"Fionagal"   Westerly Renown Ketch, Lying  Devon

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Owners' Comments

This is a solidly built, confidence inspiring offshore cruising yacht having a roomy, safe centre cockpit with plenty to grab and steady oneself when necessary. Below decks there is generous standing head room throughout the saloon, and in the heads and part of the fore cabin.

Since we are giving up sailing for health reasons, the inventory remaining with the yacht is particularly comprehensive.

No evidence of osmosis was found by the surveyor at the time of purchase by the present owners, but as a preventative measure the hull was slurry blasted below the water line, dried out under cover until moisture readings were appropriate, and then epoxied. This work was carried out by Emsworth Shipyard Ltd in 1988. They also sprayed the topsides using a two-part paint system.

We bought "Fionagal" fifteen years ago following a cross channel trip in a chartered Renown. In fresh conditions the yacht's good handling and very secure feeling centre cockpit impressed. The crew felt that this was a boat that would look after them. Our then thirteen year old younger daughter even gained enough confidence for spells of down wind helming in a force six.

As a family of four, or latterly just the two of us, we have enjoyed cruising the area from Solent to Scilly and across the Channel. We sell the boat now with real regret that in retirement we cannot follow the example of the previous owners, who sailed her in the Med for two years. They found she coped very well with a lively Biscay crossing. She is easily handled by a crew of two.

The three separate cabins give valued privacy on extended cruises, as well as a chance for off-watch crew to sleep well on night passages. The roomy storage space has meant we have always been able to take everything needed for long trips. Holed up in harbour to sit out the inevitable gales, the saloon is roomy enough for all to be comfortable. The separate chart table means domestic chores need not interfere with passage planning.

The "Tinker Tramp" tender has been much enjoyed in harbours and anchorages, especially by youngsters; shades of "Swallows and Amazons".


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Avis and John Bruten Tel 01803 855 394 

The particulars given above are believed to be correct but the Vendor does not make or give and neither the Broker nor any person in its employment has any authority to make or give any representation or warranty in relation to this vessel in respect of which any Purchaser must rely on his own inspection. Web  by AMS