The Excalibur was the larger polyester sistership of the famous Pionier. Despite being designed primarily as a long-distance cruiser by ‘Ricus’ E.G. Van der Stadt in 1963, the Excalibur also enjoyed a successful racing career, winning the RORC Class II Championships in 1963, 1964 and 1965
Excaliburs are noted to be good in any condition, not specifically one or a few. They are light and positive on the helm, even in heavy following seas and strong wind conditions, squirting downwind to beating close hauled. Moulded by the Tyler Boat Co. Ltd in Tonbridge under Lloyd’s 100 A1 supervision, this GRP design proved to be immensely strong, and particularly harmonious in shape and interior lay out.
I bought 'Braveheart' in the winter of 2011/ 2012, and as I started working on her in the summer of 2012, I soon came to the conclusion that I best restore her and re-fit her completely to my own standards, influenced by some modern knowledge and technologies. And of course the work took a lot longer than expected.
Today I have come a long way. She now sails with all new deck gear, mast and rigging, Crusader Sails "Hydranet" Sails, new second hand Yanmar engine etc. etc., and I have planned to finish her interior by spring 2016.
So the state 'Braveheart' is in now is an unfinished state. The new interior is already pre-fabricated by an ships carpenter yet needs to still fully be put together. So therefore the price needs to be negositated depending on the wishes of the interested person, at the specific date the interest is there! As time goes by she is getting more finished of course....
Accomodation and Domestic Equipment:
- Accomodation sleeps up to 5 in 2 cabins.
- Fixed ‘Camel Back’ Companionway leads down to cabin space.
- Cabin has chart table and instruments to Starboard
- Storable large teak table is positioned between the two benches/ berths.
- Between main bulkhead and fore cabin there is a seperate ‘Wett cell’/ toilet compartment to Port with drainage to the most aft, seperate and deepest compartment of the keel where the bilge pumps can do their work.
- Coming aft portside is the galley with a gimballed Classic Design 2 burner Alcohol Cooker (Origo ForTwo).
- The New Galley is L-shaped with New Oval shaped Stainless Steel sink and Classic Brass hand operated drinking water pump ‘Fynspray’, and a sea water tap operated by the foot.
- New: Valor ‘Willow’ Cast Iron Heater/Stove incl. Stainless steel tradtionally H-shaped chimney. It can produce up to 4 Kw and has a cooking plate on top.
- A mix of marine grade plywood, Teak and Mahogany.
Rig Spars and Sails:
- Mast is a New (2014) deck stepped John Mast BP121 with very high x and y moment of inertia and double spreaders, length: 13.580 meters (original 13.100).
- New Sparcraft Boom with a length of 4995mm fitted with a new 16 to 1 Hye Offshore block vang reduction system, operated from the cockpit.
- New 6 to 1 Hye main sheet reduction system.
- Standing Rigging: New: Cap shrouds 8mm 1x19, D2’s are 6mm 1x19 and Baby Stay at 7mm 1x19. Includes detachable 8mm 1x19 Cutter Stay (Wichard Pelican Hook Rachet tentioner), 7 New 1/2inch classic design Aluminium-Bronze turnbuckles.
- Running Rigging: New Dyneema Classic running backstays, with 2 to 1 reduction.
- Halyards and working lines: All New - a mix of colored Dyneema core 8 mm halyards and 12 mm FSE-Robline Double Braided Classic for Outhaul, Cunningham, Kicker strap, Genoa sheets and Main sheet.
- Fastening material: All A4/ 316 Stainless Steel Quality and Monel Rivets.
- New! Crusader Sails: 2015 Performance Cruising Mainsail, Hydra Net sail cloth.
- New! Crusader Sails: 2015 Performance Cruising 105% Genoa 3 Hydra Net sail cloth.
- New United Baltic Sails: 2010 Storm Jib Heavy Duty Dacron sail cloth (never used).
- North Sails: Genoa 3 Dacron (old sail, age unknown).
- Boomcover and a New stainless steel wind indicator.
- Yanmar YM30 – 30HP Diesel As good as New (aprox. 400 hours).
- New Yanmar Gearbox (Due to engine previously fitted with a hydrolic drive on a small ferry).
- 55Amp engine battery.
- Maxprop Classic 13” twin blade feathering propeller.
- New inner and outer prop shaft bearings.
- All new exhaust system.
- New Vetus full Stainless Steel throttle lever and accesories.
- Rudder bearing and shaft cleaned and re-greased.
- New 60 Liter Vetus fuel tank positioned amid ships behind the engine under the cockpit floor.
- New: 2 North Star 110FT AGM Batteries (Total 220Amp), a total of 94kg positioned at lowest point within the keel.
- Battery charger 6 Amp/ hour.