Designer - Ian Howlett
Builder - Elephant Boatyard, Bursledon
Interior - Paul Litton
Year launched -1991
Length overall - 21.341 m
Length waterline - 17.68 m
Beam overall - 5.49 m
Draft - 3.51 m
Displacement (light) - 43,000 kg
Displacement (loaded) - 48,000 kg
Construction: Hull, Deck & Superstructure Construction:
- Strip planked cedar core and epoxy glass hull
- Fully laid teak on cold moulded marine ply deck
Keel & Rudder:
- Eliptical spade rudder
- 15,000 kg lead keel with bronze winglets
Machinery: Main Engine:
- Mercedes MTU 6 cylinder 240 hp fresh water cooled
- Racor (Double System) fuel separator and filters.
- Aquamarine drive to Maxprop propeller
Maintenance & Performance:
- Engine Hours: c. 1,200
- Maximum Speed: 10 knots.
- Cruising Speed: 9 knots.
- Max Economy Speed: 7 knots.
- Fuel Consumption: 10 litres/hr.
- Range: 2,200nm.
- Whitlock twin wheel, chain and direct rod steering system
- Custom rotatable bow thruster with 18" maxiprop - also used as auxillary drive, max speed 6 kts
- 2 x B&G rotary drive autopilots
- Airies wind vane auxillary self steering
- 220 V AC and 24V DC systems on separate switchboards
- Multiple linked 2V gel cells for domestic use with individual starter batteries for all engine starting
- Nanni N4 43 hp with 160 Amp DC generator (24V) hydraulic pto
- Northern Lights 4kVA auxillary AC generator
- B&G Hercules performance electronics with multiple analogue and digital displays in the cockpit
- B&G speed, wind and depth
- Sailor SSB
- Sailor VHF
- Raymarine radar/plotter
- Furuno Navtex weather fax
- Marconi Satcom C
- Iridium satphone and Motorola docking station
- Digitalyacht PC
- Simrad AIS transceiver
- Simrad GPS
- Owners double berth cabin, adjoining dressing room, separate WC with head, bidet, sink and bath
- Twin double berth guest cabins with ensuite heads
- Three additional berths if required with lee-cloths in main saloon
- Double berth crew cabin (functioning currently as a focs'le) with ensuite head
- Origo dual fuel alcohol and electric hobs
- Electrolux eye level electric oven
- One piece stainless steel sink and counter unit
- Grunert fridge (top and side doors) and a separate freezer
- WC’s: elecric fresh water
Heating & Ventilation:
- Condaria air conditioning
- Webasto diesel heater
- Refleks oil stove
- Immersion heaters and twin coil calorifier
- DVD player – central system.
- Freah water, four tanks, total capcity 2944 litres
- Holding tanks, four tanks, total capacity 710 litres
Mast, Rigging and Sails: Rig:
- Aerorig manufactured by CarboSpars 1991
- Rod forestay and backstay in what is otherwise a stayless rig.
- Running Rigging: Predominantly Spectra/Dynnema with Polyester mainsheet
- Headsail Furling Gear: Rotostay electric furling on the headsail with manual furling jib top stay.
- Mainsail - Hood - Vectran - 2002 - slab reefing
- J1 - Hood - Vectran - 2002 - furling
- Jib top - Vectran - 2012 - furling
- Trisail - Dacron - 1991 - conventional hoist
There are three very obvious ‘stand out’ features of this superb yacht. The first two are the quality and attention to detail in her construction and interior fit out which is evident in the stills and video taken onboard. The third is the Aerorig which replaces the conventional sloop or ketch rigs seen on yachts of this size. While the Aerorig might put some potential purchasers off, it shouldn’t, because it’s operation is simplicity itself and it is very impressive how easy it makes it to sail a seventy foot, nigh on fifty tonne yacht alone. It's an asset on this seventy foot yacht for those who cruise short-handed, particularly if they intend to make extended offshore passages. Having said that, in the last twelve years Fly has day sailed a good deal as well as completing several Atlantic trips, two of them solo with her current owner. For those who have not come across the Aerorig before, it is made up of a mast, a main boom and a fore-boom. The mast is totally un-stayed and is mounted in two bearings; one on the bottom of the hull and one in the deck. These allow the mast, and therefore the whole rig, to rotate freely. The jib is completely self-tacking and mounted on a traveller on the mast. As long as more sail is set behind the mast than in front of it, the Aerorig will weathercock into wind if left to its own devices. The whole rig can therefore be controlled and the sail angle set by restricting the angle of rotation using a single, lightly loaded mainsheet.
The sailplan is very easy to manage and trim compared with a conventional rig. The reason the mainsheet loading is only about one third of that on an equivalent sloop rig is because the rotational force of the jib offsets that of the mainsail – creating a “balanced” rig. Shorthanded passage making is easy, the low sheet loads and absence of many of the normal control lines are safer with children on board. An Aerorig also has no standing rigging to maintain, the visibility and space on deck are improved, sailing on a dead run is no longer the concern for the cruising yachtsman that it can be on a conventional sailboat. During our day on Fly manoeuvring the yacht, jibing the Aerorig was simple, short tacking to windward through Lamlash Harbour was completed by one man, quickly and effortlessly.
Winches and Hardware:
- Primary - Anderson - 66ST
- Halyards/reefing - Anderson - 52ST
- Jammers/clutches - Spinlock
- Hardware - Ronstan on the rig and Fredericksen on the deck
- Carbon passarelle
- Swimming ladder
Anchoring & Mooring Equipment:
- Maxwell hydraulic windlass
- Delta stainless steel main anchor.
- 140m half inch chain.
- Fortress kedge anchor
- 150 m warp
Covers, Canvas & Cushions:
Tender, Outboard & Watersports Equipment:
- Hard shell hull tender with 8 hp Yamaha outboard motor, all stored in a recessin the deck
Safety Equipment: The yacht is sold ostensibly without safety equipment except for the following:
- 5 x electric bilge pumps
- 2 x manual bilge pumps
- 1 x engine driven emergency bilge pumps
- 2 x MOB units
List price: £ 495,000 (VAT paid)
Inventory and description to be confirmed and subject to contract