Purchased new by the current merticulous owner. This boat has been very well loved and is in very top condition with numerous extras. The owner is now looking at purchasing a larger boat leaving a great opportunity.
Build completed and commissioned March 2007, standard specification to include teak decks and Webasto Airtop 3500 heating, still in original ownership UK flagged and entered on small ships registry, VAT paid and supplied from new with factory extras, later installed equipment and upgrades as listed below;
Designer Germán Frers
Hull length 11.32 meters
Waterline at rest 10.20 meters
Beam 3.55 meters
Draft 1.90 meters
Displacement lightship 7.5 tonne
Lead keel 3.2 tonne
Mast over water, ex Windex 16.75 meters
Headroom saloon 1.92 meters
Engine, Yanmar 4JH4E with sail-drive
Number of cylinders 4
Cylinder volume 2.2 litres
Power at crank shaft 40 kW / 54 HP
Max torque 159 Nm / 1800 rpm
Diesel tanks x 2 stainless steel 340 Litres total approx.
Water tanks x 2 stainless steel 400 Litres total approx.
Double bow rollers
Lewmar electric anchor winch
Delta anchor with 40 meters of 8 mm chain, additional 50 meters of chain (2010)
Bruce Kedge anchor with chain and leaded rope
Stainless steel folding Bow ladder (2011)
Opening side gates, port and starboard
Teak seats on pushpit
4 deck eyes on side decks with fitted webbing safety lines
4 deck eyes in cockpit for safety harnesses
Replacement Plastimo Transocean ISO 4 man liferaft in canister (December 2013) with canvas cover, service due December 2016
In mast furling main sail with lines led back to cockpit with winch on starboard, sail serviced 2015
Offshore quality working gib with foam luff and UV strip on Selden Furlex reefing furling system, UV strip replaced and serviced by Elvstrom Sobstad (2015)
Extra halyard for cruising chute or spinnaker
Expanding spinnaker pole mounted on the mast with running rigging (2008)
Crusader Sails supplied cruising chute with sock and running rigging (2008)
Selden Backstay adjuster
Hot & cold water shower on stern
Windex on mast
VHF antenna on mast
Combined Tri-navigation light and anchor light at top of mast
Simpson folding davits (2009)
Zodiac with inflatable floor and 3.5 HP 2 stroke outboard motor, both commissioned 2001 and still serviceable, with teak push-pit mount for outboard and full canvas cover for zodiac whilst mounted on davits.
Stainless steel antenna support with new higher positions for white navigation light and ensign attachment point. (2009)
canvas spray-hood with cover, replaced (2012) original serviceable and kept as spare canvas Bimini on stainless steel fold down frame with cover, serviced/restitched (2013)
canvas cockpit enclosure
canvas wheel/binnacle cover
3 x comfort seats in cockpit
New mosquito nets for all hatches and companionway (2015)
Covered horseshoe lifebuoy with floating throw line and light 2015
Inflatable dan-buoy 2009
Upgraded upholstery material.
Pilot book shelf behind chart table
Chrome bulkhead mounted ships clock
2 x smoke detectors
Gas detector with two sensors
All 3 x fire extinguishers replaced 2014
Yanmar 4JH4E with sail-drive, approximately 750 hours, serviced annually. Yanmar SD50 sail drive hull diaphragm seal and leg oil seals where replaced in 2012 and the cone clutch replaced in 2014.
Folding three bladed flex-o-fold propeller.
Ambassador rope cutter.
FirePro non pressurised canister automatic fire extinguisher system in engine room.
Large hull mounted anode (to complement the standard sail drive and propeller anodes)
Shore power connection with isolation transformer, four continental style 220 volt power points
Shore-power lead with connections, spare extension shore-power lead with various adaptors.
MasterVolt Combi 100 amp battery charger with 2000 kWh inverter fitted with MasterVolt master-switch system.
MasterVolt whisper 3.5 KW. generator with water/exhaust separator
Second alternator fitted to engine with a 3 stage regulator system wired directly to the service batteries. The original engine alternator charges the starter battery.
Emergency start battery crossover switch
Extra service battery up graded to 450 ah made up of two sets of 2 x 6 volt traction batteries wired
Starter battery 70 ah replaced in 2015
All batteries in sealed box with over board ventilation.
Extra 12v power point in cockpit
2 x 80 watt mono-crystalline framed solar panels with regulator/charge controller, the panels are fitted each side of the boat and fold out from the guard rails with supports and are wired to waterproof cockpit plugs. They can be positioned or folded down while sailing and can easily be removed if not required. (2012)
Isotherm refrigerator upgraded to water cooled.
Seafresh desalinator model H202A 36 Litres of fresh water approximately per hour
10 inch spin fit filter housing with carbon filter added to pressurised fresh water system
Cold water mixer valve added to the 40 Litre hot water tank output (greater control over water temperature at hot water taps)
The Jabsco manual toilet pump was replaced in 2015 and the previous pump cleaned and fitted with new seals as a spare.
Raymarine E80 chart plotter (in cockpit) with mast mounted radar radome .
Raymarine AIS transponder fitted with separate VHF and GPS antennas. (2015)
Navionics full Mediterranean coverage electronic charts, upgraded (2013)
Raymarine ST 60 Speed, ST 60 Depth and ST 60 Wind installed over the sliding hatch.
Magellan handheld GPS wired to 12 volt socket and mounted in cockpit as back-up
There is also a laptop at the chart table running Microsoft windows professional with raymarine software connected by ethernet to the chart plotter and software to control the Icom R1500 communications receiver.
Raymarine 7000 autopilot with gyrocompass
Furuno weather fax at chart table
Icom VHF-DSC at chart table with command-mic at steering pedestal.
Raymarine ST60 Repeater at chart table.
Icom R1500 communications receiver and SP10 external speaker, operated by controller or chart table PC. Insulated standing rigging backstay antenna
GME MT403 EPIRB with GPS replaced (2014)
Shakespeare long range WiFi antenna wired to Alfa WiFi booster PC/Mac, fitted with Alfa R36 router hotspot. All smartphones, tablets and pc’s or Macs on board can connect to the same incoming WiFi network.
Glomex Digital TV antenna with signal amplifier at chart table (2008)
VHF and GPS antennas for AIS (2014)
Stereo Radio/CD player with bulkhead fitted stereo speakers wired to external FM/AM offshore antenna (2008)
In the winter of 2007 my wife and I with two crew members collected Castor from Sweden and in just over six days sailed her directly back across the North sea to Southampton. We experienced ice in the Skagerrak, heavy seas and constant high winds reaching force nine in the North Sea but never once did we feel unsafe. Since then as a couple we have cruised the Channel Islands, Northern and Southern Brittany and the Vendee before crossing Biscay and heading for warmer climates.
Germán Frers design for the HR37 with a full deep hull, long fin keel and large skeg hung rudder gives her all the advantages of a traditional long keeler, yet few of the disadvantages, she will find her groove and sit there all day regardless of what the wind and sea throws at her, the motion is comfortable and she will look after herself with little input from the autopilot, over canvased in severe conditions she will dip her toe rail until green water runs along the side decks but never a hint of broaching, in these conditions she will out preform many larger lighter boats.
When compiling our wish list we decided not to fit a bow thruster as we felt the maintenance and fouling problems would out way any benefits, after 8 years we stand by this decision, the 54hp motor, large powerful three bladed propeller and low windage all help to make her very manoeuvrable under most conditions. Like many boats of her style she suffers from a strong prop kick which we have learnt to use to our advantage.
Having spent the equivalent of at least one or two years anchored I believe the deep full hull with a high ballast ratio of 42% helps to keep her more stable than many lighter, flatter bottomed modern yachts that tend to roll easily.
Castor has been maintained regardless of cost and the standing rigging and mast has been checked for wear and tear professionally on a regular basis.
In 2013 the hull was stripped back by hand to the original epoxy undercoat sealant, the lead keel then received a new epoxy undercoating before four coats of CopperCoat anti-foul treatment was applied below the waterline. This has proven to work well, however parts of the keel had started to peel due to either bad adhesion between the lead and epoxy or incorrect application. In 2015 the keel was sanded down and again epoxy sealed before receiving a further four coats of CopperCoat being careful to follow correct application procedures. Before deciding to apply this anti foul system we read and heard many opinions from both camps and can now honestly say we do not regret our decision to go ahead.
Castor’s teak decks are treated each year with Boracol as recommended by Hallberg rassy, and in summer receive a daily wash down with sea water.
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Unit 11 The Boatyard Building
Southampton, Hampshire SO31 1ZL