At the time of construction, FRUITION ranked as the largest and fastest of Chuck Paine’s Bermuda series. She was designed and built for the present owner as a replacement for his previous 67ft aluminium ketch, which he had personally sailed in a circumnavigation. Ketch rig was still his choice and the new yacht had to be fast so weight-saving was an important consideration. Thus FRUITION has a long 73ft/22.45m waterline, which increases by about 4ft/1.22m as soon as she moves. The only teak laid area on deck is the cockpit. A huge weight saving is made by opting for a non-slip treated aluminium deck, which has the further benefit of keeping the accommodation - not to mention the crew’s feet - much cooler in the tropics. The owner is a hands-on sailor and so FRUITION has large diameter steering wheels driving chain and wire to the rudder quadrant, producing the “feel” that helmsmen appreciate.
FRUITION has excellent deck space with a truly vast aft deck where her big RIB is stowed on passage. For those overnight stops at anchor, the RIB can be hoisted out of the water by the spinnaker halyard to swing against the starboard topside against a couple of fenders.
The cockpit is a delight: good to look at and practical and comfortable in use. It is provided with a great dining table and fixed Bimini and a folding sprayhood forward.
FRUITION excels with an enormous raised saloon area with dining table, good windows and a chart table of considerable area.
The cabin accommodation throughout is extremely comfortable, affording good privacy for both the owner’s party and the crew, of whom 3 can be accommodated.
FRUITION has circumnavigated one Atlantic Crossing and spent the rest of her time cruising the Mediterranean.
Hull, with extruded topside rub-rails just below sheer height, frames, multiple stringers and bulkheads of welded 5083-H321 marine grade aluminium.
Boarding platform and steps inset into transom.
2 x watertight aluminium doors in transom access lazarette/steering gear etc. from boarding platform.
4 x substantial aluminium plates, edge welded at stemhead project forward forming channels to guide anchor chain/warp to end rollers.
Wear resisting plastic liners are fitted to the soles of the channels.
Topsides 6mm plate
Bottom 7mm plate
Keel sides 8mm plate
Keel bottom 12mm plate
3 x watertight bulkheads 5mm plate
(2 forward, 1 aft)
Tank tops 6mm plate
Deck and superstructure 6/5/4mm, as appropriate
Perforated anodised aluminium foot rails, incorporating 4 x each side enclosed roller fairleads for warps. Fabricated pedestal/instrument consoles for each of 2 steering positions are integrated with aft end of port and starboard cockpit seats.
Poured lead/antimony ballast of approximately 36000lbs / 16,364kg
Fabricated aluminium rudder mounted on 2/3 depth alloy hull skeg.
Laid teak deck to cockpit sole and seating, and to stern boarding platform and steps.
Interior joinery, including bulkheads, is mainly in American cherry, solid or veneered.
Cabin soles are foam cored with surfaces and undersides of plywood skins, the surfaces being teaklaid and maple to a total thickness of 38mm.
Headliners are cream over plywood panels, with cherry battens between.
18 x fixed hull windows, all located within topside style line.
Forward, side and aft pilothouse windows are of 10mm monolithic safety glass and all are fixed.
Edson system with twin 49″/ 1.25m stainless steel wheels with leather to rims.
Chain and wire to rudder stock quadrant, easily accessed in lazarette.
Lofrans Titan electric anchor windlass with port and starboard gypsies for. 1/2″ G40 ACCO chain, and vertical rope capstan controlled by foredeck foot switches and remote control from cockpit.
Opacmare hydraulic crane, model: 3047/22, aft port deck for lifting tender on board. Control unit in lazerette, port.
Opacmare hydraulic passerelle, model: 1003/23, stb aft., exiting from top step from boarding ladder. Control unit in lazerette, stb.
Perkins-Sabre turbo-charged 6 cylinder marine diesel engine model M265TI developing 265hp at 2500 rpm with dedicated alternator to charge main engine starting batteries.
Twin Disc MG5061A 2.47:1 reduction gearbox
Hundested 3-bladed, variable pitch propeller, 660mm diameter with stainless steel 75mm diameter shaft.
Single lever throttle and clutch controls located on starboard side of each cockpit steering pedestal.
Main engine mounted Ample 4110 series 24V 175A output alternator, to charge house batteries.
MaxProp bowthruster 20-34hp. Running off 2x 24V electric pump
Engine hours are 4,445 at 5/08/2015
Cruising speed under power: 9-10 knots.
Maximum speed : 12 knots according to load and conditions.
FUEL TANKS 600 imp.galls./ 720 US galls./ 2728 litres in 3 integral aluminium tanks.
24VDC / 220VAC at 50Hz.
240V 50Hz single phase custom fabricated switchboard.
24/12V Intervolt custom fabricated switchboard.
Numerous 220VAC 13 amp outlets.
Northern lights M984K30kW generator with 12VDC alternator to charge generator starting battery, in acoustic box.
8 x 12VDC 100AH gel battery in battery box, used for main engine, generator, and bow thruster electric motors.
2 x bank of 6 x 12V 200Ah, 1200 Ah at 24 VDC house battery charged by chargers or main engine alternator
Mastervolt battery monitoring system.
2 x Mastervolt Mass 24V 100A chargers for service batteries
1 x Mastervolt Mass 24V 25A charger for starter/thruster batteries
C-Power marine isolation transformer 12kVA.
Shore power cable.
2 x Victron phoenix 24/3000 inverter
2 x Atlantic Refrigeration compressors.
2 x Grunert refrigeration compressor units
Sea Recovery Aqua series water maker, SRC 1200 providing 50 US galls./ 42 imp.galls./ 189 litres per hour
Condaria reverse cycle air conditioning plant, PCWM/FCL 15002, with fancoils in all cabins, pilot house and lower salon
1 x Whale Gusher 2″ manual pump and 1 x Edson model 120 2” electric diaphragm pump connected to bilge manifold.
6 x Reinstrom M50E bilge pumps
400 imp.galls./ 480 US galls./ 1818 litres in 2 integral aluminium tanks.
195 imp galls, 240 US galls, 900 l in 4 stainless tanks
Deck Saloon / Pilothouse:
On facia above chart table at starboard side from forward to aft:
Icom IC-M710 MF/HF Transceiver
KVH gyrotrac Sat TV controller
Blue Sea System selector for auto pilot 1 or 2
Furuno NX 300Navtex receiver
Wema Norway tank level indicator
2 x RayMarine ST60 Multi-function display
KVH Tracphone (satellite phone)
Raytheon RAY53 DSC VHF
Raymarine C120W plotter
Furuno DFax FAX-207
Honeywell air con/heating thermostatic control
Bass products 12V/24V switch panel
On aft bulkhead shelf, port side:
On galley cupboard unit, facing saloon:
150mm face clock
Raytheon multi-function display
Raytheon multi-function display
Standard VHF RT
Owner/Guest accommodation - all cabins incl. crew cabin and engine room have telephone to access on-board stations/satellite phone etc.
Raymarine ST60 speed display unit, stb fwd bulkhead
Raymarine ST60 depth display unit, port fwd bulkhead
2 x Kenwood water resistant speakers, 1 either side of fwd bulkhead
2 x Ritchie 6″ magnetic spherical, binnacle mounted 1 atop each steering pedestal
On main lower part of Starboard Steering Pedestal console:
Engine control panel with:
Datcon tachometer, engine temp.and oil pressure gauges
Engine exhaust temperature gauge, Starter battery voltage guage
Hundested propeller pitch indicator
Starter and Service battery parallel switch
Propeller pitch control
2 x nav pods mounted on stainless steel tube struts to position directly ahead of helmsman:
Micro Commander single lever engine control
Bow thruster control
Raymarine ST7002 autopilot controller
Raymarine 360 wind, CH wind, rudder indicator, 1 x multi-function display
On main lower part of Port Steering Pedestal console:
Raymarine C140W plotter
ICOM IC M323 VHF
Navtex hydraulic console adjacent, on inboard side
Mounted as starboard upper console:
Micro Commander single lever engine control
Bow thruster control
Raymarine ST7002 autopilot controller
Raymarine 360 wind, CH wind, 2 x multi-function display
Description from forward:
Furthest forward is the CREW HEAD / SHOWER COMPARTMENT which has a shower base sits on stainless tray, and a shower curtain on an overhead rail separating the shower area.
Fittings include Gröhe shower head/hose and mixer tap to basin, vanity unit and mirror.
Medium sized overhead hatch with roller blind / insect screen.
This compartment is accessed from either the captain’s cabin or by a separate door from the crew dinette / single berth area.
The twin berth crew cabin is situated to starboard of a fore and aft partition which is set slightly to port of the centreline, to provide additional space within the cabin. The cabin is virtually identical to the twin guest cabins, as to layout, appointments etc. and these are described later. There are 4 large drawers beneath each berth and a medium / large sized hatch overhead, fitted with a roller blind / insect screen. Outboard is a hull window.
Between the crew quarters and the galley is a water tight door, through a watertight bulkhead.
To Port there are two berths, one with mattress, the other used as storage/recycling area.
There are 2 hull windows in way of the dinette. Wardrobe fitted to the forward bulkhead adjacent to it. A door inboard forward, accesses the crew head/shower compartment. A medium size hatch next to wardrobe has a light screen / insect roller screen. A medium/large hatch has a fold up stainless steel access ladder beneath, with lower end set onto a locker unit.
On the panel behind the ladder is a telephone, a Raytheon MFD and VHF RT. Also a fire extinguisher.
Aft of ladder/locker unit are stacked a Miele Novotronic 490 clothes dryer and a Miele Novotronic W844 clothes washer/spin dryer. Above is a large locker used for cooking pot storage. A doorway aft leads into the galley on the port side.
Outboard, double stainless steel sinks are fitted into a worktop positioned below 2 hull windows. There are various storage lockers outboard above the worktop, a built in microwave/convection oven adjacent and a custom refrigerator and linked cold storage compartment aft. A spice rack is fitted to the fore side of the refrigerator. Fire blanket on forward bulkhead.
The galley is separated from the lower dining saloon by a fore and aft dividing unit, which on its galley side is fitted with a range of appliances, including twin electric hobs with a cupboard below (as described under heading DOMESTIC EQUIPMENT). Also a row of suspended cupboards above the cooker unit. At the aft end of the galley is the access door to the engine room and a walk-way across to the dining saloon and the steps to the deck saloon
LOWER DINING SALOON
The lower dining saloon, to starboard opposite the galley, has banquette seating outboard in the form of an elongated letter C around a fixed table finished to the same style as the deck saloon table (described later). The table pedestal forms a wine locker. Two directors chairs may be placed at the inboard side so as to seat 6/7 persons to dine. A double hull window is located over the outboard seating. A framed photograph of the owner’s previous yacht is mounted on the forward bulkhead and will be retained by the owner. To the inboard side of the forward bulkhead is a display cabinet containing marine models. Next to that a Honeywell air con/heating thermostatic controls. Inboard is the starboard side of the dividing unit from the galley, which includes a locker chest with suspended lockers above. The lower lockers store beverages etc. One locker contains the oil tank for the hydraulic bow thruster The suspended lockers are arranged to store a 20” TV, and drinking glasses.
A custom built freezer is installed below the dining saloon sole. In the bilge are the 2 bow thruster electric motors
RAISED SALOON / PILOTHOUSE
With large windows fitted all round and 2 big overhead hatches, the saloon benefits from an abundance of light. At its fore end the saloon integrates with the lower saloon and galley, which combines with its generous width and excellent headroom in creating an impression of space. To port a semi-circular dinette is set on a plinth affording seated persons a clear view of the yacht’s surroundings. The seat cushions and scatter cushions tone with the curtain material.
The semi-circular dining table is beautifully made with a pale birds-eye maple top, separated by a 1/4″ black line from a rounded American cherry perimeter. The table is fitted with an ingenious system, by which its central section can be folded down and the outer sections pushed together to reduce the table’s size and improve access in daytime use. Just inboard is a rotary barograph. Fire extinguisher below chart table.
To starboard is a large chart table approximately 63″/1.6m fore and aft, and a 30″/1.76m athwartships.
Single seats at either end match the dinette upholstery.
The chart table pedestal forms a 4-drawer unit able to contain a large number of paper charts etc. The bottom drawer, deeper than the others, contains the yacht’s suspended filing system.
Above the chart table is a long green instrument facia. Equipment fitted to the facia, is listed in the INSTRUMENT section of these particulars.
From the raised saloon six steps with a double rail stainless steel banister alongside, lead down to the aft passageway. These steps can easily be removed, to reveal an aluminium panel in the aft engine room bulkhead, which accesses the Hundested propeller gearbox.
Below the forward section of the passageway sole is the access facility to the inboard propeller shaft bearing / gland mounted on rubber hose to ‘float’. This forward bilge section is covered by a clear plastic viewing panel secured to the floor structure in way.
Below the mid-section is a gravity fed shower sump with float switch to activate automatic pumping of contents to a grey water tank. Below the aft section are two Sealand vacuum generators which deliver waste from the guest cabin heads to the black water tanks / or to sea. Another in the lazarette serves the owner’s head.
A lockable linen cupboard is sited at the aft end of the passageway to starboard and 5 framed pictures decorate the area. The guest cabins are accessed from this passageway.
The PORT GUEST CABIN has twin berths with 2 large drawers beneath the aft end of inboard berth, 2 dummy drawer fronts beneath the forward end, with house batteries behind, and 2 large foot lockers beneath the outboard berth. Between the berths is a bedside table/drawer unit, with a high fiddle around a birds-eye maple table top, 2 reading lights and a Sony CD player with 2 bookshelves above. At a higher level are 2 large lockers. On the inboard bulkhead over the starboard berth are 2 shelves with fiddle rails. Outboard are 2 hull windows, and beneath, a long shelf with fiddle rail. A 5-drawer chest at the foot of the outboard berth has a fiddled birds-eye maple top. Next aft is a wardrobe which has a picture and a thermostat to its fore side. Also fitted are 2 air fans and fire extinguisher. In a deck head trunking is a small opening hatch with pull out light/insect screen
PORT GUEST HEAD/SHOWER COMPARTMENT
A door in the aft bulkhead leads into the en-suite head/shower compartment which has inboard a separate shower stall, completely lined with Surrell, and with the entrance opening edge trimmed with the same material. There is a removable varnished teak and maple sole panel sitting on a stainless shower tray. Shower curtain on rail. Surrell topped vanity unit with fitted hand basin and Gröhe mixer tap, beneath a large mirror. Outboard is a Vacuflush head with storage lockers over beneath a hull window. Sole in head area is of reconstituted marble tiles with other surfaces lined in white laminate.
The STARBOARD GUEST CABIN and HEAD/SHOWER compartment are a mirror image of the port side guest cabin and head/shower.
Furthest aft is the OWNER’S STATEROOM with centreline double berth is positioned head end to the aft bulkhead beneath a large framed picture, which is provided with a picture light. Four good drawers are built-in to the forward end of the berth and a bedside table / locker, with a deep fiddle around a bird’s eye maple table surface, is fitted to either side of the head of the berth. Each table has a drawer and a lower cupboard. A swing-out reading light is fitted above each table.
To port of the berth is a long chest with 2 good drawers and 2 cupboards. The chest’s table surface has a fiddled edge, and a bookcase is fitted at the aft end. Next forward is a kneehole desk, which also serves as a dressing table. This has 7 drawers in the desk pedestals / top and above, 2 double mirror-fronted cupboard doors open to reveal a Samsung Sync Master 170 TV within.
A swing-out stainless steel framed seat with Alcantara covered seat/backrest rotates neatly to stow under the table when not in use.
On the forward bulkhead, to port and adjacent to the desk, is a large double doored wardrobe with a Honeywell thermostat to its inboard face and a framed Barbuda picture above.
The mizzen mast passes down to its step adjacent to the door from the aft passageway, and is fitted with a Velcro-fastened Alcantara mast coat. An air fan is fitted to the deck head close to the mast.
To starboard is a comfortable settee. A shelf surface outboard and above the settee has a lift up trap in the shelf to access a useful locker. At the aft end of the shelf is a bookcase, and adjacent, a fire extinguisher.
Between the settee and the starboard side of the double berth is a 7 stepped accommodation staircase, with a substantial stainless steel handrail to either side. This gives direct access to the aft deck, via a large Lewmar hatch. A large section of the staircase can hinge forward to access a locker in which could be stowed travel bags, boots etc. Another Lewmar hatch is fitted over the double berth. Two slightly smaller hatches are fitted further forward.
All hatches have roller blinds / mosquito screens.
In the starboard forward corner of the stateroom is the partition wall of the head shower compartment with a framed picture to the left of the ventilated entrance door.
A pair of hull windows is fitted to either side of the stateroom.
OWNER’S HEAD / SHOWER COMPARTMENT
The head compartment is fitted out as those of the guest cabins, but a clear acrylic shower door is fitted in lieu of a curtain. The head compartment has one hull window.
SPARS & RIGGING
Main mast design dimensions:
I = 25.25
J = 8.04
P = 22.75
E = 7.00
Mizzen mast design dimensions:
PY = 19.25
EY = 5.96
GMT carbon fibre keel stepped main mast, internally insulated, with 3 slightly swept back spreaders and Antal HS60 Battcar track.
Harken spinnaker tracks on mainmast.
Conventional double line reefing.
GMT carbon fibre boom with racks to stow fully battened mainsail in lazy bag
GMT carbon fibre keel stepped mizzen mast, internally insulated, with 2 very swept back spreaders and Antal HS60 Battcar track.
Conventional double line reefing.
GMT carbon fibre mizzen boom with racks to store fully battened mizzen in lazy bag
2 x carbon fibre reaching poles, stowed on foreside of main mast.
Hydraulic backstay adjusters and main mast jack.
Navtec rod standing side rigging.
Navtec 1 x 19 stainless steel wire fore and aft standing rigging.
Navtec 3 function System VII console with 3 valves with controls at the aft end of the cockpit to operate rigid hydraulic vangs to main and mizzen booms
Back stay rams
Bamar electric headsail furlers for yankee and staysail.
Foredeck floodlight on main mast.
Spreader lights, x 2, on bottom spreader, each side, main and mizzen
2009 - A+ pulled the masts and most of the rods were replaced
SAILS By Doyle:
Mainsail with fully battened 2 reefs. 2006
Mizzen - with 1 fully battened, 1 reefs.
90% Yankee, roller furling, with white Dacron UV strip. 2006
57% Staysail, roller furling, with white Dacron UV strip. 2009
316m2 / 3401ft2 Main APC (asymmetric power spinnaker) - 1.5oz Nylon with Vectran roller furl.
235m2 / 2530ft2 Mizzen APC - 1.5oz Nylon with sleeve, sail bag and Vectran adjustable luff line.
Mainsail and mizzen lazy bags in beige sunbrella.
Zodiac 12-man offshore canister packed life raft with water ballast/survival pack and protective cover, on foredeck chocks.
Avon 4.05m Adventurer 400 7-person RIB hard bottom inflatable dinghy with 40hp Yamaha 4-stroke electric start outboard motor.
1 x Lifesling and 1 x Jonbuoy aft quarter guard.
McMurdo 406 EPIRB.
14 x Lifejackets.
Xintex Propane gas detector/alarm operates electric solenoid to close supply valve.
Two sensors in galley.
Gas locker drains overboard.
Hand-held dry chemical fire extinguisher in each cabin, engine room and lazerette
Hand held C02 extinguisher engine room
Fire blanket in galley.
Portable hand pump with fire hose
Anchors, warps etc.:
180lb / 81.7kg CQR galvanised steel anchor stowed in stemhead fitting, ready to deploy.
47lb / 21.4kg FX85 Fortress anchor.
21lb / 9.5kg FX37 Fortress anchor.
100m 14mm galvanised steel anchor chain.
196′ / 60m 8 plait braid anchor rode.
164′ / 50m 8 plait braid anchor rode.
Mooring warps and fenders.
Samsung VHS/DVD player in owner’s stateroom.
Alpine DVD/CD player in pilothouse saloon
Samsung SyncMaster 170 TV in owner’s stateroom.
LG 29” TV in pilot house
4 x Sony CD players (1 in each guest cabin, owner’s stateroom and crew cabin).
2 x Kenwood speakers in cockpit.
Sharp TV and Vieta DVD player lower salon
Varnished teak cockpit table with 2 x folding leaves. Lift-up trap in table top accesses a drinks fridge. Stainless steel tube foot bars to either side of table pedestal for the convenience of persons on adjacent side seats.
Blue/white striped cockpit cushions and blue backrests.
Hot and cold water mixer deck shower in deck housing above bathing steps.
Bauer Junior electric dive bottle compressor in lazarette.
4 x dive bottles.
2 x sets diving gear.
80′ / 24m hose and dive mask for hull cleaning, etc.
The dodger and bimini were new at the start of last season (May, 2015)
Water maker sea raw feed pump replaced nov 2015 Condaria air conditioning plant including cooling and circulation pumps, replaced Nov 2015
All electronics were replaced 5 years ago including upgrade to digital radar.
AIS transceiver installed 2015
New Navtex 2014
Cockpit VHF replaced 2015
Raymarine wind instruments replaced 2015
New black water tank fwd 2014
Lofrans Windlass replaced 2013
Water maker membranes replaced 2014
Topsides painted 2014
Everything maintained as per schedule
Sails 10 years old, dacron, need replacing.