New Listing – 2002 Najad 490


Extremely well-equipped 2002-launched Najad 490 with great 3-cabin, 2-heads interior layout, full-time cutter rig, electric winches, and everything you need for comfortable bluewater adventures.


With just three owners since new, ‘ADASTRINA’ is hull No. 23 of the Najad 490 range of Swedish-built centre-cockpit bluewater cruising yachts.

Originally delivered to a Dutch owner, ADASTRINA was very lightly used for the first few years of her life. Sold to her previous UK owners in 2007, she continued a life of light usage around UK waters and then down towards Madeira where her owners had planned to take part in the ARC, but ‘home life’ and COVID got in the way. Repatriated back to the UK and sold by Grabau International to her current UK-based owners, ADASTRINA was refitted in 2023 in readiness for an Atlantic circuit which has now been successfully completed.

Delivered with factory dark blue gelcoat, her previous owners recently applied a vinyl wrap in traditional white/red Najad colour scheme, to protect the gel finish beneath. Fully equipped for short-handed bluewater sailing, and with minimal preparation and investment needed to ready her for her next adventures, ADASTRINA would be an ideal solution for a 2024 ARC or further adventures.


When planning to buy a liveaboard Bluewater cruiser, we specifically wanted a Najad 490 – for build quality, sailing performance, living comfort and safety – we were not disappointed. After an extensive refit including new instruments, Starlink, solar and wind generation, this lovely boat has taken us safely round the Atlantic circuit from the UK via the Canaries and Cape Verde to Granada with the ARC+, up through the Caribbean and back via Bermuda and the Azores. We mainly sailed as a couple and took on crew for the Atlantic passages. Her 3-cabin layout is perfect for guests and crew, yet we can happily handle her as a couple. We have lived aboard for nearly a year in comfort and style – her outstanding quality wood interior, sumptuous seating, and galley facilities the envy of our cruising friends! She is remarkably cool in the tropics yet warm and snug in northern climes. She has provided a safe, solid, and head turning home for us. We have now decided to return home and so she is now available for new owners to take her on her next adventure.

• 2.00m draft keel.
• Dark blue gelcoat hull with white vinyl wrap and carmine red style lines.
• Standard 3-cabin, two heads interior layout with twin armchair configuration in saloon and linear galley in walkthrough to aft cabin.
• Refurbished teak decks.
• Yanmar 96hp engine with 3-bladed Flex-o-Fold propeller.
• 24vDC bowthruster.
• In-mast furling full-time cutter rig with North Sails.
• Genoa and staysail furlers (Furlex 400s x 2).
• Dual groove foil for rigging twin genoas downwind.
• Replacement standing rigging.
• Carbon spinnaker pole.
• Gennaker with Karver top-down furler.
• Andersen electric sheet and furling/control line winches.
• Fischer Panda 6.0kw generator with water separator silencer box – cooling water discharged below waterline.
• Mastervolt electrics with charger/inverter and Gel batteries.
• Spectralite solar panels.
• Rutland wind generator.
• Dessalator 100 litre per hour watermaker from 2018 with dual voltage 24vDC & 220vAC.
• Dual Eberspacher diesel hot air heating systems – D5 saloon and forward (2018). D3 – for aft cabin (2002 and overhauled 2018).
• Fridge and freezer.
• Washing machine.
• Tender & outboard with retractable davits.
• B&G instruments with Zeus 3s plotters, Halo 20+ radar, pilot.
• AIS transceiver.
• Iridium Go satellite phone system and Starlink Maritime.

• All through hull fittings/seacocks below waterline replaced 2023.
• New Rocna 33kg anchor with Kong swivel anchor connector.
• New 100m MF grade 40 calibrated 10mm anchor chain.
• New Lofrans X2 windlass, with new switch relay box.
• 6 Caframo Bora fans installed and wired into master cabin, galley, saloon, bunk cabin and forecabin.
• New B&G system: Triton2 instrument system with Edge processor, Precision P9 compass, NAC3 autopilot controller, Zeus3S chartplotters – 1×12” at chart table and 1×9” above companionway, Halo 20+ radar, 3xTriton2 displays above companionway, 1 Triton2 display at steering pedestal with Pilot Controller, Bluetooth handheld remote pilot controller, new speed/depth and wind sensors.
• Rutland 1200 wind turbine with Hybrid MPPT charge controller.
• 2×150 watt spectralite semi flex pro solar panels connected to Mastervolt charger.
• New Mastervolt system: 6x200AH Gel batteries, Easyview 5 monitoring and control panel, Mastershunt 500 battery monitor, Alpha 24/75 Alternator with Alpha Pro regulator, Mass Combi Ultra 24/3500 charger/inverter.
• New engine start battery.
• Standing rigging replaced and rig refurbished by Allspars.
• Teak decks refurbished.
• Starlink Maritime version.
• New spray hood and Bimini canvas.
• New curtains throughout interior.
• New engine room automatic fire extinguisher.
• Deck hatches all glazing replaced.
• Washing machine Daewoo Winia Mini 3kg installed in aft cabin.
• New DC motor for Watermaker installed in Las Palmas.
• Additional manual bilge pump installed under saloon floor.
• Remaining interior lights changed to LED.
• Lee cloths added to forward and aft cabins.
• USB 12V charging points installed in all cabins.
• New Bigship tender 2024.
• New water pump and accumulator tank 2024.


“Designing a sailing yacht, capable of sailing all over the world and at the same time being comfortable and safe for the crew, requires a great experience of long-distance cruising yachts. The result is a Najad 490. A 49 foot sailing yacht with a powerful, extremely seaworthy hull of modern design.

The bolted keel of lead is relatively long in order to maintain course stability and a smooth action at sea. When handling on land the yacht can stand on the keel without support in the fore-and-aft line.
The rudder is semi-balanced with a strong skeg, which ensures the steering is light and positive.

The Strong floor plat construction and stringers are laminated into the hull in order to take the external and rig load. An integral swimming platform is built into the stern for comfort and safety.

The Najad 490 offers, due to her size and volume, a variety of individual layout solutions. These layouts are designed by our design department and together with the client the boat is planned for 2-8 persons. Hereby, the Najad 490 is always a very personal yacht in a class of her own.”

Text taken from the Najad Technical Specification August 1998 edition

2002 Najad 490 ‘ADASTRINA’ for sale – Asking £290,000 UK VAT paid – full details 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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