Bought by the present owners while in the Caribbean she was used as a cruising home in the tropics before being sailed back to the UK in 2012. The entire hull was shot blasted when new and painted with International epoxy paint which has preserved it extremely well.  The topsides were repainted in black Jotun in 2014. Built in South Africa in 1997 to Norske Veritas standard from 5mm welded steel plate.  Angle bar frames at approximately 100cm centres with 40x40x6mm angle longitudinal stringers. Pair of oiled teak skylights just forward of the dog house give light and ventilation to the galley and double cabin.
Large flush teak hatch on the centreline just aft of the main mast was originally installed with a view to carrying cargo. Galvanised standing rigging with rigging screws to chain plates welded into the deck.  The main mast has twin lower shrouds to the hounds with a single cap shroud to the main mast head and a single cap shroud over the spreaders to the top mast. Staysail is self tacking for ease of handling, it is simply left to its own devices when tacking upwind.


The engine is fresh water cooled with a keel cooling system meaning there is no heat exchanger or salt water pumping systems to contend with.
Oil filters, oil coolers and fuel filters are all well placed to make them easily accessible, full access all around the engine and well designed systems make this a very good installation. The accommodation is very spacious for a boat of her length and offers several separate sleeping cabins. Steps down from the companionway into the dog house with a large double to port extending under the side deck.  Table to starboard which doubles as a chart desk with all the navigation equipment to port at the forward end of the dog house.
Passageway in aft port corner gives access to the stern which has a large storage area under the cockpit and also the potential for another berth if required.  Access hatches at the aft of the cockpit into the lazarette lockers. Centreline steps down from the dog house into the saloon with the galley to port and a door giving access to a double cabin to starboard. The galley has more than sufficient storage with cupboards under the deck head and lockers below.


The main heads compartment to starboard opposite the galley has a Blakes Lavac sea toilet and a shower with a stainless tray and a teak grating.  The side board is tiled with a handmade porcelain sink. The second heads forward is purely for the guest cabin and has a Jabsco sea toilet with a stainless hand basin. Stan Grayson (author of Cape Cod Catboats) writes an insightful article titled "Beetle 14 - Sequel to a Legend" after sailing the boat in Cape Cod waters in May of 2008. Beetle Cat was featured in The Great Design Issue of this international magazine in the "Collector's Edition". The large double berth in this cabin extends cleverly under the dog house sole to gain more space.



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