“Spirit of Australia” is a proven blue water sailboat. Built by Ta Shing maker of Nordhaven, Mason, Taswell, and Norseman, she was the collaborative product of Robert Perry, Gary Grant, and an Australian couple. Like her smaller sister ships, the Norseman 447’s, she offers similar lines but extended to 53.5 feet overall. The first one of seven produced, she is the only one with the originally designed factory installed hard dodger Initially commissioned in Fort Lauderdale she has sailed worldwide and is fully capable of continuing to do so.
With her present owner she sailed extensively in the San Francisco Bay before passages to British Columbia, Mexico, Panama, Cartagena, Cayman Islands, Key West, Miami, Nassau, Exumas, Abacos and Fort Lauderdale where she presently sits behind a private home.
She has been constantly cared for and at this time is having her teak decks removed and paint and non-skid refreshed. Her galley and both heads are resurfaced and refixtured. Her mast has been pulled twice. Her interior includes a full width mural showing her owner racing in the Heineken Cup in Saint Maarten as part of the Hugo Boss Farr 65 sailing fleet.
This powerful blue water cruiser is turn-key! She has a substantial inventory of cruising gear, spare parts & tools. The only F1 factory hard dodger, triple Reckmann hydraulic furlers, Barlow 36 powered primaries, Hood vertically battened main. Updated Raymarine HD radar and plotter & I-pad navigation station.Brand new aft Cruisair AC, Mercedes OM35L with Wiseman conversion, Onan 6.5kw marine genset, Samsung & Polk-audio entertainment system.
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Guest SR/S: 3/6
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53' 5" (16.28m)
44' 8" (13.61m)
14' 10" (4.52m)
6' 0" (1.83m)
0' 0" (0.00m)
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Purchased by her current owner in 2005, SPIRIT OF AUSTRALIA was first used by the owner and his family as a daysailer on San Francisco Bay. In 2008 she began to cruise as far south as Puerto Vallarta and as far north as Victoria, B.C.. In 2012, she embarked for Panama, Cartagena, Grand Cayman, Key West and Fort Lauderdale. In 2014, SPIRIT OF AUSTRALIA cruised the Berry Islands, Nassau, and the Exumas in the Bahamas. She turns heads wherever she goes.
To share one of her transcendent passages, I recount as follows: “We were closing in on Cabo San Lucas at sunset when the wind off the Sea of Cortez started to freshen. At 20 knots on a close reach in 4-6 foot seas, she started to canter at 9 knots and I told the crew to go below as I would take her to Puerto Vallarta myself. We moved away from shore and night fell leaving only the glow of her red interior floor lights left to guide me to her coffee station. With mug in hand, I assumed my position behind her wheel. I placed my etymotic ear buds. I am an audiophile. Inside she is equipped with NHT, Polk Audio, Samsung, and Marantz. I turned on a Bach fugue and then the sky literally lit up from horizon to horizon. It was a full on meteor shower, thousands of them, bursting and trailing tails of light across the sky. I was awestruck, and it occurred to me that everything I had done to make these moments aboard her possible had now paid off, but there was more to come. To may astonishment, her bow turned incandescent. The stars overhead were now bursting up on her bow wave and then literally washing down her decks. I had encountered millions of firefly squid. I had shooting stars overhead in a pitch black sky, balls of miniature lightening being thrown up and over her bow and then coursing down her decks. I turned from Bach to Beethoven and played the Ninth over and over until dawn. Spirit has had many other magical moments, but that night will be hard to top.”
How does she move, on oversized Rechman furlers, her main, genoa, and jib carry her to 12 knots on the wind. Her spinnaker will pull her to 16 knots. Her Wiseman marinized Merecedes 135 hp non-turbo diesel drives her to 9 knots. She runs effortlessly with powered winches and a Simrad autopilot. Her Onan 6.5 keeps her battery banks (3) filled. She has two refrigeration systems. Her heads are both Vac-flush. All of her lighting systems inside and out have been renewed. She has current Raymarine GPS and HD Radar. Her Magnum inverter, Balmar 24V regulator and attendant wiring have been recently overhauled. She runs her AC 24/7 with cabin fans to keep out mildew dockside. She is plumbed for a watermaker although with 3 tanks carrying over 250 gallons, absent an ocean passage, she may not need one. She carries fuel in 4 tanks. All tanks are interconnected with stainless steel tubing, She has an on deck lazzarett custom made for twin dive tanks and she carries a functioning air compressor in the tool room. She has served as a dive platform off of Catalline where she was renowned for the hot showers on offer in both telephone stalls in each head as well as inside the cockpit under her hard dodger.
Underneath she runs a well attended Maxprop folding propeller on a 1 1/2 inch shaft adjacent to a skeg hung rudder and a fin keel. She is Bahamas capable requiring 6.5 feet of water and a judicial attendance to tidal flow. Yes, she can moore comfortably in Hopetown as well as find her way, with the proper local knowledge across the Devil’s Backbone and into Eleuthra. Once at rest, she offers two staterooms including a queen V forward and a king V aft with augmented Temperpedic covers, and and over/under crew or child’s cabin. A rope hammock fits topsides on her bow. A tented canvas awning extends her dodger over the cockpit. She has fixed fold-down transom steps and a portable side ladder. Her galley offers two coldl boxes, a 4 burner propane stove with oven, Grohe fixtures, a recently new stainless sink, and granite countertops. Her five channel stereo system with 40 inch flat screen TV midships and 24 inch screen aft play movies off of either her BD or a hard drive. She also comes with SSB, Pactor and Sailmail.
Forward bulkhead shows
photograph of owner racing on a Farr 65 in Antigua.
Marantz surround sound, 4
NHT speakers mounted in cabinets, Polk Audio Subwoofer
Samsung Blue Ray A 35" Samsung flat screen TV, installed in 2012
Three red LED's
and floor lighting, light the cabin at night.
6 large storage
lockers behind the settees. One contains a Magnum digital
inverter/charger cooled by twin Hella Turbo fans
Gary Grant designed hard dodger (only one ever fitted to a 535)
Stainless steel dinghy davits with Simpson winders
Stainless life lines
All deck hardware including genoa tracks, pad eyes, traveler, double foot blocks and turning blocks are made by Lewmar.
Sails and Rigging
2010 Mast was completely refurbished and painted by Seatek
Rigging- refurbished and inspected yearly
Reckmann hydraulic furling on both headsails and main.
Fully battened Hood mainsail installed in 2005 and continually serviced
North Sails - genoa and stay sail
ATN Mast Climber (2 years old)
Electric primary winches, Barlow 38's
8 Chrome deck and mast winches
Andersen traveler winch
Deck hatch covers
8 Dock lines
Oversized kedge anchor in custom locker forward
Sea worthy life jackets
Flares (many dated)
Engine Halon system (needs servicing)
2 main and 1 high capacity bilge pumps
Hand operated bilge pump
Red foot/night lights
Solar powered deck lights
Twin radar reflectors
All artwork and ship’s clocks
All personal effects
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