||LM 27 Motor Sailor: Zenta
Easily sailed single handed, furling foresail and option to steer in the cockpit or wheelhouse keeping skipper and crew dry and warm in the worst conditions. She is a heavy displacement yacht especially commissioned with a long keel and deeper draft than is usual for an LM27 which makes her safer and more sea kindly than the normal design. She is a serious little sea boat.
Zenta was purchased by her present owner in 2005 and extensively refurbished in that year. Since then, she has been lavished with constant upgrades and regular maintenance.
Her home waters are the Irish Sea and she has been sailed extensively around the inner and outer Hebrides and Scottish lochs. Voyages further afield include circumnavigation of UK and Orkney in 2016, visiting the Scilly Isles and a Summer cruising the Atlantic coast of Ireland.
The engine was upgraded to the Nanni 3100HE 29hp 3 cylinder Cylinder Diesel engine and aqua drive. All engine compartment components, shaft and propeller were replaced. All skin fittings and seacocks replaced.
She has been completely rewired by an aircraft systems designer with multiple redundancy and battery isolation. Every terminal has a film of Vaseline. Their is no electrical wire corrosion on Zenta.
She is fitted with oversized stainless standing rigging. Her running rigging was replaced. Her mainsail is crisp and in almost new condition. Her foresail, whilst older, is serviceable and does not need replacing.
The windows have been replaced, electric windlass installed and pressurised hot water system added in isolation to the original gravity fed fresh water tank.
She carries in excess of 300ltrs of fuel giving a 750m range under engine alone.
4 berths in two cabins
Vee berth forward, hatch to foredeck and stowage under berths.
Saloon: Dining/chart table converts into double bed. Gimbled stove and cooker with grill. Stainless steel sink with pressurised hot and cold water plus separate gravity cold water tap.
Separate heads compartment to port with Jabsco marine toilet and wash basin with pressurised hot and cold water plus separate gravity cold water tap, shower head and shower tray pump.
Hanging locker to starboard. Steps up to an open backed wheelhouse. Pilot seat and instruments to starboard. Crew seat to port. Windshield wipers port and starboard
Covered cockpit with upholstered removable cushions and table. This makes the cockpit a highly versatile inclusion to the living accommodation.
Tiller steering and water tank below stern deck.
Located under the cockpit sole. Nanni 3100HE 29hp 3 cylinder Cylinder Diesel engine and aqua drive. Fresh water cooled, single lever teleflex control, electric start. Aqua drive and shaft to fixed pitch three blade propeller. Full engine instrumentation.
3 x 12 volt batteries isolated by diodes to prevent shorting or draining one battery by another and controlled by individual switching.
Engine and water pump serviced in June 2017
Spars and Sails:
Masthead Bermudan rigged sloop.
5mm Stainless steel standing rigging.
Mainsail, slab reefing and lazy jacks. Mainsail cover in blue.
2 winches for foresail plus snubbing winch for roller reefing
2 halyard mast winches
Bruce anchor with 30 m chain and 50mtrs warp (second anchor with 50 mtrs warp and 3mtrs chain stowed aft â€“ third anchor stowed aft) Quick electric anchor windlass, stainless steel pulpit, pushpit, stanchions and guard wires, safety handrails over cockpit canopy, fixed stainless steel boarding ladder, full cockpit canopy in blue, saloon skylight cover in blue, blue and white cockpit cushions, hatch cover, folding cockpit table, various warps and fenders, wind screen wipers on wheel house.
Raytheon R10 radar scanner, Garmin 90 Fish finder / echo sounder, DSC VHF radio, Target Navtex pro-plus, Deck and navigation lights,
2 x Fire extinguishers, Fire blanket, foghorn, horseshoe lifebuoy, manual and electric bilge pumps, radar reflector, spare tiller.
History and Construction:
Built in 1973 by LM Glasfiber AS
White GRP hull with dark blue sheer stripe
Cream GRP super structure with non slip deck
Long keel with encapsulated ballast and bilge plates
Wheel and tiller steering to keel hung balanced rudder
Open back wheel house with full cock pit cover.
Comments below from â€˜www.yachtsnet.co.ukâ€™
The Danish LM27 has long been probably the worldâ€™s most successful small wheelhouse sailing cruiser, with over 1,500 built since the designs introduction in 1975. First built in Denmark, the moulds later came to the UK when LM ceased building yachts and started to manufacture blades for wind turbines.
The hull lines and robust construction owe much to the traditional Scandinavian â€œColin Archerâ€ sailing lifeboats, although the originals of these designs, long regarded by many as the epitome of seaworthiness, are rather larger.
For such a small motor-sailor, with bluff bow and long keel, the sailing performance is remarkably good. When introduced 'Yachting World' reported that ".... she sails surprisingly fastâ€, and 'Yachting Monthly' said ".... Can she sail? Undoubtedly this one can, in a very satisfactory wayâ€.
Zenta is currently on the old Sankey canal at West Bank in Widnes on a trot mooring. She was serviced and prepared for this yearâ€™s voyage to Southern Ireland. Family circumstances intervened.
She is ready for the season.