Discovery 55/035 BriZo was built in 2010 and was delivered to her current original owners in 2011. She comes with a superb specification including being the first Discovery 55 to have flush hatches fitted (they are Italian and very beautiful), as well as bespoke sinks from the USA and much more. The owners’ brief to Discovery Yachts was to create a yacht that could safely and comfortably take them around the world with the intention that this would be done 2 handed. She has delivered, and the project is over, which is why she is now available on the market.
A benchmark blue water cruising yacht, the Discovery 55’ rightly has a large and loyal following. BriZo is a recent example of the class and she has been maintained regardless of cost from Day One.
Ron Holland, world famous for designing some of the largest and most stunning yachts really hit the spot with this remit, an ocean-going cruiser designed for short-handed sailing, ‘in our case not so experienced sailors’, to sail anywhere they choose. 7 years of cruising later, including a circumnavigation over 3 our Discovery 55 BriZo’s obvious seaworthy pedigree still never fails to turn heads and solicit discussion on any marina. And so it was for Pat and I when we first saw at the Southampton boat show.
The immediate stand-outs for us were a lack of deck clutter, the very effective and easy to use sail plan controlled from a secure center cockpit. We also loved Ron Hollands raised cabin saloon providing great views from the interior including for the forward-facing navigation/helm station (a real bonus in poor weather passages) and just 3 wide shallow safe steps from deck to saloon floor. The stunning interior design by Ken Freivokh, curved carpentry and her 42% ballast ratio meant that whatever the sea state you were safe and secure below moving forward or aft and at the galley. It often all added up to a totally different sailing experience compared to other yachts at the same time on the same passage during our circumnavigation, arriving at the destination fresh and relaxed no matter what the weather conditions. It’s a testimony to Ron’s design that for me, someone susceptible to sea sickness not in all the miles and years on BriZo has that once been the case.
While specifying the yacht during an 11 month build we upgraded her significantly throughout to maximize safety, comfort, aesthetics and ease of use, commercial MCA compliance, electric davits, flush hatches, Ocean Air blinds, custom carpentry finishes and tropical air conditioning are just a few examples of the many many updates. In addition we took an early view to have her maintained professionally and to the highest standards and this remains the case today even under brokerage.
Setting out as novice ocean sailors we have now sailed the world with BriZo, providing us a unique life experience and many new friends. BriZo has been the perfect yacht and we expect that her next owners will have as much fun with her as we have.
You can visit BriZo’s website at http://www.onboardbrizo.com.
BriZo Refit – 2018/19:
Preparation for BriZo’s sale started during the 2018 season, while lifted in Antigua. By re-launch she was already sporting a new mainsail and battens imported from Kemp UK. The refurbished windlass and new V5 Lewmar motor was dressed with 100m of fresh 10mm Aqua 4 galvanised chain. The watermaker had all new membranes fitted during its professional service. Pro-active maintenance included for a new cutlass/thrust bearing and servicing of the gori prop, genset and engine. Replacement of genset and engine batteries, upgraded starter cables. Exterior/interior varnishes inspected and refurbished as required.
In February 2018 we had arranged for an independent UK based Yacht surveyor, Jim Pritchard Ltd to conduct a full sales survey both on water and lifted to identify any additional works to be considered. The detailed survey that included, rig and gelcoat inspections and oil sample testing confirmed no serious defects but helpfully provided a number of recommendations. Scheduled to be completed when BriZo arrived as planned by ship at Berthon in Lymington in June 18. In addition all winches were stripped and serviced, all engine maintenance is up to-date or ahead of hours – ‘she is ready for her next ocean’.
The works recommended in the survey were primarily preventative maintenance and aesthetic in nature yet constituted a major re-fit as listed below.
Main Berthon Works 2018 into 2019: