WHIRLWIND is a fully equipped family-owned sailing yacht. She has been maintained to the highest standards since her launch in 1998, her 2 latest yard period in 2007/2008 and in 2017 have ensured that she has maintained her enviable reputation as a yacht of outstanding quality.
Designed by Andre Hoek to be a voluminous yacht with wide beam, medium displacement and moderate draft. She offers a spacious interior with upper and lower saloons, large galley, good engine room, owner cabin, two double guest cabins and very good crew accommodation forward for four with dinette. The cockpit area is well protected by the imposing deckhouse. She is rigged as a cutter with a fairly tall mast and 410 m2 of sail area – she sails well.
The yacht was nominated for the 1998 International Superyacht Design Award.
As Aeolian she was enjoyed as a private yacht and did charter. Under this ownership, in 2007/8, the yacht had a very substantial refit, carried out in Camden, Maine. This included major upgrades like new teak decks, new salon windows, fresh paint on hull, superstructure, mast and boom; new main engine, generators and more. In excess of 1.5 million euros was spent.
Sold on in 2011 she was renamed Whirlwind and was enjoyed as a private vessel. Her registry was changed to Isle of Man and Pleasure Yacht. She cruised the Mediterranean, Caribbean and USA. In 2016 she returned to Europe and in 2017 finalised her EU importation with tax paid status gained in Malta. In March 2017 she was sold to her current owner who retained the name but changed her to French flag. Since then the yacht has been based in the south of France and seen light cruising use. The owner had been a serial motor yacht owner, and this was his first foray into sailing. He was smitten by her looks and classic style. However, whilst he enjoyed the experience enormously sailing it seems is not for his family.
Whirlwind’s looks are wonderful, and she is a serious ocean-going yacht. She is an ideal family cruising yacht that could work very well on the charter market because of her three equal sized cabins and good crew area.
(Notes: under former ownership she was previously MCA compliant under the UK flag;
Under previous Isle of Man Flag she was recorded as 94.13 Gross Tonnage and 67.60 Net Tonnage).
The vessel was built to Lloyds regulations.
Aluminium hull, deck, deckhouse and superstructure.
Deck is overlaid with teak (renewed in 2008). The teak deck was 20mm thickness.
Hull and deck, coaming areas are Awlgrip painted. Topsides are green, and superstructure in white.
The keel is welded aluminium alloy low aspect ratio bulb keel with 20 tons of encased lead.
The hull structure is of 5083-H321 welded aluminium alloy plates. The top sides measure 6 mm,8 mm at the bottom and 10mm keel plates. The frames are welded 50cm apart. The hull has two watertight bulk heads, one forward of the crew cabins and one forward of the lazarette. All construction materials used according to Lloyds specifications. The deck is of 5mm plate, the roof and deckhouse of 5 mm and bulkheads 6mm. Stern plate and transom 8mm.
Zincs on recessed holders 220mm diameter for cathodic protection, plus 1 on the bow thruster, 1 on the rudder.
Access to the engine room is via stairs from the aft port area of the upper saloon.
The engine room has good space and headroom for this size vessel.
Lugger L6125A, six inline cylinder diesel engine, new 2007
4 cycle rated 325 HP @ 2100 continuous duty RPM’s w/ approx.
Engine hours - 7,284 hours in January 2020.
ZF Marine gear – model IRM320A1
Hundested four blade, variable pitch prop, approx. 38” diameter.
Engine start batteries new April 2016.
Extractor fan in engine room.
Performance under power: 9 knots @ cruising speed
11 knots @ maximum speed
Bow thruster – HYDROMAT 40 HP hydraulic retractable unit.
2 x 24KW Northern Lights generators, 50 cycle, both, located in the engine room side by side.
Port generator hours: 4.260 in January 2020 (unit was new in 2015)
Starboard generator hours: 10.997 in January 2020 (unit renewed 2007/8)
Air conditioning: New unit to be fitted in March 2020.
Water maker: HEM 25 Series unit – approx. 50 gallons per hour / 3500 litres per day.
Fitted in the engine room and salon bilges.
Diesel – 5000 litres in two integral double bottom aluminium tanks, fitted under the salon seating floor. The tanks have inspection hatches and electrical fuel gauges. The breathers are located in the side deck lockers. One 100 litre diesel day tank in the engine room equipped with low level alarm and automatic fuel transfer via 2 x pumps. Fuel transfer pipe work all of stainless steel.
2 x separate fuel/water separators.
Freshwater – 4000 litres in 2 integrated tanks with bafflers, with filling and venting pipes and access hatches. They are located to port and starboard in the lower saloon, outboard of the battery banks and forward of the diesel tanks.
Wastewater – all integrated tanks.
2 x grey water tanks of each 300 litres. Integrated, including access hatch for cleaning.
2 x 300 litre black tanks with suction pipe and inspection hatch.
The aft black and grey tanks are located in the lower saloon, forward of the engine room, and the forward tanks are under the sole in the crew mess.
Deck scuppers, piping for bilge pumps, filler pipes and ventilation pipes made of aluminium. Pipework of ABS all connections are couplings, flexible mounted.
Hot water system
Pipes of PVC.
4 x 50 litre Isotemp boilers, placed in fore and amidships.
Bilges and Pumps
One Reya membrane pump.
230v bilge pump operates as a fire pump, drawing water via a through-hull fitting.
Deck wash can use both salt and fresh water.
2 x bronze 24-volt Speck PM15 hydrophone pumps installed in the engine room.
All batteries are placed in the saloon under the soles, forward of the steps to the saloon and aft of the mast and forward accommodation.
4 x battery banks:
2 generator starting batteries – 24VDC, 140 Amp H,
Service bank # 1 – 1500 Amp
Service bank # 2 – 1000 Amp
2 main engine starting batteries – 200 Amp (renewed 2016)
24VDC main engine alternator for start battery
2 x 24V DC alternators – one per generator for starting batteries
1 x 240V AC battery charger main engine starting bank
1 x Mastervolt 230V / 24V / 50 Amp charger – service bank
2 x Mastervolt 380V / 24V / 100 Amp battery chargers – service bank.
2 x Mastervolt 380V / 24V / 100 Amp chargers for power bank
2 x Mastervolt 380V / 24V 12 Amp chargers for generator start
1 x Mastervolt 380V / 24V / 12 Amp charger for main engine start.
Shore power with 30 M cable and shore power transformer (220V-60 Hz; 380V-50 Hz; 220V-50 Hz.)
Whirlwind accommodates 8 guests in 3 double en-suite cabins (2 have also a pullman bed) plus 4 crew in 2 cabins forward with their own crew mess. There are three guest bathrooms and one crew bathroom
Deck and cockpit
In the spacious cockpit there are two settees both port and starboard with coffee tables that extend to dining to comfortably accommodate 6 or 8 persons. The helm position is aft of this and then there is a good-sized aft deck suitable for sunbathing with a hatch leading to a spacious lazarette.
Lower deck from forward to aft:
Forepeak with chain locker.
Coming aft to port is the double-bedded captain’s cabin and to port is a stack berth crew cabin. From the hallway there is a wall ladder and deck access to the foredeck.
Coming aft on the port side is the crew shower, toilet and wash basin compartment. Aft of this is the U-shaped settee with cupboard, TV and shelving forming the crew mess room area.
To port of the crew mess is the owner’s double-bedded cabin with en-suite shower room, toilet and wash basin, well insulated from the crew accommodation by a double lined central bulkhead and the owner’s bathroom.
The owner’s cabin leads directly out into the lower saloon where on the port side there is a C shaped settee to port with coffee table. This saloon is open plan with the deck saloon and on the starboard side is a large desk area with cabinets and storage area.
The lower saloon leads into the galley on the starboard side which has full headroom to the top of the deck saloon making it spacious and very light.
There are steps up from the aft end of the galley to the deck saloon as there are on the centreline leading up from the lower saloon.
The deck saloon is over the main engine room with access to the engine room in the aft starboard corner. This saloon has a good panoramic view with bar area and seating in another U-shaped settee with a dining table.
From the aft end of the deck saloon there are 3 stairways. The central one leading up into the cockpit and one port and one starboard lead down into the respective mirrored aft double-bedded cabins. These cabins have en-suite shower compartments and there is good wardrobe storage. There is a small settee beside each double bed.
On starboard of the deck house with:
MIELE 4 Burners Induction Stove
GAGGANGEAU Oven And Hob
MIELE Dishwasher G665
MIELE Washer W9345 LW
MIELE Dryer T585C
NAVIGATION INSTRUMENTS, COMMUNICATIONS & ENTERTAINMENT
Brookes&GatehouseHydra2000MultifunctionDisplays (1 at the chart table in the pilothouse)
Furuno autopilot, new 2019
Furuno GPS/WAAS Navigator GP37 at upper chart table
2 x Furuno Navnet units at upper chart table
Simrad R587 GMDSScapablehandheldVHF at upper station
Simrad R 586 VHF at lower station
SkantiTRP7000SSB at lower chart/office area
SailorMiniM Sat C transceiver
Separate HPcomputerwithNavisailorchartplottersoftware, at the office area
TV and VCR multisystem
Sony 200 CD player/tuner/two amps/cassette
Individual stereo systems in each cabin
SPARS AND RIGGING
Spars and rigging:
Whirlwind has a masthead cutter rig with 3 sets of sweptback spreaders, 1 forestay, 1 inner forestay, 2 backstays and 2 runners.
Triplespreader,taperedaluminum mastbyProctor.Keel stepped mast.
Reckmann hydraulic roller furler on the fore and inner forestay (genoa and staysail).
NavtecA850hydraulicboomvang (new 2016).Navtechydraulicouthaul
Navtec hydraulic rams/cylinders for 2 backstay cylinders, mainsail outhaul, Navtec 90 boom vang (vang new July 2016), with the panel mounted in the cockpit.
Lewmar hydraulic power packs, one for furling hear and second power pack for the winches and windlass, both packs are installed in the lazarette.
Hydraulic pumps on Main engine and port generator to drive deck hydraulic gear.
1 x 168 m² Spectra fully battened mainsail 2013
1 x 155 m² Spectra yankee 2013
1 x 70 m² Spectra staysail 2013
1 x 412 m² gennaker
1 x storm gib
1 x tri sail
Sail area: 410 m2
Upwind: 323 m²
Downwind: 570 m²
2 x Lewmar77SThydraulicrunnerwinches
1 x Lewmar88SThydraulicstaysailsheetwinch
1 x Lewmar88SThydraulicmainsheetwinch
1 x Lewmar43STmainsailtravellerwinches
1 x Lewmar77SThydraulicmainsailhalyardwinch
1 x Lewmar77SThydraulicspinnakerhalyardwinch
1 x Lewmar66STreefingwinches
TENDERS AND TOYS
Crew dinghy with outboard engine
SAFETY AND SECURITY
1 G FIX PRO 406 MHz GPS EPIRB
Anchor windlass -Ascon hydraulic vertical unit
240 lb. CQR anchor and new (2020) 130m 16mm chain.
Cradle in front of the mast for the tender
Dodger on the companion way
Bimini over the cockpit
MANTEINANCE AND REFITS HISTORY
2017 / 2018:
New Converter and 1 new MASTERVOLT charger, 1 charger fixed
Refit of the thrust control mechanism
Refit of the electricity of the Pitch & Pitch adjustment
Hydraulic windlass refit
New fire pump
Re-varnish on deck
Refit and rebuild of the steering gear control system
New tender cover and main sail cover
Repair work on water pumps
Revision of the sails Overhaul and repair of alternators and starters Cleaning of black and grey water tanks Emptying the Generators, main motor, inverter and variable pitch Change of air conditioning Control and cleaning of pumps, new pump connected to main motor Overhaul of Lewmar winches and control unit Bimini change
The following list has been extracted from earlier specifications and works made prior to current ownership have not been verified and are not guaranteed. Listed for general information only.
2015: New generator
2013: New sails, mast out & general overhaul of spars and rigging
2007 / 2008:
Repaint mast and boom
New standing rigging
New running rigging
New spinnaker pole
Hull and Deck
Repaint hull with Awlgrip in dark green/gold
Repaint superstructure in oyster white
Strip and varnish teak
New teak deck 20mm Burma teak
New saloon window
Service of all deck hardware
New deck hatches
New main engine
Service gear box
New valves MCA
All pipes fire proofed
New generator exhaust
New deck head panels
Revarnish floor boards
New navigation systems
New speed log
New depth sounders
New computer system