1990 Bull 54
- Stock #31321 -
This vessel has undergone a complete refit!
Foxglove 2 was stripped to the hull and decks and completely rebuilt.
She is solid glass in the hulls and glass/foam/glass for the cabin top and decks.
For accommodation both the hulls are fitted with separate double cabins forward and aft, each hull has a separate toilet and separate bathroom with shower, The main cabin is fitted out with a saloon table on the Port side that seats 9, the table top is burr walnut with a teak and Holly bull-nose edge. There as a small bar aft of the main saloon table, on the Starboard side of the saloon forward is the galley with an under sink fridge and oven- cook top opposite the sink, on the aft end of the sink bench is the locker with the electrical switch panels, in the Starboard aft of the saloon is the freezer under a seat which also serves as the seat for the nav station which has the chart plotter / radar and radios.
All-round windows make it light and un-cluttered, and with the adjoining galley, it is great for entertaining.
The cabin and saloon soles are finished in Teak and Holly, walls in the saloon are painted while the ceiling is fitted with Vinyl panels.
There are large bi-folding doors which open from the saloon to the cockpit from there are two steps up from the saloon to the cockpit level where the helm stations are on both sides of the doors, both helms have the Kobalt electronic engine controls and the Lombardini engine control panels, the main sail electric controls are on each helm where there are also the repeaters for the Furuno, wind, speed, depth, remote anchor switch and autopilot. There is a two person seat behind each wheel. The headsail winches are within easy reach on the outside of the helm stations and either can be used to control the self-tacking jib.
The engines are 87 hp. Lombardini 2204 TSD with sail drives which were installed new and have done just 135 hrs.
Harken NZ planned the deck layout and supplied the new deck fittings. There are only four winches (Harken 50 series) two on the mast and the two for the head sail.
The main traveller is on the cabin top which runs almost the full width, the main sheet and traveller are controlled by a hydraulic mainsheet and traveller system. (There are two separate Hydraulic rams located in a front locker which run across the boat: one works the traveller; the other, the mainsheet), so all the mainsail adjustment is push-button.
The toggle switches that control the mainsheet are next to the helm-stations, so it's very easy to sail short-handed. As the traveller spans almost the full width of the boat the mainsheet only needs to move about a metre (3 feet) , This meant we needed only a moderate-sized ram on a one-to-one ratio, as it was pulling, not pushing. It also meant the traveller ram which is two-to-one wasn't dealing with large loads so it didn't require extra structure to secure it in the boat. The great thing with hydraulics is that if the load becomes too great then the relief valve in the system releases then the traveller drops and the main eases.
Other systems for easy sailing include lazy jacks on the boom which has pipe supports for the stowed main; a permanently-fixed sail cover on the boom that zips up; a self-tacking, furling jib and jib sheets that lead back to either helm-station.
The track for the headsail is curved and wider than usual so that when reaching the leach is pulled down automatically as if the car is pulled forward. The reefing lines and other mainsail controls are at the mast.
The rig is by Z spar.
BEP Marine NZ supplied the speciation for the electrics. LED lights, controlled by a C-Zone system with backlit switches control the lights in the saloon and the cockpit, LEDs on the rear arch change colour and there are LED lights on the aft steps to help you find your way back on board at night.
BEP switch / breaker panels control the 12 and 240V power, (BEP switch panels are also 120 v). The 240v is supplied from the shore or by way of the 9kVA Lombardini generator (Lombardini generators can run 120 or 240 v) in the starboard mid bow, just in front of the forward cabin. The generator locker has full headroom and is also the ideal place to house a water-maker.
The electrical systems are controlled from a locker in the saloon beside the nav station,
The 12V house batteries are 600 amps; there are three start batteries and all the batteries can be linked if required.
The port side mid-bow has a storage area / workshop with built-in shelves.
Both hulls have hot water courtesy of separate electric/gas, 20-litre Quick Recovery water heaters.
The davit is a solid stainless u-shaped tube which hinges at the deck and lies against the arch when not in use.
The Maxwell 2500 series windlass is just in front of the mast and headsail track. The anchor stays on the bow but chain runs in a conduit under the trampoline to the windlass, to keep the foredeck clear.
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