Manufacturer: Prout Catamarans
VAT Paid? YES
Current Location: Greece
PRIVATE LIVE ABOARD – SECOND OWNER – NEVER BEEN CHARTERED
Length Overall 13.72m (45ft)
Length Waterline 12.72m (41ft 9in)
Beam 6.35m (20ft 10in)
Draft 1.35m (4ft 5in)
Displacement (‘Wet’) 13t Approx.
La Liberte was constructed by Prout, in close collaboration with the first owner in 1997, as a bespoke personalized version of their ‘Open Plan Layout’. The result was a stunning luxurious blue water live aboard capable of worldwide sailing crewed only by a man and wife team.
Contact Ed Underwood on 00 44 1621 78 41 99 or firstname.lastname@example.org
My wife and I, both divers of many years’ standing, took ownership in 2005, added diving gear and compressor and have lived aboard seven months each year since. We have travelled extensively the Eastern & Central Mediterranean, Aegean, Black Sea & Adriatic, visiting Turkey, all the Greek Islands, Albania, Montenegro, Croatia, Slovenia, Italy, Sicily, Malta and N.Africa.
Our plan was to now head down into the Red Sea but due to the ravages of osteoporosis and arthritis we have reluctantly had to admit that the time has come for us to hand over the stewardship of our wonderful boat to new owners.”
La Liberte is designed to provide maximum comfort for the owners with the whole of the port hull designated to them. The master cabin is aft with book shelving and storage lockers each side of the larger than king size double bed and there are further clothes cupboards, drawers and a hanging locker. The control for the boat’s Webasto heating is located beside the bed and a Garmin multifunction instrument, fully repeating all navigation displays and depth alarms for anchor watch, is set at the foot of the bed together with cabin heating controls and a two speed fan. Walking forward to the ‘dressing room’ there are four full height hanging lockers, more storage cupboards, freezer and a dedicated charging panel for small electrical items such as phones and iPads etc.
Forward to the owner’s multi mirrored ‘bathroom’ there is a wash hand basin, long compartmented vanity shelf, fully automatic electric toilet with sea/holding tank discharge switch, ‘tank full’ alarm, more shelving, heated towel rail and two speed fan. Further forward is the shower room (& wet hanging) with a fully thermostatically controlled Mira domestic shower.
On the starboard side at the stern is the main en-suite guest cabin with a larger than king size bed, bedside desk with storage under and behind, two full height hanging lockers and shelves, two speed fan and cabin heating control. Forward through a door the en-suite comprises wash hand basin with fully mirrored vanity cupboard above and cupboard below, fully automatic electric toilet with sea/holding tank switch and ‘tank full’ alarm.
Forward through the outer door leads into the galley area with a built in domestic size fridge with small freezing compartment and above, a new built in Panasonic fully programmable combination microwave with conventional oven and grill. Two work surfaces stretch the length of the galley with a triple stainless steel sink and swivelling mixer tap built into on the one side and a gimballed three ring stainless steel gas cooker with oven and grill on the other, with a two speed fan above. The gas supply is switched electronically via a gas alarm adjacent to the cooker and it has two sensors beneath the galley floor. Under the work surfaces on both sides are storage cupboards and drawers and above on the inboard side are clear fronted ‘glass’ and china cabinets with sliding doors. Below the floor are large storage lockers and the area, being at a lower level, is still open to the main saloon but only from above, meaning the cook remains in communication but the cooking process is out of general view – unlike most catamarans where the galley is a part of the main saloon.
Further forward is the second guest cabin with a large, by most yacht standards, double bed (or massive single), a full height double hanging locker, low level cupboards with shelving above, long door mirror, a small shelf desk with opening compartment, cabin heating control and two speed fan.
The huge bridge deck saloon provides a full panoramic view outside the boat, even when seated, and the curved upholstered seating allows for up to eight around an inlaid dining table. Storage lockers are located beneath the seating with a long locker, athwartships behind the seating, holding three shelves of spares and tools. Above the table on the wall is a two speed fan and a second one at the pilot station. The saloon is carpeted throughout.
On the port side is the pilot station with a large screen Acer Aspire laptop used for principle navigation, running C-Map charts for the whole of the Mediterranean, Black Sea and into the Red Sea. The VHF DSC radio is Standard Horizon with a mast head aerial and there is an emergency back up VHF which connects to the stern aerial and for long range, an Icom M710 SSB transceiver. Also at the pilot station is a Nasa Navtex, full Class B (transmit and receive) AIS (with its own dedicated GPS) and domestic stereo system (for both saloon and cockpit) with CD player and front audio input from computer or I-pod. The computer has ‘dongles’ for internet reception in Turkey, Greece, Croatia & Italy. Beside the pilot seat are controls for the generator, the inverter/charger, the electrical switch panel, fuel gauges, battery monitoring system and windlass breaker.
The chart table measures 1m x 1.85m and leaves plenty of room for the computer printer and the day to day collection of items which seem to accumulate. A top chart drawer holds charts and ship’s papers etc. three cupboards below store small electrical spares and ‘O’ rings, all the boat’s manuals, signal and country courtesy flags, stationery, most of the charts of the Mediterranean, pilot books and one is the drinks cupboard! The fourth is a set of drawers where keys, small items and computer related equipment are kept.
To the rear of the saloon, behind two cupboard doors, there is access to the rear of the helm instrumentation and storage for the flares box, emergency grab bag & bolt croppers. On the bulkhead as one leaves the saloon to go on deck is a bracket holding the EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon), the saloon heating controls and the ‘ship’s clock’. Six large opening hatches in the coachroof provide full daylight & ventilation and each is fitted with a sliding mosquito screen & blind and is lockable from inside with a breakaway external handle to foil forced entry. The windows also have flyscreens and all cabins are similarly equipped. There is full headroom throughout the boat for even the tallest person.
Forward on each bow is an upholstered ‘Gin & Tonic’ seat for the sunset watch and two trampolines (new 2014) equally comfortable for sunbathing or star & satellite spotting. The anchor locker holds the 110m of 10mm chain and the electric Lofrans windlass is located inside with, the chain length deployed marking code, written on the lid and the deck switch ‘up’ ‘down’ controls beside. The chain runs internally, with locker access, through a chain stopper along to the anchor bow roller. A samson post on deck by the anchor locker is used for attaching mooring ropes running over another bow roller on the main spar from a mooring buoy or a second anchor. Two more deck lockers contain, on the port side, mooring ropes, chain hook and strop, anchor mooring bridle, snagged anchor release device, two spare anchors (different designs), the sea water deck wash outlet with spare hose & three fenders. On the starboard side is the gas locker with two 13kg gas cylinders and a small standby all connected to a quick switch over system, a further spare anchor, all the diving weight belts, spare weights and six smaller fenders. Mounted on the coachroof itself is the six man Avon liferaft.
Aft, the cockpit is covered by a new(2015) bimini of Sunbrella material in green to match the seating, cushions, mainsail boom bag and cover (new 2016) and window covers (new 2015). The cockpit table has a folding leaf each side allowing four to sit with plenty of elbow room and with the addition of a cushion one end and a stool the other will allow six perfectly comfortably for meals. The bench seating provides plenty of room for guests and unoccupied crew at other times.
A 3m stainless steel and teak passerelle is stowed across the stern, for which there is a mounting socket on the bows and two more located one each side of the stern of the boat in the top step of each of the sets of transom steps.
Forward of this, port & starboard in the main deck, are two huge lazarette lockers where the mooring lines, heavy duty mooring springs, two 50m purpose rigged floating shore lines, four flat fenders, four large fenders, viewing scope, water hose reel, folding bicycles, several small marker buoys and the stainless barbecue are stowed! Two other hatches give access to each engine compartment and across the stern rail three more large spherical fenders are hung, together with a stern anchor holder with an aluminium Fortress anchor.
Lockers under the seats either side of the table contain all cleaning & polishing materials, the passerelle rig, drogue, flat hose extension, personal diving equipment and hot/cold deck shower which has 5m of hose so can be used on the back steps.
A large central locker in the cockpit floor holds oils, greases, acids and corrosive cleaners, spare outboard fuel, buckets & cans, a filter for fuel, vacuum pump and the diving air compressor. Another houses the domestic & engine batteries with their isolation switches. All lockers on the boat are lockable for when laid up or unoccupied.
The sailplan is a cutter rig, with Hood sails comprising a huge roller furling (Profurl) Genoa, which is the main power provider with the classic Prout, rear of the coachroof stepped mast, keeping the centre of effort well aft. The fully battened Main is slab reefed with lazyjacks and the Staysail is (Profurl) roller furling. There is also a Cruising Chute in matching green & white with snuffer and control lines. All sails have been professionally maintained annually during the winter haul-out. The standing rigging is a very sturdy custom design by Prout for the first owner, utilising Dyform stainless wire with twin backstays and additional mast stiffening. The 17.2m mast and the boom are Z Spars and the sail track is Bainbridge’s Sail-Man track system as fitted to the Global Challenge yachts.
All the winches are Lewmar. The staysail has two manual, coachroof mounted, ST16’s operable from the cockpit, while all the other major control lines are led from the base of the mast through a block of clam cleats to a single bulkhead mounted electric ST40. The Genoa sheet winches are manual ST54’s mounted in the cockpit and the Genoa furling line winch is another electric ST40 in the cockpit. The design of the sail handling is such that everything can be carried out from the safety of the cockpit with none of the crew having to venture out on deck.
The instrumentation is located at the helm, the lower array contains all alarms, port & starboard engine room fire (new 2015), port & starboard engine room bilge level warning (new 2016) & port & starboard exhaust temperature warning. The upper array contains each of the main engine operating panels, start, stop, tachometer & warning lights. Above these are the engine monitoring gauges for each engine, cooling water temperature, oil temperature and pressure, and in the center, an anchor chain counter & control.
The navigation instruments are all new 2015/16 with the exception of the radar. All are Garmin & each is multi display. In order to avoid having to constantly select the information displayed, they currently show, from left to right – Depth with stw (speed through water) + sea temperature – COG (course over ground) with sog (speed over the ground) + average sog – All wind information – Autopilot display & control. All these instruments are linked with Garmin’s NMEA 2000 system which has its own GPS and depth transducers and the wind information is wireless connected into this from the mast head.
To the right of the twin throttles is a Furuno 1715 radar above which is the newest Garmin EchoMap 95 chart plotter (9″ screen), which receives real time AIS information on the chart and is also a depth sounder and side scan sonar showing enhanced (CHIRP) fish finding & sea bed information. The installed microSD card contains charts for the whole of the Mediterranean and the Western European coast as far North as Holland and the unit has its own built in GPS. Thus the vessel has three separate GPS’s and two sounders, one mounted in each hull. Also at the helm is the magnetic compass, a handheld anchor windlass remote, the boat’s horn and a hand microphone control which allows full VHF use and automatic fog signal operation by the helmsman.
At the stern the twin davits mount the fully articulated 100W solar panels and carry the tender which is a 3.3m Avon RIB with a 15hp Yamaha four stroke outboard.
BELOW THE WATERLINE
La Liberte has been antifouled with Coppercoat since new and this was professionally re-applied in 2015. Coppercoat has a ten year life and the hulls have never needed more than a light pressure wash each year on lift out eliminating the cost and mess of conventional antifouling. An added bonus is that Coppercoat, being an epoxy based treatment, also protects the hull against osmosis.
The low aspect ratio keels have inboard facing winglets which are designed to improve windward performance and reduce pitching.
The rudders are fully skeg mounted and balanced and the steering drive is hydraulic.
The propulsion is sail drives by Yanmar, which is the most efficient system for a catamaran, with Autoprop propellers which are unique in that they are automatically self pitching according to the RPM & load experienced and consequently deliver all of the output power to the water at any RPM. (Visit www.autoprop.com). The legs and propellers have new anodes for 2016 and the legs are anti-fouled and the propellers greased ready for the coming season.
The ground tackle is a Spade anchor (Spade always comes top in write ups and tests) with 110m of 10mm galvanised chain marked up every ten meters to readily indicate the rode deployed.
Forward beneath the the port hull the dedicated transducer for the Garmin EM95 depth sounder and side scan sonar is moulded into the hull. Forward on the starboard side is a second transducer which provides depth information for the separate Garmin navigation network.
All electrical bonding and earthing is provided by sintered bronze Dynaplates, two for the boat electrics and a third large plate for the SSB radio, these are also bonded together.
MACHINERY EQUIPMENT & SYSTEMS.
The twin engines are freshwater cooled Yanmar 3JH2-TE turbo diesels each producing 47hp and fitted with high output 80A alternators. Each engine compartment has an automatic sensing solid state 900l/min (200g/min.) bilge pump and an automatic, FM200 gas, fire extinguisher which is more than capable of flooding the compartment. Two separate fuel tanks, each approximately 320 litres, supply the engines and a fuel crossover system allows pumping in either direction between the two.
Primary filters are Racor 500 turbines with sight bowls, final filters being mounted on the engines.
The engines have been meticulously maintained throughout their life with filters, engine and gearbox oils, always changed within a few hours of the makers stipulations and this has already been done for the 2016 season.
The fuel injectors are workshop maintained and the cooling water impellers and drive belts renewed biennially.
Each engine bay has a double insulated 90 litre calorifier heated by engine waste heat, a 2kw immersion heater or directly from the independent Webasto heating system. Hot water temperature is thermostatically adjusted before entering the boat’s hot water circuit.
The generator is a Fischer Panda PMS 6000 cocooned ‘silent’ 3000rpm unit, producing a nominal 6kw, both three and single phase. This not only provides 240v to the power sockets throughout the boat but enables battery charging, full microwave operation and 3phase for running the diving compressor. The compartment where it is housed is fitted with an automatic FM200 gas fire extinguisher.
Four sets of diving equipment are on board, four steel 12l cylinders, two at 207 bar and two at 232 bar.; four Northern Diver Guardian Flight BC’s; two Scubapro D 400 & two ND Jupiter octopus rigs, weightbelts and spare weights. There is also a small steel 3l, 232 bar cylinder which is ideal for a quick dip to check or free the anchor or untangle a bit of fishing line around a prop. The diving compressor is a 3 phase electrically powered 240 bar Bauer Oceanus, the model they specifically designed for use on yachts and it has an amazing output of 140l/min (5cfm). Dessicant, activated charcoal, felt pads and spare ‘O’ rings for refilling the filter cartridges together with plenty of cylinder ‘O’ rings are all part of the boat spares.
The electrical system is 12V with a domestic battery bank of approximately 900Ah, a separate starting battery for each engine and another, located under the navigation desk, dedicated to the windlass. Charging can be either from a shore power connection, the main engines or the generator. The batteries are all, sealed for life, marine grade and located in a dedicated locker in the cockpit. All four sets of batteries are individually monitored by the Stirling Power management panel, (new 2015) located by the navigation station, which displays full information on Amp hours & rate of charge/discharge.
A 2.5kW Sterling Power pure sine wave inverter/charger (new 2015) manages the 240V AC system. Supplied either from shore power, via the galvanic isolator, or the generator it will detect and switch accordingly or automatically supply inverted power from the batteries. The automatic inversion setting is an operator option set at the electrical control panel and battery charging is automatic. The shore power intake socket is at the stern and the 4mm 2 yellow Arctic cable shore lead is up to 50m long with assorted short adapters to fit just about any shore connection.
The one piece of equipment which makes the boat completely independent is the watermaker which is a British made Seafresh, three membrane, reverse osmosis unit, driven by the starboard engine. It produces 90 – 130 litres of drinking water per hour, depending upon the seawater temperature and this is stored in two water tanks, port and starboard, each holding approximately 350 litres. Their analog contents gauges are located in each of the bulkheads by the steps down from the saloon.
The tanks are located under the floors of the galley and ‘dressing room’, each has two screw on/off transparent watertight access hatches making the, start of season, clean and sterilization an easy chore. There are also filling points for each on deck, and at the stern a direct connection for a shore supply if required.
The pressurised water system supplies hot and cold water to both showers and the mixer taps in the galley, master and guest cabins, the taps have ‘Aquafilters’ attached to the cold side to ensure pure drinking water.
The 9kW Webasto, diesel fired wet central heating boiler, is located in the Port engine room entrance and supplies hot air blowers throughout the boat, the towel rail in the owner’s ‘bathroom’ and both hot water calorifiers. The main control is situated next to the owner’s bed but each cabin has its own temperature display and control.
There are a further three fully automatic solid state bilge pumps located beneath the master ‘bathroom’, the guest en-suite and the second guest cabin and dry powder fire extinguishers port and starboard with a fire blanket in the galley. Each cabin is equipped with two fully automatic, 190N, Crewsaver lifejackets all of which have jockstraps, hoods, lights and whistles. Atop the mast is a lightning dissipater.