BENTE DORTE – HISTORY & DESCRIPTION:
BENTE DORTE was built in Skagen, Denmark in 1926 to the traditional Danish Haikutter style dating from circa 1900. These were principally motorised fishing vessels the larger of which carried a ketch rig. By 1940 over 6,000 examples had been built for North Sea fishing. Today a relatively small number survive. BENTE DORTE was discovered in Sjotorp, Sweden and fully restored with a tall-ship style rig and retaining her traditional exterior look whilst sympathetically fitting out the interior for comfortable living with modern conveniences, safety equipment and machinery.
In 2008 BENTE DORTE began a two-year voyage around Europe before settling in the Adriatic where her owners established a successful charter business. She is the only traditionally rigged sailing ship of her size in Croatia and as such is in demand for sail training, ethno sailing, diving and kayak safaris.
Oak planked hull on Oak frames iron fastened. Siberian Larch and Oak decks and superstructure. Long keel, slightly convex stem and elliptical counter stern.
Traditional gaff cutter rig with 79ft main mast and 52ft. mizzen mast. Set of Duradon sails sets about 120 sq.m. plain sail.
270hp MERCEDES 10 cylinder DIESEL ENGINE, serviced 2018. 1,300 litres fuel capacity in 3 tanks. About 7.5 knots cruising speed. Four batteries. 24-volt electrics and 240-volt shore power.
The Danish Haikutters are attractive traditional sailing ships, surprisingly fast and sea-worthy for their size. Since her restoration, BENTE DORTE has become a successful charter vessel in the Adriatic, the business included within the guide price. This is a great opportunity to take on an established lifestyle business, ideal for those seeking a more relaxed way of living or an escape from the rat-race. A very versatile vessel currently undergoing a complete re-fit for the coming season. Annually surveyed for commercial usage.
GUIDE: £89,500 (98,000 Euros) August 2019
PART EXCHANGE CONSIDERED FOR A CLASSIC WOODEN OR GRP SAILING YACHT about 35ft.
LYING: North Italy
VIEWING: Through CLASSIC YACHT BROKERAGE