The Incredible Aluminium Nordia 55 TRUANT OF SARK is for sale
December 2nd, 2021
A yacht that we know well, she was commissioned by her first owner in 1995 and built by the Royal Van Dam Shipyard of aluminium. The first of her class, her owners commissioned interior designers Fieldwork to orchestrate the interior design. The result is a delight in cherry wood with marquetry, made flesh faultlessly by her builders.
Conceived and built for a world cruise, this she undertook with great success, sailing extensively in both the planet’s hemispheres, with her robust aluminium construction, ship systems and blue water specification standing her in good stead. On her return to the UK, school and a desk beckoned for her owners and hence she was laid up under cover at Berthon.
In 2011, it was decided to fully update TRUANT so that she could embark on another adventure. The refit was extensive – new paint, refurbishment of the rig, new furnishings, full overhaul or replacement of all systems, new sails, new electronics, new AV and new communications. Relatively little of the original yacht remains except for her exceptional build, good looks and wonderful craftsmanship above and below decks.
After a season or so in the Caribs she sailed to the Mediterranean where she found her current owners. They were looking for a very high quality sailing yacht of metal on which they could sail the globe. TRUANT fitted the bill and so in late 2018 she became theirs.
In their ownership she has cruised the Mediterranean and she is currently laid up for the winter in Greece where she may be visited by appointment.
Of course they have kept up the good work, and TRUANT is as immaculate today as she ever was. You can have a look at this walk through video which shows her just before layup this winter –
Over the 2020/21 winter she had a further refit with these owners with a smart new wrap of both hull and superstructure, a fresh system underwater protection was applied – MAC Glide which means that TRUANT won’t need re-antifouling for another 7 years. She was also fully serviced and systems updated as needed, including a complete electronic upgrade with Furuno kit on NMEA2000 base delivering a double autopilot, big plotters and 21st century technology.
TRUANT has a very full specification for blue water cruising and you can have a look at her specification here:
TRUANT is a very special yacht that offers reliable and fast passage times, an automated rig for easy short handed sailing as well as moderate draft. In the 2011 refit the forward section of the yacht was re-configured so that she now offers the option of 2 upper and lower berth cabins or a large double berth cabin and sofa when sailing with 2 couples. The central bulkhead is removable.