We’re selling our beloved yacht Cassy. Why on earth are we doing that? Good question. New baby, amongst other things, and with five of us now (plus two dogs) she’s just not big enough. So she’s going to have to go – to someone new for a whole load of new adventures. We bought her four years ago, she was our first boat, we sailed her down from Wales to Plymouth and then along to the Isle of White. The crew then was myself, my wife, our two year old and our three dogs. I sailed her across the channel – took me 13 hours. From Cherbourg we sailed down past the Channel Islands to St. Malo where we entered the Brittany canal system. This is one of the fantastic features of this boat – it was designed for sailing down canals. Her draught is only 1.1m (the French canals average a depth of 1.3m) This fantastic draught is due to the fact that she is has bilge keels and a skeg rudder – this also means that in tidal waters, when the tide goes out (which it does twice a day) she gently settles on the bottom, i,e, she doesn’t fall over but rather sits perfectly upright – how cool is that? The Brittany canal system spills out into the Bay of Biscay, actually at Saint-Nazaire where we raised the mast and sailed down to Royan and into the river Garonne which connects to the famous Cana du Midi. There is a point to all of this…. We dropped the mast at Royan and motored down the Canal du Midi to Agde where we then sailed her down to where she is lying now, namely Port Torredembarra in Spain (Catalunya).To summarise, she is a 10m sloop built in Maldon, Essex in 1976 by one J.S. Leat (we have all of her original provenance). Her hull is strip teak, her coach-roof is of teak and mahogany. She weighs in at 8 tons, she’s incredibly stable at sea. Her companion way is deliberately offset so that when the mast is dropped for canals access to the below decks remains perfectly straightforward. She’s SSR registered as having 5 births. Her equipment inventory is as follows:VHF radio with mast-head antennaBukh DV24 2 cyl diesel engine (fitted in 2015)Autohelm 3000 (an absolutely superb bit of kit)Automatic bilge pumpNasa depth sounder (fantastic) Air conditioning (it’s very hot in Spain during summer)Windex (invaluable)Tri-colour mast-head navigation lightAnchor-chain-warpsMain sail and No.3 jib sailJabsco sea toiletPumped hot and cold water to the galley and headsA word or two about the marina where the boat is now – this is very important information for anyone who might like to know what it costs to keep a yacht in Spain. Port Torredembarra is a secret jem that very few know about. The marinas to the north and south are very popular and very expensive. Port Torredembarra is quite the opposite. The birth costs €3000 a year and that price includes free electricity, water and 24h Wifi (tell that to a UK marina and they’d have a heart attack). There are also fantastic showers etc., and there is also free parking. The point being that whoever wins this auction has the option to either keep the boat where it is (for €3000 a year) or sail off to wherever in the world it takes their fancy. She’s insured up until the end of July 2019 I can’t think what else to tell you about her, at least not at the moment. If anything comes to mind I’ll update the entry. Please feel free to contact me about anything, including any doubts or questions you may have.Suffice it to say that we love this boat, she has been a central part of our lives for four years and we’ve had the most fantastic adventures sailing her both at sea and down the canals. She’s a dream to handle and sail and very, very comfortable below decks. Interestingly we rented her out for three seasons on AirBnB and loads of clients commented on how fantastic is it to sleep on-board. Best of British with the auction!
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This Classic Teak 10m Sailing Boat boat is located in Holywell, CH8 9HW and is being sold on eBay by nolfese.