FRIENDS FOREVER is a superbly crafted 3-Cabin / 2-Head DH550 custom cruising catamaran that is sure to impress the most discriminating buyer. Please see the photos and full specs for more detailed descriptions.
Currently hauled out in Leros, Greece for fresh anti-fouling paint. Launching at the end of May with planned passages to Milos, Kithyra, Sicily, Tunisia, and then to a marina in Valencia, Spain. Serious buyers wishing to experience the yacht may join along the way, terms to be discussed. Contact broker for further information.
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Volvo Penta D2-55 Engines with Saildrives
930 liters (245 gal) fuel in 4 stainless steel tanks
Shore power connection
220VAC electrical circuit
Generator: Westerbeke 9.4Kva
12VDC electrical circuit
1000 amp-hour house battery bank
Engine starting batteries (2)
Solar Panels: E20 Blue Solar 327W 61CV (qty 4)
Navigation Lights: deck level and masthead
30 GPH Sea Recovery Aqua Whisper Mini 750 Watermaker
900 liters (238 gal) fresh water in 2 stainless steel tanks
Cruisair reverse-cycle air conditioning: 75,000 BTU total in 3 units
(2) Isotherm refrigerators 190 liter (6.7 cu. ft.) and 130 liter (4.6 cu. ft.)
Freezer - 155 liter (5.5 cu.ft.)
5-burner Smeg hob (built-in countertop stove) & oven
Bosch washing machine
Bosch condenser tumble dryer
Samsung / Fusion TV/CD/DVD/Radio
Ground Tackle: - Lewmar stainless steel anchor 32kg (70 lb) with 100m (300 ft) stainless steel Chain
- Galvanized claw anchor: 20kg (44 lb) with 15m (50 ft) chain / 100m (300 ft) rode
- Lewmar electric windlass
- 8 Fenders - 8 Docklines
Why DH550 FRIENDS FOREVER is a Wonderful Catamaran to Own
I fell in love with the design and concept of the DH550 way back in 2006 when I witnessed the 1st boat being built in Trinidad by Phil Harvey, co designer. It made so much sense that I had to get involved and build one too. The boat is light for its size, incredibly strong and stiff, sails like a dream even in very light winds and needs only tiny areas of sail to keep going comfortably and speedily when the wind is up, a big plus when passage making and the seas are building.
The saloon is very spacious and airy, 360 degree views through large windows allow one to feel more secure and aware of the surroundings, great for overall safety. “Cabin fever” is an unlikely ailment on this boat - there is room to walk around without bumping into anyone or anything. The galley is very much part of this area so the fun is shared at all times, no matter what you are busy with.
FRIENDS FOREVER was built with serious cruising in mind and as such, a lot of thought was put into self-containment and sufficiency. Water and fuel storage is large, there are 4 large solar panels, a big battery bank, a 9.4 KVA generator and battery charger, a 30 gallon per hour water maker, 75000 BTU’s of air conditioning, a large freezer and two fridges, one for drinks and the other for the galley and much storage space are all testimony to this end.
Below decks we have opted for less quantity but have more space for the less. I will explain: there is an owner’s cabin on the port side and two cabins on the starboard side. The owner has his own bathroom with basin and cupboard, toilet and enclosed shower, ample cupboard space and a small desk in the main cabin. The layout works more “home-like” than “boat-like.” On the starboard side the cabins share a toilet in its own enclosure with a hand basin alongside another large enclosure which houses the luxury size shower. The two cabins have their own hand wash basins so pre sleep routines are done in private in one’s own space.
On the port side, where part of the second cabin would have been, a dedicated “utility room” is created allowing proper, practical installation of the generator, water maker and small workshop/storeroom for spares. To my mind, this is the way to go, one can properly and correctly execute all the practicalities commiserate with the running and servicing of these expensive machines without having to be a contortionist. This ensures efficiency and longevity of the said equipment because using it and checking on it is a pleasure. I have sailed all my life, always made port in good shape, took part in the BOC single handed around the world race in 1994/95, this beautiful catamaran encompasses and includes many ideas that I would find indispensable for comfort and safety at sea.
- JJ Provoyeur
A review of FRIENDS FOREVER was written by Neil Cramb and featured in the July 2016 issue of SA SAILING Magazine. Here are some excerpts:
...the DH550...one of the loveliest new boats in South Africa built by some of the most experienced craftsmen around today.
...the DH550 is a mixture of Dudley [Dix's] experoence with light strong aircraft-style plywood building and Phil [Harvey's] requirement for a high-volume easily-driven boat which is easy to sail and above all simple to control.
JJ [Provoyeur] has adopted all the versatility which plywood building offers, and all his personality has been poured into his latest project.
The construction of the DH550 has used epoxy-skinning only in below-water areas...to afford abrasion-resistance to the bottom so the yacht can be easily and safely beached.
Simple wholesome carpentry is evident everywhere...
FRIENDS FOREVER is a modern take on cruising catamarans.
The rig is a sensible cruising rig with a slim 400mm or square top on the main and screecher.
...the yacht [is] able to cruise effortlessly...with a complement of two.
She's built with her business lounge forward of the main bulkhead which spans the whole deck saloon; here at the base of the mast all the rigging is led to a series of electric Lewmar [winches] and a battery of clutches. The double bridle mainsheet is led here, along with the self-tacking jib and the spinnaker sheets, so there is literally no need to leave the sailing cockpit at all, and the main steering position is directly behind the mast with a wheel in the cockpit, and its mirror in the saloon, both on a common shaft.
Forward of the working cockpit is a retinue of accessible storage hatches - big bins in the bridgedeck which house the windlass, tankage, and storage for sails and the like, so nothing needs to be brought below through the accommodation.
The full-wisth main saloon is expansive and light, with an equally generous aft cockpit opening through magnificent stainless sliding doors. Salie Jacobs, of the boat building brother, has done all JJ's stainless work and the custom finish is breathtakingly brilliant. Tilting sash windows open the area for tropical ventilation, whilst the vertical forward end of the saloon means that the headroom throughout is cathedral-like.
Everything has a sense of scal on this boat, and the voluminous space is taken with handsome allocations of luxuriously-sized equipment. The refrigerated storage is cavernous: stainless fridges and freezers are tucked under the galley worktops and they partner with the monstrous [5-burner] range which befits a modern home.
The galley adjoins a freestyle bar/eating area which is designed with similarly sumptuous storage.
Plumbing and piping has all been kept as unobtrusive as possible - a massive watermaker and twin air conditioners are kept powered by a Westerbeke generator, and like everything else, including the twin Volvo diesels commanded by a Glendinning fly-by-wire control...is optimally installed.
The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.