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1987 Amel Maramu 46 Ketch

£ 127,848*
Interested in this boat? Tel: 604-484-7027
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Year:
1987
Length:
14m
Engine/Fuel Type:
Single / diesel
Located In:
Blaine, WA
Hull Material:
Fibreglass/GRP
YW#:
1820-3823516
Current Price:
US$ 179,000 (£ 127,848) 

Longuedoc is a true blue water cruiser ready to cross oceans single handed or with the family. She is constructed to a very high standard, safe and strong, and has been updated and provides very comfortable cruising with her center cockpit design and 2 cabin, 2 head layout. She has been maintained to a high standard thanks to a very attentive owner.

With an extensive maintenance list and many upgrades this vessel is turnkey and ready for her next  adventures.  

Features Include:

  • Cummins 60hp diesel engine (2012) fully serviced (2020)
  • 5 KW Northern Lights Generator
  • Raymarine Axiom GPS/Monitor (2020)
  • 21 Gallon water tank with macerator for aft head (2019)
  • Highfield Al RIB with Mercury 3.5hp (2016)
  • Raymarine Auto Pilot, ICOM VHF, ICOM Pro Radio, Force 10 Stove (2008-2010)
  • Full out of water inspection and service incl. anti fouling, zincs, epoxy and paint to keel joint

All service records, maintenance spreadsheet, and 2019 Survey available upon request.  Current slip at Semiahmoo Marina (near Blaine, WA) available for sublease by owner at $390/month plus electricity.

Owner History:

Mary and I bought Languedoc in May, 2013.  The previous owner (2nd owner I think) was named Colin, an English immigrant to the U.S. and a marine mechanic living in Massachusetts.  He was interested in naval history and Languedoc was the name of the first French ship to fight with the American patriots in the war for Independence from England.  We liked the history behind the name so we did not change it.

If I remember correctly, Colin bought Languedoc in the late 1990's and sailed her with his family in the New England area and took her south to the Leeward and Windward Islands twice.  He also, with his son and two buddies, crossed the Atlantic to Great Britain and spent some time cruising the British Isles before returning to New England.

In 2012 Colin began a complete refit the details of which are reflected on the Specifications Sheet.  It was a thorough refit, in preparation for a South Pacific cruise.  Upon completion he sailed again to the BVI and left Languedoc in Tortola.  He planned to leave there for the Canal and then go west.

Unfortunately, planning for the South Pacific cruise went sideways.  His best friend and crewmate fell ill and nearly died from pancreatitis while on another Atlantic crossing and was told his blue water days were over.  His newly married son announced the pending arrival of a baby, which turned out to be Colin's first Grandson.  So Colin's son was off the crew list also. 

Colin decided he did not want to miss out on the early years of his grandchild nor did he want to try and find suitable replacements for the loss of two experienced crew.  So he decided to sell the boat and we bought her in Tortola.  (Three months later Colin told me that selling Languedoc was the biggest mistake of his life.)

She was in hurricane land-storage at Nanny Cay until Nov. 2013.  Beginning in early November we left on Languedoc for a 6 week cruise of the Virgin Islands.  We ended in Fajardo, Puerto Rico and left Languedoc on the hard in Puerto del Rey Marina in Fajardo. 

We returned in April, to supervise some work on the hull.  We had the iron keel stripped to bare metal, then applied 5 coats of alternating Rust Block and Epoxy.  We also did some interior work, and began our annual application of Awlgrip polish to the painted topsides.  We toured Puerto Rico by car and before coming home we prepared Languedoc for hurricane storage, with 8 heavy straps from the boat to steel rebar set into concrete in the ground.  With that, we were able to get insurance for the season.

In the fall of 2014 we returned to Fajardo and put Languedoc back in the water.  We did a bit of exploring along the east coast of P.R. and then went to Sun Bay Marina in Fajardo.  It was probably the friendliest marina in the Caribbean.  Plus, it was headquarters for the CBP and their small fleet of patrol boats.  This meant that there was a Federal officer on duty every night, patrolling the marina with an automatic rifle.  There was no crime problem at Sun Bay Marina, a nice feature in the Caribbean.

We went home for Christmas then returned in late January.  We spent about 3 weeks getting ready for our cruise to Grenada and left in February with a friend on board to help with the passage to St. Martin.  That is a spot of open ocean that can be nasty at times if the wind blows uninterrupted from the east.

However, we ended up spending 3 weeks touring the Virgin Islands again due to continued heavy east winds and rough seas.  Our friend had to return home and Mary and I hung out for several days at Virgin Gorda waiting for the right weather.  One afternoon, we logged onto our weather service via the SSB and were advised to leave the next morning at 3:30am for passage to St. Martin.  The next morning it was obvious how popular that weather service is when we, along with 5 other boats, all left together at the designated time.  We were all in a line, following each other's nav lights.

Our plan was to sail to Grenada and back in 3 months.  But we quickly found that was not our style.  We hung out in St. Martin, had some friends fly down to join us for a couple weeks and ended up dropping them off in Guadaloupe.  The plan had been to drop them in Antiqua but high winds and 15' seas made beating our way east very un-inviting.  After Guadeloupe we proceeded south, slowly.  We would travel one day between anchorages, and then spend 3-5 days enjoying the local scenery.  Our most favorite places were Les Saintes, Dominica, and Nevis but there were delightful stops all along the way. 

When we arrived in Grenada we slowly made our way to the bays on the south of the Island and hung out for a couple more weeks before haul out for another summer of hurricane storage. 

We returned in February of 2016 and slowly made our way back north retracing our steps from the previous year.  We were able to stop at Jolly Harbor on Antiqua and spent a week there touring the historic sites on the Island.  On the way north we were more accustomed to the local transportation systems and we even occasionally rented a car for more extended touring.  We spent about 3 months on the return trip ending again at Puerto del Rey Marina in Fajardo.  We spent a couple weeks in the islands east of Puerto Rico (called the Spanish Virgin Islands) and had a wonderful time on the Island of Culebra.  There we found the best snorkeling we had anywhere in the Caribbean.

In November of 2016 Curt and 3 others made the passage from Fajardo, Puerto Rico, to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.  We had great winds behind us the whole way and made the passage of 1,200 miles in 7 days,  Our original goal was Fort Pierce but there was a lack of wind on the north side of the Bahamas and lots of wind in the Old Bahamas Channel so we ended in Fort Lauderdale.

The crew disembarked in Fr. Lauderdale but Curt proceeded north with a hired Captain hired to help.  We were sailing north in the Gulf Stream in moderate seas when the 1" stainless steel clevis pin that attached the forestay to the chain plate disintegrated and released the headstay and the genoa over the port rail.  After 2 hours of struggling, we were finally able muscle the rig back onto the deck, drop the genoa and secure the rig.  Its a testament to the rigging on the Amel that at no time were we in any danger of losing the mast.  We made an overnight stop at a marina in Riviera Beach and the next day we had the rig inspected by a local rigger and we then proceeded north to Stuart, Florida, where I could get the repairs done at a reasonable price.  We ended up removing the motor and transmission for the electric furling genoa, removing the Amel headstay and replacing everything with a new headstay, a new genoa, a new Harken Furler, and a removable inner forestay for our hank-on storm jib.

I went back to Stuart in February and started getting Languedoc ready for a cruise up the ICW, then up to New England, and then North and West to the Great Lakes.  Mary and our dog (Tristan Jones) drove across the Country in our Volkswagon Jetta and joined me in late February.  We sold the car and left Stuart in March, heading north.

The ICW was interesting.  With Languedoc fully loaded, she draws about 7'.  That means, very careful navigation is required in the ICW.  We enjoyed staying in small towns and marinas along the way but it soon became apparent that when we reached Georgia, the ICW would not be an option due to lack of dredging and hurricane damage.

We stopped in Brunswick, GA at a place affectionately known as the "Velcro Marina".  The marina is the most westerly marina on the east coast and a famous hurricane hole.  But best of all, there are community happy hours every day, and pot luck dinners 2-3 times a week.  The cruisers lounge has free books, 3 big screen TV's, and free beer and wine, every day, all day.  A cruisers paradise! Thus, it is known as the "Velcro Marina" because when you stop there, you don't leave.

We bought a car in Brunswick, did a lot of touring north and south, and stayed for about 5 weeks.  In the end we decided we were done with East coast cruising and had Languedoc de-commissioned and trucked to Anacortes.  She arrived in July, 2017.

She spent the next 9 months on the hard at North Harbor Diesel.  We had a variety of work done all of which is reflected on the New Equipment and Accessories spreadsheet. 

We launched again in 2018 and spent the summer cruising the San Juans and Gulf Islands by ourselves and with Yacht Club friends.  In 2019 we went north to Desolation Sound, the Broughtons, and the Discovery Islands with 3 other boats.  That trip was cut two weeks short when Tristan Jones (our famous sailing dog) fell and injured his back.  (At 15 years old, he is still part of the crew.)

Obviously, Languedoc has been a great boat for us.  The Caribbean was the adventure of a  lifetime.  The Maramu is a wonderful cruising yacht, offshore and in coastal waters and perfect for the Pacific Northwest.  But she wants to go offshore again and our blue water days are past.  Mary has arthritis in both hands and cannot grip the lines and sheets.  Tristan Jones can no longer jump on and off the boat and can no longer take long walks in the forest and on the beach.  But Languedoc is ready and able to go again, to distant harbors across the Ocean. 

So it is time to turn Languedoc over to other sailors who can fulfill the dream of taking her to the South Pacific.  From Port Angeles, WA., to San Diego, CA, then down the Baja Peninsula to Cabo, then around the Sea of Cortes, and then west to the Marquises.  From there, Tahiti and all the Islands, perhaps Australia and New Zealand, perhaps Thailand, perhaps east back to Hawaii, or continue west around the World.

 When we bought Languedoc in Tortola, the seller asked me why we decided on an Amel.  I said, "We want a boat that can go anywhere, anytime, safely and comfortably". 

Colin smiled and nodded.  I think there were tears in his eyes.




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