“Islay” is an elegant, high quality performance cruiser designed by Judel/Vroljik and built in Henan, Sweden on the Island of Orust. This island is the epicenter of Scandinavian boatbuilding where generations of skilled craftsmen ply their trades at such yards as Hallberg-Rassy, Malo, and Sweden Yachts. Her design and styling are contemporary while retaining the traditional construction techniques and materials which make these yachts so respected and capable. “Islay” is hull No.15 of the Najad 355 series and was shipped to Seattle where she has been day sailed and seasonally cruised on the Salish Sea.
With only 450 hours on her engine, “Islay” has had very light use and shows extremely well. She was hauled in September of 2017 at CSR Marine where the bottom was painted, saildrive serviced, and hull sides buffed and waxed.
This mid-thirty foot size is just right for how most sailors use their boats in the Pacific Northwest; small enough to singlehanded daysails yet large enough to spend a few weeks aboard each summer cruising to Desolation Sound or other cruising grounds with two couples.
Staying warm and dry enables year-round sailing and cruising. “Islay’s” cockpit is extremely well-protected with windshield, dodger, and bimini. The Espar forced air diesel heater and insulated hull keep her interior pleasant in the coldest weather.
The interior layout is very practical with a single head located near the companionway, a separate stall shower, and a nice sized galley. Two staterooms are separated for privacy with a central salon living space to gather.
“Islay” has a marvelous walk-through transom incorporating a wide swim platform with storage, swim ladder and easy step up to the cockpit level.
This design is very fun to sail. Her large diameter wheel, balanced rudder, and frictionless steering system provide fingertip control. The high aspect fin keel, fine bow, and powerful rig make combine for amazing upwind performance.
“Islay” has a white gel-coat hull with black bottom paint, double red boot stripes and signature Najad cove stripe. The bow has the slightest overhang to maximize waterline length. A protruding stainless steel double anchor roller is fitted with anchor locking pins and padeye for tacking the spinnaker. The stern has a reverse transom with swim step and wide upper step. With the helm seat removed one can walk-through the transom. The lower and upper steps are overlayed with teak and rubber. A fold-over telescoping swim ladder is mounted on centerline and deployable from the water for safety. Three hinged top lockers are beneath the top step: propane to port and overboard-draining storage bins on centerline and to starboard.
A 2” high raised bulwark is topped with a 3” wide varnished teak caprail. Below water deck drains located on each side’s low point prevent hull side streaking. A stainless-steel striker plate fastened to the caprail’s outboard edge is an effective rub rail to protect the hull sides. Double, uncoated wire lifelines surround the deck running between a European style bow pulpit and stern pushpits through bulwark-mounted 26” high stanchions. Midships gates are fitted for side boarding. Varnished teak seats are mounted over the stern quarters in the pushpits. A stern gate with snap hooks opens for stern boarding. The side and foredeck are overlayed with teak and rubber. The raised cabintop has molded non-skid. Varnished teak handrails run for 59” along each side of the cabintop.
High quality Danish built Moonlight extruded aluminum hatches and ports provide light and ventilation. Many of the ports open and all are fitted with interior curtains for privacy. Overhead hatches are fitted with insect screens and the forward stateroom hatch has an Ocean air skyscreen. Two Vetus cowl vents are fitted to the cabintop just forward of the windshield.
“Islay’s” “T-shaped” cockpit is large, comfortable, and well-protected. Teak and rubber overlay the cockpit seats and sole. Cockpit seats measure 5’ Long by 17” wide with 12” high, nicely angled backs. The coamings are wide with primary and secondary winches on top. Outboard of the helm, the coaming is narrowed and pushed outboard to accommodate the large diameter steering wheel. Hinged line tail storage bins are located below the seats outboard of the helm. The stainless-steel framed glass windshield with canvas dodger top, aft bimini, and connecter panel keep crew well protected from sun, rain, and spray. Outer chart tables on either side of the companionway measure 32” long x 17.5” wide and are trimmed with varnished teak fiddles. Flush fit opaque skylights convey light to the head and aft cabin.
Deck-accessible storage is quite exceptional for a boat of this size. All the way forward, a top-opening anchor locker drains overboard and has space for ground tackle and fenders. A massive, “climb into” cockpit locker is located beneath a hinged and guttered seat hatch to starboard. The hatch is held open by gas struts and a 12V dome light illuminates this locker at night. A canvas storage bag for the companionway hatch washboards, diesel heater, emergency tiller, 110V AC breaker panel, and battery charger are located in this locker. Additional top opening lockers into both stern quarters are located beneath the helm seats on each side.
“Islay” has been lightly used and very well-maintained. Mechanical systems are well-installed, easily accessed, and very clean. The Volvo engine is located in a well-insulated engine space located below the companionway and accessed by lifting the hinged companionway ladder. Gas struts hold the access open for quick fluid checks or maintenance. The engine and saildrive transmission are remarkably quiet and efficient. An electronic shifter/throttle, three blade Max-prop, and large, balanced spade rudder provide “sports-car” maneuvering under power. Batteries are AGM and housed on centerline, down low, beneath the cockpit/aft stateroom bunk. An Espar diesel heater quickly warms and dries the interior for year-round Pacific Northwest sailing. A Smartplug showerpower cord and smart battery charger safely keep batteries topped off when docked.
This Jodel-Vrojlik design is highly performant and fund to sail yet easily singlehanded. Sails are perfectly shaped, radial cut Spectra cloth from UK. All control lines are led aft to the cockpit and within reach of the helm. The rig is 9/10’s fractional which allows the adjustable backstay to control mast bend and mainsail shape. The double ended mainsheet is attached to the boom’s end for maximum control. A snap shackle allows quick relocation of the mainsheet to the side rail to clear the cockpit when not sailing. A Hoyt boom with stainless steel mounting plate was installed by the first owner for effortless tacking. The current owner, preferring more performance and an uncluttered foredeck, removed this boom and purchased a larger jib. Shroud chainplates are set well inboard for tight sheeting angles. With her fine bow, “Islay” goes up wind like a race boat.
The deck is kept very clean with jib/genoa lead car tracks set well inboard along the cabintop sides on fiberglass mesas raised above the teak deck. All lines from the mast to the cockpit are led aft through organizers, into stainless steel tubes under the windshield and cockpit coaming where they emerge at banks of rope clutches forward of the winches.
“Islay’s” interior spaces show the same level of quality and attention to detail as her exterior. The companionway is well-protected by the windshield and dodger. A varnished teak washboard with louvered top half, fits into teak slides atop a 6” high threshold. A varnished teak sliding hatch stows forward beneath a sprayhood. The companionway ladder has four curved, uncoated teak steps with rubber non-slip inlays. Leather-wrapped stainless handrails are fitted on either side of the companionway hatch.
Once below the quality of interior materials and finish is immediately apparent. Interior wood joinery is of satin-varnished African Mahogany. The cabintop overhead has panels with padded white vinyl and is removable for access to deck hardware. Padded white vinyl panels also cover hull sides in the salon and staterooms and the stainless-steel compression post forward of the table. Cabinet and locker doors positively close with pop-out pushbutton latches. Counters and shelves are fiddled with solid, curved wood. Overhead spot lighting is recessed and controlled by wall switches. Reading and task lights are fitted where needed. The cabin sole is varnished teak ply with black accent stripes. Interior metals are brushed chrome and stainless steel. Light blue upholstery is used in the salon. White curtains are rod-mounted on the cabinside ports for privacy. Headroom measures 6’ 3” on centerline and 6’ 2” in the galley and other outboard areas. Magnetic door keeps are powerful and self-aligning. All elements combine to produce an elegant, modern, and practical living space.
Starting forward is the forward cabin which is entered through a privacy door to starboard in the main bulkhead. The “V” berth measures 6’ 6” long by 6’ wide aft by 28” wide forward. A 6” thick, sprung mattress is split on center allowing access to the massive storage bins below the berth. The mattress sits atop uncoated marine plywood with ventilation holes drilled for ventilation and moisture control. A double-door storage locker is located up high along the forward bulkhead. Open shelves run along the hull sides below the deck edge. A tall locker with five shelves is aft to starboard. A 4’-2” tall by 2” wide hanging locker is aft to port. An overhead hatch is fitted with an Ocean Aire Skyscreen. Two reading lights, two overhead spot lights, and 110V outlet complete this cabin.
The salon is a bright and inviting place to relax or entertain. The upholstered settees measure 6’ 4” long by 18” wide. The seatback cushions hinge up and out of the way to make 34” wide aft by 24” wide forward sleeping berths. Leecloths are fitted for sleeping at sea. Stainless steel water and fuel tanks are below the settees on each side. A top-opening storage bin is below the centerline seat forward. On both sides, outboard of the settees under the deck edge are two angled/open bookshelves forward and hinged double door storage lockers aft. The centerline table is fixed in place. With the starboard side leaf hinged up and supported by knees, the table measures 36” long by 40” wide. A top-opening spirits locker is below the table base. A 66” long leather-covered grab rail is fitted on the overhead for passage between the companionway and forward stateroom. Overhead lights are dimmable. Reading lights are mounted on the main bulkhead along with a gimballed kerosene lantern.
The salon’s starboard settee also serves as an aft-facing seat for the navigation station. A 32” wide by 22” deep chart table is cantilevered out from the hull side and aft bulkhead. A hinged 4” deep drawer below the chart table stores nav tools and charts. The DC electrical switch/breaker panel is mounted aft in a cabinet with smoked acrylic hinged covers. The VHF, instrument multifunction display, 12V and 120V outlets, and heater control are outboard of the chart table, below an open bookshelf. A flex arm chart light directs light onto the chart table.
Immediately to starboard of the companionway is the head and shower. A locking privacy door is at a 45 degree angle to centerline. The head is finished with smooth white surfaces except for a grey-fleck Corian vanity counter and removable sole gratings. All surfaces are easily wiped down for ease of cleaning and maintenance. A Jabsco manual head is outboard. An angled vanity is forward and outboard and topped with a Corian counter and integral/underhung white Corian sink. A single lever Scandvik faucet serves this sink. A mirror is mounted on the forward bulkhead. Storage cabinets are outboard beneath the deck edge and below the sink. A clear acrylic panel and shower curtain divides the head and aft shower stall. A hanging locker outboard of the shower is an ideal wet gear locker and fitted with a heating system outlet to dry wet rain gear. A Scankvik automatic temperature control mixer valve, hose, nozzle and adjustable mounting bar allow crew of many sizes to comfortably stay clean. Two overhead lights, a skylight, opening port, and heater outlet complete this space.
An “L”-shaped galley is to port of the companionway. Beige-flecked Corian counters are surrounded by 1 ½” high grab rail/fiddles. Fiddle height is tripled forward as a backsplash/partition between the galley and salon. Double stainless-steel sinks, close to centerline for draining while healed, measure 12” x 12” x 6” deep and 9” x 12” x 6” deep. A tasteful Scandvik single lever faucet serves both sinks. A custom slotted/butcher block cutting board fits atop the inboard sink. Two hinged doors access storage below the sink. A trash can is attached to the port door. When additional working space is needed, a 14” x 16” counter hinges up on centerline. Outboard of the sink, a fridge/freezer box is below a hinged Corian countertop opening. This stainless steel lined box measures 13”deep x 20” wide x 12” tall and is fitted with sliding wire storage basket and automatic light. A gimballed stove/oven is outboard with pot/pan storage cabin beneath it. A bank of five drawers is aft of the oven. Two cabinets fitted with pegs/holes store dishes, cups, and consumables. A tall storage locker with smoked-acrylic sliders is fitted between the countertop and the upper cabinets, an ideal location for oil, and other cooking supplies. Overhead and task lights, and opening port, 110V outlet, and propane switch complete this impressive galley.
The aft stateroom is entered through a privacy door aft of the galley. Standup headroom for dressing is forward. A tall 24” long hanging locker is outboard. A 6’ 5” long by 68” wide forward by 60” wide aft bed has a 6” thick, divided and sprung mattress. A large storage bin and battery bank are located beneath the mattress. A four-foot long open book shelf is mounted along the hull side outboard of the berth. A 16” x 27” open bookshelf is forward on centerline above the saildrive. A reading light, three overhead spot lights, an opening port into the cockpit, an opening port into the cabinside, a skylight, curtains, and 110V outlet complete this cabin.
Welcome to the new aft cockpit Najad 355. Designed in cooperation between Najad / judel,vrolijk & co and Dick Young designs, the new 355 (10.9m LOA) is a superbly made, contemporary looking cruising yacht for the modern age. With her clean looking appearance and low side profile its clear to see the new 355 is the result of superb design, inside and out. Equally important is the fact that we have evolved our product further by offering the 355 as our first yacht constructed from vacuum-infused epoxy resin technology. Key benefits include a superior resin to fibre bond giving a significantly 'stiffer' hull with up to 30% higher tensile strength and greater resistance to micro-cracking and fatigue. Epoxy resin shrinks less as the hull cures, this allows for a more homogenous bond and a better transfer of load between the different components of the hull. The risk of osmosis occurring in later years can be reduced virtually to zero.
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.