Reinke Hydra ASY Twin aluminium world cruiser with bilge keels offering a shallow draft with good sailing performance and the ability to dry out upright. This Reinke Hydra ASY Twin has been built to the Owner's specifications to the very highest standards, with a huge inventory. Her accommodation is of centre-cockpit design, with a large owners cabin aft with ensuite heads, plus a large forward cabin and berths in the saloon. This is a very tough blue-water cruiser, and easily handled by two people.
Built in 1994 by KMS Bootsbau GmbH, c/o Hugo Peters, Wewelsfleth (near Hamburg)
Interior and rigging finished September 95
Designer: Kurt Reinke, Bremen, Germany
Aluminium hull to "Hydra SC ASY-Twin" design
Whale decker, designed for a maximum of seaworthiness class "0 Transocean"
Multichine construction with asymmetric twin keels (NACA-profiles); 2,6 tons lead, each
Frames: AlMgSi1,0 (F 28-32)
Frame distance: 40 cm (16")
4 watertight aluminium bulkheads
Centrecockpit; solid alu-framed windshield with combined bimini/sprayhood
Interior build by LOK Stettin - completed March 1995
LOA: 15,5 m (51 feet)
Hull length: 14 m (46 feet)
LCWL: 12,4 m (40 feet 10")
Beam: 4 m (13 feet 2")
Draft: 1,36 m (4 feet 6")
Standing headroom: 1,95 m (6 feet 5")
Total displacement: 17 metric tons
Mercedes Benz OM 314, 3,9 liter, 4 cylinders, 82 hp (DIN)
350 hours since refit
Bosch 12 V alternator 90 Amps
Two circuit cooling system
Double seawater strainers, switchable
Aqualarm sensor 12V for cooling sea water flow
Double fuel filter with turbine water separator and electrical 12V wateralarm and pressure gauge, Separ, Germany
WMMT 2 RM-1/2 magnetic fuel bacteriae killing and purifying unit
Newage PRM 302 gearbox; suitable for 150 kW with power take-off for hydraulic pump
Feathering propellor, 3 blades 23" x 19", nickelaluminium bronze,
Prowell, Bremen; 2 cutlass bearings; packless seal system, flushed by m/e seawatersystem;
New 2011: shaft 40 mm (metric) S.S. German DIN 1.4571
Spare prop Aluminium fixed 3 blades 23" x 19"
Mannesman-Rexroth 35 kW hydraulic axial piston type pump
Flow and pressure self control DFR, mounted at power take-off gearbox.
Hydraulic devices driven by this pump
Two windlasses Seaway Francis 1.8 tons each hauling power
bowthruster Mannesman Hydromarine 16 hp bowthruster
Hydraulic winch HARKEN 42 ST;
2 blocks with three valve controls, each, Danfoss electrical with manual override
Thick-wall aluminium tank for 90 l (25 gals) of hydraulic oil;
Bowman oil cooler integrated into raw-water system of main engine
New 2011: FISCHER-PANDA AGT-DDC 4000-12 PMS with Voltage Control System VCS 12 Volts, up to 260 Amps
Dual circuit cooling system with exhaust gas/water separator for silent use and custom-made automatic pumpout system (12V) for exhaust tank
Separ fuel pre-filter
500 l (132 gals) fuel in middle section tank
750 l (198 gals) water: one middlesection tank and three combined stainless tanks in aftcabin
Sparcraft 16 m (53 feet) deck stepped mast
Rigging completed Sept 1995
Harken Battcar batten traveller system;
Isomat boom with automatic reefs
Single line reefs inside boom
Shrouds, two forestays and two aftstays (one insulated): 10 mm (about 3/8")
Two fixed backstays: 8 mm (about 5/16"); Norseman-terminals and ACMO-toggles
Cutterstay and forestay:
Harken furlers, mechanical
Harken rail and traveller
Two whiskerpoles in Aluminium, custom-made by Marinox, Majorca with fittings from Pfeiffer, Germany
Mainsail - Fully battened with three reefs, cunningham and flattening and lazy jacks
Cuttersail Allrounder with yankee cut
Self tacking jib
Anderson- two speed, selftailing
Antal two speed, selftailing new 2011
Anderson two speed, selftailing, size 46
Two Anderson two speed, selftailing, size 56
Harken two speed, self tailing hydraulic cockpit winch for main halyard and reefs
Halyards and lifts
Three halyards for foresails, boomlift;
Two spinnaker halyards, main halyard - new 2011
Two polelifts, two pole-toppings
All Harken blocks, rails and genoa tracks on deck
All cleats Lewmar Superlock automatic
All interior woodwork in Khaya mahogany
Forward cabin with vee berth converting to double
Ensuite forward heads compartment with marine WC
Stainless basin with shower
Storage in lockers
Saloon with L-shaped seating to port with drop-leaf table
Beige patterned upholstery
Pilot berth outboard of dinette to port
Settee berth to starboard
Generous storage in lockers and bookshelves
Chart table area aft to starboard with navigation instruments and electrical panel
U-shaped galley with integrated stainless sinks
Force 10 US-sized gas stove with big oven,
Iglu box Quick'n'cool with 4 Camping Gaz tanks on aftdeck - new 2011
Truma 12V DC gas-control system inside galley
Overhead opening hatch
Cockpit with fixed windscreen and sprayhood
Aft cabin with double berth to port
Vanity unit with seat
Lots of storage in lockers and drawers
Aft heads compartment with Electric marine WC
Sink unit and shower
Teak shower grating
Autopilot system Simrad J300 with Neco autopilot motor, 12 Volt with interfaces to fluxgate compass, GPS and wind-indicator (steering modes: magnetic course, wind and GPS)
New 2011: Simrad fluxgate compas type RFC35N
Simrad wind-indicator with spare unit, depth sounder and speed;
Simrad GPS RS5800,
Simrad rudder feed back;
VHF Simrad RS8110 with two handheld units (navigation and cockpit) and Intercom and all U.S., International and private channels;
VHF handheld Icom IC-M1EURO
Radar Raytheon 11XX, open array, 24 nautical miles;
GMDSS INMARSAT-C Satcom, Trimble Navigation, USA, with built-in GPS and
Notebook Fujitsi-Siemens lifebook S and thermo printer Seiko DPU 414
Shortwave transceiver Icom IC707; original "Smart tuner" in aftpeak
New 2011: Plotting system with notebook Toshiba Satellite and USB-GPS-mouse with software and all international charts
Mobile depthsounder Echotest
New 2011: WLAN amplifier-antenna unit with USB-cable for mobile installation on deck
Engine instruments: VDO logic combi, Germany, microprocessor controlled with programmable maximum and minimum alarms, horn and light.
Functions: rpm, start-stop, voltage, temperature1, temperature2, pressure1, pressure 2, service hours, engine hours, trip hours, tank gauge, interface for PC.
Custom-built alarm system (horn and light): low seawater flow engine, water in fuelfilters of engine;
Joystick for bowthruster control, IP67, Danfoss
New 2011: Car radio with DVD-player and external stereo speakers with 19" monitor, integrated into salon.
Pulpit, pushpit, railing stanchions and foldable stepbathladder 1" aluminum solid material (tubes crease, solid material bends!)
Lifebelt-rail cockpit: 22 mm (7/8") aluminum solid material
Two 60 lbs original CQR anchors with 100 m (330 ft) chain, 3/8", each;
Stern anchor gear - TX-engbo electrical windlass 12 Volt/750 Watt, under deck in aftpeak with 16 kg (35 lbs) special anchor and 75 m (250 ft) rope, 16 mm (5/8"), inside lead; special TX-engbo anchorgallow, springloaded
Warps and fenders
Tubular A-Frame carrying: Radar, antennas, decklight, sternlight, dinghy with mounted outboard engine
S.S. crane for outboard engine
Vergaplast Lario 320 tender - new 2011; Length 3,20 filled with closed-cell PU foam, unsinkable!
Yamaha 15 FMH outboard - new 2011, 2-stroke
New 2011: Combined bimini/ sprayhood plus zippable aft piece to close like a dodger, Stack pack with additional big mast collar and windshield cover,
Awning from mast to stern with sides down to railing
Many multiple bags for sheets, halyards and ropes
New 2011: Scuba diving equipment including 10 litres pressure tank and buoyancy compensator device
New 2011: Flexible water tank, Plastimo, 150 litres for transporting water with dinghy
New 2011: Electrical handwinch 12 Volts Magicwinch JPROP, Italy;cable reaches from cockpit even to mast winches
New 2011: Custom made alu foldable trolley with heavy foldable plastic boxes for easy shopping
Fishing rod holder
Drill stand and vice in electrical room
Chain hoist and balancer for mainengine and genset
Much more than all necessary spareparts on board!
Much more than all necessary tools on board!
Complete documentation including pictures, plans, schematics, manuals, delivery notes and invoices for the yacht and all of its equipment on CD
4 lifevests; 2 lifebelts; 4 lifelines; Jackline 1" from bow to stern;
100 m (330 ft) rescueline, yellow, 8 mm (5/16"), on S.S. drum;
Forespar crew overboard pole with drogue on port aftstay
Sea-Marshall rescue system with 2 around the neck antennas
New 2011: EPIRB ACR Satellite 406, registered
New 2011: Second magnetic compass Suunto in cockpit, lighted;
Third magnetic compass Suunto above navigation seat (bearing type); 2 fire extinguishers 2 kg (5 lbs), each; 1 automatic fire extinguisher 5 kg (11 lbs) in engine room
New 2011: Smoke detectors in all compartments
Complete set of flares for High Seas
Felco switzerland bolt croppers for stainless steel wire
It was my basic idea to build a sailing yacht with the highest amount of comfort: the extreme seaworthiness avoids stress and hassle even in very foul weather conditions. Cruising means to me to reach a destination without being exhausted from fighting against the sea.
Schwambo can be easily sailed by one person. A crew of two is ideal. Everything can be controlled from the cockpit with little power due to the use of oversized, best quality fittings from HARKEN, the two furlers, the nearby mainsheet gear and the hydraulic winch for the mainhalyard and the automatic single-line reefs.
All Hydras have a flush and clean deck, without any bulky equipment. The original one had a detachable small windshield. Schwambo has a low, tough windshield. Low enough to give good view around when doing "happy sailing, but ideal for protection in foul weather conditions, similar to the construction on the SUPER MARAMU, Shipyard AMEL.
To increase space inside the boat and make it a real comfortable cruiser, Schwambo does not have an aft cockpit, but asymmetric twin bilge keels with a Naca-profile, thus making her the latest edition of the famous Hydra design. This gives a shallow draft for safe sailing in beautiful, shallow waters like the Bahamas or the Motus of the Pacific. The previously used symmetric keels were not useful. With the new asymmetric keels the Hydra sails very good on up-wind courses. An additional positive effect of the twin bilge keels is reduced rolling, anchored in a swell.
The original rigging as a sloop with self-tacking jib was changed for the new Hydra types by adding a solid aluminum bowspreat and a cutterstay. This is the new type "semi cutter SC, giving increased comfort by the bow platform (safe bracket for the anchors and comfortable platform for entering and leaving when berthed bow-to).
The owners choice of a big-vessel-type hydraulic system makes anchoring and berthing easy: windlasses and bowthruster are much stronger and the chains are much longer than the usual ones used on this size of yachts. And they can work permanently without running out of electrical power. Setting and reefing the mainsail are very easy by using the strong hydraulic winch, if neccessary.
Once installed properly the hydraulic high pressure system (250 Bar, 4.800 psi) works for many years without any maintenance. A change of oil filter once a while and a change of oil every five to ten years, only. Due to the manual overrides at the valve controls, the system is even able to work when all electrical power sources broke down. It is driven by the high class Diesel-mainengine which keeps running even, if all of its electrical equipment is flooded.
To avoid the danger of fire aboard, all hydraulic lines and even fuel lines are made of steel and all electrical equipment is installed according to IP67 and IP68, waterproof. All cables are well sized heavy gauge rubber coated cables according to Germanischer Lloyd. Additionally all cables run in heavy plastic hoses type German PG Wellrohr for protection and easy replacement.
Simplicity, reliability and best quality systems guarantee hassle-free sailing and cruising-fun without permanent repairs to a crew of two!
A very comprehensive specification can be found on the dedicated website www.schwambo.com
Kurt Reinke has an enviable reputation worldwide for designing yachts to be used for serious worldwide cruising. The Hydra design is renowned for being fast and easy to handle with a small crew. The owner of Schwambo has managed her build from the start, and has specified her without regard to costs, and has produced a boat which is very comfrtable for living aboard for four crew. It is unusual for a boat of this size to feature lead twin/bilge keels, which results in an ultra-shallow draft which can dry out easily for cleaning and maintainance. Her all-aluminium construction will also make her very tough and difficult to damage, which is great for ocean passage making, and creeping into coral lagoons.
Bursledon Bridge, Bursledon
Southampton, Hampshire SO31 8AZ