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2000 Alubat OVNI 43

A$  249,414*
Whitehaven, Cumbria, United Kingdom
Interested in this boat? Tel: +44(0)1590 673715
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MCA CAT-2 Coded alloy cruiser

Engine/Fuel Type:
Single / diesel
Located In:
Whitehaven, Cumbria, United Kingdom
Hull Material:
Current Price:
£ 139,500 Tax Paid (A$  249,414) 

MCA CAT-2 coded blue water aluminium lift-keel yacht with huge ocean-going inventory and plenty of recent investment. A true ‘go anywhere’ cruiser.




The Ovni range of alloy built, lift keel cruisers have built an enviable reputation as durable, go anywhere blue water cruisers. Arguably the lifting keel allows them to explore waters out the reach of normal cruising yachts.


Bought to fulfil a long held blue water cruising ambition. LOTUS explored the waters of the Atlantic as far south as Trinidad and as far north as Nova Scotia during a two year expedition with the current owners. Sailing the large majority of the time with just two aboard. She has proved herself the ideal, short handed blue water cruiser.


Since the end of the 2018 season she has enjoyed a full cosmetic overhaul with a full re-paint of the sheerband, deck, superstructure, cockpit and transom. Full valeted below decks she is reluctantly offered for sale with a comprehensive inventory. She benefits from:

  • Fully battened, Hydranet mainsail by Owen Sails (2016)
  • Roller reefing, Pro-Vectran genoa by Owen Sails (2018)
  • Electric anchor windlass (2017)
  • Full overhaul of steering gear and rudder bearings (2016)


A great opportunity to by a well presented and equipped version of this rugged blue water cruiser ready to launch and sail away this spring. Wintering ashore she is available for viewing by prior appointment.




OVNI – “THE” lifting keel aluminium yacht.


OVNIs have been designed for experienced, demanding customers keeping in mind that they are built for intensive use. They are the ideal boats for blue water sailing. Often referred to as the “4 x 4” of the seas, OVNIs live up to this description, synonymous with:

  • Strength: Of the hull & layout
  • Off road: What boat can compete for sailing anywhere and in any weather?
  • Safety: With its lifting keel, the Ovni can find shelter anywhere
  • Comfort: In rough seas, keel up, the boat glides smoothly on the water, something appreciated by everyone on board in bad weather.


Just like the ‘4 x 4’s, OVNIs have changed a lot since their initial conception: the interior fittings are now at the level of the most luxurious standards, but our constant search for simple solutions enables us to steer clear from pointless sophistication.




In 1974 ALUBAT built ‘VODKA’, the prototype of the first OVNI ever: the OVNI 25. It was made of aluminium but with a fin keel. Then, the OVNI 31 soon enlarged the range, but as a weighted lifting keel boat. After that, the OVNI 28, launched in 1978, was the first aluminium lifting keel boat and although it had a bilge keel, it did set the tone for the next designs.


Later, in 1994, the yard started to build keel yachts. Today, this range includes 4 CIGALES (from 14 to 22 meters) and the 'ALUBAT 58'.


Bought out in 2014 by 14 shareholders represented by Michel Berson, president, and managed by Christian PICARD, the ALUBAT shipyard has built more than 1,500 units, all aluminium, most of which are still sailing all over the world.




RCD Status:

  • We understand this vessel complies with the RCD and is classed as Category A (Ocean).


Hull Construction:

  • Hard chined.
  • Welded alloy plate.
  • Alloy structural framing and stiffners welded to hull plating internally.
  • Bare alloy between waterline and sheerband.
  • Recessed, tinted polycarbonate portlights.
  • Sheerband and transom freshly painted with International Paints Perfection paint system in autumn 2018.
  • International Paints Trilux antifouling applied below the waterline.


Deck & Superstructure Construction:

  • Welded alloy plate construction.
  • Alloy toerail with freeing holes running the length of the deck outboard.
  • Tinted polycarbonate windows, bonded and screwed to secure.
  • Superstructure freshly painted with International Paints Perfection paint system in autumn 2018.
  • Decks finished with International Paints Interdeck non-slip cream, deck paint.


  • Lifting centreboard keel configuration.
  • Operated by a manual hydraulic system.



  • Single centrally mounted folding rudder.
  • Supported with partial skeg.
  • Lower section of rudder extended and retracted by manual hydraulic system.
  • Hydraulic rudder ram factory reconditioning during 2015/16 steering system overhaul.
  • Lower section folds down to extend rudder to a full depth of approximately 1.8m.
  • Rudder assembly stripped down and removed during winter 2015/16. Derlin rudder bearings replaced with new.




Engine & gearbox:

  • Volvo Penta MD22L.
  • 50hp @ 3000RPM
  • 4 cylinder, inline, naturally aspirated, indirectly cooled, marine diesel engine.
  • Volvo Penta MS25 mechanical gearbox.


Maintenance & Performance:

  • Serviced by the vendor at the manufacturer recommended intervals.
  • Full winterised when brought ashore in autumn 2018.
  • 6 knots cruising speed.


Propulsion & Steering:

  • Stainless steel prop shaft with PSS type seal.
  • Bronze, 3 blade, MaxProp, feathering propeller.
  • Lewmar/Whitlock rod drive steering system and pedestal.
  • Full steering system overhaul in 2016. Including new Delrin upper and lower rudder bearings and new upper pedestal steering rod bearing.
  • Tiller emergency steering system connecting directly to rudder stock.



  • NKE Hydraulic ram drive unit installed.
  • No control head or course computer currently fitted aboard.




Voltage systems:

  • 12VDC onboard power system.
  • 220VAC shore power system.


Shore Power:

  • Hardwired, RCD protected system.
  • Ring main, battery charger and immersion heater.


Battery Banks:

  • Engine Bank – 1x Varta, 12V, 88Ah, lead acid. (2015)
  • Domestic Bank 4x 12V, 95Ah, AGM. (2014)



  • Sterling Power Management 3.5Kw



  • Sterling Power Management ProCharge Ultra 240V charger.
  • Software controlled progressive smart charger.
  • 2 output, 30amp



  • Single engine mounted 12v alternator.
  • Sterling Power Management Smart Charger control unit fitted.


Wind Generator:

  • Airbreeze 12v generator.
  • Gantry mounted.


Solar Panels:

  • 2x 70w (approx.) monocrystalline panels mounted on guardwires.
  • 6 (approx. 100 watt total) polycrystalline panels mounted on gantry.
  • Dedicated charge controller.


Battery Monitor:

  • Sterling Power Management system with display at chart table.




Fresh Water:

  • Fully pressurised hot and cold water system.
  • Stainless steel calorifier heated via engine or 240vAC immersion heater.
  • Monotap type mixer faucets in galley, forward and aft heads.
  • Heads faucets extend for use as shower heads.


Salt Water:

  • Manually pumped salt water faucet at galley sink.


Grey Water:

  • Grey water draining directly overboard by gravity or pumps.


Bilge Pumps:

  • Plastimo manual bilge pump in cockpit.
  • 2x electric bilge pumps, mounted in sumps, port and starboard sides of keel box.


Bilge Alarm:

  • High water level alarm.
  • Alarm triggered by either one of two float switches, mounted port and starboard sides of keel box.





  • Combined 360ltr tank capacity.
  • Alloy welded tanks located under port and starboard aft cabin bunks.
  • Both tanks of 180ltr capacity.


Fresh Water:

  • Combined 460ltr tank capacity.
  • Alloy welded tanks located port and starboard sides of keel box.
  • Both tanks of 230ltr capacity.



  • Stainless steel calorifier
  • Heated via engine or 240vAC immersion heater.




Pedestal Mounted On Deck:

  • Raymarine C-series touchscreen plotter.
  • Raymarine Tri-data system with i-70 display.
  • Plastimo magnetic compass.


At Chart Table:

  • Furuno radar with 2kw, gantry mounted dome scanner.


Communications Equipment:

  • Standard Horizon V3500 DSCVHF.
  • NASA AIS Engine with dedicated display.





  • Stainless steel sink unit with one full and one half size sink.
  • Gimbal mounted Eno gas stove. Two burner and oven.
  • Top loading fridge with raw water cooled Isotherm compressor.
  • Fiddled worktop finished in white formica type laminate.



  • 1 x Jabsco manual marine toilet – forward heads.
  • 1 x RM69 manual Marine toilet – aft heads.
  • Both heads discharging directly overboard.



  • 7x Lewmar opening deck hatches.
  • 2x Lewmar opening portholes.


Gas System:

  • LPG system.
  • 2x Camping GAZ 907 bottles in self draining locker.
  • Gas system inspected by GasSafe engineer March 2018.



  • 12v LED lighting throughout accommodation space.



  • Kenwood KDC-4057U stereo head unit. Radio/CD/Aux input.
  • Saloon speakers
  • Cockpit speakers.





Summary of Accommodation:

  • 8 berths over 3 double cabins with 2 additional occasional berths in saloon.
  • Master cabin forward with en-suite heads.
  • Second heads aft.


Accommodation Finish:

  • Ash joinery work throughout accommodation space.
  • Traditional teak & holly stripped laminate soleboards, laminate finish on both faces.
  • Teak sole gratings in heads compartments.
  • White fabric cover headlining in linear panelling with varnished timber trims between.
  • Blue fabric upholstery


Description of Accommodation from Forward:


Forward Heads:

  • Master cabin en-suite.
  • White laminate finished compartment with varnished ash trims.
  • Teak sole grating, draining into sump with electric pump to discharge overboard.
  • Centrally mounted, aft facing manual marine toilet.
  • Counter top with inset wash hand basin and vanity unit outboard to starboard.
  • Storage lockers and small counter top outboard to port.



Forward Cabin:

  • Master cabin, accessed forward of main saloon.
  • Cabin occupies full beam of the boat forward of the main bulkhead.
  • Double berth outboard to port.
  • Overhead shelfing spanning berth aft with shelf running the length of the berth outboard.
  • Passageway to forward heads to starboard of the centreline.
  • Hanging locker, smaller lockers and small bench seat outboard to starboard.
  • Drawers beneath aft end up bunk.
  • Portlights in topsides and deck hatches providing light and ventilation.



  • Linear galley running aft from main bulkhead along starboard side, open to the saloon seating.
  • Stepped work top surface finished with ash fiddles.
  • Top loading below worktop fridge forward.
  • Gimbal mounted Eno gas galley stove with crash bar fitted centrally.
  • Stainless steel sink inset to worktop aft.
  • Selection of lockers below worktop and overhead outboard.


Main Saloon:

  • U-shaped saloon seating offset to port, open to aft end.
  • Fiddled, double drop leaf saloon table set between the seating.
  • Port & starboard seating converting to occasional single bunks.
  • Storage space provided beneath the seating with additional storage behind the seat backs outboard to port.
  • Light pouring into the space for a selection of portlights, coachroof windows and opening deck hatches.


Navigation Station:

  • Aft of the saloon seating area to port.
  • Aft facing chart table with the navigator sitting on the aft end of the saloon seating.
  • Fiddled chart table, chart storage provided within table.
  • Ships switch panel outboard to port.
  • Radar and VHF mounted overhead aft of table.
  • Storage drawers provided beneath.


Aft Heads:

  • White laminate finished compartment with varnished ash trims.
  • Teak sole grating, draining into sump with electric pump to discharge overboard.
  • Forward facing manual marine toilet.
  • Counter top with inset wash hand basin and vanity unit outboard to starboard forward.
  • Open wet gear hanging space aft of counter top.

Port AftCabin:

  • Double cabin with additional single berth elevated outboard.
  • Hanging locker outboard of bunk forward.
  • Storage lockers beneath outboard bunk.
  • Portlight outboard with opening porthole into cockpit.


Starboard Aft Cabin:

  • Double cabin.
  • Hanging locker outboard of bunk forward.
  • Storage lockers overhead at aft end of bunk with shelf forward.
  • Portlight outboard with opening porthole into cockpit.




  • Masthead cutter rigged sloop.
  • Removable inner forestay, stowing in way of granny bars when not in use.
  • Mast and spars manufactured by Selden in silver anodised alloy.
  • Profurl roller reefing system on forestay.
  • Isolators on backstay for use as SSB antenna.
  • Standing rigging of 1x19 stainless steel wire with roll swaged terminations and chromed bronze rigging screws.
  • Rigging replacements – Forestay & four lowers March 2018. Cap Shrouds 2013. Backstays & inner forestay 2012. Running backstays and inner forestay 2010.
  • Chafe protection sleeves fitted on cap and intermediate shrouds.
  • Selden rod kicker.
  • Facnor RCB mast car system for mainsail.
  • Single line reefing boom with halyards and reefing lines at the mast.



  • Primary Winches – 2x Harken 53, two speed, self-tailing.
  • Secondary Winches – 2x Harken 44, two speed, self-tailing.
  • Mainsheet Winch – 1x Harken 40, two speed, self-tailing.
  • Mast Halyard Winches – 2x Harken 32, two speed, self-tailing.



  • Mainsail - Fully battened, Hydranet mainsail by Owen Sails (2016)
  • Roller Reefing Genoa - Pro-Vegran genoa by Owen Sails (2018)
  • Staysail – Hank-on. White dacron. Reinforced head, tack and clew for use as storm jib. Very lightly used.
  • Cruising Chute – Tri-radial with snuffer. Quantum Sails (2008)
  • Spinnaker – With snuffer. Sail original with boat and well used.



  • Lewmar mainsheet track and car system mounted on coachroof forward of sprayhood. Mainsheet and mainsheet car control lines lead aft to cockpit.
  • Lewmar genoa tracks of side decks, twin cars fitted
  • Spinlock rope clutches on coachroof in way of mainsheet winch for mainsheet and car control lines.
  • Stainless steel granny bars in way of mast, port and starboard.

Anchoring & Mooring:

  • 25kg Delta bower anchor on 60m chain rode. Anchor and chain re-galvanised autumn 2018.
  • Fortress FX23 Kedge anchor on chain (10m)/multiplait warp (30m) rode.
  • Lofrans Cayman 88, 1000w, electric windlass with chain gypsy and warping drum (2017).
  • Selection of mooring warps.
  • Selection of fenders, including fender step.
  • Stemhead roller assembly with twin rollers.
  • Cleat and roller on transom for stern anchoring.


Canvas Work:

  • Mainsail Cover – Stackpack type cover with lazyjacks. Blue canvas. Owen Sails (2013).
  • Sprayhood – Blue canvas with windows forward on stainless steel frame. Owen Sails (2013).
  • Bimini frame, no cover available.



  • Stainless steel pulpit and pushpit rails.
  • Stainless steel guard wires.
  • Port and starboard guardwire gates.
  • Below deck level, self-draining anchor locker.
  • Teak slatted gratings to finish cockpit sole and seating.
  • Helmsman’s seat aft of pedestal.
  • Port and starboard cockpit lockers.
  • Cantilever gantry over aft end of cockpit.




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.


Navigation Lights:

  • LED Low level navigation lights
  • LED masthead anchor light
  • Steaming light
  • Deck flood light


Life saving:

  • McMurdo EPIRB. Full manufacture service, calibration and battery replacement spring 2018.
  • Horseshoe life buoy
  • Inflatable danbuoy
  • Throwing line



Lying, Whitehaven, Cumbria.


Available to view strictly by appointment


Office Hours Mon- Fri 0900 – 17.00

Saturday by prior appointment


For more information or to arrange a viewing please contact us.


Please Note: Due to the varying locations of our yachts, your travel time and the distances that may be involved, we recommend that you only make arrangements to view if you are actively considering purchase.


Lead Broker: Mark Cameron

Tel: Mobile: +44 (0)7988 763254 Email:

Please contact Alex Grabau at +44(0)1590 673715

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