Sundancer NT, built in 2005, is a luxurious 15m / 50ft sailing catamaran designed for remote tropical cruising.
Sundancer sails beautifully at a comfortable 8 – 10 knots under sail, or 7 – 8 knots under power from 2 x 54hp Yanmar diesel engines.Over 2500 litres of fuel and 1500 litres of freshwater plus 20 litre/hr water-maker allow for extended cruising in any conditions.The onboard 9.5Kva generator easily powers all electrical appliances including all 5 airconditioners. A backup 5.5Kva generator is available for powering additional electrical items if needed. Sundancer is fitted with the latest electronic navigation and communication systems for safe travelling, including Iridium satellite phone.
All creature-comforts are provided for – airconditioning, TV, DVD, MP3 player, espresso machine, washing machine, hot showers, barbeque, and hotel-quality accommodation.
Sundancer sails regularly around the Top End coast of the Northern Territory, the Kimberley coast of Western Australia, East Timor, and the Tanimbar Islands in Indonesia. With her shallow draft, Sundancer can get to places mono-hulls can’t, including rivers and beaches.
Sundancer’s twin hulls and sturdy aluminium construction provide for maximum stability, comfort, and space. At 15m long and 8m wide, there’s plenty of room to spread out, relax, and enjoy the marine environment.
Inside there are 4 bedrooms (2 King size, 2 queen size), 4 single beds, and 3 bathrooms, comfortably accommodating up to 12 guests overnight or 8 on extended charters. Sundancer caters for up to 30 guests for day charters.
There’s also a spacious lounge area and full kitchen, including ice-maker and espresso machine. All internal areas including cabins are air-conditioned, and the cockpit is fully shaded and insect-proofed.
For extended charters ample refrigeration is available including 2 large capacity chest freezers, 220 litre fridge, and 95 litre Waeco fridge or freezer. Additional good quality mattresses, swags, and insect netting are available for those who prefer to sleep on deck.
Sundancer has been used as a charter vessel for a range of different purposes:
- As a mothership for exclusive barramundi ‘run-off’ fishing charters around the NT coastline
- As a research vessel for NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association) in East Timor and Indonesia
- As a humanitarian vessel, delivering aid and supplies to Saumlaki and the Tanimbar Islands
- As a live-aboard diving vessel in East Timor and Indonesia
- As a pleasure vessel for exploring very remote parts of the Top End and Kimberley coastline in comfort
- As a private getaway for corporate meetings and events
Accommodation is as follows:.
Staterooms (2 x forward cabins)
Oversized cabin with king bed or twin singles. Ample storage for personal effects, individually controlled split-system aircondtioning plus wall-mounted fan. Openable ceiling hatch and side window. Full ensuite bathroom with hot shower, electric flush toilet, vanity basin, mirror, and porthole.
Queen Cabins (2 x rear cabins)
Double cabin with queen bed or twin singles. Ample storage for personal effects, individually controlled split-system airconditioning plus wall-mounted fan. Openable ceiling hatch and side window. Shared bathroom with hot shower, electric flush toilet, vanity basin, mirror and porthole.
Single Bunks (2 x port-midship)
Two single bunk beds port-side, with some storage for personal effects. Airconditioning supplied by main saloon/dining airconditioner, plus individual wall mounted fans.Private hand-basin and mirror in room, shared bathroom (starboard side).
Bay Beds (2 x midship)
Two single beds in the bay window area of the main saloon. Limited storage for personal effects, but super comfortable, with custom-made composite mattresses (inner-spring & high-density foam bottom, gel-filled top). 2 x openable hatches, insect screening, and wall-mounted fan. Airconditioning supplied by main saloon/dining airconditioner. Privacy via curtain screening. Shared bathroom (starboard side).
Designer: Peter Kerr
Builder: Lizard Yachts, Tin Can Bay
Year of Construction: 2005
Rig type: Fractional sloop
Max Passengers: 30 in-shore, 12 off-shore
Boat Length: 15m
Draft: 0.9m fully loaded, 0.7m lightly loaded
Number of Bulkheads: 12
Engines: Twin Yanmar 54hp
Generator: Onan Diesel 9.5Kva, plus Briggs Stratton Petrol 4 stroke 5.5 Kva, plus Yamaha portable 2.5Kva
Compressor: Bauer electric 3-stage – 5000 psig, 139 lt/min
Batteries: Approx 1200 hours
Liferafts: LSG 8 person, LSG 6 person
Tender: Mercury RIB Ocean Runner 4.2m (8 people) plus hard plastic RIB 3.2m (4 people)
Fuel capacity: Diesel approx 2,400lt, Petrol approx 500lt
Fuel tanks: Diesel:-4 x 280lt, 2 x 240lt, Keel tanks 2 x 415 lt. Petrol: 2 x 250lt
Freshwater capacity: Built in tanks 2 x 500 litres, bladder tanks 2 x 250lt, plus watermaker
Watermaker: 20lt per hour
Weight: Lightship 10.7 tonne, fully loaded 15 tonnes
Refrigeration: Waeco 220lt chest freezer, 140lt 240v chest freezer, 220 litre Waeco fridge/freezer (180lt fridge, 40lt freezer), 2 x 95lt Eva-cool fridge-freezers
Bedding: Slumbercorp custom composite – Orthotec orthopaedic inner-spring with high-density foam and gel overlay.