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Broker’s Comments

When the designers of ‘NIMROD’ were approached by her original owner, he required a high sailing performance cruising yacht – with the best possible sailing speeds under a wide range of conditions – with a focus on light air performance. The hull lines were also designed for easy motion at sea by integrating a fine entry bow to prevent unnecessary motion. The NIMROD transom is powerful and wide without being excessive which keeps the boat well balanced under all sailing conditions. The hull lines are modern without going to extremes so the yacht has a traditional ‘yacht’ feel to her. Her deck layout was designed for easy handling for a small cruising crew and the main winches are all mounted within reach of the helmsman.

NIMROD has a hull, deck and super-structure constructed from modern performance composite materials. Her Divinycell foam core has been skinned with E glass Kevlar and carbon fibres for maximum impact resistance and stiffness. She also boasts the extra feature of watertight bulkheads which have been positioned at both the bow and her stern for extra safety and strength, which in turn make her well suited to charter duties.

In her second ownership, she underwent a serious nautical makeover at HYS in the UK. All her systems were either replaced or rebuilt as you can see from the list below. She is now in very full cruising trim and is ready for world cruising. She offers space, volume and rewarding sailing. She has been zero houred and will offer her new owners total reliability and much enjoyment.

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Owner’s Comments

Our search for a comfortable blue water cruising yacht ended when we saw NIMROD lying ashore in the UK, looking frankly rather sorry for herself, but nonetheless with the family interior layout that we wanted and full of potential. We wanted powerful sailing which was fun, with 3 good cabins and quarters for crew. We had no intention of chartering and we appreciated the space and comfort below stars, coupled with the easy deck layout and excellent cockpit area. She is also a very handsome yacht.

A survey revealed that the structure of the yacht was excellent but that her systems were old and tired and down below she needed a lot.

A major refit followed at HYS in the UK, where both these lacks were thoroughly addressed at a cost of around £1m. Our new NIMROD completed, we sailed her to her new home port in Monaco. Since that initial passage we have sailed around 30,000 nautical miles aboard her both in the Mediterranean and also back to the Irish coast twice. She has been a superb family cruising yacht, a wonderful platform from which to entertain friends and perfect as a committee yacht for various international regattas in which we have been involved including the Dragon Gold Cup.

We have always had a full time crew onboard and we have continued to maintain her to the highest standards. She is maintained to MCA Category 2, not to charter, but because we believe that this is a seaman like standard, and we like to sail far. You will see from the attached particulars that the renewals and improvements have continued throughout our ownership of the yacht.

NIMROD is a much loved part of the family and we will be very sorry to see her pass into new hands. However, we have sadly concluded that we lack the endurance that NIMROD has in abundance for long passages at sea, so she will be replaced by a motor yacht for less ambitious local cruising.

Included in the sale are a full set of charts for the Caribbean cruise that we planned and which we will now have to leave for her new owner to undertake.

Yacht Details

  1. Builder: Marten Yachts, NZ
  2. Model: Judel/Vrolijk Marten 80
  3. Name: NIMROD
  4. Hull Designer: Judel/Vrolijk
  5. Year Built: 2001 , Refit(s): 2012
  6. LOA: 81’1” / 24.50m
  7. LWL: 68’8” / 20.80m
  8. Beam: 20’5” / 6.25m
  9. Min / Max Draft: 12’8” / 3.90m
  10. Displacement: 45,000kg / 99,208lb
  11. Cruising Speed: 9 knots
  12. Max Speed: 11 knots
  13. Fuel Capacity: 2500 litres
  14. Water Capacity: 2500 litres
  15. Accommodation: 8 berths in 4 cabin(s) / 4 head/WC(s)
  16. Engine: 1 Lugger 06108 (250hp) Diesel (1450 hours)
  17. Location: Hamble, Hampshire, United Kingdom
  18. Price: £850,000, VAT paid

Contact Details

sue-grant-18, Berthon Brokerage

Sue Grant
Berthon Yacht Sales
Tel: 01590 679222

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