A BOAT YOU MUST SEE TO BELIEVE!
When you first look at Inspiration, you will find it hard to believe that the boat is now 23 years old. The question is not, "What has been upgraded?", but rather "What has not been upgraded?" The owners purchased the boat in 1993 when she was just 3 years old. The boat has been meticulously maintained and never in charter. There continue to be constant investments in maintenance and improvements. Their philosophy is: if it's broke..fix it, if we can find a way to improve it...improve it. If we come up with an idea to make it more livable...do it. In the last 20 years the owners have invested approximately $200,000 on maintenance and protection and another $212,000 on improvements and upgrades, which can all be documented.
Additionally, almost every item we added to Inspiration was based on recommendations and reviews by Practical Sailor, Yachting World, and pros doing the work at excellent shipyards. They would also routinely ship in parts rather than just buy what was available.
To get a complete sense of the boats upgrades and condition, be sure to read her in depth specifications, photos and video of the boat that were all taken in September, 2013.
One of the prides of Inspiration is the galley as the owners are very serious amateur cooks. They did a complete custom rebuild and equipped it accordingly. We specifically wanted a “galley up” configuration. We didn't want the cook to be in a hull while the guests were in the saloon.
GE Spacesaver microwave/convection oven
Miele stove top
2 burners 220 V
2 burners propane
4 Cu ft front load, air cooled, 12 V refer in galley
Freezer in stbd hull, 5.5 cu ft, (2 holding plates and
Refer in cockpit, 4 cu ft, (1 holding plate)
each with custom fitted vacuum panel insulation. Both water cooled and rebuilt 2013.
Corian counter tops
Double S/S sink
Accumulator tank in pressurized fresh water system
Sea Gull water purifier with dedicated faucet for drinking water
Custom spice cabinet (holds 36 spices in alphabetical order)
Vacuum seal storage canisters (20+)
Fully equipped (see “What's Included” later)
Removed Prout's original “pilot's chair” in nav center and tiny chart table
Completely rebuilt navigation center and replaced it all with:
2 person slide out bench
Full sized chart table (top reversible)
Second full sized hinged chart table
Full Autohelm instrumentation including auto pilot
Extensive suite of charts with holders
Chart plotting tools
White/red chart table light
3 shelf book shelf
SSB with Pactor modem
Built in mini tower PC, Intel i5, 2 TB drive, 500 W power 1 G ram, GeForce 1 Gb video card,
USB2 and USB 3, Blue Ray player
Installed in hidden compartment
Mounted on custom made shock mounts
Unique cable run to hide all PC cables
Built in 24” LCD flat panel monitor with card reader and USB outlets
Built in HP printer/copier/scanner/photo
4 USBs hub (powered)
ICOM M710 SSB radio
AT 130 automatic SSB tuner
SCS PTC-2 Pactor modem
ICOM M59 VHF radio
2 external VHF antennas (one is backup)
West Marine 150 VHF waterproof hand held radio
Radio Labs Wave RV marine wireless internet antenna
KISS-SSB ground plane
Dyna Plate backup ground plane
Another pride is the complete workshop where they rebuilt the V-berth in the forward starboard hull into the workshop.
9 drawer mechanics tool box with ball bearing drawers
2' pull out storage shelf
120V outlets (3)
Custom 4 bin parts lockers (electrical, screws, nuts/bolts, rigging)
Huge storage compartment under workbench (4’)
4 additional storage lockers
Every tool we could imagine to maintain the boat.
Wide variety of electrical tools
An extensive selection of nuts, bolts, screws, rigging parts, electrical connections, wire...you name it. An impressive selection of hose, valves, fittings, and pumps.
See “What's Included” for list of tools.
Kohler generator 9.5 kw with extensive Sound Down noise/vibration insulation and double shock mounted
4 – 8D AGM Mastervolt batteries (900A) 2008
1 – 12/90 AGM Mastervolt starting battery (90A) 2008
Wells Batt Maxx Volt Seeker to prioritize battery charging and eliminate battery switch
Freedom 25 battery charger/inverter (2500 W)
Freedom 20 back-up (2000 W)
220V to 110V transformer
Completely rewired boat for US 220 V, 110 V, 12 V
New electrical panels (for each voltage level)
Upgraded Yanmar wiring harness (thicker gauge wire, eliminated connection plugs)
Starting solenoids on engines to improve engine starting.
Emergency button to start engine
Lightening dissipator on mast
Grounding strap/copper plate below waterline.
Midships and aft 220V shore power connection depending on location of shore power source on dock
Replaced port engine 1998
Replaced stbd transmission 2001
Stbd engine valve job 2003
Freezer raw water pump: Marsh centrifugal magnetic drive sealed in epoxy 2013
A/C raw water pump: Prime Time S/S self-priming raw water pump (massively built) 2013
Port/Stbd bilge pump counters
Port/Stbd high water bilge alarms
Black water holding tanks and macerators with pump out connections on aft deck
Rigged and ducted for Espar diesel heaters (units taken off and kept in home)
Battery charger (for Espar heater)
All new fuel injectors on engines and generator (2013)
Port and stbd fresh water tank level balancing valve
GENERAL UPGRADES BELOW DECKS
Additional major upgrades with no specific place to list them:
Completely rebuilt all 3 heads (walls, sinks, vanities, shower)
Rebuilt 12' X 14' saloon
Replace all wall to wall carpet
Re-upholstered settee cushions and backs
Replaced all foam backed vinyl, first by installing Reflectix insulation then applying new foam backed vinyl 2008
Storage brackets for 3 dive tanks
Custom cockpit hardtop by Prout 1996
Covers entire cockpit and supported by twin 2” S/S pipes
Massively built to walk on (Not canvas bimini)
Designed to be far enough forward so easy to crank winches
Sliding hatches on top, not hinged up (boom is lower for more sail area)
Front “windows” hinge up with windshield wiper
Multiple safety handholds
Custom cockpit enclosure curtains (both mosquito screens and Strato Glass for rain protection)
Textiline solar shield awning to provide shade around cockpit
Painted (Awl Grip) 2013
Standing rigging replaced 2000
EZ Furl in mast mainsail furler
Hood Sea Furl 5 on staysail
Upgraded chain plates (beefier than original)
New mainsheet travelers, geona cars and tracks.
Re-rigged all running rigging so all sails and cars can be deployed, furled, and controlled from cockpit, and boat sailed by one person
ATN spinnaker snuffer
Wrap Stop on headsail furler
Very well organized line locker with every conceivable line
Diamond tread S/S mast steps
We like to sleep at night so we upgraded and oversized all of the ground tackle.
75 lb SuperMax storm anchor
60 lb CQR (re-galvanized 2013)
43 lb Danforth
40 lb fisherman
300' G4 3/8” hi-test chain 2008
250' 1 1/2” 8 strand nylon braidt
300 5/8” high strength nylon
Replaced both bow rollers with extra heavy duty S/S material and rode capture loops
Installed heavy duty pad eyes on both bows and sterns for sea anchor and sea brake attachment.
Wired remote control for windlass
Salt water wash down for anchors
GENERAL UPGRADES TOPSIDE
Once again, additional major upgrades with no specific place to list them:
Replaced all lifelines
Kevlar “keel shoes” to strengthen bottom of keels
3 different boarding ladders/passeral (gangplank)
Replaced 5 thru-hulls 2013 (rest were done in 2002)
Wired remote controlled steering and other Autohelm fuctions
Raw water washdown pump
PSS shaft seals (supplemental water lubrication from engine cooling water)
Spurs on shafts to cut underwater line that might foul prop
3 blade Maxi Props
Aqua Drive CV joint
Upgraded Autohelm computer, fluxgate compass, hydraulic steer pump
Morse Controls MT-3 twin controls 2013
Custom helm seat
Replaced all acrylic “windows” around saloon (1/2” cast acrylic museum quality clarity,
custom poured, gray tint, UV blocker) 2009
Painted blue stripe 2013 (Awl Grip)
Custom window A/C box with 8K BTU A/C unit to cool interior of boat when laid up
Reinforced aft deck with fiberglass sheet fairing and stringers
Little Harbor 5' teak flagstaff
Custom built S/S emergency tiller
New cockpit cushions 2013
20' X 15' rain/sun tent to protect saloon and central portion of boat from the environment when at dock
Cockpit trip wire which activates spreader lights
Port side forward berth (master stateroom) has switch to activate spreader light and/or interior alarm
Any entry at companionway will break an electric eye and activate 124 Db audio alarm + 1,000,000
1/2” Lexan shield over companionway secured with 2 S/S straps and case hardened high security
Inspiration was purchased by a wealthy British businessman in 1990 in the UK. He participated in the ARC 1992. The owners purchased the boat in 1993 in Dania, Florida. We sailed her to Stamford, CT to winter over then to Newport, RI where they did a major upgrade to what was a well-built boat, but wanted it outfitted to our specifications both in Dania and Little Harbor Shipyard.
From 1993 to 1998 they lived on the boat in Stamford. During that time they did a significant amount of appearance and livability upgrades.
The owners realized that they much preferred to spend time in one location or another getting to know the people and places. Hence, they never left the Caribbean though they outfitted the boat for sailing around the world.
Though the boat is over 20 years old, she has not been sailed hard. Personal injury and aged parents slowed our sailing down. For 4 years it was on the hard. During that time we visited the boat twice a year for maintenance, cleaning, and just checking her out.
In the last 20 years the owners have stored the boat on land for 12 hurricane seasons reducing time in water and minimizing blisters. Of the 8 years it was left in the water, it was mostly in cold water of the Northeast, rather than warm water.
Each winter, while living on the boat in the Northeast, she was covered in a wooden frame and shrink wrapped.
When putting the boat away after each sailing season they would do the following:
Remove all sails and running rigging to drastically reduce UV and dirt deterioration
Flush all salt water lines, engines, refer and A/C with fresh water
Remove or cover, with UV protection, all exterior instruments
Run external air conditioner into the boat to condition air and reduce humidity
Twice each year the boat is detailed and waxed, both fiberglass and S/S.
All interior teak and cherry receive maintenance coat of varnish every 5 years.
All exterior teak is varnished every year.
Each year, at the beginning of sailing season, the mast is washed and rinsed.
All turnbuckles exercised and greased.
All thru-hulls are greased while on the hard.
WHAT'S INCLUDED WITH THE BOAT?
Many boats, both new and used, are sold just as “boats”. Inspiration is selling as a fully equipped, outfitted, supplied, and maintained sailing home. All that is needed to live in and sail this boat are personal items and provisions.
Included with the boat is virtually everything they've used for cruising. From bed linens, towels, kitchen utensils, pots/pans, a complete workshop of tools...most everything. In keeping with the attention to detail in the boat, whatever was bought was of the highest quality. This will be evident when viewing the boat.
Dyson vacuum cleaner
Sailrite Ultrafeed IS-1 sewing machine
Select Comfort mattresses in each master staterooms
Commercial bosun chair
5 gal fuel cans (11)
20 lb aluminum propane tank ( 10 lb spare)
Man overboard bag, flares, Pur Survivor 6 manual water maker
Extensive cruising charts
Flat panel HD TV with built in DVD player
Alden Satfind 406 Mhz EPIRB
Man overboard module MOM-8
About 8 life jackets
Damage control bag (fully loaded)
4 fire extinguishers
3 scuba tanks hydro 2013
Scuba tank holders
Stereo unit with speakers internal and external (Ipod attachment point)
Come-along and emergency standing rigging
2 safety harnesses with tethers
12V oil pump for oil changes
Service for 8
Glasses, wine, champagne (etched with 'Inspiration”)
Every cooking utensil we could possibly use
Cold brewed coffer maker
Worth about $2500
This is a very partial list of tools:
Propane soldering iron/rope cutter
Double braid splicing tools (2 sizes)
2 gear pullers
1/4”, 3/8”, 1/2” sockets sets (both SAE and metric)
Full set of electrical tools
Refrigeration gauge set (Worth about $5,000)
Oven rack/broiler storage
Pots/pans lid storage
Passeral storage mount
Accordion boarding ladder
St. Croix outboard engine lift crane
Custom made S/S BBQ grill (large) plumbed to propane tank (20 lb aluminum) w/double shut-off
Deck mounted brackets for spare anchors
Line locker hangers for all spare lines
3' long sliding filing cabinet
Full sized computer storage with shock mounts
Covers for flagpole, outboard engine, BBQ grill
Cunningham & Lindsey Netherlands Antilles NV on Inspiration:
“The accommodations features high quality joinery work, materials and furnishings maintained in immaculate condition by fastidious owners. Intelligent usage of void spaces has also been affected without affecting the inherent characteristics of the marque.”
“The V/L is extremely well protected – far in excess of normal security arrangements – and represents a formidable task for any unwanted visitors.”
“This is a V/L that is in very good/excellent condition throughout. It is meticulously maintained by current owners who have a tendency towards over-engineering rather than the reverse. In all departments this V/L is well in excess of normal Quasar parameters, and must be one of the very best examples of her marque afloat.”
The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.
4100 Main St
Philadelphia, PA 19127