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|Length overall||34 ft|
|Length waterline||24 ft|
|Beam||8 ft 4 ins|
|Draft||5 ft 9 ins|
|Registered tonnage||5.66 tons|
Calismarde is a 'Tuskar' Class Sloop designed by Alan Buchanan and built in Hullavington in 1956 for Group Captain Atkinson. She has a spoon bow and counter stern. There are 2 foc'sle berths, 2 saloon settee berths and 2 quarter berths. There is 6ft6ins headroom under the doghouse and 5ft 10ins elsewhere.
The hull is strip planked mahogany on oak frames with internal finish in mahogany and oak she has a long keel with the rudder flush mounted. The external ballast is cast iron (approx 2 ½ tons).
The deck and coach roof are marine ply with mahogany bright work. Blake 'Victory' sea lavatory is fitted amidships to starboard with wash basin to port. Water capacity is 20 gallons.
The cooker is 2 burner with grill and oven (Plastimo new 2001) and gimballed.
The sail wardrobe (all Terylene in excellent condition: many by Ratsey & Lapthorn) comprises:
|2 Mainsails with mainsail cover|
|Furling Genoa (furling gear by Sailspar)|
|No. 2 Genoa *|
|Working Jib (self tacking) *|
|No. 2 Jib *|
|No. 3 Jib *|
|Spinnaker (with Snuffer)|
* all set on a removable inner forestay
The Engine is a Yanmar 3 GM 30 F (3 cylinder 27 hp diesel) fresh water cooled and new in 2001. The 3 bladed propeller and shaft were new in 2001 and there is a flexible coupling to the gear box ( 2.3 : 1 ). Instruments and single lever control are in the cockpit.
|Fuel tank capacity 100 litres approx.|
|The engine has run approx 250 hours and has had oil changes every 100 hrs.|
|Fuel consumption is about 2 litres per hour at about 2000 rpm.|
Autohelm ST 4000 is tiller operated and Echo sounder is NASA, both fitted new in 2001
Garmin GPS is beside a full-size chart table and is connected to the Simrad VHF with GMDSS (both new in 2001). A stereo radio cassette player is installed above the chart table. There are 2 large service batteries (to starboard) and one dedicated engine battery (to port). All electrics are on a 12 Volt system and charged by the engine alternator.
|The anchor is a Danforth with 40 metres of chain|
|The S/L Hyspeed anchor winch is a replacement new in 2003|
|There is a CQR kedge anchor, an 'Angel' for heavy weather anchoring|
|Beaching "legs" for drying out|
|mooring warps and fenders.|
The mast is aluminium (deck stepped): the standing and running rigging was renewed in 2001.
The 2-speed sheet winches are Lewmar 40's and there are two other cockpit winches used for the furling gear and self tacker.
We bought Calismarde in Cowes in 1976 and cruised extensively from our home port Holyhead, usually with 3 adults and 3 children. We now normally cruise with 2 - 4 adults. Calismarde is very easily handled and a single hander would find her manageable. She is sea-kindly and while we try to avoid high winds and seas, she has looked after us in Force 8 from time to time.
Our 2002 cruise took us all round Ireland in a clockwise direction, and up to the Outer Hebrides towards the end of the circum-navigation. It was the worst summer for 30 years, according to the Irish, but we had some great sailing and would thoroughly recommend it as an excellent cruising ground, with good facilities and a warm welcome.
Sadly illness has caught up with us in our 60's and we have reluctantly decided to find a new home for her. She is ashore under cover in North Wales.
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