- Van Dam
- Nordia 55
- Tax Status
- Tax Paid
- 17 m
- 4.8 m
- Engine Make
- Perkins 135hp
- Draft Max
- 2.0 m
- Engine Count
- Draft Min
- 2.0 m
- Fin Keel
- Palma de Mallorca
- Hull Material
- Boat Type
- RB Ref
About this Van Dam Nordia 55
TRUANT is a blue-water cruising yacht of fine quality. Van Dam Nordia is world-renowned for producing semi-custom yachts with the highest quality joinery and superb systems. The owners of Truant were very involved in the build of this first Van Dam Nordia 55, which set the benchmark for this new model for the yard.
TRUANT has had one owner from new and was commissioned as a family boat for long-distance cruising. She has always been maintained to the highest professional standard with a budget to match. Her owners have always invested in equipment, improvements and modernisation over the years, so that her appearance belies her age.
The owners completed a circumnavigation between 1995 and 2000. TRUANT was then in long-term storage for eight years from 2003 to 2011 inside a shed and shrink-wrapped. Following a full and extensive refit in 2011, she has had light usage for 3 to 4 months a year only, and, when not in use, she was stored under a full winter cover.
TRUANT returned to Europe from Antigua in June 2017, and is in first class order, ready to go again. She combines comfortable, secure sailing, with high quality build, engineering and powerful sailing performance. Her flexible layout works well for a family, or two couples to cruise in great comfort.
TRUANT Build History, owners' comments: “When deciding to commission the build of TRUANT, we carried out extensive research to find the right yard. We chose Van Dam for their engineering skill, their craftsmanship in aluminium and wood finishing, their flexibility, and their overall attention to detail.
We wanted our Nordia 55 to be a new, more modern yacht than the existing Van Dam 54 and the team at Van Dam were ready, willing and able to help us with that.
With Robert Van Dam we modernised the hull shape, to achieve improved performance and enhanced aesthetic appearance. This increased interior volume considerably in the saloon width and length, and in the owners’ aft cabin and sugar-scoop stern width. We also moved the backstay off the stern and onto the deck, uncluttering the bathing platform.
On deck forward we moved the anchor windlass from electric to hydraulic, put on a pulpit seat, and a flush hatch for the forward lazarette. The cockpit was lowered by 10cm to make it safer and the combings more comfortable; a new design of integrated sprayhood and bimini fashioned; and the 16mm teak deck added to all flat surfaces, coach roof, cockpit sides, and stern.
However the most major changes to a traditional Nordia were in the interior. We really liked the skill of the yard, but not their traditional rosewood and detailing. We commissioned UK designers, Fieldwork Design, to create a wholly new, cherry wood interior, with a high level of investment in wood design and the creation of the feeling of space. We created flowing lines of sight with runs of ebony inlay and bull-nosing in cherry. We used panelling on larger surfaces in all cabins, to bring out the curves and contours in contrasting cherry woods. We softened the interior lines by using curved surfaces throughout, with beautifully crafted entrance steps, curved forward cabin doors, and curved cupboard doors, which transformed the traditional harder edges of the traditional Van Dam design. Fieldwork’s skill with lighting and mirrors, plus all white bathrooms and white spaces in the external cabin walls throughout also enhanced the overall feeling of light and space.
On the floor we chose cherry and holly, to harmonise with the rest of the woodwork. Again detailing was key with curved lines around curved furniture and staggered line endings to emphasise the shape of the interior and furniture.
The chart table and saloon table were inlaid with ebony in a simple compass design, drawing all the design elements together.
The overall effect was a totally new style of Van Dam, using the great skills of their craftsmen to transform their brand. TRAUNT’s interior then formed the basis of the new Van Dam yachts going forward, but no other Van Dam had nearly so much intricate woodwork detailing or such extensive woodworking time investment. From the outset TRUANT was recognised as a unique vessel, the result of a unique investment in crafted care and attention to detail. She was quickly voted the Most Beautiful Boat by all other boats in the 1995 ARC (Atlantic Rally for Cruisers) and has been much admired all over the world ever since”.
RCD Status: Our understanding is that the yacht is exempt from the essential safety requirements of Directive 94/25EC (Recreational Craft Directive) as she was built and placed into use within the EU prior to 1998.
Hull, Deck & Superstructure Construction:
- Aluminium hull.
- 16mm teak deck and coachroof (12mm remaining, covered when out of use).
- Topsides Alexseal (2011).
- Superstructure Awlgrip (2011).
- Proctor/hall mast Awlgrip (2011).
Keel & Rudder:
- Balisto keel.
- Semi-skeg rudder
Engine & Gearboxes:
- 1 x Perkins Sabre 6 cylinder 135hp. 4000 engine hours at July 2017
- Dual Separ fuel/water separator.
- Newage gearbox.
Maintenance & Performance:
- Cruising: 7.5 knots.
- Maximum: 9 knots.
Propulsion & Steering:
- Whitlock drive unit.
- 15hp bowthruster.
- Maxprop, with shaft in integral oil-bath housing.
- 24V DC, 220 AC.
- House 660 amp gel batteries (2017).
- 2 gel engine start batteries (2011).
- Gel generator start battery (2011).
- Mastervolt Masterview monitoring system.
- Ample control and monitoring system.
- Mastervolt 100 amp battery charger.
- Mastervolt Combi, 60/2500 inverter/charger (2012).
- 150 amp Belmar and 40 amp on main engine.
- 6.5kW Onan generator. 5000 hours at July 2017
- Dry generator exhaust system; injectors; exhaust elbow (2011).
- Shore power connection.
- 24V and 240V sockets throughout.
Fresh Water & Water Heating System:
- Autoclave Idro Ecojet water pressure and accumulator tank, 45 litres per minute (2011).
- Rheinstrom calorifier.
- Freshwater outlets on aft-deck; fore-deck and cockpit (2011).
- HEM watermaker - 175 litres per hour.
- Electric and manual, with bilge alarm.
- Total capacity of 1,350 litres (356 gallons).
- Sludge pump for diesel tank.
- Total capacity of 1,300 litres (343 gallons).
Grey/Blackwater holding tanks:
- Grey water tanks.
- Black water holding tank, with on-deck pump out.
- Vesari PC (2011).
- Canon printer (2011).
- Yachtspot internal wifi system (2011).
- MaxSea marine charting software – Europe, Western Mediterranean, Caribbean, East USA (2011).
- Furuno chart plotter (2011).
- Sailor Fleet Broadband satellite communications (voice & data) (2011).
- Sailor VHF.
- 2 GPS.
- Hand-held waterproof VHF radio (2011).
- Inmarsat C.
- Furuno wind/data instruments (2011).
- 2 x Autopilot, Robertson & Autohelm.
- Freezer, with two plates & two compressors.
- Force 10, 3-burner stove.
- Extractor fan and light above stove.
- Icemaker (2011).
- Panasonic microwave, convection oven and grill (3 in 1).
- Bosch washer/dryer.
- 2 x Tecma WCs, full-size (2011).
Heating & Ventilation:
- Eberspacher heating system throughout.
- 220v, 50 cycle air conditioning in aft cabin (2001).
- Flat-screen TV & DVD (2011).
- iPod connection (2011).
- On-deck hi-fi speakers (2011).
- Lighting, all LED throughout (2011).
Summary of Accommodation:
- Cherry interior, with cherry and holly sole.
- Hull ports all open, with separate mosquito screens and storm boards.
- Built in tool rack in engine room, and shelving in forward lazarette.
- Bilge and under floor storage area boxed out.
- Saloon blinds (2011).
- Curtains throughout (2011).
- Fully-sprung mattresses (2011/13).
- Deck-access Lazerette: full depth; lined, separate anchor locker with fitting for drainage to bilge; shelving for storage and Bauer dive compressor; hooks for storage; switching for fresh-water deck wash, lighting.
- Forward Head: shower cubicle with teak grate; basin with cupboard beneath; full-size, electric loo with optional holding tank and storage behind; large, shelved storage cupboard to port, hanging wet-weather gear storage cupboard to starboard; large mirror.
- Option 1: Portside Cabin with single bed; Pullman berth for second occupant; large drawers for storage under bed; hanging clothes cupboard with secondary storage above.
- Option 1: Starboard Cabin with fixed berth; Pullman berth for second occupant; storage drawers under berth; shelved cupboard with mirrors on door and secondary storage above.
- Option 2: Single Cabin with 4ft 6inches double bed to port; sofa to starboard; access to all storage.
- Saloon Portside: wrap-around sofa; dining table with opening central panel; under-seat storage and cabinets.
- Saloon Starboard-side: navigation and entertainments station; chart-table; with two-person seat; bookcase; cabinets; flat-screen TV in cupboard; large opening drawer.
- Galley: granite work tops throughout; custom-build fridge with cherry door; large top-loading freezer; Force 10, three-burner gas cooker, with oven; extractor hood; ice-maker with cherry door; Panasonic combi three-in-one microwave/oven; Bosch washer/dryer in cherry cupboard; large understairs rubbish bin; cabinets and storage throughout.
- Engine Room: large sound-proof door; good access to engine, generator, water-maker, and all systems; racking for tools.
- Aft Owners’ Cabin: central, extra-long, king-size bed, with zipped or split-mattress/lee-cloth options; sofas on either side with storage beneath; deep hanging wardrobe, with shelving and fitted-storage for cockpit table extension and ironing board; deep shelved cupboard; bookcase above; two further full-length, shelved wardrobes; glazed cupboard with drawers beneath; slim cupboard, with large mirror above; bedside troughs and top-opening storage and side cupboards, Furuno repeater.
- Aft Head: shower cubicle with teak grate; basin with cupboard beneath; full-sized electric loo, with fresh or salt-water option; second cupboard.
- On-Deck: teak seat at pulpit; “granny bars” by mast; on-mast carbon fibre spinnaker pole; jackstays’ fixings fore and aft; recessed fittings for wind scoops for three cabins; recessed fittings for passerelle chocks aft; fittings for liferaft; aft courtesy light.
- Cockpit: portside instrument panel; large portside, under-seat lazarette to maximum boat width, containing extensive storage area, two fitted dive bottles, manual access to grey-water tank; fresh-water outlet and hose; starboard-side cabinet, containing Furuno chart plotter navigation unit; dimmable cockpit light; steering pedestal with two autopilots; folding steering wheel; helmsman’s footrest; deck cushions throughout, including higher, helmsman’s cushion.
- Aft Deck: hot and cold fresh-water taps and hose.
Sails And Rigging
- Cutter rig. Aluminium mast and boom - white painted.
- Reckmann hydraulic furling units on main, yankee and staysail.
- Carbon fibre spinnaker pole.
- Standing rigging, 12mm Dyform with custom rigging screws & toggles (2011).
- Lewmar Commander 5 power pack hydraulics, for primaries and mainsheet.
- Vectran sails;
- In mast furling mainsail.
- Yankee and Staysail (2011)
- Asymmetric North spinnaker, with custom sock.
Accessories &Amp; Equipment
- Folding cockpit table, (with separate extension).
- Teak and aluminium 3m passarelle, with storage in lazarette or on removable deck fittings.
- Bauer junior electric dive compressor.
- 2 x 10 litre dive tanks with fittings.
Anchoring & Mooring Equipment:
- Lewmar 2000, hydraulic windlass.
- 73lb Rocna main anchor (2017), plus 75lb CQR Danforth spare.
- 80m British-manufactured, stainless steel anchor chain (2011).
Covers, Canvas & Cushions:
- Bimini/sprayhood (2011).
- Full winter cover.
- Deck cushions.
Tender & Outboard:
- AB 3.60m dinghy (2011).
- Yamaha 30hp, with electric start (2011).
- Dinghy davits integral to hull.
- Davit winches (2011).
- 406 EPIRB.
- Avon, vacuum-packed, 6-man liferaft (2011).
- 3 fire extinguishers (2011).
- Full complement of spare parts as appropriate for ocean-going yacht.
Upgrades And Refit Information
Since build, TRUANT has been through a number of upgrades and modifications. She has always been maintained to a high professional standard, in care and systems. The aim has been constant maintenance and improvement from the time of build, with the budget to match.
The interior has been treated with the utmost care, with protective covers and wrapping when appropriate for ocean crossings and local passages. The floors have been protected with fitted covers and rugs.
In 2011 TRUANT underwent a substantial refit at Berthon Boatyard, UK.
All machinery and equipment was either replaced, or stripped and fully serviced. For example, all the Reckmann furlers were sent back to the manufacturer in Germany and returned as new. All main engine pipes were changed, the heat-exchanger removed, oil samples were taken and the injectors serviced. Steering cables were replaced. The Maxprop was manufacturer stripped and serviced. All deck hatches, front-opening windows and port lights were replaced; the sprayhood and bimini were replaced; new heads were fitted; and so on.
All the electronics and communication systems were upgraded and modernised with a PC-based navigation system, with Maxsea chart-plotting software. In addition new Furuno displays and a Furuno chart-plotter were put in the cockpit. A Yachtspot wifi system was added, to supplement the Fleet Broadband system.
Some other new items were added or refitted such as; on-deck forward fresh water flush; fresh water hose in the cockpit; fixed dimmable LED bimini light and fixed LED boarding light; fresh/salt water option on aft loo; all new curtains and blinds, and sofa in the forward starboard cabin. A dry-exhaust system was installed for the generator.
The aluminium hull was repainted and clear-coated in 2011 and is a very distinctive metallic green colour, with silver detailing. The mast was stripped, repainted, and all reassembled. All new standing rigging was installed with customised fittings.
In the 2011 refit, the owners worked closely with Berthon Boatyard, to change the configuration of the forward cabins, so that there can be one VIP, en-suite cabin, with a full-sized double bed and sofa arrangement, or two cabins, as originally designed. This is a most ingenious design and execution, utilising the original centre panels and allowing fully-flexible accommodation. Much time, effort and skill were expended to ensure that the quality of the woodwork matched the excellent craftsmanship of the original build quality.