Wooden ships comments on this Sparkman and Stephens sloop
The Sparkman and Stephens sloop Josephine VII was the last of a number of ocean racers built for Mr Cosby Smallpiece who made a fortune in engineering.
Sadly all good things come to an end and we all reach the stage where we realise that we will not be sailing for ever. Better to pass our much-loved yachts while still in top condition to others who will appreciate and care for them as we have done.
The owner has lavished much care and money on his yacht to keep her as good as he could but now wants to pass her on to the right new owner.
Money is not the important factor here so we have set the price very low.
The yacht will certainly sell for a higher figure but the first knowledgeable, caring person to come forward will still get a bargain.
We have a full specification of all repairs and renewals over the past 15 years, available on request.
Designed and built for the One Ton Cup series held in Sweden in 1965
She was photographed by the great Beken of Cowes, one Beken photograph with her skipper Bruce Banks and her original Bruce Banks sails, another famous photograph shows her broaching under spinnaker and used on the dust jacket of Wind in the Sails, published by Lian Allen Ltd in 1974.
She is considered to be the inspiration for the Swan 36 but with a different keel configuration and was Moody’s Boat Show exhibit at the 1966 Earls Court Boat Show.
Built by Moody’s of Bursledon on the Hamble to a very high standard at a time when Moody’s had some of the best craftsmen in the country. Tom Richardson of the Elephant Boatyard on the Hamble worked on her as an apprentice at Moody’s and recalls Olin Stephens insisting that the face of the laminated oak frames was perfectly faired and fayed to the planking. He also recalls the trouble they had fitting the bronze shoe to the underside of the lead keel, an interesting feature of the yacht.
Sold by Wooden Ships in 1996 from S Wales to the present Spanish owner, registered under Spanish flag and sailed to Mallorca where she is now based.
Over the past 17 years the owner has sailed all the coasts of the Mediterranean including the N African coast and the Greek Islands, often solo. A previous owner sailed her to the Caribbean and experienced some bad weather in Biscay proving the yachts capability.
This is a stunning yacht, the epitome of the final period of wooden boat design and construction, the very best pedigree, the very best materials and in the best of ownerships.
The hull form was a fairly radical design in it’s day. Examining the photo of her out of the water you will notice the cut-away fore foot and the interesting rudder mounted almost vertically and well inboard under the counter, thus shortening the actual keel length and so reducing wetted surface while still retaining excellent directional stability.
The retrousse counter stern with which we are so familiar nowadays was an innovation in 1963and thought by some older yachting folk at the time to be desperately unattractive and close to 10’ beam on a 25’ water-line was considered to be positively obese! Yet what exquisite sleek lines she has.
Planked in best Honduras mahogany with splined topsides to give an absolutely perfect finish that does not move even in the Med sun.
The bottom was Cascover sheathed by Moody in the mid 1970’s prior to a trans-Atlantic voyage to the Caribbean.
Cascover sheathing is a woven nylon cloth glued to the hull with a rescorcinol glue (Cascophene) and is effectively a modern form of copper sheathing giving full worm protection.
It has the very important additional advantage of adding enormous strength to the hull, very effectively limiting damage from floating debris. We know of yachts which have splintered the planking in collision with floating debris and come home safely on the Cascover sheathing.
The back-bone, stem to stern, is constructed in one piece laminated oak.
External lead ballast keel with a bronze shoe round the bottom.
Bronze floors, those in way of the mast step having elongated arms up the sides of the hull to fully spread the loads.
The deck is yacht laid in teak, joggled to a varnished king plank and laid over a ply sub deck, the whole through fastened from the top and the screws plugged. The seams are payed with a butyl rubber.
Varnished teak toe rail. Stainless steel stanchions posts, pulpit and push-pit.
3 mooring cleats on the fore deck.
Pair of bronze and teak bar cleats on the aft deck.
Stainless steel stemhead fitting in a new 2006 varnished teak extension over the stemhead carrying the stainless steel chain roller alongside to stbd taking the chain and anchor clear of the hull when anchoring.
A wonderful self draining cock-pit with varnished teak bridge deck and seat lockers each side all at the same level and a really deep coaming up behind to give excellent back support and a feeling of being enclosed and safe in the boat rather than perched on top.
Scrubbed teak gratings in the well.
Twin louvered lift-off doors and sliding hatch to the cabin entrance in a garage on the well-cambered coach-roof with instrument display above, clewarly visible from the helm.
Whitlock wheel steering on a stainless steel A-frame pedestal astride a short tiller arm on the rudder stock, all readily available in case of steering failure, stainless steel grab rail over.
The pedestal also carries a large clearly read dome compass with light on the grabrail above.
A low level cock-pit division separates the crew working the sheets in the forward well fgrom the helmsman in the after well leaving him free to concentrate on his marks.
The main sheet is carried on this low level divider. The boom stops short of the wheel and well above the helmsman and crew’s heads while the sheet is readily accessible either from the crew well or from the helm.
Solent varnished laminated teak wheel.
Bronze emergency tiller.
New 2007 sprayhood on stainless steel frame with forward window and side wings swept well aft t shelter the cock-pit.
Boom crutch over the spray-hood.
New 2006 light weight bimini awning abaft the boom end on stainless steel scissors support gives the helmsman excellent protection from the sun.
A zip-on intermediate awning joins the spray-hood to the bimini to give total cock-pit protection.
New 2009 cock-pit dodgers
New 2005 cock-pit cover
Fresh water shower in the cock-pit, new 2006
The coach-roof built with varnished teak coamings and rectangular windows in delicately moulded teak framing. Sheathed ply roof with nicely radiiussed edges and corners, the white painted surface sheathing brought round over the edge and sealed with a teak bead.
Varnished teak fore hatch on the fwd end of the coack-roof.
The mast is stepped through the coach-roof midships.
Varnished teak sliding hatch garage aft.
Teak grab rails each side.
The life raft sits just forward of the mast, twin solar panels on the roof just aft of the mast.
Bermudian sloop rig on a 1990 Proctor aluminium mast stepped through the coach-roof onto the keel. This is a very simple masthead rig with single spreaders, single standing back-stay to the counter, outer masthead-stemhead fore stay, twin lowers and cap shrouds.
The only variation on the usual theme is an inner fore stay from just above the spreaders to the middle of the fore deck on a quick release over-centre lever to give extra mast support when running down a wave and take out the pumping action which can develop.
1 x 19 Dyform standing rigging, new 2007 with neat ends swaged directly onto the threaded stainless steel rigging screw and set up to inboard bronze chain plates.
All running rigging new 2011.
Inmast halyards and reefing pennants round turning blocks on the deck each side at the foot of the mast and led back to clutches and self tailing winches either side of the cabin entrance hatch under the spray-hood making everything controlled from the cock-pit.
1990 Proctor aluminium boom with 3 x in-boom reefing pennants on lever clutches and led back through turning blocks on the coach-roof to the cock-pit.
Kemp telescopic kicker.
Main sheet to a track on the low level cock-pit divider with original chromed winch on the crew well side.
Profurl roller headsail gear to the outer fore stay.
Baggit type mainsail cover suspended on the lazy jacks tames the mainsail as soon as down and makes stowing so easy.
Mainsail by Doyle Sails 1994, fully battened with Stackpack cover on lazy-jacks
Bi-radial Doyle Sails Quicksilver 1994 Genoa on Profurl roller headsail gear
Tri-radial spinnaker by Coop Sails 1990
Crusing chute by Coop Sails 1993
Storm jib by Coop Sails 1993 sets on the lazy inner fore stay.
No 2 genoa
No 2 staysail
Spare older mainsail
Trysail sets on separate mast track
Twin spinnaker poles.
2 x Lewmar 44 3-speed sheet winches on stainless steel pedestals on the cock-pit coamings.
2 x original Gibb chromed bottom action spinnaker winches on stainless steel pedestals on the cock-pit coamjngs.
1 x original Gibb bottom action main sheet winch.
Halyard winch on the mast port side.
Pair of new Lewmar self tailing winches either side of the entrance hatch with banks of clutches to take the halyards and reefing pennants.
Volvo Penta MD2030 3-cylinder 30hp fresh water cooled diesel engine, new 2004, flexibly mounted on the centre-line with conventional shaft drive to centre-line 2-blade prop. Single lever controls. 6knts cruising speed.
Stainless steel water-cooled exhaust.
15 gallon diesel tank with double fuel filters.
5 gallon portable jerrycan stored in the lazarette.
Fuel level monitor, new 2004
2 x 12v 60amp/hr batteries, new 2010, on separated engine start and domestic supply with change-over switch.
Engine alternator and solar panel charging.
Clipper battery monitor, new 2007
Waeco emergency portable rechargeable battery, new 2005
Solara 3w solar panel, new 2008
Accommodation 5 berths
Spacious 5 berth accommodation with a quarter berth, 2 sttee berths and V-berths in the forepeak. White painted bulkheads with varnished trim give the cabin a light and airy feel, with a good impression of space created by the wide coachroof, broad cabin sole and full standing headroom throughout. Plenty of hand holds as you would expect from a proper sea boat.
Double varnished teak doors through the companionway with a sliding hatch. Two steps down onto the engine box which is sited very low in the boat.
Galley to port with a single stainless steel sink under the work surface. Fresh water via the bronze hand pumped tap from a 35 gallon copper water tank. Galley sink pumped overboard.
3 burner gimballed Shipmate gas cooker with oven and grill. WAECO gas alarm. Ample storage lockers around the galley.
Quarter berth to starboard with hanging locker alongside. Drop down chart table over the berth which is removed when in harbour to make maximum use of the space.
Half bulkheads going through to the saloon with port and starboard settee berths and a centreline drop leaf saloon table.
Trotter box at fwd end of port settee and storage space behind the backs.]
Taylors paraffin cabin heater on the fwd port bulkhead. New 2008.
Brass oil lamps on the bulkheads.
Sliding door throught to fwd area. Heads compartment to port with Blakes sea toilet. Porcelain hand basin on a hinge down table. New 2008. Hand pumped fresh water. Fresh water shower in the cockpit.
Hanging locker to starboard.
Forepeak with twin V-berths plus an insert to create a double.
Varnished teak slats over the framing with storage space under the berths.
Hatch to anchor locker at fwd end of berths.
Raymarine Tridata log/depth/speed
B&G wind speed/direction
Raymarine Raychart 435 chartplotter
Cockpit garmin chartplotter
Handheld Garmin GPS
Icom DSC VHF
Handheld Icom VHF
Lokata RDF watchman radar detector
Barometer and clock
Kannad radio beacon
Hydrovane self steering
Autohelm 6000 autopilot
Solara solar panels
2.6m Zodiac inflatable dinghy
Yamaha 2hp outboard engine
6 man Plastimo liferaft
Diesel jerry cans
Chain and warp
These particulars have been prepared in good faith from information provided by the Vendors and are intended as a guide, Wooden Ships cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. The Purchaser should instruct his agent or surveyor to validate all details as necessary and satisfy himself with the condition of the vessel and its equipment.