"Zeepret"   Pioneer 9   Lying  Inverness

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Designer's Comments

Pioneer was designed with the aim for a roomy and seaworthy family-boat. Accommodations were made for four people to live in comfort on board during holidays. She also had to be a performer in off-shore racing. And successful she is. We are proud to show you her impressive list of racing-records. Her seaworthiness was proven during thousands of miles of cruising, amongst others during the Fastnet Race. Due to advanced design and simplicity of construction she is easy to maintain and costs of upkeep are low.

E.G. Van De Stadt

Owner's Comments

Van de Stadt started the Pioneer GRP class with the aim of providing a roomy sea-worthy boat, which also had to be a good performer in offshore racing. The design was so successful that the RORC imposed a handicap penalty for GRP! In 1971 the first woman to make a non-stop crossing of the Atlantic did so in a Pioneer 9 and since then there have been several circum-navigations. ZEEPRET has been modified for offshore sailing and has been across the Atlantic twice.

I chartered extensively in a Pioneer on the West Coast of Scotland and was quick to buy ZEEPRET when she came on the market seven years ago. These boats have a particularly comfortable motion at sea, especially in the short sharp swells that spring up with wind against tide. More modern boat owners have invariably been surprised at ZEEPRETís up-wind performance in these conditions.

The robust construction made it worthwhile putting the best equipment into ZEEPRET. I fitted a new Beta 14 hp diesel about three years ago, and have also had new sails made to suit local conditions. In particular a fully battened main which can be reefed in a few seconds. This, coupled with a cutter rig, gives a very versatile sail plan, which can be quickly changed to suit sudden shifts in the weather. Simplicity of construction means ZEEPRET is easy to maintain and the cost of upkeep is low.

In general important components have been doubled; there are two bilge pumps, two GPSís, two compasses, a wind vane (Navik) and an Autohelm self steer, electric water system plus emergency hand operation, two dinghy pumps, slab reeling plus roller reeling, two anchors with two anchor chains and warps, spare tiller and so on.

Full charts are provided for the cruising areas I enjoy ó the West Coast of Scotland, the North Atlantic Faeroe Islands, Shetland and the Norwegian Sea.  Click here for details

The reason I have to sell is that I am emigrating to Vermont and I would particularly like ZEEPRET to go to an owner like myself who appreciates performance, easy handling in short-handed exploration and a feeling of safety in heavy weather.


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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: Freephone 0800 068 6190 or 01206  305996 Fax: 01206  307846
     or email to: adrian@astonburymarine.com
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.
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