Unfinished Alan Buchanan 65ft blue water steel ketch with aluminium decks and huge inventory

Rusani road move during construction

Steel hull built by FL Steelcraft at Borth, Mid-Wales, in 1991. Aluminium decks, bulkheads and superstructure constructed to very high standards in Cheshire. Gardner 180 diesel engine, air conditioning and cabin heating. For sale after her owner died in an air crash in 2011.

Overall Length: 65ft 0in 19.8m Waterline: 45ft 0in 13.7m
Hull Length: 57ft 9in 17.37m Waterline: 21ft 0in 6.4m
Beam: 16ft 3in 4.95m Draught: 7ft 0in 2.13m
Displacement: 35000kg Designer: Alan Buchanan [Design 2273]

Inventory and completion procedure for Rusani
commissioned from Ambient Marine in June 2010

The vessel is already equipped with a Gardner 6LXB diesel engine which is fitted with inlets, hydraulic pumps, exhaust, Python-Drive and a variable pitch propeller. Skin fittings lead to three sea toilets, four sinks and various inlet and outlet points for ancillary systems. A bow thruster has been fitted and is ready for connection into the hydraulic system. Pipework has been installed for the hydraulic, fresh water, central heating and waste water systems. A fire alarm sprinkler system has been fitted throughout. Tanks have been fitted for diesel, fresh water and grey waste water. On the bow, a double-headed hydraulic winch is in place with a single vertical winch. Two hydraulically-driven winches are fitted to the stern. A bow thruster has been fitted. The decks are steel and aluminium and are ready to be fitted out with wheelhouse, wooden deck, pulpit and taffrail, rails, stanchions, masts and rigging. A bowsprit and a bumpkin are ready for fitting. Hatches and lights are already in place. All internal steel bulkheads are finished structurally and fitted with watertight doors to give excellent isolation. Air conditioning units have been fitted to each cabin. The vessel is ready for the final stage of completion, the most complicated parts are finished and ready for tradesmen to fit out the accommodation. The owner has commissioned a costing exercise to bring the vessel to a seaworthy condition according to the current standards and requirements of the Maritime Coastguard Agency, the Marine Electrical Regulations, and the requirements shown in the drawings of Alan Buchanan and John McNeece.

Chain Locker and Forward Stowage
This area is mainly complete with the exceptions of the interconnection of hydraulic, fresh water, air conditioning and central heating. The final connections need to be made and the various pipes charged. Framework should be fitted to accommodate the washing machine and associated equipment. The hydraulics require particular attention to bring the control lines and solenoids on line so that the winches can be properly operated. Work is needed on the electrical system in terms of both AC and DC circuits utilizing the installed termination chambers. There are a large number of terminations to make off in this area in order to bring the installed systems to an operational standard.

Port and Starboard Heads and Shower Room
These areas are relatively bare. The pipework is in place for all three services. At present, no woodwork or dividing frames exist. The works required are;
Put in place various bulkheads to divide the three areas, constructing in the first instance, the storage and hanging lockers, installing the shower base, frame and panels, whilst maintaining access to the chain locker. The beds can be constructed from marine plywood finished with a hardwood face. Hardwood frames will be used throughout. Care will be taken to maintain access to the various underfloor valves. Two sea toilets will be fitted, utilizing the already installed inlet and outlet pipes. The air conditioning outlets will be finished off and the electrical cables run into the junction boxes for both AC and DC services. Containment and first fix cables will be let into those areas which require electrical services. The central heating will be terminated to two suitably sized radiators which will be located conveniently to give the most effective heat output. There is a requirement for a powered vent which will be fitted above the shower unit and exit through a dorade above. A deck head made of marine hardwood faced ply will be fitted to a hardwood frame will be installed above both toilets and shower unit, with insulation as necessary. The doors will be constructed from hardwood of a type and finish yet to be selected. They will be housed in marine ply hardwood faced board with hardwood surrounds. The cabin sole will be a proprietary hardwood sectional board, designed to compliment the general construction of the area.

Forward Cabins, Port and Starboard
These two cabins form part of the forward accommodation block. They are part of the shower area and share common bulkheads. Storage space is also shared. Each cabin consists of two fixed bunks generously wide, with storage areas to the outboard side of each bed. A single wall mounted light is also fitted which is locally controlled. Fitted down the centre of each cabin is a series of hanging lockers divided with a bulk shelf locker. These are made from hardwood faced marine ply with hardwood surround. Brass hinges, locks and handles will be used throughout. The cabin sole will be a proprietary hardwood sectional board, designed to compliment the general construction of the area. Each cabin will also have two deck head mounted lights which will be low voltage LED, taking advantage of modern power- saving technology. An allowance has been made for a small removable table to be fitted in each cabin. Air conditioning and fire alarm sprinkler system is present in this area. Allowances have been made to accommodate these in the fit out.
Galley and Forward Saloon
Some changes have been made to the original McNeece design in order to incorporate some functional features which not only give better safety at sea, but which also give a longer working life of components. There is no detail as yet with regard to the finish of the galley. Some assumptions have been made in order to generate this quotation and general specification. The worktop will be made from white granite laminate, situated in an L-shape on the port side. To the right of the cooker, a semi circular worktop made from the same material as the L shaped unit, will be fitted, complete with drawers and twin cupboards. A freezer unit is to be let into the cabin sole on the boats center line. A four-burner gas oven complete with flame out and gas leak detection will be fitted to the forward bulkhead with a matt black extraction hood directly above. To the left of the cooker is a tall storage space with shelves, fiddles and hardwood doors. Running along the port side is a twin sink unit served by a common twin tap. Going to the left of the sinks, a workspace area and bin fridge with sealed door can be found. A microwave oven, grill and toaster would be fitted near the companionway rail, held in place with a hardwood framework. Under the worktop will be fitted, another fridge with a capacity of 130 litres, and a mini dishwasher. The forward saloon consists of a rectangular hardwood table which is fixed in place but which can be rotated or removed. Potentially, it could be lowered and used with the seats as a large double bed. The seating is made in a U shape, finished it is assumed, with a hard wearing durable cloth which is yet to be chosen. Under the seats will be general locker space for bulky items such as spare life jackets. The settee backs will be made from marine ply hardwood faced, and finished in the same material as the seat bases. Access to the lockers will be made under the seat bases. A single removable seat is placed on the immediate right of the companionway rail to give access into the engine room. The seat will be so designed that the frame and seat will remove in such a way as access will be simple and speedy. A hardwood shelf will be installed on the starboard side to allow book and sundry items to be stored. Two small standard lamps will be fixed at either end of the shelf unit. Again, careful use will be made of the spare space behind the forward and after quarter seats with storage lockers being made from hardwood frames and marine ply. LED lights will be fitted in the deck head which will be made from hardwood faced marine ply. The saloon sole will be a propriatory hardwood sectional board, designed to compliment the general construction of the area. The companionway will be constructed from hardwood and fitted with deck tread to increase safety when in use. Two banister type hand rails on wooden spokes will be fitted to either side of the companionway. Air conditioning and fire alarm sprinkler system is present in this area. Allowances have been made to accommodate these in the fit out.

The Engine Room
This area is already fitted out with engine and ancillary equipment. This space has not been painted so in order to facilitate this, every item of equipment will be removed, with the exception of the steel frames and engine. A cost has been allowed for this. As equipment is removed, each pipe and service item will be cataloged carefully and marked accordingly so as to facilitate efficient re-installation. The space will then be thoroughly cleaned including the engine, which will be serviced at the same time as necessary. A two part epoxy paint undercoat and top coat will then be applied using a spray process so that every nook and cranny will be covered to prevent corrosion. This should give at least ten years of protection to this space. Both AC and DC lights will be installed at this juncture and every item of equipment re-installed. Electrical cabling will also be fitted to the various items of equipment and cables run to the control panel location in the wheelhouse area. Each sea cock will also be checked for correct operation and greased. Duck boards will also be fitted to this area to facilitate ease of access.

Store Room
A small store room is located a the rear of the watertight bulkhead door, the main access to this is via the communications room. This room will be fitted out with shelves, Each shelf will have a fiddle fitted, construction will be from marine ply with hardwood face and hardwood frame. Two led lights will illuminate this space. The main door will be made from hardwood with a hardwood surround. Brass fittings will be used throughout. Two light switches will be fitted, one at each access point.

Owner’s Bathroom
The fresh and waste services are already installed in this area, deviating from the drawings created by McNeece. The lavatory and sink will change places. The sink will be a standard size porcelain unit with taps to suit the finish. These have yet to be agreed. The sea lavatory is already on the boat and is not yet fitted. The flushing system is electric. The WC will be fitted to a hardwood framed and faced plinth with access to sea cocks and pipe connections for servicing or repairs. The bulkheads will be made from hardwood faced marine ply with hardwood frames. On the port bulkhead, a shelf will run the length of the bathroom with a storage unit at either end. These will be made from hardwood. Brass fittings are to be used throughout. The shower will be a stand alone unit with porcelain base and frosted glass sides. A top section will be fitted together with a fan to draw away moist air. The bathroom sole will be made from hardwood sectional board, designed to compliment the general construction of the area and waterproofed with a drain to the gray waste tank. Lighting will be from two LED white lights fitted into the deck head which will be made from hardwood faced marine ply. The door from the Owner’s Cabin will be made from hardwood. Brass fittings used throughout.

The Communications Room
The room is located on the starboard side of the vessel and partly forms a corridor between the owner’s cabin and the wheelhouse cockpit. Two hardwood doors give access to the owners cabin and the storeroom from this cabin. The general layout of the room is according to the drawing to be divided by hardwood face marine ply bulkheads separating the three areas with a marine ply deck head. LED fittings give illumination, white during daylight hours and red during night time. The seagoing requirements have changed in terms of equipment since the plans were drawn up and changes to the original specification have been made accordingly. The operator will have access to satellite communications, HF and MF radio, VHF with DSC, a slave display from the main chart plotter and environmental information, required for the ships log. All of the equipment will be networked with the exception of back up equipment to give a fail safe protection. The various readouts, wind strength, depth, speed and location are duplicated from the wheelhouse as part of the network. These units can operate in a stand alone mode as well. The equipment will be housed in a custom built frame made from hardwood, with a hardwood desk and drawers. Weather information will be received via the satellite link, HF radio or the built in Navtex weather receiver. A laptop computer with charting and AIS software will also be networked into the ships systems. A printer is also included for hard copy emails. There is also a local battery system with inverter to give back up supplies should any of the main systems fail. The communications room sole will be made from hardwood sectional board, designed to compliment the general construction of the area and give long lasting use in a busy space. Air conditioning and fire alarm sprinkler system is present in this area. Allowances have been made to accommodate these in the fit out.
The Owner’s Cabin
Composite within and local to this space, is a bathroom, shower, storage, emergency steering, sleeping area and sofa. The bed is a large double, placed across the centre line of the boat, on the port side, there is a corner unit and lamp, deck sole, sofa and storage space. On the starboard side there is a corner unit with lamp, deck sole and storage area. A hanging locker is accessed through a hardwood door next to the communications room. A curved dressing table is to be constructed from hardwood on the center line of the boat directly behind the storeroom bulkhead. Four LED lights will be recessed into the hardwood faced marine ply deck head. Bulkhead construction is from hardwood faced marine ply with hardwood frames. Under the inboard end of the bed lies the rudder head and emergency peg plug for the emergency steering. It is proposed that this area be left to give easy access should it be required and the storage shown on the drawings be removed. Air conditioning and fire alarm sprinkler system is present in this area. Allowances have been made to accommodate these in the fit out.
The Wheelhouse
This area will be constructed from hardwood frames substantially fixed to the steelwork. All woodwork will be conventionally joined using traditional techniques. The sides and deck head will be made from marine ply which is hardwood faced. The deck head will be double thickness. Toughened glass will be used throughout, there will be three forward facing windows with wipers fitted. The four side windows will be fitted in stainless steel surrounds, two will be sliding. In terms of equipment, a chart plotter will be fitted with integrated radar, AIS, depth, wind and log. The depth, wind and log units will also have stand alone multifunctional displays. An autopilot will also be fitted which is linked to both chart plotter, electronic compass and GPS head. Anti collision systems are also fitted using an ARPA system as required by the SOLAS (safety of life at sea) regulations. A VHF (DSC) radio is also fitted. The ship’s wheel and associated control equipment is located on the starboard side of the vessel. All displays will be duplicated in the communications room below. The sole of the wheelhouse will be made of a hard wearing hardwood board. Also included in the control equipment is the hydraulically operated anchor winch and main sail reefing systems.

Deck Systems
The deck will be lined with a teak board system, fillets will be used to give a traditional look. The boards will be fitted on a series of hardwood frames designed to make the deck look seamless giving the ability to follow the curve of the galley and saloon coach roof without breaking the visual lines of the yacht. Stainless steel stanchions will be used to support a wire guard system beginning with a stainless steel push pit on the bumpkin and ending on the bow with a pulpit. The pulpit will have a stainless gate to give access to the bowsprit. Main and mizzen masts are required. The reefing arrangements are unknown for the main mast at the time of writing this proposal. The two options are roller in mast reefing and slab reefing. Both can be done hydraulically. The headsail is roller reefing and is controlled via a winch local to the cockpit. All manual winches are two speed and self tailing for ease of use. The mizzen sails would be reefed manually at this stage. Stay sails and storm sails have been included in the quotation together with the potential for an inner forestay. At present the rig is for a sloop arrangement, however, a cutter arrangement could be made without too much difficulty. The main mast will have navigation lights, working lights and vhf aerials fitted, the mizzen will carry the radar scanner, HF/MF aerials and working lights. A satellite antennae system will be fitted to the after deck inside white domes to give protection. All cables will be passed through connectors located in weather tight boxes fitted near the foot of each mast to allow easy removal. Rigging is mainly in 10mm round wire, square or solid rigging is also available at a greater cost. Anchor control is hydraulic with forward and aft winches controlled from the wheelhouse. The bumpkin will be planked in hardwood and safety rails fitted to prevent crew falling overboard. A net fitted under the bowsprit will give added protection.

Lying at transport yard in Winsford, Cheshire GB.


Brokerage Sale

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Please note: in this case we are acting as brokers only. The vendor is not selling in the course of a business. Whilst every care has been taken in their preparation, the correctness of these particulars is not guaranteed. Particulars do not constitute a term of any contract. A prospective buyer is strongly advised to check the particulars and, where appropriate, at his own expense employ a qualified marine surveyor to undertake a survey and, if necessary, to undertake an engine test. Offered for sale subject to being unsold.