The Vancouver 34 is every inch an offshore cruiser, with interior accommodation designed for use at sea, for long periods if required. The Vancouver 34 is a "Modern" classic and despite her long keel and heavy displacement is easy to manoeuver under sail or power.
"BERTA" was purpose built for her current owner and had many items added, over and above the standard Vancouver specification, by the yard at the time she was being built. She has been treated very kindly since new and has been extremely well maintained by the owner.
We would highly recommend viewing this classic yacht to appreciate her quality.
Hull, Keel & Deck
The hull has in hand laid GRP unising woven roving and chopped starnd mat with reinforcing balsa core in the top sides which stops at the waterline
The lead ballast keel is 2722 kilo which is encapsulated entirely within the hull moulding.
The GRP deck moulding has a balsa core which is replaced with plywood in high stress areas where fitting are attached.
Hull colour: Off white 3969
Deck colour: Off white 3969, with light brown non-slip treadmaster
Boot top colour: Oxford blue
The bilges and lockers are painted throughout
The Rudder is moulded in GRP with stainless steel stock, the base of which locates into the bottom of the keel fairing. The heel fitting is stainless steel protected with an anode. The wheel pedestal steering is by Whitlock/Lewmar with direct linkage to the rudder. A manual emergency tiller is supplied.
A Hydrovane VXA1 self steering system is fitted to the transom
The cockpit is integral with the deck moulding and has two large lockers, one to port and one aft. Two single drained gas bottle lockers are fitted either side of the cockpit. There are two cave lockers in the coamings. Two large diameter cockpit drains exit through the stern. The cockpit floor has a teak duckboard and the cockpit seats are teak laid.
The interior Teak joinery is finished in stain finish varnish
"V" berth arrangement providing two good length single berths with infill to form double. The infill stows between berths to provide a seat when not in use. There is a dressing table with mirror in the cabin together with a hanging locker and access forward to the chain locker. The floor is teak and holly striped ply. A large opening hatch above with access to foredeck.
A marine toilet with hinged down lid over is fitted. The floor has a teak grating over the shower tray. The work surface incorporates a hand basin with hot and cold water with shower mixer tap, fresh water footpump and stowage under. Open lockers are provided outboard. Additional overhead hatch.
There is a single settee berth to port, a wardrobe forward with hanging space and shelves. Bookshelf and two lockers outboard. Cabinet with two shelves and drawers below. To starboard is a dinette convertible to a double berth with bookshelf and two lockers outboard. Twin leafed table for bottle storage on centreline around teak mast support post. Large opening overhead hatch. Teak and holly stripped ply on cabin floor.
There are twin stainless steel sinks with foot pump and a hot and cold mixer tap, a gambled gas cooker, grill and oven with fail safe on all burners. A gas shut off valve is fitted adjacent to the cooker. There is ample stowage for crockery, cutlery, cooking utensils and food. Eyes are provided for a galley strap and a galley crash bar is fitted. A large drained ice box is situated under the forward end of the quarter berth.
There is a large chart table to starboard with stowage for charts under and plenty of space for instruments outboard. Bookshelves and stowage for pencils and other equipment is provided. The quarter berth runs aft from the chart table with stowage under, the berth is long enough to allow the navigator to sit at the head of the berth using it as a seat, whilst someone is sleeping in the berth. A removable backrest is provided.
The companionway steps are removable to access the engine and incorporate a locker for stowage of winch handles etc. To port is a large drained oilskin locker with engine seawater inter strainer conveniently positioned at the bottom.
Yanmar 3GM30F 27HP marine diesel engine, fresh water cooled fitted with a stainless steel shaft in stern tube with water lubricated outboard bearing supported in an "A" bracket. A feathering propeller and rope cutter are fitted. A water trap and anti syphon loop is fitted in the wet exhaust system A single lever gear control and throttle control is mounted in the cockpit. The standard Yanmar engine instrumentation is mounted in the cockpit. Hot water is heated from the engine via a Calorifier tank. The engine alternator charges the yachts batteries.
A 180 litre stainless steel fuel tank is sited under the cockpit sole. The tank had a filler cap mounted in the cockpit from which the tank can be dipped to measure contents.
A 227 litre water tank is sited under the cabin sole aft of the ballast
Four heavy duty 12v batteries are provided, separately isolated so that one can be reserved for engine starting. All systems are separately wired and switch with circuit breakers mounted in the main switch panel. A complete set of interior lighting is fitted including bulkhead lights for reading and overhead deckhead lights. A red light is fitted for night sailing.
A combined bow port and starboard light and stern white light is fitted in additiona to the mast lights. A sacrificial anode on the hull is wired to the engine and sterntube.
Lightening master fitted to masthead connected to a grounding plate fitted to the hull for lightening protection.
Two 300mm x 75mm grounding plates ganged together to act as the main grounding plate
Copper strap from grounding plates to ATU position
Insulated backstay for SSB
Radar reflector fitted to mast
ST50 speed, depth and wind indicator in cockpit with multi repeater at chart table
Autohelm autopilot with Whitlock Mamba rotary drive and single station control (ST6000+ display) in cockpit
Simrad R068 VHF radio with DSC
Raytheon SL72 radar system
GPS Magellan 324
The side decks and coachroof are Treadmaster covers. Ventilation is provided by opening hatches in the forecabin, saloon and the heads, plus four dorade ventilators. The mainsail and staysail halyards, the kicking strap control and staysail sheets are led aft to the cockpit through Spinlock rope clutches. Teak grabrails are fitted on the coachroof. A substantial bow roller is fitted to the bow beck on which the anchor will stow.
In addition the following are fitted:
Stainless steel pulpit (Continental split style) and pushpit
10 stanchions and bases, with guardwire gates fitted port and starboard.
Sliding cover over companionway
GRP hatch cover with console for instruments
Teak weatherboards with retaining bolts
Henderson bilge pump in cockpit
2 x Lewmar size 30ST halyard winches
2 x Lewmar size 44ST genoa winches
3 x triple Spinlock halyard rope clutch
Lofrans Cayman 88 windlass with up/down deck switches and up/down control on steering pedestal
Anchor with 60 Metres stainless steel chain
Fortress anchor with 15 metres of chain and 50 Metres of rope
1 x compass
10 x aluminium framed windows, eight of which are opening
2 x staysail sheet blocks on track with slides
2 x genoa sheet tracks with blocks and end stops
Mainsail sheet track, traveller and end stops
2 x mooring cleats with fairleads on foredeck
2 x mooring cleats with fairleads at stern
2 x midship cleats with fairleads
Fuel tank filler
Water tank filler
Canvas sprayhood with stainless steel frame and grab bar
Harness lifeline jackstays Port and starboard
Outboard motor stowage fitted to pushpit
Plastimo 4 man liferaft in container
The Kemp mast has two sets of spreaders and if silver anodised. The following are fitted
Masthead tricolour light with all round white
Steaming light with combined deck floodlight
Spinnaker pole, telescopic
Spinnaker pole lift
Fore and aft lower shrouds
1 x triple spinlock rope clutch for genoa and spinnaker hayards
1 x Lewmar size 8 halyard winch
The boom has internal reefing lines and outhaul line with stoppers at the forward end. A Lewmar size 8 reefing winch is positioned on the aft face of the mast.
Furlex forestay roller reefing
Strong gas kicker fitted
Single line reefing
Third reef led to cockpit
3 part lazyjacks fitted
Fully battened mainsail with roller slides
Multi purpose light genoa with furling system
Eberspacher D3LC hot air heating system with 3 outlets
240V domestic ring main with 3 double outlet sockets, earth leak circuit breaker, and shore power connection cable with plug
Keel cooled evaporator plate fitted to ice box in galley
JVC Radio/cassette player with 4 speakers
Pressurised water system with hot water for engine calorifier
1kW Immersion heater fitted to calorifier tank
Holding tank system fitted under forward V berth. Heads pump to sea or to tank
12v 25A socket fitted in cockpit
Sterling 50amp battery charger
Sterling battery management panel (Reads volts and amps)
Sterling charge booster system fitted to 50amp alternator
Sterling inverter connect to domestic batteries with one output at chart table
2 Manual bilge pump
1 Electrical bilge pump
Freshwater foot pump with faucet at galley
Freshwater foot pump with faucet in heads