You are looking at the lovely
Carina was to
be my floating (and blue-water sailing)
home and office in my semi-retirement, and in the almost 3 years I
have been her proud and happy owner I upgraded her already comprehensive inventory
with that future in mind. Unfortunately, life occasionally deals us nasty
blows, and due to circumstances completely outwith my control, very
sadly and with enormous regret she is on the market, lonely and looking for her new owner(s). With this year’s season now here and the weather warming up, now
would be the perfect time to acquire a great deal of boat for the money with
only a few minor items requiring the attention of her new owner which I was
sadly unable to attend to last year (itemized below). She would then be ready to sail off into her new life.
GENERAL: “Carina” is Italian for “darling”, and she is
very aptly named. She is a 40 foot (12.1 m), John A Bennet designed Colvic
Victor ketch-rigged motor sailer. The hull was delivered in 1993, and was lovingly
fitted out to a very high standard by the previous and first owner, myself
being the second owner. She first took to the water in 1997 making her a
comparative young example of her marque, and the excellent very low moisture
readings from the hull and topsides bear this out.
ACCOMMODATION: Carina will comfortably sleep 6 in
three cabins: two berths in the forecabin which can convert to a double, two
settee berths to port and starboard in the lower saloon, and a full-sized small
double bed in the aft cabin. There are two heads, one forward of the lower
saloon, and the aft heads just off the galley, both with running hot and cold water.
The fore heads is spacious with a manually pumped toilet, and the loo in the
aft heads is fitted with a 12 volt macerator pump. Both heads can be connected
to a holding tank, and both of the marine loos have decent-sized seats to
accommodate those whose posterior might be slightly larger, like mine.
from the forecabin, with standing headroom throughout, is the very comfortable lower
saloon, with steps up to the bright and airy wheelhouse saloon. A step down to
starboard leads to the well-equipped galley, and that in turn leads to the aft
cabin with the ‘small double’ bed lying athwart the boat. All bedding will form
part of the sale, with a double summer/winter duvet with covers, fitted and
flat sheets, pillows and pillow cases. All were new in 2017, and many of the
sheets are unused, all currently stored in waterproof vacuum-packed bags. There is a
selection of many different sized towels, many unused and all
companionway up from the aft end of the wheelhouse leads to the cockpit and
topsides. All cabins, saloons and the galley are well-kitted out with ample and
secure storage space, and have a warm ambience provided by varnished mahogany fittings
and mahogany marine plywood. Removable tables are found in both the lower
saloon and wheelhouse saloon, the latter providing an excellent floating
is also fitted with a very efficient and roomy 12 V fridge (fitted in 2016)
with a reasonably-sized freezer compartment. Under the seating to port is more
storage and a 12 V chest freezer capable of keeping frozen food well-frozen.
The butane gas bottles for the cooker are located behind this seating area, but
should probably be relocated somewhere topsides in line with current safety
considerations. A highly sensitive 12V gas sniffer is installed.
GALLEY: The galley is very well-kitted out.
All cutlery, a complete set of pots and pans, kitchen knives and crockery are
included in the sale. There is a full-size 4-ring cooker with oven and grill
(new in early 2017) and hardly used), all burners being fitted with battery-powered
ignition and flame failure devices. There
is also a 240 VAC microwave oven, toaster and kettle (the latter two were
renewed in 2016). Running hot and cold water feeds the double sinks. A
120-gallon (over 450 litre) water tank to port supplies cold water, which is
heated very efficiently by a heat exchanger when the engine is running via a 40
litre calorifier. The calorifier is also fitted with a 240 VAC immersion heater
for when connected to shore power.
TOPSIDES: Returning to the wheelhouse, a
companionway aft leads up to the cockpit, and to the topsides. The cockpit helm
is a Vetus stainless steel destroyer-type wheel (Vetus hydraulics for both
wheelhouse and cockpit helms) with a Whitlock steering compass, and engine
controls to starboard. NASA instruments give depth, log and wind information. 2
large and 2 medium-sized winches control the sheets for the Profurling genoa,
main and mizzen sails. To aft there is an extremely solid custom-made stainless
steel A frame gantry with a solar panel, and hefty davits. A gate leads to the stern
ladder down to a bathing platform. The roomy foredeck takes us for’ard to the
sturdy stainless steel pulpit with a genuine Bruce 40 kg anchor, raised and
lowered by a 12 V Lewmar windlass with deck-mounted foot-operated controls and
ample chain / warp for the vast majority of anchoring situations: extra warp
can be bent on if required. Six heavy-duty stainless mooring cleats are paired
with ample sturdy fairleads let into the teak toerail. Stainless steel
stanchions carry the safety rails with gates just for’ad of amidships to port and
starboard for the boarding ladder.
ELECTRICS: 240 VAC shore power is connected to ample
earthed 3-pin sockets in the galley, all cabins and saloons, which were rewired
to current requirements and protected by a professionally-fitted 240 VAC RCD
(residual current device) breaker-protected circuit (all renewed in early 2016).
Two of the sockets, one in the lower saloon and the other in the wheelhouse,
are fitted with USB charging sockets.
by a mixture of conventional and fluorescent 12 V lights, replaced in the
saloons and the galley with bright LED fixtures. There are some 240 VAC lamps
for when running off shore power. The 12 V circuit is powered by 2 100 Ah
batteries in parallel dedicated to cranking the engine (5 years old).The
domestic 12 V requirements are more than adequately handled by the main 270 Ah
and secondary 120 Ah batteries (2016), and a separate 70 Ah battery (2016)
services the bow thruster and the foredeck anchor winch. All the batteries are sealed
heavy-duty high quality marine batteries and are all managed and maintained by
the Victron system and charged by the engine alternator when under power. A master switch enables all amperage to be directed to cranking
the engine if required.
PROPULSION, ETC: Carina has a full suit of highly
serviceable sails (valeted in 2016) for when the wind is blowing, and a hefty
BMC Thornycroft 74 hp diesel engine to push her through the water at a
comfortable 6 knots cruising speed, and 7 knots maximum. Total engine hours are
just over 1000, but it has only completed about 100 hours following a complete
engine rebuild. A reconditioned starter motor was fitted in 2016, and another
fully reconditioned one sits as a spare. There is a stainless steel 100 gallon (378
litres) fuel tank to starboard, currently more or less topped off with anti-bug
buoyancy aids, lifebuoys, a danbuoy, and a 4-man liferaft. Two float-operated
12 V bilge pumps can be manually run if
required, and there are two hand-operated bilge pumps. There are two inflatable
dinghies: a larger one with a 20 hp outboard
which races along, and a smaller one with a 2 hp 4-stroke which is ideal for
nipping to the pub when moored up while cruising.
The (NOT SO) BAD BITS: As I mentioned in the introductory bit, there were some
little cosmetic niggles and upgrades I was planning to attend to last season
but have not been able to. The doors from the cockpit down into the wheelhouse require
some cosmetic attention and refurbishing. They are sound and lockable as they
are, but were damaged by some oaf breaking into the boat a few years ago and
were basically repaired. The coach-house roof needs the hardwood
decking taken up, refurbished and relaid, and the cockpit surfaces need to be
re-covered as the existing cladding has not taken kindly to sun and sea. The
two outboards for the two inflatable dinghies will probably need to be serviced as they
didn’t turn a screw over last season. The 4-man SeaGo liferaft is probably
due a service. The Furuno radar needs the cable between the microwave antenna
and the screen checked as there is a fault, probably at the antenna connector.
The microwave scanner unit was removed and professionally tested last year, and
was found to be in perfect working order with less that 50 hr total use. There
is an unmounted high-output wind generator, but stainless steel fixings will
need to be fabricated to attach the mounting post firmly to the aft gantry, and
a suitable controller is needed to couple the output into the Victron battery
management system. The solar panel on the gantry also needs to be wired into
the system with a suitable controller. Other than these mostly cosmetic points,
none of which in any way affects Carnia’s seaworthiness, she is ready, willing
and able to take to the briny.
CONCLUSIONS: Carina is a wonderful example of this
well-known and sought-after marque. The Colvic range is famed for sturdy
construction and sea-kindly lines, and the Victor is the pride of their line.
Carina will make an absolutely comfortable, sturdy and superb live-aboard (and
work-aboard), but with full blue-water capabilities. She is on the Small Ships Registry
(SSR 81184). Others of her sister ships have made Atlantic crossings and routinely
cruise the Med and other waters in safety and comfort, including, of course,
the challenging Scottish West Coast. With minimum effort, Carina is ready and
willing to sail away wherever the happy new owner wants, immediately, when the
time and tides are right!
absolutely recommended. You will fall in love with her, as I still am and is
her first owner. Please contact in the first instance Preston Marina (Lancashire, UK) where she is currently afloat (tel:
+44-1772-733595, email email@example.com) to arrange viewing, as Carina is
listed under their brokerage. Please
note that the Marina is offering 3 months’ free berthing with a successful
sale. You can also email the present (very sad) owner on firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any
LEGAL BITS: You are buying my beloved Carina, and
no tyre-kickers will be entertained. A 10% deposit will be required, with the
balance to be paid before all paperwork is completed Please note I am not
desperate to sell. No silly offers will be entertained either and will be
treated with the contempt they deserve. On the other hand, reasonable offers
will most certainly be considered. Carina need a good home.
above particulars are accurate to the best of my knowledge, the successful (and
very lucky) buyer is recommended to charter a full survey from a qualified and
registered marine surveyor.
Current Price: £41000.00
This Furher Reduction: Colvic Victor 40 Foot Ketch boat is located in Preston, PR2 2YP and is being sold on eBay by docglen599.