beautiful 44’ Halvorsen MY.
Where do I start?
I am the owner of Sandsation, our beautiful 44’ Halvorsen MY., and have been the owner since importing her from Ft. Lauderdale in 2007.
The original owner, Joe Plasky, lived in a canal front apartment at Lighthouse Point and had been suffering from recurring bouts of cancer for some 9 years prior to finally deciding to sell his boat. As a result, it had very low hours on the twin Cat 3208s.
On beginning the restoration, we found that the hull had been patched and painted over the years, so decided to begin with a full peel and rebuild, a process which took 9 months on the hard and was done by one of WA’s most recognized boatbuilders under the direct supervision of another boatbuilder/ marine surveyor. We have all documentation including layups and vinylester batch numbers along with an extensive photo record and completion survey report. 8mm was removed and replaced with 9mm plus an additional 9mm over the overlaps and keel.
The chines were also reinforced and all through hull fittings replaced with new at this time. An International Epoxy barrier coat was used prior prior to undercoat (keycoat) and antifoul. The bottom, 6 years on, is perfect.
Since then, we have replaced all covers and upholstery, replaced and refinished any damaged woodwork, tiled the heads, restored cabinetry, installed an engineroom fire system, new control cables, new tender and o/b etc. etc.
We have also installed a 3.6kva reduction transformer which will run all electrical systems from shore power. 2x240v double outlets were also installed, one in the salon, one in the galley. These are direct from the shorepower input. The boat has a full compliment of 120v appliances including space heater, breadmaker, kettle and toaster.
The 8kva Westerbeke is switchable to 240v if required, but that would necessitate a new stove, water heater etc.
We have never recommissioned the a/c units as we live in Perth and you would have to be very soft to require air conditioning this far South and this is way down on the list.
I have had boats all my life, my last three being a 48’ Northshore (single 8v92 Detroit), a 64’ Fibrehulls (2x12v71Ti Detroits) and a 50’ Roberts Ketch (120hp Ford Leaman) and can say that in my opinion this Halvorsen is a better boat.
In terms of qualifications, I hold a Master Class 5 commercial ticket along with a MED Grade 2. I am not, however, a heavy machinery mechanic and therefore have a recognised Perth mechanic conduct all maintenance on the engines. He has worked on my boats for about 14 years and is more than happy to speak with the buyer.
I have extensive files which cover the costs and maintenance to date (over $400,000 spent) and these are available to any genuine purchaser. Fuel calcs show a cruising range of approx 2000km.
We have also had, in the past week, an independent out of water survey conducted for our Insurance Company, Club Marine. Sandsation passed with flying colours.
Reason for selling? We have been asking less than 1/3 the costs thus far as we started a business some 8 years ago and this has grown from being a part time project to being all-consuming, including weekends. As a result, we have been unable to work on or use our gorgeous boat for over two years and anticipate at least another three before we can resume a “normal” life. We priced her below market in order to encourage a rapid sale.
Yes, the paintwork is tired and yes, she could do with a tidy up, but the asking price more than reflects that. She is mechanically and structurally sound.
We have, however, found that because she is priced at about 50% less than any other 44 Halvorsen we have been getting crazy offers to swap for old busses, park homes in outback Qld, older smaller boats, an old RR or to swap for “Barter Dollars”, whatever those are. These proposals, of course, value the items of trade at about 200% to 500% above market.
I hope that this answers some questions, comments or opinions voiced.