Sparkman & Stephens
Flag of Registry: United States
MIDNIGHT (ex: Melita II) was designed by Sparkman and Stephens and built by one of Europe’s finest yards, Weaf Gusto of Holland. MIDNIGHT will appeal to those desiring traditional lines and heavy fiberglass construction. Full keel underbody with private aft stateroom and two heads. Only two owners since her original commission. MIDNIGHT is in excellent shape – she has had numerous refits and is perhaps, in many respects, better than new.
Her long keel and wine glass sections give a comfortable motion in a seaway and instill confidence in her ability to handle any condition. Her displacement of 13 tons ensures she reacts calmly to wash and chop, and is surprisingly stiff.
She finished 2nd in class in the 2011 Marion to Bermuda race, including Marion Town Trophy.
Draft Min: 6' 5"
Maximum Speed (knots): 8
Fuel Type: Diesel
Hull Material: Fiberglass
Flag: United States
Fuel Tank Capacity (Gallons): 55
Fresh Water Capacity (Gallons): 130
Holding Tank Capacity (Gallons): 18
Designer: Sparkman & Stephens
Builder: Werf Gusto Shipyard, Holland
The lay-up from keel to water line consists of fiberglass, in total 25.5 oz/sq.ft. From water line to deck the lay-up consists of fiberglass, in total 19.5 oz/sq.ft.
The strength of the hull and deck have been calculated as being freely supported without taking into account stiffenings such as bulkheads.
1996 – Installation of a new propane locker was added in the transom compartment and the existing Heritage stove was converted from alcohol to propane
1998 - Removed, sandblasted and re-gelcoated both fresh water tanks
2005 - Installed bilge garboard drain plug
2009/10 - Removed the polyester gelcoat hull from the keel to top of the W.L. and exposed its fiberglass for two summers in a solar shed
2011 – Applied 1208 biaxial cloth (12 oz. glass ¾ oz. mat) with vinylester resin, followed by Duratec vinylester resins, followed by Interlux 2000 epoxy barrier coat system and applied Interlux CSC bottom paint
2012 - Removed worn internal rudder gudgeons, lower pintle and replaced all pins. Repacked rudder and driveshaft stuffing boxes
Deck and superstructure consists of 1” balsa with 5 ½ oz. of fiberglass; the bottom layer is 6 oz. fiberglass. Deck to hull connection is reinforced by a tapered step back lay-up of 16 oz. fiberglass and fitted by means of stainless steel bolts.
1992 - Replaced teak toerail, eyebrow, handrails, coaming, (2) hatches, (4) dorade boxes, aft companionway entrance, spinnaker pole and boat hook chocks. All currently varnished and in excellent condition
1994 – Designed/built new aft companionway
2002/03 - Removed polyester gelcoat from deck and cabin top. Applied 1208 biaxial cloth (12 oz. glass ¾ oz. mat) with vinylester resin, followed by Duratec vinylester resins and repainted all surfaces using Awlgrip products
2003 – (13) New stainless steel Hood portlights, all opening and inclusive of individual screens
2005 – Fitted canvas for all handrails, dorade boxes, spinnaker pole and boat hook chocks, main companionway and (3) hatches
2006 – 3” Fitted exterior cushions
2006 - Installation of inner headstay, deck mounted and tabbed to hull
MIDNIGHT has three cabins; all are well lit, bright and welcoming. The interior bulkheads, cabinets and main salon ceilings are brightly varnished dark mahogany, refinished in 2011. The interior cabin top and remaining ceilings were painted Mediterranean White in 2011. All cabin floors are removable and were reinforced in 2003, and last polyurethaned in 2013.
There is a V-berth with center filler in the forward cabin. Hanging locker with various storage areas under V-berth and in various drawers.
Aft of and to port of the forward cabin is the en-suite forward head and shower. The forward head was totally remolded with Corian counter tops, mirrored walls, new cabinet doors, a teak grated floor and varnished bright mahogany trim in 1996.
The port side of the main salon was redesigned in 1998. The project included a U-shaped dinette, adjustable dining table (up, down, side to side), mahogany planked ceilings, bookshelf, and louvered cabinet with ample storage beneath the settee. The starboard side of the main salon was redesigned and installed in 2011. It follows the same design trim concept as that of the port side. However, its layout has a set of drawers adjacent to an oversized settee. Both port and starboard settees can be used as twin berths with lee cloths.
The full galley is located aft and to port of the main salon. There is a 3-burner Heritage 5-A propane stove/oven and a 9 cu.ft. icebox opposite the galley, which doubles as a stand-up chart table and is amply sized for a 6-to7 day passage. Oversized stainless steel sink, single lever faucet/sprayer faucet and countertops were newly installed in 2011.
The main companionway is on centerline with the engine beneath and provides access to the main cabin. A second companionway was added in 1994; it is also on centerline and provides access to the aft cabin.
The aft cabin, redesigned in 1995, includes a reverse nav station to port, an oversized sea berth to starboard, a set of drawers and a vanity facing aft. A full hanging locker is to port and a ½-hanging locker is beneath the 2nd companionway. Additional storage can be found beneath the sea berth.
The aft head is forward to starboard of the aft cabin and can be closed off to either the main salon or aft cabin. The aft head was redesigned in 2011 and includes a new stainless steel sink, faucet, countertop and mahogany trim.
The varnished mahogany bright work is immaculate and the teak and holly sole give the vessel a very traditional look. All cushions are dark green in color. There is generous headroom throughout. MIDNIGHT has an ideal layout for both offshore sailing and coastal cruising, and is a joy to sail.
The owner’s personal effects and tools are excluded from the sale.
The 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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