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USUTU - 40´steel ketch for sale

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USUTU - 40´steel ketch for sale

Custom Build
25,000 US $
Boat Location
Great Britain , Panama
Type of the boat
Hull form
40.00 ft
13.00 ft
6.00 ft
25000 kg
Engine Data
Beta Marine 50 
Fuel type
800 Ltr 
750 Ltr 
Head / Shower
Ad Code


Sails: twin running headsail, genoa, stay sail, mainsail, mizzen, storm jib

Keel: ¾ keel with skeg hung rudder

Motor: Beta Marine 50 HP; new 2017 (approx. 800 hours)

Stern gland: Volvo Penta, dripless seal; new May 2020

Windlass: Lofrans X3, 12v with dedicated battery; new Oct 2017; serviced Jun 2020, new bearings and seals

Chain: 75m x 10mm, USA made; new 2018

Anchors: Bower – 35 kg Bruce / Kedge – 15 kg CQR / Spare – 20 kg Danforth

Autopilot: Benmar Marine Compuserve; upgraded and factory rebuilt Oct 2020

Batteries: Eternity, 6 x 2v cells, 460 A/H; new Nov 2020

Generator: Honda 2.0, petrol; new 2012      

Battery Charger: quick 90 amp, accepts both 110v/220v; new 2006

Engine Alternator: 90 amp

Solar Panels: x2 = 130 watts    

Wind Generator: Aerogen 6; new 2017; bearings replaced and blades rebalanced Oct 2020

Water Heater: 6 gal, 220v; new 2008

Electric Outlets: 12v and UK 220v

Invertors: 1x 220v 600 watts / 1x 110v 1,500 watts / 1x 110v 175 watts

Wind Instrument: NASA (broken) / Windex on mast

Depth/Speed: Raymarine DST 800; new 2020

Chartplotter: Garmin 441 stand alone unit; new screen Oct 2020

12v Cigarette lighter socket: x4 for USB adaptors

Radar: Furunno, 12v (old, works well if a bit power hungry)

Fridge: Norcold, 3.5 cu. ft., 120v AC, 12/24 v DC; new 2008

Fans: 8x black Caframo 2 blades fan; new 2020

Stereo: Pioneer 12v car stereo

Fire Extinguishers: 6 in total: 3x 1 kg DCP + 1x 1,5 kg DCP + 2x 2 kg CO2

Gas Locker: 2x 20 Lb bottles and 2x 10 L petrol jerrycans

Cooker: Force 10, 2 burner stove, oven and grill; new 2015

Life raft: 4 man Plastimo; new 2008 (not serviced)

Life jackets: x4

Hard life ring with dan buoy and drogue attached

Soft horseshoe life buoy

Dinghy: 7’8’’ nidacor, home built rowing dinghy, with 2 layers of 6 oz biax cloth; two oars, full sailing rig and outboard engine; new 2019

Outboard engine: Yamaha 2 HP; new Feb 2019

Awnings and spraydodgers: new 2018



Both main and mizzen masts have steps

Main forestay/ back stay and cap shrouds new 2008

2x spinnaker poles (attached to the mast) for twin running headsails



Doyle twin running headsails: 3½ oz 2 leaf, butterfly headsails with twin poles on mast

Genoa: Lee Sails, Hong Kong; new 2016

Staysail: Lee Sails, Hong Kong; new 2016

Main: Lee Sails, Hong Kong; new 2018

Mizzen: Lee Sails, Hong Kong; new 2018

Storm Jib (in cockpit locker)

Both furlers: Profurl; new 2008


USUTU has a very robust, strong, heavy and well insulated construction, with low freeboard and plenty of headroom down below, giving very comfortable sailing.



The center cockpit is well protected with hard forward dodger, hard bimini, and canvas spray dodgers connected to stainless steel pipe guard rails. There are also canvas drop-down rain covers on bimini to keep the cockpit dryish.

The floor lifts easily for convenient access to engine compartment. There is a large cockpit locker to port which houses the autopilot motor and the 3 engine bilge seacocks and plenty storage space. A large central companionway with port offset wheel. The companionway steps contain the 50 L diesel Day- tank and leads down to the raised navigation station. 



To port is a seat with sliding chart table, very comfortable for doing captainy things. Chart storage is outboard, and the radar, the chartplotter and the 12v cigarette lighter sockets are there. Outboard are two large pull out drawers with large medical kit storage under these. Under the seat is good for flares, grab-bag, etc.

The floor in front of the companionway steps is Tanzanian panga-panga wood and covers the top of the main diesel tank. There are two fire extinguishers, one fan and one forward opening hatch in forward windows.

Another step down into the open and airy saloon (port) and galley (starboard).


SALOON (Port side, forward of the navigation station)

In the center is the opening table with winebox underneath, and can also able to be lowered to make a double bunk, which is formed with the L shaped, full length couch/bunk, that contains plenty storage under and behind. Outboard is the fridge, the stereo and plenty of book storage.

Floors are teak with holly strip, under which are the three watertanks.

The saloon has one central hatch overhead, one side opening window and two fans.


GALLEY (Starboard side, with entrance to aft cabin)

From aft moving forward: pots and pan storage under a large drawer for kitchen utensils, with rum bottle storage above.

The sink has both electric pressure and manual footpumps for fresh water in, with a gusher urchin pump to remove waste water. The rubbish bin and plenty cleaning supply storage is under the sink, including both the foot and electric waterpumps.

The gimballed stove with outboard storage for cutlery and the cast iron pans onboard.

Forward of this is the food preparation area with plenty of deep storage space under. Behind the preparation area, plates, bowls and cups share their space with other essentials, olive oil, coffee, sugar, etc. This area also hides the 6 gal water heater and has a built in vegetable locker.

The galley shares with saloon the overhead hatch and has two side opening windows, two fans and two fire extinguishers.

Staying on the starboard side, forward of the vegetable locker is a hanging locker with plenty of storage space outboard. Under the floor there is a largish dry bilge area, suitable for storage of emergency water in gallon bottles.



Opposite the hanging locker (starboard) is the door to the large heads. This has a very reliable Jabsco head and hot/cold pressure shower, with plenty of dry storage space outboard. A dorade and a side opening hatch ventilate the heads.



Moving forward of the heads and the hanging locker is the forepeak.

There is easy access to the chain locker, windlass motor and battery, as well as other miscellaneous storage.

A central opening hatch and one small opening window on either side, one fan and one fire extinguisher. 



Moving aft from the galley, to starboard is the alleyway to the aft cabin. The alley houses the 6 x2v Eternity, house batteries inboard, with an entrance to the engine compartment and engine start battery (under the floor).

Outboard is the electrical distribution panel, Xantrex battery monitor, Quick 90 amp charger, a 220v and a 110v inverter.

Aft of the distribution panel is the tool shed, big enough to accommodate most people´s tool collection. A good selection of tools will be onboard already.

At the end of the alleyway is the aft cabin.



The cabin is mainly taken by the central bunk, which has plenty of storage space under, for spares, extra power tools, etc.

Outboard to starboard is a large bookshelf, at the head of the bunk.

Outboard to port is a very large hanging locker with shelves outboard.

Aft of the hanging locker, at the foot of the bunk, are two large clothes storage lockers.

The very back of the cabin gains access to the chain driven steering gear and emergency tiller.

Forward of the bunk, under the floor gives easy access to the stern gland.

The cabin has a central opening hatch overhead, a hatch opening into the cockpit, a hatch at aft end, two fans and one fire extinguisher.



This is located under the cockpit floor and can be easily accessed through both the alley entrance and the cockpit floor, which can be dogged down in heavy weather.

A small storage space to port hides spare oils, impellers, belts, etc.

A very deep bilge with two electric bilge pumps (one lower, one higher) and a Gusher Mk V manual bilge pump give good security. Recently painted in Bilgekote grey, with the new Beta engine, make it a pleasure to work in. The engine inlet seacock and deckwash pump seacocks have easy access.



The twin running headsails are at the end of the bow sprit with the genoa attached at the stem of USUTU. There is a comfortable seat built into the pulpit rail.

At the peak is an overboard draining spare warp locker. Immediately aft of this is the staysail chainplate and the windlass.

The side decks are well protected by raised and thicker guard-wires outboard and grab-rails inboard, on coach roof. The twin poles are permanently mounted on the mast and have stowage points on the coach top too.

Forward of the mast is an ideal spot to lash the dinghy. The mast area is safely protected by granny bars. The two headsail halyards are wire. All others are rope. Winches are for main halyard, spinnaker halyard, staysail halyard/main sail reefing winch.

Aft of the mast is a comfortable area to lounge against the navigation station windows.

The guard wires run to the side gates after which is 1´ stainless steel pipe as guardrails for the after end of USUTU, which offer good protection, especially with the spray dodgers (which also hide the jerrycans and other miscellaneous items).   

The wind generator is mounted on the mizzen, as are two halyard winches. The aft cabin coach roof has storage boxes built in with the dorade boxes on either side.

To starboard, the aft deck has the large gas locker and the swim ladder. In the middle of the aft deck area is a large storage box for the Honda generator, masks, fins, etc. Above this and behind the mizzen boom is a stainless-steel arch which houses the two solar panels, FM antenna, etc. (this was also damaged by Gonzalo)  



October 13, 2014, hurricane Gonzalo formed on top of Antigua. USUTU and I, expecting a tropical storm, had two anchors down, both of which tripped and we dragged onto a concrete superyacht dock. The aft port corner struck first and then the port side.

This has left dents along the port gunwale. No signs of breaks or cracks resulted in our continued sailing as is.



There are 3 main areas that need attention:

Port side hurricane damage: ideally cut out and weld new plates in

Arch over transom was also damaged in the hurricane and would benefit from a rebuild

The hard forward dodger in the cockpit needs the perspex replacing to improve visibility



USUTU was built on the banks of the Usutu river (Kwa Zulu, Natal, South Africa), in the heart of Zululand. A number of Zulu kings have come from the Usutu clan and, according to some legends, Usutu has become synonymous with power, strength and Royal House of Zulu.

Between 2006 and 2009 I undertook a complete rebuild and removed much of the interior back to the hull. With the steel treated and closed-cell foam insulation installed, I rebuilt the interior using some beautiful hard woods from Tanzania (Panga-Panga, Mninga and Coconut timbers), while remaining open, light, airy and cool down below.

Usutu has been a very unique and comfortable home for the past 12 years and has been my little part of Africa I sail in.



Recently my father passed away and left me his 40´Cheoy Lee yawl. It is time to go back home and sail with him.

Total Votes 3.63 / 8
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