122 1995 Kanter 66 Custom Ketch For Sale | Grabau International Yacht Brokerage


€325,000 tax paid

Custom cutter-rigged Ketch

General Information

Manufacturer/ModelKanter 66 Custom Ketch
DesignerDieter Empacher
Boat NameBuena Esperanza
New or UsedUsed
Sale StatusAvailable
Tax/VAT StatusTax paid
LyingCadiz, Spain


LOA20.15m (66'0")
LWL16.25m (53'0")
Beam5.3m (17'0")
Draft2.4m (7'0")
Hull ConstructionSteel
EngineCaterpillar 3208 210hp
Keel TypeFin Keel

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    Stunning steel-hulled bluewater cutter-rigged ketch from Candian Kanter Yachts in 1995 to designs by Dieter Empacher. Huge cruising specification including many recent updates.


    Launched in May 1995 as a customised version of the Kanter 65, BUENA ESPERANZA (ex REBEL JO) is a fantastic example of Kanter Yachts’ proven concept of building everlasting metal-hulled yachts that can take you anywhere in the world. Thanks to her push button hydraulic system she can be operated by a small crew taking shelter in the very secure cockpit area, while her ketch rig allows a balanced sailplan in all conditions and on all points of sail. Her specification highlights include:-
    • Steel hull, deck and aluminium superstructure construction
    • Blue painted topsides painted - 2019
    • Shoal draft 2.4m keel
    • Semi-skegged rudder
    • Easily-managed ketch-cutter rig
    • Hydraulic furling main and mizzen sail plus powered winches
    • Blue painted topsides painted - 2019
    • Teak decks
    • Doghouse arrangement above cockpit
    • Low hours run on 210hp Caterpillar engine
    • Electric bowthruster
    • Air conditioning
    • Washing machine
    • 2x Northern Lights generators
    • Recently replaced batteries
    • Cutter rigged with furling genoa and staysail


    Dieter Empacher designed this handsome ketch for construction at Kanter Yachts of St. Thomas, Ontario, a builder who specialises in aluminium. The Kanter 66 is the ideal size for long-range cruising. She combines great Looks, the increasingly popular hard-sheltered center cockpit and an interior with enough breathing space to permit two or three couples to live private lives yet make common use of truly adequate social span. Her looks come from a low profile and a cockpit that falls naturally into place between the two masts.

    The hull shape illustrates Empacher's intimate understanding of the unique requirements of a ketch. He set the keel well aft, and gave her a distinct bustle that fain into a partial skeg terminating in a huge balanced rudder to guarantee a light touch on the helm.

    If yacht design is the art of juggling conflicting proportions, here is an example that has everything in perfect balance. The beam, at 26 percent of the length, might look overly narrow if she were a sloop, but given the inherent stability associated with a low rig, why not fine out the lines to reduce resistance? The draft, at less than 8' fully loaded, is shoal enough to get you in just about anywhere. This again would have to go into the compromise column on a sloop, but with a bit less stability required by spreading sail horizontally rather than vertically, why not put the Bahamas back in the itinerary? At a displacement/length ratio of 242, the weight is moderate - not light enough to permit breakaway planing, but a good SO D/L points lighter than you would have seen a decade ago. She'll spend much of her time near her hull speed of 9 ¼ knots.

    … This is a pretty big boat for the usual customer profile of a retired well-to do couple headed off on a circumnavigation with one of the grownup kids. But it's not too big a boat, if a mid-60s mate can handle the mainsail in a squall while the skipper is struggling into his seaboots. Hence the stowaway mainsail, which despite its 739 sq. ft. of saikloth can be put to bed at the press of a button. Still, yacht designers hate to give up the area in a fat roach, the full-length battens that prevent flogging and thereby add to sail longevity, and the additional efficiency of a more elliptical planform…

    This design is above all a practical amalgamation of proven elements by an architect who has obviously spent time at sea. The engineroom is just that - a stand-up room large enough to accommodate the engine, senses, watermaker, exhaust systems, electrical black boxes, filters and manifolds, with enough space left over for the engineer to get at everything. All tanks are integral, which is one of the primary advantages of metal construction, and there are davits astern for the stowage of a real, hard dinghy.


    The stunning Kanter 66 was created to offer both impressive performance and ease of operation as well as truly exceptional luxury and style, satisfying the sailing requirements of even the most discriminating owners. To ensure peace of mind, the Kanter 66 also demonstrates Kanter’s true dedication to comfort and safety.

    The Kanter 66 also offers a shallow draft keel/centreboard configuration which provides optimum comfort during high-performance cruising as well as access to shallow anchorages. The vessel’s rudder features an elliptical edge to give her truly impressive steering control in all conditions.

    Designed by leading international naval architect Dieter Empacher, the design of the Kanter 65 presents a classic profile that gives way to a more modern sheer with stylish transom design. The flush deck and low cabin profile are reminiscent of a racing yacht with a clean foredeck for easy sail-handling or comfortable lounging. Sail-handling technology has advanced to such a level that sailing the Kanter 65 with a limited crew remains a viable option.

    Below the waterline, the design promises responsive handling and strong performance. The shallow draft keel and high ballast-to-displacement ratio allows for a comfortable motion at sea, while the length of the root chord gives excellent tracking stability. The centreboard shape is optimized to provide maximum lift-to-drag ratio. The Kanter 66 is tailor-made for both the cruising yachtsman who loves the exhilaration of speed and the IMS racing enthusiast who also loves the joy of cruising.

    The Kanter 66’s watertight engine room houses all essential equipment – including the engine, generator, air conditioner and fresh-water system – and is totally insulated for superior in-cabin sound dampening and above-deck comfort. The Kanter 66’s practical, intelligent design ensures the layout and selection of mechanical and electrical systems makes routine upkeep simple and convenient.

    In keeping with its status as a world-class yacht, the interior of the Kanter 66 was designed to be stylish, functional, comfortable and totally customizable, giving you the freedom to create the yacht of your dreams. In fact, All Kanter yachts are custom-built to reflect each owner’s personal style. The cabin sole is teak and holly and interior choices range from traditional cabinetry boasting cherry, ash or optional teak finishes to more contemporary options for a more urbane feel.

    The Kanter 66’s spacious interior layout is bathed in natural light from plentiful windows, contributing to an invigorating sense of openness. The attention to detail continues with en suite heads that are adorned with ceramic accessories and showers that are detailed with ceramic tile. The galley is logically designed for convenience and so that the cook is always well braced, while an unusually large and comfortable dining and lounging area dominates the main salon. A full range of accessories are available, again to ensure the overall look, feel and function of your vessel meets your uncompromising expectations.

    The owner’s stateroom is pure elegance – awaiting the personal embellishments of its inhabitants. The potential for lavish onboard entertaining is unparalleled thanks to the extravagantly spacious living and dining area and the presence of two additional guest cabins. Totally separate forward crew quarters allow for complete privacy.

    Described as a mini mega-yacht, the Kanter 66 blends equal parts performance, convenience, luxury, style and safety to create a yacht that is world-class in every way.



    RCD Status:
    • RCD Status: Our understanding is that the yacht is exempt from the essential safety requirements of Directive 94/25EC (Recreational Craft Directive) as she was built and placed into use within the EU prior to 1998.

    Hull Construction:
    • Steel hull construction
    • Blue painted topsides – repainted 2019

    Deck & Superstructure Construction:
    • Steel deck and aluminium superstructure construction
    • Teak decking to side decks, cockpit and coachroof top

    Keel & Rudder:
    • Fin keel with keel ballast is cast lead alloyed with antimony.
    • Low draft keel at 2,40 m
    • Partial skeg supported rudder


    Engine & gearbox:
    • Caterpillar 3208, 210 hp diesel engine
    • Engine control via single lever control
    • Freshwater cooling with heat exchanger and raw water intake and strainer.

    Service & Maintenance:
    • Engine hours – approx. 1200 as of October 2021
    • Date of last engine service – October 2021 (oil and filters)

    Propulsion & Steering:
    • Shaft drive with stainless steel shaft driving supported by p-bracket
    • 3-bladed prop
    • 24vDC electric bowthruster


    Voltage systems:
    • 12vDC engine start circuit, 24vDC services circuits and 220vAC and 110vAC domestic services via shore power
    • DC & AC panelwith battery monitor system.

    Battery Banks:
    • 2x 12vDC 250Ah engine start batteries – 2021
    • 6x 12vDC 250 Ah service batteries joined in parallel and series to supply 200Ah @24vDC - 2019

    • 24vDC battery charger

    • 12vDC engine mounted alternator for start battery
    • 24vDC engine-mounted alternator for service batteries

    • 2x Northern Lights generators
    • Last service: October 2021
    • Generator hours – approx. 1800 as of October 2021

    Other Electrical:
    • 220vAC shore-power supply and circuit
    • 110vAC shore-power supply and circuit


    Fresh Water:
    • Pressurised hot & cold water system using 24v DC pressure pump assisted by pressure accumulator
    • Water heated engine driven calorifier with 220v AC immersion element in well-insulated 60 litres hot water tank.
    • Hot & cold pressurised water supplies to galley and heads.

    Bilge Pumps:
    • 4x electric bilge pumps with override controls at chart table
    • Manual bilge pump
    • Electric shower drain pumps


    • 3,000 litres fuel capacity in two stainless steel tanks

    Fresh Water:
    • 1,000 litres fresh water capacity in four stainless steel tanks


    In Cockpit:
    • Raytheon closed array scanner on mizzen mast
    • 2 x Raymarine autopilot control
    • Raymarine C120 chartplotter
    • Autohelm wind display
    • Autohelm depth display
    • Autohelm speed display
    • Autohelm VMG display
    • Icom IC-M502 VHF
    • Richter & Sons steering compass

    At Chart Table:
    • Raymarine C80 chartlpotter
    • Raytheon radar display
    • Sea Hornet V Mac 3301, vessel control
    • Raytheon ST80 Wind display
    • Autohelm Maxiview
    • Raytheon Raynav575

    Communications Equipment:
    • Icom VHF radio at helm
    • Icom SSB radio at chart table
    • Ray90 VHF radio at chart table
    • JRC weatherfax


    • Galley Maid 4-burner stainless steel gimballed gas stove with oven
    • Double refrigeration & freezer system – engine and 220v driven
    • 2x Stainless steel sinks with hot & cold water supply.
    • LG Microwave

    • Manual Jabsco heads in forward and aft heads
    • Hot & cold pressurised showers
    • Washing machine in aft head

    Heating and Ventilation:
    • Air-conditioning by Marine Airsystems
    • DC ventilation fans

    • Halogen interior lighting with extra reading lights over berths.

    • CD/Radio with speakers
    • Glomex amplified TV/FM aerial


    Summary of Accommodation:
    • 6 berths in 3 cabins plus saloon.
    • 3 heads compartments.
    • Burma teak interior joinery made up of faced marine plywood with solid teak where appropriate
    • Warnished teak battening to exposed hull sides.
    • Teak soleboards
    • White vinyl headlinings with teak trim
    • Upholstery in white leather

    Description of Accommodation from Forward:

    Forward Cabins:
    • Bunkbed with fold-up pipecots and storage bins beneath.
    • Access to deck through deckhead hatch.
    • Both cabins identical to each other with ensuite heads

    Forward Heads:
    • Heads forward of mirrored identical cabins with shower

    • Twin stainless steel sinks.
    • Gimballed stove and refrigeration.
    • Stowage in lockers and cupboards.

    • Amiships. U-shaped settee to starboard with folding leaf dining table.
    • Cupboards, lockers and shelving outboard.
    • Settee opposite to port

    Chart Table:
    • Located at the aft end of the saloon to starboard.
    • Aft facing chart table with seat and full sized chart table.
    • Lockers and drawers for stowage of charts and equipment.
    • Space for navigation instruments.
    • AC & DC panel located at the entrance of engine room midship

    Aft Heads:
    • Manual marine heads.
    • Wash basin and a shower pan
    • Sink equipped with hot and warm water with manual and pressure water as well as a hand-held shower spray nozzle.

    Aft Cabin:
    • The aft cabin/master aft stateroom has a double berth centered.
    • Settee to port of berth
    • Hanging lockers and further stowage in drawers and cupboards.


    • Ketch rigged
    • White painted anodised aluminium spars
    • Keel-stepped main mast with masthead rig and 2-sets of inline spreaders
    • Stainless steel rod standing rigging – replaced 2011
    • Navtec hydraulic adjuster for main mast backstays and main and mizzen vangs
    • Block and tackle backstay adjustment for mizzen
    • Aluminium rigging screw protectors
    • Harken manual genoa furler
    • Hydraulic main and mizzen sails
    • Furling staysail
    • Spinnaker pole with mast-track, carbon
    • Checkstays
    • Adjustable mainsheet track
    • Genoa and staysail tracks

    • Full set of Doyle sails in good condition
    • Full set of David Mass sails
    • North Sails genoa
    • Gennaker

    • 4x Lewmar 66ST 2-speed self-tailing hydraulic primary winches connected to port and starboard coffee grinders
    • 2x Lewmar 54ST 2-speed self-tailing electric secondary winches
    • 2x Lewmar 42.2 2-speed winches for mainsheet traveller
    • 2x Lewmar 48 2-speed self-tailing halyard/control line winches adjacent to mast
    • 2x Lewmar 48 3-speed halyard/control line winches adjacent to mast
    • 2x Lewmar 44 3-speed halyard/control line winches adjacent to mast
    • 2x Lewmar halyard/control line winches adjacent to mast
    • Mainsail wire halyard winch on main mast
    • Mizzen mast halyard and control line winches

    • Stainless steel pushpit, pulpit and guardrail stanchions with side exits.
    • Swimming ladder
    • Cockpit shower
    • Dorade vents with stainless steel dorade pulpits
    • Opening transom for stowage or tender

    Anchoring & Mooring:
    • 2x 40kg anchor with 100 m of chain
    • Spare Anchor
    • Mooring warps and fenders

    Covers, Cushions & Canvas:
    • Mainsail and mizzen covers
    • Pram-sprayhood
    • Cockpit cushions
    • All new cover for cockpit, boom and mizzen. Complete enclosure - 2021


    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.

    Viewing arrangements

    Lying – Cadiz, Spain

    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: Jonas Renlund – Grabau International (Marbella)
    Tel: +358 408 098688
    Email: enquiries@grabauinternational.com

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