Recent price reduction, a ready world cruiser !
Gauntlets were designed by H.G. May of the Berthon Boatyard in Lymington, England in 1934. They were designed to be sea kindly yachts with moderate overhangs and draft, a fairly heavy displacement and an easily handled sail plan. They achieved a number of successes in RORC events, especially in heavy weather, confirming both their sea kindliness and their sail carrying power.
This exceptional yacht was built by her first owner, Phil Sissons, in a boatshed at Evans Bay, Wellington, New Zealand. Her keel was laid in 1947 but she was not finished until she was launched, without a rig, in 1978 as 'Reflections of Wellington' – 31 years later !
She is a traditional heavily built vessel constructed to a high standard with select materials. She is carvel built in NZ Kauri (1.75”) with 1” Teak decks laid over NZ Kauri diagonals interspersed with canvas impregnated with Stockholm Tar. Frames are two laminations of Australian Spotted Gum and keel/deadwood is Australian Tallow Wood. An interesting aside is that her 4 cylinder, 60hp, Ford diesel engine was purchased brand new in 1965 and so sat in the boat unused for 13 years. The engine was turned by hand periodically.
Her current owner bought her in 2002 and completed a very comprehensive refit between 2006 and 2009 in New Zealand and then another in 2014 by the esteemed Des Kearns in Krabi, Thailand.
In Whangarei, Noel Barrott, a master shipwright, carried out extensive works. The rig was completely rebuilt. New main boom and all new boom and mast fittings with the exception of the masthead fitting which was rebuilt.
More recently, Des Kearns completed a total re paint, including the mast in situ, stainless repairs, expert carpentry and much more.....
We hold a great deal of info on both of the above refits and welcome your interest in this superb yacht.
The owners of this yacht have dramatically reduced their price expectations and are keen to hand over to someone who will continue to cruise the oceans as they had wanted to. The price could be very negotiable and we urge anyone who is seeking such a yacht to make an inquiry.
The interior as a whole has that strikingly attractive traditional yacht feel, varnished deck beams, white deckheads and bulkheads, quality ports, three opening in saloon, (all ports re glazed in 2009 with toughened glass) and high quality joinery. The fiddled, two leaf, saloon table has maximum dimensions of 890mm x 580mm. The saloon has much storage space for extended cruising.
Moving up into the galley, the oven and sink share the stbd side and the large fridge and freezer the port side. Fully aft to port is a compartment for fridge / freezer compressor and the hot water cylinder, ontop of which the life raft and drogue are conveniently sited. Fully aft to stbd yet more storage.
The doghouse has two large ports at each side and two small ports front facing and completes the very good ambience in this yacht.
Watermaker engine driven 60 litres per hour. Substantially rebuilt Australia 2012 with new 3 cylinder SS HP pump and upgraded HP hoses
Electric pump for shower discharge through Jabsco filters (2009) and holding tank.
The yacht was completely re plumbed in 2007.
One JABSCO manual with holding tank.
Two RULE automatic electric bilge pumps (2014)
The yacht was completely rewired in 2007 including new distribution panels.
Exceptional condition cutter rig. Original keel stepped Oregon mast. New boom, 2009, and all fittings at NZ refit. Also, a new pole track built on front of mast with new Selden telescopic pole installed.
Sliding gooseneck fitting fabricated together with second track with gate to accommodate trysail. A great percentage of the running rigging and its associated hardware is new. 8mm standing rigging was replaced in 2008.
The windlass deck switch is to be replaced.
Yet again, no expense spared. The yacht has cream SUNBRELLA sun shading over boom and foredeck, wind scoop, blue SUNBRELLA sail covers, durable blue sunscreens hung on guardrails to keep decks cool, a substantial sprayhood frame with boom gallows and a new widened bimini frame and covers and new blue SUNBRELLA cockpit dodgers. Many of these items are one year old.
2m ZODIAC inflatable (2013). SUZUKI 2.2hp outboard.