2000 Custom Aikane 56
Back in the year 2000 our company had a partnership with master catamaran builder Phillippe Richard in Trinidad. Philippe converted the old Naval hanger outside of Chaguaramas into a catamaran storage, repair, and build facility. We called it the Catamaran Village. During this time Philippe managed warranty and service repairs for Catana in the Caribbean. Suffice it to say it was a French inspired yard.
It was during this time that many were clamoring for more performance oriented cats that were made in composite which could carry decent payloads. The Outremer cats at the time were relatively primitive with all glass hulls and decks - strong but also very heavy.
At this time Sud Composites was starting up with the Switch line of cats we represented, which were VPLP designs. Sea Child was also a VPLP design meant to be an even higher-end build than Switch or Catana, and a more performance oriented cat all around. It began as a joint project between Philippe and Catana to create the Aikane high performance cat. Philippe tooled up the Aikane 56 in Trinidad. Three of them were built and then they decided to do an Aikane 90 that was never finished and later taken back to France for completion. As was so often the case in those days the costs to build these all epoxy, foam core, hand made cats was considerably higher than anticipated. The boat never found a market large enough to carry on. She was just sadly a bit ahead of her time.
I sold Sea Child to a long time friend and customer I grew up with in Newport, California, over 14 years ago. He and his wife have been sailing around the world on her all this time, taking breaks of course to come back to see their family in Maui and Newport Beach. Sea Child has been everywhere! She is a proven world voyager if there ever was one and she has been cared for by her owners carefully since day one, as there life depended on it.
The pandemic, of course, changed many things for all of us. Sea Child arrived in Grenada as the pandemic began to rage and her owners had 24 hours to get her up, on the hard, put to bed, and organized to be looked after. If they did not get back to Hawaii they would have been stuck!
As the pandemic lifted, Sea Child's owners decided to go ahead and get another newer cat, and they did. We recently sold them a 2018 performance cat to replace Sea Child.
Sea Child is an awesome catamaran, that is all I can say. In her time she was the most advanced cat around. And while design and ergonomic features have changed over the past few decades her hull shapes are pure and clean - the best of the VPLP designs and Phillippe was a master builder of the highest order.
Who is Sea Child for? She is for the high performance sort of buyer who would be considering a Schionning, Grainger, Switch sort of catamaran or one of my Balance Cats if the budget allowed for it. Fine hulls, great clearance, dagger-boards, carbon rig, etc. This is a boat that likes to saunter at 12 knots and is happy to go 14 to 17 with ease and over 20 if you are up for it. I still remember our sea trials on her off Trinidad, the speed and grace through which she moved through the water.
Sea Child is on the hard right now, but can be made ready for a sea trial and survey when required. The plan is for her owner to head back down, get his things off her and to recommission her as required for her new owner. She did have a survey done in Grenada that we are happy to share with serious buyers but of course they can conduct a new one as they wish. She is probably due soon for a new Awlgrip paint job, sails are in good shape but 2014 Hydranet and some folks might wish to replace them. We have priced the boat to be sold AS IS, figuring that a new buyer would want to decide how to paint her, what sails they want if they wish to replace, upgrade some electronics, etc. We couldn't replace this cat today for less than $2.7 million. I believe she is the finest performance cat in the world today selling for under 600K. A rare find.
To learn more, just give us a call. We are happy to show her to you in Grenada with a few days notice.
Advanced co brokerage Caribbean sail & power cat is pleased to assist you in the purchase of this vessel. This boat is centrally listed by TMC.(7898654)
- Aikane 56
- St Georges, GD
- Available for sale in U.S. waters:
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- SEA CHILD
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Dimensions & Weight
- 56 ft - 17.07 meter
- 56 ft - 17.07 meter
- 26 ft 6 in - 8.08 meter
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- 50 (Individual), 100 (combined)
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- Brand: Aikane 56
- Designer: VPLP
- Year: 2000
- Hull material: FRP Epoxy
- LOA: 56'
- LWL: 51'-11"
- Beam: 26'-6"
- Draft: 3'-4"/7'-0"
- Bridge clearance: 74'
- Displacement: 9.5T
- Bridge deck clearance: 3'-2"
- Cruising speed: 8.5 kts
- Max speed: 11.5 kts
TANKAGE + PLUMBING
- Fuel: 600L
- Water: 2x400L
- Holdings: One in each hull
- 2 electric toilets, regularly serviced, Starboard (2010) Port (2011)
- 3 showers
- Water maker: Deselenator 100 liters/hour ~ all three (3) membranes new
- Hot water heater: 2x Raritan 12 gallons 220V + heat exchanger
- Solar panels: 950 watts 6x150 - Vectron regulators all new (September 2018)
- No generator
- No a/c
- LED + fluorescent lights
- 6 cabin fans
- Starboard engine reads 1100 hours higher than what is true because of a short in ignition system during lay up from November 2017-May 2018
INTERIOR LAYOUT + AMENITIES
- 3 staterooms, two heads, three vanities and showers
- Sleeps 6 in 3 staterooms
- Teak and Holly Composite Flooring
- Oak Whitewash interior finish
- Leather salon couch with Sunbrella covers
- Big salon table that slides out and lowers to make double bed
- Lots of large drawers and cabinets
- 3 deep sinks, 5 burner large stove top in galley
- Galley has an in-sink salt water sprayer
NAVIGATION + ELECTRONICS
- RLC Radar with chart plotter
- Icom SSB
- Garmin GPS
- Raytheon depth sounder
- Raytheon log speedo
- Raytheon wind direction
- Raytheon wind speed
- Wind speed, Wind direction, Boat speed and Depth repeaters at both helm stations and chart table
- Autopilot Raytheon 7000
- Garmin Class B AIS transceiver
- Iridium handheld satellite phone system + docking station
SAILS + RIGGING
- Sails are all in good condition
- Storm Sail (original), Dacron by Incidences
- 2008: New fully batten mainsail Tri-radial Hydronet by Doyle with 3 reef points
- 130% Over-lapping jib tri-radial Hydronet by Doyle
- 2008 Staysail tri-radial Hydronet by Doyle
- 2015 Code Zero Dacron continuous furler purchased from Philip Auger, ZoomSails, Langkawi Malaysia
- 2018 .9 ounce nylon mast-head A4 Rolly Tasker with sock
- 2018 1.5 ounce fractional A3 by Elvstrom Sails Mallorca
- All windows in main salon replaced
- Brand new Rocna 40G anchor installed
- All new Dyneema steerlng cables replaced and wheel bearings refurbished. Steering is still tight due to the fact that the splices have not stretched out yet. Covid restrictions (2020) prevented any sailing
- All new 12v house batteries - 850amp
- New starter motor installed on 30hp Tohatsu outboard
- New membranes replaced on water maker
- New cutlass bearing installed on starboard side
- Both max props completely overhauled by Max Prop in Washington State
2015 - 2019
- Ignition system replaced (2018)
- Starting batteries replaced for each engine (2018)
- Cap shrouds and lowers were replaced with new amsteel made by Smart Rigging (2017). Currently there are two amsteel cap shrouds aboard Sea Child waiting to be replaced (Warranty replacement by Smart Rigging)
- New dinghy (2017)
- Inner forestay replaced (2016)
- 100 meters 3/8" BBB galvanized anchor chain (2016)
- Heat exchangers were replaced on each engine (2015)
- New and bigger hydraulic pump installed autopilot (2011)
- New brains, Raymarine Autopilot (2009)
- Trampoline (2008)
- Entire boat was completely primed and repainted with Awl Grip paint
- New, stainless steel goose neck was fabricated and installed (2014)
- New, Harken roller fuller was installed over a NEW dyform headstay (2014)
- A new compressor for freezer was installed at Airlie Beach, AUS
- 8-man life raft (2018)
- Numerous distress flares
- Fire extinguishers, serviced 2019
- Sound signaling device stored in dinette locker along with ditch bag
- Radar reflector in main salon along with flares
- Emergency tiller in outside port aft dock line locker
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.