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Radford 23 M for sale in New Zealand for P.O.A.

23 m
5.8 m
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About this Radford 23 M

Ke Ama II is a magnificent luxury cruising yacht designed by Radford (design R23M) and built to Uniform Shipping Laws Code (USLC) Class 2B by Allan Ellis Custom and fitted out by Alloy Engineering and Marine, Ballina N.S.W.

The yacht has always been privately owned and was built and equipped to commercial class 2B survey standards, she was in fact rarely used for commercial purposes, her owners preferring to keep her for their private use.

Ke Ama II has her place amongst internationally renowned Super-yachts. Built and equipped to high spec by the original owner, standards were maintained and equipment upgraded constantly by her second and last owner who has generously donated the vessel to Ocean Voyages Institute (a non-profit) whose mission is to rid the oceans of the scourge of plastic!

She has a full time crew and skipper on board at all times, which ensures that she receives ongoing attention and is always handled professionally.

Reminiscent of a time when sailing yachts were built for wealthy and discerning owners, when production boats had not yet made their full appearance to impact the standards of ship building, Ke Ama II displays in every detail the level of expertise necessary to build a boat of this caliber.

From the shipwright skills visible in even the smallest joinery detail, to the expansive use of solid, luxurious timbers, top of the range fittings, leathers, high grade stainless steel, etc. your first sight of Ke Ama II will leave no doubt in your mind that you are looking at a vessel of rare pedigree, which, beneath her graceful lines, possesses immense strength, and whose spacious, luxurious interiors do not compromise on the yacht's seakeeping abilities, ease of handling, speed which all combine to achieve what the owners wanted: a strong, safe, fast yacht, an object of beauty, yet capable of taking them anywhere in the world in absolute luxury.

Captain’s comments aboard Ke Ama II "This is one of the finest sailing/ performance cruising yachts I’ve had the pleasure to be aboard."

Robust construction and pleasing lines make her comfortable at sea and pretty to look at while on the hook. She is safe and fast. Sail setting and reefing is easily handled by two people. The large fully battened Spectra mainsail is easily managed even in heavy weather.

Due to the laws governing non-profits Ke Ama II is only available on a lease/purchase basis which results in a rare opportunity to acquire this fine yacht for a low down payment with contracted lease payments over 34 months ending in a balloon payment at which time ownership is transferred.

Vessel Walkthrough

Ke Ama can easily be accessed from the water, thanks to her spacious lower-aft deck fitted with a swim ladder designed to allow divers with heavy equipment to safely climb back on board, or when accessed by tender, to provide a well-protected, step-off platform. This aft-platform area is also fitted with a hot and cold shower, perfect for rinsing dive equipment or after a swim.

The hard bottom inflatable is stowed on the hydraulic davits on the stern, easy to launch and retrieve.

In spite of her incredibly roomy cockpit / deck lounge, Ke Ama II offers a wide expense of usable, clear deck space, both forward of the mast and aft, where a level, sheltered from the wind and free of clutter area, is a favorite of sun-worshipers and perfect for getting water toys ready to be launched. This area also offers access to two huge and organised lazarettes ; one containing the dive-compressor the other diving equipment. There is dedicated storage for r a large deep freezer, ice-maker, fishing tackle and gear.

The cockpit and deck lounge are a haven of comfort and luxury in all weathers. It is close enough to the helm and controls to be able to speak to the skipper and enjoy watching the action, yet removed enough to not encumber it. Versatile all weather covers provide protection from the wind or rain as needed. This area, one of the most well frequented of the yacht is equipped with a beautifully varnished, solid teak table with folding sides comfortable sitting for10 people, good night lighting and a top of the range sound system.

The helm is situated to provide excellent visibility and quick access to the deck if needed. All electronic equipment and controls to/for hydraulics are available at the touch of a finger. An opening roof hatch above the helm seat provides good cross-ventilation in hot weather as well as a good view to the sails. The cockpit roof and forward dodger were designed as part of the yacht’s integral lines, constructed of aluminum, with framed tempered glass dodger forward. The overall structure is immensely solid and will resist any weather onslaught.

Entry into boat interior is from the deck top lounge and cockpit area, just starboard side of the captain’s station.

To enter, descend stairs to the main salon completed in American Beech with teak and holly sole. All seating areas, elevated from walkway, unlike most salons of yachts this size, afford views out of this interior main salon to starboard and port sea or at anchor views above deck level. The overall effect upon entering the yacht is of modern opulence, comfort and light. The table being elevated means that one can enjoy the full spectacle of the views over the ocean or harbor during the day, which is one of the greatest improvements on boat building designs of recent years. The windows are created to provide light and a feeling of space. They are designed in a way as to maintain the overall strength and integrity of the yacht.

Directly starboard is the captain’s chart table, office center & electric panel, with a large, centrally located bar fridge adjacent and forward of this office center that is flanked by two wide sofa type leather chairs.

From the main salon, stairs descend to the guest staterooms, beyond and above on the aft port salon wall, is a 33- inch Samsung flat screen TV, facing the full salon lounge areas. There is a state-of-the-arts Bose stereo system + a separate stereo system enabling dual and concurrent use of TV & stereo music for both the upper pilothouse lounge / main interior salon, as desired.

Forward of the main salon, is the galley and crew/pantry area. Starboard is the crew’s dinette & lounge area, and a large pantry, with their own 32” flat screen Samsung TV above the descent through the main bulkhead door entry to the engine room. To port is the galley, with stove, refrigerator, freezer, spacious cabinets and counters. In keeping with the design demands of a fully crewed Superyacht, the galley was built to be the domain of the hosting crew, capable of providing surface areas and appliances necessary to provide with the needs of large dinner parties on board, safely and efficiently. This galley is nevertheless a lovely space for the owner and family to enjoy at all times. It is bright, well set-up, easy to use, and as with the rest of the yacht presenting in immaculate condition.

Walking forward from the galley through a watertight bulkhead, is the crew head & shower on the port side, with the washer/dryer equipment directly across. Forward of these, through another bulkhead, is the upper & lower 4 berths crew cabin. The upper berths are oversized and the design keeping with the quality and comfort shown throughout the boat.

Should the boat be owned by a skipper/owner without the need for crew, this area would be perfect for guests, contrarily to other yachts, the crew accommodations are generous and/or of a different design than the rest of the boat, Ke Ama II’s accommodations remain undifferentiated in luxury and quality of fit out.

Going back aft to the main salon now, descending a few steps and passing through another watertight bulkhead is another series of cabins, with to begin with a 3 berths guest cabin, opposite another guest cabin with a double bed. Both cabins have their own ensuite head and showers and are fitted with their own air conditioning, quality bedding, reading lights and storage lockers.

Aft of the guest accommodations, through another watertight bulkhead, you enter the spacious owner’s cabin.

As expected from a yacht of this standard, this bright and cheerful cabin was fitted out to the outmost luxury and comfort. This very large and beautiful cabin occupies the whole width of the yacht. It is designed to be comfortable in all weather conditions, and offers an incredible amount of usable space and privacy. This cabin will accommodate the owners in luxury, with queen bed, lounge sofas, wardrobe closet with built-in safe, temperature control, and a large ensuite with head and separate shower.

This cabin is also equipped with a surround-sound Bose stereo system, has its own large flat screen Samsung TV and audio-visual equipment.

Navigation and Electronics

-(4) Portable Icom VHF’s

-B&G Hydropilot autopilot

-(2) Furuno Chart Plotter

-Barrett 980 SSB

-Furuno Radar

-B&G wind speed indicator

-Furuno depthsounder

-Bose stereo system

-(3) Samsung 32’ TVs

-(3) Toshiba CD / Video players

-HP Laptop

-Canon Printer

-Iridium Satellite phone with privacy handset

-Sailmail / email with GRIB download for weather

Interior and Cabins


-U-shaped dinette

-(2) sofa type leather chairs

-33” Samsung flat screen TV

-Bose stereo system

-230V AC bar refrigerator


-Pressure hot and cold water

-Electric oven

-Induction stove top


-(1) 240V AC and hydraulic freezers

-(2)240V AC and hydraulic refrigerators

Master Stateroom

-Queen size berth


-Air conditioned

-Bose stereo system

-32” Samsung TV

-Wardrobe with built-in safe

Additional Accommodation

Guest Stateroom 1:

-Double size berth


-Air conditioned

Guest Stateroom 2:

-(3) bunk cabin


-Air conditioned

Captain/crew Cabin:

-Cabin with 4 bunks


-Air conditioned

Deck and Hull

-Supreme 175lb anchor

-CQR 185lb anchor

-(2) Muir vertical hydraulic capstans

-4.7m alloy centre console dinghy w/Yamaha 40HP, 4 stroke

-Hydralign feathering Prop

-(4) watertight bulkheads

-230V AC Bauer Junior Dive compressor

-U-Line icemaker


-(11) 12V deep cycle gel batteries

-(8) 185amp hour deep cycle house batteries

-(2)185amp deep cycle engine start

-(1)35amp hour 12V radio battery

-(4) Mastervolt battery chargers

-30KVA SeaWasp genset (New 2015)

Sails and Rigging

-Leisurefurl in boom hydraulic fully battened main sail (New 2012)

-Hydraulically operated genoa (2012)

-Furling hydraulic staysail

-Spinnaker pole

-(6) ARCO hydraulic winches

-(4) ARCO manual winches

-Alloy spar construction

-Stainless steel wire rigging

Engine and Mechanical

-(6) CruisAir 240V AC air conditioning, heat, reverse cycle

-230V AC emergency bilge pumping and fire fighting systems rebuilt 2015

-Engine driven hydraulic bilge pumping and fire fighting system rebuilt 2015

-Main engine hydraulic pump and 24V DC hydraulic pump

-DC bilge pumping systems

-230V AC 240 liters /h desalinator (new AC pump, Cat pump and new membranes)

-(2) 230V AC and internal generator water heated hot water heaters, 100L each (new 2015)

-New main engine heat exchanger and transmission cooler (2015)

-Back up hydraulic system for galley deep freeze, galley refrigerator ad galley vegetable refrigerator

-230V AC freezer in galley

-Deep freezer chest in lazarette, air cooled (new 2015)

-230V AC water cooled bar fridge in salon

Additional Information

Alloy bottom RIB, centre console Southern Pacific 4.7 m new around 2009. Newish instruments and VHF. Yamaha 4 stroke new 2018 low hours, as new condition,

DisclaimerThe Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.


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