Najad 490 – full spec now live


The full specification of the newly listed 2002 Najad 490 ‘LA CONTENTA’ is now live.

Originally ordered with the specific brief to create a safe, comfortable and easily-managed world-cruiser for a husband & wife crew, LA CONTENTA has proven herself to be all of this and more. Her specification highlights include:-

• Leisurefurl inboom furling system
• Andersen electric winches
• Cutter rig with Furlex furlers for staysail and yankee
• Two cabin, two heads layout with custom front cabin configuration affording substantially increased stowage over standard.
• 24vDC domestic system
• 6kw Generator
• Spectra 24vDC watermaker
• Clima air-conditioning
• Eberspacher Hydronic heating
• KVH Tracvision Satellite TV system
• Icom SSB radio
• Washing machine

Particular attention was given to creating essential additional storage and also logical choices in terms of rig, machinery and electrical selection and location. A major requirement of her original owners was the ability to service systems at sea safely and with ease; something which is particularly important but frequently overlooked in so-called ‘blue water cruisers’.

First launched in 2002, LA CONTENTA cruised for on average 6 months of each year in her original ownership with her systems fully laid up in between. Sold to her second (current) owners in 2012 as a replacement to their Rustler 42, LA CONTENTA underwent a 2yr extensive refit to update, replace or add further equipment deemed necessary to allow her new owners to embark upon extended blue water cruising. With circa £100k spent across all areas of the yacht, LA CONTENTA is arguably as close to ‘turn key’ as it is possible to get. Her refit highlights include:-

• New standing rigging
• New North Spectra sails
• New electronics
• New cooker with upgraded dual-input gas system
• Engine-out overhaul and service/overhaul of all machinery systems
• New batteries
• Overhauled teak decks
• Replacement rudder with upgraded stainless steel stock
• New covers and canvas
• New Eberspacher ‘Hydronic’ water heating system in addition to existing air-con.

Unfortunately, poor health and a general change of plans has meant that at the end of their 5 year preparation period (2 years finding the right yacht and then 3 years making her 100% ready to go), her owners will not be embarking on their originally planned extended cruising. As such a rather unique opportunity now exists to buy a stunningly-built Swedish centre cockpit blue water cruiser with all the necessary preparation & update work carried out and the bulk of her annual depreciation long since completed. Yachting will of course always cost money but with a new yacht there will be the added cost of depreciation whilst with an older yacht there are the inevitable refit costs, but with LA CONTENTA, neither of these apply.

‘LA CONTENTA’ is priced at £289,950 VAT-paid and can be inspected in Poole – UK. Her full specification can be found here.


Do you have a yacht like this to sell? Grabau International are always looking for new high quality cruising yacht listings both in the UK and internationally. For further information about our tailored brokerage services, please look here or feel free to contact us.

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