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WHIRLWIND Yacht for Sale

90' (27.43m)
Holland Jachtbouw

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There is no other sailing yacht like WHIRLWIND — she is an extraordinary sailing yacht designed by Andre Hoek and built by Holland Jachtbouw. The yacht has a wide beam, medium displacements, a moderate draft, and a spacious interior to make her a well-rounded yacht that is ideal for ocean cruising and sailing holidays. Launched in 1998, WHIRLWIND’s impressive features and design got her nominated for the 1998 International Superyacht Design Award.

Rigged as a cutter sailing yacht, WHIRLWIND sails remarkably with her fairly tall mast and 410 square meters (4,413 square feet) of sail area. On deck, the sailing yacht has wide decks allowing for easy maneuverability. For relaxing and entertaining, the luxury sailing yacht showcases an inviting cockpit with settees on either side. Both settees feature coffee tables that convert to dining tables for alfresco dining. Further aft is a great space for sunbathing. WHIRLWIND’s settee on the foredeck is the perfect place for serenity at anchor.

The luxury sailing yacht showcases an exquisite light and airy interior that will make everyone feel at home. WHIRLWIND’s deck salon is the ideal spot to relish the comforts of the yacht’s interior while enjoying panoramic views. This space features a dinette and bar, making it perfect for hosting guests and dining. A few steps down is the open-plan lower salon with a C-shaped settee to port, desk area and a galley to starboard.

WHIRLWIND accommodates eight guests in three well-appointed staterooms. The sailing yacht features a double-bed master stateroom with an en-suite bath and a double-lined central bulkhead for added privacy. The guest staterooms are two double-bed staterooms with Pullmans. Enhancing each guest’s stateroom is a small settee and ample storage. WHIRLWIND also has great crew accommodation, which accommodates up to four crewmembers in two staterooms and a dinette.


  • Elegant lines and profile
  • Extremely strong
  • Spacious living areas
  • Great crew accommodation
  • Economical to run
  • Attractively priced
  • Easily sailed cutter rig set up


  • Wi-Fi


Builder Holland Jachtbouw
Model 28.5
Length (LOA) 90' (27.43m)
Year 1998
Draft 9' 84" (4.88m)
Beam 21' 65" (8.05m)
Location France


Staterooms 3
Sleeps 8
Heads 3
Crew Cabins 2
Crew Sleeps 4
Crew Mess 1
Capt. Quarters No

Dimensions & Capacity

LOA 90' (27.43m)
Min Draft 9' 84" (4.88m)
Max Draft 9' 84" (4.88m)
Fuel Tank 1,849 g (7,000 L)
Fresh Water 1,057 g (4,000 L)
Holding Tank 317 g (1,200 L)
Displacement 80


Hull Material Aluminum
Hull Config Hoek Classic
Max Speed 11 Knots
Cruising Speed 8 Knots
Stabilizers None
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BROKER COMMENTS:                                  

Designed by Andre Hoek to be a voluminous yacht with wide beam, medium displacement and moderate draft. She offers a spacious interior with upper and lower saloons, large galley, good engine room, owner cabin, two double guest cabins and very good crew accommodation forward for four with dinette. The cockpit area is well protected by the imposing deckhouse. She is rigged as a cutter with a fairly tall mast and 410 m2 of sail area – she sails well.

The yacht was nominated for the 1998 International Superyacht Design Award.

As Aeolian she was enjoyed as a private yacht and did charter. Under this ownership, in 2007/8, the yacht had a very substantial refit, carried out in Camden, Maine. This included major upgrades like new teak decks, new salon windows, fresh paint on hull, superstructure, mast and boom; new main engine, generators and more. In excess of 1.5 million euros was spent.

Sold on in 2011 she was renamed Whirlwind and was enjoyed as a private vessel. Her registry was changed to Isle of Man and Pleasure Yacht. She cruised the Mediterranean, Caribbean and USA. In 2016 she returned to Europe and in 2017 finalised her EU importation with tax paid status gained in Malta. In March 2017 she was sold to her current owner who retained the name but changed her to French flag. Since then the yacht has been based in the south of France and seen light cruising use. The owner had been a serial motor yacht owner, and this was his first foray into sailing. He was smitten by her looks and classic style. However, whilst he enjoyed the experience enormously sailing it seems is not for his family.

Whirlwind’s looks are wonderful, and she is a serious ocean-going yacht. She is an ideal family cruising yacht that could work very well on the charter market because of her three equal sized cabins and good crew area.


Pleasure Yacht.

(Notes: under former ownership she was previously MCA compliant under the UK flag;

Under previous Isle of Man Flag she was recorded as 94.13 Gross Tonnage and 67.60 Net Tonnage).

The vessel was built to Lloyds regulations.


Aluminium hull, deck, deckhouse and superstructure.

Deck is overlaid with teak (renewed in 2008). The teak deck was 20mm thickness.

Hull and deck, coaming areas are Awlgrip painted. Topsides are green, and superstructure in white.

The keel is welded aluminium alloy low aspect ratio bulb keel with 20 tons of encased lead.

The hull structure is of 5083-H321 welded aluminium alloy plates. The top sides measure 6 mm,8 mm at the bottom and 10mm keel plates. The frames are welded 50cm apart. The hull has two watertight bulk heads, one forward of the crew cabins and one forward of the lazarette. All construction materials used according to Lloyds specifications. The deck is of 5mm plate, the roof and deckhouse of 5 mm and bulkheads 6mm. Stern plate and transom 8mm.

Zincs on recessed holders 220mm diameter for cathodic protection, plus 1 on the bow thruster, 1 on the rudder.



Access to the engine room is via stairs from the aft port area of the upper saloon.

The engine room has good space and headroom for this size vessel.

Lugger L6125A, six in­line cylinder diesel engine, new 2007

4 cycle rated 325 HP @ 2100 continuous duty RPM’s w/ approx.

Engine hours - 7,284 hours in January 2020.

ZF Marine gear – model IRM320A1

Hundested four blade, variable pitch prop, approx. 38” diameter.

Engine start batteries new April 2016.

Extractor fan in engine room.

Performance under power:   9 knots @ cruising speed

                                               11 knots @ maximum speed

Bow thruster – HYDROMAT 40 HP hydraulic retractable unit.


2 x 24KW Northern Lights generators, 50 cycle, both, located in the engine room side by side.

Port generator hours:             4.260 in January 2020 (unit was new in 2015)

 Starboard generator hours:  10.997 in January 2020 (unit renewed 2007/8)

Air conditioning: New unit to be fitted in March 2020.

Water maker: HEM 25 Series unit – approx. 50 gallons per hour / 3500 litres per day.

Fitted in the engine room and salon bilges.

Diesel – 5000 litres in two integral double bottom aluminium tanks, fitted under the salon seating floor. The tanks have inspection hatches and electrical fuel gauges. The breathers are located in the side deck lockers. One 100 litre diesel day tank in the engine room equipped with low level alarm and automatic fuel transfer via 2 x pumps. Fuel transfer pipe work all of stainless steel.

2 x separate fuel/water separators.


Freshwater – 4000 litres in 2 integrated tanks with bafflers, with filling and venting pipes and access hatches. They are located to port and starboard in the lower saloon, outboard of the battery banks and forward of the diesel tanks.

Wastewater – all integrated tanks.

2 x grey water tanks of each 300 litres. Integrated, including access hatch for cleaning.

2 x 300 litre black tanks with suction pipe and inspection hatch.

The aft black and grey tanks are located in the lower saloon, forward of the engine room, and the forward tanks are under the sole in the crew mess.

Deck scuppers, piping for bilge pumps, filler pipes and ventilation pipes made of aluminium. Pipework of ABS all connections are couplings, flexible mounted.


All batteries are placed in the saloon under the soles, forward of the steps to the saloon and aft of the mast and forward accommodation.

4 x battery banks:

2 generator starting batteries – 24VDC, 140 Amp H,

Service bank # 1 – 1500 Amp

Service bank # 2 – 1000 Amp

2 main engine starting batteries – 200 Amp (renewed 2016)

24VDC main engine alternator for start battery

2 x 24V DC alternators – one per generator for starting batteries

1 x 240V AC battery charger main engine starting bank

1 x Mastervolt 230V / 24V / 50 Amp charger – service bank

2 x Mastervolt 380V / 24V / 100 Amp battery chargers – service bank.

2 x Mastervolt 380V / 24V / 100 Amp chargers for power bank

2 x Mastervolt 380V / 24V 12 Amp chargers for generator start

1 x Mastervolt 380V / 24V / 12 Amp charger for main engine start.

Shore power with 30 M cable and shore power transformer (220V-60 Hz; 380V-50 Hz; 220V-50 Hz.)


Whirlwind accommodates 8 guests in 3 double en-suite cabins (2 have also a pullman bed) plus 4 crew in 2 cabins forward with their own crew mess. There are three guest bathrooms and one crew bathroom

Deck and cockpit

In the spacious cockpit there are two settees both port and starboard with coffee tables that extend to dining to comfortably accommodate 6 or 8 persons. The helm position is aft of this and then there is a good-sized aft deck suitable for sunbathing with a hatch leading to a spacious lazarette.

Lower deck from forward to aft:

Forepeak with chain locker.

Coming aft to port is the double-bedded captain’s cabin and to port is a stack berth crew cabin. From the hallway there is a wall ladder and deck access to the foredeck.

Coming aft on the port side is the crew shower, toilet and wash basin compartment. Aft of this is the U-shaped settee with cupboard, TV and shelving forming the crew mess room area.

To port of the crew mess is the owner’s double-bedded cabin with en-suite shower room, toilet and wash basin, well insulated from the crew accommodation by a double lined central bulkhead and the owner’s bathroom.

The owner’s cabin leads directly out into the lower saloon where on the port side there is a C shaped settee to port with coffee table. This saloon is open plan with the deck saloon and on the starboard side is a large desk area with cabinets and storage area.

The lower saloon leads into the galley on the starboard side which has full headroom to the top of the deck saloon making it spacious and very light.

There are steps up from the aft end of the galley to the deck saloon as there are on the centreline leading up from the lower saloon.

The deck saloon is over the main engine room with access to the engine room in the aft starboard corner. This saloon has a good panoramic view with bar area and seating in another U-shaped settee with a dining table.

From the aft end of the deck saloon there are 3 stairways. The central one leading up into the cockpit and one port and one starboard lead down into the respective mirrored aft double-bedded cabins. These cabins have en-suite shower compartments and there is good wardrobe storage. There is a small settee beside each double bed.


On starboard of the deck house with:

Miele Fridge/Freezer

MIELE Microwave

MIELE 4 Burners Induction Stove


MIELE Dishwasher G665

MIELE Washer W9345 LW

MIELE Dryer T585C


Brookes&GatehouseHydra2000MultifunctionDisplays (1 at the chart table in the pilothouse)

Furuno autopilot, new 2019


Furuno GPS/WAAS Navigator GP37 at upper chart table

2 x Furuno Navnet units at upper chart table


Simrad R587 GMDSScapablehand­heldVHF at upper station

Simrad R 586 VHF at lower station

SkantiTRP7000SSB at lower chart/office area

SailorMini­M Sat C transceiver




Separate HPcomputerwithNavisailorchartplottersoftware, at the office area

Wifi system

TV and VCR multisystem

Sony 200 CD player/tuner/two amps/cassette

Individual stereo systems in each cabin


Spars and rigging:

Whirlwind has a masthead cutter rig with 3 sets of sweptback spreaders, 1 forestay, 1 inner forestay, 2 backstays and 2 runners.

Triple­spreader,taperedaluminum mastbyProctor.Keel stepped mast.

Reckmann hydraulic roller furler on the fore and inner forestay (genoa and staysail).

Stormtrysailtrack A­Framepreaders





NavtecA­850hydraulicboomvang (new 2016).Navtechydraulicouthaul



Navtec hydraulic rams/cylinders for 2 backstay cylinders, mainsail outhaul, Navtec 90 boom vang (vang new July 2016), with the panel mounted in the cockpit.

Lewmar hydraulic power packs, one for furling hear and second power pack for the winches and windlass, both packs are installed in the lazarette.

Hydraulic pumps on Main engine and port generator to drive deck hydraulic gear.


1 x 168 m² Spectra fully battened mainsail  2013

1 x 155 m² Spectra yankee                            2013

1 x   70 m² Spectra staysail                            2013

1 x 412 m² gennaker

1 x storm gib

1 x tri sail

Sail area:         410 m2

Upwind:          323 m²

Downwind:      570 m²

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