Who could tell you better about this yacht then the owner himself?
"Minke is a super-strong vessel for cruising to remote locations, built to sail easily through heavy weather and to be very comfortable upon arrival at any destination, whether it be an isolated anchorage or marina berth. Key attributes of Minke include (1) an extremely rugged “no-maintenance” aluminum hull, (2) a fabulous pilothouse with 360-degree views, (3) robust twin keels that enable routine beaching fully upright (“drying out”) for total independence in remote locations, (4) voluminous tankage for long-range operation and prolonged periods far “off the grid,” and (5) comforts of home, such as a convenient galley, shower room with ample hot water, automatic fresh-water toilet and cozy cabins, making for a delightful home away from home or long-term liveaboard. Minke is a powerful vessel for discerning sailors who know what is required to achieve maximum utility and safety while also being comfortable in real-world conditions. Now comfortably berthed near Honolulu in Hawaii’s safest marina, Minke is ready to continue cruising, whether toward Alaska and the Pacific Northwest, or southwestward to the tropics and beyond, "Minke" can do it all!"
Type: Expedition Pilothouse 46 motorsailer
Year: 2006 (with major refit, upgrades and outfitting in 2018)
Manufacture: professionally constructed in British Columbia, Canada
Length: 45’ on deck ·Beam: 13.5’ ·Draft: 6’ when loaded
Displacement (weight): 20 tons gross
Cruising speed under power or sail: 6-7 knots (or about 5.5 knots at maximum-endurance power setting)
Maximum continuous speed: 8-8.5 knots
Range under power: about 2,500 miles
Documentation: documented with US Coast Guard; formerly documented with Transport Canada; official builder’s certificates for both Canada and USA; NAFTA certificate of origin; CBP border-crossing decal
Location: Ko Olina Marina, near Honolulu, Hawaii (quiet and safe private marina with transferable slip)
Delivery/relocation: can be arranged; can be negotiated as part of sale"
Minke was professionally constructed in Courteney, British Columbia, with welding by master welder Ken Splett (who built many aluminum and steel boats with similar hulls) based on a design by Jack Carson. The hull, deck, pilothouse, frames and so forth are constructed of marine-grade 5086 aluminum – the best possible material for a boat that is meant to me safe, durable and extremely low-maintenance (which is why it is the material of choice for superyachts and commercial fishing vessels). The hull is unusually thick for a boat of this size – 3/8” – making for an especially strong vessel. The pilothouse includes integral welded window frames, giving it incredible rigidity. Massively constructed twin keels and skeg enable the boat to be beached almost anywhere while giving it excellent tracking ability under sail. The interior of the hull is coated with spray foam down to the bilges, providing full insulation from condensation and noise. Interior woodwork, by Tony Lyons and other shipwrights, is crafted from marine gum wood and marine plywood using marine-grade fasteners and fittings.
Hull plating: 3/8” 5086 aluminum
Deck and pilothouse plating: ¼” 5086 aluminum
Framing and other sections: up to 1” thick aluminum plating
Exterior coatings: hull above waterline and pilothouse are unpainted and thus require no maintenance whatsoever; hull below waterline is coated with antifouling paint; deck and pilothouse top are coated with anti-skid paint
Interior coating: sprayed foam down to bilges; crafted from gum, fir and marine ply that is either varnished or painted
Windows: custom ½” safety glass in aluminum frames integral to the pilothouse (extremely strong)
Deck hardware: welded mounts and chain plates (no holes in deck except for wiring from the mast); very strongly fabricated deck bollards forward and aft (these extend through the deck and are welded to the hull for extreme strength); welded mast tabernacle; welded deck lockers aft; welded bow pulpit, guardrails and stanchions; welded Bimini frame