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Phefo (pronounced p'hefo, which means 'wind' in several native languages) is a newly built composite sailing catamaran. She is a  very sturdy and proven kind of vessel. Build to professional standards. Category A (offshore).

Phefo has been built in the arid climate of the African high plateau, at 4,000 foot above sea level. Average humidity is below 40 %, ideal conditions for composite epoxy structures. Transport to the sea (a very long way) is in 3 hauls. Everything was built to professional standards, inclusive masts (glass/epoxy), solar panels and LED's. That explains the extended building time.

Presently PHEFO is still under the roof on her building site north of Pretoria. There is a new purpose built trailer to bring her in three loads to the destination (2x hulls, 1x deck salon and anchor locker). Richards Bay has the necessary facilities (ZYC). There is also a suitable facility and cruising area at Lake Gariep (Free State Yacht Club).

PHEFO has to be commissioned on the dry at her launching site. Bolting cross beams into position and lashings. Position deck salon and anchor locker and lashings, completing deck details, connections between hulls and deck salon (power, water), erecting the masts.


  • length over all 39 foot
  • length waterline 32 foot
  • beam of each hull 6 foot 8 inch
  • beam over all 21 foot
  • weight lightship 3 tons
  • draft 2 foot 4 inch
  • berths 1 large double, 2 minimal double, 1 single
  • cabins 2 (one in each hull)
  • watertight sections 4 in each hull
  • diesel tanks 4 x 75 liter (2 each hull), epoxy
  • diesel day tanks 50 and 20 liter in deck salon
  • diesel day tank for stove 22 liter
  • water tanks 4 x 75 liter (2 each hull), epoxy
  • hot water tank 50 liter in deck salon
  • water day tank for galley and heads 24 liter
  • galley total 9 foot counter length plus stove, with sink
  • Dickinson diesel stove 'Bering' with central heating of hulls
  • cold and hot fresh water plus sea water in galley and heads
  • fixed table for 6 in deck salon
  • wheelhouse in deck salon superstructure
  • heads with shower and toilette in deck salon
  • Peltier cooled fridge 2 x 40 W Peltier chips, heat sinks, fans
  • Solar panels 280 W, 500 W wind turbine, batteries 400 Ah
  • day tanks 25 l water, 23 l diesel for stove, 50 l diesel for engine
  • two independent wind vane self steering systems
  • No through hull fitting below water line
  • provisions for 2 diesel outboard engines 2 x 10 kW
  • full ship rigging with square sails of 5 courses of 3 m2 on 4 identical free standing masts, total 60 m2 (which is 50 % more than standard working sail area) with sky sails displayed. Will go to windward and can be sailed single handed. Aerodynamics like Maltese Falcon.
  • each mast carries the following sails (each square rigged and each measuring 3 m2): course sail, top sail, top gallant, royal, sky sail. Each sail can be reefed independent of all others.
  • Whale pressure pump
  • anchor winch electric South Pacific V1000
  • 100 m galvanised anchor chain
  • 3 CQR anchors, 60, 32 and 27 pound
  • GPS with 60 channels
  • VHF/DC
  • cordage
  • deck fittings
  • masts and rig
  • over 600 charts and pilots (SA, Indian Ocean, Atlantic, Pac)
  • construction composite throughout with marine ply, glass and epoxy, epoxy coated and polyurethan finish above water line.
  • building time (from scratch, raw planks) 10,000 hours +
  • surveyed by SAMSA (South African Marine Safety Agency)
  • engine(s) (outboard) not provided yet (diesel tanks)
  • estimated value $ 120,000
  • reasonable cash offers will be considered

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test sail for Phefo

The junk rig was one of the sail options tested by the Phefo team

Phefo's starboard hull

Phefo's starboard hull in the early morning sun

dinghy for Phefo

Pefli, tender to Phefo

copyright Dr. Hans Ulrich Hammig