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Knysna Yacht Company (Maxi Nique II)

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Knysna Yacht Company

Key Details

Model Knysna 440
Hull MaterialFiberglass
DesignerAngelo Lavranos
LocationCruising Virgin Islands
FlagSouth African

Broker's Remarks

Want to explore the world in safety, speed and comfort?

We have an exceptional offering on a rare and beautifully designed Knysna 440 - a meticulously constructed cruising catamaran from one of the world’s premier boat builders and designed by the famous South African naval architect Angelo Lavranos.

She is stunning and spacious and has been exceptionally appointed by the original owner and was built to the highest standards. With her trend setting appearance and clean aerodynamic lines, she is a world apart from most production catamarans and offers a fast and exhilarating sailing experience with solid offshore performance.

This model has many of the attributes of the typical ‘owners three cabin version’, but with an extra cabin! She still has the wide passageways with workspaces in the owners hull, the head with separate shower all the way forward, a super roomy master berth, but ALSO with the fourth double berth all the way aft in the same hull!

A fantastic layout for a family on the move! And if you want to go blue water sailing, this catamaran is without equal. This boat was built to cross oceans! Unlike charter cats that are sometimes converted into cruisers and often develop structural issues after long passages, the Knysna 440 is built to take all the sea can offer and more. She has already sailed halfway around the world and shows ZERO structural issues- no cracks or flexing. She is as strong as one could ever wish for. What more would you want from a cruising cat?

The careful design of airflow through the hatch and emergency openings, when at anchor, more than make up for her lack of aircon, which in turn leads to a saving on fuel costs. The ONE THOUSAND WATT solar array covers all your charging needs – again with a saving on fuel costs. With this yacht you will finally be off the grid.

Located in the British Virgin Islands and prepared for immediate delivery, Maxi-Nique II is ready to take you far and wide to the destinations of your dreams.

OWNERS REMARKS:  17 July 2017

When we first set sail across the Atlantic Ocean from Cape Town, I was a ball of nerves and I must say, secretly petrified. We had only done coastal sailing in and around Cape Town, where the seas and wind can be unforgiving, and here I was crossing the Atlantic.

We had prepared Maxi-Nique II for our crossing and all the boxes had been checked. The list was endless, time consuming and meticulous – so why was I enveloped in a cloud of anxiety and fear. Because a) I had never crossed an ocean before and b) I did not know Maxi-Nique II in terms of keeping us safe. This I would only come to know by experience and hopefully not by a tropical storm or rogue wave. One needs a firm and complete belief in the vessel that is carrying you and her capability and strength.

Well we’ve crossed the Atlantic Ocean and sailed up through the Caribbean chain of islands, right up to Puerto Rico. We’ve sailed and motored through every kind of weather condition, beautiful, unforgettable and sometimes frightful and I now realize that my fears were unfounded. I have complete faith in Maxi-Nique II, in her solid build as a Category A1 vessel and the thorough adherence to the ISO standards during construction. We should have named her after a Viking warrior queen, because that’s what she is.

Besides her strength, the interior is sumptuous, spacious and extremely comfortable – she is beautifully appointed. A true cruising sailing vessel that you can trust to take you to every corner of the world with confidence.

We have stumbled across a business opportunity and are sadly putting Maxi-Nique II on the market, but will certainly continue our sailing adventure in the future, when the time is right again – and again we will pick wisely in our choice of vessel.

Upgrades and refits done before leaving Cape Town, South Africa.


Please contact the listing broker Todd Duff, if you would like to enquire about Maxi Nique II, of for more photos., or tel (+1284) 4943260

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(4 Cabin / 3 Head)

Number of cabins: 4

Number of berths: 8

Heads: 3 - electric and fresh water flush

Showers: 3


Upholstery: Cloth

Floor: Teak and Holly on the walkways and carpeted in the cabins

Fans: Cabins 1 each, Saloon 1


Key Details

  • Model: Knysna 440
  • Year: 2005
  • Hull Material: Fiberglass
  • Rig: Sloop-fractional
  • Type: Catamaran
  • Designer: Angelo Lavranos
  • Price: $299000
  • Location: Cruising Virgin Islands
  • Flag: South African


  • Length Overall: 44ft 1"
  • Length at Waterline: 39ft 6"
  • Beam: 23ft 6"
  • Maximum Draft: 3ft 6"
  • Fuel Tanks: 1 Qty, 105 Gallons,
  • Fresh Water Tanks: 1 Qty, 105 Gallons,
  • Holding Tanks: 2 Qty, 20 Gallons,
  • Dry Weight: 17636 lbs


Engine #1
  • Engine Make: Yanmar
  • Engine Model: 3YM30C
  • Engine Type: Inboard
  • Drive Type: Sail Drive
  • Power: 29 Horsepower
  • Fuel Type: Diesel
  • Engine Location: Port
  • Engine Hours: 1414 Hours
  • Engine Hours Date: 01/06/2017
  • Propeller Material: Aluminium
Engine #2
  • Engine Make: Yanmar
  • Engine Model: 3YM30C
  • Engine Type: Inboard
  • Drive Type: Sail Drive
  • Power: 29 Horsepower
  • Fuel Type: Diesel
  • Engine Location: Starboard
  • Engine Hours: 1352 Hours
  • Engine Hours Date: 01/06/2017
  • Propeller Material: Aluminium


  • Cruising Speed: 5 KTS at 1800 RPM
  • Max Speed: 8 KTS at 2300 RPM


Galley & Water Systems

  • Stove, Force 10, burners (3), oven, grill
  • Microwave, Panasonic
  • Fridge (2), Isotherm with smaller freezer compartments
  • Freezer (1), Isotherm
  • Water heater, Isotemp
  • Sinks (2)
  • Vacuum cleaner - Dyson v6
  • Bread maker - Kenwood
  • Fans (5)
  • Fire blankets (2)
  • Washing machine, Hisense WFE6010 - 6kg load
  • Gas leak detector, Matrix
  • Water maker, Spectra
  • Three phase water purifier, plumbed to a separate tap in galley
  • Galley water system fresh, automatically pressurized
  • Heads (3), fresh water, electric, automatically pressurized

Electronics & Navigation

  • AIS – Icom Class B Transponder MA-500TR (Transmit and Receive)
  • Radar, Raymarine network
  • Chart plotter, Raymarine C80
  • Eco-Sounder, Raymarine ST60
  • Log, Raymarine ST60
  • Wind instruments, Raymarine ST60
  • GPS, Raymarine
  • EPIRB, McMurdo Smartfind 406 - 2013 - battery valid until 2020
  • Compass, Suunto, bulkhead and handheld
  • VHF, Icom IC-N601
  • SSB, Icom IC-M802
  • Radar reflector
  • Autopilot, RayPilot, Type Linear Drive, Raymarine

Electrical Systems

  • House batteries (8), Deka Grp 31 H-Duty, dual purpose, 120 Amp each - March 2016
  • Starter battery (1), Deka Grp 31 H-Duty, dual purpose, 120 Amp - March 2016
  • Battery management system, Victron/Lind 2000
  • Solar panels (6), 1000W total
  • Inverter, 220V
  • Shore power, 220V
  • Dehumidifier, Olimpia Splendid
  • Mini weather station including barometric pressure
  • Music system
  • Speakers indoor (2), waterproof outdoor (2)
  • TV 22’ flat screen, built in DVD player
  • Lights, LED

Sails & Rigging

  • Mast, Boom and Boom Extender, Sparcraft, anodized aluminum
  • Furling genoa, Profurl
  • Rigging, stainless steelwire - replaced April 2016
  • Running rigging, dynema warps - replaced April 2016

Mainsail, fully battened, 3 reefing points

  • Dehumidifier, Olimpia Splendid
  • Mini weather station including barometric pressure
  • Music system
  • Speakers indoor (2), waterproof outdoor (2)
  • TV 22’ flat screen, built in DVD player
  • Lights, LED

Deck & Hull


  • Anchor, 121 lbs (50kg), Rocna
  • Anchor chain 229’, 10mm galvanized
  • Windlass, Lofrans, Tigres
  • Anchor, chain and deck washer, fresh water
  • Bimini, rigid
  • Cockpit covers, removable
  • Cockpit screens, strata glass
  • Spreader lights, LED
  • Navigation lights
  • Mast light
  • Sensor lighting fitted on port and starboard companionways
  • Mosquito and light block-out slider covers on all cabin hatches
  • Mosquito covers on all hatches
  • Exterior heat protector window and hatch covers
  • Dinghy, RIB, 12’, Watercraft, GRP solid hull - April 2016
  • Outboard engine, Yamaha 30hp
  • Life jackets (8)
  • Harnesses (2)
  • Life rings (2)
  • Dan buoy
  • Jack stays (2)
  • Stainless Steel Stanchion cutters
  • Capsize canisters (2)
  • Life raft, Viking, 8 person, manufactured May 2013, last service November 2015
  • Propane bottles (2)
  • Safety netting surrounding the deck
  • Boat hook
  • Bosun’s chair
  • Fenders (8)
  • Mooring lines
  • Davits, stainless steel
  • Davit lights
  • Barbeque, stainless steel
  • Swim ladder, stainless steel
  • Deck shower, freshwater

Mechanical Equipment

  • Bilge pumps (2), electric
  • Bilge pumps (2), manual
  • Grey water, automatic/electric pumps (2)
  • Black water (2) x 5.5 gallons with macerators
  • Fire extinguishers (7)
  • Steering wheel, Edson, lockable helm
  • Emergency tiller

Engine Detail

  • Engine hrs. @ July 2017, port side -1414 hrs., starboard side - 1400 hrs.
  • Full service, November 2016
  • Oil change, Racor Filter clean, fan belt change - every 1000Nm
  • Propellers (2), aluminum
  • Fire suppression system


Upgrades and refits done before leaving Cape Town, South Africa:  The boat was hauled out of the water and onto the hard at the Royal Cape Yacht Club boat yard. The following is a brief synopsis of the work carried out:

-       The mast was stepped.

-       All the electrical cabling was replaced from the top of the mast to a newly installed waterproof junction box (in the starboard side forward lazarette) and carefully connected to the distribution panel.

-       All wiring throughout the boat was inspected and replaced where necessary.

-       The standing rigging:  all the stainless steel cabling replaced.

-       All through hull fittings and pipes were replaced.

-       Installed 3 more solar panels on a purpose-built solid Bimini above the davit.

-       All new cabling and Victron MPPT controller installed for the solar panels.

-       Removed, serviced and reinstalled the sail drives.

-       Hull was cleaned, sanded and painted with a silver epoxy primer and 5 coats of anti-fouling.

-       Both engines were completely overhauled as required.

-       All running rigging replaced with dynema warp.

-       All winches serviced.

-       New Strata Glass windows installed in the cockpit.

-       All saloon surrounding windows removed, cleaned and re-bedded.

Deck anti-slip redone



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.