Originally designed for the Admirals Cup Series by renowned Australian designer Peter Joubert who named all his designs after Australian native birds, the Emu 55 was the largest and strongest of his vessels. Steely Dan was launched in 1990. The beautifully rounded tumble home hull and decks are made from 6mm steel throughout. Steely Dan was raced in the Hamilton Islands by the original owners in the 1990s who fitted out the detailed teak interior before moving her to Sydney.
In 2016 the vessel underwent an extensive refit in New Zealand with the current owners before sailing around the South Pacific Islands, which included a newly designed hard dodger and cockpit layout for safer and more comfortable cruising. A new B&G Navigation package, Open Ocean water maker (240L/h), rewiring, new Victron inverter-charger, Webasto diesel heaters, a new Ronstan batten car system and blocks plus a host of other upgrades adds to the appeal of this vessel being one of the safest and most comfortable family cruisers on the market for anywhere in the world.
'This vessel is in the best condition that we have seen (steel yacht)': Logix consulting Pty Ltd 2(015), taken from pre-purchase survey report.
Layout below: eight berths in four cabins: two double and two twins. Separate port and starboard double stern cabins lead forward to the navigation station port-side and galley starboard-side of a large stepped central companionway leading into the spacious main saloon with ample seating for up to 8 people. A central passageway continues forward between a port-side double bunk cabin and starboard-side separate toilet and shower, to the V birth twin cabin in the bows. Copious but accessible storage abounds throughout the vessel; an essential requirement for blue water ocean cruising and long passage-making.
Now over-wintering in Hobart, Tasmania she is available to view while the owners have moved back on shore. Recent haul out was this November 2020 at Sandringham yacht club, Melbourne for routine anti-foul paint, replacement anodes, new stop cocks (tru-design), house batteries (600Ahrs) replaced and added check stays to the runners. The life raft has been serviced, additional EPIRB and new inflatable danbouy added and engine and running spares all replenished. This genuine turnkey boat is ready to go anywhere at any time.
Hobart Region Prince of Wales Bay Marina
55' 1" - 16.80m
Keel / Ballast
HRW 85 6 cylinder
Single 3-blade 22" feathering prop
Spacious centre cockpit hard dodger adds a whole extra dimension and living space. Comfortable for entertaining with central folding table (seats 6) or room for sleeping up to 4 adults in addition to below decks. Perfect protection for night watches on passage.
Layout below: eight berths in four cabins: two double and two twins. Separate port and starboard double stern cabins lead forward to the navigation station port-side and galley starboard-side of a large stepped central companionway leading into the spacious main saloon with ample seating for up to 8 people. Seat covers or re-upholster as required. A central passageway continues forward between a port-side double bunk cabin and starboard-side separate toilet and shower, to the V birth twin cabin in the bows. Copious but accessible storage abounds throughout the vessel; an essential requirement for blue water ocean cruising and long passage-making.
FOUR: two double stern cabins, double bunk and V-twin
Well appointed, starboard side. Twin stainless sinks with fresh water faucet and water maker sample spigot, gimbled twin gas ring Broadwater stove, oven and grill with seperate microwave when on shore power or generator. Plenty of work top space and surrounding cupboards for storage above and below work surfaces. Brass porthole for extra ventilation
Large front and top access fridge opposite on port side. Both AC and 12V refrigeration options.
Open Ocean, engine drive 240L/hour
ISOTHERM 30L AC and engine heat exchanger
Twin WEBASTO diesel heaters Air Top Evo 55
MANSON SUPREME 90lb, secondary 70lb CQR, 90m half inch chain.
Life ring, danbouy, long line, two lifelines
2 x Electric, 2 x manual
6 Person RFD Transocean (2020)
2 + PLB
3 fire extinguishers, one fire blanket
12V house batteries (600Ahrs) New November 2020,200Ahr engine battery and 24V for hydraulic primary winches and diesel heaters.
400W solar with MPPT controller, 2 x Rutland wind generators. 2kw VICTRON invertor/charger
NEW 2016: B&G zeus chartplotter with bluetooth, radar, AIS, icom VHF DSC, depth and forward scan sonar, COURSEMASTER CM950 hydraulic autopilot, Iridium GO, Danforth pedestal compass.
Fully battened main on batten cars, spare main, furling jib (110), Genoa, spinaker, Staysail (hanked), storm jib (hanked)
Mast / Rigging
Mast head, cutter rig plus baby forestay, running back stays, Ronstan series 26 main batten car system and blocks. Main sheet on stainless arch allowing seemless safe access between cockpits. Rear davit arch with solar panels, wind generators, radar, GPS, Iridium GO and AIS antennae.
Paired primary, secondary and main sheet winches in cockpit, paired halyard winches on mast and boom winch for reefing and outhaul. Maxwell anchor winch V3000,
Beautifully appointed vessel impeccably maintained. Fantastic upwind, will point herself. Built for serious offshore exploring, her 6mm steel hull and extra bracing makes her one of the strongest offshore cruisers out there. Sail with confidence in any weather. Comfortable living for our family of 6, for 5 years.