ROSE SALTER was beautifully crafted in Sweden with a lovely deck saloon and a deep and safe cockpit. Her interior is perfect for 2 handed sailing with great accommodation for guests. She has been much updated in this ownership and is fully equipped for comfortable Mediterranean sailing. Her in-mast furling and cutter rig is well designed and she sails beautifully. These semi-custom yachts are only very rarely available on the brokerage market.
I have loved owning ROSE SALTER because of her ability to be sailed by one person in great safety. We crossed the Aegean both ways two years ago and on the first trip I had two complete novices so had to do 90% of the work myself in 35 knots of breeze and we covered 60 to 70 miles every day.
She sails in a very solid and predictable way and the autopilot has 100% control from off the wind to close hauled, and I am very happy taking her out by myself.
ROSE SALTER gives enormous confidence because of the quality of her build and also the quality of the equipment fitted to her. With the odd exception, everything has worked without fail.
She is VERY safe with extra high guardrails and multiple points to hold on to as you go forward combined with a deep cockpit.
I bought her in norther Europe and sailed her to the Mediterranean. In my ownership we have cruised to Malta and numerous trips around the Aegean and Ionian. She has been actively used and sailed every year of her life but no Ocean cruising which I would have been totally confident to do but have lacked the time for.
I bought her in 2012 on the basis that was owned by a Dutch couple and knowing how Dutch sailors keep their yachts, I guessed she would be in immaculate condition – and so she was.
The previous owners had built her to a very high specification even for Fantasi increasing the size and height of the stanchions, fitting a larger than needed generator, and ordering a more powerful bow thruster.
They cruised her from Holland to Greece and back and also several times to the yard in Sweden.
When I bought her I made some basic but important “repairs”:
Since she has been in Greece she has been cleaned, polished and antifouled annually with new anodes and any other needed service items. The engine and generator have been serviced every year regardless of the hours run the previous year.
I have owned sailing yachts since as soon as I could afford one, starting with a folkboat when I was 30 years old. I came across my first Fantasi at the Southampton boat show in around 2000 and fell in love with the class as having crossed the Atlantic in 1979 with my father on his yacht, I learnt very quickly what worked and what did not on long passages and the Fantasi seemed to tick all the boxes.
She has the great advantage of a working saloon where the daylight floods in and you can look out, combined with a totally functional galley which separates the forward and aft cabins. There is a lot of stowage and above all the sails can all be controlled by the helmsman. I have tacked her up the Beaulieu River by myself without either worrying or breaking sweat. She has probably the best autopilot and wheel arrangement that I have seen on any yacht of this size.
With a domestic and heads arrangements fore and aft the saloon remains a tranquil place.
For the last 7 years she has been the summer holiday home for my children and she provides the ideal vehicle for them to have fun and I have never felt the least concern for their safety. With her drop down stern/bathing steps she is totally practical for a beach holiday and when they are at school has allowed me to go cruising around the Greek islands either with friends or by myself.
I will be very sad to part company with ROSE SALTER, as she has been the most reliable of companions and it will not be seen by me as the second best part of owning a yacht. She is an exceptional yacht, massively built to the highest quality and it has been an honour to have owned her for the last 7 years.