The Fastnet 45 was built to the highest standards for ocean racing and cruising at the respected Dutch yard of Adolf LeComte. These yachts were designed by William Luders, who created a powerful, sea-kindly vessel with beautiful classic lines.
The interior plan features two private staterooms, two heads with showers, a spacious main salon, an exceptional sea galley, a spacious navigation station, and wonderful touches throughout such as the custom Delvt tile and stainless steel stove. The interior joinery is varnished teak, with solid teak and holly cabin soles.
Limulus was indoors for 4 years during an extensive re-fit (2009-2013). She was launched in August 2013, day sailed for 2 months, hauled and stored until 2015. Limulus has been day-sailed for 2 seasons since and looks absolutely stunning inside and out!
Please see "Full Specs." for complete details on all of the upgrades and modifications made during the extensive re-fit.
Limulus is an exceptionally equipped and beautifully maintained yacht. She now provides a "turn key" opportunity to those seeking a vessel that can safely navigate any ocean in the world.
The Fastnet 45 was built to the highest standards for ocean racing and cruising at the respected Dutch yard of Adolf LeComte. These yachts were designed by William Luders, who created a powerful, sea-kindly vessel with beautiful classic lines. The interior plan features two private staterooms, two heads with showers, a spacious main salon, an exceptional sea galley, a spacious navigation station, and wonderful touches throughout such as the custom Dutch soapstone and bronze solid fuel fireplace in the salon. The interior joinery is varnished teak, with solid teak and holly cabin soles.
Excellent space utilization permits the Fastnet 45 to offer a roomy, two stateroom accommodation plan with an uncluttered, full-width main salon and raised galley and navigation area. The two staterooms are separated by the main salon, which provides an uncommon level of privacy for both staterooms, unique in a 45-foot boat. Each stateroom has its own head, complete with toilet, vanity, medicine/storage cabinet and shower. Headroom is 6’ 6’ throughout, and the traditional Dutch fit and finish is evident in all joiner-work.
Topsides, there is an expansive cockpit, a split rig with a removable inner staysail, an elegant sheer and a high bow for slicing through the seas. She is a joy to sail, sea-kindly, stiff and dry, and surprisingly fast even compared to today’s modern hulls. She is definitely a “head-turner” in any harbor, and as nice an example of the Fastnet 45 as can be found anywhere.
New Garmin 5212 GPS/Plotter
New Raymarine Autopilot
New VHF Radio
New North NorDac Full Batten Mainsail
New North 120% Genoa
New Tides Marine Mast Track (effortless hoist & douse)
New Harken Furling System for Headsail
New Spinnaker Track
New Internal Harken 7:1 Outhaul System
All New Mast & Boom Cleats Including Tracks & Hardware
New Awlgrip on Mast, Boom & Spreaders
All New Running Rigging
All New Standing Rigging
Limulus was re-powered in the early 90's with a Yanmar 4JHT-E, 75 HP diesel engine. This is one of the best engines in the industry and provides plenty of power to smoothly push her at hull speed.
Remove and re-bed all deck hardware including stanchion bases, pulpit and pushpit.
Awlgrip decks, non-skid, house, cockpit and all exterior surfaces.
Awlgrip Topsides, boot and cove stripes.
Replace 8 fixed Lexan port-lights in topsides.
Remove, rebuild and Awlgrip windlass, upgrade wiring.
Replace lifelines and lifeline hardware.
Rewire navigation lights
Replace all chrome plated deck hardware with solid stainless. (deck fills, vents, wash-downs, etc).
Service all winches.
Replace aft head hatch with new custom stainless steel hatch.
Replace Lexan in all opening hatches, replace gaskets.
Fabricate new teak cockpit locker hatches.
Paint lazarette, battery locker, steerage area.
Rewire shore-power system, replace inlet receptacle.
Replace engine controls and cables.
Replace cockpit mounted emergency bilge pump and plumbing.
Re-galvanize 2 CQR anchors, replace chain with new.
Soda blast and barrier coat bottom.
Replace both heads and head plumbing, y-valves, vents, loops.
Install holding tank in fwd. head.
Replace salt water wash-down system and plumbing.
Install fresh water wash-down system.
Glass in anchor rode shelf, paint anchor locker.
Service all seacocks, replace as 3 needed.
Re-build steering system, replace sheaves and cables.
Paint bilges, forward.
Paint interior lockers, closets and storage spaces.
Remove and refasten mast step.
Rebuild all bilge pumps and floats.
Varnish interior including sole.
Replace all interior lighting fixtures with new LED fixtures. Add lighting in main salon, aft cabin, aft head.
Install cedar lining in salon hanging locker.
Replace bulkhead compass at nav. station.
Replace bulkhead section in aft cabin, port side.
Replace aft cabin interior teak paneling.
Replace interior headliner throughout boat.
Replace teak hull ceiling in main salon and V-berth.
Strip all hardware from mast and boom.
Re-build stainless steel mast cap, reinforce gussets.
Modify boom: install internal Harken 7:1 outhaul system.
Replace outhaul track and car.
Reinforce spreaders, weld new tips.
Strip and Awlgrip mast, boom and spreaders.
Replace all mast and boom cleats, tracks and hardware with new.
Replace all running rigging, halyards, sheets, control lines, etc.
Install new Tides Marine mast track.
Replace all 12 volt mast wiring. Install LED mast and spreader light fixtures.
Replace spinnaker track with new.
Replace furler and headstay with new Harken system.
Install Schaeffer furling line lead block system.
Replace all standing rigging with new 1 X 19 SS wire.
Re-upholster cushions in V-berth and nav. station.
Replace exhaust hoses and engine hoses.
Rebuilt injectors and fuel distribution pump.
Rebuild alternators (2).
Overhaul and re-insulate hot water heater.
Install new refrigeration compressor belt tensioning system.
New North NorDac full batten mainsail, new North 120 genoa
New Shaw & Tenney dinghy oars.
New dock lines, fenders, fleece fender covers.
New ash shroud rollers.
New VHF radio.
New Garmin 5212 GPS/plotter.
New Raymarine Autopilot.
Heavily built in Holland to Lloyds specifications for fiberglass vessels. Dutch craftsmanship is evident throughout. Interior joinery is satin finished teak, the cabin sole is teak and holly. Fittings are stainless steel. Aluminum spars. A superb seagoing vessel, featuring a relatively heavy displacement, moderate beam, and deep keel with a cutaway forefoot and modified full keel with skeg hung rudder.
The LeComte Fastnet 45 is an innovative Bill Luders design that was ahead of it's time. Built to Lloyds standards, Limulus is an exemplary example of this comfortable, fast, passage capable design. Her robust construction, comfortable roomy layout, keen seakeeping abilities along with her extensive upgrades make her an excellent choice for all seeking a boundless cruising vessel.