FOR SALE
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Luxury performance catamaran fully equipped and ready for long distance voyaging. Vessel and all systems have been meticulously maintained and upgraded to very high standards. This is a turnkey opportunity!

“Following Tides” is a very well appointed and upgraded Switch 51 and quite fast. Yet, with her cutter rig, she is easily sailed by a couple. Over the past few years she has had several major upgrades. She sails circles around a Catana 471. In fact, during the Transcaraibes De Passion rally this catamaran won every single leg. On the leg from Puerto Rico to Cuba she finished 6 hours ahead of her closest competitor, an Outremer 53 catamaran. She averaged 16 knots for 12 hours! You might think, well, this is a racing cat. Not so. She is a luxurious high performance cruiser designed for short-handed sailing by Marc Van-Peteghem and Lauriot Prevost who have designed all of the Lagoon catamarans. The Switch is a Lagoon on steroids. She was built with super high-tech construction and carries dual carbon fiber daggerboards, so she points like a bandit into the wind. Here is a chance to own a fabulous performance cruising cat at substantial discount.

This is the three cabin/owner’s layout with the starboard hull dedicated to the owner’s cabin and a galley-up salon. Caframo fans throughout. There is wood paneling throughout.

The galley has a stainless sink with a mixing tap and triple filtered tap for pure drinking water, a saltwater tap for washing/rinsing dishes/hands, a Smeg 4-burner range, Smeg oven, 12 volt Coolmatic fridge and separate freezer, Xintex S-2 propane sniffer amp; control system, Xintex CO monitor, Spectra 15 gph 12-volt watermaker, two 20 lbs aluminum propane tanks.

Most of the electronics were replaced on the boat in January 2012.  This refit totalled over $40,000!  In November 2012 we put on two new FlexoFold propellers.  In May 2014, we installed six new Lifeline AGM batteries (total of 900 amp hours) as well as new engine batteries.    Also in 2014, we installed new SCS Pactor III modem, ICOM 802 SSB, ICOM 504 VHF, Raymarine AIS650, and Raymarine SR150 Sirius weather modem, Outback inverter/controller.

There is a brand new Splendide Combomatic washer/dryer (May 2014); Vacuflush heads in both starboard and port hulls with Tankwatch 4 monitoring systems; electric pumps.

Carbon-fiber daggerboards, Lewmar Winches: 2 x 64’s, 1 x 58, 3 x 50’s and one electric (new 2010) for halyards and main reefing, 2 bow pulpits with teak seats, a transom shower with hot and cold water, 2 deck wash outlets, one with fresh or salt water switch, Rocna anchor with 100 meters of 10mm chain, and fenders and mooring lines. Teak cockpit table with additional folding leaf that will accommodate dining on deck for up to 8 persons. Two folding teak deck chairs.

Specs

  • Builder: Sud Composites – France
  • Designers: Van Peteghem and Lauriot-Prevost

Dimensions

  • LOA: 50 ft 3 in
  • Beam: 25 ft 3 in
  • LWL: 47 ft 0 in
  • Bridge Clearance: 70 ft
  • Max Draft: 3′ 8″/ 8′ 8″
  • Displacement: 14 tons

Engines (one new 2006; one completely rebuilt at that time)

  • Engine Brand: Yanmar
  • Engine Model: 4JH3E
  • Total Power: 2 x 52 hp
  • Cruising Speed: 8 knots
  • Hours on engines:  Port ~ 1025 hrs.; Starboard ~ 875 hrs.

Accommodations

  • 3-cabin owners version
  • Sleeps 8
  • Maple silk interior finish
  • Blue ultra-suede fabric on salon couch
  • Two heads and showers – Vacuflush head with Tankwatch 4 monitoring system and electric pumps in each hull. Port hull has all-in-one head/shower; starboard hull has walk-in shower separate from head; sink
  • Maple silk cabinets throughout with linen closet, pantry and bookcases
  • Two hanging lockers
  • Nav station
  • Interior lighting throughout
  • Spectra 15 gph water maker
  • Raritan 12-gallon hot water heater with heat exchanger
  • Caframo Ultimate cabin fans
  • Xintex S-2 propane sniffer and control system
  • Xintex CO monitor

Electronics – A retrofit was completed in January 2012, replacing most of the electronics.   A further retrofit was completed in May 2014.

  • Two GPS units:  Both built-in on chartplotters (one new 2010, one new 2012)
  • Two GPS antennas (one new 2010, one new 2012), one AIS antenna (2012)
  • Raymarine ST60+ tri-data depth sounder – 2012
  • Raymarine ST60+ wind speed and direction – 2012
  • Raymarine ST60+ graphic display – 2012
  • Raymarine X30 autopilot – 2012
  • Two VHF radios – ICOM IC-M504 (2014) and IC-M604 (2012)
  • ICOM IC-M802 SSB with Pactor 3 modem (2014)
  • Raymarine 24″ digital radar – 2010
  • Raymarine C-140W chartplotter – 2010
  • Raymarine A50 chartplotter – 2012
  • Raymarine SR150 Sirius weather receiver – 2014
  • Raymarine AIS650 Class B AIS – 2014
  • 2 x Plastimo Olympic 135 compass – 1 at each helm – November 2012

Mechanical and Electrical

  • Sharp solar panels – 555 watts total with Outback controller (2007)
  • Fischer-Panda 4kw diesel generator
  • 1728 Generator hours
  • 2 x 50′ Marinco 30 amp shore power cord
  • Mastervolt Charger System (for solar panels) (2007)
  • Outback UFDC2812 controller/inverter with Mate 2 and Hub 4 (2014)
  • Yanmar SD-31 saildrives
  • Flexofold 17″ folding propellers (November 2012)
  • Xantrex Link-Life battery monitor (2014)

Galley

  • Coolmatic refrigerator (compressor and cooling plate replaced 2012)
  • Coolmatic freezer
  • Stainless steel sink with mixing tap, separate triple filtered tap for pure drinking water, saltwater tap
  • Saltwater pump
  • Smeg 4-burner propane stove (1 high-speed)
  • Xantrex S-2A propane monitor and control system (2014)
  • Smeg propane oven
  • Corian counter tops

Sails and Rig

  • Dimension HydraNet main sail – New 2010
  • Doyle 50m Jib – New 2007; Doyle 27m Jib – New 2007
  • Doyle Asymmetrical spinnaker – New 2007
  • Sail Technology screecher – New 2009
  • Profurl Genoa furler
  • Colligo CN5 Screecher furler – New 2010
  • Sparcraft mast (70′ off of the water)
  • Sparcraft bowsprit – 5′

On Deck

  • Lewmar winches – 2 x 64, 3 x 50 (1 electric), 1 x 58 (electric winch control box replaced 2012)
  • Nine total deck cleats
  • Two bow pulpit seats
  • Apex A-10 Lite dinghy – 2005 – with 2010 Mercury 9.9 hp 2-stroke engine
  • Seating for 12 in cockpit with teak table
  • Cockpit cushions
  • Attwood hot and cold deck shower at starboard stern
  • Custom bimini – full cockpit with side curtains – New 2007
  • Lewmar traveler
  • 12 mm and 14 mm wire on standing rigging – New 2010
  • Running rigging – New 2007
  • Doyle stack pack – New 2007
  • Fredriksen/Ronstan batten cars
  • Rocna 88 Primary anchor – New 2010 – with 100 meters of 10mm chain – New 2007
  • Delta 35 lb and Fortress FX37 secondary anchor with 20′ of 3/8″ chain w/100′ nylon rode
  • Lofrans Tigress 1200 windlass with dual controls (foredeck and port helm) – New 2008
  • Mesh trampoline – New 2005
  • Various bumpers
  • Dock lines
  • Davits
  • Goiot opening hatches
  • OceanAir UV window covers
  • OceanAir UV hatch covers
  • Winch covers
  • Helm cover

Safety

  • Plastimo Trans-Ocean 8-person life raft
  • Flares
  • Six life vests
  • MOM-9 MOB gear
  • Ditch bag
  • Drogue
  • Medical kit
  • ACR Epirb 406
  • 4 Electric bilge pumps
  • 2 Manual bilge pumps
  • Fixed arm emergency tiller
  • Bell
  • Lots of spares
For additional information or to arrange a viewing, contact  FollowingTides@gmail.com or lshill31@verizon.net or phone (813) 447-1458 until June 1, then (250) 417-9777 after June 1.

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