Minke is a super-strong vessel for cruising to remote locations, built to sail easily through heavy weather and be very comfortable upon arrival at any destination, whether it be an isolated anchorage or marina berth.
Minke was professionally constructed in Courteney, British Columbia, by Ken Splett (who built many aluminum and steel boats with similar hulls) based on a design by Jack Carson. The hull, deck, pilothouse, frames and so forth are constructed of marine 5086 aluminum. The hull is unusually thick for a boat of this size – 3/8” – making for an especially strong vessel. The pilothouse includes integral welded window frames, giving it incredible rigidity. Massively constructed twin keels and skeg enable the boat to be beached almost anywhere while giving it excellent tracking ability under sail. The interior of the hull is coated with spray foam down to the bilges, providing full insulation from condensation and noise. Interior woodwork, by Tony Lyons and other shipwrights, is crafted from marine gum wood and marine plywood using marine-grade fasteners and fittings.
•Hull plating: 3/8” 5086 aluminum 2
•Deck and pilothouse plating: ¼” 5086 aluminum
•Framing and other sections: up to 1" thick aluminum plating
•Interior: sprayed foam down to bilges; crafted from gum wood, fir and marine ply
•Windows: ½” safety glass in aluminum frames integral to the pilothouse (extremely strong)
•Deck hardware: welded mounts and chain plates (no holes in deck except for wiring from the mast); very strongly fabricated deck bollards forward and aft (these extend through the deck and are welded to the hull for extreme strength); welded mast tabernacle; welded deck lockers aft; welded bow pulpit, guardrails and stanchions; welded Bimini frame
Minke is equipped with a commercial-grade 100-hp Isuzu diesel engine, fitted by Klassen Marine. The engine sips fuel at lower power settings, enabling a motoring range of 2500 miles at 5 knots, while also providing more than enough power to push Minke at full speed into heavy seas. Minke is special in that she has a keel cooling system (actually located in the skeg), eliminating the potential problems and dangers of wet-exhaust systems that can plague ordinary cruising sailboats (not least seawater ingestion during downwind passages). This is an ideal system for cruising to remote locations and in heavy seas. (Commercial vessels, such as fishing trawlers, have keel coolers for good reason.) A simple hydraulic system is fitted to power the heavy-duty anchor winch on the foredeck.
•Engine: 100-hp Isuzu 4BG1 commercial-grade diesel engine by Klassen Marine in perfect working order; completely serviced in March 2018 with new hoses, belts, filters, etc. •
Engine time: less than 2500 hours
•Transmission: heavy-duty Twindisc MG5011A hydraulic gearbox
•Propeller and shaft: 1-¾” stainless steel shaft turning 26” fixed-pitch propeller
•Shaft seal: PSS dripless seal (new March 2018)
•Engine room: very large engine room, accessed through large hatch in pilothouse and by removing aft cabin ladder (giving walk-in access), with ample space to move around engine; bright lights, grab handles, fan, DC outlet, etc. (all new March 2018); extensive storage space in boxes above fuel tanks
•Cooling: keel cooling system (in skeg) with dry exhaust to eliminate chances of seawater ingestion; cooling system completely flushed in March 2018, with new coolant expansion system (cap, lines, expansion tank, etc.) and all-new coolant (50/50 mix of coolant and deionized water)
•Fuel tanks: Two aluminum diesel tanks with technical capacity of 600 gallons, with nominal usable capacity of 500 gallons
•Fuel gauge: custom sight gauge for guaranteed accuracy (new March 2018)
•Fuel filters: primary and secondary (new March 2018)
•Primary steering: Marol hydraulic wheel steering with massive Marol hydraulic ram at steering quadrant, turning large skeg-hung rudder
•Secondary steering: Simrad electronic-hydraulic autopilot turning main rudder
•Tertiary steering (for steering under sail and for backup emergency steering): Hydrovane (new March 2018), a fantastic setup that will silently steer nonstop for days at a time, and includes a totally independent rudder and tiller, with very strongly welded custom transom mounts tested in harsh real-world conditions – best piece of kit on the boat
•Extensive supply of engine and hydraulic spares, including filters, belts, hoses, fluids, etc.
Minke has a Bermuda rig with single aluminum mast, forestay, double backstays, double lower shrouds, single upper shrouds and single spreaders. Both mainsail and jib are on Harken furlers, enabling easy single-handed sailing. The mainsail and jib (new 2018) are in outstanding condition. The mast has welded steps to enable easy access from deck level all the way to the top of the mast. Minke sails very well indeed, especially in winds over 12 knots, with regular daily runs of 140 miles on ocean passages.
•Mast: aluminum; approximately 45’ feet above deck; welded mast steps and fittings
•Boom: aluminum with welded fittings
•Mainsail: Lee Sails, in outstanding condition (new 2013 but barely used before 2018); Harken external aft-of-mast furling system
•Working jib 1: Lee Sails, in nearly new condition (new 2018); Harken furling system
•Working jib 2 (spare replacement): Lee Sails, in good condition
•Spinnaker: Istec Parasailor (new 2018 but damaged and in need of repair before use)
•Storm jib: Lee Sails with wire luff (new 2018; never used)
•Standing rigging: forestay with Harken furler, double backstays, double lower shrouds, single upper shrouds and single spreaders (all wire is stainless steel)
•Running rigging: jib halyard, jib sheets, jib furling line, spinnaker halyard, spinnaker sheets, spinnaker downhauls, spinnaker barber haulers, mainsail halyard, mainsail outhaul, topping lift, two-line mainsheet system, storm sail halyard, plus other lines of various sizes and lengths
•Winches: three stainless steel Andersen 40ST (self-tailing)
Minke is fitted with both DC and AC systems for maximum utility and convenience at sea and while berthed. Wiring is marine grade, with wire runs that are easily accessible (a priceless asset that experienced sailors will appreciate). Battery capacity is very substantial, allowing sailing for a full week between charges (assuming use of all navigation systems at night, radar off during the day, and continuous use of the fridge). Charging is via engine, shore power, generator and/or solar panels. Exterior lighting includes new bright LED nav lights and a new mast-top tricolor. The pilothouse and cabins have outlets for both shore and inverter power, and they are fitted with generous lighting and fans.
•DC power: 12-volt, 900 AH total (675-amp house bank, all new March 2018; 225-amp engine/start bank) •AC power: 120-volt from onboard inverter or shore power
•Batteries: eight Trojan T-105 (all six house-bank batteries newly installed March 2018)
•Solar panels: four panels on top of pilothouse (one new March 2018) (see maintenance note)
•Charger: Xantrex Truecharge •Generator: Honda portable •Inverter: Xantrex
•Battery monitor: Xantrex Linklite digital (new March 2018)
•Volt meters: one analog for each bank (house and engine/start)
•Switch panels: main DC panel, auxiliary DC exterior lighting panel, AC/shore power panel
•Exterior lighting switch panel (new March 2018): individual switches for running lights (for use when motoring), mast-top tricolor (for use when under sail), anchor light and deck light
•Side lights: very bright LED (new March 2018)
•Steaming light: very bright LED (new March 2018)
•Stern light: bright LED (all-new installation March 2018)
•Mast-top tricolor and anchor light: Aquasignal (new March 2018)
•Deck light: bright light illuminates foredeck and headsail for deck and sail work at night
•Interior 12-volt lighting: lights in all cabins and closets, mostly LED, some new March 2018
•Engine room light: very bright light illuminates everything (new installation March 2018)
•Fans: Caframo fans, one each in forward and aft cabins, two in pilothouse house, one in engine room (all newly installed in March 2018) Electronics: navigation and communication
Navigation and communication equipment includes autopilot, chart plotter, depth sounder, electronic wind indicator, VHF, AIS-B and new radar, as well as a marine-grade stereo system, among other things. Systems are intentionally independent for redundancy, and there are multiple sources for obtaining GPS position. All systems are in excellent working order, with a number of key components newly installed in 2017 and 2018.
•Autopilot: Simrad AP24, with AC42 autopilot computer, rudder feedback unit and WR20 wireless remote
•Chart plotter: Standard Horizon CP1000 (includes multiple electronic charts for the Pacific)
•Depth sounder: Furuno •VHF radio (primary): Standard Horizon Quest+
•VHF (backup or for use in tender): Uniden handheld •AIS-B: Icom MA-500TR (new July 2017)
•Antenna splitter: Simrad NSPL-500 (new July 2017)
•Radar: Furuno 1623 (new March 2018)
•Wind (speed and direction): Simrad IS20 display, with Simrad 508 mast-top transducer (all new July 2017)
•Satellite phone: Inmarsat Isatphone2 (new 2017) with docking station and external antenna (new 2018) (see maintenance note)
•Satellite terminal: Iridium GO! (with external antenna not yet installed), to be included in sale if the boat is purchased at the asking price (device was new April 2018); very handy offshore, giving easy and quick access to weather routing, GRIBs, texting and telephone via Wi-Fi to smartphone
•Stereo: Sony Marine AM/FM/CD stereo with Bose twin speakers in pilothouse and aft cabin
•GPS handheld (in grab bag): Garmin GPSMAP 78s
•Compass: Ritchie with electronic damper
Anchoring and Mooring
Minke’s anchoring system is set up for versatility, ease of use by one person, strength and security in both shallow and deep anchorages. The heavy-duty drum winch on the foredeck has many advantages, not least the ability to take any type of rode (chain of any kind and/or rope of any kind). Keeping the rode above deck eliminates chances of fowling in a chain locker, mud below deck and other problems associated with recreational anchoring systems common to most recreational cruising yachts. Minke carries three anchors: a very beefy Bruce anchor with tremendous grabbing power; an oversized Spade anchor (brand new and never used) for maximum holding in the most extreme conditions, and a large Delta-type anchor for backup or use as a stern anchor when beaching.
•Anchor 1: Bruce (50kg)
•Anchor 2: Spade S160 (new February 2018 and unused)
•Anchor 3: Delta (approx. 35kg)
•Anchor rode 1: 400’ comprising about 50’ of chain, about 250’ nylon rope and about 100’ Dyneema rope (all of the rope is unused and was brand new in March 2018)
•Anchor rode 2: spare anchor rode of about 250’ stowed in stern locker •Shore tie (“stern tie) floating line (approximately 300’)
•Anchor winch: commercial-grade Smith Brothers hydraulic drum windlass; completely rebuilt and greased in March 2018, including complete professional rebuild of hydraulic motor •Hydraulic lines completely flushed and filled with new hydraulic fluid March 2018
•Twin keels: boat stands upright on twin keels and skeg to enable beaching for hull cleaning and maintenance, or simply to make use of anchorages that dry out at low tide
Minke is akin to a floating country cottage with modern amenities, including fabulous 360- degree views, an attractive and functional galley and lounge, cozy sleeping areas and modern amenities, such as a freshwater flushing toilet (in the forward head). Minke has a fantastic pilothouse, two comfortable cabins, two heads, a separate shower room and generous closet space. If you want to see the world in comfort, you will love Minke’s pilothouse as much as we do. The forward cabin has a large v-berth for two large adults, as well as two bunks, and the aft cabin has a double bunk. Each cabin has its own head/toilet and sink, good lighting, both DC and AC outlets, ventilation fan, huge overhead hatch to watch the stars and/or feel the breeze, closet and additional storage space. The galley is fully equipped with stove (including oven), microwave oven, sink with pressurized hot and cold fresh water, a seawater hand pump for washing dishes at sea (to conserve fresh water), refrigerator and separate freezer (with another large freezer in the forward cabin), pots and pans, cutlery and kitchen gadgets, and enormous amounts of storage space. The lounge area has seating for about five adults at the table, with room for more at the helm station and nav/comm station.
Pilothouse and Galley
•Pilothouse view: full 360-degree view from large windows that allow occupants to see and enjoy the full experience of nature at anchor and to stand watch in complete comfort at sea
•Helm station to port: large comfortable seat at main helm/wheel
•Navigation/communication station starboard: very wide and comfortable seat •Pilothouse lounge seating/settee: room for five adults, upholstery upgrades March 2018
•Power outlets: DC forward and aft in pilothouse; AC outlets aft in pilothouse
•Galley stove: Force 10 LPG/propane three-burner stove with oven; three propane tanks sufficient to last more than one full year
•Microwave oven: AC-powered
•Refrigerator: Waeco Coolmatic fridge
•Freezer 1: Danfoss top-loading freezer with extra-thick insulation
•Freezer 2: Coolmatic top-loading freezer (operates on either DC or AC power)
•Sink: stainless steel with hot and cold pressurized fresh water and hand-pumped seawater (to save water when washing dishes during very long journeys)
•Galley accessories: pots, pans, skillets, strainers, food-storage containers, cutlery (forks, knives, spoons), measuring cups and spoons, can opener, etc.
•Storage: drawers of various sizes, huge lockers under settee and helm seat
•Galley overhead hatch: above stove for good ventilation; equipped with fitted bug screen
•V-berth and bunks: large v-berth with split mattress for two large adults or two average adults and a child; bunks for storage or for two persons
•Cabin heater: Dickensen/Sigmar with dedicated fresh air intake and removable chimney
•Cabin fan: Caframo (new March 2018)
•Power outlets: DC and AC outlets •Storage: extensive storage forward in large hanging closet to port, in starboard seat locker, beneath v-berth and on bunks (bunks have large fiddles to keep storage boxes in place even in very rough seas)
•Shower cabin: stand-up or sit-down shower with mahogany seats (new March 2018), shower tap (new March 2018) and dedicated shower sump bilge pump and float switch, plus large area for sitting or standing outside shower to towel off, get dressed, etc. Dedicated deck vent to the shower cabin. Shower sump was given multiple layers of epoxy followed by several layers of Bilgecoat in March 2018. Shower cabin has large hooks for hanging foul-weather gear at sea.
•Forward head toilet: ShurFlo Aqua kind automatic fresh-water toilet with vacuum system and holding tank. Waste can be directed overboard or to holding tank. Holding tank can be emptied overboard using built-in electric pump or via deck pump out.
•Forward head amenities: deep sink, hot and cold pressurized fresh water, fresh-water hand pump (for optional use when water conservation is desired), vanity mirror, shaving mirror, storage locker and shelf
•Aft berth: double berth with mattress for two average adults
•Cabin heater: Dickensen/Sigmar with dedicated fresh air intake and removable chimney
•Cabin fan: Caframo (new March 2018)
•Power outlets: AC (shore power and inverter power)
•TV/DVD: Toshiba •Storage: extensive storage on shelves, nooks, in locker beside berth, under berth and in hanging closet to starboard
•Aft head toilet: Jabsco seawater toilet with full-size seat. Toilet, all hoses and connections new March 2018. Overboard pump out. This is the toilet of choice for long-range cruising (because it uses none of the boat’s fresh water).
•Aft head amenities: sink with pressurized fresh water, storage lockers and shelf, grab handles (very useful when in stormy seas)
•Water tanks: three plastic tanks, 100 gallons each, made from food-grade plastic, with nominal 250 gallons of usable water plus reserve (and ample room throughout the boat to store easily 100 additional gallons of drinking water if desired)
•Water pressure: ShurFlo Aqua King (with extra brand new spare pump aboard)
•Hot water system: Kuuma (new 2016) using either shore power or engine coolant; water stays hot for at least 24 hours after disconnecting from shore power or engine shut down
·Aft head amenities: sink with pressurized fresh water, storage lockers and shelf, grab handles (very useful when in stormy seas
Minke’s biggest safety feature is the boat itself: the massively constructed aluminum hull, keels and skeg are the first line of defense to keep the crew safe. Indeed, when crews of typical sailboats are likely to face troubles, the crew of Minke is likely to shrug and carry on, and even have fun. Best of all, having such a strong boat gives everyone aboard, not least the skipper, peace of mind, thereby enabling everyone to worry less and enjoy cruising more. In addition to this built-in safety, Minke is well stocked with safety equipment – the sorts of things that are costly to obtain but will likely never be used.
•Bilge pump1: primary DC bilge pump with float switch
•Bilge pump 2: backup/supplemental AC bilge pump with fitted hose
•Bilge pump 3: completely new spares of primary DC bilge pump and float switch
•Drogue: series drogue with 156 cones and bridle, custom made for Minke in England (new February 2018) •Life raft: Crewsaver ISO four-person offshore raft in canister with custom-welded deck cradle (all new March 2018) •EPIRB: GME Accusat MT403G, fully registered
•PLB: GME MT410G PLB (new February 2018), included in sale at asking price
•AIS-MOB device: Kannad SafeLink R10 Survivor Recovery System (new February 2018)
•Life jackets: two inflatable jackets (including one Kru offshore jacket new February 2018) plus two additional foam jackets for near-shore use (and some others)
•Life ring: Throwable life ring and lanyard mounted on pilothouse (starboard side)
•Grab bag/ditch bag: waterproof bag currently holding miscellaneous items
•Smoke/fire and carbon-monoxide alarms: one each forward and aft cabins (new February 2018)
•Fire extinguishers: five, one in forward cabin, two in pilothouse, one in aft cabin and one in engine room
•Climbing safety harness
•Safety lanyards (two)
•Tender: 8’ Zodiac with inflatable keel, paddles, seat, rigid floor, beaching wheels, etc. •Outboard motor: 2-hp Honda 4-stroke
•Fenders: about ten very high-quality fenders, both oblong and round
•Bimini: welded aluminum frame with custom-made Sunbrella cover (new March 2018) •Ropes, bungee cords and straps of various lengths and sizes
•LPG/propane: three tanks (two are full)
•Deck boxes: two large Rubbermaid deck boxes (easily removed if not wanted by new owners)
•Storage boxes: about a dozen large Rubbermaid storage boxes, including about eight that are custom fitted in the engine room (they remain in place even in the roughest seas)
•Fuel jerry cans (plastic): diesel (three 5-gallon), gasoline/petrol (two 5-gallon, two 2.5-gallon), waste oil (one 5-gallon)
•Buckets: about half a dozen buckets of various sizes •Ladders (in addition to welded transom ladder): folding aluminum ladder and stainless steel boarding ladder
•Spare parts and materials: a huge supply of spare parts, including (for example), Hydrovane offshore spares kit; toilet rebuild/maintenance kits; engine spares, such as thermostat, hoses and filters of all kinds; hose clamps in many sizes; electrical fittings and wire; zinc anodes; cutlass bearing; glues and sealants of all kinds (unopened); batteries of various sizes; o-rings, etc., etc.
•Tools: thousands of dollars’ worth of tools, including hand and power tools, in both metric and imperial/American sizes
•Oil-change extractor (vacuum) bottle for very easy oil changes (large size to extract all of the oil in the engine sump all at once)
•Manuals: operating manuals for most equipment aboard, including engine maintenance manual
•Receipts: receipts available for nearly all new/recent equipment (such as radar, AIS, newest anchor, safety gear, etc.), as well as for much of the original equipment, including aluminum plating, major components, engine and transmission, propeller, glass and portholes, rigging, winch, freezer, fridge, stove, heaters, water tanks, toilet, chart plotter, tender, etc.
Minke underwent an extensive refit at Commodore’s Boats, Vancouver, from February to March 2018. Work included addition of new equipment, complete engine service, major upgrades to the electrical system, new fabrications by welders and other preparations for long-distance cruising. Work included the following (this is a partial list; many receipts available): Engine, transmission and related systems
•Full engine service, including new fluids, filters, belts and many fittings •Installation of new coolant expansion system, new pressure cap, new cooling lines and fittings, etc.
•Complete flushing of cooling system •Installation of new hoses, hose clamps and pipes for engine and related systems (fuel, oil and water)
•Complete rebuild of transmission oil heat exchanger
•Reconfiguration of fuel-tank venting system
•Custom fabrication and installation of fuel sight gauge
Propeller shaft and propeller
•Full shaft and propeller inspection
•Replaced shaft zinc •Replaced cutlass bearing
•Replaced flexible shaft seal Rudder and steering
•Full rudder, rudder shaft and steering inspection
•Replaced rudder bearing
•Replaced packing in rudder-shaft gland
•Replaced rudder zinc •Replaced rudder bolts Metal work and welding
•Fabrication of super-strong mounts for Hydrovane (worked perfectly during voyage down West Coast of North America to Mexico, thence to Hawaii)
•Extended bow roller and moved bow roller forward to accommodate any type of anchor
•Dressed bow (ground out nicks from anchors hitting bow in the past)
•Extended stern canopy/Bimini forward
•Fabricated and installed custom transom ladder
•Welded on midship cleats (two) and additional fairleads (two)
•Fabricated and welded on mount for stern light and satphone external antenna
•Fabricated and welded on life raft cradle
•Fabricated and welded on rope clutch mount on mast
•Fabricated new handles and dogs for opening side windows
•Pressure washed and antifouled hull
•Repainted hull with Trilux II
•Replaced hull zincs Plumbing and pipe fitting
•Added seawater hand pump system: valve, hoses and hand pump at galley sink
•Replaced aft toilet and all associated hoses
•Added freshwater hand pump system: valve, hoses and hand pump at forward head sink
•Replaced aft sink drain (everything from sink to seacock)
•Replaced most hoses: water, fuel, drains, toilet, etc.
•Full professional assessment of electrical system by marine electricians •Complete revamp of electrical system in engine room, including adding and replacing batteries (and adding one additional battery box for two of the batteries), installation of bus bar panel with inverter, DC outlet, fan etc.
•Addition of one large solar panel (see maintenance note below)
•Addition of external lighting panel at helm station and wired it to the main panel
•Replacement of bulbs of external lights with bright LEDs
•Installation of new mast-top tricolor light and anchor light (LED)
•Installation of new stern light system (LED)
•Addition of Xantrex battery monitor
•Installation of new radar •Installation of bright lights in engine room and wired light switch at main electrical panel
•Wired stern light and satphone external antenna via the Bimini frame, with junction box on pilothouse aft Carpentry and woodwork
•Fabricated and installed two large bunks in forward cabin
•Fabricated and installed hardwood shower cabin seats
•Ensured shower remains totally water tight by applying multiple coats of epoxy and finishing with several coats of Bilgecoat. Anchoring equipment
•Completely rebuilt anchor winch, including hydraulic motor
•Completely flushed anchor winch hydraulic system from reservoir to motor and replaced with new hydraulic fluid •Replaced all anchor rope with new
•Added Star Board to foredeck
•Added stern deck boxes to hold spare rode, emergency drogue system, etc. Rigging, spars and sails
•Fully inspected standing rigging
•Replaced working jib with new
•Installed halyard and block for storm sail
•Installed halyard and block for spinnaker
•Installed downhaul blocks for spinnaker
•Installed sheet blocks for spinnaker
•Installed mainsail outhaul rope clutch on mast
•Installed mainsail furling line clam cleat on mast Canvas and upholstery work
•Fabricated and installed all new Sunbrella Bimini on extended frame
•Repaired and replaced upholstery
•Fabricated lee cloth for forward berth from Sunbrella fabric
•Cleaned both diesel heaters
•Installed life raft
•Installed multiple grab handles throughout boat •Installed additional fire extinguisher in pilothouse
•And much more….
Notes on maintenance and related issues
•Window and door seals: The rubber seals of the pilothouse opening windows and doors should be replaced before heading offshore.
•Winch motor: The anchor winch, including the hydraulic motor, was completely refurbished in March 2018. The hydraulics shop that rebuilt the motor did not repaint the housing, so it immediately acquired a thin layer of rust when we headed offshore. For long-term protection, the motor housing should be brushed clean, primed and painted.
•Deck paint: The deck paint should remain fully functional for some years. However, during the refit workers left behind unsightly grease stains, and in some places along the edges there are tiny spots where the paint is starting to lift.
•Woodwork: A wooden utility frame forward of the water tanks has come unglued and needs to be re-glued to the starboard fuel tank.
•Window cosmetics: Exterior sealant around windows is now cracked from the sun. We planned to remove this and replace it with better-looking grey sealant (the new sealant is aboard). This is a cosmetic issue; the window frames are completely water tight, and the buyer is welcome to ask a surveyor to test window water tightness using a water hose.
•Solar panels: At the time of this writing, the solar panels are not working properly, with the cause unknown. The panels stopped working almost immediately after a new panel was added, but by then we were heading offshore and unable to have them checked.
•Satphone: The Isatphone2 malfunctioned recently and we have passed it to the vendor to arrange warranty service. The phone can be sent to the new owners (or to the broker on their behalf) when it is returned to us.
*The information and specifications here are believed to be correct to the best of our knowledge. Potential buyers are responsible for confirming the accuracy of this information. They should inspect the boat and/or have a professional surveyor do this. The seller is available by email to respond to questions, provide more photographs, etc.
The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.