The sought after 'live aboard' version of the Nauticat 331 class AILONA provides spacious accommodation for a crew of 4 in the comfort of two well appointed double cabins. This below decks layout boasts a single large heads forward with separate shower compartment. Between the cabins the elevated wheelhouse saloon accommodates the internal helm position and large saloon table with wrap around seating enjoying panoramic views from the table.
Benefiting from re-fitting and upgrading during the current ownership at a cost of more than £20,000 and offered with a complete inventory AILONA is currently afloat, in commission and available for viewing by appointment at Ardfern.
'The Nauticat 331 is more a motorsailer than a deck saloon admittedly, but it does have the appealing virtue of offering an inside steering position; no longer do helm and crew have to be separated.......
Under power, at around 2,500 rpm, she'll be almost making 7kts, while inside you can be sitting warm, cosy and most of all dry.
Its a couple of steps down to the pilot house from the cockpit. Going forward, shrouds are taken inboard and the teak capped solid guardrails and bulwarks provide good safety moving around on deck......
Whatever the layout, the attention to detail and build quality on board is a real selling point.'
Yachting Monthly, February 2018, Graham Snook - Find Me A....
Of the three basic interior layouts which Nauticat offer for the 331 motorsailer, we chose the live-aboard version because we considered it best suited our pattern of use. Rather than weekend cruising, we prefer to spend at least two or three weeks at a time on the boat, living on board, independent of the land as far as possible. We think of her as our floating country cottage and stock up accordingly.
On average we will spend 80 -90 nights on board annually, day-sailing within a radius of 45 miles or so of our fully serviced marina base, finding sheltered anchorage or mooring each night. The motorsailer attributes of the Nauticat have enhanced of the time pent afloat, making the most of sailing on favorable days and enjoying passages on foul days from the warmth of the internal helm position.
Most of our friends are themselves boat owners so daytime entertaining with 5 -6 people around the large saloon table is the norm. Our grandchildren are either grown up or have other interests, so we seldom have over- night guests on board.
Sailing as a mature couple, we value the spacious layout and more than ample storage which enables us to live comfortably afloat for longer periods without feeling cramped. The live-aboard layout provides room for plenty of clothes, food, boots and shoes, books, cameras, CD’s etc; plenty laying space in the galley with room for two people to work; a roomy heads and an ideal hanging space for wet foulies in the separate shower compartment. We value all of these attributes and have never regretted our choice of the live-aboard option. The tangible feeling of space which it provides has greatly enhanced our pleasure in cruising the west coast of Scotland.
Hull constructed of hand laminated GRP moulding with all structural bulkheads made of teak faced marine plywood. Hull finished in white gelcoat with dark blue style stripes.
Deck moulding constructed of hand laminated GRP moulding finished in white gelcoat. Deck finished with teak through out boat. All handrails and trims constructed of solid teak.
Silver anodised aluminium spars manufactured by Selden Masts, masthead ketch rig configuration. All standing rigging of stainless steel 1x19 wire construction with roll swaged terminals.
Sails valeted and inspected annually by Owen Sails with running repairs carried out as required.
The deck layout of the Nauticat 331 varies little from the original design of the Nauticat 33 and has become something of a trademark. The decks are finished all round in teak decking laid in panels recessed into the deck moulding, the aft cockpit seating is also finished in teak to match the decks.
Access around the decks is excellent with a good selection of substantial hand holds combined with the high solid teak capped rails providing crew with plenty of security. The stainless steel bowsprit is fitted with teak treadplates. A large diameter roller on the starboard side facilitates self stowing of the anchor while an additional bow roller was fitted in 2015 to port for lying at a mooring. The Lofrans Tigres windlass is fitted on the foredeck with the anchor chain self-stowing in the chain locker below decks. Fender baskets are fitted to the pulpit rails forward providing neat on deck storage for a total of six fenders. The wide side decks run along both sides of the wheel house to the small steps leading to the elevated aft deck and cockpit.
The cockpit is located aft of the wheelhouse on the raised after section of deck. The external wheel is mounted directly aft of the mizzen mast with seating provided running fore and aft. The view from the external helm position forward is excellent for manoeuvring the boat into a port or starboard side to berth. Storage lockers are provided within the seating box on the port and starboard sides of the cockpit.
The interior is constructed of high quality joinery work using teak faced plywood and solid teak trims with all surfaces finished in a satin varnish. With fitted carpets (fitted new in 2016) covering the traditional teak and holly sole boards throughout and rich light blue alcantara upholstery in the saloon all in good condition she feels fresh and comfortable below deck.
The forepeak has a large double berth offset on the port side with a single wrap around seat on the starboard side of the cabin. Storage is provided in a selection of shelves above the berths and large bin type lockers beneath the berth with a small dresser unit to starboard aft.
Being the 'live aboard' layout below decks AILONA has a single large heads compartment opposite the galley on the portside. The comparment is spacious and finished in a traditional style with a wipe clean laminate surface and teak trims forming the units while the sole is covered in a mosaic tile floor. The aft end of the compartment is a dedicated shower area, screened from the rest of the compartment with a full length curtain and fitted with a teak slatted seat outboard.
The linear galley is of considerable size and the builder has maximised the use of internal volume to create a spacious and practial working space for spending longer periods aboard. The galley runs along the starboard side with a white work surface appointed with a double stainless steel sink, Eno stainless steel gas cooker and large top loading Isotherm fridge. Storage is provided throughout the galley in a range of lockers. An infill section is provided in way of the cooker to create additional worksurface area when required while a clever folding teak counter top is provided to port with a small selection of additional drawers and lockers aft of this.
The wheelhouse incorporates the saloon area, excellent vision is provided around the boat with large glass windows provided on all sides. The internal helm position is located to starboard with all navigation instruments mounted directly in front. A generously sized table is provided to port with the U-shaped settee and infill in way of the port sliding door a full crew with guests can be easily accommodated. With the settee backs removed along the port side the settee can convert to an occasional berth for a fifth crew member when required. A good range of storage is provided around the wheelhouse, under the settees and in a selection of lockers including a wet hanging locker.
The aft cabin provides another spacious double bunk to port. A dresser unit at the aft end of the cabin provides a good variety of storage options along with a mirror. Again a good selection of storage including a hanging/wardrobe locker is provided throughout the cabin.
Engine sited in dedicated, fully enclosed and sound proofed engine space beneath the saloon sole. Sole lifts to provide excellent access around engine and sterngear. Fuel tanks are situated either side of the engine outboard.
Ships Battery Systems
Batteries are charged via engine driven alternator, 240v Sterling charger or wheelhouse roof mounted solar panels.
In this case we are acting as brokers only. The Owner 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 Purchaser is strongly advised to check the particulars and where appropriate at their expense to employ a qualified Marine Surveyor to carry out a survey and/or to have an engine trial conducted which if conducted by us shall not imply any liability for such engine on our part.
This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.