Perfect for living aboard year round or for holiday cruising, Hackspett is a well laid out spacious boat whether you want to relax with your friends on the rear deck after a days cruising or tucked up in the saloon in front of the fire.
Complete with solar panels and a 9.6 kVa generator Hackspett can be completely independant of shore power so that you don't feel tied to mooring in marinas when out cruising giving you the freedom to moor in that idyllic spot you just spotted.
Hackspett was substantially altered and upgraded by the previous Dutch owners in 1996 using high quality materials like Teak, Iroko and Bankiraii. The masts were removed, wheel house added, new generator and engine driven 360 degree bow thruster installed and the solar panels added. We bought the boat in 2006 and have gradually updated and improved the equipment, had the boat certified with a TRIWV and installed AIS to comply with recent legislation.
When you step aboard you will notice that the decks are wide and well protected with handrails, all the working areas fore and aft are spacious making it a very safe craft to navigate and walk around.There are handy steps up onto the roof giving easy access up onto the sun deck. Even the gang plank has a rope hand rail if you have less agile guests. However you will find that the shallow draft almost always allows you to moor close to the bank or quay.
The canvas wheelhouse is very practical adaptable space. It provides an airy space sheltered from the heat of the sun, the sides can all be rolled up and the centre of the windscreen folded down to let a through draught keep you cool and when it's not so clement it becomes a cosy space. When cruising it becomes the control center with a good view foreward for easy steering and handy access to the mid-ship bollards right outside the side doors. There is access down to the saloon and to the engine room. Out the rear is a large deck space where you can relax, entertain guests and barbecue.
Make your way down the stairs into the main body of Hackspett. The stairs are generously proportioned with handy storage beneath for things like the vacuum cleaner and a coat hanging space is conveniently located here. The open plan saloon, dining area and galley is vast at over 8 meters with lots of room for two leather settees, a circular dining table with room for 8 and the galley. The saloon has a very traditional feel with glazed display cabinets, a fire place with mantle piece and lots of shelves and cupboards. A teak skylight provides light and ventilation.
The floors are particularly attractive being laid in Bankiraii, which is an Indonesian hardwood , the dining table and worktops have all been fashioned out of the wood as well.
The stairs and the island forming the galley partition are iroko [similar to teak] Teak has been used extensively externally for the windscreen, handrail cappings and entrance doors where it's superior weather resistance is an advantage.
The galley is well designed with everything to hand for preparing a simple meal or for a dinner party for your friends.
There is a slot in gas cooker that has safety cut off for all the burners a separate grill and main oven. A mains 'A' rated fridge keeps your provisions cool. Beneath your feet there are lift up panels to provide ideal storage conditions for your wine and beer as well as access to the bilges.
The well laid out shower room has all the usual fittings.
The Vetus electric macerator toilet is a recent installation.
A feature of this boat is the easy winterisation and recommisioning of the boats systems. You may be aware of boats where it takes them many days to put the boat away for the winter, and then it takes several more days when they return in the spring. It takes me an hour to drain down and 1/2 an hour to have all the systems up and running again. It gives the opportunity to pop over the channel for a long weekend and have the luxury of everything working. All of the engines have closed circuit cooling systems that are protected with anti-freeze so they don't need draining down at all.
The main bedroom like the saloon is spaciously proportioned at over 3 meters long with space to walk around the bed and a desk that we use as a dressing table. There are 2 full height wardrobes and 4 double width cupboards, lots of room for all your clothes and bedding. There is a teak skylight to provide light and ventilation especially in hot weather. The king size bed has a really comfortable pocket sprung memory foam mattress.
The back cabin would originally have been the living space for the crew when it was in trade.
It is accessed down a corridor from the main saloon. Now it is a spacious, light and airy cabin with flexible accommodation. There is a queen size bed along with a double berth that is ideal for children. The cabin has it's own ensuite facilities with lots of cupboards. It also has it's own entrance through from the back deck and a ventilation hatch
There are two engine or machine spaces on the boat. The main engine room is accessed either down an access hatch and ladder from the wheelhouse, convenient for quick access when under way. Or from a corridor from inside. It contains the Perkins main engine, electrical equipment; like the inverters, automatic chengeover panel, mains consumer unit [fuse board] , 24V DC fuses and batteries for house and engine starting. There are two diesel tanks and one of the water tanks along with the main water pump. There is a handy work bench and tool storage along with racks for a host of spares belts hoses etc. There is great access all around the engine for maintenance.
The other engine room is foreward in the bow and contains the generator and engine driven bow thruster. The previous owner installed a very useful 360 degree vectoring bow thruster usually only seen on commercial vessels. It facilitates manoevering the boat in any direction. You can easily reverse at almost the same speed as going ahead and move the boat sideways [ I have found this useful in a large lock when forced to change sides ]. Also unlike an electric thruster it can be run indefinately and will not run out of battery power. It was installed new in 1996 by the manufacturers Ballehooy, the engine always starts instantly. The generator was installed at the same time and has very low hours running [ less than 1000 hours]. All engines are water cooled using box coolers. These are flush with the hull so there are no problems with grounding and of course you won't have problems with weed unlike raw water cooled systems.
There are two tenders with the boat, an inflateble Zodiac and an atractive Dubdam Boten 3.5M sailing dinghy. It comes complete with a set of sails with an aluminium mast, oars, and a silent electric outboard.
It is great fun to explore those little inlets and rivers where you can't take the barge and a very easy stable boat for beginners to learn how to sail.
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