“Spirit of Michaelmas” is a spacious 45 foot ocean-cruising catamaran built with Balinese cedar and epoxy, using the strip-planking method. This gives a lightweight yet tough and resilient hull which is ideal for a catamaran that makes long ocean passages. Lightweight at only 6 tons, she delivers a very respectable turn of speed under sail and/or engine, while her wide beam gives minimal heeling and her long LWL provides a very comfortable ride. She is a massively strong ocean cruiser, and is really safe in heavy seas.
“Spirit of Michaelmas” is sloop-rigged, with a roller-reefed 130% genoa jib. The mainsail is slab-reefed, its full-length battens riding on low-friction cars. The foredeck is clear and spacious, with netting between the bows. The saloon roof extends aft to cover the entire cockpit, providing strong shade from the sun. The helm is raised, the helmsman having a hatch through the roof to give all-round visibility. Of course, on ocean passages, the vessel would be steered by the auto pilot.
The cockpit gives great protection from the sun and the elements, and keeps the crew secure. The cockpit is particularly safe for children. Aft of the cockpit are stainless steel davits for the dinghy. (There are two dinghies). Sugar-scoop sterns give easy access to pontoons and to the sea, a great safety measure. The high bows easily cope with huge ocean swells.
The spacious and airy interior is shown on the plan: the galley lies to port and the navigation station lies to starboard. There are two settees, one on either side. The saloon originally had forward facing non-opening windows, but these were removed partly to promote safety, and privacy; and also because the saloon is already bathed in light. The two principal cabins are in the forward hulls, with the double berths within the bridge deck, ahead of the saloon. In the aft port hull is a third double cabin with a Yanmar generator beneath the berth. There is a single very spacious shower W/C room, well away from the galley and the cabins, with a waste treatment device. An escape hatch lies beneath the saloon floor, under a teak grating.
Brady catamarans are designed by Peter Brady of Brisbane, Australia. Brady catamarans are built in small numbers or as one-offs and built using cedar cored epoxy/glass. This offers low volume builders both light and stiff construction, albeit at a higher cost than ply/epoxy. The high bridgedeck clearance, strong construction and comfortable owners layout produces a fast long-distance sailing yacht, ideal for an extensive cruise anywhere in the world.
An owners style version, and an unusual opportunity. Thoroughly well maintained and upgraded for long distance cruising. A proven ocean-capable catamaran with a recent Pacific crossing from Mexico to New Zealand to her credit. Surveyed last in 2019. A change of plans prevents the owner from continuing with his cruising plans and presents the next owner with an excellent, ready to go sailing catamaran.
She is currently in Opua, the New Zealand entry port near Auckland, having been sailed there from Mexico. Of course, because of Covid one must wait for the end of lockdown for viewing to take place. Should buyers need her to be sailed back to (say) the USA, Caribbean, Mexico or Australia, this might be possible to arrange.
I have been living in the UK throughout the Covid pandemic. During this time my Brady 45 catamaran has been on a mooring in New Zealand and I regret that her condition has deteriorated somewhat. Although the posted photos accurately represent her condition in Mexico before her epic Pacific crossing, I have just seen new photos taken by the agent that show her interior to be rather sad. It is clear that she needs a very thorough internal clean and refurbishment. The bilges need to be cleaned also. Many of the soft furnishings and mattresses may well need replacing. The last seven photos were taken in October 2021.
The exterior has been cleaned, but there are some matters that must be attended to:
- a circular aerial has broken off from its mounting
- many of the window seals will need attention
- there is one example where the epoxy/glass has come away to reveal the cedar beneath.
- some of the epoxy has bubbled and may need attention
- the boat will need to be hauled out to have her hulls cleaned and anti-fouled.
- she has a brand new genoa and a refurbished mainsail, but some running rigging may need to be replaced.
Such a shame! So I now feel obliged to lower the price, and (subject to contract) I will now accept US$145,000 for my catamaran, which is for sale “as is”.
I am still prepared to come to Kiwi to meet a buyer once a trade is agreed, and I may still be prepared to help you sail her home, but the buyer would have to pay my reasonable expenses.
We feel that our catamaran is very competitively priced so as to be a bargain for any happy buyer!
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|Catamaran Name:||S/V Spirit of Michaelmas|
|Builder:||Nusa Dua marine, Bali|
|Construction:||Epoxy-covered cedar strip-planking|
|Headroom:||c. 6ft 4"|
|Fuel Tanks:||800 litres / 212 US gallons|
|Cabins:||3 double cabins with queen-size berths|
|Heads:||Single large WC/shower room in aft stbd hull|
|Engines:||2 x 39hp Yanmar 3JH4E diesel3-cylinder with three-blade 12" propellors. 800ltr Fuel tank.|
|Fuel Consumption:||c. 0.4 gal/p/hr one engine|
|Sails:||Roller genoa, slab-reefed fully-battened main, spare jib|
- Strip-plank construction with Indonesian cedar strips
- All encased in epoxy and glass
- Top quality hatches and fittings
- Top quality winches
- Starboard double cabin (forward)
- Port double cabin (forward)
- Starboard double cabin (aft)
- (None are ensuite, the cat having single large shower-room in the starboard stern)
- Very spacious and well-lit cockpit with:
- ... Galley to port
- ... Nav station to starboard
- ... Port settee
- ... Starboard settee with table
- (Settee layout slightly amended from the plans)
- 4 element gas hob
- Full-size oven
- Double sink
- Island galley unit (slightly amended from the plans)
- Extensive cupboard space above and below
- Large kitchen worktops
- Spacious cockpit fully covered by an extensive hard roof
- Raised helm position to port, with captain's chair and sunshade
- The long seating benches with cushions
- Storage in the lockers below
- Non-slip laid teak decking
- Stainless steel davits aft for the dinghy
- The cockpit sides are abutted by the aft accommodation, giving:
- ... superb weather protection
- ... reliable anti-MOB safety
- ... a great feeling of security
- ICOM M-C VHF
- ICOM IC-MIV handheld VHF
- Lowrance HDS8 depth sounder
- COM HF IC-M710 radio
- Yanmar 6kW Generator
- 400A/hr house battery bank
- 400A/hr wind generator
- 280A Solar Panel
- Clarion AM-FM Stereo
Deck & Hull
- Large clear area of foredeck with safety netting forward
- Large clear area of cabin rooftop allowing easy mainsail reefing.
- The mainsheet traveller is on the cockpit roof.
- The cockpit and the stern steps have teak flooring.
- Stainless steel stanchions
- Stainless steel folding swimming ladders on the stern steps
- Stainless steel tripod supporting the wind generator
- Upper deck hatches have blue canvas covers to help shade the interior.
Sails & Rigging
- Fractional sloop rig
- Brand new Genoa on Schaefer furler
- Fully-battened slab-reefed mainsail, newly serviced
- Low-friction batten cars
- Stainless steel stays and shrouds
- Aircraft-grade alloy mast - 60ft tall
- Aircraft-grade alloy boom.
- Spare jib
- Lazyjacks for the mainsail
Engines & Mechanical
- Twin Yanmar 3-cyl 39hp diesel engines with reduction gearboxes
- Conventional propshafts & paired fixed bronze propellers
- 2 dedicated engine batteries
- 2.6m inflatable RIB with alloy hull (pictured on the davits)
- 3.2m inflatable (new in 2019; still in its bag)
- 15hp Yamaha outboard
- The missing Garmin Echomap 65cv GPS will be replaced.
- The Garmin can take detailed digital maps of Admiralty quality.
- Simrad AP 22 Autopilot
- Lowrance HDS 8 Plotter (backup only - not guaranteed )
- A selection of charts
- Navigation pilot-books
- Selection of life vests
- Fire extinguishers
Anchor & Docking
- Muir Electric 1250 windlass
- 2 x 20kg Bruce anchors
- 150ft of galvanised 9.5mm chain plus...
- 150ft of 20mm rode.
- Stainless steel shackles, bolts & nuts
- Fishing equipment
- etc, etc