Sailing Blue Waters


After eight years of cruising Mediterranean waters essentially full time, we are now absolutely addicted to the lifestyle and have decided to fulfil a dream – to have a new custom boat designed to our specifications. We are in the process of having a Bestevaer 49ST built and sadly need to bid farewell to the yacht that has kept us safe in comfort and style and provided so much pleasure over what have been the very best years of our lives.

She will be offered for sale in June of 2016.

This thoroughbred aluminium yacht was entirely professionally built and fitted out. She was constructed by Alumarine in France, a specialist aluminium shipyard that has built everything from superyachts to vessels for harbour authorities and emergency services. The interior timber finish of cherry was constructed by a team headed by Charles Remeau, a superbly skilled craftsman of the old school who created a warm, luxurious, nautical atmosphere. Custom built for a couple who at the age of 60 were retiring and wanted to fulfil a lifelong dream of circumnavigating, which they did, this safe offshore passage maker is indulgently designed for two, with an extra cabin available for two guests.

Primarily, the yacht is strong and sails beautifully. With an in-boom Leisure Furl system and twin roller furled headsails, she is easily managed. Safe cruising over long distances with low maintenance systems were a priority with the design and fit out.

A host of practical features are incorporated, many of which are not found in production boats. There are three watertight compartments, a coffer dam around the rudder, and all underwater through hulls, except transducers, are on aluminium standpipes with one spare included. The 1000 litre fuel tank has two huge, easy to access man sized inspection hatches. An ingenious dinghy storage on the transom allows for launch and retrieval in minutes. At the bow is a sturdy Sampson post and the seven additional cleats are super strongly constructed. She can be helmed from inside, offering protection from the elements. Twin super comfortable sea berths with lee cloths are positioned close to the centre of motion. There is masses of storage space. The engine has access on three sides. An adjacent workshop with bench and vise gives ample room for tool boxes. The list goes on and on ……

PRICE for this Alumarine 1997 14.5 m, custom built, aluminium, round bilged, centre cockpit, cutter rigged yacht:
EUR 199,000
REDUCED TO € 159,000 October 2016

VAT fully paid
This is a rare offering.

Unless indicated otherwise, all photos were taken in December 2015. Specifications follow the photos.

Salon starboard settee. Matching twin settees seat eight:

Salon port settee. Both are 7′ long and were reupholstered in Ultrasuede in 2014:

Dining for six is in comfort:

The huge navigation table in immaculate condition has three compartments, one of which is chart sized. This is also the indoor helming station:

Storage for vital equipment is conveniently located near the companionway (personal items such as this are not included for sale):

With elevated views through the six windows/hatches, the J shaped galley is a sheer pleasure to work in:

The classic French Sey stove has a brass rimmed window. Wire baskets in the cupboard to its left in the photo make a convenient pantry:

A close up of the oven. It bakes superb bread and pizzas:

The spacious owners’ cabin extends across the full width of the hull:

Details of the bathroom:

This is conveniently located next to the owners’ cabin:

Another view of the owners’ cabin. Matching dressers with generous storage are on each side:

The berths in the guest cabin are generous and comfortable:

Guests have also been known to sleep with their heads together if they prefer to cuddle:

The fully battened main sail has a Leisure Furl in-boom furling system:

B&G instrument display above the companionway in the cockpit:

What every boat needs and many owners long for! The workshop is to starboard of the engine bay and provides easy access to the engine:

All berths have lee cloths or lee boards. Both 2.2 m (7′) long settees are positioned close to the centre of motion to provide super comfortable sea berths during passages:

The Yanmar main engine and gear box were completely replaced in 2008. The engine has been run for less than 500 hours and is in excellent condition:

Starboard access to the main engine and three Racor fuel filters (2 x Racor 900, 1 x Racor 500) is via the workshop:

Port main engine access is via a smaller hatch in the bathroom. Access from the top is via a bolted aluminium hatch in the cockpit floor. This enables the main engine and 12V generator to be lifted directly out using the boom if necessary:

Access to the 1000 litre fuel tank is via two man-sized inspection hatches:

A 330W bank of Kyocera solar panels is hinged and can therefore be adjusted for sun angle. The dinghy sits in rollers below this and can very easily be launched and retrieved in minutes single handed:

Nanni diesel 12V generator:

The steering mechanism is sturdy to say the least. The hand gives an indication of size:

This July 2014 underwater shot shows the hull profile:

All underwater through hull openings (except transducers) are via standpipes:

A Spectra Ventura 150 water maker was installed in 2009:

An oversized Muir 3500 anchor winch was fitted in in 2012. The chain has been dropped, as it is being replaced:

Note the Sampson post and two sturdy cleats at the bow. Second bow roller is used for the snubber:

Bird’s eye view November 2015:

Shot taken Summer 2015 in Alonnisos, Greece shows the boom tent that shades the entire cockpit area for wonderful outdoor living:


The spacious cockpit makes celebrations a pleasure even in the boatyard:

Note: the photos show some extras not included in the sale such as bedding, rugs, books, china, glassware, cookware, binoculars, torches, etc. All items not mentioned in the following specifications are not included.

All information presented is correct to the best of our knowledge.

EUR 199,000
VAT fully paid


Yacht type: Custom built by Alumarine (Nante, France)
Designer: Christoph Lesueur
Design: Centre cockpit, cutter rigged sloop, round-bilged hull
Hull Material: Aluminum
Year: 1997
Flag of registry: Netherlands
Location: Cruising Greece

LOA: 47′ 9″ (14.56 m)
Beam: 14′ 0″ (4.26 m)
Draft: 7′ 0″ (2.14 m)
Displacement: 14.5 tons
Gross tonnage: 21.24 tons

A new 54 HP Yanmar 4JH4AE was fitted in 2008.
The engine hours are less than 500 and the engine has been meticulously maintained.
Everyday access is easy via two large insulated doors at port and starboard.
The bolted down insulated cockpit floor enables removal of both the diesel generator and engine via the boom.

Hurth ZF30M

Maxiprop 2 blade feathering propeller

Shaft drive

The main engine has an oversized Racor 900 Turbine filter. It can also be instantly switched to run through the generator filter. Priming pumps, both electric and manual can be used to avoid the need to bleed the engine after filter changes.

The 12V diesel generator has a Racor 500 Turbine filter. This has its own pickup from the fuel tank.

A third filter, another Racor 900 Turbine filter is used for fuel polishing. Fuel is drawn from the very bottom of the tank (via a third pickup), circulated via an electric pump through this filter, then back to the tank.

• 2 x Racor 900
• 1 x Racor 500
• 3 pickups from the fuel tank

• 3 x electric bilge pumps (2 x Rule 3700, 1 x Atwood)
• A large double acting manual bilge pump is located in the cockpit.

Kyocera panels, total 330 watts were installed in 2009, covering the dinghy on the transom. These can be adjusted for sun angle.
They have covered all our charging needs, including power to run the watermaker.

This drives two alternators, a large frame 130 A alternator (with room for a second if needed) and a separate 70 A alternator. These are run on dual belts off a lay shaft so there is no stress on the engine bearings.
The Nanni engine is a standard diesel boat engine so can be serviced by any marine technician. As well as being easier to service, a 12V generator also has the advantage of being able to be run at any speed so the revs can be reduced to cut down noise as the batteries become full. The large alternators provide more rapid charging than could be achieved with a conventional battery charger. The inverter can be used to generate AC electricity as required.
• Nanni Type HE 2:50 14 HP
• Heat exchanger replaced April 2007
• Little used since the solar panels were installed.

A high efficiency Spectra Ventura 150 watermaker was fitted in 2009. This consumes less than 10 A and can be run directly from the solar panels.

• Tiller (a feature that we are duplicating on our new yacht and the choice of most Bestevaer owners).
• A Raymarine Autohelm autopilot has controls in both the cockpit and at the indoor helming station.
• There is a second totally independent, but already mounted drive unit. The autopilot can quickly be switched over to this unit in the event of failure.

High quality equipment such as B&G instruments and Lopo lights have been included. Electric were nearly all replaced in 2009: autopilot drive, control unit, computer and two display units, one chartplotter, Raymarine radar dome, B&G speed, depth and wind….
2 GPS aerials (fitted port and starboard at rear in 2009) are linked to all instruments and can be changed at the flick of a switch.

In the cockpit:
• B&G H3000 multifunctional graphical display unit (2009)
• B&G HVision 10/10 displaying depth (2009)
• B&G HVision 10/10 displaying SOG (2009)
• B&G analogue wind angle display (2009)
• Raymarine RL 80 CRC chartplotter/colour radar screen
• Raymarine autopilot (2009)
• Remote microphone for the ICOM VHF (2009)
• Suunto compass

At the indoor helm station:
• Raymarine autopilot (2009)
• B&G H3000 multifunctional graphical display unit (2009)
• Raymarine RL 70 CRC colour chartplotter/radar screen
• Simrad NX40 GPS/fishfinder (2009)
• ICOM 601 VHF (2009)
• HF radio (it has never been fully installed)

In the owners’ cabin:
Furuno CP32 GPS by the bed in the owners’ cabin was fitted in 2009 and is used as a 24 hour anchor alarm (low power draw).

• Good quality B&W Speakers
• Alpine MP3 player

• 2 x Sonnenschein gel house batteries 200 Ahr (the battery box can take 600 Ahr)
• 1 x engine start batteries (2015) with room for 200 Ahr
• Global Power 600W inverter
• 60 A Dolphin battery charger

• Mast: aluminium, Marechal
• Boom: aluminium, with Leisure Furl in-boom reefing
• Headsails on Profurl titanium NC 42 furlers
• Spinnaker pole: aluminum, Francespar
• Lewmar winches: 2x 54, 2x 50, 2x 44, 1x 40

Sails made by All Purpose Sails (France) with Bainbridge laminated Pentex fibre:
• Mainsail: 400 sq. ft., fully battened, CL LSP 180/90
• Yankee: 440 sq. ft., CL LSP 130/90
• Staysail: 225 sq. ft., CL LSP 130/90

• Spinnaker

• Fuel tank: Aluminum 1000 litres (264 US gallons)
• Fresh water tank: Stainless steel 350 litres (92 US Gallons)
• Holding tank: 37.5 litres (10 gallons)

• Oversized Muir Atlantic VRC 3500 anchor winch was fitted in 2012. This has a 3500 lb lifting capacity.
• Primary anchor: 55kg Rocna
• Spare anchor: genuine CQR 45 lb
• 100m 10 mm chain (will be replaced April 2016)
• 2 x bow anchor rollers

The deck, superstructure and hull above the waterline are heavily insulated. 3″ of insulation not only helps to keep the yacht cooler in summer and warmer in winter, but it provides excellent acoustic isolation.

14 hatches, 4 windows and 8 portholes provide excellent ventilation and light. The hatches are equipped with sliding insect screens and sun blinds. The portholes in the owners’ cabin and four windows have covers.

• Sunbrella dodger
• 5m long Sunbrella Plus boom tent (2013) stitched with long lasting UHMWPE Tenara thread slides either side of the boom and rolls for super easy storage. It covers the entire cockpit when at anchor.
• Sunbrella Plus covers (2013) for tiller, Raymarine chartplotter, B&G instrument display panel, VHF cockpit microphone, all hatches, winches.

• Ribeye dinghy (2011), pulls up easily onto the transom
• Yamaha 4HP Outboard (2006)

The bottom was stripped to bare metal and painted professionally in 2007 (3 coats International Interprotect two part epoxy, 3 coats International Trilux 33)
Trilux 33 has been applied during each two yearly haulout since.
The exterior is in reasonable condition for a painted aluminium yacht, but would need repainting to bring it back to a mint state.

• 2x watertight bulkheads (3 watertight compartments)
• Rudder has a coffer dam extending above the water line which would contain any possible leaks or flooding after collision damage
• All through hulls except two transducers are on aluminium standpipes (one spare)
• Kannad 406 EPIRB (battery out of date)
• Zodiac OpenC-MP6 Classe II: 6 person canister life raft

A cleverly designed huge swept transom accommodates dinghy stowage. Two large lockers, port and starboard are ventilated for gas & dinghy fuel storage.
35 kg of propane and 35 litres of dinghy fuel are usually carried. These large capacities allow for true independence. There is even amply room for more.
The transom floor has solid teak strips. There is a swim/boarding ladder and transom shower.

Additional storage is provided by two large lockers on the deck just forward of the transom.

The brief from the original owners was to provide a spacious, comfortable “terrace” for outdoor living. This has been superbly achieved.
There is a teak floor in cockpit plus strips of solid teak on the cockpit seats.
In an ingenious way, the floor lifts to form a huge cockpit table with dining for six. This also gives easy access to unbolt the insulated aluminium cockpit floor for removal of the diesel generator and engine.
A 5m Sunbrella Plus boom tent (2013) stitched with long lasting UHMWPE Tenara thread slides either side of boom creating an enormous shaded area.
The Sunbrella dodger provides shelter during passage and in cooler conditions, but in summer can be dropped to enable the lightest of breezes to be caught.
Summer living at its very best!

The focus here is luxurious, but functional accommodation with safety and comfort at sea.

Starboard of the companionway in the raised deckhouse area is a very large navigation area with indoor helming capacity. It doubles as the yacht’s “office”.
A huge cherry navigation table had three compartments (one of these is chart-sized), with two cupboards below providing ample storage.
Instruments/displays include Raymarine autohelm controls, B&G multipurpose display, Raymarine chartplotter, Simrad GPS/fish finder, VHF radio plus the electrical panel.

Seating for eight is provided by twin 2200 mm x 550 mm (7’2″ x 21″) settees. They were reupholstered in 2014 in luxurious but practical pale grey washable Ultrasuede. Each of the 8 seats has a very generous storage locker below.

Positioned low in the boat right at the centre of the boat where the motion is best, with lee cloths conveniently secured and stored under the settee cushions, the settees serve as super comfortable sleeping quarters during passages.

A beautiful cherry table with twin drop down leaves seats six for dining. The capacious central portion has ample storage at a suitable depth to take wine and liquor, including magnums.

Primarily the galley was designed to enable safe working at sea. At the same time the view through six large windows/hatches make even everyday cooking a sheer pleasure in this J shaped galley.

Located in the raised area port of the companionway and opposite the nav station, the galley is well ventilated and conveniently central to all the activities on board.

Several cupboards both below the bench and overhead provide excellent storage, including a pantry cupboard with pull out wire baskets. Extra space is easily accessible in two adjacent areas under the raised floor and for long range cruising there is a massive amount of space in the eight lockers below the settees.
The stainless steel sink has practical deep double bowls, with both fresh and salt water. The stove is a French Sey gimballed 2 burner with oven (a classic item with a bronze rimmed round widow, which is used on a daily basis and functioning, but could do with a recondition). A front loading refrigerator is located under the adjacent nav table.

A luxurious rear stateroom across the entire hull at the rear allows sleep in comfort. The centre bed has walk around capacity on almost 3 full sides.
Two large cherry dressers port and starboard, each have 4 drawers, 3 cupboards, one hanging locker and shelves below the portholes.
We have appreciated the comfort of this area tremendously.

Combined area with handbasin, cabinet below, mirrored cupboard above, electric toilet, shower.

Twin beds joined at the forward end are located in the front cabin. Under mattress storage areas is capacious and easily accessible. Overhead lockers run the full length port and starboard.

What every boat needs and many owners long for! This occupies the area starboard of the engine bay and apart from providing easy engine access, it gives a workbench with vise with a porthole above making conditions pleasant. A long line of under bench cupboards and tall locker provide plenty of storage for tool boxes.