For Sale

“STEEL PULSE” – VAN DE STADT FORNA 37 – Price reduced – now £ 49,500 ono.

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For any queries, contact by e-mail: David.Mcmullan (at)

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Steel Pulse is very well-equipped steel yacht, used by the current owner for cruising around Ireland, the Irish Sea and West and North of Scotland.

She has also been successfully ‘white sail’ raced in local points race series, offshore races and West Highland Week. As can be seen from the inventory, the equipment has been regularly improved and updated and the hull paintwork well maintained. 

She is normally berthed at Bangor Marina, on the south shore of Belfast Lough, Northern Ireland.


L.O.A: 11.15 m L.W.L: 9.50 m
BEAM: 3.65 m DRAFT: 1.90 m
YEAR BUILT: 2004 BUILDER: PIP Ltd and Hillyard boatyard



Steel hull and deck with round bilge. Fixed long fin keel with bulb, spade rudder and wheel steering. Fabricated from 4mm Lloyds Grade A steel. Internally sprayed insulation above the water line. Tekdek non-slip deck. Self draining cockpit with cockpit locker to starboard and 2 x lazarette lockers aft. Solar panel platform. Fixed transom boarding ladder.

The underwater section of the hull was shot-blasted and repainted by Crinan Boatyard in August 2017, with 5 coats of International Paints Interprotect and two coats of antifouling.


Beta Marine BV1505 diesel engine, rated 37.5HP @ 3000rpm. PRM 2:1 Gearbox. Engine hours: 1775 (at June 2016). Indirect cooling system. Inlet seawater strainer. Seawater circulation pump with a Speed-seal cover (2015). Pump lip seals replaced (2015). Engine cooling water intake alarm. Engine exhaust overheating alarm. Shaft drive with flexible coupling. Deep Seas Seals’ ManeCraft water lubricated stern shaft seal (2014). New cutlass bearings (2014). ‘Prop Protector’ rope cutter (2014). Kiwi feathering propeller (2007), new blades 2017.  Original fixed 3-blade propeller available


1:1 galvanic isolation transformer. Freedom 10 inverter/charger. Inverter/shore powered 240v switched sockets x 6. 160w solar panel (2014) with charge controller. 100 amp Iskra alternator (2011). Sterling Alternator to Battery Digital Charger (2013). 2×105 amp-hr domestic battery bank (2018). Dedicated Red Flash 1100 engine start battery (2017). Link 2000 battery monitoring system. Fused 12V Distribution Panel. 2 x shore power cables


FUEL:- 250ltr diesel tank under the starboard saloon berth. Tank content calibrated using a CruzPro intelligent digital fuel gauge. Racor filter/separator with integral priming pump.

WATER:- 250ltr tank under port saloon berth. Electric level gauge (2010). Electric pump. Hot water tank (Quick Nautic Boiler – 18ltr capacity), heated from engine cooling water and mains electric coil. H&C taps in forward cabin, galley and toilet. Cold tap in the galley fitted with an Aqua Filter.

HOLDING:- Purytec inlet water treatment. Outlet to 88ltr Vetus plastic holding tank, then to sea. No-smell filter on holding tank vent. Shore pump out facility. Tankwatch level monitoring system with ‘full’ alarm.

DRAIN AND BILGE:- Shower floor drain and galley sinks drain into a Whale Grey Waste tank (2010), then pumped overboard by a Whale 220 Gulper pump (2010). Sinks in toilet and fore cabin drain directly overboard. Automatic electric sump pump, with alarm panel. Whale manual sump pump. Manual pump for separate engine sump.

GAS:- Locker for two 2.75kg (R907) Camping Gaz cylinders. Hoses and regulator replaced (2012).


7/8 fractional mast and boom by Z-Spars. I=14.0m J=4.15m, P=15.0m, E=5.30m. Rigid kicker by Z-Spars. Folding mast steps to top of mast. Furling drum replaced (2012). Removeable bowsprit. Antal W44 self-tailing winches x 4. Antal and Lewmar blocks. Antal toerail and tracks


Main by Sanders Sails (2013) in Polyant 350S Dacron, loose footed, with 3 reef points. Roller reefing genoa by Sanders Sails (2013) in Polyant 350S Dacron. Gennaker on removeable Selden Furler by Sanders Sails (2014) in Laminate, for improved upwind speed in winds below 15kn apparent. Cruising chute by Arun Sails, with snuffer. Storm trysail 13.0m² by Westaway Sails (2006). Dedicated track fitted on mast. Storm jib 10.0m² by Westaway Sails (2006), fixed to removable inner forestay. Spare fully battened mainsail – good condition. Spare furling genoa – fair condition


Horizon 1500w electric windlass with footswitch and pedestal controls. S100 spade anchor with 60 metres calibrated chain. Foblight kedge anchor with 40m weighted line. Boat hook. 2 Antal winch handles.


Full Raymarine instrument upgrade to SeaTalking system in 2016. Raymarine eS97 Multifunction Display (2016), with Clear Pulse Sonar. Raymarine Autopilot system (2016) comprising a P70 Head, with an ACU400 drive unit and an EV1 sensor, driving a Lewmar electric autopilot drive unit (2007). Raymarine Quantum Radar (2016). Raymarine i70 multi-instrument display (2016). Raymarine combined Speed/Log/Depth transducer and Wind transducer, connected via an iTC5 junction box (2016). Horizon 135 binnacle mounted compass. ICS NAV6 navtex receiver and instrument repeater (2007). Icom M505 DSC VHF with Commandmic III at the binnacle (2007). Masthead aerial (2016) and 2nd aerial (2012) on solar panel platform. Advansea Dual Channel AIS receiver (2012)


Webasto Thermotop C diesel marine water heater in Starboard cockpit locker (2009). Silencio heat exchanger/blower in the saloon and a radiator in the forward cabin (2009).


Frigomatic K35F unit, with circulated seawater heat dissipation. Jabsco ParMax 1.9 circulation pump (2011). Top loading 75ltr fridge unit.



Light oak interior with red upholstery and large table. Good hand holds throughout. Opening Lewmar portlights x 6. Rutgerson hatch. Halogen headline and spot lighting. 240v electric socket x 2. Dorade vents x 2. Cd/radio. Central heating warm air blower

Aft Cabin:-

Light oak interior with red upholstery and good storage. Lewmar opening portlights x 2. Halogen headline and spot lighting. 240 v electric socket. Solar vent

Fwd Cabin:-

Light oak interior with red upholstery and good storage. Good hand holds throughout. Rutgerson hatch. Sink with pressurised hot and cold water. Halogen headline and spot lighting. Central heating radiator. 240 v electric socket


Well equipped galley with top loading fridge, Plastimo cooker with 2 rings, oven and grill (2009)


Sink/shower with pressurised hot and cold water. Hand pumped toilet to holding tank with tank full alarm. Lewmar portlight. Solar vent. Toilet brush. Bin



Sprayhood and dodgers. Removable cockpit table. Halyard bags. 4 x large fenders. 2 x flat fenders. Auto grab boat hook. 2 x 20 ltr jerry cans (drinking water). 2 x 20 ltr jerry cans (diesel). Deck brush. Warps. Pyramid type ventilator sail. Scoop type ventilator sail. Portlight mosquito screens. Hatch mosquito nets. Cockpit sun/rain awning. 4 x cockpit cushions. Wheel and pedestal cover. Various spares


Transocean liferaft for 6 persons, mounted on coachroof. Next test date: 10/18. EPIRB MT 403G (new 2015) – GPS version. Echomax mast mounted radar reflector. Horseshoe float with strobe light & danbuoy. Pushpit mounted rescue sling. Balcan 40m throwing line. Emergency tiller. Emergency (transom mounted) rudder. Fire and CO detectors. Fire extinguishers in galley. Fire blanket in galley. 2x2kg powder fire extinguishers in saloon/galley. 1kg auto powder fire extinguisher in engine compartment. First aid kit. Jack stays. Chain/shroud cutter x2. Sea anchor. Plastic bucket with lanyard x 2. Galley safety strap. Floating torch x 3. Rechargable spotlight. Bosuns chair. Gas struts on all deck lockers. Lee cloths for main saloon berths.


The Van de Stadt ’Forna 37’ design was created for sailors looking for safety, good stability, speed and comfort.

She is easy to sail short-handed with a good-sized safe cockpit and all halyards are led aft. This is an extremely capable yacht, suitable for medium distance cruising, as well as coast hopping and cruiser-racing.

The boat has been maintained to a high standard and the cruising equipment has been continually upgraded.

“Steel Pulse” is ready to sail away.