The boat has been very carefully and lovingly built for long term cruising
Basic data of the DH 550
- Seller:Sea Independent
- Ship's name:Friends Forever
- Category:Multihull sailing boat
- Year of construction:2016
- Material:GRP - sandwich
- Length:54.95 feet
- Width:28.54 feet
- Draught:4 feet
- Variable draught:No
- Country: Greece
- To view in sales harbour/showroom: No , Leros, Greece
- Price:£ 951.605 VAT Not paid (€ 1.070.000 VAT Not paid)
- Account Manager: Marcel Borgmann
- Boat specifications in PDF: Download here
She is registered in South Africa and has just entered the European Union around 17th September from Turkey and entered Greece at Leros. She is currently on the hard at Leros Marina.
The boat has been very carefully and lovingly built for long term cruising, We sailed the boat from Cape Town to the Caribbean and then from St Martin to St. Tropez and then to Leros in 2017. The boat took this very easily in her stride, some friends thought we were racing across the ocean! I can assure anyone who asks that she is a serious cruising vessel for someone looking to go wherever they want to.
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Designer: Dudley Dix and Philip Harvey
Dudley Dix and Philip Harvey
Shipyard: JJ Provoyeur and Richard Bertie.
JJ Provoyeur and Richard Bertie.
- Draught: 110 cm
Displacement: 14 tonnes
- Berths: fixed: 0
- Type: Inboard
Brand: two 55 D Volvo Sail Drives
two 55 D Volvo Sail Drives
We decided to install two 55 D Volvo Sail Drives Installed under the bunks of the aft cabins and they are fuelled by tanks installed in the aft section of the boat situated higher than the engines so the fuel is gravity fed to the engines. These 68 litretanks are monitored with fuel gauges and gravity filled from the larger, 400 litre fuel tanks situated just forward of the mast. The two Volvos are more than enough power and can propel the boat at ten knots plus if really needed. At 1800 revs we cruise at around eight knots in calm waters. Fuel consumption is around two and a half litres per hour, per engine.Generator. We have a 9.4 KVA Westerbeke generator in a sound proof casing mounted at waist height in the Utility Room for ease of service and maintenance. So far it has been more than adequate for our needs
Navigation and electronics
Electronics. We chose Garmin for all the sailing electronic equipment and it has worked well for the 12000 odd miles we have sailed so far, there is a chart plotter at the helm station with autopilot alongside and the two are integrated which means the autopilot can be controlled from either. The autopilot machine is a rotary type which I rate very highly having used one right around the world without a moment's trouble. In full view of the helmet station are two displays which can be personally configured we have speedand depth on one and wind direction, strength etc. the two motor controls and dials are also there along with the binnacle magnetic compass. Above ones head we have mounted various gauges, fuel and water, electricity management DC and AC and the Lewmar AA 560 Auto Anchor control dial, which I must admit we have not mastered yet. Also mounted there is the control panel for the generator.The VHF radio is mounted on the left of the helmet station, with the autopilot hand held control mounted next to it. On the right of the helmet we have the Fusion dvd/cd player which has 8 speakers, 4 in the saloon, 2 at the foredeck and 2 for the aft cockpit, all of which can also be controlled in the master cabin.
Rig and sails
Sailplan type: Sloop
Sparcraft in Cape Town built the rig from two 11 metre lengths of appropriate Aluminium sections and while the design called for a 21 metre high mast, discarding a metre from one of the sections did not appeal to us so we contacted Dudley to see if we could just join the two sections and have a 22 metre high mast which we thought would look better. Dudley had no issue with the idea as long we stuck religiously to the rest of the plan and changed nothing else.
We chose North Sails South Africa for this project and they produced a very efficient suit of sails, the self tacking Genoa and fully battened mainsail with its three deep reefing points drive the boat easily, we found when ocean crossing that an extra reef hardly affected speed through the water but made the ride much more comfortable and the autopilot coped so much better. There is a storm jib/trinquette combination sail which can be reefed andset in two different modes depending on the wind strength andthis sail is set on a separate stay set up when required without too much effort at all. We found it efficient when going dead downwind in breeze to set the furling Genoa to one side and the Trinquette on the other and leave the mainsail down.
Deckgear. We chose Lewmar for the deck hatches and for the deck hardware and running blocks and all the running rigging and sheets are controlled from the centre cockpit in front of the centrally placed helm station by means of two very powerful Electric Lewmar winches and a series of well placed jammers, 21 in total, all led towards the winches. At first one might be scepticalbut with a little practice the system is understood and much appreciated because it works. My wife and I sailed the boat very easily across the North Atlantic in twenty days from St. Martin to Gibraltar. The custom made Dinghy davitsare operated by means of a Lewmar 45 hand powered winch which also serves as a strong point aft of the vessel in case of need.
Safety Certification. The Boat has a current SAMSA safety certificate Category A, for voyages unlimited across the oceans of the world, for 8 passengers.