Cockpit/Lazarette/Swim Platform and Aft Deck
All the way aft is a small cockpit with a sink and fish cleaning station on the port side (drain added during 2015 refit) with drawers for tackle underneath. On the starboard side of the cockpit there are (2) 100 amp, 3 phase electrical inlets. On top of and at the center of the after bulkhead there is a SS mounting pin for the manual passerelle. To starboard is a transom door which leads from the cockpit down to the integral swim platform. The swim platform has (2) SS bollards and (2) Maxwell stern warping winches outboard to port and starboard, a folding SS swim ladder and a fresh water hand held shower. Both the swim platform and cockpit have teak decking. In the lazarette under the cockpit there is a back-up hydraulic pump for the steering system, new Side-Power stern thruster, spare 250lb. Kedge anchor with about 50’ chain, and miscellaneous spare parts.
A ladder leads from midships of the after bulkhead of the cockpit to the aft deck above. The aft deck has removable isinglass curtains, teak decking, and a stairway with teak steps to the boat deck above. On the port side of the aft deck are a built-in, L shaped settee and small coffee table. (All new cushions and covers in 2015). To starboard is a varnished round dining table with matching chairs/seating for up to six.
Sliding glass doors lead from the aft deck to the Main Salon. (Doors can be made Opaque electronically if one wants privacy when docked “stern to”). Paneling in the salon and throughout the yacht is Cherry. The carpeting here is new beige and white flecked. Outboard on both sides of the salon are three large thermal pane windows which give this area a very open feel and provides people sitting or standing the ability to enjoy panoramic views. (Hunter Douglas ‘Duette” blinds for the windows here as well as for other windows and ports throughout the boat). At the port end of the salon, just forward of doorway from the aft deck is a cherry wood bar with blue/grey granite bar top. Amenities of the bar are:
Three Stidd type bar stools with new, leather upholstered seat and back cushions
New Frigidaire® icemaker
Under counter Refrigerator
Storage cupboard for glasses and liquor
Additional cupboards and bookcase behind bar in the after bulkhead.
Forward of the bar on the port side of the salon are a beautiful blue grey leather semi-circular settee and a large coffee table with storage underneath. On both sides of the salon are built in cherry cabinets. Opposite the settee, starboard side, is a retractable 54” flat screen T.V. with storage cabinets underneath. Forward of this, at the starboard end of the salon, is a built in desk/computer station with a chair. Lighting in the salon consists of:
3 Brass wall sconces
25 small, halogen, overhead, recessed lights
5 110V AC/24V DC large round brass overhead lights
All accent (rope) lighting, new 2015
(1) Set of AC digital controls for (2) new air handlers
(2) New AV speakers
Varnished teak with non-skid steps lead down from the starboard aft corner of the salon to the private, full beam master stateroom below. (Steps here, as well as well as from the salon to the galley and from the pilothouse to below and forward, are new and were custom built at Front Street Shipyard). At the bottom of the steps there is a secondary entryway to the engine room. A teak and holly companionway (also newly fabricated) leads from here to the master. Farther along the companionway on the port side is a utility room with a linen locker, new Dometic Combo Washer/Dryer and two access hatches for the after fuel tank and gray water tank. On the starboard side of the companionway is a small storage room which has a fold down desk and seat, a safe, storage for storm ports, a fire extinguisher and fire hose. (Room was used by the present owner as a Ham Radio Room and is wired accordingly). Two port lights bring added light to this area.
The master stateroom has (6) opening port lights (two to port, two to starboard and two larger ports in the after bulkhead which open up to the cockpit. There are screens and deadlights for all of these port lights as well as for the port lights throughout the rest of the boat). There is a king size berth mounted fore and aft on the centerline of the stateroom. On either side of the berth are built in bureaus, cubbies and book shelves. Outboard on the starboard side of the room is a newly recovered settee. Above and behind the settee are additional cubbies and cabinets for storage. Mounted into one of the cabinets is a new Garmin GPS 6212. Farther forward is a double door hanging locker. On the port outboard side of the room there are additional cabinets and a built-in vanity with mirror and stool. Mounted on the forward bulkhead opposite the foot of the berth is a 54” Samsung T.V. Below it are additional cabinets for storage. Lighting in the master consists of:
(2) traditional 110v classic steamer lights over berth
(4) large, round, brass 110v/24v lights overhead
(11) flush mounted Halogen lights overhead
At the port forward end of the master is the en suite bath. It has:
Double sinks in vanity
All new gold plated fixtures (sinks and shower)
New granite counter top
New tile flooring (heated)and tile in shower
Ometic vacuflush head
Mirrored cabinets over sinks for toiletries and medicine
Storage cupboards under sinks, as well as deep, custom built cubbies behind toilet and a stand-alone varnished box for paper goods. Lighting in the head consists of:
(5) Halogen overhead lights
(1) large, brass, round 110v/24v light
(1) Halogen light in shower
(1) small, brass, round 110v/24v light in shower
New teak steps lead from the forward end of the main salon up to the galley and dinette. This area can be closed off from the salon by a door which was retrofitted by the former owner of the boat. The present owner has upgraded the flooring here by adding a beautiful, new teak and holly sole. The spacious galley is to port and has an abundance of natural light from two large windows. Other features and equipment include:
New black and white granite counter tops
New, deep, SS sink
New Air Handler
Miele 5-burner glass cooktop with warming zone
Miele under counter Oven
GE Profile Convection/Microwave oven
Kitchen-aid under counter dishwasher
Sub-Zero full size refrigerator
Lighting consists of:
(10) Halogen recessed overhead lights
(4) round, brass 110v/24v lights
Other in Galley:
(2) new AV speakers
The dinette is to starboard and has a newly upholstered blue leather, semi-circular settee with large rectangular granite top table. In addition, there are two stools in board that swivel so that they can be stowed under the table when not in use.
Just beyond the galley/dinette area is the Pilothouse. The Pilothouse can also be shut off from the galley by means of a pocketdoor. To starboard, aft, is an on-deck head. Adjacent and outboard of the head are steps which lead to the flybridge above. At the helm is a spoked destroyer type wheel with a varnished wood rim. On the port and starboard sides of the pilothouse are varnished dogged and gasketed wing doors which were rebuilt and reskinned during the 2015 refit. On the port aft side of the pilothouse is a leather bench seat with (4) small drawers and a long chart drawer under it. Above and inboard of the bench seat are bookshelves where the yacht’s drawings and equipment manuals are stored. Below these, in a cabinet are the “brains” for the VSAT and Iridium communication systems (run through Panasonic PBX), an HP Inkjet Printer and box for KVH TV. (Systems have been disabled but can be reactivated by a new owner). Under this cabinet are the A.C. and D.C. panel for the bridge electronics and the Naiad controller for the stabilizers.
At the port side of the pilothouse console is a chart desk/nav station which pulls out and away from the console for ease of studying and making notations. On the console are (2) Nauticomp Display screens for Nobletec, Radar, Navnet and surveillance cameras (2 in engine room, one aft, and one on flybridge). In addition, there is a new Garmin GPSMap 7215 with Radar, Chart Plotter and the yacht’s Maritron Monitoring System. Mounted above the console are gauges for main engines, alarms, tachometers, etc. (See Electronics Section for a complete list of electronics and Navigational Equipment).
Guest and Crews Quarters
New teak steps lead from the starboard forward side of the pilothouse to the guest and crews quarters below. At the foot of the stairway is a new teak and holly sole which leads aft to two identical twin berth guest staterooms. At the beginning of this companionway is a new access hatch for the inspection plate for the grey water tank. Further along to starboard is a full length closet for linens, bathroom supplies, and small bag storage. Aft to port and starboard are the staterooms. Both staterooms are paneled in Cherry and have full twin sized berths with two deep drawers under each. In addition, both staterooms have:
Built in night table with two drawers between berths
Full length half locker with shelves for pillows, blankets, etc.
Full length, double door hanging locker with AC digital controls inside.
New 22” T.V. mounted on the forward bulkhead
Storage cubbies above outboard berth
Sony Am/Fm Radio and Amplifier
Sony 10 Disc Automatic Changer
Panasonic phone and Intercom
(2) Opening portlights with Hunter Douglas shades
New blue and white flecked carpeting
(8) Halogen flush mounted overhead lights
(1) large, round brass 110v/24v light
(1) Smoke detector
(2) overhead flush mounted audio speakers
New Accent lighting
En suite head
New tile floor in head and shower
Single sink with Corian countertop in cherry vanity
Gold plated faucets and shower head
Mirror faced medicine cabinet over vanity
Built in waste bin in vanity
(1) Opening portlight with Hunter Douglas blind
(1) large round brass 110v/24v light
(1) small,round brass 110v/24v light (in shower)
(1) extractor fan
Directly ahead of the bottom of the stairway from the pilothouse is a doorway which leads into the crews mess and crews accommodations. Flooring here and throughout the crews quarters is new, foam backed linoleum (simulated oak). Panelling in this area is light wood. The crew mess has:
Newly upholstered L shaped settee with a hi-lo table and a small galley.
Thermador 2 burner glass cooktop
Magic Chef refrigerator (small) New 2016
New 22” T.V.
Round SS opening port light in the hull side
Opposite the crew mess is the yacht’s Laundry room which has:
New, full size Miele Washer and Dryer
Large SS laundry sink and faucet
Laundry detergent and cleaning supply cabinet
New Perlick freezer
Bilge Storage, Bow thruster compartment
In the crews quarters companionway, there is a hinged hatch with a pneumatic ram assist that provides access to a large storage area below. This area is well lit with two large AC fluorescent light fixtures. It is an ideal location for storing extra cases of water, soft drinks, etc. On the port and starboard sides of this compartment are racks for bins where spare parts are stored. All the way forward is the tunnel for the bow thruster. Just aft of this is a large household type chest freezer. At the after end of this area are the black water tank and grey water tank. Some of the other gear and equipment housed here are:
Nutone central Vacuum system
30 gallon ship’s service compressed air reservoir
(4) Sealand toilet vacuum accumulators
Captain’s cabin and Crew Cabin
At the forward end of the crews quarters there is a captain’s double berth cabin to starboard and an upper/lower berth crew cabin to port. Both cabins have an en-suite head with toilet and access to a shared shower. The captain’s cabin has:
Double berth with four drawers underneath
Nightstand with two drawers inboard built in next to the berth
(4) cuddy lockers above and outboard of berth
Full length, double door hanging locker
(2) round dogged and gasketed port lights
Overhead opening hatch
New Garmin GPSMap 6212 flush mounted on inboard bulkhead
(2) Audio speakers
En suite head with new tile flooring, sink in vanity with Corian countertop, large mirrors on both sides of this area, round, opening port light, vacuflush toilet and curved door to shared shower.
Lighting in cabin consists of:
(3) Halogen recessed overhead lights
(2) small round chrome plated 110v/24v lights
(2) Halogen lights in head
(1) large 110v/24v chrome plated overhead light in shower.
Opposite to port is a crew cabin with upper and lower berths. It has:
(2 ) drawers under lower berth
Built in six drawer bureau
Full length hanging locker
(2) round, dogged and gasketed opening port lights
Opening overhead hatch
En suite head with same features as captain’s cabin
Flybridge and Boat Deck
Steps lead from the starboard side of the pilothouse up to the flybridge . The flybridge has a fixed, anodized aluminum hardtop with canvas cover, removable Isinglass curtains with U zip windows, painted non-skid decking, and a helm station with full controls and electronics (as outlined under Electronics and Navigational Equipment). At the helm are three helm and companion chairs on pedestals. Under the helm is space for storage and a radio battery bank consisting of (2) 12-volt DC sealed batteries and a Pro-Sport 20-amp charger. On the port side of the bridge is wet bar with polished stone top and stainless steel sink. Below are a Vitrifrigo beverage refrigerator and a U-Line icemaker. There are dogged hatches under the helm and wet bar for access to these storage spaces as well as hook ups for compressed air and fresh water. Overhead on the bridge are two audio speakers.
Aft to port are built in bench seats with storage underneath. (Seats have covers and new cushions). In front of the bench seats are a small varnished teak cocktail table and two varnished teak folding chairs.
Lighting on the bridge consists of:
(6) overhead halogen lights
(2) flush mounted deck level lights
At the starboard aft end of the flybridge is a curved companionway which leads to the boat deck/sun deck a few steps below. Here and contiguous with the hardtop there is an integrated radar arch and mast. On the back of the arch, port and starboard, are louvered air intake and extractor vents for the engine room with a manually operated dampener lever below each. On the port side is an aluminum ladder for access to the top of the arch and folding mast. Mounted on the back of the arch are two horseshoe type lifesaving rings. Outboard to port on the sun deck is a portable Steele Propane Barbecue Grill (new 2015).
The sun deck has a spacious, painted non-skid area for dining or sunbathing. There is a varnished teak dining table and eight varnished folding chairs here, as well as two varnished steamer type chairs (matching cushions for all of the chairs). To port and starboard are raised ventilated dunnage boxes that also have seat and back cushions, new 2015. On the front of each box is a built-in marinized stereo speaker.
Farther aft and mounted on the centerline is a Nautical Structures davit (3,000 lb. capacity) with an extension boom. Completely re-built in 2015. Stowed to starboard is a 2010, 15’ Novurania RIB with a 90hp Yamaha. Outboard to port and starboard are Revere 6 man inflatable liferafts in canisters with hydrostatic releases, inspected and good until 4/18. A manual aluminum and teak passerelle is stowed under the tender. All the way aft on the centerline at the stern are a flagstaff and stern light. To port, at the aft end of the sun deck, is a curved stairway with varnished teak handrail which leads below to the aft deck.
Side decks, Weatherbreak and Foredeck
Port and Starboard:
Wing doors from aft deck
Engine room access from fiddley on the starboard sidedeck
Waist high bulwarks with varnished teak handrails on SS stanchions
SS inboard grab rail
(2) round 110v/24v overhead lights
(2) SS cleats and fairleads
(3) freeing ports
Side Bulwark doors with hardware for tide ride boarding ladder
Tide Ride boarding ladder stowed inboard on starboard side deck
Fuel and fresh water fills under steps from side decks to weatherdeck. Single point fueling with Cam-Lock
Built in seating in front of house with storage underneath and waste pump out fitting
SS bollard and fairlead –one each side
Fresh water hook-up starboard side
(2) Hubble 110v shorepower Inlets, GFCI 110-volt AC outlet, dockside phone and cable television jack connection, plug for boarding bell in small locker -port side
(2) Large Opening hatches in front of weatherbreak over crews quarters
(2) Large, ventilated dunnage boxes-one port and one starboard with deck level lights
SS cleat and chock-one each side
Freeman hatch for chain locker and forepeak – forward centerline foredeck
Maxwell 5000 anchor windlass with two horizontal gypsies and one vertical warping capstan
Fire main and fresh water washdown bib to port of windlass
(2) Pool-N 200lb. galvanized steel Navy stockless anchors in steel lined anchor pockets port and starboard in the bow
Anchor chain: Starboard 300’/Port 500’
Open fairlead with nylon roller on stem
SS Hoop style bell stand with 10” ship’s bell- aft of windlass
This intelligently designed (to be run with a minimum number of crew) and expertly constructed Dick Boon/Palmer Johnson expedition yacht was originally built as MA MU VI for a family who owned her and cruised on her extensively for over 20 years. Now on her third owner, she has had a very thorough refit which included many upgrades that make her an even more reliable, "user friendly" passagemaker. Most of her major systems now have redundant back-ups (some of these being her hydraulic steering, fire suppression, electronics for navigation). Her interior has had a face-lift with new carpeting, teak and holly soles, teak companionway steps, upholstery, fixtures and tile in owners' and guest heads, and more. Much of her old wiring has been removed and virtually ever pump on the boat has been rebuilt or replaced. Virtually all of hydraulic lines replaced and systems re-designed.
Having cruised over 5,800 nm since her refit, ASHA is now, reluctantly, being offered for sale due to a change in the owners' plans and will remain in Fort Lauderdale until sold. Anyone looking for a true bluewater cruiser with safe and dependable systems and a very attractive "fit and finish" should seriously consider this iconic yacht.