Ambassador is a superb motorsailing ketch which has
been mainly used as a liveaboard; that said, she handles well under a full sail
or just running with the genoa.
She is quite unique; she was built in Holland by
Hitters-Proost and there is a photo of her just after she was built sporting a
spinnaker on their website.
She spent some time as a second home in Palma, then
travelled the French canals to St Kathrine’s haven (London) where she became a
pied-a-terre for two different owners. The masts are on tabernacles and will
step to clear the canal bridges so she could easily go back to the Med via the
I am Ambassadors fourth owner which is not bad for
a 40-year-old girl.
She has been well looked after and I have all the receipts,
instructions and documents dating back to when she was new, I even have a copy
of the architects plans.
I bought her as a liveaboard but also to sail, I
searched specifically for a spacious liveaboard which could be solo-sailed, and
Ambassador was the only one I found.
I had planned to sail Norway, Denmark and the
Baltic but my life path has changed which is why Ambassador is now up for sale.
She has a powerful 6-cylinder Mercedes engine which
produces 165hp and is very economical. She is keel cooled and the exhausts are
dry so there is no saltwater heat exchanger or seacocks or pumps to worry about
and only minimal maintenance, no faff, just turn the key and go.
She has been fitted with a galvanic isolator and
this has significantly reduced maintenance too.
She has a powerful bow-thruster with a remote
control, so coming alongside and mooring single-handed is dead easy.
She has an auto-pilot which will hold a steady
course whilst I raise the sails but to be honest, she has a big hydraulic
rudder and once set, she holds her course whilst I hoist the mizzen and that
keeps the head to wind whilst I lift the main.
The genoa is furling and that can be controlled
from the aft deck where there is a second wheel, with Vetus hydraulics and a Morse
On the bow there is a 20kg Danforth anchor, a
Lofrans windlass and 60m of 10mm chain in the locker. on the aft deck there is
a spare 15kg kedge.
On the davits there is an 8ft fibreglass rowing
boat with oars and a 2hp mariner outboard.
On the aft deck there is a locker which four-man
lifeboat, day shapes and various warps.
There are plenty of fenders, plus a horseshoe life
ring and light.
In fact, there is everything you would need to sail
her away as I am not taking anything away with me.
Inside she sleeps 7
Two in the spacious double in the master cabin (aft).
One (pilot berth) on the settee in the saloon
Two in single bunks in the mid-cabin and two in the
V-berth in the forward cabin, an in-fill converts the V-berth into a double.
There are two heads, one forward and one aft, the
aft (in the master cabin has a shower with mixer tap). The water is heater with
mains electricity or from the engine.
There is plenty of storage in the aft cabin and
some hanging space both fore and aft too.
The deck-saloon is light and airy and like the
master cabin, it has colour-changing mood (party) lighting in the deck-head
panelling; in the saloon, the lights will dance to the music from the DAB and Spotify
A large, comfy corner sofa creates a very relaxing
The main navigation is in the deck-saloon with
Vetus hydraulic wheel and morse.
An Airtronic blown-air heating system circulates
air into all the cabins and heads so she is always warm.
The galley is equipped with a gimble mounted
Plastimo 2500 double ring cooker with grill and oven and above this is an
extractor with downlight. The gas bottles are on the aft deck and there is a
gas BBQ on the aft deck too
The fridge is 240-volt but will run off the
In the engine room are two 250 litre fresh water
tanks, plus one 150 litre waste tank taking waste from the aft heads, compliant
with French and Dutch waterways; the main fuel tank holds 900 litres and there
is an additional 70 litre diesel ‘day’ tank.
There is a boom tent which covers the aft deck, a
pull-out Bimini (sunshade) which fits to the mizzen boom too. there is a winter
cover that goes over the foredeck and sun covers for the saloon windows, there
is also a winter cover for the butterfly sunlight in the saloon roof.
Ambassador has seen very little use as she was a
second home in London for much of her life and as a result, she only has 2568
engine hours recorded.
In a car traveling at 40mph, 2568 hours equates to
approximately 102,700 miles which is nothing for a big 11 litre engine that was
built to power a coach – at an average of 8 knots, this is only 20,544nm
As a 40-year-old, she has seen some life but has
been well maintained and the last survey (dated 2016) showed the hull thickness
to be mainly 5mm which is the original thickness.
She was lifted out in May 2019 (last year) and was
repainted with Jotun and anti-fouled.
The photo of her in the hoist was taken just after
she had been lifted and pressure washed, I have to say I was very impressed
with her condition and more impressed that the surveyor’s marks were still
visible from 2015.
Inside, she has been progressively refurbished and
the head-linings and some of the panelling has been replaced and all the steel
above the waterline has been double insulated.
Ambassador is currently moored in Hartlepool marina
There is a lot of spec and a lot of extras, too
numerous to mention by text.
have loads more photos and loads more info:
feel free to message me email@example.com or
call / text 07838 622409 and ask.
Length, Draft, Beam:
Beam = 3.85m
Draft = 1.4m
Type and Size:
OM346 6-cylinder diesel.
165hp at 1800 rpm. 2568 hours run
Warner gearbox turning a 60mm diameter s/s shaft and a 28″ 3-bladed
type and Qty:
main tank 900 litre
Diesel day tank 60 litres with 12v fuel transfer pump
Max and cruising: 10 knots max, 8.5 knots cruising
/ Toilet (Sea): Two heads, one forward, one aft
size & qty of tanks:
litres of water in two 250 litres tanks
150 litre waste holding tank
RADR Shore Power ETC):
power with 240v sockets in all cabins
leisure batteries for lights, pumps and heater etc
S10 VHF radio
Horizon CP180i Chart plotter
L470 fishfinder / depth sounder
ST6002 autohelm (auto pilot)
thruster with remote control.
DAB radio with CD player, Bluetooth and Spotify
sail area = 57.6m²
Genoa – 4 years old – furling forestay
23.6m² Main sail – age unknown
11m² Mizzen sail – age unknown
steel, Age Unknown
Rigging : 4years old
type : Rudder on Vetus manual hydraulic
/ Kitchen (Hot water, grill, oven, fridge etc):
Sink with 12v pumped hot and cold water
Plastimo Neptune 2500 gimbled cooker with two hobs, grill and oven.
Air extractor / cooker hood
240 volt fridge and freezer.
/ Covers (Spray, Bimini, mainsail, lazy jacks, cockpit
dodgers around aft deck.
Sail bag on Mizzen
Mizzen fitted with lazy jacks
Sail bag incorporated in lazy jack system on main.
Lewmar type 44 self-tailing sheet winches
Fordeck sun / winter cover
Aft deck boom tent.
Sun covers for saloon windows.
Aft deck bimini
fibreglass tender with Yamaha outboard and boat cover
Faults Requirements: Fluxgate compass doesn’t work however there are three
other compasses on board including the Garmin and the autopilot
Vane broken off wind speed and direction indicator of mast head (feckin
Marine Survey: 4th July 2016
a live-aboard, Ambassador is looked after and loved and does not deteriorate
like many little-visited boats do.
Jobs that need doing are done because i have the time to do them.
was last lifted out in May 2019.
There was no significant deterioration of the anodes, so these were left but
the hull was painted to the rubbing strake and she was anti-fouled.
20kg Danforth anchor with 60m of 10mm chain (marked at 5m increments)
12v Lowfrens anchor windlass
15kg Bruce type kedge anchor
Lots of assorted warps and lines
Plastimo 4-man raft (2014)
Current Price: £41000.00
This Motorsailer Yacht boat is located in Hartlepool, TS24 *** and is being sold on eBay by jerrywindypits.