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Owners Manual


The Sailing Vessel Avantaa Wever53 design

Picture 1.11. The Avanta

Author: J. Vleggaar

total pages 381 General

This manual has been made according to the ISO code of practice (reference number ISO 10240: 1995(E)) for small craft up to 24 m length of hull. This code has also been adopted as CE norm.

1.1 Introduction to Manual

This manual has been compiled to help you to operate your craft with safety and pleasure. It contains details of the craft, the equipment supplied or fitted, its systems, and information on its operation and maintenance. Please read it carefully, and familiarize yourself with the craft before using it. For easy access to the information, digital pictures instead of schematic drawings have been used, where appropriate.

If this is your first craft, or you are changing to a type of craft you are not familiar with, for your own comfort and safety, please ensure that you obtain handling and operating experience before assuming command of the craft. Your dealer or national sailing federation or yacht club will be pleased to advise you of local sea schools, or competent instructors.


1.2 Degrees of dangers

The following degrees of danger and their abbreviations are used in the manual:

Danger (D)Denotes an extreme intrinsic hazard exists which could result in high probability of death or irreparable injury if proper precautions are not taken

Warning (W)Denotes a hazard exists which can result in injury or death if proper precautions are not taken

Caution (C)

Denotes a reminder of safety practices or directs attention to unsafe practices which could result in personal injury or damage to the craft or components

1.3 Index



21.1Introduction to Manual

21.2Degrees of dangers


61.4Certification, Category, Identification, first Bill-of-Sale and Registration


61.4.2Design Category


71.4.4First Bill of Sale

71.4.5Registration of vessel

82Description of the craft

92.1Main dimensions & hull material

102.2Sail Plan


102.4Bow thruster

102.5Generator for electric power and heat


102.7Capacity of batteries

112.8Tank capacities

123Description of essential equipment and features

123.1Deck layout

123.1.1Ground tackle and windlass



133.2Interior Plan

133.2.1(Escape) Hatches and Portlights


133.4Instrument panels


143.4.2Steering house

143.4.3Navigation station

143.4.4Antennae Systems

143.5Propulsion Systems


153.5.2Reversible gearbox

153.5.3Propeller, shaft, stuffing box, homokinetic coupling, line cutter

153.5.4Bow thruster

153.6Sails and Rigging Plan



163.6.3Masts and booms

174Systems and circuits

174.1Water systems

174.1.1Drinking water

184.1.2Sea water intake

184.1.3Grey water

184.1.4Black water

184.1.5Bilge pumping system

194.1.6Deck and shower pumps

194.2Electrical installation

194.2.1Cable distribution

194.2.2Fuse panel



194.2.5Chargers and Inverters


204.2.7Isolation Transformer

204.2.8Main Battery System

204.2.9Battery System for navigation instruments

204.2.10Starting batteries

204.3Fuel system

204.3.1Main tanks and day tank

214.3.2Fuel filters and pumps

214.4Exhaust systems

214.4.1Diesel engine


214.5Air ventilation system

214.6Steering system


224.8Location of all through-hull fittings.

224.9Anchoring arrangement

224.10Hydraulic system

224.10.1Lift Keel

234.10.2Swimming Platform

234.11Refrigerator and Freezer

234.12Additional household equipment

234.13Tender and outboard

234.14Emergency Equipment

234.14.1Fire extinguishing system



244.14.4Life Raft

244.14.5Life vests and safety harnesses

244.14.6Jack lines

244.14.7Emergency tiller


255Specific Manuals

266Miscellaneous Information

266.1Environmental Considerations

266.1.1Fuel and oil spillage

266.1.2Discharge and disposal of waste

266.2Paint system

266.3Other materials used


276.4.1General care

276.4.2Hull, rudder and propeller protection


276.4.4Repairs, removals, materials and replacements

276.4.5Winter storage/dry docking

276.4.6Inspection of systems, circuits and devices

286.4.7Maintenance of life-saving equipment

286.5List of Plates

286.6Reserved cable runs

286.7Other prepared equipment connections and installation

286.8Speed considerations

286.9Sail combinations depending on wind

296.10Medicine chests and Handbook

306.11Departure Checklist


317List of names and addresses


338.1Lloyds Certificate

348.2CE certification

358.3Basic medical supplies for the Avanta

368.4Departure Checklist

378.5First Bill of Sale

388.6Inventory List and Serial Numbers

List of Pictures


1Picture 1.11. The Avanta

6Picture 1.41. Builders Plate

12Picture 3.11. Deck layout foredeck

12Picture 3.12. Deck layout aft

12Picture 3.13. Electric windlass and controls

13Picture 3.14. Locking handle for lazaret hatch

13Picture 3.21. Escape hatches in for bathroom and guest cabin

13Picture 3.22. Escape hatches in saloon

13Picture 3.23. Escape hatch in captains cabin

14Picture 3.41. Instruments at cockpit

14Picture 3.42. Instrument panels in steering house

14Picture 3.43. Lay out at navigation station

14Picture 3.51. Fuel shut-off cock in engine room

15Picture 3.52. Stuffing box

17Picture 4.11. Intake manifold

17Picture 4.12. Discharge manifold

17Picture 4.13. Control panel for main discharge pump

17Picture 4.14. Deck opening for drinking water

17Picture 4.15. Water pump with accumulator and carbon filter

18Picture 4.16. Y-valve for toilet discharge

18Picture 4.17. Control panel for bilge pumps

18Picture 4.18. Hand pump in locker

19Picture 4.21. Location of main electric switch

19Picture 4.22. Distribution boxes for 24VDC and 220 VAC in owners cabin

19Picture 4.23. Fuse panel

19Picture 4.24. Whispergen

19Picture 4.25. Chargers and Inverter mounting

20Picture 4.26. Converter for 12V

20Picture 4.27. Isolation transformer

20Picture 4.28. Location of batteries for main system

20Picture 4.29. Batteries for navigation instruments

20Picture 4.210. Starting batteries.

20Picture 4.31. Deck openings for refueling

21Picture 4.32. Fuel filters and pumps

21Picture 4.41. Condensation unit for Whispergen.

22Picture 4.81. Main seawater intake cock

22Picture 4.82. Main water discharge cock

22Picture 4.91. Deck controls of windlass

22Picture 4.101. LED position indicator and control.

23Picture 4.102.Control button of swimming platform

27Picture 6.41. Preferred locations of lifting straps

30Picture 6.101. Medicine chests 1, 2 and 3

1.4 Certification, Category, Identification, first Bill-of-Sale and Registration

The Builders plate is shown in the next picture.. It can be found at .and contains the following information: Manufacturers name, CE-marking, Boat design category, Recommended maximum load, Recommended maximum number of persons.

Picture 1.41. Builders Plate

1.4.1 Certification

The hull construction was certified by Lloyds [31] under number GRO 9902603 (see Annex 1).

The ship has been certified according to the Recreational Craft EU Directive 94/25/EC and Marine Equipment EU Directive 96/98/EC by ECB [31] under number (see Annex 2).

1.4.2 Design Category

The design category is ocean going vessel CE Category A, which is defined as:Craft designed for extended voyages where conditions experienced may exceed wind force 8 (Beaufort Scale) and include significant wave heights of 4 m, for vessels that are largely self-sufficient.

This ketch-rigged ship was designed by P.B. Behage [31]. The design is a logical extension of an earlier Wever52 design.

1.4.3 Identification

HIN. The Hull Identification Number is NLDAFW5203D000. This number can be found at frame #. The ship was built during the period 1999-2001 by K&M Yachtbuilders [31] at Makkum in The Netherlands. Delivery took place on June 1, 2001.

Radio signs. The calling sign for the VHF DSC radio is

1.4.4 First Bill of Sale

The original bill of sale is shown in Annex 4.

1.4.5 Registration of vessel

The ship under construction was registered in the Netherlands at the Arnhem office of the Dutch Registry (Het Kadaster) under the number 000542 Z N.

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