Rehnert Cat Ketch - Under Contract

This interesting aluminium yacht was built along the lines of the Garry Hoyt 'Freedom 40'. George Rehnert had owned a Freedom 40 then subsequently designed his own alloy yacht which was built using the most suitable aluminium by professional alloy boat builders in Bremen, Germany. The design was centred around single handed sailing and the cat ketch rig was no small part of that thinking. The rig is very easy to use, tacking and gybing drama free. The sailplan spreads the sails along the length of the boat on the masts. The low centre of effort afforded by the fore and aft, rather than upward, spread of sail, produces less heeling force. All round a very pleasing yacht to sail.

Bushman was spray foam insulated from new and still has her original paintwork. The engine chosen was a two cylinder Sabb 2JHR which has been used extensively around the world by life boats and fishing boats.

Now laid up ashore, there are some works to complete before launching. The original black/grey tank was integral and there has been corrosion sufficient to warrant a small area of re plating. A new 500 litre GRP grey water tank has been made ready to install in the original location, see slideshow.



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Location: Langkawi
Year Launched: 1988
Registered: Germany
Designer: George Rehnert Builder: Deters Germany
Displacement10.5 tons Ballast: lead ingots
Engine: Sabb 2JHR 30hp Keel: Lifting centreboard
Steering: Wheel, cable Windvane: Windpilot Pacific Plus
Hull: Aluminium ALMg4,5Mn
Deck: Aluminium ALMg4,5Mn
Fuel: 550 litres (2 integral tanks)
600 litres (2 integral tanks)
Length: 11.15m
Beam:   3.50m
Draft:    1.20 / 2.70
Engine hours: 7922
Speed under power: 6kts
Propeller: 3 blade fixed 'Gori'

The layout is open plan. Full forward is a double bunk cabin with workshop including bench, vice and many tools. The main saloon has good seating, and dining with the large overhead butterfly type hatch providing much extra light and ventilation. Moving aft, the standing nav. station has a full size chart table with deep drawers and a locker. The last berth is aft of the nav. station and this extends to make a double and is conveniently close to the cockpit.

The fitout is in excellent condition with joinery from Meranti, Mahogany and good quality Rattan.


Two burner gas stove and oven. Single stainless steel sink and draining sink. 12volt fridge. Five drawers and shelving.
One in bathroom. Cold pressurised water.
One manual Jabsco. Holding tank tba.
Electrics & Batteries:
12 VDC electrical system alone. DC charging from two 'Siemens' 100watt solar panels, 'Windbugger' wind generator and engine 'Valec' alternator. A new bank of house batteries is needed. Engine start battery.


Electronics & Navigation:
  • Linear drive autopilot
  • Navico RT6500S VHF radio
  • Kenwood TS4505 HF radio
  • Garmin GPSII h/h
  • Spaceage depth sounder
  • 600watt inverter
The 14m carbon fibre masts were purchased from 'Freedom Yachts' with the owner's own designed rotating mast bases. The wishbone boom arrangement further improves the ease of handling. Main mast has a tricolour and mizzen has a radar reflector and VHF and HF antennae.
Deck Gear:
  • 2 x Murray MW4 mast winches
  • 1 x Lewmar #43 winch
  • Swim platform
  • Stainless stern arch for solar panels
  • PVC rubbing strake
Sail Inventory:
  • Mainsail (2000 Rolly Tasker)
  • Mizzen sail (2000 Rolly Tasker)
  • Mizzen staysail (1988)
  • Spinnaker (1988)


Safety Gear:

  • 3 life jackets
  • 2 harnesses
  • life ring
  • 2 fire extinguishers
  • Yamaha YP10G 2 stroke water pump
Ground Tackle:
  • Simpson Lawrence Dorado GD electric windlass with manual option
  • 2 x 80m of 10mm chain
  • 1 x 40m of 10mm chain
  • 350m 20mm nylon rode
  • 45lb CQR
  • 30lb CQR
  • 35lb Delta
  • 20lb Danforth
Large amount of hand tools, power tools, spares and equipment,. the workshop comes complete with many items. Fishing rods and kit. All boat manuals, pilot guides and many charts.
Covers and Awnings:
The rigid dodger is unfinished and needs to have windows installed. Blue sail covers.
2 metre rigid tender
Johnson 4hp

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