IRON BARK II IS FOR SALE - SALE PENDING
I always intended to sell Iron Bark when I turned 70. Well, that birthday has come and now she is for sale. Below is list of her specifications and some photos; for more information contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Iron Bark is a 35.5 Wylo II launched in 1997 and continuously upgraded since then. Wylos have a reputation for being tough, go anywhere vessels, and Iron Bark is a particularly good example. She is fitted out to be a comfortable voyaging home for two people plus two occasional guests, well insulated and comfortable in all latitudes, cool in the tropics and warm in the polar regions. Although she is probably the only vessel ever to have wintered unsupported in the ice of both Antarctica and the high Arctic, Iron Bark is far more than a rough, tough expedition boat. She can easily carry everything necessary for her crew to be self-sufficient for extended voyage without the load intruding into her interior. Few vessels of 45 ft have as much stowage. The gaff cutter rig is powerful, easily handled and immensely strong. The steel hull is equally robust. Iron Bark will look after her crew when things become seriously unpleasant, be it a hurricane, ice or coral.
Iron Bark is currently out of the water in the West Indies, in Carriacou, newly repainted. She and all her gear are in excellent condition, ready to take her new owners anywhere in the world that has more than 1.5m of water and less than 0.3m of ice. She is priced for a quick sale with no haggling as it is time for me to move on to the next part of my life.
Iron Bark's record is a proud one: 152,000 miles sailed and three winters in polar ice, twice round Cape Horn and once through Magellan Straits/Beagle Canal, two voyages to Antarctica and two to Greenland, and much more. She has won numerous awards: the Blue Water medal from the Cruising Club of America, the Seamanship Medal from the Royal Cruising Club and more (and it really is Iron Bark that has won them, I just tag along for the ride).
1997 Launched in Queensland, Vanuatu, New Caledonia, New Zealand
1998 New Zealand, Antarctica
1999 Wintered in the ice, Antarctic Peninsula
2000 Antarctica, Falklands, West Indies
2001 West Indies
2002 West Indies (Annie Hill joined), Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, Labrador, Nova Scotia.
2003 Cape Breton Island, Newfoundland, Ireland, England, Canaries, West Indies
2004 West Indies, Nova Scotia, Greenland
2005 Wintered in the ice of Greenland 72°N, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, West Indies
2006 West Indies, Panama, Galapagos, French Polynesia, Samoa, Tonga, New Zealand
2007 New Zealand, Tasmania
2008 Tasmania, NSW, Queensland, New Zealand.
2009 New Zealand (North I to Fjords and back), (Annie Hill left), Chile
2010 Chile (Patagonia), Falklands, West Indies
2011 West Indies, USA (Chesapeake Bay), Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, West Indies
2012 West Indies, Nova Scotia, Greenland.
2013 Wintered in the ice of Greenland, Newfoundland, Maine, Bermuda, West Indies
2014 West Indies, Chesapeake, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, Scotland (hurricane off Iceland)
2015 Scotland, Ireland, Labrador, Newfoundland, sailed for Western Australia 12 Oct
2016 Arr Western Australia 31 Mar (171 days from NF), Fremantle, Kimberley, Fremantle
2017 Western Australia, New Zealand, Antarctica (summer only)
2018 Antarctica, Falklands, Ireland, West Indies
2019 West Indies. Refit prior to sale.
Steel gaff cutter, round bilge, extra heavy-duty aluminium spars, keel cooled engine allowing her to motor in heavy ice or very silty water. Launched 1997 and well maintained and continuously upgraded since. Currently ashore in Carriacou, West Indies, newly painted and ready to be launched.
Australian registered and tax paid.
LOD 35'6'' (11.82m)
LWL 32'0" (9.75m)
Draft 4'10" (1.47m)
Beam 10'0" (3.03m)
Length over spars about 44 ft (13.5m)
Air draft (bridge clearance) approx 47'6" (14.5m)
Dry displacement approx 9.5 tonnes
Lower mast: aluminium 6061 T6, anodised, 200mmx5.8mm (massive, originally intended for use as bollards for 220 tonne Fremantle class patrol vessels).
Topmast: 75mm aluminium spinnaker pole extrusion
Rigging: Lowers 10mm 1x19 316 ss with Staylock terminals (2012). Uppers 8mm with Staylock terminals (2017). No running backstays as the mast is strong enough not to need them.
Jib on Profurl C320 (2016)
Staysails hanked on, working staysail is on a boom. Running staysails have a booming out pole.
Main laced to mast. Gaff has custom made ss jaws with molybdenum disulphide filled nylon inserts for low friction hoisting.
Topsail hoisted to standing topmast (no yards required)
Enough spare wire to replace any stay.
Sails and sail handling:
Three mainsails. The one bent on is an old sail seeing out its days in flying fish latitudes. There are two more mainsails stowed below. One is a well made heavy sail that has had some use and is good for another circumnavigation. The other is a new, unused Tasker sail made considerably stronger than their highest specification offshore sail- a Cape Horn mainsail. The mainsail has conventional slab reefing with reefing winches on either side of the boom to allow the sail to be reefed from the windward side on either tack.
Four staysails: The working staysail bent to the boom is a heavy duty Lee sail in good condition and there is new spare working staysail stored below (made by Tasker, brand new heavy duty Cape Horn capable). There is also a new, unused light running (tradewind) staysail and a used but strong heavy weather staysail, both stowed below. The staysail sheet leads to a two speed winch (Barlow).
Jib: Heavy duty Lee furling jib, good condition on a Profurl C320 with dedicated furling winch. Barient 2 speed self tailing sheet winches. No spare jib.
Topsail; Good condition. Set to topmast head without yards.
Trisail: Old but never yet used, good condition.
Bower chain and warp lockers are made of stainless steel and self draining (no mud in the bilge).
Both bow rollers are unusually large (50mm diameter) and have built in chain pawls. The starboard roller is modified to allow a roll bar anchor to stow below the bowsprit.
The kedge has a heavy duty fairlead to aid deployment/retrieval.
Starboard bower anchor: 60 lb Manson Supreme on 80m 3/8" chain.
Port bower anchor: Either 20 kg Spade or 75 lb Herreshoff pattern fisherman (depending on bottom) on 40m 3/8"chain and 100m rope.
Kedge: 45 lb genuine CQR on 12m chain and 100m rope (or 20 kg Spade if preferred).
Windlass: Maxwell 1500, custom made with twin chain wheels.
Non skid is cork chips set in paint, which is effective when icy and cool underfoot in the hottest weather. Stainless steel has been used extensively for the toerails, deck edges and high wear areas including all the area where the chain runs. There are solid 32mm diameter stainless steel rails all round (no wire fences) supported by stanchions, each of which is strong enough to be used as a mooring point. The entire centre deck can be used as a water collection surface with the rainwater passing through flushable filters before reaching the tanks.
Aries, completely rebuilt with almost entirely new components in 2017
Isuzu 3KC, 25 HP. Keel cooled with dry exhaust cooled by a freshwater jacket on the exhaust manifold. This allows the engine to be run in heavy ice or very silty water. Spare starter, spare alternator, complete set of spare gaskets and seals.
Propeller: 3 blade fixed 16"x12" LH. Spare fixed 2 blade propeller. Propeller puller.
150 litre main tank in keel pumps up to a 20 litre gravity fed day tank. The day tank gives 16 hours between fills at 1800 rpm (1.25 l/hr) giving 5.5 kt in calmish water.
The engine has 5600 hrs and has been meticulously serviced.
Engine access is excellent.
Alternator 100 amp Hehr Powerline with Hehr smart regulator
100 watt solar panel with latest generation MPPT regulator
3 battery banks: House 220 amp hr deep cycle AGM (2017) separated from engine and windlass batteries by splitting diodes to make charging completely automatic. Engine and windlass batteries are flooded lead acid. All systems have 100 or 150 amp circuit breakers immediately adjacent to each battery to protect the wiring from fire in case of a short circuit. Individual items of equipment are protected by appropriately sized fuses and/or circuit in the switch panels.
Standard Horizon CP180 chart plotter/GPS with external antenna
Standard Horizon GX 2000 VHF with inbuilt AIS
Standard Horizon CP180i chart plotter and echo sounder visible from cockpit when hand steering.
Sony FM/MW/LW radio, CD and MP3 player
YB3 tracker - installed and wired up but never activated
1500 watt 120v inverter plus 110-220 transformer
Cabins and Galley
Taylor 2 burner plus oven kerosene stove. A very good galley with plenty of work top space, drawers and dedicated lockers for all cooking utensils, plates cups etc within easy reach of the cook.
Two water tanks, 120 and 60 litres with foot pump.
LED lights throughout except for 2 rarely used dome lights.
Leather upholstery in the saloon - good condition except for 2 small cushions that need recovering.
Saloon and cabins are white panels with varnished trim. The trim is ironbark and teak with some kwila, mahogany and oak. The cabin sole is scrubbed white ash and particularly attractive. All interior paint and varnish is extremely hard wearing two-pot polyurethane.
Double berth in forcabin - a very comfortable berth especially at anchor with hatch directly overhead for ventilation in the tropics
Two settee berths in the saloon - good sea berths with lee cloths/ lee boards.
Large clothes lockers and 4 metres of book shelves.
All lockers regardless of the orientation of their top have positive catches. Everything stays in place if the vessel is knocked down.
Heater: Dickinson Newport oil fired heater with stainless steel chimney and dedicated air intake. The above deck section of the chimney and air intake can be unscrewed in moments and stowed below or extended to 1.5m above deck if the snow is deep. There is also a solid fuel heater (wood, coal, briquets) that can be changed out for the oil-fired one when in places like Patagonia where wood is abundant and oil scarce, and a chain saw for cutting firewood.
Toilet: Jabsco manual with holding tank.
Manual bilge pump.
2 fire extinguishers
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