Yachts like this not only are rare on the brokerage market, but also are rare beasts found on the sea. The concept of an open 60-style yacht (non-foiling of course) with comfort, styling and very well designed systems are commonly dreamt about, but rarely built.
Only a few FC53s were built – but they have a following all over the world, from accomplished sailors who want to travel miles and enjoy the sailing as well as the destination.
Form stability only really works with a light displacement yacht, so the only way to achieve this is by constructing using the best boatbuilders and carbon. Plenty of it. However, not only just for the hull, the rig, floors, etc. Everything has to be built to race boat standards to allow passage for the comfortable things that are necessary for bluewater crusing. Washing machines, fridge, freezer, watermaker, aircon etc.
NICA is built by Knierim Yachtbau in Germany to exacting standards, with solid laminate in areas that need it and foam core where weight and insulation is more of a consideration. Through hull fittings keel structure etc.
Above deck, the carbon rig, EC6 rigging and carbon boom keep the weight down, as well as pitching at anchor, increased righting moment for later reefing. Strong and light, with weight where you need it – at the bottom of the long, swinging keel.
The centerboard keel adds a large amount of stability with the added safety factor with a hydraulic release in case of a grounding. A very well thought out and designed system.
The North Sails are in good shape, the 3Di construction really does give many, many hours of service in comparison to the woven fabrics of yesteryear.
The yacht is just beautiful and she has been the cover star of a few magazines, who have all published glowing reports on her.
Note: Photo Copyright James Mitchell.
Coming from an offshore racing background I wanted a fast boat for a circumnavigation but that would also still anchor close to the beach in shallow waters. With no paid crew, she was meant to be easily maintained by myself.
She delivered what we expected in every aspect of sailing, cruising and living.
NICA is extremely fun to sail double-handed and single-handed.
Too much heeling – just add some water to the ballast tank. A squall on a beam or broad reach – bear away and accelerate. Upwind – start filling the tank and after reef from the cockpit on whatever angle you`re sailing.
She is very forgiving. We sailed in 35kts TWS with full main and J1 140°TWA doing 15kts very comfortably.
Doing the passage from the Galapagos to Marquesas double-handed with my wife in just over 13 days was bliss and gave us more time to explore onshore until the other WorldARC boats arrived.
Calculating passages with 200-220 nm per day is more like a race boat and gives you the chance to outrun bad weather if needed, but still having cold drinks and nice food. She is always-manageable single handed from 6 to 55kts.
My wife, although not a very experienced sailor in the beginning, could happily stand her watches even with kite up.
Want to enter St. Peters Port on Guernsey – swing the keel aft and enter over the sill. Alternatively, anchor in 2m of water in the Tuamotus – she´s the best of both worlds.
Why are we selling? Family and COVID-19 forced us to change plans.
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