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Via 42 Alloy Sloop


You're looking for a comfortable yacht, able to sail you far away from home?

Don't hesitate, Graine d'Etoile our Via42 is ready for you.


Perfect fo liveaboard, very seaworthy and ready for long crossings, Graine d'Etoile is a sailboat that can go everywhere :


* going up a river or entering a tricky pass to reach a shallow lagoon? it's easy with a 3.3 feet draft and a solid alloy hull

* planning to sail for long weeks without stopping? Graine d'etoile is ideal due to the modern hull, and great autonomy (water, energy, diesel)

* want a safe boat with latest technology? Graine d'Etoile is equipped with recent electronics (AIS, iridium,radar, Gyro-pilot, distress beacon...)

* and last but not least, a reasonable price due to the euro weakness : today 100.000€ is only 169.000 NZ$


graine d'étoile is currently sailing in south west pacific

all details on my blog http://via42forsale.blogspot.com


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During the past weeks we got a lot of cyclonic alerts around New Caledonia (Vania, Zelia, Anthony and of course Yasi, all packed in one month)


I take time during the current cyclonic pause for explaining one of the advantages of an alloy centerborder. Of course it's perfect for going close to the beach or enter in a very shallow lagoon. However the main advantage is safety by allowing you to pick your place in narrow cyclonic holes.


In New Caledonia, there is no port with a total protection to cyclonic conditions. For example in Nouméa, most of the marina poles are only one feet below the high tide level. If a cyclone strikes at high tide, I let you imagine...


The two good cyclonic holes in New Caledonia are in Bay of Prony (20 miles south of Noumea) and Port Laguerre (12 miles north), where rivers allow to access inland protected waters. However in case of a cyclonic alert both of these shelters are overcrowded, with most of the boat crews having a moderate to low standarts of cyclonic anchoring. The real dangers in these places are the other boats.


We choose Port Laguerre because of its mangrove shores (better than the rocky shores of Prony for an emergency landing) and because part of the place is accessible only for shallow draft boats. Accessing to this place at any time of the tide allow you to arrive first and to pick the deeper place in the mangrove, with no other boat around. We spend three cyclonic alert safely in this place, and without our 3 feet draft our position would have been much less secure.


all details on our 42 feet alloy centerboarder design on :


159000 NZD

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Here is the survival kit :


First the life raft. We choose Wiking brand for reliability and compliance to the higher standart of aeronautical industry. We position it on top of the roof in an aluminium berth welded to the deck, with an easy release sling. We prefer this position for avoiding to get it close of the engine ( in case of fire think what your liferaft will look like just exposed to radiation heat)


A second liferaft (out of maintenance scheedule) is located near the transom.


Close to the first liferaft, a floating self release EPIRB (in the white container front of the picture). If the boat deck is under more than 2 meters of water, an hydrostatic pin will release and activate the EPIRB. Otherwise it can be manually activated.


Connected to the liferaft, 3 waterproof tanks with extra rations, survival stuff handheld GPS and VHF.


Inside, there is also a grab bag with an extra personnal distress beacon and the iridium satphone.


Too carefull, you think?

No, just two kids on board and a boat designed for long bluewater passages


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All winchs (and most of deck equipment) have been replaced in 2005 for selftailing lewmar.

Maintenance is of course easier with only one brand of winch on the deck.


2 54 ST in the cockpit

2 40 ST on the roof with 6 spinlock blockers for each

3 winchs on the mast


more details on http://via42forsale.blogspot.com


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The chart table and electronic equipment.


All electronic are from 2005 or later

Chart plotter build with panasonic toughbook

(military NATO version, vibration and splashing resistant, touchscreen)

AIS receptor NASA


GPS Furuno GP72

Speedo-Loch-Sounder Navman 3100s

Wind-Anemometer Navman Wind 3100s

Autopilot Navman G3100+ hydrolic steering Hypro (new 2010)

Irridium SatPhone

Battery Manitor NASA BM-1


and of course paper charts of atlantic (from north england to cape town on east side, from florida to Buenos Aires to west side) and south pacific (but sorry we gave most of NZ charts). All details on http://via42forsale.blogspot.com.


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