AU $749,000
56' 5" - 17.20m
Sydney Region Rushcutters Bay NSW
Launch Year
Hull Material
Timber -ring frames of laminated Oregon with 14 layers of glass

Description: Kay Cottee 56
One would imagine that Kay Cottee had a lot of time to contemplate her perfect cruiser. Crossing the Equator, she would have considered the value of Air Conditioning. After a thorough soaking in the Southern Ocean, surely a washer/dryer would be on the list. A lonely circumnavigation could have inspired a cockpit, saloon and accommodation that could allow lots of friends. 3 cabins and 3 heads all with fresh or saltwater flushing (2 with standalone showers). A dining table for 8, plus a private breakfast nook for 2. A large cockpit with outside table. In the galley, a dishwasher (of course), Gas cooktop and oven, lots of fridge and freezer space, Corian benchtops. And in the Saloon, a hideaway television and hideaway sound system, lounge chairs and a full-size chart table. Above deck, a leisure furling main, self-tacking Staysail and Furling Genoa got the tick. Sailing should never be hard work again. Electric primaries, bow thruster and stern thruster both operable from a single wireless remote, or via helm control, electric anchor and keel lift system, all available from either helm.
A deep fin and torpedo bulb for stability off-shore, with a hydraulic lift so that Lord Howe Island lagoon could still be accessible. Twin rudders for control also create a tripod with the raised keel for support should she dry out on the tide. A bow thruster for ease of berthing (a stern thruster has been added since as well). Basically, every modern luxury in a solidly built cruising yacht with an attention to detail you won't ever find in a production yacht. You'll notice that every deck fitting and bit of furniture hardware is of top quality and premium brands. Being such good construction, "Carpe Diem" is still in superb condition and will give a new owner a legendary cruising boat that attracts much attention.

New South Wales
Sydney Region Rushcutters Bay NSW
Carpe Diem
Leisure, Cruising
Launch Year
Kay Cottee / Scott Jutson
Kay Cottee
56' 5" - 17.20m
5 m
1.8 m up / 2.9 m down
Keel / Ballast
Hydraulic lifting fin and bulb keel reduces draught from 2.9m to 1.8m. The keel is made of stainless-steel plate, with the lead torpedo bulb.
Hull Material
Timber -ring frames of laminated Oregon with 14 layers of glass
Engine Make
Yanmar 140 Hp 4LH-HTE Steering: Twin Rudder steering connected with link bar. Also, each rudder and helm have independent cable connection as redundancy. Twin rudders mean if the boat dries out on the tide it is supported by retracted keel and rudders.
Fuel Type
Engine Hours
95 kg bow thruster, Jet Thruster 24V, 1000 A, 15.5 Kw stern
Fischer Panda 8000 NE/HPI 8 KVA
The master stateroom is forward, with a centreline double berth, plenty of stowage, and ensuite bathroom with separate shower. Starboard stern cabin with double berth and ensuite with separate shower and hidden clothes washer/dryer. Port side cabin with large single and a top bunk. Desk and storage including hanging storage. Ensuite attached. Set in the floor of each of these cabins is a 200mm circular glass lens for seabed and fish watching.

The layout is large and open. The galley is forward and down two steps, separate but still in touch with the saloon. Opposite the galley is a breakfast nook, a booth for two. Behind and above that is the navigation and electrics control area. The navigation seat spins around to face a comfortable armchair aft and between the two is a hidden television and sound system. The dining table which can seat 8 is on the port side. The table pulls out at either end to reveal leaves inside that fold out to expand the coffee table to a full-size dining table. A long bench on the centreline side of the dining table hides the keel trunk.
Solid timber is used throughout - there are no veneers here. Tasmanian blackwood is used for trim and cupboards, Tasmanian Oak on the floors.
Galley equipment includes:
- Dishwasher cabinet
- Hidden microwave
- Toaster and Kettle
- 4 burner gas stove with oven. Gimballed
- top opening freezer
- top opening fridge and front opening fridge. There is also a bar fridge behind the dining area
- Double stainless sink with pressurised hot and cold water
- Under floor storage and other storage cupboards
- Crockery cupboard with white Corelle break-proof plate settings for 8
- Corian benchtops
Samsung TV with remote and hideaway. Fusion MS-AV700 sound system
Zodiac inflatable tender in forward locker.
Ground Tackle
Muir Electric windlass with remote at bow and helm. Deck wash (salt water only). Excel Stainless Steel anchor. Chain counter at helm.
Batteries - 2 large service battery banks. Start battery for genset, start battery for engine. Dedicated batteries for stern thruster
Genset: Fisher Panda 8KVA
Inverter: Mastervolt 12/2500-100 (230 V) inverter / charger. Mastervolt inverter charger control
Charger: Slave charger ePRO 12v 90A battery charger.
Twin large compasses, located one at each helm binnacle
- Coursemaster Autohelm CM950 controller at nav table. Controller at helm. Connected to chartplotter so it can follow set waypoints
- 3 X Raymarine i50 displays beside companionway in cockpit and 1 at each helm. 1 at chart table.
- Furno GPS navigator GP-31
- Raymarine hybrid touch chartplotter at nav table and repeater (smaller) at Stbd helm.
Communication: iCom VHF IC-M423 with DSC. Also HF radio
Sail Inventory
Sail inventory listed below:
- Main - North Sails
- Genoa - Hood
- Staysail - North Sails
- Storm Jib
- Spinnaker
Mast / Rigging
Aluminium keel stepped mast with triple swept back spreaders by David Lambourne. Folding steps to top spreaders.
Spinnaker pole stored on mast.
Leisure furl boom.
Harken Furlers on Genoa and Staysail lines led aft to port electric winch.
Deck Gear
- 2 x Electric primaries Antal W70 self-tailing
- 2 x Antal self-tailing secondary winches
- Self-tailing 50 2 speed winch for traveller
- Self-tailing 58 2 speed winch for halyards
Sheets and Halyards (except Genoa Furler and sheets) run under roof deck and appear in cockpit. The helm stations on the aft deck are very ergonomic and have comfortable helm seats and pedestals for when standing up to helm. Both stations feature engine and thruster controls. Full cockpit cushions.


Vicsail Pty Ltd
D'Albora Marina
New Beach Road
Rushcutters Bay
NSW 2011 Australia

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