Full Specification

Length overall:    21.90m / 72’
Beam:    5.00 m / 16’5”
Draft:    2.90m /  8’
Gross tonnage:    38 tons

Hull:    Aluminium
Keel:    Scheel keel, skeg rudder
Superstructure:    Aluminium
Decks:    Teak overlay
Naval Architect    Henry Scheel
External Designer    Henry Scheel
Internal Designer    Pieter Beeldsnijder

Maximum speed:    9 – 11 knots under sails
Cruising speed:    8 knots under power
Consumption (approx):    11 lph @ 7 knots approx.
Range:    850 nm @ 7 knots

Rig measurements:    Bridge clearance:  27.1m / 89 ft
Masts:    Ketch rig, Aluminium masts
Rondal in-mast furling main and mizzen,
Hydraulic system
1 x 19 stainless steel 316 wire standing rigging to turn-buckle tensioners.
Navtec-40 backstay and headstay
Navtec-30 staysail stay
Twin mast mounted running poles
Headsail furler:    Rondal Hydraulic
Rigging hydraulics:    Navtec backstay adjuster
Navtec boomvang
Bowsprit:    Navtec-60 bobstay
Spreaders:    Rondal
Boom/s:    Rondal
Reefing system:    Yes

Sails by:    Various manufacturers
Mainsail:    Halsay Litgard (NZ) 86m2 /  926 ft2
Mizzen:    North 31m2 /   333 ft2
Genoa:    North 133m2 / 1,432 ft2
Staysail:    North 36m2 /  388 ft2
Asymmetrical Spinnaker:    German manufacturer 266m2 / 2,863 ft2
Mizzen Staysail:    German manufacturer 80m2 /  861 ft2
Winches:    2 x Lewmar 65 ST hydraulic primaries
1 x main sheet MSM Powerwinch Rewind, 24V
2 x Lewmar 65 ST2S secondaries
1 x Lewmar 46 ST2S
8 x Lewmar 55 ST2S
4 x Lewmar 40 ST2S

Type:    Scheel / led keel

Engine:    Perkins 135hp / 99kW diesel engine
Engine hours:    5,380 hrs / Sept. 2016
Generator:    Fischer Panda 10 kW
Generator hours:    1,320 hrs / Sept. 2016

Steering:    Cable steering with quadrant
Propeller:    3-blade, variable pitch
Propeller shaft:    Hundestadt VP3 FR Mk II
Gearbox:    Perkings

Bow thruster:    Max Power retractable R315 25hp
(completely rebuilt in August 2016)
Water maker:    HSM 120l p/h
Fuel separator:    Racor
Air-conditioning:    No
Toilet system:    Jabsco manual and 1 electric toilet in dayhead
Boilers:    1 x water boiler with 100l

TANKAGE (approximate)
Fuel:    2 x 650 l tanks
Fuel Daytank:    1 x 110 l tank
Fresh water:    1,120 l in two tanks
Grey water:    2 x 350 l tanks
Black water:    1 x 50 l tank

Voltage:    24 and 220 volt systems
Frequency:    50 Hz
Shore power:    Victron Syklla TG 24/80
Inverter:    Mastervolt Mass Sine 5000 / 24 volt,W
Batteries:    Domestic: 885 ah, 24 volt AGM (Gel)
Starting: 2 x 12 volt lead (Acid)
Hydraulic Powerpack:    Reckmann, needed for the furlers such as
(Genoa, Staysail, main and mizzen) and for
the 2 primary winches

Magnetic compass:    Danforth
Electronic compass:    B&G Halcyon 200
Depth sounder:    B&G Hydra 3000
Autopilot:    Simrad AC 42 w/Octopus CRB ram
Radars:    Furuno - Navnet
Electronic chart system:    Furuno - Navnet
GPS:    Garmin
Instrumentation system
(wind speed & direction):    B&G Hydra 3000

Satcom:    Thrane & Thrane Sailor Fleet 250 broadband
VHF:    1 VHF in cockpit from Icom
VHF hand held radio:    2 handheld from Icom
Printer / fax:    HP

TV/ DVD:    Very basic system (small TV and DVD player)
Satellite:    no
Music system:    yes

Refrigerator / Freezer:    3 x units
Oven:    Yes
Stove:    Yes
Washing / Dryer :     Miele

ACCOMMODATION     6-7 guests in 3 staterooms and 1 crew in 1 pilot berth

Interior Living Areas

NAV-STATION and PILOTHOUSE are connected to the cockpit via a wide companionway; two oversize opening ports connect the two areas. The pilothouse has a large settee stbd (which extends beneath the cockpit and creates an excellent sea berth), a large nav/desk and primary electrical panel forward.

The full width MAIN SALOON is one step down from the Galley and features a large U-shaped dining area. Aft to port an office area, to stbd a curtained pilot berth. The area is open and light, and has a butterfly skylight above.

GALLEY with Techimo gimbaled propane 3 burner stove and oven, deep ss sinks, refrigeration with dual 1.5 HP / 1.1 kW compressors, Carel controller and holdover plates for refrigerator and freezer.

Two STATEROOMS port and stbd are in the short passageway. Each have double berths, stowage and opening skylights. To port the large head with separate shower, all facilities, basin, vanity and an electric toilet.

The OWNER’S STATEROOM is forward and features a large double berth to stbd, and a single berth port. It has ample stowage in lockers and cabinets. Forward is the adjoining head and shower.

In the FO’C’SLE sail and stowage, washer/dryer and work area.


THULA’s cockpit is fully aft and well protected by a full width dodger. The wheel and controls are slightly raised with a full-width helm seat behind. There is a large L shaped seat stbd, and a comfortable seat to port with easy access to all winch and sail handling controls. On the centreline, a large drop leaf varnished teak table allows comfortable dining for six.
The raised coach-roof with four opening cabin skylights houses the full-width main sheet traveller, along with the custom Aquapro 11.5 ft inflatable/aluminium tender and
two liferafts, all covered with tan Sunbrella fabric.

Further forward, the Main Saloon’s butterfly skylight and deck mounted halyard winches and fairleads. Forward of the mast, the Owner’s Stateroom’s butterfly skylight. The foredeck is uncluttered, has good access to the electric windlass and anchor handling gear, both hydraulically furled headsails and the bowsprit.


Anchors & chain:    CQR 105 lbs, 90 metres 3/8” chain
Danforth with 80 metres 24mm yacht braided rope
Anchor Windlass:    Lofrans Albatross Vertical Capstan
Passarelle:    1 x manual folding carbon passarelle
1 x
Boarding ladder:    Stainless/teak Side boarding ladder
(for bathing and dinghy docking)
Bimini top:    3 x awnings
Deck cushions:    Complete cockpit
Docking:    Comprehensive fenders/lines/fender board
Canvas:    Dodger
Tender and outboard engine covers
Liferaft covers
Cockpit awning


Tender:    3.5m / 11.5ft Aquapro Custom RIB
(aluminium, 2000)
Yamaha 25hp/18kW engine
lifting canvas cover, lift and stern mount
Toys:    Fishing gear
Dive equipment:    No


EPIRB:    Yes
Life rafts:    1 x Zodiac Open Sea, 8-person, manufactured 10/14
1 x RDF Seasave Plus, 8-person, manufactured 9/00
Life jackets:    8 x adults
Fire–fighting equipment:    FM 200 flooding system for engine space and lazarette
Manual extinguishers per regulations
Bilge & fire pumps:    Yes
Searchlight:    Yes
Ships safes:    1 x under the master bunk
Other:    MEDAIR, maritime offshore med kit


THULA was launched 1985.  She had been built at Royal Huisman Shipyard as HETAIROS for an extremely experienced owner who assigned the exterior designs to Henry Scheel (1911-1993) and the interior to Pieter Beeldsnijder (1938- 2016), both prominent architects of the yachting industry.

Today, more than 30 years on, THULA, has matured into one of the world’s great classic sailing yachts.  In her swirling wake, she might have left many tens of thousands miles behind her, but every mile added to her reliability.

Her current owner seeks a caring successor for this superb yacht, which is one of the sailing world’s great masterpieces. THULA is in an excellent condition and ready-to-go.

THULA, once SASSAFRAS and originally HETAIROS, has given its three owners, their families and friends wonderful experiences with oceans of joy and pleasure.  

Her first owner cruised her in North Europe, the Med, the Caribbean (1985-1993) and down the eastern South American Coast, into the River Amazon, as far as navigational.

Her second owners, residents of New Zealand, sailed her as SASSAFRAS in Australian waters, and through the islands of the Pacific Ocean (1994-2005).

Her third and current owner brought the yacht back to Europe to cruise in the Baltic, North Sea, Med, Caribbean and as well in the eastern part of USA.


HENRY SCHEEL gave this yacht its timeless lines with a wonderful sheer.
In the late 1960s he turned his inspirational talents to yachts, designed water-craft for Disney World, and in 1971 set up his own design office, Scheel Yachts Inc.  In this period he patented a keel featuring a shallow draft without a centreboard.  It had the lowest possible ballast positioning providing maximum stability under large sail areas, which result in high boat speeds.  Over 2,500 boats, including THULA / HETAIROS have been fitted with this innovative, draft and drag reducing keel.  Furthermore, Henry Scheel has another 250 boat designs to his credit.  

PIETER BEELDSNIJDER was the perfectionist interior designer operating out of Edam, a picturesque village in The Netherlands. He is known in the superyacht world primarily for his breathtaking, wood-lavished interiors. He eschewed clutter and strove to create “unfussy” interiors. Whether a sailing or motor yacht, all his interiors had a common denominator: classic, simple elegance.

Pieter Beeldsnijder gladly cooperated with prominent Dutch yacht builders, and created more than 20 designs for Royal Huisman Shipyard. THULA’s interior pedigree fits well with those of JULIET, HANUMAN, ETHEREAL, ATHENA, HYPERION, GLISS etc., many of which are International Superyacht Society design awardees. In the course of his 55-year career, Pieter Beeldsnijder worked on more than 2,500 vessels.

THE ROYAL HUISMAN SHIPYARD is a fifth generation company founded in 1884. In the mid-60s, as the fiberglass boat industry took off with mass production, Wolter Huisman, the fourth heir, decided to build bespoke yachts in aluminium, in Vollenhove in the heart of Holland.

Since then, a Huisman yacht has become the synonym for finest custom engineering and craftsmanship.  The line of exceptional names is long and includes the Whitbread Round the World Race record breakers FLYER I and II, JULIET, a 143 foot benchmark setting yacht, ENDEAVOUR, a stunning J-Class yacht – and the first “new build” of this type.  The mid-eighties saw the launchings of Henry Scheel’s HETAIROS and FOFTEIN, and the in the early nineties ATHENA and BORKUM RIFF, schooners of 90 and 50 meters, set their sails.

In 1975 Rondal was founded as a separate company inventing and manufacturing the special deck hardware, masts and spars needed on super-sized sailing yachts, as for example on HETAIROS / THULA.  On the yard’s centenary anniversary in 1984, the yard was bestowed the prefix “Royal”, in recognition of 100 years of quality and excellence.  A culture of perfectionism applies to the yard’s leading-edge technologies
as it does to traditional craft skills.  And THULA is a prime example of this unswerving philosophy.


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.