Longuedoc is a true blue water cruiser ready to cross oceans single handed or with the family. She is constructed to a very high standard, safe and strong, and has been updated and provides very comfortable cruising with her center cockpit design and 2 cabin, 2 head layout. She has been maintained to a high standard thanks to a very attentive owner.
With an extensive maintenance list and many upgrades this vessel is turnkey and ready for her next adventures.
All service records, maintenance spreadsheet, and 2019 Survey available upon request.
Mary and I bought Languedoc in May, 2013. The previous owner (2nd owner I think) was named Colin, an English immigrant to the U.S. and a marine mechanic living in Massachusetts. He was interested in naval history and Languedoc was the name of the first French ship to fight with the American patriots in the war for Independence from England. We liked the history behind the name so we did not change it.
If I remember correctly, Colin bought Languedoc in the late 1990's and sailed her with his family in the New England area and took her south to the Leeward and Windward Islands twice. He also, with his son and two buddies, crossed the Atlantic to Great Britain and spent some time cruising the British Isles before returning to New England.
In 2012 Colin began a complete refit the details of which are reflected on the Specifications Sheet. It was a thorough refit, in preparation for a South Pacific cruise. Upon completion he sailed again to the BVI and left Languedoc in Tortola. He planned to leave there for the Canal and then go west.
Unfortunately, planning for the South Pacific cruise went sideways. His best friend and crewmate fell ill and nearly died from pancreatitis while on another Atlantic crossing and was told his blue water days were over. His newly married son announced the pending arrival of a baby, which turned out to be Colin's first Grandson. So Colin's son was off the crew list also.
Colin decided he did not want to miss out on the early years of his grandchild nor did he want to try and find suitable replacements for the loss of two experienced crew. So he decided to sell the boat and we bought her in Tortola. (Three months later Colin told me that selling Languedoc was the biggest mistake of his life.)
She was in hurricane land-storage at Nanny Cay until Nov. 2013. Beginning in early November we left on Languedoc for a 6 week cruise of the Virgin Islands. We ended in Fajardo, Puerto Rico and left Languedoc on the hard in Puerto del Rey Marina in Fajardo.
We returned in April, to supervise some work on the hull. We had the iron keel stripped to bare metal, then applied 5 coats of alternating Rust Block and Epoxy. We also did some interior work, and began our annual application of Awlgrip polish to the painted topsides. We toured Puerto Rico by car and before coming home we prepared Languedoc for hurricane storage, with 8 heavy straps from the boat to steel rebar set into concrete in the ground. With that, we were able to get insurance for the season.
In the fall of 2014 we returned to Fajardo and put Languedoc back in the water. We did a bit of exploring along the east coast of P.R. and then went to Sun Bay Marina in Fajardo. It was probably the friendliest marina in the Caribbean. Plus, it was headquarters for the CBP and their small fleet of patrol boats. This meant that there was a Federal officer on duty every night, patrolling the marina with an automatic rifle. There was no crime problem at Sun Bay Marina, a nice feature in the Caribbean.
We went home for Christmas then returned in late January. We spent about 3 weeks getting ready for our cruise to Grenada and left in February with a friend on board to help with the passage to St. Martin. That is a spot of open ocean that can be nasty at times if the wind blows uninterrupted from the east.
However, we ended up spending 3 weeks touring the Virgin Islands again due to continued heavy east winds and rough seas. Our friend had to return home and Mary and I hung out for several days at Virgin Gorda waiting for the right weather. One afternoon, we logged onto our weather service via the SSB and were advised to leave the next morning at 3:30am for passage to St. Martin. The next morning it was obvious how popular that weather service is when we, along with 5 other boats, all left together at the designated time. We were all in a line, following each other's nav lights.
Our plan was to sail to Grenada and back in 3 months. But we quickly found that was not our style. We hung out in St. Martin, had some friends fly down to join us for a couple weeks and ended up dropping them off in Guadaloupe. The plan had been to drop them in Antiqua but high winds and 15' seas made beating our way east very un-inviting. After Guadeloupe we proceeded south, slowly. We would travel one day between anchorages, and then spend 3-5 days enjoying the local scenery. Our most favorite places were Les Saintes, Dominica, and Nevis but there were delightful stops all along the way.
When we arrived in Grenada we slowly made our way to the bays on the south of the Island and hung out for a couple more weeks before haul out for another summer of hurricane storage.
We returned in February of 2016 and slowly made our way back north retracing our steps from the previous year. We were able to stop at Jolly Harbor on Antiqua and spent a week there touring the historic sites on the Island. On the way north we were more accustomed to the local transportation systems and we even occasionally rented a car for more extended touring. We spent about 3 months on the return trip ending again at Puerto del Rey Marina in Fajardo. We spent a couple weeks in the islands east of Puerto Rico (called the Spanish Virgin Islands) and had a wonderful time on the Island of Culebra. There we found the best snorkeling we had anywhere in the Caribbean.
In November of 2016 Curt and 3 others made the passage from Fajardo, Puerto Rico, to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. We had great winds behind us the whole way and made the passage of 1,200 miles in 7 days, Our original goal was Fort Pierce but there was a lack of wind on the north side of the Bahamas and lots of wind in the Old Bahamas Channel so we ended in Fort Lauderdale.
The crew disembarked in Fr. Lauderdale but Curt proceeded north with a hired Captain hired to help. We were sailing north in the Gulf Stream in moderate seas when the 1" stainless steel clevis pin that attached the forestay to the chain plate disintegrated and released the headstay and the genoa over the port rail. After 2 hours of struggling, we were finally able muscle the rig back onto the deck, drop the genoa and secure the rig. Its a testament to the rigging on the Amel that at no time were we in any danger of losing the mast. We made an overnight stop at a marina in Riviera Beach and the next day we had the rig inspected by a local rigger and we then proceeded north to Stuart, Florida, where I could get the repairs done at a reasonable price. We ended up removing the motor and transmission for the electric furling genoa, removing the Amel headstay and replacing everything with a new headstay, a new genoa, a new Harken Furler, and a removable inner forestay for our hank-on storm jib.
I went back to Stuart in February and started getting Languedoc ready for a cruise up the ICW, then up to New England, and then North and West to the Great Lakes. Mary and our dog (Tristan Jones) drove across the Country in our Volkswagon Jetta and joined me in late February. We sold the car and left Stuart in March, heading north.
The ICW was interesting. With Languedoc fully loaded, she draws about 7'. That means, very careful navigation is required in the ICW. We enjoyed staying in small towns and marinas along the way but it soon became apparent that when we reached Georgia, the ICW would not be an option due to lack of dredging and hurricane damage.
We stopped in Brunswick, GA at a place affectionately known as the "Velcro Marina". The marina is the most westerly marina on the east coast and a famous hurricane hole. But best of all, there are community happy hours every day, and pot luck dinners 2-3 times a week. The cruisers lounge has free books, 3 big screen TV's, and free beer and wine, every day, all day. A cruisers paradise! Thus, it is known as the "Velcro Marina" because when you stop there, you don't leave.
We bought a car in Brunswick, did a lot of touring north and south, and stayed for about 5 weeks. In the end we decided we were done with East coast cruising and had Languedoc de-commissioned and trucked to Anacortes. She arrived in July, 2017.
She spent the next 9 months on the hard at North Harbor Diesel. We had a variety of work done all of which is reflected on the New Equipment and Accessories spreadsheet.
We launched again in 2018 and spent the summer cruising the San Juans and Gulf Islands by ourselves and with Yacht Club friends. In 2019 we went north to Desolation Sound, the Broughtons, and the Discovery Islands with 3 other boats. That trip was cut two weeks short when Tristan Jones (our famous sailing dog) fell and injured his back. (At 15 years old, he is still part of the crew.)
Obviously, Languedoc has been a great boat for us. The Caribbean was the adventure of a lifetime. The Maramu is a wonderful cruising yacht, offshore and in coastal waters and perfect for the Pacific Northwest. But she wants to go offshore again and our blue water days are past. Mary has arthritis in both hands and cannot grip the lines and sheets. Tristan Jones can no longer jump on and off the boat and can no longer take long walks in the forest and on the beach. But Languedoc is ready and able to go again, to distant harbors across the Ocean.
So it is time to turn Languedoc over to other sailors who can fulfill the dream of taking her to the South Pacific. From Port Angeles, WA., to San Diego, CA, then down the Baja Peninsula to Cabo, then around the Sea of Cortes, and then west to the Marquises. From there, Tahiti and all the Islands, perhaps Australia and New Zealand, perhaps Thailand, perhaps east back to Hawaii, or continue west around the World.
When we bought Languedoc in Tortola, the seller asked me why we decided on an Amel. I said, "We want a boat that can go anywhere, anytime, safely and comfortably".
Colin smiled and nodded. I think there were tears in his eyes.
NOTE: Complete new 240V AC system installed between 2011-12. Including new main breakers with GFI, 240/120 Volt control panel, inverter/charger, auto transformer, Galv Isolator, Victron battery monitor, Dyna Gen generator controls. New 120V shore power outlet and 120V battery charger (40A) installed in 2018 to allow shore-power connection at new and old marinas. (30A/120v & 50A/240v)
New in 2008-2010
*Isotherm front opening Fridge Force 10 two burner stove (propane or butane) Isotherm 240V water heater Raymarine Auto pilot Icom VHF Radio ICOM M7000 Pro SSB radio new 240V AC system including new main breakers with GFI, 240/120 Volt control panel, Victron 240V inverter/charger, Victrom auto transformer (240V to 120V) New 240V breakers for shore power and genset Hull stripped of gelcoat, and recovered with 2 part epoxy
New in 2010-2013
*Cummins B3.3, 60 HP, inboard, diesel (2012), Dual Racor filters for Cummins engine New antennas, cables, & mast wiring New navigation lights including LED mast lights running rigging 316 Stainless steel wire standing rigging with swage ends - wire and hardware replaced new 240V AC system. new main breakers with GFI, 240/120 Volt control panel, auto transformer, Dyna Gen generator controls.12 V / 3000 W / 230 V Victron Quattro inverter/battery charger Galvanic Isolator, Dyna Gen generator controls SW Wind power Air Breeze wind generator (2013) (new bearings 2016)(6) Lifeline AGM GPL-31XT house batteries with 750 Ah in (1) bank 5 KVA Northern Lights M643 genset – removed and repainted, replaced: stainless steel exhaust elbow, hose and muffler, raw water pump Single Racor filter for Genset2 new composite propane tanks, regulator, solenoid and hoses replaced 15 HP Yamaha outboard engine (2013) Switlik 6 man Valise life-raft. repack Sep 2013 New exhaust, hoses, engine controls, wiring, fuel system, etc Hurth 250 transmission (rebuilt 2012) Hull topsides painted with Awl-grip cabin decks painted with two part epoxy One coat of Micron 66 bottom paint
New in 2014
Cabin light fixtures Engine start battery (2014) Keel stripped to bare metal, cleaned, faired, and covered with 5 alternating coats of "Rust Lock" and two part epoxy. Two coats of Micron 66 bottom paint
New in 2015-2016
Rocna 73# primary anchor 10' Highfield aluminum Rib dinghy 3.5 hp mercury OB Kato marine Dinghy Davits cabin lights replaced with LED New holding tank in forward head New thru hull valve for holding tank One coat of Micron 66 bottom paint new cabin fans in forward and aft cabins and main salon
New in 2017-2018
Two new manual pump toilets (forward and aft heads) cooling fan on refrigerator compressor Victron battery monitor,120V shore-power outlet and 120V battery charger Balmar 100A alternator Balmar DDC-12/24 Digital Duo Charge (for charging two battery banks) New Mack Sails premium Dacron furling genoa with Sunbrella cover and foam luff Removable inner forestay cutlass bearing Kato Marine outboard engine hoist Rule automatic electric bilge pump boarding gates (port and starboard)removed and replaced electric outhaul motor with manual system led to ST Winch in cockpit Traveler system redesigned to lead new lines to ST winch in cockpit All Rigging inspected and reinstalled with repairs and replacements as necessary Main mast, main boom, mizzen mast, mizzen boom removed and repainted Salon cabin sole cleaned, sanded, and refinished with 5 coats polyurethane Rebuild Mizzen Mast Step with G-10 Plate to better support the mizzen mast Bottom pressure washed before launch in 2018. Misc. bottom paint patches applied (keel & rudder)Bottom scrubbed by diver while in water (August 2018) New art cabin curtains.
New in 2019
21 gallon holding tank for aft head, under rear berth. Macerator pump, deck pump out & overboard discharge (where legal).propane catalytic heater in main salon. Propane tanks located in starboard lazerette at bow. Water tank drained, cleaned, and flushed in June 2019. Bottom cleaned, sanded & painted in May 2019.Insurance survey in May 2019 Refrigerator compressor serviced and recharged. bottom cleaned by diver in Sept. 2019 Top sides cleaned with Awl care and polished cabin sides cleaned and polished
New in 2020
New mattress and cover in aft cabin, with 2" memory foam topper New Raymarine Axiom multi function GPS/monitor. Haul out for inspection, prop guard anti-fouling paint, remove rust from keel to hull joint and add epoxy and paint to joint, inspect keel bolts, replace zincs. remove salon curtains, re-sew new backing material and re-hang curtains Cummins engine service. Remove and re-build fuel injectors, install new fuel return line, remove and replace raw water hoses and all clamps, add new exhaust elbow and 3" exhaust hose, remove and service raw water pump and replace impeller, remove and replace engine fresh water coolant hoses, remove and inspect heat exchanger, remove propeller shaft from transmission coupler and inspect and clean shaft and coupler and replace set screws.* NOTE: ITEMS LISTED AS PRIOR TO 2013 WERE INSTALLED BY PREVIOUS OWNER AND ARE INCLUDED BASED UPON INFORMATION PROVIDED BY PREVIOUS OWNERCURRENT OWNER CANNOT GUARANTEE OR WARRANT SUCH INFORMATION.
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