spring line cleats mean that aft and forward spring lines can be powered against to pull the boat onto the dock. Two Lewmar 64 electric self-tailing winches, one forward and one aft can be used for both dock lines and kedging. The anchoring bowsprit is also designed to be pressed against pilings or the dock and in the most adverse conditions it often works to bring the bow in at right angles, and to hold her against the dock with the propellers whilst the boat is winched onto the dock
Engineered for Performance:
- Max speed approximately 13.25 knots @ 2300 RPM.
- Cruising Speed 10.5 knots @ 1650 RPM.
- Fuel consumption @ 1650 RPM (10.5kts) seven to eight gallons/28-32 liters per hour, smooth water, calm wind, clean bottom and propellers, half load.
- Cruising range @ 10.5kts – 6100nm, before safety factors.
- True Engine Hours: Approximately 2,400
- The FPB 78’s have demonstrated the capability of using their unique hull shape and power to surf, locked into waves for long periods with no tendency to broach
Engineered for Efficiency:
- The FPB 78’s approach is to deliver carbon neutral capability at anchor, including the running of air conditioning in many cruising environments. This is the result of many factors starting with the reduction of heat load through glazing, window films, window and hatch covers, motorized blinds in the Great Room and extensive EPDM insulation.
- Powered and passive ventilation without opening hatches also play a key role.
- While at anchor, IRON LADY II’s extensive solar array keeps the house battery bank charged. Underway, the solar array frequently supplies the electrical requirements of the boat without using the alternators.
- The traction battery bank is of sufficient size to carry the overnight loads of air conditioning in the Owners’ and Guest suites (with judicious use).
- The size and dual output capability of the generator allows battery charging while using other high amp 240 VAC consumers that take maximum advantage of generator time when it is needed.
- Underway, the two alternators through the inverters are sufficient to power many of the high amp 240 V consumers.
- This all adds up to fuel savings and maximum operating flexibility.
- Special non-polluting Interlux Intersleek anti-foul – refurbished early 2020.
Engine & Gearboxes:
- 2 x John Deere 6080 AFM75 – M1 (continuous) – 231hp each at 2300 rpm (New 2016). Note the engines may be upgraded to M4 330HP @ 2600 with a simple reprogram. The propeller shafts, air intakes, and exhaust system all have sufficient capacity for this configuration.
- Transmission – ZF280I- 3.0 to 1 reduction with thrust bearings and Cardan joints.
- ZF Mathers electronic shift-throttle controls, at both helms with a tethered remote on Matrix deck.
- There is a simple shift throttle control located in the aft starboard wet locker. This is installed in case of a total Mathers Control failure. It controls shift/throttle on both engines. The connections between it and the engine room are normally disconnected to reduce failure risk in the event of a lightning stroke.
- The engines are cooled using individual standpipes with strainers above the waterline. Engine raw water strainers can be cleaned without flooding the bilge with salt water. The engines can be easily flushed with fresh water simply by closing the seacock, removing the strainer lid, and running fresh water into the strainer whilst the engine is running.
- Special high dry risers with an Inconel injection elbows reduce the risk of engine back flooding and injection elbow corrosion.
- John Deere J-139 network monitoring systems with Power View displays are in the engine room and on the electrical panel in the Great Room for both engines.
- Strong propeller shaft seals.
- Aquamet type propeller shafts 2.5”.
- Veemstar 32” 4 blade propellers (2018). Props re-pitched and balanced in Nov. 2019. Fresh Propspeed.
- Massive dual rudders with dual, independently plumbed Lecomple & Schmitt steering cylinders. Primary system has two AccuSteer HPU 100 pump sets for double speed operation when maneuvering and in heavy weather. Normal operation is with one of these two pumps running with 14 seconds lock to lock. Second isolated back up system with single pump set. Secondary system is one Accusteer HPU 100 pump.
- Emergency steering systems – there is a manual hydraulic wheel pump located on starboard aft deck, and block and tackle tiller arm setup inside the work shop.
- Rudder angle indicator and 2 auto pilot feedback units.
- Two Simrad AP 70 autopilot systems.
- Each helm position has an Emergency Steering lever that cuts out the AP 70 and acts as a non-follow-up steering control when engaged.
Other Mechanical Equipment:
- Bow Thruster – 12”/30cm Side Power SEP 240/300 TC with PPC 800 proportional control
- Stabilizers- Naiad Model 360 with Datum control system with 12.0 square foot fins and Adaptive control driven off the main engines. Hydraulic accumulator tanks fitted and software upgraded to include slow speed and at rest operation of the stabilizers. The model 360 is oversized with extra large steel armatures specified to deal with the risk factors of working in ice and to provide extra factor of safety when drying out.
- Reverso oil change system with Oberdorfer 24 Volt pump with valved manifold serving generator, main engines and main gearboxes.
- Delta T automatic fire dampeners on engine room air intake and exhaust. Three separate Delta T fans exhaust the engine room while one additional fan provides intake air.
- Brownie E-150 220 VAC Hooka dive compressor with dual output capability, hoses, regulators, mouthpieces.
- Extensive Complement of organized spares.
- Extensive tool kit with hand and power tools, drill press, bearing press, and variety of specialty items associated with repair and maintenance.
- There are two complete Fireboy fire suppression bottles in the engine room either of which is capable of suppressing a fire. These are tied to a Fireboy automatic shut-down control. If a bottle fires or if the manual release is pulled, the Fireboy control closes the Delta T fire damper while shutting down all diesel consumers.
System Overview – IRON LADY II has 240 VAC, 110 VAC, 24 VDC and 12 VDC electrical systems. The backbone of the system is the 24 VDC system which consists of a 1,650 amp hour battery bank. Charging of the bank is accomplished by an array of 14 solar panels capable of roughly 200 amps output, two engine driven alternators capable of roughly 360 amp output,and 3 Victron 5 KW inverter chargers capable of roughly 360 amps charging via either shore power or the generator.
The inverters also draw power from the battery bank and provide 240 VAC power at a default frequency of 50 Hz. When connected to shore power or generator, the inverters match the frequency of the source – either 50 or 60 Hz. The generator provides power at either 50 or 60 Hz but normally is run at 50 Hz to save fuel. All high amp ship’s systems run on either 50 or 60 Hz without any modification. This includes the air conditioning, watermaker, washer and dryer and similar. The inverters also will support sources of 240 VAC by supplying additional power from the battery bank when demand exceeds the available supply.
Most ship’s systems, to the extent practical, run on 24 volts so as to draw power directly from the heavy duty battery bank. These includes, among others, refrigeration, lighting, heater fans, ventilation fans, and electronics. This permits the owner to turn off the 240 VAC inverters when they are not required which reduces consumption. IRON LADY II is frequently run with the 240 VAC inverters and alternators off when underway as solar power is sufficient to power the boat. This can save as much as 5 liters per hour fuel burn on the main engines.
110 VAC power is supplied by a dedicated inverter which primarily serves US outlets around the boat including the helm monitors (monitors can also be run on 240 VAC by simply changing plugs).
12 VDC is supplied by one of two 24 to 12 VDC converters. 12 VDC can also be obtained from a centre tap on the house bank.
There are also dedicated 24 and 12 VDC chargers for the engine start and generator start batteries. A centre tap and parallel switch on the main 24 VDC battery bank serve as additional backups.
Full as built electrical system drawings in paper and electronic formats are available in the sale.
- Victron Charger/Inverter units charge the house battery bank from generator or shore power and invert DC house battery bank power to both 240 VAC and 110 VAC loads.
- All ship’s 240 VAC systems can run on can run on either 50 or 60 Hz with no switching required.
- 3 x 240 VAC 5kw Victron charger/inverters for 240 V domestic loads powered by the 24 V DC battery bank.
- Primary 240 VAC – All 240v loads run through a transfer switch within the Victron inverter chargers. When using shore power or the generator, if the AC source drops out or is inadequate to meet demand, the inverters kick in automatically to support consumer loads. The inverters automatically synchronise to incoming power voltage and frequency.
- 1 x 110 VAC 3kw Victron inverter for 110 V domestic loads is powered by the 24 VDC battery bank.
- Secondary 120 VAC – supply through Victron Autotransformer. This autotransformer can be powered by the 240V inverts, shore power, or the generator.
- Charles 12KVA ISO Shorepower Transformer (50 or 60 Hz).
- Inverter bypass switch for direct power from generator or shore power should the inverter charger transfer switch fail.
- Main power panels – AC and DC conveniently located in Great Room alcove. DIN rail breakers – neutrals and supply are both switched. The auxilliary DC panel in engine room.
- 110v, 240v, plugs are located strategically throughout the boat.
- House Service batteries 24v, Hoppeke 12 OPzV1500 1650AH Total at C/20 discharge rate.
- Nolan battery cell monitor on house service bank.
- Hydrogen detector and vent fan on house service bank.
- Main Engines start batteries -2 Group 31 AGM.
- Generator start battery 12v Group 31 AGM.
- Emergency tap switch for Main engines and generator starting from house service bank.
- Emergency 12v converter tap on house service bank.
- Isolation switches for each battery bank group.
- Victron BMV battery monitor.
- Maretron N2K battery monitoring system.
- Primary charging source are the three 5 KW Victron inverter chargers, combined output of 300 (rated at 360 amps) amps.
- 2 Victron 24 to 12 converters.
- 24V 60amp Victron Centaur battery charger runs on 230V supply for engine start batteries.
- 2 x Serpentine belt driven 28 volt Electrodyne alternators on the main engines provide a combined output of 360 amps at 28 volts thru 3 heavy duty remote mounted rectifiers whilst underway. Once the batteries are charged the alternator output is sufficient to run key 115V and 230V systems via the inverters whilst underway, including air conditioning.
- 14 x Sunpower 335 watt solar panels.
- Outback power systems- Flexmax 80- power tracking/charge controllers x 4.
- These charge the 24 VDC House service bank.
- Onan Generator 17KW at 60 Hz 1800 rpm/13.5 KW at 50 Hz 1500 rpm. Can be switched between 50 and 60 Hz with a simple toggle switch.
- Running hours: approximately 814 hours.
- Cummins Onan Monitoring and alarm control panels.
- Centek water/exhaust separator.
- Incoming shore power is isolated via a Charles Industries 12kva single phase isolation transformer.
- No neutral is brought aboard.
- Galvanic isolation protection.
- Shore power connection point in the port side swim step locker and in forward end of the Forepeak.
- Shore power cord with US and international pigtails.
Fresh Water & Water Heating System:
- 2- 24V Head Hunter XCaliber pressure pumps. Each is connected to a single tank, eliminating manifolds and improving reliability.
- Two Headhunter five gallon Accumulators one mounted outboard of owners’ suite closet and a second in the engine room.
- Reverse osmosis watermaker by Blue Seas, 70 gallon per hour (optimum conditions). Plankton filter, 5 micron media filter, oil/water separator filter for sea water supply. A PH neutralizer, charcoal filter, and 5 micron filter and further filter water before running to tanks. New manifold and O-rings 2020.
- Electric pump for galley drinking water tap from dedicated 50 liter drinking water tank.
- 60 litre cylinder water heater tank heated primarily by engine heat and Webasto boiler. Secondary 3,000 watt SureCal immersion heater.
- Grundfos submersible hot water circulation pump plumbed into hot water loop to provide instant hot water.
- 7 x Viking- diaphragm 24vDC bilge pumps – 2 in engine room, 1 forepeak, 1 port and 1 starboard amidships drawing from stabilizer coffer dams, and forward/aft of the central watertight bulkhead. Two in lazarette for workshop and swim step.
- 2” Pacer hydraulic centrifugal damage control pumps (driven by main engines) mounted with manifold in mid-ships systems room. Pick-ups in forepeak, either side of central watertight bulkhead, each stabilizer coffer dam, engine room, and work shop. Manual and automatic controls.
- Bilge Pump running and high water bilge alarms on Maretron ship’s monitoring system.
- Maretron pressure sensors for level indicator for freshwater and diesel tankage.
- Reed switch level sensors for black, grey water, and diesel day tanks.
- All tank levels and pumps running are monitored on the ship’s Maretron system.
- Fuel Capacity is 4,700 gallons/17,700 liters in three centerline main tanks, two wing tanks, and a day tank. The tanks are integral to the boat and are fabricated of aluminum. In the nearby schematic drawing. 2 x Oberdoerfer high capacity fuel transfer pumps-24VDC.
- In hull graphic, the fuel tanks are shown in purple.
- Tank selection and return manifolds are located in the amidships systems room.
- Diesel polishing system- 2 x Racor filter/water separator. The system can polish fuel from the hull tanks and day tank.
- Day tank is topped up automatically. Pump running, low level, fill level, and high-level alarms reported on the Mareton system.
- Fuel flow meters are fitted to the engine room fuel system.
- Sludge sump on day tank.
- Venting system and settlement of foam – All hull tank vents lead to a pipe running down the shear line which empties into the engine room day tank. The day tank breathes into the port swim step locker. This system deals effectively with aerated fuel and minimizes moisture in the main hull fuel tanks.
- Dedicated fuel transfer pump to transfer fuel between the two wing tanks to trim boat – controllable by switch at the Great Room helm.
- 1950 gallons/7380 litres in two integral aluminum tanks plus a separate 12 gallon/50 liter polyethylene galley tank for filtered drinking water.
Grey/Blackwater holding tanks:
- Blackwater – 2 custom roto molded HDPE tanks, one aft of approximately 80 gallons/302 litres capacity serving aft guest cabins, day head and lazarette wet head. The second tank in the forepeak is of approximately 60 gallons/ 225 liters serving the owners’ stateroom.
- Grey water – One HDPE tank in the engine room of approximately 80 gallons/302 litres capacity.
- Whale Gulper 320 24vDC bilge pumps to drain all internal sinks and showers.
- A very complete Navigation system is fitted with multiple redundant.
- Dual Simrad auto pilots are controllable at both helm stations and systems station.
- There are three 19 inch monitors at each helm station.
- Furuno 12 KW 1518 commercial grade open array radar with controls at each helm. This displays on a dedicated 19 inch monitor at each helm and Samsung TVs on the Matrix Deck and in the Great Room.
- Maxsea running on SSD computers – one at each helm. It displays on dedicated a 19 inch monitor at each helm.
- Furuno NXT radar displays on Maxsea.
- Furuno SC70 Satellite Compass.
- Furuno FA 170 Class A AIS.
- Furuno 8 inch CH Searchlight sonar.
- Maretron MBB computer.
- Searchlight sonar and Maretron are displayed interchangeably on a 19 inch monitor at both the lower and upper helms.
- IRON LADY II’s typical set up is the 1518 radar and MaxSea displayed on two of the three monitors. In close quarters, she displays the scanning sonar on the third monitor. At sea and on passage the Maretron data is displayed on the third screen.
- 1518 Radar, Maxsea, Mareton and scanning sonar are all controllable at either helm.
- 3 depth transducers in bow and fin cofferdams.
- Ultrasonic speed through the water.
- Airmar weather sensor.
- Integration between system components as appropriate.
- Icom VHF and remote handset – upper and lower helms.
- Iridium Go with external antenna.
- Icom M802 SSB with Pactor 4 modem tied to ship’s laptop.
- Roguewave WiFii high gain antennae.
- Cradlepoint router with dual cellular sim card slots – external bullet antennas - also connected to Wave. Provides onboard WiFi network.
- Sailor Mini C.
- Wireless headset communications system for docking and close quarters movements.
Vessel Management Data System:
- IRON LADY II is equipped with an extensive Maretron N2K data system.
- Sensors monitor temperatures of much of the equipment, pump cycles and durations, individual battery cell voltages, along with numerous environmental and electrical loads.
- DSM 150’s provide user programmable screens in the engine room, at the electrical panel, at the helm stations and in Owners’ stateroom
- A Maretron MBB solid state drive computer feeds two of the 19 inch monitors – one each at the upper and lower helms. Screens are user programmable and currently include monitoring screens which have digital and graphic outputs that change colour as the sensors exceed recommended limits – with this feature, an operator can see at a glance if there are any issues – controls that turn green, yellow or red indicate conditions to be noted, or that should or must be attended to.
- Other screens are selectable with a mouse click including fluid levels, power monitoring and battery condition, bilge pumps, weather and similar.
- IRON LADY II is equipped with Samsung 18.5” tablet, an iMac computer and printer in owner’s office and ship’s laptop.
- IRON LADY II also uses Wheelhouse Technology’s ship’s management software which includes spares management, alerts for routine maintenance based on manufacturer’s recommendations and recording of one off repairs and modifications.
- Intruder alarm.
- 55 inch Samsung TV in Great Room.
- 3.1 Sound system.
- Samsung TV Matrix deck.
- Apple TV.
- Asko full size washer and dryer.
- High powered central vacuum system.
- Trash compactor in covered portion of aft deck.
- Miele 3 burner induction Cooktop.
- Miele Convection Oven.
- Miele full sized dishwasher.
- Two 9” Delta T extraction fans are installed in the aluminum masts aft and pull air from the galley. Replacement air is drawn from the two 10” Dorade style vents in the Great Room roof just forward of the galley with two more forward.
- 18 cubic foot/500 liter fridge, 6.5 cubic foot/180 liter freezer and a 9.5 cubic foot/260 liter freezer, fitted with Frigoboat evaporators 24v and Danfoss Compressors. Salt water cooled and/or air cooled.
- Guardian coastal climate controllers for fridge/freezer compressor controls.
- LED lights in refer and freezers.
- Raritan Atlantes fresh water WCs in Owners’ and both guest en-suite heads compartments discharge direct to holding tanks. The holding tanks are above the waterline and have the option of direct overboard discharge or shore-side pump out on deck.
- Manual fresh water WCs are located in the workshop and in aft deck day head.
- Whale Gulper IC high capacity waste pumps for all shower and sink drains.
- Freshwater shower on aft swim platform with hot and cold mixer valve.
Heating & Ventilation:
- IRON LADY II has almost three times the insulation that was previously used on the FPB fleet. This reduces HVAC loads in addition to making the boat much quieter.
- Marine Air Systems x 8 – 240v independently controlled air conditioning units. Raw water cooled by 240 VAC raw water pumps. 12,000 BTU self-contained unit in the forepeak, a remote condensing 12,000 BTU unit in the Owners’ Stateroom, three remote condensing units in the Great Room (two 12,000 BTU and a 24,000 BTU). Each guest cabin has a 6000 BTU self-contained unit, and a 12,000 BTU unit in the workshop aft.
- All units are reverse cycle heat and include fan only and dehumidification modes.
- The Great Room has 4 zone, individually controllable motor driven shades port, starboard, forward and aft
- Hydronic vessel heating via a Webasto diesel heater or excess engine heat from one engine.
- Heater fan coils are 24V, 12,000 BTU with PWM fan speed controls.
- Owners’ Stateroom has three heater coils. One heats forward end of Stateroom, the other the aft end, and a third the hallway/starboard side.
- The Great Room has four units.
- Heater ducting to two of the forward salon windows.
- Aft staterooms each have one heater coil, shared with adjacent head.
- The Matrix Deck has a single 35,000 BTU fan coil. Set up to have hose(s) fed to the feet of each helm chair.
- There are 9”/225mm Delta T exhaust fans in the three main heads, with fresh air Dorade style vents built into the sides of the house.
- There are two more powered vents, one in the port utility room and another outboard of the stair landing to remove warm air in the inverter locker.
- Another pair of vents are in the hallway and outboard of the Owners’ Stateroom
- The aft end of the forepeak has an 8” adjustable flow/sealable Dorade vent.
- A pair of Delta T 9”/22mm” diameter exhaust fans are draw from the galley if needed.
- The forward coaming of the Matrix deck has a Seaforth water shedding grill which feeds air flow into two large air vents in the Great Room below.
- Similar treatment on the underside of the Great Room forward overhang feeds two more large vents.
- The Great Room also has a built in home style dehumidifier.
- Interior lighting is recessed spot warm white LED 24V i2systems light fittings.
- LED strip lighting throughout, at counter top level and bottom of furniture in great room. In the sleeping cabins the LED lights are outboard along the hull side.
- Vimar dimmers for all overhead & LED strip lighting.
- Large forward and side facing LED 24V floodlights on foremast.
- Lights on end of booms.
- 24V LED lights in engine room and workshop.
- LED lights on aft and Matrix decks.
- Matric Deck and Great Room helm stations have LED red chart table lights.
Accommodation and Deck Description
The main saloon, is a true FPB ‘Great Room’ with 360 degree vision. It is a light and airy place for entertaining, cooking, relaxing, watch keeping, and living within the marine environment. The lower helm mirrors the upper helm layout for ease of operation. 4 zone remotely controlled blinds enhance privacy while at the dock and reduces solar glare and heat load at anchor. A 55 inch TV hides behind the doors behind the chair for entertainment – it can also display the Furuno commercial grade radar.
There simply is nothing comparable. Dimmable LED lighting and rope lights create the perfect ambience at night.
The main deck saloon offers a large fully equipped galley to port with induction cooktop, oven, full size dishwasher, loads of storage, upright refrigeration and two under counter freezers with LED lighting. Counter seating for two is available for both eating and supervising the chef.
In the aft starboard corner of the great room there is an alcove with the main DIN rail AC and DC electrical switch panels, genset start and stop, engine monitors, inverter controls, battery monitor, DSM Monitor, SSB with Pactor modem and Iridium GO, along with a galvanic corrosion meter.
The alcove also has a desk with seating, drawer storage, ship’s laptop and Sailor Mini Sat C, all conveniently arranged for management of onboard ship’s system.
The electrical panel end cap houses remote 24 VDC Bus disconnects, salon air con controls, DC refrigeration controls, ventilation fan controls and switches for the Maretron N2K backbone.
The accommodation deck has the owner and guest living areas clustered near the pitch center for maximum comfort upwind.
The owner’s suite has a magical mix of comfort, security, and visual ambiance. A wonderful spot to curl up with a book if you want to escape, and lovely to be in as you fall asleep.
The Owner’s suite features sink with large vanity area, separate toilet enclosure and a large shower with seating which also doubles as a bath.
The suite also features a portlight with shade, large vertical storage lockers along the port side, a dresser, large hanging locker with storage shelves and loads of drawers under the large berth, and dimmable LED lights and rope lighting.
For security, hand grab bars and provisions for overhead hand lines are strategically placed.
Outside the Owner’s suite is a dedicated space for the Owner’s office leading down the companionway to the forepeak. It features a portlight, iMac, printer and multiple drawers for storage of cruising guides et al. The double doors to the Owner’s suite also open to make this one large area. Enormous lockers line the companionway for all manner of storage.
There are guest cabins aft with heads en-suite including full showers. All toilets in the master and guest suites are Raritan Atlantes macerating freshwater heads, so no more vacuum system issues.
The Guest suites feature large berths, under berth drawers for storage, portlights with shades, vanity area with mirror, hanging locker, cupboard and drawer.
Each guest suite features it’s own head with vanity and sink and full sized stall shower with seat.
Summary of Accommodation Finishes:
- Interior finish limed Australian oak.
- Ultra-leather headliners and saloon windowsills in off white.
- Ultra-leather hull liner panels.
- Vertical surfaces in heavy durable striated and patterned vinyls.
- Heavy traffic durable Flexco floors throughout.
- Saloon dining settee and helm chair in matching sun resistant Ultra-leather.
- All counter tops are executed in Hi-macs solid surface.
- Flexible layouts: IRON LADY II was designed to allow the use of a certain amount of specialty furniture sourced from land based vendors. Provisions exist on both the Matrix deck and in the great room to secure furniture before going to sea. At present, the Great Room has two Ekornes chairs and the Matrix deck has a Sofa in addition to two Ekornes chairs.
- 4 zone remotely controlled blinds in the Great Room.
- Pastel multicolored wool carpeting in Great Room, Master and one Guest stateroom.
- Upgraded mattresses.
Note: Artwork is in included in the sale.
The companionway also features a port side systems room that houses the autopilot black boxes, fuel transfer manifold, Maretron system black boxes, hydraulic crash pump and manifold, bilge pump, house battery ventilation fan and cofferdam with access to the port side stabilizer. Access to the starboard side stabilizer cofferdam is under the stairs. Also located in the companionway is a linen cupboard and panel housing the main DC bus disconnect breakers.
IRON LADY II features a huge forepeak with Asko washer and dryer, storage cabinets over, plenty of storage space for neat organization of critical gear, toys, and, under the aluminum decking, for spares. A forward chain bin with fresh water wash-down and overboard drains holds 300 feet of Grade 43 chain. Air conditioning skids for the forepeak, Master and Great room are located here with easy access for service as are the Headhunter potable water pumps.
Aft of the guest staterooms is the walk-in engine room. This is an engine room that is an engineer’s dream and the sophisticated Owner’s pride and joy. It is accessible from aft deck and aft starboard head.
Things to note:
- 4 x Delta T fans provide engine room ventilation.
- Automatic fire dampers.
- The bottom of the intake is well above the inverted waterline, reducing the amount of water that can enter if a roll over were occur.
- Raw water strainers above the water line for easy service.
- Day tank with two geared transfer pumps and fuel manifold – automatic and manual controls for same.
- Webasto heater for domestic water heating and boat heat with engine heat exchanger as well.
- Water maker.
- Work bench.
- Gravity drain black and grey water tanks.
- Air cooled rectifiers for the two engine alternators (conservative 8 KW output).
- Reverso oil change.
- Genset that operates at either 50 or 60 Hz.
- Engine panels.
- Breaker panel for related systems.
All systems are designed to provide easy access and maintenance.
Aft of the engine room is what the Dashews refer to as the “executive lounge”. This is new in the FPB world and can be developed in many ways.
Aboard IRON LADY II, there is a workshop to port, with drill press, grinder/belt sander, vice, a huge variety of tools, an enormous tool chest, and four foot/1.2m long work bench. There is ample storage area under the floorboards, and aft under the forward section of the swim step to store a majority of the spares board plus various lubricates, and engine oil. Located aft is the massive steering gear and AP pumps and manifolds.
To starboard is a double bunk with a wet head and shower. There is a sink adjacent to the tool chest.
Access is available from the engine room via a watertight door and the deck. The space is both heated and air conditioned.
As you step out of the great room, at the main deck level, there is a large athwartships counter, with sink, electric BBQ and storage under the counter.
The great room sides extend aft and forms a protective vestibule to the Great Room and stairs to the Matrix Deck.
The area under the stairs to the Matrix deck is enclosed and houses the compactor and life raft.
Adjacent to the door to the salon is a wet locker which houses a control for the aft deck winch and winch for the dinghy, emergency controls, overboard bag and cleaning utensils and supplies.
Located to port of the matrix stairs is an enclosed day head with Raritan Fresh water manual WC. It also houses the refrigeration compressors which are both fan and raw water cooled.
Aft of this is provision for two dinghies. A 16 foot Swift Aluminum commercial grade aluminum bottomed RIB powered by a 70hp four stroke Yamaha outboard with VHF, GPS Chart, depth, Class B AIS and internal fuel tank is included in the sale. This is stored to port and has bow storage for a Manson anchor with chain and rope rode and storage under the bench seat aft for life jackets and emergency gear. A rear arch has four fishing rod holders and stow-able boarding ladder. To starboard, rotatable davits can be used for a second dinghy.
Dinghy launch and retrieval has been simplified and made substantially safer by minimizing the height to which the dinghy must be lifted. It only needs to clear the chocks before moving it outboard with the boom. When off the boat, removable stanchions with life lines are installed in the sockets which secure the deck.
A 10’’/3.0 m long boarding/swim platform extends aft from the main deck. The entire swim step has been raised 50 mm and belting has been added around the perimeter to reduce over-wash and to add protection.
Three large lockers are available for storage. The starboard side has the flammables storage area with room for as many as a dozen 5 gallon/20 liter plastic containers.
The centre two house spare hi modulus lines and cordage, the diesel driven crash pump, Brownie Hookah system and shore power cord with pigtails. A large aft tank is located under the Freeman hatch (primarily used for ballasting).
Extending aft, on the hull edge are cassette vertical storage areas where the stainless steel flopper stoppers are carried.
The foredeck has access to the forepeak and also holds the on deck mounted emergency anchor. The lifelines have also been raised for additional security and feature 4 stainless cables instead of the usual three. High stainless grab lines running from the house roof to the foremast providing a means to attach life jacket tethers in boisterous conditions, although there is really no necessity to be on the foredeck while on passage.
Handrails, Man Ropes, Seat Belts:
- The Matrix Deck, Great Room, and all three lower deck sleeping cabins have overhead man lines which are easily modified and quickly removable.
- Great Room furniture has perimeter handrails for safety and containing contents offshore.
- There is a removable “staple” rail in the Great Room, forward to break up the area at sea.
- Double seat belts are fitted to the three sleeping cabin bunks, single belts on the settee in the Great Room and on the helm chairs.
- Stainless grab rails are strategically located throughout.
- Lewmar #64 self tailing electric winches are fitted forward and aft to assist with kedging, secondary anchors, docking and general warping management.
- There are Lewmar# 50 winches at the aft face-off aluminum mast bases.
- Lewmar CW 800 reel winch for hoisting inflatable RIB with 2,000lb blocks.
- Rope clutches on all boom control lines.
- Primary anchor-Manson Supreme 325 pounds/150 kg.
- Rode is 1/2” Grade 43 chain, 300’.
- Secondary Anchor – Fortress FX 125 mounted on foredeck.
- Rode – 25’/8m 7/16”/11mm chain with 300’/90m 3/8”/9.6mm high modulus line.
- Stern/kedge anchor – Fortress FX 80, 8’/2.4m of 3/8”/9.6mm chain, with 300’/90m 3/8”/9.6mm high modulus line.
- Primary dock lines – 7/16”/11 mm high modulus line. 2 x 80’/24m, and four 50’.
- Long term/storage dock lines – 1.25”/30mm polyester, 2 x 80’/24m, and four 50’.
- Various lengths of 3 strand nylon 1 inch line.
- Fenders – High strength, light weight, two large and one somewhat smaller.
- Shorefasts (two of which are used with back up anchors) - there are reels of 3/8”/10mm high modulus rope, each is 300’ 90m long.
- A custom Passarelle stows under aft deck overhead.
- Swim step ladder which also serves as side boarding ladder.
- Stainless flopper stoppers stored in cassettes on aft deck – deployed from booms.
- Electronic and pyrotechnic flares.
- Inflatable life jackets with harnesses and water activated lights.
- Overboard bags with emergency rations and equipment.
- 6 person Liferaft (dinghy also can be used as a liferaft).
- Engine E stops at each helm.
- Fireboy dual bottle engine room system (current inspection November 2020).
- Various handheld extinguishers strategically placed (current inspection November 2020).
- Manual deploy for Fireboy and alternator field disconnect switches outside engine room door with window to engine room.
- Swift aluminum bottom RIB is powered by a 70HP four stroke Yamaha.
- It has been extensively customized for better performance as a dinghy and for use as a life raft.
- Built in 80 litre fuel tank.
- Aft seating with console that can also be used while standing.
- A removable dodger which can cover the forward portion of the dinghy back to the console.
- A Simrad chart plotter is fitted along with a conventional depth sounder.
- VHF and Class B AIS.
- A 15 pound/7kg Manson Supreme anchor together with chain and nylon rode is stowed in the bow compartment.
- Arch with fishing rod holders.
- Stowage for life jackets and emergency gear under aft seating.
- Nylon dinghy ‘bra’ forward.
- The dinghy is stowed in purpose built chocks. Launching and retrieval are accomplished by using the boom and captive Lewmar rope winch. The dinghy requires about a foot to lift it out of the chocks and the boom winches are used to control its movement outboard and for bringing it inboard during retrieval. The system is designed to minimize risk in what is always a dangerous operation. Removable stanchions with lifelines that are installed when the dinghy is off the boat for safety.
Covers and awnings:
- The large forward overhang on the Great Room has SeaForth water shedding grills. These vents lead through a form of Dorade box to a pair of 10″ /250 mm adjustable vent in the headliner at the forward end of the Great Room.
- Large wind scoop fits over the foredeck hatch.
- Stainless grab lines run from the house roof to the forward mast and can also be used to support an awning.
- 15’ Parachute anchor.
- 500’ Jordan Series drogue.
- Various life jackets.
- IRON LADY II is equipped with a large inventory of spare parts, which are monitored by the Wheelhouse System.
- There is a large collection of tools both hand and power, AC and battery powered including a number of special jigs for carrying out specific maintenance. A spreadsheet detailing this equipment will be made available in the sale.
- Numerous charts are aboard but these may not be fully corrected at point of sale.
Cruising and Pilot Guides:
- There is a large inventory of cruising guides and pilot books.
- Offshore Emergency medical kit by Yacht Lifeline.
The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.
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