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"Capella of Hull", Gaff headed Steel Motor Sailer Ketch Lying  Ireland

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Owner's Comments

I loved the Colin Archer shape, especially the stern and I believed the Builder's Comment: - 
"This is a big, strong, safe, slow, seaworthy, sea kindly boat and if that is what you are looking for she might suit you"

She was purchased early in 2002 and after some further work was brought over to Ireland. Here she was Blasted, Painted, Insulated, and fitted out to a good basic and simple standard before launching, summer 2003.

Now "Capella" she left Ireland in Feb '04 bound on a single-handed Atlantic circuit. The voyage of around 13,000 miles took almost two years and included some five months at sea.

The outward route was via Spain, Portugal, Canaries, Cape Verdes and then South across the Equator before turning West to Brazil.   The went North and West across to Trinidad, Venezuela and an exploration of the Windward Islands to Antigua. Re-crossing the North Atlantic to the Azores before finally heading back to Ireland.

The boat is slow, comfortable and well balanced. With a deep sheltered cockpit she can handle any extremes of weather and may be under the powerful Windpilot in all conditions. I have found her easy to manage and stress free in sailing throughout the trip. 

Since my return the boat has been overhauled, thoroughly cleaned and painted where necessary. Small improvements in the light of experience being carried out.

Capella has been planned and fitted out to suit the requirements of long distant single handed sailing. She is exceptionally plain and simple, but hopefully pleasing. Her fittings are all to the highest quality standards.

As a family boat she would require a bathroom and if strongly crewed would handle much greater sail area.

Capella has pleased me entirely, sailing happily through virtually all conditions without concern. She is a good, clean capable boat in slightly used condition. 

I am selling because advancing years dictate a smaller craft.


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For further details or to arrange to view, please contact Adrian  Espin at: - Astonbury Marine Services 
19 Colne Road, Brightlingsea, Essex, CO7 0DL  Tel: 01206 305 996  or +44 1206 305 996
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