Fiery CrossTrimaran 35ft which was extended to 40ft for the F40 class racingBuilt in 1988 for The Azores, RB&I and Route de Roune as a single handerDesigned and built by Merfyn Owen (it was his first multihull and one of his first yachts)Achieved 35 knots on a Transatlantic CrossingFully renovated 2017Was hit by a storm last week and suffered mast damage as seen in photos. There is some damage to the prow which will need repair.Fiery Cross is sold as seen and can be viewed at Hayling Yacht Company Hayling Island – it is on a pontoon tied up to a barge.Auction is 99p start and whoever bids the most wins. Owner takes responsibility for boat once paid. PLEASE no time wasters. If you bid you buy and you get the boat once payed.Fiery Cross was on the market for £24k but now with the damage it needs to be old at auction to someone that is prepared to do the work to get it rigged with a new or repaired mast.
Part Exchanges and offers welcome.
To discuss call Stephan 07968947415
Link to photos of the renovation and other historical photos. https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1sUmddyo2dGeyMXfENH_R6qQq5MRTPRI4?usp=sharing
The below description is as she was listed before the demasting. Buyer will need to take ownership of the boat on payment/collection which means taking over the existing mooring or finding alternatives. She is currently on a sheltered berth in Marina – the cost of the mooring amd the marina are around £1500 a year factoring in moving lotgstics.
FIERY CROSS·SATURDAY, 6 JULY 2019
Fiery Cross was born in 1988 in Looe Cornwall. FX35 was designed and built by Merfyn Owen while he was still an Oxford Student and managed to access a Cray Mainframe to design his first racing yacht. FX35 was designed for long distance offshore racing, specifically the RB&I, Route de Roune and the Azores race. In the late 90’s FX35 was upgraded to F40 class by the addition of a 5ft carbon bow sprit and an upgraded carbon mast. With the new 60ft mast and a screecher FX35 was able to break a speed record on an Atlantic crossing. There were three attempts, with one of them ending in one of the floats hitting something and breaking – FX was taken to Newfoundland where two new cedarwood armas were made. FX35 was abandoned in a yard in Hampshire UK from approx 2000 – 2015 when the current owner aquired her and spent the next three years completely rebuilding. A new mainsail was designed and built and the hulls, standing and running rigging all rebuilt. FX35 was launched in 2017 however has not sailed due to the owners personal circumstances working abroad.
Operating with three foresails and one Main – FX is a singlehander but has two bunks for longdistance two handed sailing. Not designed for comfort FX has a cabin with two pipe cots and a small galley and chart table. The addition of a tupperware bowl and a two burner alcohol stove completed the galley. The main cabin pipe cots are particularly uncomfortable yet practical because when sailing it is almost impossible to get thrown out once wedged in. However the seating area below offered an opportunity to make a more cosy double bed area for when not racing.
The deck is covered in luminous grip and the large trampoline areas are made of deep sea fishing trawler net. Every kind of net was evaluated and the green trawler net proved to be the best solution for many reasons. The armas are made of Kevlar and west system epoxy. Most of the hull is made of glass fiber and west system epoxy. The prow area was rebuilt as a crumple zone and made of carbon reinforced kevlar and is a separate compartment to the forward cabin.
The chart table is surrounded by equipment including radar, raymarine controller, marine vhf.
FX is steered using a tiller arm connected to the rudder which is seated in a rudder stock so that if the rudder hits anything the rudder will rise. It is held in place by a sacrificial aluminium strip. The central dagger board is the heaviest element and drops around 2m below the lowest point of the hull. The dagger is raised and lowered using ropes that run through pulleys in the dagger.
The mainsail was missing when the current owner renovated so it was necessary to design and build a new one. In consultation with a dozen sailmakers a new sail evolved. The sail was designed for long distance racing. In her wardrobe FX has a Screecher, a Genoa, a mizzen, storm sail an asymmetric spinnaker.
FX has a bracket on its rear beam that was used to mount a 9.9 hp long shaft engine.
Safety clip on lines make it possible to access every inch of the boat while clipped on, man overboard autoinflater buoy and throw pole, dual fire extinguishers, double net on trampolines, escape hatch in cabin.
Speed – when I interviewed a previous owner I was informed that FX35 was clocked at 35 knots – that gives FX a huge operating range. FX glides through the water with minimal effort so fitting an inboard motor would be highly effective if done right. There is ample room under the cockpit floor for an engine or electric drive. The amount of sail make for a very large power potential, particularly the new design mainsail and the screecher. The Screecher is probably the next sail that needs replacing and probably has been the sail that did the most work in the past. FX weighs in at 1300KG it was measured by the crane when lifted and fully loaded with sails at 1.3 ton.
The interior had a new LED lighting system with 12 circuits al controlled from a single switch box. Half of the lighting is red LED and the other half white. After many years of night sailing it was very clear to me that night vision is very important and not to be spoiled by bright white lights. The red LED lighting worked out perfectly.
The wiring loom was mainly replaced with the addition of a new switch/fuse unit, battery isolator, two heavy duty lorry batteries 180 AH, new tricolour, deck socket, deck and cabin waterproof speakers, audio amplifier, internet router SIM based unit, new VHF radio, four extra USB sockets, cigarette lighter socket. There are many other upgrades I intend to make. An AIS transponder is first on the list, followed by a new steering RAM and steering sensor for the Raymarine navigation computer.
Surprisingly a single Photovoltaic panel fitted on the cabin roof has kept the batteries topped up for two years without any drop in power. For any serious offshore adventure FX should carry a generator. The Furumo RADAR probably uses the most power and nowadays a navigator would probably use AIS. From my experience as a delivery skipper I prefer to carry all my devices and not have them installed on the boat. The NMEA output from the Raymarine provides, Depth, Windspeed, GPS, direction, Speed in water, rudder position. The next thing I would add is a WiFi enabler for the Raymarine unit so that my mobile devices such as Android Tablet running Navionics can access the NMEA data. The deck instruments are all working and in good condition, they probably survived because they had their weather covers on. The display of the radar is an original RED plasma screen which seems to have lost its definition.
In 2002 FX was owned by Donald Mcarthy who entered the two handed Round Britain race – somewhere near the beginning of the race they suffered serious bow damage and retired. http://www.thedailysail.com/offshore/02/37207/two-handed-round-britain-race-grinds-to-a-temporary-halt
FX finished the AZAB in Falmouth – it was owned by Rupert Kidd from 1989 to 1996 – the highlights were revealed to me in a dialogue with Rupert:-
The original mast was aluminium with a 47 foot mast head rig, when the boat was built in 1987. We extended this in 1992 by 10 feet, so it ended up 57 feet. After I sold the boat in 1996 to Simon Bolt, former skipper of Velsheda, he broke the mast and replaced it with carbon but used the same rigging. It was painted cream. The 1990Twostar is the only major race not finished. The starboard outrigger broke off and we were rescued by a container ship, which picked up the boat and took us to Nova Scotia, where two new outriggers were built (out of strip cedar) and we sailed the boat back the next year. The 1988 Ostar took 24 days, but I was half way in 8 days before the furling gear and then the dagger board broke.The 1989 RBR took 19 days 19 hours (including the 8 days of stop overs) We were 1st in class and 6th overall. In 1993, we broke the forestay and had to stop in Ramsgate for repairsThe repair upgraded FX with a crash bulkhead to support the inner forestay. There is an interesting picture on the inside where a picture has been encapsulated in the resin!
Mainsail – the mainsail was made in 2016 to a design made in consultation with several sailmakers. The new sail incorporates a square top which was a change from the pointed original sail. We decided on an 8 batten sail with three reef points. A total of 60.43 Square M, P=14.70, e=4.70, a/x = 3.5:1, The mast is 17.61 with the fredriksson track 17.10m.
Genoa – this is 32 SQM and furls on a ProFurl system that has been painstakingly overhauled. It is a sealed bearing system with a dual track so that a second sail can be inserted while the sail is being used!
Mizzen sail – this is smaller, not measured it but is sits between the main and the genoa on its own steel wire furling drum which is winched up in a halyard.
Screecher – the screecher was an addition for the F40 class and connects to the carbon bow sprit which is held in place by three steel wires connected to the bow and the forward points of the armas. The screecher is a huge sail, not measured and it looks stretched in places but fully usable.
Storm sail – doesnt look like it was ever used.
Asymetric Spinnaccer – this is in good condition and has not been used during my ownership.
There are 4 halyards, the main halyard was replaced with a 2:1. One of the halyards which would be used for the storm sail is also used to help secure and lift the center board. When afloat the centerboard floats in its socket and goes up and down using two control ropes which go back to the cockpit. After a lot of work the system works effortlessly.
The castelated aluminium boom is very light and maybe it would have been carbon when the mast was replaced but the aluminium boom is perfect as it is and has all the right eyes and openings for the three reefing lines, lazy jacks, sail cover etc.
The rudder sits in a socket and is secured with an aluminium arm. There is a wooden tiller arm attaches to it and an extension piece extends the tiller to the autopilot tiller which is another tiller arm that the autopilot ram can operate. This has a sensor for the raymarine to detect the steering position but it needs replacing.
Liferaft – the liferaft that was fitted was tested after 13 years and worked perfectly! I was told it was superior to anything that could be supplied and that refurbishing it was the best option. So it was completely reconditioned in 2016 and fitted – it is an 8 person liferaft designed for offshore.
On deck there are four winches all are two/four speed made by Anderson and fully maintained and serviced in 2016. They probably are as good as new and they dont need any attention, just work perfectly. Around the cockpit we have multiple banks of Jammers – there are 14 in all and two have broken levers and need replacing.
On the rear platform there is the Radar support made of aluminium and particularly robust. in front of it is a 25 ft VHF antenna that connects to a large box in the cockpit. this has not been tested and it is the amplifier for the long range antenna.
Details of Sale
FX35 is currently on a pontoon at Mill Rhythe, Hayling Island. It can be viewed anytime but needs to be accessed via the water. No timewasters please.
FX35 is sold as seen.
List for Sale
4 Man Life Raft Ocean Safety reconditioned 2016 – cost £600
Boom Castelated Aluminium Bespoke 10.5 m – original 1996 (not the original but when upgraded to F40)
Mast Carbon Fiber Proctor – inspected and service 2016
Mast Track – Fredriksson Mast track 60.43 Ft fully serviced and working perfectly with separate bolt connectors for each batton (8)
Mainsail – NEW 2016 – designed and made by Doyle Sails. It has a semi square top, 8 battens, 3 reefing points. 60.63m the Main is 60m sq
Standing Rigging – inspected and serviced 2016 cost £5000
Running Rigging – replaced some and re rigged 2016 cost ?
Main Halyard – replaced with 2:1 in 2016 cost £400
Huawei Internet Router 4G – New, requires SIM
Long Range Antenna for Huawei – mounted on the Radar Platform
Long Range Shortwave and VHF antenna 25 ft mounted on the transom – not tested. Has a large box in the cockpit which is an amplifier.
GPS tranceiver New
Trampolines – Double Netted, uses Fishing Trawlernet, handstitched – ready to take the weight of walking or running or jumping on! Great to sleep on in the summer.
Fenders – 5 x Foam Fenders, homemade to save weight and be easy to stow. Made of very expensive closed cell foam.
Spare Rope – there are around 50 ropes that can be used to increase the rigging. All of these have been cleaned and stowed ready to use. The boat does not have any rigging on her that is not in use – so the mizzen sail, spinnaker and screecher all have their own sheets. There are plenty of slares too!
Furler for the Screecher – this is a top of the range French make TBD
Bowsprit – Carbon Fibre Pole – this extends the LOA to 40 ft making FX35 a F40 class. The Carbon Fiibre pole is held in place by three steel wires. Currently it is stowed along with the sail.
ProFurl – the Genoa Furler is permanently installed and has been thoroughly serviced and tested. It works effortlessly like it should. The Forestay on which it is installed is new 2016. The Forestay track has two tracks.
Inner Forestay – this has quick release and is original from 1996 and in excellent condition
Halyards – the Main Halyard is new and replaced a 1:1 with a 2:1 – we used the best materials we could find and used Harken Bearing Blocks. There are 3 other Halyards all original from 2004 which are in good working condition.
Blocks – there are a dozen Harken Blocks which can be used for additional ratios on the main sheet or for various and creative rigging options.
Foredeck socket – this is a high power socket for a searchlight. The searchlight is good but it should be replaced with a modern LED or Halogen.
Center Board – this is probably about half a ton and is 10 ft long. It is in good condition and has been greased in its socket. It requires a bit of understanding to use. It was painted using a 2 part epoxy paint and then the bottom half was painted in a flourourescent orange which has worn off but can easily be painted on again.
Winch Handles x 3 – Harken
Genoa – 30 sqm – orinal 1990’s sail
Mizzen Sail – 15 – 20 Sqm – original 1990s sail
Storm Sail – unused Red
Asymetric Spinnaker – Blue used but in good condtition with no tears
Screecher – estimate approximately 60 – 70 sqm made of an exotic material ready to use but stretched in places.
Deck – there are two sets of sheet tracks on either side of the deck – one for the Genoa and one for the mizzen. Additional floating/flying blocks woudl be used for the spinnaker
Solar Panel – there is one solar panel and a unit in the cabin that are sufficient to keep the batteries trickle charged. If offshore sailing it would be vital to carry a generator.
Main Sheet – currently 6:1 but can be varied with the addition of blocks. It has a long mainsheet rope which was replaced in 2016.
Traveller – this is a bespoke custom traveller built for the original rig – Harken – good condition, regualrly serviced.
Hatch – perspex with deck grip – sealable using two levers.
Boat hook – usable but old and needs replacing
Boat Brush x 2 – old and usable
Sea Anchor – Orange in good condition
Rock Anchor – good condition with Chain and Rope
Soft Bed Anchor – good condition with chain and rope
Batteries – 2 X Lorry Batteries replaced 2016 180 Ah
Bulkhead removable – there is a separate bulkhead door between the forecabin and the foreward crash zone. Currently it is not sealed but it should be for offshore sailing.
Netting – the forecabin has netting shelves all round to store the ropes that are needed on deck.
Bilge Pump – the forecabin has a manual bilge which is operated from the main cabin
Transducer Speed – located in the hull of the forecabin
Transducer Depth – located in the hull of the forecabin
Breaker Box – breaker switched x 20 was replaced in 2016 – also has 4 x USB ouplets, 1 x car lighter outlet, and one three way switch for the Tricolour.
Raymarine GPS control module – tested working, needs to connect to a plotter to see working. THis unit controls the autohelm and all the sensors and transducers.
VHF Radio – not included
VHF Handheld – not included
Navtek – working but screen faded
LED Lighting – 6 circuits which provide RED of White lights from a 12 switch block.
Galley – shelving and storage – designed to contain everything without spillage
no stove included – was an origo 2 burner alcohol stove
Amplifier with Line In, FM Radio and Memory Stick – connected to a switch which selects between Deck, Cabin or both Speakers.
Cabin Speakers – powerful waterproof stereo pair
Cabin Compass – built into the divider and with light fully working but not recently calibrated, seems accurate.
Bilge Pump – hand operated – working perfectly
Storage compartments x for all the ropes
Rigging Bags – there are 4 large canvas bags which hang in the cockpit to hold all the ropes – they are not installed currently but it wont take much to rehang them.
Deck Compass – same as cabin compass and lit, not tested but accurate.
Depth Display Module
Wind Speed Display Module
Radar Display Module
GPS Display Module
Deck Speakers Waterproof Stereo Pair – powerful
4 winches Andersen 2/4 way working perfectly
Furuno Radar original working but the screen is faded
MOB emergency pod – cost £100
MOB emergency pole – original carbon pole – refurbished with new reflective materials
Radar Reflector New 2016
Masthead Tricolour – NASA replaced 2016 working perfectly
Wind direction and speed Sender – NEW replaced 2016 fully working
Rudder – inserts in the rudder slot – was reconditioned 2016. Has a small nick where it got stuck but it is perfectly working. THe orange paint has come off. There are two Tillers.
TIller 1 – wooden connects to the rudder with a square section with a bolt to secure. Fully reconditioned and epoxied wood.
Tiller 2 – designed to use a higher slot in the transom. Designed to connect to the rudder direction sensor and for the tiller arm to be moved by a RAM. RAM and sensor are removed from the boat and not included in the sale (I dont have them).
2 pipe cots made from sturdy aluminium poles and deckchair material – fully working – you wont fall out!
Netting racks – racks on both sides to hold all the gear.
Escape Hatch – this is just above water level and opens using two lockable levers. Useful in many ways – doubles up as a head and a place to dunk a bucket or do some fishing or pass in supplies.
does it have space for living inside – yes but it is tight. the standing room inside is enough for someone 5ft 10″ the main cabin has a board which fits in between the bench and lockers which makes a base the size of a double bed. the galley has lots of storage compartments and space for a bowl or double fuel stove. there is a small fridge. can you keep it where it is – yes it can stay on the same arrangement. but yard space is not available until next year and that needs to be arranged/negotiated. FX35 was renovated locally at another similar Marina on Hayling Island and there are others locally such as Thornham which has more facilities for multihulls. currently there isnt a berth wide enough so she sits in the launching area or rafted up against the barge.why is it relisted – because ebay doesnt give any options to add/change photos or descriptions once bids are made – so it was fair to relist to include the new photos of the demasting. apologies to bidders!can i make an offer – yes please dodoes it have an engine – no! for racing it was always towed to the start line area or sailed straight off and onto the mooring. It has the mount for an outboard – in fact there are two mounts – the original is not used because it did not work well. Another mount was made in 2017 and this works better. there is no outboard included in the sale. The outboard that would be used is something like a 15HP longshaft.what safety – FX35 has a crumple zone on the bow which extends about 1 m to a removable bulk head. in the past there was a collision which resulted in this redesign. there is a MOB floating pole/beacon on board, fire extinguishers, escape hatch, 4 man liferaft all included note the liferaft was recommissioned and turned out to be a very high quality one which was refurbished professionally – the warranty has probably run out and it will need to be recommissioned again, but likely that is only a few hundred £.how much does it weigh – when relaunched it had sails, mast and everything loaded onboard, it was lifted by a calibrated crane and weighed in at 1300KG .where is all the gear? – two sails are still on the boat attached to the standing rigging. The other sails and running rigging are ready to deliver to the new buyer once the auction ended and payment received. the seller intends to deliver all the running rigging to the shore at Hayling yacht Company to the new owner or leave safely for collection. there are four large boxes of ropes and blocks and furlers.
Current Price: £2850.00
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