WILLIAM FIFE AND SON Classic Gaff Cutter Sailing Yacht for sale in United Kingdom for €2,750,000 (£2,326,172)

€2,750,000 (£2,326,172)
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38 m
5.3 m
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3.6 m
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3.6 m
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About this WILLIAM FIFE AND SON Classic Gaff Cutter Sailing Yacht

In 1915 she was sold, ending up in neutral Norway where she spent the war years. She returned to Great Britain after the war and was brought to West Mersea by Arthur Hempstead. His firm undertook the decommissioning. Her fine mast was chopped away above the deck, her keel bolts let go and 40 tons of lead cut into scrap on the Mersea Hard. The hulk of the once beautiful yacht was towed to Woodbridge on the River Deben and in 1958 moved to Pin Mill, on the River Orwell. After 30 years as a houseboat in Suffolk the timely intervention of William Collier and Albert Obrist in 1991 led to her landmark restoration at Fairlie Restorations.
After years of painstaking work MARIQUITA finally appeared in 2004. With MARIQUITA’s restoration, her owners sought not only to save a unique yacht, but also the quality ethos to which she was built and raced back in 1911. The MARIQUITA Project was one of the most professional and well-resourced classic yacht programs ever undertaken. She started a highly successful nine-year campaign that saw MARIQUITA star at regattas throughout Europe.
However, in 2012, MARIQUITA was unexpectedly offered for sale. The syndicate who eventually purchased her was helped by inheriting some of the existing MARIQUITA crew. With a yacht as complex as MARIQUITA where everything is done by hand, working as a team is paramount. It took time for the crew to bed in but by the fourth regatta in Barcelona the skipper George Newman was seeing signs of real improvement. Despite some dramatic conditions in both Mahon and Cannes and some very close racing with her great rivals Moonbeam IV and Cambria, MARIQUITA arrived in Saint-Tropez for the final regatta of the season in good shape with six podium finishes under her belt.
Her 2014 season ended with even better results – after winning overall the Big Boat class in the Panerai Grand Prix, MARIQUITA then went on to come second in Les Voiles de St Tropez, behind the mighty gaff schooner Elena. She is now ready to be passed on to her next custodian.
RESTORATION: MARIQUITA combines Fife’s design talent and refined aesthetic with the high construction qualities of his celebrated yard. The 19m Class is slightly smaller than most Big Class cutters and fulfilled the aspiration to have a matched class of big cutters. As a racer she held a distinguished place within her class and won the King’s Cup.
After over five decades as a houseboat, her future was in doubt until she was saved in 1991. Ten years later the painstaking task of restoring her to racing condition was started. Though her spars and lead keel were lost, her fabulous original interior remained.
It took 3 years at Fairlie Restorations to restore the yacht to match the original structural requirements of the class. She was rebuilt to Lloyd’s Register and to her 1912 configuration which provided some speed enhancement over the initial design of 1911. In order to achieve great hull strength and to save weight the designers opted for a composite construction, a full steel structure planked over in mahogany and secured with bronze
fastenings. Addition of modern coatings, bedding compounds and insulation methods, a new engine and modern systems have been installed and five powered winches ensure far greater longevity without altering her sailing characteristics


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