Novara....Detailed Specification

Make :-                          Bestevaer 60C                                Designer:-                      Dykstra, Holland

Manufacturer:-               Damstra, Holland ​                            Year of build:-                1997

Loa:-                            60ft / 18m                                       Beam:-                         14ft / 4.3m

Draft:-                          1.7 m - CB raised                               Displacement:-              55,000 lbs / 25 tonne                                         3 m   - CB lowered

Propulsion:-                   Perkins Sabre M135                         


Fuel Capacity:-               510 US glls / 1950 litres                     Fresh water Capacity:-    400 US glls / 1,500 litres

Gray water:-              135 US galls / 500 litres              Blackwater:-              30 US galls / 110 litres


Canoe underbody with central hydraulic aluminum centerboard (with 1 ton lead weight). Aluminum keel with prop in aperture and two "ice deflectors", full skeg protected rudder.


  • All aluminum construction, strongly built: ALMG 1.5-116, 40 mm in bow stem area, 20 mm plating  at keel stem base, 10 mm keel sides, 8 mm topsides, 6 mm deck plating. Closely spaced framing for extra strength.


  • Double bottom for much of the boat’s length (fuel, water, gray water, and ballast tanks).

  • 5 separate watertight compartments (aft storage areas, engine room, main living quarters, tool room, forepeak)

  • There are 2 manually operated daggerboards (wood/epoxy coated glass) in the port and starboard aft quarters for additional stability in downwind conditions.


  • Internal lead ballast (8.5 tons), with a 31% ratio. This is increased to an overall 39% ballast ratio Including full fuel and water tanks, which are low in the bilge.


  • 1 x 55 kg Rocna with 85 metres of 12 mm stainless steel chain fed into an individual chain locker and operated by a Muir SS windlass with Capstan

  • 1 x 45 kg Bruce with 55 metres of 12 mm chain and 100 metres of 20mm anchor rode and operated by a Muir SS windlass

  • 1 x 25 kg kedge anchor with 50 metres of 10mm galvanised chain and operated by a Muir SS windlass on the stern

  • 2 x 100 metre x 25 mm polypropylene shore lines on reels forward of the foremast

  • 2 x 80 metre x 25 mm polypropylene shore lines in stowage bags at the stern


NOVARA sleeps owners and guests in three sleeping areas consisting of two private staterooms, both with large double berths and two additional single upper and lower berths in the forward passageway. There is a large comfortable raised salon with nav area, a large very well-equipped galley and a single head with shower stall amidships.

The vessel was custom designed and built for serious blue water cruising. Her insulated hull, thermopane insulated deckhouse windows and diesel fired central heating with circulating hot water radiators provide comfortable below deck accommodation when the weather is cool.

She provides equally good natural ventilation for below decks comfort in warmer latitudes by way of forward and aft companionways, Goiot deck hatches and dorade vents.

The interior finish consists of painted Yacht White bulkheads, complimented by beautifully detailed varnished mahogany locker fronts, joinery and trim creating a light and bright interior. The cabin sole is a darker African Bugimba hardwood with mahogany margins. Overhead are Goiot hatches, each with its own internal roll-up/roll-out spring-loaded Skyscreen screen/sunshades. There are numerous opening port lights, each with its own integral satin finished inside hinged aluminum storm shudder to block out light and provide heavy weather security. There are numerous stainless bulkhead directional lights and overhead stainless lights. There is abundant natural light and ventilation, as well as tasteful lamp lighting throughout the vessel.

The Architect NBA Gerard Dijkstra-Amsterdam-Holland, who designed this very purposeful vessel, is the architect who refit/coordinated the rebuild on the J-class boats Endeavor, Adix, Adela and Shamrock, as well as the super-sailing-yacht Maltese Falcon. He also designed the newest Dutch Tallship "Stad Amsterdam," the Besteavar series 50' to 110' and hundreds of one-off conventional sloops, Aerorig sloops and schooners.

Under her second ownership, Novara’s interior was completely refinished/rebuilt, her galley updated.

The electrics were updated at the famed Brooklin Boat Yard in Maine. In 2008, Novara was Awlgripped by Wayfarer Marine in Camden, ME, from the waterline up, including her decks, pilothouse, cockpit surfaces and spars. This has been continuously maintained in my ownership.

The forepeak is accessed by a large aluminum deck hatch and provides substantial storage for anchor chains, rode, dock lines, fenders, dinghy outboard engine and assorted deck gear in a water tight compartment.

The workshop/Scuba room just aft of the forepeak, is accessed from the companionway forward of the master stateroom, as well as through a large deck hatch, is a full-width workshop and scuba room with abundant storage and counter space. This space also includes a scuba air compressor, tank storage, wet suit and equipment storage and space for a washing machine. This area also functions as a second watertight compartment, with a watertight passageway door as its access.

The master stateroom is aft of the workshop near midships and off to starboard with the forward passageway off to port. There is a fore/aft facing queen berth, hanging locker, mahogany bookcases and abundant storage lockers and bureau drawers. This is a comfortable and spacious stateroom.

Two guest berths on the port side in an over/under singles configuration, just outboard of the passageway, are ideally suited for offshore passage making with its own storage cupboard.

All berths are equipped with lee cloths for use in a seaway.

The spacious central head, in a comfortable position amidships to port, contains a separate large semi-circular shower stall. The head has good storage and excellent natural light and ventilation. It opens onto the common ship's passageway and is easily accessed by all on board.

The guest stateroom is off the passageway, across from the starboard galley and just aft of the centrally located head. Guest quarters have a generous queen size quarter berth, abundant storage space and a hanging locker.

The galley is starboard amidships. It has a large well-insulated icebox and separate freezer box chilled by 2 x 24 volt compressors that run 2 separate cold plate systems. There is also a small Frigobot+ refrigerator located on the centreline. There is a centre line gimbaled stainless propane stove with 4 surface burners and oven and grill. The counters are all marble with 3 Alpes brand stainless steel sinks with faucets for salt water, filtered drinking water and regular water. Cabinets and drawer space are abundant.

In the raised Saloon there is a large L-shaped settee and table to port of the companionway. There are built-in flush mount electronics. Visibility is 360° through large thermopane safety glass port lights on all sides.

At the nav station and inboard of the dining table, there are counter-style stools for additional seating. The saloon table has a beautifully varnished burl veneer surface.

The Navigation & Pilot Station is at the forward portside end of the raised salon and is set up for comfortable watch keeping, navigation management, radio usage and computer usage. The windows are double-glazed thermopane and built to withstand heavy, breaking seas. They also have
 additional acrylic glazing to eliminate condensation.

All the way aft is the cockpit. It’s sole and seats are finished in teak and there are cockpit cushions. The cockpit is permanently covered by a sun awning renewed in December 2018. The wheel faces a binnacle with a GPS/chartplotter/radar, as well as autopilot, sailing instruments, centre board, propeller and bow thruster controls. The cockpit has comfortably high coamings for security at sea. The pilothouse and cockpit complement one another nicely. There is a varnished teak dropleaf wood cockpit table for dining.


Most electronics have been updated in my ownership and all software updated in June 2019


  • Raymarine C125 Chartplotter at the internal nav station (2014)

  • Raymarine C125 Chartplotter on the cockpit pedestal (2014)

  • Raymarine Digital HD colour radar (2014)

  • Raymarine Autopilot and Course Compass (2015) 

  • Raymarine P70 autopilot control heads at nav station and repeater on the cockpit pedestal (2015)

  • Raymarine I70 Multifunction display at the cockpit pedestal (2015)

  • Raymarine Tri-data thru hull for depth/speed/temp (2019)

  • Raymarine AIS (2014)

  • Raymarine G300 GPS

  • Navtex receiver


  • Iridium Pilot satellite communications system for voice and data (2015)

  • ICom VHF radio

  • WIFI amplifier and external antenna 

  • Navigation lights, Hella LED low-wattage navigation and anchor lights



  • EPIRB (2014)

  • Ocean 8-person life raft (2014) (serviced 2021*)

  • 2 horseshoe life rings

  • MOB retrieval ladder

  • MOB throwing line

  • Bespoke JORDAN SERIES DROGUE (2016)



The boat has a high quality Mastervolt system, set up for 220 volts/ 50 cycles. However, the shore power system can been converted over to American 120 volts by using the supplied jumper settings on the isolation transformer. There is a shore power connection on both bow and stern.


The main 220 volt distribution panel is behind a door in the forward part of the master cabin. The 24 volt distribution is on the forward bulkhead of the starboard cockpit locker. Additional 12/24 volt distribution is controlled from a panel in the saloon, along with the charging system and the generator. There is a Mastervolt monitoring, battery condition management and generator management system located on the lower companionway panel.


  • Westerbeke/Mastervolt 5.7 kw generator (new June 2019)

  • Shore power isolation transformer (new 2018)

  • Two Mastervolt automatic three-step battery chargers (one renewed in 2016)

  • Mastervolt 2500 watt Sine Wave inverter (new June 2019)

  • 70 amp alternator for engine start batteries (new 2014)

  • 110 amp alternator for house bank (new 2014)

  • 780 amp hour / 24 volt  house battery bank (new 2020)

  • 175 amp hour / 24 volt engine start battery bank (new 2017)

  • emergency switch control to combine both battery banks

  • Isolators for winches/windlasses, engine start and house bank batteries



  • Perkins Sabre 135 hp diesel engine (Totally rebuilt in March 2014)

  • Hurth transmission (transmission, flex and thrust bearings renewed in 2018)

  • Aquaseal stern gland (renewed in 2018)

  • Adjustable pitch hydraulic propeller, from West Mekan

  • Hydraulically operated Centerboard

  • Vetus Bow thruster (motor renewed April 2021)

  • Kabola diesel fired heating system with 8 domestic radiators plus hot water system (burner renewed 2020)

  • Watermaker - SRC 1,800 gph (2014)


  • Defender 14ft aluminium deck, roll-up inflatable with 20 HP Yamaha 4 stroke outboard (new April 2021).

  • In-built, electric Dive Compressor. (complete rebuild & service April 2021)

  • 4 dive tanks


Novara is an Aerorig schooner with her all carbon fibre masts and booms built by Carbospars of South Hampton, England. This balanced rig concept has been known to sailors for thousands of years and with the use of modern high strength, lightweight materials, unstayed rigs have become a practical proposition.

The designers and builders of these rigs have gone on to build the huge DynaRigs seen on "The Maltese Falcon" and "Black Pearl" the largest free standing rigs in the world.

The self rotating carbon fiber rig is easily handled, with the sail plan divided on each mast between mainsail, self tacking furling blade jibs left fully rigged and storm trysail all permanently rigged on their own independent tracks for when conditions get lively.

The highly efficient full-batten, highly-roached sails mainsails, were designed with the personal assistance of both Robbie Doyle and Gerard Dijkstra. These sails, with their substantial additional area, have dramatically improved the boat’s light air performance and with three reefs in each mainsail there is a great deal of flexibility in matching sail area to current wind and sea conditions. 

Lazy jacks and zippered covers make stowing these sails an easy task. (renewed in December 2018)


This is an under-used rig and has much to commend it to the short-handed cruising sailor, particularly so in extreme conditions when the sheets can be eased or let go to instantly de-power the boat with the masts and booms by simply weather-cocking to windward.

This same technique avoids the need to go to windward to hoist, lower or reef the sails.