Grabau International is delighted to announce that the 2006 Perry 60 Alloy Pilothouse ‘MARLIN’ may now be inspected in Terceira, Azores.
Quite possibly the smartest and most capable sailing yacht on the planet! Built in 2006 to take on all of the world’s oceans in absolutely safety and comfort, she still offers sparkling sailing performance. MARLIN is truly unique and an exciting opportunity now exists to take ownership of this sparkling red-hulled thoroughbred and embark on new world-girdling adventures.
MARLIN is a Robert Perry designed aft cockpit pilots saloon cutter, built in aluminium by one of the very best names in the business – Yachtbouw Folmer in Holland. Launched in 2008, she was designed specifically for the most demanding blue water adventures in both hot and cold climates. With a multitude of collision bulkheads, she is virtually unsinkable, yet through clever design and design specification, she remains an enjoyable and nimble yacht to sail – something that is often left out when configuring expedition yachts such as this. Her owner reports that she will easily sail at up to 8 knots to windward, 8-9.5 knots on a reach and 7-8 knots downwind. She has also seen 16 knots on the log surfing in heavy seas.
With over 60,000 miles under their belts, the current owners and their young family were most of the way through an audacious circumnavigation started in 1999, taking in Cape Horn, Antarctica, the Pacific and South Africa aboard their steel-hulled Scorpion II ‘IRON LADY’ before coming across MARLIN in Suriname in 2012.
Since taking ownership of MARLIN, her new owners have comprehensively worked through every system and element of her structure to get her 100% ready for further adventures. They are now coming towards the end of their lifetime adventure so it is time to find MARLIN a new custodian to take full advantage of her enormous capabilities.
MARLIN is an aluminium cutter-rigged pilothouse sloop equipped as Expedition Ship for high latitudes. The ship security certificate is issued by the SeeBG for worldwide travel. She has a moderate long keel with 8,000kgs of ballast and only just above two meters draft. She was built according to CE directives and Lloyd’s standards in 2006 by the famous Folmer shipyard in the Netherlands.
Five watertight sectors divide the 18m yacht: Forepeak, Master Cabin with watertight door made of aluminum, salon and aft berths, walk-in engine room, and lazarette for provisions and equipment. MARLIN is clearly distinct from the GRP charter boats through the use her internal space. Normally, a yacht of this size would be crammed with ten plus berths with the guests stacked like sardines like. MARLIN is actually designed for 6 people (although she will sleep up to 9 through use of settee berths in saloon and raised pilothouse). The engine compartment is separated from the living space which helps to insulate the cabin spaces from noise. Storage space in the forepeak, stern and deep bilge blank space for equipment and food sufficient for several weeks at sea.
Marlin’s spacious pilot house has evolved during sailing as a central lounge for the on duty crew while on watch. In high latitudes it is warm here and it is protected from rain, snow, ice and cold. In the tropics, the pilot house provides the pilot house provides shadow and a pleasant breeze at anchor. When sailing you have a view of the horizon, which makes you forget seasickness.
“Here one can dance!” Said one of my sailors when he came into MARLIN’s salon of MARLIN. With 2.1m headroom throughout, this is the centre of MARLIN’s community and where the food is eaten. Good food is writ large aboard MARLIN and her excellent working galley is testament to this. The lower saloon space is also where important work is done with two navigation tables, computers, communications equipment etc
We have a heated closet where wet sailing clothes we dried. The aft heads is located amidships and acts as ideally-placed day heads plus services the two aft cabins which are equipped with a total of four berths. These cabins are the quietest place at sea. The master cabin is forward. This spacious cabin has an open forward hatch provides good ventilation in tropical travel zones. Forward of this is a an ensuite heads and a spacious shower in the forepeak..
Robert Perry – We did two designs for this European client, and while both boats are very similar in size, over time his choice of preferred features changed. This boat is built with aluminium at the Jachtbouw Fulmer yard in the Netherlands. We worked closely with our Dutch contact Marinus Meijers to coordinate the conversion from our computer drawings to computer 3-D models to allow the entire structure to be nested and precut. The result to my eye is a work of art, all shiny in aluminium prior to sandblasting and highlighting the skill level that has made the Dutch aluminium yards famous.
The target for this design was a fast, seakindly, all-weather offshore cruiser for a family of five. The hull form is narrow with an L/B of 3.52 and the D/L is 166. The sections show a soft, arclike shape with low wetted surface. The half angle of entry at the DWL is 15 degrees and at the deck it is 19 degrees. The buttwater beam-to beam max number is 75 percent. Draft is moderate at 7 feet and the ballast is all internal. The keel fin is long to allow this boat to sit on its keel when hauled and provide sufficient volume to get the 19,000 of lead ballast down low in the fin along with batteries.
The aluminum construction features a skin thickness of 7 millimeters to just above the DW where it increases to 8 millimeters. The keelshoe is 20 millimeters. This is very durable construction. It’s also easier to get a fair hull when you work with plating more than a quarterinch thick.
Of course I like this boat. I designed it along with the help of Ben Souquet, my right-hand man, and Marinus Meijers. I think it may represent one of the nicest boats I have designed.
Perry 60 – MARLIN – Asking Euro 725,000 inc VAT – lying Terceira, Azores – full details here
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