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"Cayenne" 43ft Robert Clark classic cutter, lying Suffolk

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Owner's Comments

As a professional sailor for the last twenty four years, I've had an opportunity to sail many different craft from square riggers to Chinese junks. I've spent many years at sea sailing and delivering different yachts and I can honestly say that Cayenne is the best boat I've ever sailed. Why is this? 

1. She has a great character and soul, which only beautiful wooden yachts seem to exhibit.
2. She is great fun to sail - one of the fastest ocean racers of her size in the late 1930's
3. She has great directional stability - many a time in the Trade Winds I've been able to set the sails, lash the helm and Cayenne has steered herself for an hour or two at a time
4. She handles heavy weather well - I've been in many gales, storms and a hurricane aboard Cayenne and she has coped admirably, especially hove to under staysail, with the helm lashed and the crew sleeping below waiting for the gale to blow itself out

Cayenne at the Brest festival

Cayenne mid Atlantic

Additional Notes

1. She is one of only forty yachts listed on the National Register of Historic Ships 
2. She has a fine old Hasler self steering gear - fitted to Cayenne by Blondie Hasler himself when she was based in the Mediterranean
3. She has a very strong rig - mast / boom / rigging / sails / self tailing winches / stanchions / chain plates etc. as these were all renewed in Cape Town; and in South Africa they don't skimp on quality as the rig has to stand up to the rigours of the Southern Ocean.
4. She sleeps six people, but can also be sailed with just one or two.
5. She has standing headroom throughout
6. She has twin forestays and a bermudan cutter rig - my ideal rig
7. Cayenne is fitted with both a 12 Volt system and a 240 Volt system throughout the boat.

50,000 miles

I've sailed Cayenne over 50,000 miles, this has included four very special journeys:

1. A three month expedition to the Azores - collecting plants for Kew Gardens and RHS Wisley. This expedition discovered a new species of plant

Cayenne off Table Bay, Cape Town

2. A two year voyage round Africa to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the first European rounding of southern Africa. His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales personally paid for the refit and
preparation of Cayenne for this voyage.
3. A one year voyage to the Caribbean to commemorate the 500th anniversary of Christopher Columbus's first voyage
4. A voyage to Edinburgh to celebrate Cayenne's 60th birthday. During this journey we discovered pictures of Cayenne's sea trials in 1938 on the floor of the disused offices of the shipyard where she
was originally built. We also met the 78 year old James Miller, who originally built Cayenne in 1938 when he was working as an 18 year old apprentice in his father's yard.

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Cayenne is a very special classic yacht with a great sailing performance - both locally and long distance across the world's ocean's. With Cayenne, you get a lot of boat for your money; you also get an asset which, if looked after well, is likely to appreciate in value over time - unlike modern, soulless, GRP bathtubs which depreciate in value and won't be around in 60 years time ...

I've lost count of how many times in the last twenty years someone has come over to Cayenne and told me that she is the most beautiful boat in the marina. 

Cayenne is a joy to sail. She is waiting for a new adventure. Will you be at the helm?

Broker's Comments

Cayenne is currently nearing the end of a major refit, New doghouse roof, decks re-caulked, new cockpit floor, engine serviced, hull repairs completed total paint job. Well worth a look. 


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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:  +44 (0) 1206 305 996
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In this case we are acting as Brokers only. The Vendor is not selling in the course of a business. Whilst every care has been taken in their preparation, the correctness of these particulars is not guaranteed. The particulars are intended only as a guide and they do not constitute a term of any contract. A prospective buyer is strongly advised to check the particulars and where appropriate at his own expense to employ a qualified Marine Surveyor to carry out a survey and/or to have an engine trial conducted.