Cruising in absolute style.

1990 Tayana 57 ‘Issara’


The Tayana 55 is one of the world’s really successful cruising yachts, combining comfort, performance and ease of handing which when offered on the second hand market, commands immediate attention.

With great reluctance the owner has decided to move on for family reasons.  The original owner had the boat for almost 20 and kept detailed records of any changes made since new. There are also photos from the build process and other paperwork including a magazine article from when she was commissioned.

Issara has a full height pilot house carefully profiled to the deck layout. All sail and winch controls are easily at hand. This offers great weather protection and effectively another living space.  The cockpit is big and sits 8 easily. A fold down table makes this ideal as another place to enjoy lunch or dinner.

A walk in engine room on a yacht this size is unusual but this is an engineer’s dream come true. There is full head room and a wide work bench with easy access to change oil on the main engine and generator and in fact for all maintenance tasks. 


Issara comes with a full complement of tools and spares. There is plenty of space for a washer/dryer unit.

 The aft cabin is spacious and with large amounts of storage. The drawers are twice as long as wide and complemented by 2 full length hanging wardrobes. A large mirror gives the feeling of a cabin twice as large again.  There is a couch on one side and desk with folding chair on the other.

 A standard Tayana 55 has four tanks, 2 for diesel and 2 for water. Issara was built with all 4 tanks to carry diesel, there by bringing the total capacity to 400 gallons or 1500 litres. Extra stainless steel water tanks are installed under the aft berth.

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Designer: Peter Beeldsnijder
Flag: New Zealand
Tax: G.S.T. paid in NZ
Gross:  29.55
Rego No: NZ 2090
Sail No: 9164
Yacht Type: Cutter
Hull Material: GRP
Anti-foul: Copper Coat
Length: 16.76m or 55 ft
Beam: 4.9m or 16ft
Draft: 2.01m or 6.6ft

  • Main Engine: Perkins 6 cylinder model 6-3544M
  • Horsepower:  130hp
  • Propeller: Max Prop 24” 3 blade
  • Fuel Filters:  Dual change over racors

Batteries / Power generation

  • Generator: Northern Lights 7kW with sound shield
  • Inverter: Mastervolt (2500watt)
  • Charger: Mastervolt Mass Sine (24v)
  • 12v Battery Charger: Mastvolt MAC 24/12-20 dc to dc converter(12v)
  • Engine Charging: Balmar 70A with ext smart regulator (24v)
  • Batteries: Housebank: 450 amp hours @ 24volts
  • Engine Start: 200 amp hr @ 24volts
  • Generator: 120amp hr @ 12 volts
  • Battery Monitor: BEP 600-DCSM

Electronics & Navigation Communcations:

  • Satellite Comms: ABB – Inmarsat Type M
  • HF Radio: Kenwood 45TS inc. copper grounding plate
  • HF Aerial: On insulated backstay
  • VHF: ICOM 120M
  • VHF Handheld Cobra marine MR HH350
  • Radar: Ratheon R40X
  • T.V.: TEAC Flat screen
  • Follow me TV satellite dish
  • Sonar: Echo Pilot Forward looking sonar
  • Weather Fax: Furuno 208/A/N
  • GPS: Magnavox M100
  • 1x Navman for Maxsea system
  • Wind & Depth: RayMarine with repeater in aft cabin and in nav station
  • Auto-Pilot: Autohelm ST 7000
  • Drive unit: CR 2 continuous hydraulic unit
  • Chart Plotter: Raymarine
  • Electronic Charts:  Comprehensive selection of C maps
  • Computer Nav:  Maxsea version 7+ 10
  • Laptop PC: Toshiba


  • Refrigeration: Grunert Fridge and Freezer dual circuits (240v and engine driven compressor)Cooking: Force 10 with 4 hobs & broiler
  • Microwave: Samsung
  • Watermaker: Resolution 5501 100 litres per hour


  • Shower Fittings: Dual shower heads in both showers (hi and low pressure options)
  • External Shower: Near Swim platform (hot & cold)
  • Water Heater: Raritan 10 gallon (40liters) tank connected to main engine or 240V immersion element
  • Toilets: 2x jabsco electric
  • Holding Tank: 30 gallons (115litres) with macerator pump


  • Air Conditioning: 3x lunaire marine


  • Mast: Mamar in mast furling  – white
  • Mast Length: 23.74m or 78ft
  • Mast Granny Bars:  yes

Standing Rigging: Wire 1×19 s/s

Backstay: Twin Hydraulic Navtec V System


  • Main: electric furling Dacron
  •  Jib(Genoa): furling Dacron
  • Staysail: furling dacron
  • MPS: 1.5o Neil Pryde
  • Storm: Main and Jib

Furling Systems:

  • Jib: Furlex Electric (24v) with manual capability
  •  Staysail: Manual


  • Genoa Winches: Lewmar ST66 electric
  • Other Winches:  Lewmar  (mix of sizes)

Additional Items included

Safety Equipment
  • EPIRB: GME Accusat MT406G-h503E
  • Liferaft: Zodiac open sea 6 person
Owners History

A brief history from the owner.

We decided to go sailing in the South Pacific islands in about 2010. Started to look for a suitable boat for our young family (2 yo daughter then).

Found this boat in Australia in 2012 and sailed her across the Tasman.

Previous owner just finished his 3 year sailing from Canada.

We left for Dubai in 2013 for 2 years and left the boat in a Marina.* [See below]

We came back in 2015 and started to prepare the boat to leave for our trip to the islands. Despite many preparations other commitments meant we instead explored the New Zealand coastline.

I then started to work again and we have been living as a family on board ever since. The regular maintenance is being completed and the boat presents in good condition.

*In 2014 while in the marina, the yacht suffered water flooding to below the floorboards from a loose hose plug. Insurance paid for a full inside engine room refit including a new second hand engine, electrical looms and main switch boards all replaced. In the seven years the owners have owned the boat since then there has been no electrical or mechanical issues or malfunctions from the event and the yacht has benefited from the full upgrade.

Hull and Decks:

  • Hull requires fresh antifoul – athough regularly cleaned.
  • Decks penetration protection, resealed and prepainted in 2018
Ground Tackle

Ground Tackle:

  • Anchors: Rocna, Delta    
  • Chain: ½” galvanized chain (80m+ Rope; 80m)
*Important Information

Please Note:

*The information and specifications supplied here are believed to be correct to the best of our knowledge as provided by the current owner. Potential buyers are responsible for confirming the accuracy of this information. They should inspect the boat and have a professional survey completed.

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