"Sea Spray" Fisher 37 Ketch Lying South of France
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Heavy displacement; a quality rarely found on modern yachts, provides a comfortable dampened motion in a seaway and no uncomfortable rapid movements that are associated with lighter boats in heavy weather.
The long keel provides direction stability that makes for tireless helming for man or autopilot.
Sailing performance; sceptics would say that the Fisher does not sail. Owners and yachting journalists that have had the opportunity to test the boats for long periods know that it is not true.
The Fisher sails as well as and better than some pure cruising yachts. Many long ocean passages have been made under sail; and in group boat tests and rallies the Fisher has always shown to be superior in most respects.
Security in construction and design; encapsulated keels, very strong GRP laminates, decks bolted and bonded to the hull all go together to make the Fisher the strongest available.
No skimping to save cost or marginal building to save weight. High bulwarks for security on deck with large freeing ports to quickly clear any water unavoidably taken on board, deep cockpits with high coamings, all self draining.
Protected steering; the wheelhouse provides the most secure and comfortable place from which to pilot the vessel, protection from the elements in colder conditions, protection from the sun in hot climates and a second living area that gives all round visibility whether on passage or at anchor.
Quality of build; each Fisher is individually crafted to suit the owner, vast quantities of teak are used which is finished with a skill rarely found in modern boat building.
The joinery is enhanced with carefully chosen fabrics and fittings to provide an atmosphere that is classically traditional and yet by the subtle use of modern technology is right up to date in its construction and specification.
When retiring, as merchant navy shipmaster, my wife and I planned to get a substantial motor sailer, fit for extended cruising, as well as a comfortable second home in the sun. Reliability and good performance under sail as well as under engine, were our essential requirements. We also needed a safe boat with bulwarks and a deep cockpit to take our grand children at sea without fears - on either side !
In over five years, "SEA SPRAY" proved to be just right and these youngsters still try to convince us not to sell her ! But we don't escape the passage of years, with the need to change to a smaller, lighter boat.
After a summer in Dutch waters, we stopped at Northshore for inspection, on our way to the Med. Nothing was found wanting, but we dared replacing the Baby Blake toilet, giving away a respected traditional fitting to more discerning yachtsmen !
We spent much time in Brittany and were very pleased with her sailing ability. She went far beyond our expectations, especially after a rather disappointing experience with another motor sailer. She quickly reaches seven knots and carries all her canvas until force 6. She remains extremely well balanced under various sets of sail. Despite a forecast for NE 4-5, we met a SW 8-9 in the Biscay, where she took good care of us, at 8 knots under mizzen and half genoa, totally unaware of her crew's feelings of worry !
On the other hand, she did not worry when her lazy skipper unrolled just her genoa, expecting the 1-2 hesitant breeze to drop as soon as sail was set. Just as lazily, she sailed long tacks at 2-3 knots from Marseilles to Cape Couronne, everyone enjoying the sun and such quiet motion !
Her 6 tons of ballast carry her from one wisp of wind to the next and she generally goes about without engine. Her weight also gives her power to punch steadily to windward. Spray is sure flying then, and the wheelhouse comes as a real bonus.
The 80 HP Ford engine is another excellent feature. Quiet and extremely reliable, it gives 6.5 knots at 1350 RPM on about 3 lt./h. Full ahead, she reaches 8 knots. Purists may forgive an old man to use his boat as a motor sailer, which does not seem totally unreasonable with a Fisher. As fact, under sail with the engine ticking over, she makes many good sailors envious, pointing so high with such good turn of speed.
While in Holland, we went to the yard that rebuilt the interior for her Dutch owner, to have further improvements done. We even managed to make the wheel-house seating comfortable by Continental standards. We also replaced the Navtex using needless miles of paper by a Dutch one, the best I've ever had, with its display of tide curves for all of Europe.
We have spent a lot of time on board, even in winter and without sailing, enjoying the generous accommodation and luxurious features. "SEA SPRAY" is a boat that has not just been well designed and built, but also fitted out in luxury. Teak decks are not only a pleasure to look at, but a most desirable feature at sea.
Broker's CommentsHere is a great opportunity to get a comfortable, long-distance, cruising boat that has been kept well up to date with her equipment and has been very well looked after, at a fraction of the price of a new boat.
She has taken her current owners in comfort from North Holland via the UK to Gibraltar and Marseilles.
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