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2003 Custom 53' Finot Design

£ 143,511*
Nadi, Fiji
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Engine/Fuel Type:
Single / diesel
Located In:
Nadi, Fiji
Hull Material:
Current Price:
EUR  165,000 Tax Paid (£ 143,511) 


Designed by the celebrated Jean-Marie Finot as fast and seaworthy blue water cruiser / racer

Custom-built to the highest standards by Class Yacht 

Built to Class A Unlimited Offshore Standards

Designed for circumnavigation.

Extensively refitted by second owner between 2013-2019

Set up for solo handed ocean passages

New rigging 2018

Mast removed and fully refurbished 2013

New sails 2019

Motor removed and full rebuild 2013

Vetus Bowthruster

Retractable carbon fibre bow thruster

Two-speed electric winches

1500w anchor winch (with new motor 2017)

Black and grey holding tanks

Two autopilots and a Wind Pilot for ample self steering choices

3 cabins plus independent crew cabin in bow with own toilet and wash basin

Only two owners

Handed over with everything needed to just move in and head out into the sunset now..

Read on for full description and watch our Youtube presentation for more info


This beautiful sailing yacht was custom built in 2003 by the shipyard Class Yacht on a design of Jean-Marie Finot for a professional racing sailor who wanted a performance cruising yacht able to sail him and his family fast and safely around the world. He kept her for 10 years and sold her to an Italian colleague, another racing and professional skipper who was looking for the exact same quality in a cruising yacht and who after purchase in 2013 and throughout his cruising years whenever he identified something as  needing to be replaced..

The list of upgrades is impressive and ensures that the boat will continue to deliver performance and safety at sea for her new family.

Sadly, a change of circumstances has seen her voyage interrupted for now as the owner must return to Italy. Months of cruising were wasted in Covid-19 lockdown and her voyage has been cut short. If borders are now strrating to re-open for cruisers as they have the privilege to be in isolation at sea for long period of time and represent little danger to visited countries, Zahir's owner has run out of time.

The yacht has been handed over to our team in Fiji to take care of her and to liaise with you should you be interested to find out more. Since Covid-19 rendered actual visits a little tricky, we are now very used to carry out inspections via Zoom or WhatsApp, which is working very well and are happy to spend as much time with you as you wish showing you the boat via your iPad, phone or Computer. We are cruising yachts specialist and are here to help

Zahir is an exceptional boat, which combines a sleek, racing profile with a serious 'can do attitude' designed to be at home in all ocean conditions.

Her 8mm GRP construction has been reinforced with additional layers of Kevlar over the whole hull for extra strength and resistance to impact should you be unlucky enough to hit something at sea.

To prevent twisting and bending of the hull while under stress (very much a problem on production boats), her hull is further reinforced with a stainless steel frame similar to the designs of the Nautor Swans and X-Yachts designed for serious bluewater cruising.Her keel is not just attached to the GRP hull. It is attached to the steel frame first and thus incredibly well bonded to the boat.

Her chainplates are attached to a reinforced stainless steel brace which reached deep towards the centre of the boat and help spread the chainplates efforts.

Her decks, which used be GRP / closed cell foam sandwich with teak covering, has been fully renovated and reinforced in 2013. Instead of replacing the teak, which was aged, the owner had the teak removed and the deck throughly prepared for strengthening.

3 additional layers of glass matt and epoxy high-build were applied followed with a non-skid paint from an excellent manufacturer in New Zealand. The decks now have an 8mm Epoxy lamination and are extremely strong as well as low maintenance.

Her sails were replaced in 2019 and her rigging in 2018. Her reliable Yanmar engine was removed and completely rebuilt. All through-hull fittings were replaced. The lost goes on...

Zahir, true to her form as a yacht design to circumnavigate, also come with a spare, emergency rudder that is ready to drop in brackets already fitted to the transom in case of failure. The rudder comes with its own tiller, and there is the additional emergency tiller ready to deploy.

Self-Steering, one of the most important factor for solo-sailors, is supplied by a reliable autopilot, with an additional autopilot wired and ready to use at the push of a button should the primary one fail... plus the sturdy Wind Pilot, perfect for ocean crossings.

Watching the owner effortlessly raise the sails and power into the wind at Musket Cove the other day, it is easy to see that his claim that the boat is set up for solo sailing is absolutely justified. Steering comfortably between the reefs, he quickly gained momentum and in spite the very light breeze quickly had us chasing him on the speed boat. (Watch our Youtube Video)

Power winches take the hard work out of raising and trimming the sails, while dedicated clutched for each rope make cleats and other agricultural deck hardware redundant.

Aesthetically hidden in the deep and wide anchor locker the retractable carbon fibre bowsprit is ready to be easily deployed to fit out the Gennaker.

Anchoring is done seamlessly, with the dedicated anchor bowsprit and articulated roller tease the friction of the sail on retrieval. There are two anchors, onearelady fittedtoits100m stainless steel chain, which is big enough to hold Zahir through any whims the weather. An additional anchor is stored below.

For those used to having to flake anchor chain or risk their limbs spreading the chain bulk in order to de-anchor, Zahir boast the rare and very refreshing asset not having this issue. The chain falls into a deep well with plenty of room to accomodate even that amount of chain all pulled up in one go.

The cockpit is wide and open, with very good shade to get away from the tropical sun or rain and to entertain many guests for dinner. Because of arrow Zahir's shape, it is wide and the centre table does not impede on traffic. The two carbon fibre wheels are sturdy and not too large, giving you back space for when you want to move around. The cockpit has several large lazarettes and storage lockers, as well as the access hatch for the engine and another one for the steering quadrant. (The video shows it all. Follow the link to our Youtube presentation)

Inside, Jean-Marie Finot does not let us down. The superb saloon is wide open and welcoming. The galley, U-shape is large is suited to cooking while at sea.

The saloon, which curves around a mahogany table, is comfortable and large enough to sit 8 people comfortably. The headroom is over 6.4 at it's minimum.

Forward is the Master cabin, with it's queen size bed and full-size settee in white leather still in very good condition.The cabin door, large and curved, slides into into the bulkhead to free up space.

Forward is the large ensuite head area with shower and electric toilet.

Forward again is the crew cabin, which can be accessed via the deck hatch or a door in the forward bathroom. It has single bunk beds, a manual toilet and wash-basin.

A large sail locker is accessed via a deck hatch forward of the crew cabin.

Going back aft are two guests cabins with queen / king size beds and each their own ensuite electric head and shower.

Storage for everything is abundant and well-suited to extended life onboard.  


Read on for the full description and for more information please contact our friendly team at Nautilus Yacht Management. We are cruising yacht specialists and take a lot of pride in bringing you such a beautiful yacht.

Our agency has helped buyers from all around the world purchase the boat of their dream, and a decade of working on an international platform has provided us with the knowledge to help you with all the steps of your purchase, import, delivery, registration etc. Purchasing a yacht overseas does not have to be stressful. We are here to help.

Specialising in only the very best quality blue-water cruising yachts. Each listing is thoroughly checked by our experienced specialists team.

Nautilus Yacht Management is a boutique yacht brokerage specialising in premium quality cruising yachts around the world. We assist cruisers find a new home for their yacht at the end of their voyage, and help new cruisers finding the perfect boat for their needs.

All our yachts are submitted to multipoint safety and quality verification checks, and the use of dedicated escrow account for USD, AUD and EURO currencies, so that you can be safe at any stage of your purchase.

Call us today for more information or if you have any questions or concerns when purchasing a boat far from home. Our agency provides assistance with the logistics of purchasing a yacht abroad, including surveys, delivery, insurance, registration and import. currencies.

Please contact Anna Manach at +61(0) 420 882 296

Interested in this boat? Tel: +61(0) 420 882 296

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