Ron Durbin's well-known 13.5m Scylla 44 triple keel ketch is for sale requiring heavy repairs in Rhyl

Overall Length: 44ft 6in 13.56m Waterline: 41ft 0in 12.4m
Beam: 12ft 3in 3.73m Draught: 4ft 9in 1.44m
Displacement: 14500kg Ballast: 3500kg
Designer and builder: W.R. Durbin, Widnes GB 1978

Due to retirement at the age of 86, the second owner of the 'blue water' ketch TAKITEZ
offers her for sale on the hard in North Wales. Much work will be required to make her seaworthy.

Sails: Mainsail with cover and slab reefing, Genoa, No 2 Genoa, mizzen sail with cover.

Rig: Anodised aluminium deck-stepped masts, aluminium booms with stainless steel rigging, new in 2011, two extra self-tailing sheet winches fitted 2011, pulpit, guard rails and lifelines.

Engine: Ford D-series 60 kW [80hp] four cylinder diesel engine located under two hatches in the cockpit sole with closed circuit fresh water cooling. The engine, fitted with an oil cooler, drives pumps to salt and pressurised fresh water systems. Installed in 1980s, the Ford engine delivers 8 knots maximum and 6 knots cruising speed through an unusual hydraulic drive system to a shaft-driven three-bladed screw. Consumption is 1.5 gallons per hour. The engine drives a 12 volt alternator with two engine and three domestic batteries.

Hull: Long keel steel hull with bilge keels, built in 50lb steel plate in 1978, painted white with grey-painted decks and based on plans of Robert Tucker's Scylla 44, which are available with the yacht. Scylla 44 was based on the Ryton 38 Mk II steel ketch, stretched from 38ft to 44ft with 2ft in her bow, 2ft amidships and 2ft aft.

Deck gear: Wheel steering from pedestal in cockpit, 20kg Bruce anchor with closed and short link anchor chain and six-inch electric anchor winch, engine controls on transom. Two 4.5 single speed, non-self-tailing winches are mounted on the port and starboard coamings. A Sestrel magnetic compass is fitted to the wheel pedestal. Two halyard winches on each mast. Pulpit, pushpit and side guards with davits for dinghy. The radar head and the gimballed compass for the autopilot are fitted to mizzen mast. Navigation, steaming and anchor lights with mooring warps, fenders and inflatable dinghy with Mercury petrol outboard motor. Boarding ladder and bathing platform.

Navigation equipment: Sestrel magnetic compass, NASA Clipper depth sounder, log, Furuno GPS32 and Garmin GPS 128 positioning, Furuno 1621 radar, classic Sailor RT144c VHF radio and aerial, Knotmaster towed log. Access to the navigation area is by a short companionway stair with engine control gauges on the starboard side. There is a bank of switches to control the electrical systems. The Furuno 1621 radar LCD display is installed on the top of the console. An dial-type autopilot is fitted into the centre of the panel and controlled from the gimballed compass fitted to the mizzen mast. There is storage area on the starboard side together with battery storage and the main electrical controls and battery switches. There is a quarter berth on the port side extending under the chart table.

Accommodation: The very spacious saloon offers a dining table with seats on three sides to seat five people. The saloon is well lit by large hull windows. The galley is installed on the starboard side. Two pipe cots are fitted on the starboard side. The seating area on the port side can be used as a berth. The galley includes a four burner stove and oven, microwave, electric kettle, a sink with cold water tap and storage both above and below worktop height. A large hatch and large windows give light to the area. A freshwater tank is under the cabin sole. The heads includes a sea lavatory, washbasin and electric shaver socket. The forward cabin includes the main shore power incoming switch unit, a double berth, access to the chain locker and large storage lockers at the rear of the cabin. A large escape hatch makes the cabin light and airy in port. The ship's wheel is stored in the forward cabin for security purposes.

TAKITEZ was designed and buit by Ron Durbin, a professional structural steel engineer, for his own use. The design was based on Robert Tucker's Scylla 44. She was well-known for many years as a reliable all-weather cruiser in the Irish Sea. Her present owner bought her after Ron died, cruised the Menai Straits before bringing her ashore in Rhyl for a refit. Her mizzen mast is currently unstepped. She was last surveyed in August 2011 after all rigging had been renewed in stainless steel. She acquired her unusual name, pronounced "Takiteezee", after Ron suffered an eye injury during her construction. An Asian doctor tried to dissuade Ron from discharging himself from hospital, repeatedly urging, "Tak it easy, Mr Durbin".

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GBP 10,000.

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Please note: 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. Particulars 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 employ a qualified marine surveyor to undertake a survey and, if necessary, to undertake an engine test. Offered for sale subject to being unsold.