Tara 39 - SOLD


Denis Ganley was a leading yacht designer in New Zealand who specialised in steel yacht design aimed at both the amateur and professional builder. The reason for designing mostly in steel is that many of these designs were intended for offshore and serious coastal cruising and so they provide the ultimate in strength and safety. There are over 1,000 of these designs either sailing or under construction around the world.

Denis Ganley received many accolades during his 35 year career, inlcuding winning the 1986 Steel Award for best Consumer product with the Pacemaker 40 design (a first for these awards). Many of his designs have made remarkable passages offshore and have successfully competed in various regattas and other events.

His brother Garth and his wife Janine offer their yacht 'CATALA' for sale in absolutely turn key condition. The yacht is a credit to all steel yachts cruising the oceans of the world. Recently repainted, the yacht is perfectly sealed inside and out. The centre cockpit design with doghouse and rigid bimini give a comfortable and secure cockpit, all sail controls lead back and reefing the mainsail is all done from the cockpit.

The yacht comes with all cruising kit and many spares, including indexed paper charts for the world and various cruising guides. CATALA has an extensive cruising history.

Inspection by appointment with YBC.

Location: Langkawi
Year Launched: 1987
Registered: NZ
Designer: Denis Ganley Yacht Designs, Auckland Builder: Wellington Marine
Displacement: 11 tons Keel: Fin
Engine: Perkins D3152 49hp
Engine hrs: unrecorded

Windvane: Hydrovane

Steering: Wheel, cable, quadrant Autopilot: Raymarine wheel pilot

Hull: Steel
Deck: Steel

Fuel: 380 litres ( 1 steel tank)
Water: 392 litres (5 tanks)
Length : 12.0m
Beam:  3.60m
Draft:  1.80m
Speed u/power: 6 kts
Propeller: Henley 2 blade
Full forward the v-berth cabin is set aside for storage presently. Moving aft a good sized bathroom to port with louvred wardrobe opposite. Traditional saloon with excellent ventilation from opening ports and deck hatch. The forward facing nav station is very well equipped and the laptop computer is mounted on the top and can be turned toward the companionway for easy viewing from the cockpit.

The aft passage has a good sea going berth and the neat workshop/electronics area adjacent is a bonus. The engine may be reached from three sides. The owner's aft cabin has an athwarthships berth and a separate head.

The fitout is beautiful in New Zealand native hardwood, Rimu, and soles are carpeted teak and holly.


  • Two burner gas stove and oven
  • TIFFANY MW 0178 700 watt microwave
  • Double s/s sink with pressurised hot and cold water
  • 56 litre fridge
  • Opening port

Two manual. No holding tank.

Batteries & Electrics:

The yacht is a 12VDC and 220VAC set up.

  • POWERSAVER 25amp battery charger
  • 300 watt inverter
  • 1500 watt inverter
  • Two BOSCH engine alternators, 85amp and 35amp
  • AMPLE Power Smart Alternator Regulator V3
  • Two BP solar panels totaling 160 watts
  • AIREX wind generator

MARCO 6022 bilge pump. MARCO 6032 bilge pump. TMC bilge pump.

Electronics & Navigation:
  • RAYMARINE wheel pilot
  • RAYMARINE speed and depth
  • FURUNO fixed GPS
  • ANRITSU radar
  • HAIYANG chartplotter
  • RAYMARINE wind instrument
  • ICOM 735 HF radio

Sail inventory:

  • Fully battened main (Brand new)
  • Genoa
  • Yankee
  • Staysail
  • Trysail
  • Storm jib
  • MPS
  • PROFURL furling gear

Mast and Rigging:
Double spreader masthead cutter rig with running backstays. Standing rigging was renewed in New Zealand in 2002. Full height mast steps.

Ground Tackle:
  • ANCHORMATE electric windlass
  • 25kg ROCNA
  • 20kg BUEGEL
  • CQR
  • 80m of 10mm chain
  • 100m of 20mm rode with 20m chain

Deck Gear:

  • 3 large MURRAY winches
  • 2 BARLOW #34 winches
  • HYDROVANE windvane c/w optional tiller pilot
  • Dinghy davits
  • Rubbing strake
  • Transom mounted swim ladder
  • Swim platform
  • Extended stainless pushpit

At the stern a large lazzarette has good storage plus there are two deck lockers ... the starboard for gas and the port for paints.

Safety Gear:

  • 2 life jackets
  • 4 harnesses
  • 2 life rings
  • GME 406 EPIRB
  • Extensive flarepack
  • 4 fire extinguishers
  • Fire blanket
  • TMC manual bilge pump

Covers and Awnings :
Rigid doghouse and rigid bimini arrangement. Doghouse windows (one opening) all have clip on shades. Brand new mainsail stackpack. The GRP bimini has rain catching with direct tank filling.

All opening ports and hatches have custom bug screens.

Cabin top sun awning. Cockpit cushions.

Dinghy and Outboard:
Rigid 2.4m tender c/w beach wheels. MERCURY 3.3hp.


YBC 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 being sold at any time, price change or withdrawal from sale without notice.