The 64’ cutter-rigged Nirvana is a first-rate classic yacht, elegantly drawn by John Alden, robustly constructed with ironwood below the waterline and splined rosewood for the topsides over oak frames, dynel sheathed and all fastened with 7/16 copper rivets. She was extensively and expensively refurbished between 2006-2008 including modern racing spars, an all-new interior, new plumbing, wiring, and engine. She has been maintained to the highest standards since. She comes equipped with all the cruising accoutrements without sacrificing her head-turning appeal. While the exterior is mostly painted in a practical white, the interior boasts teak and holly soles, elaborate mahogany joinery and an overall high standard of fit and finish. As boat-builders and experienced sailors, the present owners are completely conversant regarding every aspect of the vessel.
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Handsome and seaworthy,Nirvana is built of the finest timbers and very well kept by her knowledgeable owners.
Nirvana underwent a complete refit from 2006-2008 costing 1 million US dollars, and the current owner has continued to improve her significantly, including repainting the topsides and bottom in December 2015. In 2008, a new engine, all new plumbing, electrical and electronics were added. She was stripped to her frames and the interior was reconstructed from all new material, plus the deck was glassed over, ensuring a dry interior. The carpenter's mandate was to use only the finest materials, adding modern comfort features, while keeping a traditional feel below. The end result is simply stunning.
The master stateroom is located aft of the sail locker, behind a full bulk head, and has a queen-sized bunk on the centerline with extensive mahogany lockers lining the hull on either side. The woodwork is truly exceptional. Aft of the bunk on port is a cleverly hidden wash basin and head and enormous storage cupboard. On starboard there is a large cedar lined hanging locker. Under the bunk are 3 cavernous storage lockers, and 2 wide, flat drawers ideal for storing charts. The drawers handles cleverly double as steps up to the bed.
Continuing aft, the owners lounge/crew bunk occupies the starboard side of the boat maintaining the same beautiful mahogany storage lockers. On the port side is a very large head with abundant storage, and a sizeable shower with bench and full headroom.
Up two steps you enter the spacious main salon with a large wrap-around dinette outfitted in Spanish leather, followed by the galley with new stove/oven aft. Her galley is great at sea or when preparing a gourmet meal for 35. On the starboard side there is a massive refrigerator that holds enough food for months off the grid, followed by a settee that converts to a queen-sized bunk, and navigation station. Etched glass butterfly hatches and a custom stained glass port brighten the salon and add old-world charm. There are very classy touches throughout, fitting a yacht of this pedigree.
Aft on the centerline are the guest quarters, with one quarter berth and a double berth. Our children have comfortably shared this cabin for two years. The large clothing cabinet on centerline can easily be removed to access the rudder post and steering quadrant. Under each bunk are multiple storage lockers, which we have used for clothing, toys, sleeping bags and additional food. The lazarette is accessed through a hatch in the cockpit or at the foot or either guest bunk. She has 2 heads and can sleep 8-10 people.
The fo'csle, or sail locker, contains two bunks, originally designed as crew quarters, now used as a workbench and for a large amount of storage. The watermaker, a salt water rinse down, and fresh water shower are located here. There is also a large amount of storage throughout the boat.
Nirvana has comfortably cruised the South Pacific for the past 2 years with a family of 4 and multiple guests. Nirvana is setup to be self-sufficient, allowing us to visit distant islands and be months away from groceries and other stores. We have sailed her to secluded atolls, through stunning coral reef passes, and to remote villages, and enjoyed some of the most transforming life experiences.
After a snorkel through the anchorage, it is marvelous to rinse off with the shower on the bow, then relax with a book in the cockpit on comfy cushions. At sea the dinghy fits securely on custom chocks in front of the mast, but at anchor these can be removed and allowing a spacious deck area to enjoy your yoga practice.
She is equipped with modern cruising electronics and the solar panels meet the daily power needs of 6 people. Sailing Nirvana is a dream, she slices silently through the waves, never pounding, effortlessly maintaining 7-8 knots. Nirvana is a solid racing yacht, with many wins to her name, including holding the overall Newport to Ensenada record for over 20 years.
Step onboard and start your cruising dream, race her to win local or international competitions, or berth Nirvana at your yacht club for sprints around the bay. Own a part of Australian yachting history
Length Overall: 64 feet
Waterline length: 50 feet
Beam: 13' 8" feet
Draft: 7' 8"
Displacement: 67,000 lb
Sail Area (feet): 2500 ft2 (main, genoa, staysail)
Galley Refrigeration: R10 Sunfrost 12 V; Air cooled, 9 ft3 Stove: Force 10; 2 Burner Propane w/Oven new 2015 Sink: Double Stainless Steel Water System: Pressure
Stainless BBQ: Propane
Tankage Fuel: 200 gallons in 4 tanks Water: 200 gallons in 4 tanks Holding: 20 gallons
Propane: 40 gallons in 2 tanks
Electronics & Navigation Equipment Radar: Raymarine E-80; 24 Miles VHF: ICOM 304 Auto Pilot: Simrad Hydraulic AP-25 Chart Plotter: Raymarine E-80 GPS: Raymarine E-80 Depth Sounder: Raymarine E-80 Wind Speed & Direction: Raymarine ST 6001 Knot Meter/Log: Raymarine E-80 Rudder Angle: On Autopilot
Electronics new in 2008
Compass: 6" Danforth Constellation Television: 12 VDC (2014)
Stereo with cockpit and cabin speakers (2014)
Electrical System Batteries: 9 AGM Golf Cart; 1 Starting Battery Monitor: Heart interface Electrical System: 12 VDC Inverter: Heart Interface 2000 W Inverter/Battery Monitor/ Charger, 110 V Interior Lighting: 12 VDC Battery Charger: Heart Interface 110v 60hz, Precept 240v 50hz Smart Reg: Balmar Max. Charge MC-612 Alternator: 2 Balmar 120 amp
Solar panels: 2 x 100 W (new 2014)
Entire boat rewired in 2008
Engine & Mechanical Equipment Engine: Yanmar diesel 87 hp, new 2008, approx. 2500 hours
Engine Alarm; Emergency Engine Stop
Fuel Filters: 2 Racor; 1 on Engine Fuel Shut Off: Stoves; Engines; S2A Xinex Fireboy Fume Detector and halon automatic firefighting system Lube Oil System Raw Water Sea Strainer Bilge Blower Bilge Pump: 3 w/Float Switch 2 are high capacity; 1 Manual Propeller: 3 Blade, Bronze; 2 blade spare Steering: Wheel
Head Type: 1 Groco manual; 1 Jabsco electric Holding Tank with electric macerator pump Watermaker: Spectra; 19 Gallons/Hour
Deck saltwater rinse down
Deck fresh water shower
All plumbing new in 2008
Sails & Rigging Main; #1 Genoa 155%; Staysail; Dacron; Manufactured by Ullman, all in good condition
Asymmetrical Spinnaker with snuffer, Manufactured by North, in good condition Titanium reaching strut Winches: 2 Harken 70 Self-Tailing (Primaries) new 2008; 2 Lewmar 55 (Secondaries); 1 Barient 27 ST (Mainsheet); 1 Lewmar 43 (Spinnaker Halyard); 1 Lewmar 43 (Headsail Halyard); 2 Barlow 24 (Halyard); 1 Lewmar 30 ST (Main Furler); 1 Barient 10 (Boom Topping Lift) Mast: Aluminum; Stepped on Keel, designed by Bruce Nelson 1980 based on a 12 meter yacht extrusion Standing Rigging: 1x19 SS, with Spectra running backstays, and removable inner forestay
Lazy jacks on the main
Anchor & Deck Equipment
Anchor: 88 Lbs. Kingston Anchors Plow; Chain: 300' Anchor: 75 Lbs. CQR Plow Anchor: 75 Lbs. Stainless Plow Anchor: 125 Lbs. Kingston Anchors Fisherman Anchor: 22 Lbs. Kingston Anchors Plow (Stern); Line: 300' Anchor Windlass: Ideal Custom Double Anchor Bow Roller, New 2014 Numerous small dinghy anchors Navigation Lights: Deck; Masthead tricolor Masthead anchor light, Spreader Lights Lifelines: Stainless steel upper and lower with gates on both starboard and port Dinghy/Motor: 10.3’ Avon; 15 HP Yamaha Covers & Curtains: Dodger; Bimini, Hatch covers, Bow sun shade, Center Boat Cover, Main sail cover, Staysail cover Deck Material: Epoxy laminate over Marine Plywood and original timbers, cabin-top teak
Custom stainless steel boarding ladder
Safety Equipment Lifejackets: 10 Type II USCG Lifesling: 1 Horseshoe: 1 Liferaft: 8 Person Zodiac Offshore with EPIRB serviced in 2014 Complete USCG Safety Package plus additional flares EPIRB: ACR 406, plus PBL in liferaft DAN MOB Strobe Jacklines
Owners Comments and History:
Gliding across the ocean, the sleek cutter Nirvana, reminds you of what a classic yacht should look like. This Australian classic was built in 1950 in Newcastle by construction contractor Stan Heaton for his family. She is rumoured to be the first yacht built specifically for the Sydney-Hobart race. Although she competed in the 1952 - 1957 races, and was favoured to win in 1952, she never achieved the illusive line honours.
As with all good Australian classics, she has a storied past. Mr. Heaton requested the perusal of John Alden's latest yacht design, but never paid for the drawings. She was built to this design, but could never be official registered in the Alden database.
Her sturdy hull was made of ironbark, and her topsides are rosewood, all fastened with 7/16 inch copper rivets to double sawn oak ribs. As the ironbark was so stiff, the timbers couldn't be bent enough, so the completed yacht ended up about 1 foot narrower than the original design. She was intended to be a yawl, the structure was built, but the second mast never installed, instead the boom was elongated, making for a very sizeable 800 ft2 main.
Meanwhile at the same time on the other side of the world, the sistership was being constructed by Hinckley to compete in the Bermuda race. She was coincidentally named Nirvana, and later became the pride of the Rockefeller family.
By 1958 Nirvana was now owned by Dr. Lewis of Newcastle. He cruised Nirvana throughout the South Pacific enjoying pristine anchorages in Moorea, Tahiti, and Hawaii. His ultimate destination was Los Angeles, where he sold Nirvana to the Carver family. They owned her for the next 37 years, competing in a record breaking 36 consecutive Newport-Ensenada races, racking up numerous trophies.
Nirvana was given a facelift in 1988 at the Knight and Carver boatyard, the topsides were splined, skinned with dynel and painted with linear polyurethane, and a Nelson-Marek designed high-tech 12 meter yacht tapered spar was installed.
Over the years the interior has changed many times, from a simple utilitarian racer with a gimbaled table that offered years of entertainment with flying dinners and crew, to her present configuration as a luxurious yacht magnificently furnished in teak, mahogany and maple.
In 2006-2008 Nirvana underwent her biggest refit, costing over 1 million dollars. At that time she was stripped to her frames, the interior was reconstructed from all new material, the deck was glassed over, a new engine installed, and all plumbing, electrical, electronics and sails were replaced. Modern comfort features were added, while keeping a traditional feel, for a simply stunning result.
For the past 2 years the Mitchell family has comfortably cruised Nirvana through the South Pacific. Nirvana's first challenge, with the Mitchells, was up the Baja coast in heavy seas and gale force winds on the nose. She cut through the waves, never hobby-horsing, always feeling strong and reminding you that she has been sailing for more years than you have been alive. When the wind is on her beam, she is a freight train. Downwind with the spinnaker up, she lights up even in the faintest breeze.
At anchor, she lies tranquilly, even when other boats are bobbing uncomfortably in the swell, she will gently rock you to sleep. Thanks to her strong ironbark hull, the raging party on the boat next to you in the marina doesn't keep you up all night, unless you want to. Thanks to some of her new modern conveniences, like the massive fridge, Nirvana is self-sufficient, allowing her to visit distant islands and be months away from groceries and other stores. Nirvana has sailed to secluded atolls, through stunning coral reef passes, and to remote villages, allowing some of the most transforming life experiences.
Nirvana is currently cruising New Zealand, and intends to sail home to Australia within the next year, where she hopes to start the next phase of her life rediscovering her heritage.
P.O. Box 203
Rockport, ME 04856