1963 Bill Tripp / De Dood 56' Classic Yawl

£ 39,395
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Unexpedly re-offered

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Single / diesel
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Current Price:
US$ 49,000 (£ 39,395) 

Apollonia is a very beautiful classic yawl with gracious lines guaranteed to turn heads wherever she is moored, now requiring some repairs.

A few years ago she competed in a number of Classic regattas with class wins in Antigua and Grenada.

Built by John de Dood in Germany in 1963 to a design by Bill Trip who is remembered for designing very pretty boats that sailed better than their ratings would suggest.

Originally named Wappen Von Bremen she was built as one of two sister ships commissioned by two competing sailing clubs in Hamburg and Bremen and completed a number of Atlantic races.

She is built of double planked mahogany over cedar on oak frames with manganese bronze fastenings, teak soles on oak floors, teak laid decks over laminated and glassed marine plywood, and is fitted with an exquisite mahogany interior.

Her accomodation provides five berths in two forward cabins plus the spacious saloon, with one head and a fitted galley with oven, hob, fridge and freezer.

She was repowered with a Kubota 73hp diesel with low hours and is fitted with a Simrad autopilot and Simrad / Garmin instruments.

Following damage sustained in a hurricane in the 90's Apollonia was bought by a well regarded professional shipwright and underwent a fifteen year total restoration to her former glory under the supervision of a Lloyds surveyor.

During the restoration the majority of the hull planking and many of the frames were replaced, together with the soles and bearers, the cockit, coamings, the entire deck, and many of the interior fittings. The spars were replaced with aluminium and she was re-rigged and equipped with a suite of cruising sails.

Regrettably her shipwright owner passed away two years ago and she has been somewhat neglected since, now requiring further repairs. Apollonia is seriously for sale at a fraction of the restoration works already undertaken.

Requiring replacement of 50% of the outer planking and some 20 frame ends, rebuilding of the cockpit and 50% of the coachroof. The deck and interior is mostly excellent, and the rig and sails are in good condition. All the lumber and fastenings for the repairs have already been purchased and shipped to Grenada along with many other items.

Apollonia represents a wonderful opportunity for a new owner willing to invest a little time and money on completion of which Apollonia will once again be a timeless and elegant classic yacht to cruise the Caribbean islands and beyond while also eligible to compete in the classic regatta circuit.

She is currently lying ashore in Grenada where there are some excellent shipwrights ready and willing to bring her back into condition at a fraction of the cost of having similar work completed in the US or Europe.


Apollonia was hauled out of the water in December 2015 and has now been on the hard at Clarkes Court Bay, in Grenada for 12 months.

Apollonia is registered in the US Vrigin Islands and can be sold with a clean title.

Some of the interior joinery fittings were removed to expose the framing and interior planking for inspection and the engine has been removed.

The following repairs are required:

  1. 30 of the frame ends require replacement, they are laminated, varying in length up to 3 or 4 feet.
  2. Most of the outer double planking below the waterline from the mast forward requires replacement
  3. 50% of timbers in the coachroof and 100% of the timbers in the cockpit require replacement
  4. The interior joinery to the forward cabins and head was never finished
  5. There is no pressurised hot and cold water system or fresh water tank.
  6. There are no navigation electronics or safety equipment.
  7. A new transmission, oil pan, and engine mounts are required after the engine was underwater for a few hours.

All the oak and mahogany timbers, the glue, and bronze fastenings required for the repairs have been purchased and were shipped to Grenada earlier in 2016, together with a new oil pan and water pump assembly for the engine.

The sails were taken to a sailmaker for cleaning and sail care and look good.

The decks are excellent and the spars also seem good.

After 12 months ashore it is to be expected that the planking will have dried out and there will need to be further recaulking.

There have been estimates prepared of the cost of repairs ranging from US$ 70,000 to US$ 200,000 depending on the extent of the restoration required and the level of concours to be achieved.

Interested parties are requested to make their own enquiries.

Please contact Richard Watson at Caribbean Brokerage to arrange an inspection.

No further requests for more information please. 

Serious parties will be expected to inspect the vessel themselves.


Please contact Richard at Caribbean Brokerage in Antigua for full details of this yacht and to arrange inspections. A schedule of condition and full set of photos are available on request.

Tel: (268) 726 2232     Email: richard@caribbeanbrokerage.com

Please contact Alan Adelkind at (416) 884-0639

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