1999 Vitters Cruising Ketch

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Class Sails
Category Cruisers
Year 1999
Make Vitters
Length 93'
Propulsion Type Other
Hull Material Aluminum
Fuel Type Diesel
Location Boston, MA
Vessel Overview

CARMELLA was custom designed for a very experienced yachtsman who participated fully in all aspects of design and construction, along with the Naval Architects from Sparkman & Stephens, Marine Construction Management of Newport and Redman Whitely, interior designers.  This collaboration created a magnificent yacht in all respects.   She was awarded the Superyacht Society, Best Sailing Yacht Interior, 1999.

CARMELLA is a modern classic, with elegant lines and just enough exterior varnished teak brightwork to set her apart from all others.  The Yacht is fast and easy to handle on all points of sail, with carbon spars, Park Avenue booms and full hydraulic sail handling with sheets conveniently led within reach of the helm station.  Her classic profile is balanced by fully state of the art rig, sailplan and amenities below decks.

Her interior provides a well-appointed pilothouse area with excellent visibility, full controls, comprehensive navigation and communication station, and a comfortable settee.  The full-width Owner’s stateroom is aft, with a companionway to the private aft Owner’s cockpit.  She has two guest staterooms, both with ensuite heads and stall showers, an elegant main salon, gourmet galley and separate crew quarters including office/lounge area.

The Yacht has been maintained to the highest standards


CARMELLA won the Superyachts Best Interior award for good reason.  Her interior is crafted of raised panel, matched grain Mahogany in the Herreschoff style, accented with raised panel upper bulkheads and trim work.  The Redman Whitely styling, from finishes to lamps and décor is simply elegant.

The low profile PILOTHOUSE is four steps down from the helm cockpit, with a full settee to port that offers good line of sight visibility to deck level through ten large windows, and provides a perfect sea berth.  There are reading lights fore and aft and a stowage cabinet aft with drawers and book locker above.  The comprehensive navigation/communication station is to starboard, with a swivel leather seat and good access to all computers and equipment, engine controls and autopilot.  Visibility from this area is also unobstructed for 270 degrees; port, starboard and forward for offshore watchkeeping.  Entertainment is provided by built-in speakers from the main salon stereo system.

The MAIN SALON aboard CARMELLA is full width amidships, with a classic varnished teak skylight, 2 large deck hatches and 4 large portholes outboard which further enhance the apparent width of the already sizeable space.  There is a full dining table outboard to port with a built in settee outboard and comfortable chairs on three sides, allowing seating for 6, increased to 8 with use of the identical chair from the owners desk. Outboard of the settee is a Plasma flat screen which rolls out on cars into the porthole recess from behind the aft cupboard, driven by the onboard entertainment systems, for photo presentations or DVDs.  Outboard to starboard is a leather couch and cocktail table, and an end table forward containing a refrigerated locker, and liquor locker outboard. Adjacent fitted cupboards for 14 tumblers, 12 wine goblets, 12 red wine glasses, 12 sherry glasses, 6 brandy balloons, 12 Champagne glasses, 8 beer flutes, glass water jug and tea service for 8.  Forward to starboard is a bar top with two custom bar stools that separate the salon from the galley, on centerline a custom wine storage rack for 40 bottles. Outboard to port is a full height bookcase and end table with stowage lockers for 16+ each of Spode dinner service with Carmella Monogram logo, 12+ each of Doulton daytime service, plus serving dishes and platters mats, napkins etc:. On the aft, starboard bulkhead there is a fully reconditioned antique wood or charcoal burning stove which is a magnificent sculpture with practical applications. It vents through a Charlie Noble on the starboard side deck.  

The GALLEY is forward and to starboard of the salon, with granite countertops, double stainless steel sinks, abundant cabinet stowage, china and pantry stowage inboard and all equipment for gourmet cooking.  Additional Galley features:
 Alpes Inox gimbaled propane stove
 SMEG gimbaled propane oven with electric grill
 Alpes Inox vent hood/extractor fan
 Broan trash compactor
Frigoboat refrigeration (3 refrigerated compartments)
Frigoboat freezer (below galley sole)
 Pantry locker
 Miele washer with rapid cycle 32 minute wash option & separate dryer (crew area)
 Purified water tap
 2 deck hatches 

The OWNERS STATEROOM is aft, with a full double berth outboard to port, book shelves aft and drawer stowage below.  Outboard to starboard is a comfortable settee that converts to a sea berth.  There is a writing desk/office area forward to starboard with a locker outboard housing a printer, SSB control head, CAT5 and entertainment equipment for the aft cabin; DVD and stereo.  Above the desk a flat screen 22 LCD screen angles to face the berth.  Centerline aft is the companionway to th

Deck & Hull

Aluminum hull, deck and superstructure with teak overlay decking.  Aluminum skeg-hung rudder with cable/quadrant steering and lead filled, foil shaped keel, all built to exceptionally close tolerances by Vitters Shipyard.  Awlgrip paint finishes on topsides, superstructure and deck areas. (Cockpit, Deck & Superstructure Awlgrip, 2015)  Topsides painted Jade Mist Green currently in good condition.

The deck layout aboard CARMELLA completes the yachts classic profile, while providing an extremely efficient deck layout for sail handling, an abundance of clear and unobstructed deck areas, comfortable center helm and entertaining cockpit, well protected by the low profile pilothouse and dodger, plus a private owners cockpit aft.  She has a classic varnished teak skylight above the main salon, a number of flush mounted Rondal hatches and several ABI stainless steel hatches as well.  Hull ports are Stainless and substantial for natural light and ventilation below.  

 Large drop leaf teak dining table
 Upholstered seating for 8 guests, 10 with use of the aft table extension which requires removal of the wheel (easy)
 Helm station with full controls & gauges
 B & G performance instrumentation and a B&G Hydra autopilot control head 
 Primary cockpit autopilot is Comnav in stainless control plinth 
 Cockpit table houses a pop up, full daylight screen for Plotter remote at helm
 Ice Maker
Purified spigot
 New Dodger w/opening center window (2015)
 Navtec hydraulic panel
 Stereo speakers with controllable jacks for extra Bose deck speakers driven by salon stereo.
 B&G FFD beside wheel with B&G Hydra autopilot control head.
 Bow thruster joystick with proportional control.

 Upholstered seating port and starboard
 Full dodger
 (2) B & G 20/20 displays
 Companionway to Owners stateroom
 Controllable jacks for extra Bose deck speakers driven by Owner Stereo.



Engine Details

Caterpillar 3116TA 255 hp marine diesel, (10,700 hours 2/18) with Soundown mounts and ZF 3.16:1 reduction transmission with a remote Walters V drive.  Kobelt electronic engine controls in cockpit and pilothouse.  Exhaust system by Soundown, water drop muffler.  Korsor four-blade variable pitch propeller, fully feathering and reversing for maneuvering while maintaining engine RPM for bow thruster. House, radio and start alternators. Hydraulic PTO on electromagnetic clutch.  50 gallon day tank w/transfer pumps & level alarms.


24 Volt DC and 240/120 Volt 50/60Hz AC Systems.
24 Volt system includes three banks of batteries all new 2012
• House/accessories, (14) #8D, AGM batteries for 1,470 amp/hrs @ 24V 
• Engine/Generator start batteries, (2) for 200 amps @ 24V 
• Electronics batteries, (4) #8D AGM 
Batteries are charged by engine driven high amp alternators, shore power or AC generator.  Alternators include (2) Leese-Neville 175 AH for House and Electronics batteries and Caterpillar, and generator alternator for start batteries.

AC charging is provided by:
• (2) Mastervolt MASS 25/100 for house batteries
• Mastervolt MASS 24/75 for electronics
• Mastervolt MASS 12/25 for starting
• 12 KVA Isolation transformer with inputs of 308/3/50, 220/1/50, 220/3/60or 240/1/60 – with output of 240/1/60 (or 50) and 120/1/60 (or 50)

AC Power is provided by:
• Kohlar 23KWH, 60 hz, diesel generator, new 2014 (Less than 1,000 hrs).
• (3) Mastervolt MASS 24/3500 trapezoidal for general service
• 24/700 Sine wave for computers and electronics.


REFRIGERATION:  Frigoboat system and components; compressors, controls & holdover plates for refrigeration and freezer(all new completely rebuilt 2016). CARMELLA is self-sufficient and can be run silent ship with no generator running for extended periods due to a large battery capacity and AC hermetically sealed compressors running off the inverter. In the Tropics with the system working hard generator hours can be kept down to 4 or 5 p.d. if air-con is not required.

AIR CONDITIONING AND HEATING:  Marine Air chiller/hot water system w/(3) 55,000 btu compressors.  All thermostats, controls and air handlers are also Marine Air.  Primary heating system is also Marine Air wit 2 x 6kW electric elements for the hot water loop. Air handlers located in each sleeping cabin, pilothouse, galley and 2 in the salon.

Espar diesel heater provides for the aft guest and owners cabins whilst in silent ship mode the fwd areas get the fireplace!

FRESH WATER:  (3) Integral aluminum water tanks with (2) Groco Paragon Senior pressure pumps with suck dry safety. Groco pressure tank, 2 Allcraft 20 gallon hot water tanks (fwd and aft) w/AC and main engine clarifier systems. Fresh water shore side connection with inbuilt filtration and pressure regulator.

WATERMAKER:  Matrix 1440 gallons per day, new membranes 2014.

GRAY WATER:  (2) integral aluminum gray water tanks, 75 gallons each w/automatic float switches and level alarms. Henderson MkIV overboard pumps. Deck pump outs direct to screw cap deck fittings.

BLACK WATER:  (2) integral aluminum black water tanks, 75 gallons each w/automatic float switches and level alarms. Overboard pumps by Sealand.  Deck pump outs direct to screw cap deck fittings.

HEADS: (4) by Vacu-flush w/Sealand vacuum pumps & tanks

BILGE:  High volume main bilge pump by Pacer, hydraulically operated, which seconds as the onboard fire pump.  (4) Submersible Rule 3700 gph bilge pumps w/float switches by Rule, plus Edson 2 manual bilge pump. All bilges have high-level alarms.

HYDRAULIC SYSTEM:  Bow thruster, windlass, Lewmar winches, Reckmann furlers and bilge/fire pump.  Bow thruster power by Hydra-Power Systems PTO.  Other hydraulics also by DC with (2) 5 hp  motors.  Primary hydraulic transfer box rebuilt, 2013. 

BOW THRUSTER:  By Hydra-Power Systems, 38 hp hydraulic in 12 diameter tunnel with variable power joy stick controls at the helm station.



Sails, Rigging and Deck Gear

Ketch rig with carbon fiber main and mizzen masts, each with spreaders swept aft, carbon Park Avenue booms & lazy jacks by Offshore Spars.  Navtec rod rigging to Navtec tensioners and hydraulic adjustable, Aramid split backstays.  Reckmann hydraulic furling staysail and headstay and HPS hydraulics for winches.  Also:
 Navtec manual hydraulic panel in cockpit w/autoshift & fast acting control valves for  boomvangs, backstays, main & mizzen outhauls.
 Navtec Stainless Steel main and mizzen boomvangs
 All Rondal sailing hardware
 Antal main and mizzen tracks and cars.
 Kevlar running backstays.

11/17, Spars removed for complete service by Rig Pro; mast clocks replaced, spars re-wired for LED lighting, rigs & standing rigging polished.

 (2) Lewmar #111 SHST hydraulic 3 speed primary winches
 Lewmar #77 SHST hydraulic 3 speed main sheet winch
 Lewmar #77 SHST hydraulic staysail winches
 Lewmar #77 SHST hydraulic 3 speed running backstay winches
 Lewmar #77 SST mast winches
 Lewmar #77 SHST hydraulic 3 speed mast winch w/fairlead to other mast winches
 Lewmar #58 SHST hydraulic mizzen mast winches

WINDLASS:  (2) Lewmar 5000 w/chain gypsies; top capstan on starboard 

SAILS: Hood Vectran Woven cloth (v. tough and reliable)  
 Mainsail Doyle, ( New 2018) fully battened with 2 deep reefs, tack and clew line separate.
 Mizzen fully battened with one reef, single line reefing.
 130% Genoa Doyle 2013
 110% Genoa - Hood
 Staysail 100% Doyle 2013
 MPS Marguerite green; North 2009 w/ATN sock
 Miz Staysail Hood on furling drum
 Storm Trisail - Hood




 Brookes & Gatehouse Hydra 2000 navigation/performance instrumentation, fully integrated w/compass, all wind functions, depth, speed, timers, etc..  Pilothouse has (4) FFDs; main cockpit has (1) FFDs, (5) 20/20 displays and an analogue apparent wind indicator.  Aft cockpit has (2) FFDs.
 Furuno FAR 2117 Radar in Pilothouse 
 Brookes & Gatehouse Hydra Pilot w/controls at the helm and companionway.
 Comnav Autopilot at helm station w/joystick running Nobletec software
 (2) Furuno Gps units w/large screen plotter in pilothouse and at helm station

 2014 Lenovo Computer system and upgraded Vio Boat management system 
 (2) ICOM VHF in pilothouse, one w/repeater at helm station
 Yachtspot GSM 4G/3G data with integral WiFi and antennae on mizzen 

 Main Salon, Sony stereo, Sony radio receiver, Audiosource Amp 17 to output to PH and deck,  Pioneer Multi-system CD/DVD/WMA/MP3/Photo viewer,  Bose speakers with 2x 
 DC Stereo w/Sonance speakers.
 Cockpit; speakers, powered by main salon stereo system w/cockpit controls.



Other Features

• Novurania 400 DL Yacht Tender w/console & controls.
• Yamaha 40 HP4 stroke 40 hp outboard
• Custom Staalart stainless davits
• Multiplex carbon fiber passeralle
• Bauer compressor for 4 dive bottles
• 240# CQR anchor
• Fortress #FX125 secondary anchor
• Fortress #FX 85 stern anchor
• 130 meters 5/8” primary bower chain
• 300’ braided nylon spliced to 150’ ½” anchor chain for secondary.
• (2) 8 man Givens liferafts in cockpit seat lockers, current inspection
• (2) Man Overboard Module Jon Buoys 
• Main cockpit and Owner’s cockpit dodgers.
• Main cockpit bimini
• Mizzen/after deck awning and foredeck awning by Antigua Sails.
• Crew hatch dodger



Recent Refits and Upgrades

Assymetrical spinnaker (North)

All new teak decks
New Awlgrip paint on deck, cockpit & superstructure areas

Complete interior re-varnish
Strip and refinish cabin soles
New Genoa (Doyle)

Complete rig refit, main and mizzen masts removed, re-wired, re-painted with Awlgrip, all new Navtec Rod rigging, Aramid running backstays, new luff tracks, etc..
All new running rigging; sheets & halyards
New Mainsail (Doyle)
New topsides paint, Awlgrip
Complete Hundestadt propeller/stern tube/bearings refit 
New Miele Washer & Dryer
All new batteries

New Forestaysail (Doyle)
New pilothouse upholstery
Teak cockpit coamings replaced with new, varnished teak by Lyman Morse
Exterior varnish completely stripped & refinished by Lyman Morse
New Novurania 400 DL tender
Replacement Start batteries
Navtec boomvang complete rebuild

New Communication/Computer systems & Vio Boat management system upgrade
New Kohler 23 DWH generator & hydraulic PTO
Complete rebuild, hydraulic distribution block
All new interior mattress covers
New upholstery pilothouse settee
New curtains main salon

Comprehensive out of water maintenance; bottom paint, zincs, propeller & thruster service, etc..
All deck, cockpit & superstructure painted with Awlgrip, Cream
Complete exterior varnish

All new refrigeration system by Frigoboat; (3) refrigerators plus freezer
Comprehensive annual out of water maintenance


Full rig, out of boat refit and service by Rig Pro, including re-wiring for LED lighting, new mast blocks, all standing rigging inspected and replaced as necessary and completely polished.
Comprehensive service to teak decking; margin boards replaced along with other teak trim boards, all caulking removed & re-caulked and the decks sanded.
New Awlgrip on cabin sides and bulwarks
Hundestadt propeller shaft and seal, removed and serviced.
Main engine timing checked and re-set
New antifouling paint applied

Complete exterior varnish
Complete out of water maintenance fall 2018; full antifoul, all zincs, thru hull service, propeller & thruster service
Complete Caterpillar service including new injectors, pressure pump rebuild, new governor & overall service
Rudder removed, new bearings & reinstalled
All Rondal hatches removed, fully reconditioned and reinstalled by Lyman Morse
New mainsail by Doyle sailmakers



CARMELLA is a yacht built to go places - in absolute comfort, style and with a good turn of speed.  She was engineered to live away from the docks with no generator running – all systems except air conditioning run from the DC batteries so she’s a silent ship.  For high latitude cruising, the pilothouse controls and heating systems are well-conceived.  In the tropics, with an abundance of opening hatches, hull ports and skylight, the natural ventilation is excellent – and backed up by powerful air conditioning.   She is simple to handle under sail, with a seakindly motion and great performance.  She is a proper yacht in all respects.

The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.
Contact Information

For complete details please contact Central Agent Hank Halsted CPYB at Cell: 401 965 3256 Northrop and Johnson, Newport office, 401 848 5500 To receive more information by email at Hank.Halsted@northropandjohnson.com

For over 50 years Northrop and Johnson has provided our clients with timely, accurate information to help them acquire the right yacht. This service requires professional, experienced brokers and cannot be solely derived from the Internet.

Speed and Distance
Cruising Speed
Max Speed
Nominal Length
Length Overall
Max Draft
Single Berths
Double Berths
Twin Berths
Engine Make Caterpillar
Engine Model 3116TA
Engine Hours 255
Engine Type Other
Fuel Type Diesel
Electrical Equipment
Shore Power Inlet
Wind Speed and Direction
DVD Player
CD Player
Navigation Center
TV Set
Steering Wheel
Fully Battened Mainsail
Outside Equipment/Extras
Teak Cockpit
Teak Sidedecks
Inside Equipment
Fresh Water Maker
Electric Head
Air Conditioning
Bow Thruster
Hot Water
Manual Bilge Pump
1999 Vitters Cruising Ketch

CARMELLA is a yacht built to go places - in absolute comfort, style and with a good turn of speed. She was engineered to live away from the docks with no generator running all systems except air conditioning run from the DC batteries so shes a silent ship.  For high latitude cruising, the pilothouse controls and heating systems are well-conceived.  In the tropics, with an abundance of opening hatches, hull ports and skylight, the natural ventilation is excellent and backed up by powerful air conditioning.   She is simple to handle under sail, with a seakindly motion and great performance.  She is a proper yacht in all respects.

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