Ambassador is a Dutch built steel motorsailer with a ketch rig.
She has the spacious cabins and powerful engine of a motor boat but with the sail configuration of a yacht.and the ability to travel without constraints.
She is an ideal liveaboard vessel and suited to long term plans, for example fitted with mast tabernacles, designed to take the French canals to extend cruising to the Mediterranean.
Ambassador is a superb motorsailing ketch which has been mainly used as a liveaboard; that said, she handles well under a full sail or just running with the genoa.
She is quite unique, she was built in Holland by Hitters Proost and there is a photo of her just after she was built sporting a spinnaker.
She spent some time as a second home in Palma, then travelled the french canals to St Kathrine's haven where she became a pied-a-terre for two different owners. The masts are on tabernacles and will step to clear the canal bridges so she could easily go back to the Med.
I am Ambassadors fourth owner which is not bad for a 40 year old girl.
She has been well looked after and I have all the instructions and documents dating back to when she was new, I even have a copy of the architects plans.
I bought her as a liveaboard and also to sail, I searched specifically for a spacious liveaboard which could be solo-sailed and Ambassador was the only one I found.
I had planned to sail Norway, Denmark and the Baltic but my life path has changed which is why Ambassador is now up for sail.
She has a powerful 6 cylinder engine which is very economical. She is keel cooled and the exhausts are dry so there is no saltwater heat exchanger or sea-cocks or pumps to worry about and only minimal maintenance, no faff, just turn the key and go.
She has been fitted with a galvanic isolator and this has significantly reduced maintenance too.
She has a powerful bow-thruster with a remote control, so coming alongside and mooring is dead easy.
She has an auto-pilot which will hold a steady course whilst I raise the sails but to be honest, she has a big hydraulic rudder and once set, she holds her course whilst I hoist the mizzen and that keeps the head to wind whilst I lift the main.
The genoa is furling and that can be controlled from the aft deck where there is a second wheel, also with Vetus hydraulics and a second morse control.
On the bow there is a 20kg Danforth anchor, a Lofrans windlass and 60m of 10mm chain in the locker. on the aft deck there is a spare 15kg kedge.
On the davits there is an 8ft fibreglass rowing boat with oars and a 2hp mariner outboard.
On the aft deck there is a locker which four-man lifeboat, day shapes and various warps.
There are plenty of fenders, a dozen i think, plus a horseshoe life ring and light.
In fact, there is everything you would need to sail her away as I am not taking anything away with me.
Inside she sleeps 7
Two in the spacious double in the master cabin (aft) one (pilot berth) on the settee in the saloon, two in bunks in the mid-cabin and two in the V-berth in the forward cabin, an in-fill converts the V-berth into a double.
There are two heads, one forward and one aft, the aft (in the master cabin has a shower with mixer tap).
There is plenty of storage in the aft cabin and some hanging space too.
The deck-saloon is light and airy and like the master cabin, it has colour-changing mood (party) lighting in the deck-head panelling; in the saloon, the lights will dance to the music from the DAB and spotify enabled radio.
An Airtronic blown-air heating system circulates air into all the cabins and heads so it is always warm.
The galley is equipped with a gimble mounted Plastimo 2500 double ring cooker with grill and oven and above this is a an extractor with down-light. The gas bottles are on the aft deck and there is a gas BBQ on the aft deck too
The fridge is 240 volt but will run off the inverter.
In the engine room are two 250 litre fresh water tanks plus one 150 litre waste tank taking waste from the aft heads, compliant with french and dutch waterways; additionally, there is a 70 litre diesel 'day' tank.
There is a boom tent which covers the aft deck, a pull-out bimini (sun shade) which fits to the mizzen boom too. there is a winter cover that goes over the foredeck and sun covers for the saloon windows, there is also a winter cover for the butterfly sunlight in the saloon roof.Ambassador is currently moored in Hartlepool and the mooring is paid up until April
There is a lot of spec and a lot of extras, too numerous to mention
Manufacturer : J. Hitters Proost
Model : Cupido
Boat Year : 1981
Boat Length, Draft, Beam: (Mtr or Feet)
Length = 12.4m
Beam = 3.85m
Draft = 1.4m
Engine/s Type and Size:
Mercedes OM346 6-cylinder diesel.
165hp at 1800 rpm. 2568 hours run
Borg Warner gearbox turning a 60mm diameter s/s shaft and a 28" 3-bladed propeller
Fuel type and Qty :
Diesel main tank 900 litre
Diesel day tank 60 litres with 12v fuel transfer pump
500 litres of water in two 250 litres tanks
150 litre waste holding tank
Speed Max and cruising : 10 knots max, 8.5 knots cruising
Berths /Accommodation : 7
Heads / Toilet (Sea/Chemical) :Two heads, one forward, one aft
Fuel/Water/Holding size & qty of tanks :
500 litres of water in two 250 litres tanks
150 litre waste holding tank
Electronics (GPS RADR Shore Power ETC):
Sails (Type, Qty, Age):
m2 Genoa - 4 years old - furling forestay
Main sail - age unknown
Mizzen sail - age unknown
Standing Rigging (Age and type) Age Unknown
Running Rigging (Age and type) : 4years old
Steering type : Rudder on Vetus manual hydraulic Wheels
Galley / Kitchen (Hot water, grill, oven, fridge etc):
Galley Sink with pumped hot and cold water
Plastimo Neptuine 2500 gimbled cooker with two hobs, grill and oven.
Air extractor / cooker hood
240 volt fridge and freezer.
Canopys / Covers (Spray, Bimini, mainsail, lazy jacks, cockpit etc:
Spray dodgers around aft deck.
Sail bag on Mizzen
Mizzen fitted with lazy jacks
Sail bag incorperated in lazy jack system on main.
Lewmar type 44 self-tailing sheet winches
Fordeck sun / winter cover
Aft deck boom tent.
Sun covers for saloon windows.
Aft deck bimini
Tender: Solid tender with Yamaha outboard and boat cover
How long owned : 4 Years
Reason For Sale : On-land projects forcing a change of career and lifestyle and a move to another country
Known Faults Requirements: Fluxgate compass doesnt work
Vane broken off wind speed and direction indicator of mast head (feckin seagulls)
Last Marine Survey : 4th July 2016
Maintenance History (Brief):
As a live-aboard, Ambassador is looked after and loved and does not deteriorate like many little-visited boats do.
Jobs that need doing are done because i have the time to do them.
Ambassador was last lifted out in May 2019.
There was no significiant deterioration of the anodes so these were left but the hull was painted to the rubbing strake and she was anti-fouled.
20kg Danforth anchor with 60m of 10mm chain (marked at 5m increments)
12v Lowfrens anchor windlass
15kg Bruce type kedge anchor
lots of assorted warps and lines
Plastimo 4-man raft (2014)
Spacious master cabin aft with heads and shower.
Two berth passage cabin (bunks)
Two berth forward cabin with in-fill to create a double.