The original Fantasi 44 Pilot House. A boat that started a legend and a build run of 21 boats between 1998 and 2012. DAWDLE has had just two British owners since new and has just benefitted from a comprehensive 2019/20 refit.
FURTHER BROKER’S COMMENTS:
Originally launched in 1998, DAWDLE is hull no.1 of the Gabriel Heyman designed Fantasi 44 Pilot House from Jaccobsson’s in Sweden.
Her aft cockpit design features a sleek pilot saloon profile that allows excellent all-round visibility from the lower chart table. An electronic throttle control and autopilot repeater control allows watches to be kept from below decks when passage-making. DAWDLE has been configured for effortless short-handed sailing and benefits from in-mast furling, tandem furling foresails with self-tacking jib, hydraulic push-button reefing from the cockpit and a powerful bowthruster for close-quarters manoeuvring.
Below decks, her comfortable and beautifully appointed teak-finished two cabin, two heads layout offers plentiful living space for a short-handed crew with a large upper saloon, lower dinette and fantastic lower galley. Servicing these areas are a plethora of ‘blue water’ essentials including newly-installed generator, washing machine and both fridge and freezer compressors.
The Fantasi 44 really is a very very special yacht and one which would simply not be financially viable to build today. Most are still in original ownership as there are few yachts out there that offer an improvement.
DAWDLE’s specification and refit highlights include:-
- Full hull restoration including epoxy system and Coppercoat
- Overhauled teak deck
- Upgraded electronics including Raymarine radar/plotters
- New electronic gear/throttle controls at upper and lower helms (with pilot control at lower helm)
- New batteries
- New generator
- New battery chargers
- New sails plus unused cruising chute
- Professionally inspected standing rigging
- Overhauled hydraulic furling for mainsail and genoa
- Self-tacking jib
- Electric primary winches
- New wind generator
- Refitted deck saloon windows and replaced deckhead hatch perspexes
- New upholstery
- Upgraded refrigeration and freezer
- Hydronic diesel fired cabin heating system
- New sprayhood and bimini with stainless steel frames
- Alloy-bottomed RIB with 15hp 2-stroke outboard engine
UK-flagged, UK VAT paid and located in the EU at the end of 2020, DAWDLE is available for sale with EU Union status (if sold in Europe), or UK VAT-paid status (if delivered back to the UK for sale closure). Please contact us for further details.
** NOTE - DAWDLE is available for delivery and handover 1st September 2021 in Sant Carles **
** NOTE - Preliminary photographs provided - more photographs to follow in early July **
I purchased Dawdle in June 2018 and sailed her from Peterhead to Chatham in Kent for a professional refit. It was clear that with a 20-year-old boat my objective was to upgrade and replace many of the mechanical systems onboard so that I could be certain of its operation on long voyages where spares may not be available. I also wanted to make sure that the hull steering gear and propellor were all in good sound condition and the rig was working well.
Following many hundreds of hours of work refitting the boat, in 2019 we sailed and cruised the southwest coast from Dover to Falmouth returning to Chatham marina in the autumn to overwinter. In 2020 we left Chatham in March intending to sail to the Mediterranean. The pandemic put pay to this, and the boat was sailed to the Hamble. In July 2020 after lifting and hull inspection and we departed Weymouth and sailed across Biscay stopping off at la Coruna Gibraltar and Ibiza during the course of voyages DAWDLE has handled sustained 55kts of wind, moderate to rough seas, and has always handled them admirably In all respects the boat sails very well.
DAWDLE remained in Ibiza for the summer from July until September. When I sailed north at the end of September, I was concerned that it looked like travel would become difficult, so DAWDLE was winterised at the excellent MDL marina in Sant Carles and I returned to the UK. The remaining ‘to do list’ is now pretty small and includes some sprucing up of the varnish around the companionway and replacement of some drawer catches that failed to appreciate 55kts of wind in Biscay. Included with the boat are a wealth of duplicated spares onboard for self-sufficiency and to ensure that DAWDLE’s new custodians have a ‘turn key’ boat to sail off on new adventures.
A true pilothouse yacht, the Fantasi 44 offers an unobstructed view from the upstairs seating. This is a lovely place to hide from the sun or enjoy a book while listening to the rain, or for the watch-keeper.
But first of all, Fantasi 44 is a proper sailboat. The freeboard is lower than usual. The keel has a longish fin with the lead positioned very low, in a pronounced bulb. Therefore, in spite of the yacht being of moderate displacement, she has turned out just as stiff and powerful as you would expect from a ‘blue water cruiser’.
The result is a modern yacht with a slender, easily-driven hull shape. This has paid off: Fantasi 44 slices softly through waves, without pitching. Her long waterline gives good speed potential.
(This talk about performance is not just words. The Pilothouse version of Fantasi 44 is in itself 1000 kgs heavier than the Classic and Dawdle, F 44 Pilothouse #1, in particular does carry some extra weight. She has a 600 kg Selden rig with a roller-furling mainsail. She was crewed by three people in their sixties on her first September trip across the North Sea. Still, they averaged 7,4 knots in 24 hours – close-hauled! This is probably a knot more than you would normally expect for a 14-ton, 44’ Pilothouse cruising yacht in such conditions! We attribute her performance to the efficient hull shape and weight distribution.)
Most Fantasi 44:s have twin-headstay rigs, the inner forestay carrying a near-masthead self-tacking jib. Together with the swept spreaders, this gives good fore-and-aft support of the rig, without need for runners.
The 44’s rig and decks are kept as clean and simple as possible. The mainsail and the control lines can be run concealed to the electric main winches on the cockpit coamings. The only lines on deck which we have not managed to get rid of are the genoa sheets!
The cockpit seating is unusually comfortable. The helmsman’s seat, aft deck and central part of transom fold out in one piece, opening the cockpit aft and forming a boarding platform.
Maybe downstairs is a misleading term. With this boat, it is more a matter of going ‘in’ or going ‘out’. Being inside does definitely not give the impression of being downstairs.
When designing the Fantasi 44, I had no problems trying to imagine what she would be like inside the pilothouse, at anchor or in port. I could also imagine myself in the navigator’s seat during a watch, motoring along the coast on a cold November day.
What I failed to realise was the beauty of this layout at sea, under sail. With her toughened, double-glazed windows, and through her stiff GRP sandwich construction, she has turned out whisper silent down below also under sail. So what you have is an airy, secure, warm, dry & silent place to stay – in a cruising yacht with an unusually easy motion!
This also turns out to be a perfect layout for the watch-keeper, allowing not just the off-watch but in fact everybody to move about freely in the boat, making coffee, reading, working or listening to music. All you need to do is remind yourself to look out every five minutes or so.
The downstairs port-side galley is laid out with ample work surfaces surrounding the cook. This also means that everything is at hand and there is good support for offshore use. Being open towards the upstairs seating and the pilothouse front windows above, there is a tremendous sense of space.
Opposite the galley is a choice of two armchairs or a sofa with a table which folds out of the backrest. There is room for a TV/VCR, books and a hi-fi system. This is a more private place to relax but still light and airy.
The aft stateroom spans the beam of the yacht, has more than 1.96m standing headroom, a bureau, lockers and shelves. It has an asymmetric cabintop. The main entrance from the cockpit is thus offset to starboard and pushed a little forward.
Fantasi Yachts are based in Uddevalla, Sweden, in the centre of an area famous for yacht construction, with the likes of Hallberg Rassy, Najad, Sweden Yachts, and Regina as close neighbours.
Founded in 1942, Fantasi Yachts have built over 350 boats in varying sizes from dinghies all the way up to 80ft one-off yachts. From the very beginning, the yard has also placed particular attention to ongoing boat maintenance, service and repairs, which has now become the core of the current business.
Beginning with the Fantasi 30, first launched in the 1960’s, and then followed by the legendary Fantasi 37, launched in 1974 and with over 80 built up until 1997, the ultimate incarnation of the Fantasi Yachts line was the Fantasi 44, launched in the mid 1990’s and with 21 boats delivered by the time the yard moved away from new yacht construction in 2007.
Fantasi Yachts has now passed into the second-generation family operation with the focus now on yacht service and repair as well as operation of a 250 berth marina in Kallviken. The same passion for genuine craftsmanship however remains firmly intact.
- Our understanding is that the yacht conforms with the essential safety requirements of Directive 94/25EC (Recreational Craft Directive) and is categorized A – “Ocean”
- The hull is of a sandwich construction, manufactured by hand laid up method using Isopthalic polyester with 20mm spacer of Divinycell core. Divinycell is resilient, high-density PVC foam with sealed cells that do not absorb water.
- The bilge area is reinforced with longitudinal and transverse stringers. These create a stable support for tanks. The keel stub is strengthened to accept the keel, engine bed and floor.
- Additional reinforcement is built longitudinally into the hull sides with addition stringers in the forepeak and saloon areas.
- The transom moulding opens and lowers to create a bathing platform which is teak covered with integrated bathing ladder.
- Integral GRP stemhead/bowsprit
- Awlgrip Oyster White spray finish with blue waterline stripe and cavita – resprayed by Jacobssons Batbyggeri (original builder)
- Topsides compound polished with UV protective polishes - 2019
- Hull blasted back to gelcoat and West system epoxy system applied – 2019
- Hull checked professionally for moisture/osmosis with sovereign meter - 2019
- Underwater sections treated with Coppercoat – March 2019
Deck & Superstructure Construction:
- The deck is a sandwich construction in handlaid GRP isophthalic resin with 15mm spacer of Divinycell.
- The hull and deck are joined with glass fibre armoured polyester.
- Extra reinforcement is added as support for genoa tracks and in other strategic places.
- Between rail stanchions and the hull, the deck is filled with polyester and microballoons.
- Raised deck saloon structure with double glazed windows – replaced 2019
- Deckhead hatches – Perspexes replaced 2019
- Coamings are topped with a sturdy teak caprail.
- The deck is covered with 12mm caulked teak – deck cleaned and restored 2019
- Forward is a large drained stowage compartment for chain, fenders and mooring lines.
- The cockpit is spacious and the companionway entrance is well protected, offset to starboard.
- The cockpit seats are teak laid with further teak on the cockpit sole.
- There are four lockers in the cockpit, located fore and aft of the helm pedestal. One aft locker houses the gas bottles (up to 6x 6kgs bottles).
- Teak grabrails are fitted to the upper and lower superstructures.
Keel & Rudder:
- The bulbous shoal-draft lead keel is bolted with 20mm acid resistant stainless steel bolts.
- The dividing line between the hull and the keel is stepped to resist fore and aft shearing movement.
- The balanced GRP rudder place is bolted to a substantial GRP skeg.
- The rudder blade attaches to an aluminium stock and is supported with roller bearings to a cast bronze mounting.
- Rudder removed for inspection and servicing of bearings - 2019
Engine & gearbox:
- Yanmar 4JH2-DTE 85hp diesel engine
- KM4A gearbox
- Aquadrive anti-vibration mountings and drive shaft.
- Cutlass bearing replaced – 2019
- Volvo Penta type “dry” seal.
- Teleflex electronic gear/throttle controls in cockpit and at lower helm-station– 2019
- Blower to engine room.
- Hydraulic pump /engine and solenoids replaced - 2019
- Engine hours: approx. 10,000+ as of Summer 2021
- Engine serviced – Summer 2021 (serviced every 150hrs in current ownership)
Propulsion & Steering:
- Max Prop 22” feathering propeller.
- Sidepower 24vDC bow-thruster blades replaced 2020
- Whitlock Cobra steering system with hide covered stainless steel wheel.
- Emergency tiller.
- 24vDC domestic systems with 220vAC via shore-power or generator.
- 1x 12vDC Varta i5 680 110Ah engine start battery - 2019
- 8x 12vDC Varta 110Ah 12vDC service batteries joined in parallel and series to supply 440Ah @ 24vDC – 2019.
- 2x further 12vDC Varta i5 680 110Ah services batteries – 2019
- Victron Bluetooth battery monitoring system - 2020
Charging / Inverter:
- Victron 12v 20a battery charger for 12vDC battery banks - 2019
- Victron 24V 50a Battery charger for 24vDC service battery banks - 2019
- Yanmar 12vDC engine mounted alternator - 2019
- 12vDC in series alternator for 24vDC service bank - 2019
- Fischer Panda 4000s 4kva 220vAC diesel generator - 2019
- Generator hours – approx. 110 as of Summer 2021
- Generator service – Summer 2021
- Rutland wind generator – 2019
- Dual charge controller - 2020
- 220vAC shore power with earth leakage strip, circuit breaker and shore power cable
- 12v & 24v electric sockets throughout
- 220v sockets throughout
PLUMBING & GAS SYSTEMS
- Flo-jet 24vDC self-priming pressurized water pump for supplying fresh water - 2019
- Additional hot water supply via engine calorifier and 230vAC immersion heater element in hot water tank heated by shorepower, generator and main engine as required.
- Immersion heater element replaced - 2019
- Hot & cold pressurized freshwater shower at transom - 2020
- Johnson Aqua Jet washdown pump - 2019
- Manual bilge pump (Cockpit operated).
- Automatic electric bilge pump with manual override - 2019
- Self-draining gas locker port in aft locker.
- Manual valves at tank and galley.
- Seacocks and skin-fittings replaced with bronze units - 2019
- Total fuel capacity approx. 700 litres in 3 tanks (larger 140 litre fuel capacity).
- Tank material – stainless steel
- 3 Separate filling points.
- Electronic fuel monitoring on all tanks.
- Jabsco 24vDC diesel transfer pump - 2019
- Total water capacity approx. 500 litres.
- Tank material – stainless steel
- Electronic monitoring gauge.
- Access ports for tank cleaning
- Fresh water passes through filtration system
- 2 x stainless steel holding tanks discharging to sea or via deck point; each of approx. 50 litre (11 gallon) capacity.
- Holding tanks located against hull sides in both heads compartments.
- Both heads discharge to holding tanks.
- All sinks discharge directly outboard.
- Showers discharge via 24vDC pumps.
NAVIGATION & COMMUNICATION EQUIPMENT
- Raymarine Hybridtouch colour LCD GPS chartplotter and radar repeater – 2018
- Raymarine closed-array radar scanner on transom-mounted antenna pole – 2018
- Raymarine ST6000+ autopilot control
- Autohelm ST60 instruments including speed, depth, wind, GPS and multi – at companionway
- Steering compass
At Chart Table:
- Raymarine Hybridtouch colour LCD GPS chartplotter and radar repeater – 2019
- Bracket for iPad mount and charger – 2019
- Raymarine ST6000+ autopilot control
- Autohelm autopilot joystick control
- Raymarine AIS650 – 2019
- Raymarine M81190 fluxgate compass – 2019
- Steering compass mounted to forward bulkhead
- Icom VHF with DSC at chart table – 2020
- Icom handheld VHF
- Dometic 3-burner gimballed gas stove with oven and grill
- 220vAC microwave oven - 2020
- Top opening 90 litre fridge with Frigoboat 24vDC compressor - 2019
- Top opening Freezer with Frigoboat 24vDC compressor – 2019
- Twin stainless steel sinks with hot & cold pressurised fresh water supply
- Additional manual salt water supply
- Nespresso coffee machine - 2019
- Jabsco manual marine heads
- Hot & cold pressurised water supplies with shower cubicles
- Zanussi compact washing machine in aft heads - 2019
Heating & Ventilation:
- Eberspacher Hydronic diesel-fired cabin heating throughout.
- DC ventilation fans
- LED deckhead lighting is located in all the important positions - 2019
- Night lighting in saloon with dimmer plus further night lighting at navigation station
- JVC LCD flat-screen TV on aft bulkhead in saloon area - 2019
- JVC CD stereo system with speakers in saloon and cockpit - 2019
- Google internet dongle connected to TV
Summary of Accommodation:
- Two double cabins plus two heads plus with further sea-berths in saloon
- Teak interior woodwork
- Corian counters in galley and heads
- All interior fittings, hinges, door furniture and lights chrome/stainless steel
- Roller blinds for deck saloon windows
- Soft interior upholstery replaced - 2019
- Cushions and mattresses replaced throughout with polyester beige swede wipe clean and fitted memory foam – 2019
Description of Accommodation from Forward:
- There is a large double bed with drawers and two spacious storage compartments underneath, above are six lockers.
- To starboard there is a seat, two large cupboards and a full-length wardrobe.
- To port there are two cupboards, one with shelves and one with a hanging rail, and also a small drawer.
- The port side features a toilet with a valve to the holding tank above and also a hand basin inset to a corian countertop with a single lever mixer tap.
- A permanently mounted shower head is located on the amidships wall.
- There are large upper and lower lockers and also toiletries locker in front of the holding tank.
- Corian base.
Lower Saloon / Parlour:
- To starboard opposite the galley you will find a sofa, which can be used as a berth, with bookshelves and lockers below and behind.
- A step down from the deckhouse takes you into the galley which has plenty of light giving a pleasant spacious feeling.
- The large worktop is made of Corian and there is a plentiful storage.
- The galley features a stainless steel double sink with and pressurized hot and cold fresh water.
- For cooking needs, the galley has a three-burner gimballed gas stove with oven and grill.
- There is a large amount of storage for groceries, cutlery, glasses etc.
- On the port side of the pilot house, raised one step is a comfortable “U” shaped sofa with panoramic views. Opposite this is a stool, which slides under the table when not in use.
- Main engine access underneath via hinged raised cabin sole with bench.
- Folding mahogany table.
- Concealed radiator.
- 2x draws under companionway steps for storage.
- Companionway steps are in scrubbed teak.
- The navigation area is placed on the starboard side of the deckhouse with panoramic views when sitting in the chair.
- Chart storage.
- Navigator’s chair (lifts and swivels).
- Hanging locker.
- Access to main electrical switch and battery bank.
- Double berth to starboard with further single berth to port. Hanging locker. Bookshelf above bunks
- Locker under starboard bunk.
- Access to lazarette with sail storage and steering gear.
- 2x Drawers.
- 2x Hatches, 2x portholes and escape step.
- Manual marine heads
- Hot & cold pressurised shower
- Washing machine
- Corian floor and countertop surround to the wash basin.
- Ventilation hatch and porthole.
- 240v, 24v and 12v sockets.
- Shower sump pump.
- 3x Lockers.
- Masthead rig with two sets of swept back spreaders and double lower shrouds
- Selden anodised aluminium mast and boom
- Keel stepped mast resting on a bottom construction
- Selden hydraulic in-mast furling mast system – hydraulic motor, piping and unions replaced 2019
- Manual winch handle override for in-mast furling system
- Stainless steel 19mm wire standing rigging – 2010 – professionally inspected 2019
- Mast height from waterline approximately : 18.80m / 61’8”.
- Stainless steel chain plates bolted to bulk heads which are lamented on both sides to the hull.
- Twin headstay rig with Selden hydraulic furler for outer stay and Selden Furlex manual furler for self-tacking inner stay
- Genoa furler hydraulic motor, piping and unions replaced 2019
- Selden rod kicker with gas damper – damper replaced – 2019
- Lewmar self-tacking jib track
- Topping lift
- Lewmar mainsheet system forward of companionway with adjustable track
- Genoa tracks with two sets of cars
- Equipment for cruising chute
- Aluminium rigging screw protectors
- Mechanical adjustable backstay
- Alloy rigging screw protectors
- Running rigging laundered, checked and replaced where necessary – 2019
- Clew outhaul runners replaced 2020
- 2x Lewmar 58EST electric self-tailing primary winches
- 1x Lewmar 44EST self-tailing manual winch at companionway
- 2x Lewmar 46ST self-tailing secondary winches
- 2x Andersen 40ST self-tailing halyard winches on mast
- Rolly Tasker 40.17m2 mainsail for in-mast furling. 10oz Cross cut Dacron - 2020
- Rolly Tasker 36.95m2 80% headsail. 10oz Cross cut Dacron with Luff Foam and 9 Oz Sunbrella suncover - 2020
- FES 57.74m2 125% headsail. Built to Offshore construction in 9oz Cross cut Dacron with Luff Foam and 9 Oz Sunbrella sun-cover – 2021
- Lund Sails cruising chute with sock – original but unused
- Stainless steel pulpit and pushpit
- Guardrails replaced 2019
- Port & starboard boarding gates
- Varnished cockpit table
- Outboard engine hoist attached to antenna pole
- Outboard engine bracket
- Hot & cold pressurised fresh water shower at bathing platform
- Lewmar opening deckhead hatches – perspexes replaced 2019
- 2x Windscreen wipers for forward deck saloon windows
Anchoring & Mooring:
- Reinforced stemhead with integrated bow roller
- Stainless steel bow plate - 2021
- Lewmar 24vDC electric anchor windlass
- 3x Bruce primary anchors
- 75m anchor chain plus 75 rope rode
- 5m anchor chain plus 20m of rope rode for other anchors
- CQR kedge anchor
- Stern mooring line reel
- Quick windlass control from helm
- 8x Mooring and spring cleats
- Fore and aft mooring lines
Covers, Cushions & Canvas:
- Sprayhood with stainless steel frame - 2020
- Bimini with stainless steel frame - 2020
- Helm pedestal cover
- Cushions for cockpit seats
Tender & Outboard:
- Zodiac 2.6m aluminium bottomed RIB – 2017
- Mercury 15hp 2-stroke outboard – serviced 2020
General note on safety equipment: Any safety equipment such as liferafts, Epirbs, fire extinguishers and flares etc. are usually personal to the current owner(s) and if being left on-board as part of the sale of a used vessel may require routine servicing, replacement, or changing to meet a new owners specific needs.
- Full navigation lights plus tricolour, strobe, steaming light and anchor light – changed to LED 2019
- MOB recovery sling – 2019
- Fire extinguishers – 2019
- Fire blanket
- Blipper-style radar reflector