Samphire I and II
My wife and I, purchased our first Sweden Yacht – the 39 foot – in 1997 and sailed her down through Denmark (Little Gat) and the Keel Canal, then through Holland (knocking off the VHF aerial and wind indicator on a too low bridge on the way), to our home port of Burnham-on-Crouch, S.E. England. We went on to have wonderful sailing to Southern Brittany, the highlight being Bastille night on Belle Isle.
Whilst we loved our 39 foot SY, I saw a model of the new 45 foot conception – the temptation was just too great – and placed the order immediately.
Samphire II was manufacture no. 6 and was launched in May 2000 and named by Sue breaking a bottle of champagne on her bow and the entire workforce balanced on the little pontoon drinking her health. Such emotion.
We asked for several modifications to the standard, for example:- A raised platform behind the helm to enable "fairly short" wife and daughters to see clearly over the spray-hood. Blue hull with cherry interior (we love beautiful woodwork). Electric winches to enable two people to handle her easily. Generator and water-maker to be self-sufficient. No self-tacking track, but yes to carbon spinnaker boom for easy handling. We insisted on removing the mainsheet fixing from the cockpit to onto the coach-roof and had it reinforced to take it. We believe that became the standard.
Launch Champagne Cork!
Last year we purchased an "Anchor Buddy" (301b lead weight to slide down the anchor chain and deep the anchor shank on the sea bed –absolutely excellent.
We have also purchased a Stainless Steel Spade anchor to replace the CQR – yet to be tested.
We sailed Samphire II over the top of Denmark and hit our first storm, then bore away to go down the North Sea, through the ghost like gas rigs off East Anglia to Burnham and thence onto the Mediterranean and Port Grimaud (next to St Tropez) where she lives.
We took part in the Voile de St Tropez, racing in class 6 of 64 yachts, but her basic 14 tonne weight together with full water tanks, fuel tanks and complete cruising equipment was no match for the IMX 40's (who even removed bunk cushions) to whom we had to give time — madness. However, we were first away on one day!!
Four years ago we sailed the 1200 nautical miles to Croatia and spent a very happy summer there, eventually sailing back to Port Grimaud with just myself, wife and one daughter, in 8 days.
Then we spent subsequent summers, exploring Corsica and Sardinia, Sicily and the Aeolian Islands and last year we sailed the Greece and through the Corinth Canal to the Cyclades Isles (very windy).
To date we have sailed Samphire II some 20,000 nautical miles and have loved every minute (apart from the odd gale on the nose!).
This year we have replaced our original North Spectra sails with Quantum (Ipswich) Pentex sails, which look fantastic and will enhance Samphire's beauty and performance as the old sails simply disintegrated at the end of last season. After 9 seasons they owed us nothing.
Sweden Yachts have been tremendous (Henrik has always been at the end of the phone to help with part numbers and construction information). We have made life long friends of Birgitta Anderson (sales director at the time we bought both our boats) and her husband Bert and go back to Stenungsund every year for a Christmas party.
We are very sorry to hear of the present problems with the company and hope that it gets bought by someone soon.
What a wonderful product!!
What attracted us to Samphire II
We bought Samphire in Sweden and sailed her to Burnham on Crouch for one season and then on to the Mediterranean Sea and to Port Grimaud where we have a house with a mooring for her.
We have sailed her to Croatia, Greece, Sicily, Corsica and Sardinia and generally around the South of France.
We sail her together (Sue and I) but like to have 4 on board for long passages and sailing through the night.
Samphire II sails extremely well, has a superb helm with no resistance, a good turning circle (spins on a sixpence), and with all halyards coming back to the cockpit, she is easy for 2 people to manage. The electric winches make any heavy work so easy, Sue can get me up the mast on her own, and you can tack her single handed with no problem. She is easy to reef and with the large main, it is important to reef early, when the boat simply heels less and is more comfortable but loses no speed. We also have had put up the mast a separate track for the mainsail storm sail for extreme conditions. The bow thruster is useful when getting in and out of tight Marinas. The Generator provides power to run the Watermaker and is also there as a safety precaution to charge batteries if normal charging becomes a problem. As we like to stay out of marinas as much as possible we use the generator regularly to keep the fridges/freezer going and the batteries charged. Samphire is a delight to sail and has looked after us well.
For entertaining or just living, she is very comfortable, with a large saloon and /or cockpit table there is plenty of space. The aft swimming ladder works well and with this down, getting in and out of the water is easy. Also useful, if the situation arose, of recovering someone who has fallen into the water. A very good boat for children and we have had our grandchildren with us for 2 weeks since they were 3 years old. She is a yacht that will attract attention, when sailing or in a marina, etc.
We are sadly selling Samphire because I had a mild stroke this winter and am now taking Warfarin which thins the blood, and Sue prefers we stay closer to land, so our long distance sailing has very sadly come to an end. We will miss her badly as she is very much a member of our family, but times change and we now feel we need a much smaller boat for more local sailing only.
Samphire II is now fitted out and ready to go off round the world. She has new standing rigging, with engine, generator and water maker serviced, and all in good condition. The sails are only 2 years old, and excellent and ready for "the big cruise". She is a superb, strong, round the world yacht, looking for a new owner who wants to enjoy the delights of sailing on the best.
[ Samphire II ]
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