November 1, 2013
One of a series of three, LITTLE TOY is well known to Berthon and was delivered by Moonen in 1993.
Originally a three cabin yacht, she was later remodelled with the galley moving down a deck into the third sleeping cabin, and thereby providing one of the best main saloons on the planet.
She now has thoroughly selfish accommodation for the owners and two guests plus a laundry and freezer room as well as an engine room that you could get lost in.
One of our favourite spots aboard LITTLE TOY is the wheelhouse – this is Mission Control Central personified with a really good steering position and navigation area and separate seating and table. There are bifold doors opening onto the aft deck making it a huge area in sunny weather. The interior is full of beautifully hand crafted teak – and absolutely no rough edges.
Berthon and LITTLE TOY are old friends and we have sold her on a number of occasions. She has spent her life to date in Northern European waters but with a range of around 1,500 nautical miles she could effortlessly stretch her legs and voyage further.
Easily handled with twin screw and bowthruster, this owner happily manoeuvres her single handed when needed. She is the perfect tool for cruising in Scotland where she has spent a lot of time, as with her comfortable wheelhouse the damp weather won’t get in the way of your cruising plans.
Her owner writes:
‘The quality of the build at every level from the solid timber carpentry, the double glazing, the leather settees, the over specified central heating throughout and even the extraordinary silent loos in both heads offer a level of comfort equal to a five star hotel. She is a magnificent little ship and there are few to be found.
I have discovered LITTLE TOY is a very easy boat to sail single handed. She weighs 55 tons, so all close quarter manoeuvres are done in slow motion. She can turn within her own axis on engines alone and using the bow and stern thrusters I can manoeuvre her side-ways into a berth with only inches to spare fore and aft. She is a joy to handle in restricted spaces in a Marina or harbour.
At sea in a Force 7, for example motoring at 7 knots, seeing is believing. From the Bridge you see the spume passing in front of the bow, but do not feel the expected motion as the stabilisers and 55 ton weight plough through the waves with the double glazing.
By all means, step outside into the breach for the usual mayhem if you wish, but when the double glazed and insulated door shuts you into the solid timber of the interior together with the large leather deep buttoned and curved couches, the silence is deafening, and has to be experienced to be believed.
She was constructed at a time when quality and craftsmanship were the order of the day and the result is a unique 58 foot vessel of outstanding quality and comfort.’
LITTLE TOY has been updated through life, she had her teak decks partially renewed recently and her interior varnish work refinished until it gleams. A new owner would certainly gain her approval with new paint externally, and the big blue sheds at Berthon would be happy to help. Once done, she would definitely be a totally plug and play clockwork yacht.
Yachts built to this standard are not so common today at this size. LITTLE TOY turns heads wherever she goes and is offered for sale by Berthon for what is frankly a rather paltry sum.