McNaughton 57 Custom Deck Saloon for sale

Saltvik, Aland Islands, Sweden, Scandinavia

Listed price €150,000 EUR

Tax Paid / Included

McNaughton 57 Custom Deck Saloon - 2010 McNaughton 57 Custom Deck Saloon 'BIRD OF PASSAGE' for sale
General information
McNaughton 57 Custom Deck Saloon
Used sail boat for sale
£126,500 GBP | Listed price €150,000 EUR
Price comment
Wood epoxy, twin screw pilothouse cruiser
Tax / VAT status
Paid / Included
Name of boat
Bird of Passage
Tom McNaughton
Length overall
17.37 metres
Length waterline
14.00 metres
4.30 metres
1.85 metres
22,000 kg
Wood epoxy / GRP
Long Keel
Saltvik, Aland Islands, Sweden, Scandinavia

About this McNaughton 57 Custom Deck Saloon


Wood epoxy, twin screw, bluewater cruising yacht with fantastic provenance and very cleverly configured for effortless all-weathers long-distance liveaboard cruising.


Lovingly constructed by her owner using locally sourced Swedish pine, sheathed in high-tech epoxy resins and glassfibre, BIRD OF PASSAGE is an enormously capable and well-proven world-cruiser that is the culmination of a 10yr project by her owner and the Maine-based naval architect Tom McNaughton.

Conceived specifically to create a safe, predictable and easily-handled long-distance sailing, BIRD OF PASSAGE is configured with a full length encapsulated keel, large and fully protected rudder, twin Volvo diesel engines (no need for a bowthruster) complete with independent fuel tanks, pilot house with internal steering and throttle controls, non-slip decks (no external teak) and simple sloop rig, easily controlled from the cockpit. Having now completed a leisurely 9-year circumnavigation, BIRD OF PASSAGE has returned home to Aland Islands and awaits her next adventure.


In 1999 I commissioned the services of renowned Maine USA based Naval Architect Tom McNaughton, for a custom design of a yacht suited for sailing around the world. Having cruised extensively around the world in my previous two yachts, covering tens of thousands of sea miles, it was time to put all of this knowledge and experience into my ‘ultimate’ long-distance cruiser. Tom rose to the challenge and came up with a striking 17-metre deck-saloon sloop design to be built in sheathed strip plank. Her design was configured using the very latest technology in computer aided modelling to be sure that all our parameters would be met.

The year after I started construction of the boat in my new boathouse in Nora, Sweden and we named her BIRD OF PASSAGE. Hand crafted by me over the following 9 years, she was finally ready for launch in 2009. Having fully tested all of her systems, she was rigged in 2010 and we set out to enjoy our first season of sailing in the Baltic later than year.

In 2011 I left the Baltic and sailed south. My wife and I have since spent 9 fantastic years circumnavigating the globe, finally returning to our home in the Aland Islands in the Baltic summer 2020. Each year, she has been decommissioned for 4-6 months (so we could return home), so her total sailing time has been closer to just 5 seasons.

Originally designed to feature a hydraulically-actuated retractable keel, giving 1.5-3m draft options, this was quickly removed and replaced with a fixed 1.85m draft keel in 2013 in the quest for absolute reliability. In 2014, I modified the Selden boom to become a Park Avenue style boom which allows much easier sail handling when sailing short-handed. Aside from this, there has been little reason to change anything else as every aspect of her design and build was extensively researched before the first spruce tree was cut.

We have greatly enjoyed our years with BIRD OF PASSAGE and have written about our travels (and indeed the design and build process) extensively in our online blog. With over 30,000Nm covered aboard her, we will be sad to see her go, but also joyful that she will pass to a new custodian who will surely continue to use her for safe and comfortable world cruising as we have done.



RCD Status:

• It is our understanding that the vessel is example from the requirements of Directive 94/25EC (Recreational Craft Directive) as she is of full home construction and has been in use by her owner for more than five years.

Hull, Deck & Superstructure Construction:

• Locally-grown Swedish spruce wood construction with solid ribs, overlaid with Spruce planking glued with epoxy resins

• Spruce was chosen as it is relatively low in natural resin (making it easier to use with epoxy resins) and also highly insulative and naturally buoyant

• Spruce planking sheathed in glassfibre and epoxy internally and 4 layers (3x290g and 1x162g) externally

• Hull topsides and superstructure painted white

• Grey non-slip painted deck surfaces

• Hull and deck further insulated with closed-cell foam

• Deck saloon windows with stainless steel frames and double-glazing for strength and insulation

• Lewmar Ocean deckhead hatches

Keel & Rudder:

• Encapsulated full length keel with lead ballast

• Large 1.2m x 1.2m rudder blade with stainless steel frame, wood filled (not foam), sheathed with glassfibre and epoxy

• Stainless steel rudder stock supported by radial bearings

• Stainless steel endplate at rudder base for grounding resistance


Engine & gearbox:

• 2x Volvo Penta D2-40 3-cylinder 40hp diesel engines

• Reduction gearboxes with shaft drives

• Aquadrive CV-shafts

• Morse gear/throttle controls with interior and exterior positions

• Fresh water cooling via raw water intake and heat exchanger.

• Engines configured to run independently from each other with separate start batteries, separate fuel tanks and separate morse controls

• Work bench and full standing headroom in machinery space

Maintenance & Performance:

• Engine hours: approx. 2700 & 1700 hours as of Autumn 2020

• Last date of engine service: March 2020

• Cruising speed under engine – approx. 5-7 knots at 2,000-2,800rpm

• Maximum speed under engine – approx. 8 knots @ 3,000rpm

Propulsion & Steering:

• 30mm stainless steel propeller shafts

• Volvo 3-bladed folding propellers

• BCS hydraulic steering system with interior and exterior helms

• Hydraulic steering


Voltage systems:

• 12vDC domestic system with 220vAC via shorepower or inverter

Battery Banks:

• 1x 12vDC engine start batteries

• 1x 12vDC anchor windlass battery

• 2x 200Ah 12vDC AGM service batteries - 2019

Charging / Inverter:

• Victron Phoenix Multiplus 2000 80Amp automatic battery charger with 2,000w inverter


• 2x 115Amp engine-mounted alternators

Shore Power:

• 220vAC shore power connection


• Solar panel array with 550w output

• Steca PR3030 30Amp Charge regulator

Other Electrical:

• 220vAC shore power

• Victron isolation transformer

• 220vAC sockets throughout interior


Fresh Water:

• Water is pressurised by 12v high-pressure pump system

• Calorifier driven by engine or via 220v immersion heater element in 120 litre well-insulated

hot water tank

• Water can also be heated by Eberspacher 5 Kw diesel heating system

• Hot & cold water supplied to all heads, galley and stern platform.

Bilge Pumps:

• 3x Jabsco 12vDC electric automatic bilge pumps

• 2x Jabsco 12vDC pumps for grey water



• 600 litres fuel tank capacity in 2x Vetus plastic tanks serving each engine

Fresh Water:

• 800 litres fresh water capacity in 2x 400 litre Vetus plastic and stainless tanks

• Tanks are fitted with level gauges

Holding Tanks:

• 200 litres Vetus plastic black water holding tank


• Simrad NSS7 7” colour LCD GPS chart plotter in deck saloon

• Simrad AP28 autopilot in cockpit with AC42 computer

• Simrad Fishfinder

• Simrad wind, speed, depth, log and temp transducers connected to displays via NMEA 2000 network

• IPAD with Navionics charts covering most of the world

• Lenco LCD monitor for connection to laptop PC (not included)

• Interface for connection to laptop

• NEXUS 2600 Navtex reciever.

• AIS True Heading with WiFi

Communication Equipment:

• Nexus 2500 VHF with DSC connected to Simrad network

• Icom706 MKII SSB with automatic antenna tuner

• External GSM antenna for Internet dongle and WiFi router



• Techimpex 3-burner gimballed gas stove with oven

• Electrolux 220vAC microwave oven

• 120 litre Waeco front-opening 12vDC refrigerator

• Electrolux dishwasher

• Twin sinks with hot & cold mixer tap

• Salt water supply to galley with foot pump


• 2x Aqua T Premium electric marine heads discharging to holding tank or to sea via diverter valve

• 2x Sinks with hot & cold water supply and shower heads

Heating & Ventilation:

• Central heating powered by engine or shore line electricity or 5kW Eberspacher diesel heater

• Heat radiators in all spaces


• All cabins have 12V DC and 230V AC outlets and 12V LED lights.


• Speakers in saloon


Summary of Accommodation:

• Forward cabin and centre cabin each with bunk beds for two

• Toilet and shower in front part of the boat

• Aft cabin with double bed and separate toilet and shower

• Deck saloon can sleep two when needed

Accommodation Finish:

• Interior joinery in wood, painted white with contrasting clear-varnished spruce

• Vinyl headlinings fastened with stainless steel screws and washers

• Labradorite stone counter in galley with stainless steel sink

• Sandstone tiling as splashback in galley



• Selden anodised aluminium 22 metre mast, keel-stepped, masthead rigged with two sets of spreaders

• LED downlights on mast

• Selden aluminium boom modified to Park Avenue style and painted white

• Selden single-line reefing system with 2x reefs

• Gybe preventer lines fitted on boom

• Selden rod vang

• Single fixed insulated backstay

• Stainless steel wire standing rigging - 2010

• Furlex 400s genoa furler

• Genoa sheet tracks on forward coachroof

• Mainsheet track mounted to coachroof

• Lazyjacks for mainsail

• Control lines led aft to companionway winches

• Selden 6.4m whisker/spinnaker pole stowed on fore deck


• 4x Andersen stainless steel 2-speed self-tailing manual winches mounted at companionway allowing all sail control from within the cockpit (tear & hoist)


• Bainbridge Dacron 75sqm fully-battened mainsail

• Bainbridge Dacron 65sqm furling genoa with blue UV strip


• Open stainless steel pulpit

• Twin stainless steel pulpits

• Salt water washdown

• Fresh water supply to deck

• LED navigation lights

• Stainless steel antenna mast at stern

• Stainless steel twin guardwires with stanchions

• Stainless steel handrails on coachroof top

• Stainless steel and folding bathing platform ladder

Anchoring & Mooring:

• Lofrans Tigres 12vDC electric anchor windlass 1500 Wa

• 27kgs CQR anchor with 50m 10mm chain and 50 metres of 18mm warp

• 22kgs CQR kedge anchor in aft anchorbox

• Fenders

Covers, Cushions & Canvas:

• Blue canvas mainsail cover

• Blue canvas bimini with stainless steel frame

• Blue canvas outside window covers

Tender & Outboard:

• Pioneer Steady 260 inflatable tender

• 2 hp Yamaha & 15 hp Johnson


General note on safety equipment: Any safety equipment such as liferafts, Epirbs, fire extinguishers and flares etc. are usually personal to the current owner(s) and if being left on-board as part of the sale of a used vessel may require routine servicing, replacement, or changing to meet a new owners specific needs.

• Horseshoe buoy

• Fire extinguishers


Lying in Saltvik, Aland Islands

Available to view strictly by appointment

Office Hours Mon- Fri 0900 – 17.00

Saturday by prior appointment

For more information or to arrange a viewing please contact us.

Please Note: Due to the varying locations of our yachts, your travel time and the distances that may be involved, we recommend that you only make arrangements to view if you are actively considering purchase.

Lead broker: Matias Renlund – Grabau international (Scandinavia)

Tel: +358406861501


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2x Volvo Penta D2-40
Engine hours
Fuel capacity
600 litres
Number of cabins
Number of berths
Drinking water capacity
800 litres

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