A yacht well known to us having sold her to the current owners back in 2004. A splendid bluewater cruiser sea kindly, easy on the eye and she benefits from a very easily managed ketch rig. Fresh from very comprehensive 2 year refit she is ready for new adventures and represents a great opportunity to purchase an immensely capable yacht for a very modest ask.
We bought Lady Polgara in 2004 and immediately sailed south towards the Mediterranean, as we could not afford the south coast marina or mooring charges of the day.
The first summer we sailed down the west coast of France, across the Bay of Biscay, down the west coasts of Spain and Portugal and wintered the boat in Portimao on the Algarve in Portugal.
The next summer, with some sabbatical leave from work, we sailed down to Gibraltar and into the Mediterranean and, via southern Spain, the Balearics, Sardinia, Sicily, got to Greece and Lady Polgara’s new home in Kalamata Marina.
From 2006 to 2010 we stayed in Kalamata and explored the Peloponnese, the Ionion and the Cyclades and had wonderful holidays with family and friends.
Then, on retiring, we moved Lady P up to the Ionian and based her first at Vliho on Lefkas and then on the hard at one of the yards at Aktio to carry out the current refit.
In 2015, she went back in the water after 2 years on the hard and we had a good summer sailing with friends and family, including a trip down the Gulf of Corinth, through the Corinth Canal, round the Peloponnese (dropping in to say hi to old friends in Kalamata) and back to Aktio.
Lady P is now based at Ionion Marine, the middle of the 3 yards at Aktio, where we plan to carry on with the refit, sail her in the summer and only sell her if the right new (next) owner comes along!
She is a lovely boat, we get complimented on her good looks wherever we go, but she does require ongoing TLC. A steel boat has its advantages and disadvantages!
In 2004 we were full of plans to sail across to the Caribbean and Lady P is the boat to do it in, as she has done it before, but somehow Greece got its tentacles into us and we have found it very hard to leave – there are wonderful anchorages and sailing areas in our bit of the Ionian, and we very much enjoyed our Corinth Canal trip this year.
But, we now have grandchildren and want to be back in England more, so feel the time has come to end our Lady Polgara project.
We also spend the ski season in France (renting out our and our friends apartments), so feel we have too many projects and something has to give. We shall miss Lady Polgara terribly, but are sure that her next owner will love her as much as we do!
We feel the price reflects the value of Lady Polgara as she is now.
A yacht seriously designed and kitted out for Blue Water and long distance sailing – Also suitable for skippered charter for families or wedding honeymooners – Or just pottering around the lovely Greek islands and anchorages.
CURRENT REFIT COMMENCED IN 2011 AND HAS COVERED THE FOLLOWING;
1. STERN COACH ROOF REPLACED – coach roof frame and cockpit surround taken back to bare steel, any areas of rust replaced by new steel welded in, all steel painted with 7 coats of AWLGRIP paint. Then frame covered with 2 x 10 mm marine ply sheeting, and new teak deck of 10mm
2. STERN OWNERS CABIN refurbished following coach roof replacement. New teak panels installed over insulation, de-mountable for future checking of steel coach roof frame. Insulation has made an appreciable difference to the impact of the hot Greek sun on the decks and made the cabin much cooler. Varnished throughout with satin finish varnish.
3. MIZZEN MAST taken off, prepared and painted with 2 part epoxy paint. Mizzen rigging checked by professional riggers. It is quality British steel fitted by a Southampton firm during the 2003 refit.
4. SALOON COACH ROOF REPLACED – coach roof frame taken back to bare steel, any areas of rust replaced by new steel welded in, all steel painted with 7 coats of AWLGRIP paint. Then frame covered with 2 x 10 mm marine ply sheeting, and new teak deck of 10 mm
5. SALOON WINDOWS REPLACED with open ocean grade polycarbonate clamp in windows supplied by Seaglaze of Norwich who also do the windows for Oysters and for RNLI lifeboats
6. SALOON refurbished following coach roof replacement. New teak panels installed over insulation, de-mountable for future checking of steel coach roof frame. Insulation, plus the outside window shades, has made an appreciable difference to the impact of the hot Greek sun on the decks and made the cabin much cooler. Varnished throughout with satin finish varnish.
7. BLACK TANK taken out, steel compartment needle de-scaled and painted with 2 part epoxy paint. Black tank liner cleaned and re-installed ready for 2015 sailing season.
8. GREY TANK opened, cleaned, needle de-scaled and painted with 2 part epoxy.
9. PORT FRESH WATER TANK opened, cleaned, needle de-scaled and painted with special 2 part epoxy paint for potable water.
10. HULL needle de-scaled to find any areas of steel that needed replacing. New steel panels welded in at bottom of keel where rust had developed where black tank had historically leaked. New steel painted with 2 part epoxy paint. Leak repaired. Hull antifouled for 2015 sailing season.
11. TOPSIDES and deck steel needle de-scaled, rust areas treated, repaired, prepared and re-sprayed by professional painter using 2 part epoxy.
12. BOOMS Main and mizzen booms removed from boat, prepared and re-sprayed by professional painter with 2 part epoxy.
13. LIMITING THE AMOUNT OF BRIGHT WORK. To cut down on varnishing maintenance, all new teak on the coach roofs, plus the toe rail, are being left as natural teak, i.e. no varnish.
14. ELECTRONICS Additional/replacement navigational electronics. Raymarine 9C MFD (2016), DST transducer (2018), Raymarine Quantum Chirp Radome (2018), Raymarine AIS650 Class B transceiver (2018), ICOM IC-M400BB dual station (cockpit and nav area) VHF (2018).
15. Engine, gearbox and generator – major overhauls (2017/18).
We have done some of the refit work ourselves, but brought in the professionals where needed:
Second Owner’s Refit 2002/2003:
A full out of water survey was carried out in May 2017 and included Steel Hull Thickness measurements, which confirmed that there has been little or no thinning of steel from the original 5/6/10mm build.