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David Walters Yachts
Designed by Sparkman & Stephens with interior by Glade Johnson and construction by Sovereign Yachts in Seattle, TRISTAN is a beautiful cruising ketch, originally owned by a prominent yachtsman. Extensively equipped with backups for near everything, she cost $10 Million to build in 1993 while other yachts similar in size and basic quality usually cost around $6 Million. She has traveled far in safety and comfort.
Entering from the cockpit though a sliding glass door on the aft bulkhead, the pilothouse is a fully enclosed space with both form and function. To starboard is the steering station and all controls, displays, and instrumentation. Just to port of centerline is the companionway to the main salon, which can be closed off with a sliding hatch and double doors that hinge and pocket away. Outboard to port is a chart table with drawers and ancillary electronics. The console has an anigre face with vinyl trim and top. Two Stidd Admiral low-back helm chairs are installed at the starboard console. Aft on raised platforms are an 'L'-shaped seating area with table to port, and an athwartships bench seat with small table to starboard. Secure storage is located beneath this settee. There are four large opening hatches in the roof and six drop-down pilothouse windows, four aft and one on each side. Joinery below the windows is anigre, the overhead is vinyl, the upholstery is leather, and the floor is teak with anigre inlays.
Full width main salon with 'L'-shaped settee port and starboard. Dining table on port side, with three chairs, seats eight if there is a person at each end of the table. Coffee table at settee on starboard side, server with entertainment center above and crockery storage below at forward starboard side, small bar with bottle and glass storage at aft port side. Salon table top is Maple burl. Coffee table, server and bar tops are granite with stainless steel fiddle rails. Furniture is anigre, leather upholstery, carpeted floor with vinyl overhead. Two large opening overhead hatches and side windows (fitted with curtains) provide natural light.
Owner & Guest Accommodations
Aft passageway has a carpeted floor, anigre doors and paneling with maple trim and full length stainless steel handrail. Courtesy lights are provided throughout the aft quarters.
Two almost identical guest staterooms with large double berth and divan that will convert to a single berth. Each stateroom has a large hanging locker, bureau and night stand with plenty of drawer space. Two large opening portlights, with Roman shades, provide natural light while multiple dimmable light fixtures, direct and indirect, provide supplemental illumination. The tops of the bureau and night stand are granite with stainless steel fiddles; the divan and headboard are leather; wall surfaces are anigre with several mirrors; the floor is carpeted and the overhead vinyl. The guest baths have a porcelain sink in a granite countertop, glass shower doors, granite tiled floors, Plam wall surfaces and overhead, and a large opening port with curtains.
The master stateroom has a central king-size berth with night stands on each side. There is a settee to port and a bureau with several drawers and additional storage space to starboard, with hanging lockers in both aft, outboard corners. The forward end of the stateroom has two large closets and a mirrored vanity with built-in television and entertainment center above, hidden behind pocket doors. Finishes include anigre, granite with stainless steel and leather. The large bureau has a maple burl top and the aft bulkhead is mirrored, creating the illusion of a much bigger room. There are two large opening portlights with Roman shades on each port and starboard side. Multiple, direct and indirect, lighting groups are provided and controlled from either the entry or night stands. The master bath has two porcelain sinks in a granite counter, granite tile floor, Plam wall surfaces and overhead, and a large opening portlight with curtains. A large shower enclosure features a Corian floor, glass door and dedicated lighting.
An emergency escape hatch is situated in the starboard aft corner.
Ship's Office/Radio Room
The ship's office is located just forward of the port guest stateroom. It has a large chart table and chair. This room houses all long range communications, weather and navigational equipment. The walls are covered with acoustical ribbed fabric for sound clarity, joinery is Plam with maple trim, leather upholstery, carpeted floor and vinyl overhead. There is a large opening portlight to port.
Forward of the galley to port is the Captain's cabin which has a double berth with drawers, drop storage, hanging locker, TV and DVD player, and opening portlight. The captain's cabin has an ensuite head with an enclosed shower and opening portlight. Opposite the captain's cabin is the crew mess with U-shaped leather upholstered dinette, TV/VIS monitor, sailing instrumentation and audio controls. There are two opening portlights for light and ventilation. A ladder accesses the deck through a large, centerline hatch. Forward are two double cabins with upper and lower berths. Each cabin has drawers, a hanging locker, stereo at each berth, fixed portlight, and deck hatch. The port cabin has an ensuite head with separate shower and the starboard cabin also has its own head and shower.
Materials throughout the crew accommodation are Plam walls, maple with anigre inlays floors, and vinyl overhead and hull ceilings.
Located forward of the main salon is the full beam galley. To port is a stainless steel countertop with integral sink and to starboard is a U-shaped counter with granite top with stainless steel double sink. There are two opening hatches overhead, tinted portlights port and starboard, and a commercial exhaust fan in the overhead. Wall surfaces are Plam with maple trim.
The foredeck has anchoring equipment, crew access and ventilation hatches; all with spray dodgers. A dorade box on the foredeck also houses air, electrical and anchor winch pendant outlets.
A bench seat with stowage under for passerelle is recessed between the wings of the cabin house. There is a large locker in the port side cabin house is for side ladder stowage plus dive and snorkel equipment. Full length stainless steel handrails run down each side of both the cabintop and pilothouse roof.
The aft cockpit is enclosed by coamings with pocketing doors. The steering station at the aft end is raised for excellent visibility, has a full width seat and large instrument console.
The middle cockpit has comfortable seating for eight at a large fold-down table. A refrigerator and small sink are provided on the starboard side, while life jackets stowage is in lockers to port and starboard. Controls for the hydraulic winches are recessed throughout the cockpit, together with rig hydraulic controls and instrument readouts.
Hull and deckhouse is finished with AwlGrip; bottom is a custom mix of blue and black CF antifouling, topsides are matterhorn white, deckhouse is matterhorn white. The main deck, cockpit floor and cabintop are laid teak (without fastenings).
Access to the engine room is via companionway stairs in the crew mess. The engine room is sound isolated with a full package designed by EAR and upgraded in 2007 by Soundown, comprising acoustic tile, sound barrier material and fiberglass insulation. An emergency escape hatch is located at the aft end of the engine room.
Three (3) quadrant steering system, designed for pure feel during sailing
Two (2) hydraulic steering motors (replaced 2019)
Rudder and steering system removed and serviced 2016. Rudder shafts, bearings, and propellers restored & cleaned 2015.
Navtec hydraulic system
Some of the work done on Tristan since construction was as follows. In 1994 the hydraulic stabilizers were removed and the hull filled in. In 2007 a major refit was done in Newport Shipyard in Rhode Island for roughly $1.8 million: the masts were removed, painted and reworked, and all the rigging was replaced; the hull was completely sanded and repainted; engine room sound insulation; complete air conditioning upgrade; two new SeaRecovery 450 watermakers; new fresh water pumps; ZF electronic controls for the main engines; new refrigeration was built forward of the engine room; a new fridge in the galley and a new small fridge was installed in the laundry area; all toilets replaced; all new carpets. In 2011 at Varadero Valencia another two months of work was done to do more painting above the deck and improve the teak deck as well as paint the hull bottom. In 2013 the propeller shafts were pulled, new cutlass bearings, propeller cleaning; the thrusters were serviced. In 2014 new freezer and new washers and dryers; the mizzen mast was pulled, repainted and the rigging examined; two new hot water heaters; dive compressor checked. In 2015 a new genoa sail was purchased; and new watermaker boost pumps. In 2016 the hull bottom was repainted, the rudder serviced, and three new generators were installed.
Work Completed in 2018
Work Completed in 2019
Work Completed in 2020
Additional Repairs required in 2020:
New water filters beside ER door
Clean all filters for the watermaker system.
Provide a bypass for the shore power transformer panel button
Install new house batteries
Change oil in all engines
Rebuild the mainmast roller equipment.
Clean the Centrifuge.
Check the air pressure system.
Stop any leaking from ceiling hatches.
Install new delrin in the port anchor chute.
Finish wood wall bottoms beside galley floor.
Lock down the fridge and freezer.
Repair the leaking hot water revolver pump in galley port void
Maintain the outside teak deck.
Lift Tristan out of the water and repaint the hull bottom, replace the zincs, service the shafts and propellers.
TRISTAN has traveled the world. With her power furling systems and redundant equipment, she has proved easy to sail with a reduced crew. In fact, between 2002 and 2016 with crew of only the Captain and his wife she cruised from Australia to Alaska, from the Caribbean to New England, and across the Atlantic to the Mediterranean eight times. Although she has an excellent layout for chartering with three beautiful staterooms for guests and helm positions both on the aft deck and in the pilothouse, she has always been privately owned and never chartered. Her interior is of the highest quality with outstanding fit and finish. Reasonably priced, she is a fine offering.