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"Domani", Dutch Steel Motor Yacht Lying  'Canal du Midi', France

Aft Cabin

Owner's Comments

We needed a boat like ‘Domani’ because we’d moved to North Brittany and wished to use this base to explore the Inland Waterways of France. Sadly our ocean-going Rival 34 couldn’t navigate the canal system. Her draft of 1.5m could barely get us up to Dinan on the Rance never mind negotiate under all the waterway bridges. We sold her not without some misgivings and went up to Holland in search of a displacement-type motor-cruiser with a draft of no more than 1m, and an air-draft not exceeding 2.5m. Her engine had to be fuel efficient, quiet with a single shaft to keep things simple. She had to be able to cruise reliably all day at no more than 6k . Since there were only the two of us, all we needed was a double cabin aft and a double in the saloon for guests. It was also essential that the centre cockpit was sufficiently large for entertaining, and where we could dine in real comfort no matter the weather. And spacious enough to bed down visiting grandchildren. Since ‘Domani’ met all these requirements, and since a comprehensive survey revealed no major defects we bought her in November 2004.

The composite construction of steel hull and deck with timber and plywood superstructure produces a robust craft whose elegant hull lines and white-painted topsides are complimented by the varnished mahogany of coachroof coamings and cockpit shelter. The below-waterline portion of the hull was stripped back to bare steel within the past 4 years, then recoated with protective epoxy paint, decks were repainted, deck brightwork has been scraped back and revarnished, and various modifications and improvements have been made within the accommodation. 

The number of recommendations by our English surveyor were relatively low, and dealt mainly with items of routine maintenance and basic safety provision. However, although internal paint coatings were found to be in remarkably good order, an area of flaking rust was found within the galley bilge. Although not of structural concern, the plating beneath to be sound, we decided to take preventive action by cleaning off any loose or flaking rust by wire brushing and chipping locally. We also reinstated the surface of concrete beneath the galley sole and then ran in a mix of epoxy resin. The whole area was then repainted with several coats of Internationals Epoxy Primer followed by their Special Interior Coating. An invoice for labour & materials of £485 is available. 

During 2005, the following additions/improvements/maintenance were initiated:

2 coats of Seajet Shogun 033 anti-fouling primer & paint.
Fitting of a one-off s/s bow roller to accommodate a new 10kgs Bruce, 30 metres of 14” Multiplait Nylon warp and 5 metres chain.
Fitting of an additional 1kg automatic fire-extinguisher.
Addition of a fire-blanket.
Fitting of an automatic electric bilge pump (Jabsco 37202) and thru top-sides low down discharge.
Fitting of an RCD (safety trip) for the shore power circuit.
Provision of lifting tackles for the davits
Additional fenders & mooring lines.
Refilling of external seams where necessary and touch-in very localised minor abrasions on hull, deck and internally.
Maintenance of varnish coverings where necessary.
Routine maintenance of engine.

Unfortunately our cruising plans have been curtailed due to family circumstances, and a move to another part of France, but we have certainly enjoyed owning her, not just for her classic design (she attracts admiring looks wherever she goes), but for the ease and convenience of her layout - and more especially that everything works! Her easily accessed Vetus engine has been a joy, and hasn’t given us a moment of concern. We’ve had many picnics with friends aboard, and some serious wining & dining under the stars also. She is very well suited for her job of cruising inland waterways. However, she is also capable of comfortably navigating inshore waters in the usual sea-state associated with winds of up to say Force 4.


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For further details or to arrange to view, please contact Adrian  Espin at: - Astonbury Marine Services 
19 Colne Road, Brightlingsea, Essex, CO7 0DL  Tel: 01206 305 996  or +44 1206 305 996
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In this case we are acting as Brokers only. The Vendor is not selling in the course of a business. Whilst every care has been taken in their preparation, the correctness of these particulars is not guaranteed. The particulars are intended only as a guide and they do not constitute a term of any contract. A prospective buyer is strongly advised to check the particulars and where appropriate at his own expense to employ a qualified Marine Surveyor to carry out a survey and/or to have an engine trial conducted.