Ker 63, DARK HORSE OF ENGLAND is a true performer, as well as an easily handled family cruising yacht with huge accommodation as her USP.
History of Ker 63, DARK HORSE OF ENGLAND
DARK HORSE OF ENGLAND is also known and referred to as a Salona 60. She was designed by Jason Ker, a naval architect experienced in designing America’s Cup yachts, racing yachts in general and more recently some beautiful performance cruising yachts and catamarans.
She was created by AD boats in Croatia, who decided to enter the market for performance cruising under the Salona Yachts brand. The USP of these are the semi customs nature of the design at a smaller yacht level.
In her first ownership, she cruised the Mediterranean, until selling to the current owner for more bluewater cruising, including a transatlantic crossing and a spell in the Caribbean, where the owner continued to live and work onboard the yacht. She was customised well for liveaboard life but now life on land beckons and DARK HORSE is now ready for the next owner.
Exploring the Accommodation & Deck Equipment of Ker 63, DARK HORSE OF ENGLAND
Digging deeper into the specification shows an attention to detail. In the rig, the Harken Switch track on the mast gives a low stack height, with the self tacking jib and sail controls lead back under deck to the utility winches either side of the cockpit within easy reach of the twin helms. The powerful Carbon rig is both strong and light, which in turn means that righting moment is higher, which then rolls on to reefing later, less pitch and roll at anchor and of course more performance.
You can watch her sea trial video here:
The cockpit is both comfortable and shielded from inclement weather – her solid bimini gives plenty of shade, and also handholds in a rough sea, and with the additional zip-on transparent sides, can be transformed into an additional room. Should you not require this additional feature, it is quickly and simply removed from the yacht. Her twin helm positions give a great view forwards, and also with all the mains controls to hand, with very recent chartplotters and a full and integrated B&G system both on deck and at the chart table.
Her Navigation equipment is also well equipped for blue water sailing, with wifi and sat communications – she is very simple and well set up to work from onboard, as the current owner has regularly done. She really is a capsule to travel the world while staying in contact.
Her interior is modelled on open plan living, with the galley very much a part of the saloon, and chart table. Entertainment is cleverly concealed to be there when you only need it and lots of natural light with hull windows and roof lights. The 4 cabins in the main area are well appointed and spacious. Three are ensuite, with the 4th bunk cabin opposite the galley full size berths that are perfect for passage berths, extra guests, children or just storage space on long trips. All cabins have newly appointed mattresses and are superbly comfortable. In the bow, there is a 5th cabin, which has its own entrance from above, bunk berths and its own heads with shower room.
You can watch her walkthrough video here:
The systems are well maintained, and easily accessible with the engine located in the normal place under the companionway steps and most of the running systems located immediately aft. She has an enormous stern lazarette and locker, with twin stern thrusters that are retractable, but as they are off centre, this allows the larger specified Williams tender to fit snugly in.
A full inventory of recent sails, she really is worth a look for a family cruising yacht that is also a proven blue water capable yacht.
An Insight into the Current Plans of Ker 63, DARK HORSE OF ENGLAND
At time of writing – DARK HORSE OF ENGLAND is ashore in Varadero, Valencia and ready for the next owner.