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Sold – 45ft. ENDURANCE CLASS SCHOONER – built Windboats, Norfolk 1990 – Lying: West Wales


The Endurance 45 has a proven track record for long-distance bluewater cruising. DARSHAN with her traditional schooner rig offers a great opportunity to purchase a good-sized yacht ideal for extended living aboard and exploring the Med. The poop-deck design giving great deck space aft for sail handling, alfresco dining and relaxing in the sun.


Boat Details

Overall Length: 45ft 7ins
Waterline: 33ft 2ins
Beam: 13ft
Draught: 7ft
Displacement: 12.37 reg tons
Engine: 110hp Yanmar 4LH-TE
Berths: Six Berths in Three Cabins
Sail: Gaff Schooner Rig
Designer: Peter Isbold
Builder: Windboats, Norfolk
Year Built: 1990
Location: West Wales


American naval architect Peter Ibold (1936-2010) was the principal founder of the ‘traditional revival look’ of the late 20th Century. In the 1970s Peter drew plans for the Endurance Class beginning with the successful ’35’. Such was their popularity for long-distance cruising he extended the lines to create a range of Endurance sizes. Peter produced more than fifty designs overall ranging from 8m to 35m.

Windboats of Wroxham, Norfolk, formerly Graham Bunn Boat Builders, were the UK builders on the Endurance Class from the 1970s onwards developing the Seacrete method of construction.

DARSHAN, formerly AKITSUSHIMA 11 was built in 1990 and spent her early years in Amerimar, where the current owner bought her in 1998. She was sailed back to the UK and stationed in West Wales.

In recent years DARSHAN has not been sailed very often and consequently now requires some cosmetic work and upgrading of equipment.

‘Seacrete’ ferro cement moulded hull, encapsulated ballast keel, frames and stringers. Teak laid deck with marine-ply sub-deck. Teak and Iroko brightwork. Pilothouse recently re-furbished and painted white.

Spacious below decks accommodation with quality teak and iroko joinery throughout. Recent upholstery. Full headroom.

Layout from aft:

Stateroom – Large double berth. Dining area with seating. Storage below and behind the settee. Two hanging lockers, drawers, cabinets and bookshelves.

Galley to port – Two stainless-steel sinks, pressurised /manual over-ride hot and cold water, Origo 6000 two-ring burner alcohol cooker with full oven.

Heads to starboard – Lavac toilet, stainless-steel washbasin, pressurised/manual hot and cold water, shower with teak grating and fold down washing seat.

Engine compartment: Midship, under the cockpit sole, with full easy access from both galley and heads compartments, to engine, mains calorifier, battery storage, multistage battery charger, and bilge and shower pumps.

YANMAR 4LH-TE 110hp turbo diesel engine with KM gearbox.

Pilothouse – engine controls and console, chart table with drawer, lockers, etc

Single Cabin – to port tapered single berth/seating + full-sized canvas pilot cot over

Double berth to starboard, convertible double berth / U shaped settee seating – pedestal table + full-sized canvas pilot cot over, storage lockers beneath lower berths.

Fore cabin – chain locker, rope and sail storage – two metres between bulkheads sufficient for an additional berth if required.


Hollow Douglas Fir masts and spars by Noble of Bristol, UK.

Gaff and yard collar leathers replaced in 2009, complete with 4 x 2-speed self-tailing Lewmar halyard winches. Stainless Granny bars to foremast.

10 mm 1 x 19 SS standing rigging all inspected and classed good in 2014.

Running rigging is sound, serviceable 12, 14 and 16 mm braid on braid polyester.

All main working sails including storm jib as new. Well used but serviceable hank-on genoa.


Whitlock S/S wheel and cable steering (cables replaced 2009), (heavy-duty aluminium/bronze steering mechanism with provision for second station hydraulic steering/autopilot installation beneath stateroom berth, previously operated from within the pilothouse. Single lever engine/gear control and Sestral Major compass mounted on steering pedestal. Navico 500 wheel pilot.

6 x Lewmar 2 speed sheet winches.

B & G Network instruments Log, Depth, Wind, Tack in cockpit, multi-function Quad unit in the pilothouse.

Simpson Lawrence Sea Tiger 555 manual windlass with 60 metres of 1/2inch galvanised chain, 35 kg CQR main bower anchor, plus 2 more CQR and 1 25kg Danforth anchor.

Six person Ocean Canister life raft (service inspection required)

All safety equipment is now due to be re-certified or replaced.

Good out of water 2014 survey.


A professionally built Ferro-cement schooner to the Endurance Class design offering long-distance cruising opportunities with spacious, well-planned accommodation. The adaptable rig is ideal for short-handed sailing or for couples looking for blue-water escapism.

GUIDE: SOLD – August 2020

LYING: West Wales

01905-356482 classicyachtbrokerage@gmail.com