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.
The search for a yacht that was suitable for us to cruise extensively and comfortably ended when we agreed to build Discovery 55/035. We chose Discovery for many reasons but immediately we stepped on board the show boat the stand outs were: a lack of deck clutter, the very effective and easy to use sail plan and secure cockpit. We also loved Ron Hollands raised cabin saloon providing great views from the interior including for the forward facing navigation and helm station and just 3 wide shallow safe steps into the main saloon. 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.
While specifying the yacht we upgraded her significantly throughout to maximize safety, comfort and ease of use, MCA compliance, electric davits and tropical air conditioning are just several examples of the updates. BriZo has been sailed on average some 6 months of the year and we took an early view to have her maintained professionally and to the highest standards as she is the essential member of our ‘cruising team’.
Starting out as two 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 hope that her next owners have as much fun with her as we have.
You can visit BriZo’s website at http://www.onboardbrizo.com.
BriZo Refit – 2018:
Preparation for BriZo’s sale started during the 2017/18 season, while lifted in Antigua. By re-launch in November 17 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.
By 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. These were then 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 June/July 2018: