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Destina is a very pretty, Harrison Butler, three berth cutter built in 1933. She has been lovingly maintained and upgraded to include a Yanmar 1GM10 Diesel engine fitted in 2000, new sails and cushions in 1999 etc..
|Length overall:||32' 9"|
|Length over deck:||26' 5"|
|Length waterline:||22' 6"|
|Builder: Harry Feltham, Portsmouth. 1933.|
|Rig: Bermudian cutter.|
|Sail area: 420 square ft.|
'Destina' has the classic lines of a 1930's yacht with that characteristic Harrison Butler sheer which attracts admiring comments wherever she goes. She is a surprisingly fast and handy sailing boat, described by her designer as a 'sports model'. This was born out by her performance in the 2002 East Coast Classics when she was always in the top 10.
Her working rig consists of jib, boomed staysail and main, but in addition she has a lightweight 'ghoster' which sets from bowsprit end to masthead and is a real powerhouse in light winds. A long jib pole allows this sail to be goosewinged for downwind sailing. All spars are varnished spruce. The cutter rig gives great flexibility and allows balance and speed to be adjusted according to the conditions with no need to worry about wrestling with large headsails.
The hull is planked in larch, copper fastened to closely spaced oak frames and substantial oak floors. The coachroof coamings and the curved cockpit coamings are varnished teak. External ballast is lead, secured by bronze keel bolts. Decks are swept laid teak. The deck seams have been raked out, the caulking cotton renewed and the seams finished with silicon sealant. Inside the boat is varnished teak and white gloss paint. There is copper Pascal Atkey charcoal burning stove giving an interior that not only looks extremely cosy but is also warm and dry. The sink has a hand pump drawing water from two five gallon stainless steel tanks. There are three berths, two in the saloon and one in the forepeak and plenty of cupboards and lockers for storage. The flush toilet is in the forepeak alongside the third berth.
'Destina' has been meticulously maintained and improved with new bunk cushions and covers (1999), new sails (1999), a new gas burner with grill (1999), a new electrical panel (2000 ), and a new Yanmar 1GM10 engine with aquadrive and bronze propeller (2000).
In 1999 we cruised 'Destina' from her base on the River Deben along the north coasts of Normandy and Brittany and across to South Devon. In 2001 we participated in the Portsmouth Festival of the Sea and in 2002 in the East Coast Classics. She has a very easy motion at sea and looks and feels like a bigger boat than she actually is. The cockpit is deep, providing good security and shelter for the crew, whilst wide side decks make for safe and easy sail handling. 'Destina' is an outstandingly pretty boat which has been lovingly maintained, but she is also a capable and practical cruising yacht with all the necessary equipment for coastal and cross channel cruising.
'Destina' has Part 1 'Blue Book' registration at Jersey.
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