ELEANOR MARY (ex Saoirse of Cork II) is a very special Rustler 36, she is of course traditional and a very elegant long distance cruiser and built to an incredibly high standard. Eleanor Mary was built in 1997 for a couple to sail round the world on. They spent 5 years fitting her out and the internal joinery was done by MB Yachts whose joinery work is second to none. She therefore has a non-standard layout with a storage locker aft of the chart table and instead of a conventional tiller she has a custom made wheel.
Her current owner took ownership in 2008 after her first owners were not able to take her on her intended journey sadly due to ill health. Her second and current owner has continued to love and cherish her and she has spent most the second part of her life cruising between Brittany and Southern England. It is now time once again to find her third custodians who will continue to love, cherish and hopefully take her off on new and exciting adventures.
All original build and fit out invoices are held.
I met Eleanor Mary for the first time when I sought a smaller yacht after a decade of North Atlantic sailing in my big gaff cutter. I was hugely impressed. I found a boat built as the retirement dream of a professional sailmaker born into a family which had built boats in Baltimore for three centuries. I saw immediately that she had created a craft which included everything that my own experience had taught me to value for a short-handed, blue water cruiser. Her owner had adapted the standard Rustler 36 cutter fit-out to go one size up in all her rig and equipment so as to achieve the robustness needed for sailing around the world and had made a suite of sails to match. Her accommodation elegantly echoed her purpose. I felt honoured to be able to inherit her. Ten years later, I am as thrilled with her as the day I took delivery, and hope that my successor has a much pleasure on board as I have had.