Well known to us here at Grabau International ISLAND PEARL II is now in only her second ownership. Having spent the first part of her life doing very little, but always professionally maintained, she was then sailed by her new owners to Australia where she has continued to do very little other than be pampered and upgraded. With a typically comprehensive blue water inventory and many recent updates, ISLAND PEARL II represents a fantastic opportunity to enjoy one of these iconic and unique cruising yachts in Australian or New Zealand waters.
Buying an Amel is akin to joining a clan of like-minded sailors, of which there are many hundreds around the world cruising happily. Amel owners are almost a cult. New owners are brought to the Amel facilities in France and given a week of introduction to their new boat and its systems. Then the new boat normally is sailed on its own bottom, either by the new owner or by Amel’s delivery crew, to her new home. ISLAND PEARL left the Amel factory on 23 January 2001 and sailed from La Rochelle (France West Coast) where the Amel factory is based across to the Canary Islands in the North Atlantic 250 miles off the West Coast of Africa – Morrocco. From 2001 for ten years until December 2011 she was carefully maintained at great expense by the Amel technician based in the Canary Islands. Her first owners would fly over from France occasionally to stay on the boat in the lovely Pasito Blanco Marina on the southern tip of Gran Canaria Island.
Since we are the second owners of this yacht, we missed out on the week-long factory orientation. Whilst this is our seventh sailing yacht, it was always our intention to one day purchase an Amel. For this reason we had already looked at many Amel's on both the east and west coasts of the USA and right across Europe plus done a lot of research on Amel’s unique features prior to us purchasing this particular boat. Despite this, it has still taken us two years of slowly working through manuals and systems and sailing across the Atlantic and in Australian waters, to become fully acquainted with all the great unique Amel features and we could not be happier with any other boat.
We sailed Island Pearl II over the Atlantic Ocean from Pasito Blanco in Gran Canaria to St Lucia in the Caribbean in January 2012. For this trip, and the onwards delivery through Panama and across the Pacific we hired a professional skipper and crew. This provided us with an excellent introduction to the boat, her amazing ocean sailing capabilities, and also invaluable blue ocean sailing training by a professional skipper with over 200,000 ocean miles experience in all types of vessels.
Since arriving back in Australia, we have invested a further circa Euro 90,000 fitting her out to our requirements. She now has imported davits, 540w solar panels, new watermaker, 2nd full new Raymarine auto-pilot (2012) with quick change over switch, new radios, 2 X Raymarine chart plotters new 2012, AIS send/receive Raymarine new, full new rigging (2016) imported from Amel's supplier ACMO in France, etc etc.
Our plan now is to sell ISLAND PEARL II and buy a near identical Amel back in Europe to enjoy sailing in the Med and surrounding waters.
ISLAND PEARL II is mechanically and operationally she is absolutely sound and ready to go around the world immediately with her new owners. She is also fully duty and GST paid in Australia.
- The boat is CE certified Category A (Ocean) by French Merchant Marine
Hull, Deck & Superstructure Construction:
- The Amel Super Maramu has a construction technique that is absolutely unique in the industry. The yield is an extremely strong and solid one piece hull and deck assembly; a true monocoque.
- The hull uses as solid laminate of biaxial fiberglass cloth and is moulded in one piece incorporating one piece/non-spliced lengths of biaxial cloth running from bulwark, down through the keel/centerline, and up to the opposite bulwark.
- The deck assembly is built in a similar fashion but with a core of Baltek vertical end grain balsa in strategic horizontal areas to enhance stiffness and is insulation from heat and noise.
- Furniture and structural bulkheads are installed whilst the hull remains in the mould.
- Deck assembly is joined to the hull whilst hull remains in the mould with six layers of biaxial cloth to marry the hull and deck with a homogeneous fiberglass matrix to ensure a strong and leak free hull and deck join.
- Two coats of antifouling paint with primer
- Two watertight bulkheads (forward cabin and aft cabin)
Keel & Rudder:
- Wide low aspect ratio encapsulated keel with flat bottom to allow grounding.
- The keel has long wings, which not only aid stiffness and weatherlyness, but also act as pitch stabilizers when going 5 knots or better.
- The propeller is mounted on the trailing edge of the keel to protect propeller and also reduce noise and vibration in owner’s cabin.
- The rudder is hung from a massive full-length skeg assembly that can support the entire laden weight of the vessel in case of a grounding.
- The rudder shaft has a conventional stuffing box.
- Keel and skeg are solid laminate for maximum strength
Engine & gearbox:
- Engine YANMAR 4JH turbo diesel 75 hp
- Hurther 2.7:1 mechanical reduction gearbox mated to Amel 1:1 U-drive system
- Double Racor fuel filter system
- Fresh water engine cooling
- Engine control panel in cockpit
- Engine compartment very spacious, soundproofed and water-tight
Maintenance & Performance:
- Engine hours: Approximately 1,500 hours as of March 2016
Propulsion & Steering:
- Pull-pull rack and pinion system employing sheathed stainless steel cables/rods.
- Emergency steering system
- Propeller three-blade adjustable Autoprop
- Spare propeller three-blade fixed
- Rope cutter on propeller shaft
- 24v Amel Telescopic Bow thruster with control from the cockpit
- 24v domestic with 12v for start services and 220v via generator, inverter or shorepower.
- 1x 12v 105Ah engine start battery
- 8x 6v 225Ah Trojan T-105 deep cycle service batteries joined in parallel and series to supply 450Ah @ 24v
- Link10 digital monitoring system for batteries
- Emergency link for battery banks
- Dolphin 24v/220v 50Amp charger for service batteries
- Dolphin 24v/220v 30Amp secondary charger for service batteries
- Generator Onan 7.5 Kw of power at 1500 rev / min
- Generator hours: approx. 850 as of March 2016
- 1x 12v alternators for start batteries
- 1x 24v 175Amp alternator for domestic banks.
- Inverter 24 V dc / 220 V ac power
- 540w solar panels with Tracer 40MP MPPT controller and MTY 50 remote monitor display
- Shore power cable with extension and various adapters
- 220 Volt power outlets in all cabins
- Circuit protection against electrolysis: all metal parts in contact with any type of fluid are connected to the anode (zinc) fixed to the rudder blade
PLUMBING & GAS SYSTEMS
- 24v pressure system with tank for hot and cold fresh water.
- 220 Volt (2013) immersion heater element plus heat exchanger from the engine
- Emergency manual fresh water pump under the sink
- Dessalator - 24v/230v Duo 100L/Hr Watermaker (2012)
- 3 circuits of bilge pumps : Main Bilge electric pomp in the engine compartment
- Second Bilge electric pomp in the engine compartment
- Manual bilge pump in the cockpit beside the helm
- Gas for cooking: 2 bottles with electronic solenoid
- Hot and cold fresh water shower on deck
- Anchor wash down controlled in the cockpit
- Total capacity of 800 litres in 1x 600 litre and 1x 200 litre tanks
- 1000 litres carried in the stub keel, to provide a double bottom and to weight of the water quite low in the boat
- Manual water tank gauge at companionway
- Holding tanks on both fore and aft heads.
NAVIGATION & COMMUNICATION EQUIPMENT
- Brooks and Gatehouse Hydra 2000 Package consisting of:
- B&G Analog Apparent Wind Director At the Helm
- B&G Analog Apparent Wind Speed At the Helm
- B&G Analog Knotmeter At the Helm
- B&G Analog Fathometer At the Helm
- B&G Digital FFD/Full Function Display
- B&G Sonic Speed Knotmeter Transducer
- 2x Raymarine i70 multi-display instruments (2012)
- Raymarine e7 Multifunction Chart Plotter Display (2012)
- Raymarine Autohelm 7001+ Autopilot At the Helm (2001)
- Raymarine Autohelm Linear Drive Motor to Quadrant (2001)
- Raymarine P-70-R 2nd Autopilot with SX30 helm drive motor to main steering rack (2012) with quick change over switch between the two auto-pilots (2012)
- Raymarine auto-pilot – full function & LCD readout remote/mobile unit (2012)
- Plastimo Steering Compass At the Helm
At Chart Table:
- 2x Raymarine i70 multi-display instruments (2012)
- Furuno 1832 Radar at the Navigation Station
- Furuno Navigator GP80 GPS unit at the Navigation Station
- Raymarine AIS650 Class B Transceiver (2012)
- Raymarine e7 Multifunction Chart Plotter Display (2012)
- 2 x GPS Receiver Hand held/portable
- Chronometer, Barometer, Hygrometer, Tide Clock at the Navigation Station
- Thrane and Thrane Sailor VHF
- SIMRAD XXX VHF with barometer and 2nd full function mobile station (2012)
- ICOM 710 S.S.B. at the Nav Station – AT130 Tuner In the aft lazarette, Long range WIP HF Arial on rear & PUM DC24v to DC12V converter for 12v HF Radio.
- Double very deep Sinks with dish drainer insert that mounts into either sink Stainless Steel Gas Stove Gas Oven beneath Stove Microwave/Convection/Grill Oven
- Dishwasher Front Access Stainless Steel Fridge/Freezer 24Volt Two Top Access Deep Freezers 24 Volt (under saloon seats
- Galley Ventilator Exhaust Fan/24 Volt
- Clothes Washer/Dryer
- 2 electric flush Jabsco toilets
- Showers with thermostats
- Hot and cold water in the toilets
- AM-FM-CD Stereo At the Navigation Station
- 2, Interior Stereo Speakers Forward facing on galley bulkhead
- 2, External Stereo Speakers Aft facing in dodger coaming.
- 23" LED SMART T.V. and DVD in the saloon & 12” LED TV/DVD for rear cabin
Summary of Accommodation:
- Vessel interior is divided into 3 watertight areas: Forward cabin, Salon, Aft cabin
- Up to 7 berths in 2 cabins plus saloon and passage-making berths in walkthrough to aft cabin
- The interior accommodation is finished in burl cut plantation grown African mahogany with a semi-gloss polyurethane varnish.
- The overheads are cream coloured vinyl.
- The sole in the saloon and galley are blue GRP with mahogany trim (and wonderfully large deep dry storage lockers beneath) with blue wool carpet in the staterooms and hallways.
- All the berths have lee-cloths and boards
- Settee, carpets and curtains are machine washable
- Opening hinged dunnages, antiskid, made of sandwich polyester / balsa
- The boat is delivered with full inventory including mattresses, curtains, carpets, saloon table extension, shower curtains etc.
Description of Accommodation from Forward:
- The guest stateroom is just aft and has a very large V-berth with 2 single berths. A filler panel and cushion are provided that can convert this V-berth into a large double berth to port with a single berth to starboard. There is a writing desk hung on the bulkhead that easily folds down or up as required.
- Just aft to starboard is a very generously sized hanging locker with the guest head opposite to port.
- In the forepeak and working aft there is a large chain locker that is isolated from the accommodation by a genuine full height watertight collision bulkhead with a watertight door allowing access into the chain locker.
- Just aft to starboard is a large hanging locker with the guest head opposite to port.
- The guest head has a vanity with extra deep wash basin, electric marine toilet with holding tank, and an integral shower with a spray curtain to provide a dedicated shower stall area.
- The head includes 6 large deep storage cubicles.
- The saloon is separated from the forward accommodation by a full height watertight collision bulkhead with a submarine type watertight door.
- The saloon contains a very spacious U-shaped dinette with table to port with a settee opposite to starboard.
- Outboard of the settee is a pull-out pilot/sea berth with a detachable privacy curtain.
- Outboard of the sea berth are very deep storage lockers.
- A virtually identical locker arrangement is opposite all the way outboard to port less the television
- The storage space in the saloon is virtually unlimited with enough room to store supplies for many months at sea and the ability to store heavy items low down and also to be able to easily retrieve all stored items quickly without having to unpack loads of stuff in order to get to things stored underneath.
- Both bench seats at the table have separate highly effective, low energy draw water cooled freezer/fridge units underneath.
- The U-shaped galley is located in the port side after quarter of the saloon.
- There is plenty of counter space for meal preparation and an abundance of storage both in and about the galley.
- The full sized navigation station is aft of the saloon to starboard with the U-shaped galley directly opposite to port.
- The navigation station faces outboard with a large chart table and a pylon seat.
- There is storage inside the chart table for navigation supplies as well as two drawers and two lockers just beneath.
- The navigation station is fitted with all the electronics one could need for safe ocean travelling including radar, GPS units, track computers, fully integrated AIS system which both sends and receives signals, two separate VHF radios, a long range HF radio capable of communicating thousands of miles over the air waves, and full chart table with drawers, chart storage areas and all the necessary items for the skipper and crew to function effectively both in port and at sea.
- In addition a number of handy lockers are within easy reach to store items such as binoculars, winch handles, pilot books and all things needed to run the vessel effectively.
- Just next to the navigation station is a large hanging locker, suitable for jackets and foul weather gear
- The passageway to the aft cabin contains a single berth with the battery containment compartment just beneath.
- The owners' stateroom includes a small settee and queen berth, as well as a nice sized vanity table with swing-out seat. A locker door above the vanity table is equipped with a mirror mounted on the interior side of the door. Mounted on the exterior side of the head door is a full-length mirror.
- The owner’s has a genuine full height watertight collision bulkhead at its entry with a submarine style watertight door.
- There is another genuine full-height watertight bulkhead at the extreme aft end of the owner’s stateroom, partitioning this cabin from the lazarette accessed from on deck.
Aft Cabin Ensuite Heads:
- The owners stateroom has an en suite head to port that contains a vanity with an extra deep wash basin, an electric Jabsco Marine toilet with holding tank, and an integral shower with a well designed spray curtain that effectively replicates a stall shower.
- Masthead ketch rig
- The aluminum alloy spars and booms are zinc chromated, primed and then painted in cream colored polyurethane.
- Both masts are deck stepped to massive compression assemblies that carry the compression loads into the hull.
- 1x 19 stainless steel wire standing rigging - 2016
- Amel Electric furling jib (can be disconnected for manual use)
- Amel main mast and boom with electric furler and outhaul for the main sail (can be used manually)
- Amel Mizzen mast and boom with manual furler and outhaul
- Adjustable sheet travellers for genoa, with cockpit controls, AMEL System.
- Mainsail traveller on coach roof with control from cockpit
- Amel double pole system
- 11 self-tailing Lewmar winches including 3 electric (primaries and mainsheet winches)
- Tri-radial furling mainsail
- Tri-radial furling mizzen sail
- Tri-radial furling genoa
- Ballooner (twin genoa)
- Very large central cockpit is well protected by hard dodger with opening window designed for blue water offshore passages
- Stainless Steel handrail around entire boat
- 7 lockers: 2 for sails, 3 others for compressor, dive cylinders and dinghy, with plenty of space for outboard, electric inflating pump and fenders etc
- Strong swim ladder / aluminium passarelle
- 13 cleats and 4 fairleads
- 4 hatches and 4 opening ports
- Removable, folding cockpit table
- Stainless gantry davits mounting solar panels
Anchoring & Mooring:
- Bow Roller
- Remote Control for Windlass-at Helm
- 100 meter Anchor Chain
- Rocna 40 main anchor
- 30kg Stainless CQR Anchor
- Lofrans 1200 Watt Windlass
- Digital Chain Counter in Cockpit
- Automatic Chain Wash Down
Covers, Cushions & Canvas:
- Awning for cockpit and aft deck
- Masthead Tri Color Light
- Deck-level Running Lights
- Masthead Anchor Light
- Zodiac MP6 - 6-manLiferaft (2001) and inspected & re-certificated Oct 2011 (service not warranted)
- EPIRB 406 GPS – SIMRAD (11/2011)
- Flares, Rockets and Smokes
- Automatic fire extinguisher in the engine compartment
- Manual fire extinguishers