The best Fisher 46 on the planet. Full refit in 2012 in stunning condition. New engine, generator, sails, galley, heads, the list is endless! One not to be missed!
Bought in 2011 by her current owners in Spain she was brought by road to Berthon. She was recognized by many after having a major refit at Berthon 20 years earlier in 1991. In late 2011 she went into the big blue sheds for a year and in early 2013 emerged. All that was left of the original boat was the hull, the Fisher name and the compass…
In pristine condition with stunning new interior and cosy wheelhouse. Heating and aircon she is fully kitted out for winters in the UK and summers in the Med. Here at Berthon we believe she is probably the best Fisher on the planet.
99% of all items listed below were put on new between 2011 & 2013.
All work carried out on Lucky Sarah was by Berthon craftsmen or their authorised sub-contractor specialists. Anything refitted to the vessel was either new from the manufacturer, reconditioned by a manufacturer or thoroughly overhauled in-house.
All works were overseen by a very well respected and qualified surveyor Bill Dunlop, well known for his habit of randomly “dropping in” unannounced to see how the works were progressing!
Having seen over Lucky Sarah whilst she was at Berthon in 1991 having a major refit, we had always dreamt of owning her. So, when we saw her advertised in the autumn of 2011, we purchased her from her previous owner’s daughter and in the end had her road transported back from Cartagena in Spain to Berthon, where a refit had been organised.
Having commissioned a thorough survey we did not expect a vessel in great condition, however, we were still unprepared for the cosmetic state that she was really in. However, she went into the big blue shed and the work started stripping out the interior. The engine and generator came out, all the electronics were junked and the real work of cleaning her inside from end to end and top to bottom started. As items came out and areas were cleared, the inside of the hull and the bilges were steam-cleaned back to pristine and then where accessible, painted with at least two coats of the correct bilge paint specified for glassfibre vessels.
As these works progressed, it gradually became clear that we had a really major decision to make, that was to either to admit defeat and resell her for what we could get “in pieces” or bite the bullet, throw away any idea of a budget and do a complete re-build, we consciously chose the latter.
Overall Measured Length: 53’ inc. 6’10” pulpit.
RCD Status: Our understanding is that the yacht is exempt from the essential safety requirements of Directive 94/25EC (Recreational Craft Directive) as she was built and placed into use within the EU prior to 1998.
Hull, Deck & Superstructure Construction:
In 2012 the hull was peeled and blasted in preparation for anti-osmosis treatment. This treatment was not carried out until early 2013, during which time the vessel remained in the big blue shed here at Berthon drying out.
All old Treadmaster was laboriously scraped off the decks, new teak decking was made up for the cockpit area and new Treadmaster was fitted to the decks and wheelhouse roof.
All external woodwork was repaired as required, some rubbing strakes replaced and all resurfaced and left on purpose to go a uniform weathered grey.
Keel & Rudder:
In 2012 the rudder was dropped and the bearings replaced. Cosmetic repairs were made to the blade using West Epoxy resin. A previous repair to the keel which had been done using polyester resin was all raked out, thoroughly dried out and repaired under the surveyor’s tutelage using specified West Epoxy resins.
Engine & Gearboxes:
All brand new 2012 with only 12 hours put on in the last 4 years. Mountings, flexible coupling, instrumentation was all replaced.
Maintenance & Performance:
Propulsion & Steering:
In 2012 the shaft was pulled and checked for true, it was found to be within a few thou. Cutlass bearings were renewed at both ends. The prop was sent off for crack testing and cleaning, all was found to be in good order. A new rope cutter was installed. The “packed-type” stern gland/shaft seal was stripped and repacked.
The existing bow thruster was removed and replaced with a new larger Sidepower unit and a new Sidepower unit fitted at the stern, where none existed before. Both units are easily accessed for maintenance.
The original Neco chain drive autopilot motor was huge and at least three times more powerful than the unit supplied by Raymarine, so the Neco was sent off to be re-wound and totally reconditioned. The Neco unit is now driven by a modern interface, so no old motor control electronics are retained. This Fisher 46 has rod steering, this was completely dismantled, all steering system gear or turning boxes were stripped and repaired as required, end float adjusted and more.
All internal and external vessel wiring - low voltage and mains was pulled out and scrapped.
All new pumps were fitted in 2012, domestic pressure, grey water, pump-out and macerator, as was all the domestic piping, both hot and cold water and waste.
Fresh Water & Water Heating System:
Grey & Black Water:
All fuel tanks were pressure tested in 2012. Consequently a new starboard tank was built and installed. All fuel piping and fuel manifold was replaced. New ball values were also fitted which allows a tank to be isolated in the event of contamination.
Both water tanks were pressure tested, steamed out and new inspection hatches fitted. New Wema gauges were also fitted to both tanks.
Grey/Blackwater holding tanks:
Both the grey waste and the black waste systems were re-built, the grey tank is now enclosed as opposed to the usual Fisher open tank system which can allow smells to circulate.
The gas locker was re-designed and the whole installation duly certified.
A full set of Raymarine electronics was ordered early on in the refit so that items could be correctly sited for wiring. A new panel was designed and constructed for the wheelhouse to house the electronics, new switchgear and the new engine instrumentation. A separate antenna was fitted for the VHF/DSC transceiver.
In spring 2013, the wheelhouse main Raymarine display was updated to the latest hybrid version, as was the external steering position display.
The Furuno SSB unit was sent away for testing and was certified as working perfectly.
In 2012 the whole galley was junked and a complete new one designed with Corian work-surfaces, plenty of stowage space in new clean lockers and drawers, all new top quality galley equipment was fitted as listed below.
The forward heads was stripped and reconditioned with new Formica, the midships and aft heads were totally rebuilt with new lockers below new stunning white Corian surfaces. All the toilets were junked and replaced with new Jabsco units.
Heating & Ventilation:
All new LED lighting was installed throughout the vessel, with LED strip used to great effect in the engine room and all cupboards and wardrobes which now feature automatic lights on opening.
All the hull linings were stripped out in 2012, as were the deck-head linings, all the fore-cabin hatches and ports were junked in favour of new replacements. The rest of the aluminium windows/ports were removed and sent off to the manufacturers for reconditioning. All Lewmar deck hatches were replaced and fitted with blinds.
Towards the end of the refit all internal joinery was re varnished or as some call it given the Berthon “magic” treatment.
The wheelhouse sliding roof opening was taken off and re-conditioned, the Perspex “skylight” was replaced as it had crazed. All new linings and a considerable amount of new teak was fitted into the wheelhouse, with much care taken to match the wood colours as well as in the finishing process so that the new is now indistinguishable from the old and vice-versa!
Summary of Accommodation:
Description of layout from forwards:
All deck fittings were removed, inspected and/or tested and refitted on new marine bedding compound. This work included the bowsprit, the davit mountings and all the rigging points, chain plates and stanchions.
All roller reefing and furling gear was totally rebuilt with all new bearings and running lines, all new fixed and running blocks using low friction ball bearing items where possible.
All existing standing rigging and all rigging screws were junked. The mast was inspected and crack tested, all was found OK. Any mast fittings showing the slightest sign of corrosion were replaced and all new (oversize) standing rigging made up. All new coded running rigging was made up including using Dyneema for the halyards.
Both masts were stored in the heated hull paint shop for at least two months; they were then rubbed down and painted using the specified type and number of coats of Awlgrip for aluminium. Both masts internal wiring was replaced with new and new LED tricolour and working lights fitted.
All winches were stripped and rebuilt.
All new authentically coloured tan sails were supplied by Sanders of Lymington; in addition, a cruising chute and a mizzen staysail were designed and manufactured by Sanders. The main sails have all been out three times (sea trials) the cruising chute and the mizzen staysail remain unused.
Anchoring & Mooring Equipment:
The anchor winch was removed and reconditioned, the anchor chain tested and marked, two copies of the marking code are in the wheelhouse.
Tender & Outboard: