August 16th 2012
Welcome to the new blog form Wooden Ships. Here we will be writing about the boats, the people and the places that we are involved with, bringing stories of boats we have sold in the past, new boats coming on the market and tales of the people who sail them and who work with them.
Yesterday I had an early start in the rain for a meeting in Plymouth with a couple on their 18T Hillyard, Maffick. They arrived in Plymouth after an uncomfortable crossing from Vigo across Biscay, which was the last voyage of a journey that has seen them sail over 30,000Nm from Russia to the Caribbean in the last 12 years. Having bought the boat on the East coast in a very sorry state, they took her to Hilyards in Littlehampton and had a new deck and coachroof. the keelbolts were replaced, new rigging, engine out and reconditioned in the living room at home, and the interior largely rebuilt. The boat has been their floating home now for 12 years while exploring right across the northern hemisphere but it is now time to get a dog and settle down into a house, so we are putting this superb blue water cruising yacht on the market. It is so nice to meet people like this who have just gone out and done it with no fuss, no magazine write ups and all off their own backs.
We have just put on the market a very fine Buchanan yacht, Shiraz, pictured here. She has belonged to some old friends of ours for 14 years now, in which time they have taken part in classic regattas and cruised extensively from Scotland to Spain with the family. They are now looking for something with a little less of the racing pedigree to carry on cruising with for the next 14 years. Shiraz was designed as a development to the Vashti, a famous Buchanan yacht that was very successful on the race circuit. She has had all the important work done including new keel bolts and floors with a new deck in 2005. If you are after a first class classic yacht with a rich pedigree and exquisite good looks, then look no further.