Our Sailing Boat: Ikoko

We found IKOKO in a small marina in the south of the Netherlands, virtually just across from the UK and not far away from London. The worst thing happenend: We fell in love at first sight. I didn't get any better when we stepped aboard and felt the pure strength of her.

Ikoko 2013 - Leaving The Netherlands
Ikoko 2013 - Leaving The Netherlands
This was pic was taken in 2013 when we brought Ikoko back in the water. Shortly after we sailed South
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After years of researching and looking at boats we finally found her. The interior was immaculate and actually brand new. Her previous owner never sailed her and the one who built her (a boat builder), built her as his own private sailboat to do extended cruising. He never did as he died before he could launch her. At one point – a couple of years back – IKOKO sailed to Portugal and back to Germany. That's it… ever since she was in the water for the season and back on land for the other part of the year.

She is a 44ft Koopmans design. Dick Koopmans is a well-reputated dutch designer and sailor. Originally this particular hull was designed to be a center cockpit and was slightly adjusted to be an aft-cockpit by Koopmans and the original builder.

If you go below deck you have the u-shaped settee on port (left) and the galley and chart table on starboard (right). This is the section just below the raised part of the deck and forms a living space of just around 2.50 x 3 meters. Looking aft you have two open double pilot berths. A door and one step down leads to the guest or lounge area. Again 2.50 meters in length. To port is a huge open double berth, which is perfect for reading, naps and/or guests. Opposite is the "bathroom", which is huge for a boat this size. This area is just behind the two center portholes, which you see on the picture below.

Another door leads to our private stater-room (two port-holes on the bows). Almost 4 meters in length with a huge square king-size bed and lots of storage and room to move around. The big hatch lets lots of light in there and it is just amazing how we sleep there – like babies this is.


Design: Koopmans 44 ft Aft cockpit (one-off)
Material: Steel
Year: 2003
LOA: 13.80 m (44 ft)
Beam: 3.90 (12.8 ft)
Draft: 1.80 (5.9 ft)
Mercedes Diesel with 88 hp
Diesel: 700 l (185 Gallons)
Water: 700 l (185 Gallons)
Two double cabins
One pilot berth
One "Bathroom"
Cutter Rig
Bow Thruster
12V/24V System
Charger + B2B Charger (for 24 V System) We are charging mostly through our Solar Panels and generally don't go below 70% of the battery capcity. We could charge with our Generator, 230/110 from land or through two alternators (12 and 24 Volts) at the engine as well.


all systems are not connected (we like it this way). Here is what we have:

Plotter with AIS (Transceiver) at the chart table – C-Map
Simrad Plotter at the helm with a Simrad 'glass bridge' multi display
Simrad Depth/Speed and forward-looking sonar (we love the sonar)
Furuno GPS at the chart table – old fashioned but really, really good
Simrad Hydraulic Autopilot with remote on chart table
Tablet with Navionics (+ 2 smartphones with Navionics)
Garmin handheld GPS
Plenty of paper charts and all that you need to navigate without the above technical stuff)

2 Solar Panels, each with 135 W

Wifi Booster from "TheWirie" – It never worked really 🙁 and we never missed it. Cell Phone works great almost everywhere we go (which is not offshore at the moment)
HF Receiver -> Never used it. 
Two Dinghy's (a small one as a spare and a new one a company custom-made for us which is 3 meters and dog friendly)
1 x 10 hp 2-stroke Mercury (old but gold)
1 x 3.5 hp 4-stroke Mercury
Kayak and SUP -> new for 2017, which we want to use for the several runs to the beach with Teddy when at anchor. And for fun of course


Liferaft, 2 x Epirb, Handheld VHF (2x), stationary Radio (VHF), AIS personal beacons, all the stuff that you are required to carry on a boat (MCA)


Main with 40 sqm and two reef points whereas the second one is a bit lower, so it would count as a third reef really
Cutter staysail on a furler with 28 sqm (our main work horse)
Genoa with 65 sqm on a furler
2 Spi Poles
Loads of different lines

Electric anchor winch with remote in the cockpit. 10 mm 80 + 30 meters of chain. Delta Fast Set anchor and Mantus.


We used to have a vacuum flush electric toilet with holding tank and we loved it. But it was a complicated set-up with 3 pumps involved and a holding tank which is never really smell-free. We now have a composting toilet from Natures Head and loads of space because we don't need a holding tank anymore nor do we need any pumps :-))))). 

We have tons of other technical stuff on the boat as well as tools and a generator (2 kw), spare parts, and stuff I can't think about right now. If you have any questions regarding such things, please contact us.