KITTIWAKE HAS NOW BEEN SOLD
Our beloved Heavenly Twins 26 is up for sale. Kittiwake has been a wonderful floating home for the past two years and she’s taken us on many amazing adventures. As you may know, we’ve been offered a Tayana 37 for a great price, so we’re ready to upgrade a little earlier than anticipated.
We’ve refitted and cruised Kittiwake from the UK to the Mediterranean – from Cornwall to Sardinia. She’s now very well kitted out for cruising; probably the best equipped small cat around. She has been refitted and had many upgrades since May 2017. She could be sailed off on the day of the purchase.
She’s located in a marina in Cagliari, Italy (direct flights from London with Easyjet or Ryanair). At the centre of the Mediterranean, Cagliari is a great and safe place to store the boat for the winters and to set off from in the spring. We’d consider delivering her elsewhere in the Mediterranean, subject to circumstances and payment.
You can watch the boat tour (from 2017) here, although many upgrades were made to the boat since then. We have documented most of the second re-fit from 2018 in episode 12, episode 13 and episode 14. There is also a very quick summary of the firs re-fit at the beginning of episode 2. All of the work and upgrades are described on this page. You can also watch her sail on our YouTube channel. There are lots of pictures at the bottom of the description (they may take a while to load).
Heavenly Twins for sale
Price: £16,000 (British pounds)
Model: Heavenly Twins 26 Mark II/III
Designer: Pat Patterson
Designer: Pat Patterson
Displacement: 3 tons
Engine: 9.9 outboard
UK flagged, registered with the SSR
Proof of VAT exemption from HMRC provided
Location: Cagliari, Italy. Direct flights from London, Manchester, Barcelona, Madrid, Berlin, Paris, Malta, Zurich and more.
Currently in the water, in a well-protected and fairly-priced marina berth
Interior / Layout
U-shaped settee in saloon with solid wood table.
Strong stainless mast support near the entrance to counter the problem of the mast compressing the cabin top on some Heavenly Twins.
Fold down nav station with chart drawer and nav instruments to starboard, then through door to the heads. The quarter berth is right in front of it.
To port is the galley, with gas stove (2 burners), sink (single), Waeco/Dometic 42L fridge (2017) and plenty of storage. The water tank is forward of galley.
Stoop through on port side, with side storage, leading to aft cabin. Full size double bed (191cm x 150cm) with side entry with foam mattress (2017). Plenty of storage for clothes.
On the starboard side there is an aft storage area that we use for sails, dinghy engine, spare parts, tools etc. It’s nice to have all of that stuff stored away from the living space.
We replaced some headlining in 2017 (the rest still looks good), and replaced the lighting with warm LEDs. Saloon cushions re-covered in 2017 and curtains put up in 2017.
2016 Yamaha 9.9 High Thrust engine. Mounted in a well in the cockpit. It pushes the boat at up to 5 knots; it’s efficient (1.7L/hr) and reliable. 300 hours since new. Serviced regularly.
Fuel capacity: 52L
560w of flexible solar panels, feeding two MPPT charge controllers. Batteries are charged by lunch time even in warm areas with the fridge running overnight, and us charging our laptops. The panels were bought new and installed in 2017. The charge controllers communicate with an app via bluetooth, so you can check battery usage and history.
2 xTrojan T105 6V batteries connected in series to create a 12V system. New in spring 2017.
The engine also provides around 6amps through a small alternator.
LED lighting throughout including nav lights (not motoring P/S though) – April 2018.
- South Atlantic S440 servo pendulum wind vane (works well), connected to wheel, but could drive tillers directly. New in April 2018.
- Simrad tiller pilot. It drives tillers directly (you can disconnect wheel steering system to save wear and tear). New in May 2017.
- Sta-Lok rigging new in May 2017, including turnbuckles.
- Running rigging new May 2017 (new main sheet July 2018). All lines led back to the cockpit.
- Main and Genoa from 2005, both in good condition. One small repair at a batten pocket in the main. Low usage (especially before we got the boat).
- Storm Jib to be hanked on to inner forestay in good condition, uncertain age.
- Jeckells cruising chute from 2017.
- Spinnaker – uncertain age, but not well used, and functions well, but we prefer the cruising chute.
52L plastic water tank filled from deck filler, plus jerry jugs (mostly new) totalling 132L of water storage. There is space to add a flexible water tank below the existing one.
Fresh and saltwater at galley (salt water through hull and ball valve replaced 2018). Both provided via manual Whale foot pumps. New plumbing 2017.
- Garmin GPS 152 – simple, but very effective.
- Depth sounds
- Log (it may need a new transducer – we just go off GPS speed).
- B&G V50 VHF and AIS receiver new in March 2018, and new aerial (also March 2018).
- Oversized 45lb (20KG) Manson Supreme new generation anchor. Never dragged; excellent anchor. 28m of 8mm chain. 50m of 14mm Nylon 3 strand. All gear new 2017.
- Stainless Danforth type kedge with 10m of 8mm chain and 35m of 10mm rope.
‘Simploo’ waterless toilet. Liquids go straight out through Blakes seacock. Solids go into lined container to be deposited on shore (we usually have to take it to shore every 3 weeks when living on board full-time). Heads vented via energy-efficient computer fan, which is on permanently. The waterless loo does very well with smell.
There is currently no tap or shower in the heads, but there’s a pump to put one in.
Waeco/Dometic front loading 42L fridge, new July 2017. It doesn’t draw much power and it’s very efficient.
Cream colour painted decks – not too bright to dazzle you when emerging on deck, but they don’t get hot. Plenty of non-skid surface – it’s easy to move around the boat.
Topsides, doors and locker lids painted in Spring 2018 with Toplac – easy to touch up if scratched, and the light colour means the topsides don’t get hot in the sun.
Boom tent (easily set-up in a minute) covers half the cockpit. Professionally made in spring 2018, cream colour.
Coppercoated (we imported the original product from the UK) in March 2018. It works excellently and needs very little underwater cleaning. After 3 months of cruising there is a thin layer of slime, but it doesn’t reduce boat speed. It’s very easy and quick to rub off.
- Bronze Through Hull / DZR Ball Valve for salt water inlet to galley sink (new February 2018).
- Blakes seacock to heads liquids outlet. Removed, inspected and rebedded in February 2018.
- Walker Bay 8ft dinghy; excellent to row. You can also get tubes and a sail kit for it. Easy to lift on deck, either with spinnaker pole/halyard or hoisted straight up by hand.
- 2.5hp Yamaha outboard; it’s always been reliable.
Kittiwake is fully equipped with lots of brand new gear and ready to cruise.
There’s a few little maintenance jobs that need doing, such as replacing a wooden handrail and a small amount of welding to the pulpit, but she’s in a condition where she could be sailed off. In fact, we’ve been cruising on her until just now.
Why we love Kittiwake
Since we moved aboard her in May 2017, we’ve had a wonderful time cruising and living full-time on this little catamaran. She is a very safe and easy-to-sail boat. The center cockpit is so deep, we never feel in danger of falling overboard. All the lines are led back to the cockpit, so we very rarely need to go up to the bows underway. The grippy texture of the decks also makes it impossible to slip. We have been at sea in a force 8 on Kittiwake and never felt unsafe, thanks to her super solid construction.
We’ve set up the boat with simple systems, but never felt like we missed out on any comforts. Although she’s a catamaran, as she’s only 8m, we never feel too cheeky asking for a discount when going to marinas and boat yards. We usually argue that she’s only 4m wide (like many monohulls) and we often get away with it.
The layout (3 separate cabins) makes life on board lovely, as we don’t eat and sleep in the same area. The storage is very handy for keeping our stuff out of sight and the stoop through makes it easy to go to the loo on rainy and cold nights. Overall, the space feels much more than that of a 30-32ft monohull.
Our favourite things about Kittiwake:
- Dinner or cuddles on the bows in front of a beautiful sunset or a starry night
- Chats on watch – the person on watch and the one who’s off watch can chat through the aft hatch
- The spacious galley with dedicated chopping and dish drying surfaces
- Watching the dolphins play with the bows from the wooden slats
- The double-bed sized berth, which we can enter from the side
- Warming up inside the saloon on a night watch while watching the sails and windex through the hatch
- The breeze coming through the forward-opening hatch on a hot summer’s day