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Barbary Ketch, Barbary Spirit

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Barbary Spirit 
Sails and Deck Gear
Wheel House
Aft Cabin


Barbary Ketch, Barbary Spirit

Owner's Comments

Built in 1974, Barbary Spirit is a classic ketch of the period having a more than stylish look about her. She has 3 cabins (one salon and aft and forepeak) and can sleep 6 comfortably. 

One real advantage is the separation of the aft cabin from the others and this is great for snorers (or their listeners). She was originally marketed as a sailing ketch with an auxiliary engine but in truth she is a motor sailer with a lot of character. 

Another big advantage of  the Barbary Ketch is that the canvas cover over the wheelhouse can remain in place whilst sailing to provide excellent protection for  up to 4 people. We do this regularly in British waters. It should also be noted that all sheets for main, mizzen and Genoa are controllable from the wheelhouse in this configuration. On a pleasant day, as in most of the photographs, the cover can be rolled up and secured, or completely removed, in moments.

My wife and I fell in love with Barbary Spirit on first sight. We had been to see several yacht’s up and down the country, and although they were all lovely, for us they lacked that certain something.

We saw the advertisement on the internet for this Barbary Ketch and as it was a Saturday and only an hour and a half distance from home by road we decided that we would take a look. There she was perched up on her oil drums and we loved her shape immediately, bit like an old fashioned pirate ship. 

She was very run down, her owner had sadly died whilst he was renovating her to glory, but, my wife and I are always up for a challenge and loving what we saw thought in our wisdom that we had all the time in the world to bring her back to her full potential. Whilst we did a huge amount of work to bring her up to sea worthiness we thought that once we got her to her new home in Conwy we could fulfill our plans of making her truly wonderful, after all everyone admired her and she received lots of great comments from fellow sailors… Unfortunately fate played a hand insomuch as our business workload increased and time became very short in the leisure area. We spent less and less time doing what we love and Barbary Spirit never gained the sparkle in the form of cosmetic work that we had intended. So one good loving home required for a great craft…..

You will never feel uncertain sailing her as she is a very tough boat – cutting through waves and never slapping. Definitely one for blue water trips. 

She sails well under all conditions once you know which sails to put/leave up. In bad seas/strongish winds she loves a half-furled genoa with the mizzen up as this gives good stability. At port she will be stable while other boats are jumping all over the place in the wind. 

Barbary Spirit has nothing seriously wrong with her,  and if I had a couple of weeks to spend some time on her she would be ship shape. As she is at the moment she has niggling things which need some TLC but easily accomplished.

We are selling her very reluctantly because we just aren’t using her enough – maybe only three times this year

The survey done this year (and available from Eastern Yachts) was requested by us to get a feel for how much work was required to bring her up to scratch. The surveyor knew the boat well having done the same job for us when we bought her. He was asked to pull no punches but as you will see, his comments are hardly derogatory and mainly refer to her general “tiredness”.

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On the plus side the main her rigging is good for another 7 years or so and her main electrics are brand new 3 years ago, We have installed a bow thruster which makes life very much less embarrassing in confined spaces. If I had time to spend a few weeks on her this winter, we would not be selling her at such a low price….but I don’t!!! She does need a new cockpit canopy but we have had one priced at under £500. She is seaworthy and ready to go. 

If you have ever wanted to visit the North Wales coast (Conwy), then this may be an opportunity to do so. You will not be disappointed.

[ Barbary Spirit ] Photos ] Sails and Deck Gear ] Wheel House ] Layout ] Saloon ] Galley ] Forecabin ] Aft Cabin ] Heads ] Engine ] Specifications ] [ Comments ]
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For further details or to arrange to view, please contact Adrian  Espin at: - Eastern Yachts 
19 Colne Road, Brightlingsea, Essex, CO7 0DL  Tel: 01206 305 996  or +44 1206 305 996   

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