Classic lines from Holman & Pye CHERUBINO can only be described as a full blooded ocean going yacht and given her recent Atlantic circuit with a family of four her credential have been well proven. I should also mention the current previously owned her sister ship and sailed her around the world. Timeless looks, rugged construction and a straight forward easily managed ketch rig she is very much a proper yacht. The interior joinery is beautifully finished, details such as the fiddles on the cabinetry not only an elegant detail but a reassuringly strong handhold. As recent pit stop is 2018 CHERUBINO is a well found yacht new One sails, standing rigging, engine overhaul and many other updates leaving the yacht ready for her next adventurous custodian.
CHERUBINO was launched in 2001. Her lines are essentially those of the Bowman 49 designed by Holman and Pye in 1975. She carries a pronounced sheerline and modest but discernible tumblehome, displaying all the elegance typical of Kim Holman’s designs of that period. She differs from the standard Bowman 49 in that she has three inches of extra freeboard and increased rake on the transom which increases her LOA to 53’. The waterline length is about 40’, she has a beam of 13’10” and draws 7’6”. The underwater shape shows a longish fin keel and a skeg hung rudder. She is fairly massively built in 2.5” thick solid fibre glass with 2”x4” longitudinal and transverse stringers. There is plenty of boat in the water leading, it is to be hoped, to stately and comfortable progress across the oceans.
Roughly three years ago, we were standing at Cape St Vincent lighthouse in Portugal with the children. It was February half term and it was a beautiful sunny day, but blowing so hard that the girls’ hair stood up on end. Tom said “What a great day to set sail for the Caribbean…”, which fed some idle day dreaming over the course of supper but not much more at that stage. The seed was sown though and over the years, it grew until we finally found the boat fit for the challenge. After that, jobs were resigned from, schools were talked to, the house was sold and all the plans began to fall into place.
Departing in October 2018 CHERUBINO set out on an Atlantic circuit returning to Suffolk in August 2019 having successfully completed her trip with the family.