Lionheart II is an aluminium Reinke 15m built in Germany in 1996. Erich her previous owner lived onboard for 8 years and so she is well set up for living and cruising. Erich sailed her from Europe across the Atlantic and under South America’s notorious Cape Horn. He then cruised across the Pacific to New Zealand and Australia, over the equator to Japan and back across the North Pacific to Alaska. Then through the Panama Canal and the Caribbean to Viginia, USA where we took over the sheets!
She is a bilge keep design which means instead of one single ‘fin keel’ beneath the hull, she has two keels (one of each side) making it possible to beach and ‘careen’ to clean her undersides as she will sit happily on the ground when the tide is out.
She has 2 furling head sails and a triple reef mainsail helping her along at a comfortable 6-7 knots. She also has a removable inner stay for running a storm jib when we are lazy and just want to get some sleep!
She has 2 helm stations, one wheel in the cockpit and another in the coachhouse. The galley is equipped with electric cooktop and oven and she has a 53 litre deep freeze and 130 litre fridge.
She is really lovely down below, 2 heads (toilets) and a hot water shower and 1200 litres of fresh water storage. In the engine room we have 2000 litres of diesel storage for extended cruising and 2 x 65 horse power Nanni Diesel engines, which we only use one at a time. We have a 12v water maker for drinking water, a generator and hot water system and a heater!
On deck we have 400 watts of solar power, a BBQ, 2 anchors at the bow and an emergency anchor at the stern with 100 meters of rope set up for quick deployment.
We have a 2.8m dinghy, a kayak and a paddle board for getting to shore.
Reinke’s are well know for being strong cruising monohulls and the use of aluminium in construction is a great combination of strength, durability and easy maintenance. We love her!