Ganymede | Northwind 56 2001

Isla Mujeres, Mexico

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Ron LePard

Ron, originally, from Michigan grew up sailing with his family in Southern California. He holds a 500-TON USCG license and has had his hands in many different aspects of the Yachting industry, from sail making and sail training to charter operations and shipyards. During his 25 years as a Yacht Captain Ron spent many years running yachts and chartering with his wife Monica thru out Europe, North America and the Caribbean. He has extensive technical knowledge of all types of yachts including their design and construction. Ron has completed many major refits and been involved in new build projects and recently some major superyacht design projects. Most recently Ron was the USA operations manager for an Australian shipyard before joining David Walters Yachts.


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Yacht Name: Ganymede
Builder: Northwind
Model: 56
Year: 2001
Location: Isla Mujeres, Mexico
Asking Price: $485,000
Hull Material: Fiberglass

Ganymede is a proven, solidly built vessel capable of sailing offshore. Equipped and ready to sail anywhere adventure calls. Ganymede, designed by Sparkman & Stephens is a high performance sailing yacht, built to high quality European standards. The beautiful sailing yacht incorporates a  large saloon, galley and dinette. Recently replaced sails, wind screen and many other items. The hull and deck is hand-laid, cored fiberglass implemented by a team of artisans who paid close attention to details. Ganymede is currently berthed in Isla Mujeres Mexico. Gateway to the Western Caribbean ready to sail into adventure. 


Length: 56
Beam: 16'
Water Tank Capacity: 280 Gallons
Fuel Tank Capacity: 216 Gallons
Engine Manufacturer: Yanmar
Power: 140 HP
Number of Engines: 1
Fuel Type: Diesel


  • Cherry wood interior
  • Berths for 6 in 2 double cabins and I single cabin/office
  • 2 heads with showers and Jabsco electric toilets
  • Both heads have separate washing areas with large mirrors and storage cupboards
  • 2 x Cruise Air heat/cooling units with ducting to all cabins
  • Two tone grey upholstery new 2007
  • Interior sun and mosquito skyscreens by Ocean air on all hatches
  • Floor level red night lighting throughout the boat
  • Full sized navigation table with large chart storage, seat and bookshelves
  • Pressurised hot and cold water system with electric pumps
  • Manual sea water pump for galley sink
  • 220v water heater
  • 24v alternator 
  • Spectra 24v Watermaker 60lrs/Hr
  • U shape galley with double sink and 2 large work areas
  • 3 burner stove with oven & grill. Electric ignition
  • Microwave oven
  • Top loading dishwasher
  • Refrigerator and large deep freeze
  • Standard domestic washer/dryer in navigation corridor connected to dual pressure water supply
  • Nakamichi CD and radio, auxiliary input for computer
  • 4 channel amplifiers with 4 loudspeakers in saloon
  • Two cockpit loudspeakers, one currently used for VHF
  • 40" Samsung Flat screen TV mounted on wall of main saloon. 



  • Plastimo compass 2002
  • Raytheon Loud hailer & auto fog horn, mast mounted horn
  • Raytheon ST60 depth sounder
  • Raytheon ST60 Wind speed/direction
  • Raytheon ST60 boat speed & SOG ? mast top sensor
  • Raytheon ST7000 Autopilot with hydraulic drive
  • Raytheon GPS mounted on Pedestal 2012
  • Raytheon RL72 scanner & RL display, includes navigation display data, in cockpit
  • Raytheon RC630 chart plotter with C-Map cartridges
  • All Raytheon systems bus linked
  • Nasa Communications SSB receiver
  • ICOM M501 VHF with DSC, Mast head radio antenna plus pushpit antenna for DSC
  • ICS LCD Navtex receiver with message memory and electronic position logging ICOM 


Engine & Propulsion

  • Yanmar  4LH 140 HP 4 Cylinder Turbo Diesel 2002
  • New Engine Mounts
  • New Cutlass Bearing
  • Fresh Water cooled with heat Exchanger
  • Fuel Consumption 6-7 liter/hour
  • 2.7:1 Gear ratio
  • Northern Lights 12-10 kw Generator
  • Vetus Hydraulic Bow Thruster
  • Rope Cutter
  • Max Prop Folding prop



  • 12v engine & generator
  • 24v service
  • Shore power cable & 220v outlets throughout the boat
  • 4 X *D Batteries for 24 Volt House service  2015
  • 180 AH 12v sealed battery for engine 2015
  • 140 AH 12v for generator 20015
  • 24v engine alternator
  • 12v engine alternator
  • 12v generator alternator
  • 24v Mastervolt charger/invertor 220v 3KVA New 2015
  • 12v Mastervolt dual charger
  • Northern Lights 12-10 kw generator 450 hours new 2003
  • Digital meters for DC voltage and current on all batteries and for shore/generator AV power


Sails & Rigging

  • Hall aluminium spars
  • Rolled stainless steel rigging, 3 spreaders, hydraulic back stay
  • Main 72m² UK SAILS 2015 In-mast furling with control lines brought back to the cockpit
  • Genoa 150% 100m² UK SAILS 2015
  • Stay sail 30m² Quantum 2002
  • Genoa and Stay sail with roller reefing and all lines brought back to the cockpit
  • Geneker 230m² Quantum 2002
  • 2 x Lewmar 77 electric winches for Genoa
  • 2 x Lewmar 54 electric winches for Main/Halliards
  • 2 x Lewmar 54 manual winches for Stay sail/genaker



Hull Stratified polyester, reinforced with GRP, applied in successive layers in a mould. Some areas of the hull are constructed using the sandwich technique a core of light expanded vinyl polychloride between layers of GRP Deck One piece construction with sandwich used on flat surfaces to give a lighter but highly resistant superstructure. Teak covered decks.
Hull and deck are assembled to give a perfect, strong and watertight bond. 



  • CQR main anchor with 300' new heavy duty chain
  • Danforth kedge with chain and heavy rope
  • Lewmar electric windlass in hatch on forward deck Remote control from cockpit
  • Salt water electric water pump for deck and anchor washing
  • Davits
  • Boom, deck and spreader lights\
  • Horn
  • Passerelle with lifting line to top of mast
  • Navigation lights
  • Spray hood and bimini with detachable side windows new 2015
  • Large two part sun awning form mast to aft of boat
  • Comfortable cockpit seat cushions New 2015
  • 2 large aft lockers under the swimming platform
  • 2 large deck lockers
  • Swimming ladder which folds away into aft locker area



Zodiac with new 2 stroke 9hp Mercury OB