SYLPHE, a 60 foot classic sailyacht. Designed by André Mauric. He was the most prolific and best known of France’s 20th century yacht designers, who started in the 1920s with radical designs for racing yachts to the International Meter Rule and in 1939 he designed one beauty ..: Sylphe.
In the days when the Bermudian rig was still considered new-fangled and fragile. Andre mauric carried on well into the 1980s when, among other winners he designed the highly successful Atlantic crossing record breaker Kriter VIII. In between he designed dozens of great boats, including Pen Duick VI for Eric Tabarly, the 1972 Half Ton Cup winner Impensable, the popular and successful First 30, and Sylphe, a classic yacht hid
SYLPHE (originally ARIEL, later SYLPHE IV) was commissioned by Paul Blanchet, an owner who wanted a yacht to win races under the British RORC rating rule. His timing was not good – it was 1939 when Mauric started designing/building the yacht. And she was still unfinished on the slipway at Chantier Pharao, her builders in Marseille, when the Germans invaded France. In the days of uncertainty and chaos after France’s surrender, believing that the Germans would steal the yacht’s ballast keel – a 13 ton lead casting (imagine the price of that today!) – Mauric ordered the yard to sink the unfinished hull in the spank middle of the old harbor. So it was that SYLPHE spent 6 years in hiding under water before she was even launched. Many of the Marseilles shipyard and dock workers knew the secret, but no-one breathed a word, and SYLPHE remained safely concealed with all her ballast, until the war was over. After the war SYLPHE was recovered and completed. Her long submersion had done no harm – indeed it may have further improved the seasoning of her timbers and made them less liable to distort, crack, or split in later age. In 1947 she was raised. In those days there was no electricity on-board, no engine foreseen, so they simply stepped the mast and started racing.
SYLPHE, a 60 foot full longkeeler has had 7 owners in her life time. The last 2 owners each held on to her for 20+ years. And at 60 foot she may seem a big boat to handle. But still, she is additionally equipped and small enough to be handled by one person, even the sailing, the anchoring or the docking in ports.
In 1954 she was converted into a cruiser; with an engine, a galley, During the next 50 years or so SYLPHE was sailed and raced in the Mediterranean. It seems she was well maintained, with Mauric himself always committed on a number of alterations and small repairs. Her original mast was replaced with a new, taller hollow wooden mast in the 1980s. A new teak deck was also placed on top of the original one during this period. So when she came up for sale in the south of France in 1999 her new owner found her to be in reasonably good structural order, but scruffy, dated, and in need of a lot of attention.
Although the interior had to be stripped out completely and rebuilt to provide more comfortable accommodation and headroom, the original hull timbers and planking -having endured such a long submersion so many years ago- were found to be in excellent order. Only a couple of rot-infected frames had to be replaced. SYLPHE still has none of the steel bracing and reinforcement that many other yachts of her day now need to keep them in sailing order. She retains her original mast winches and her unique, custom made cockpit sheet winches. Now equipped with all the modern trappings of a top-quality cruising yacht, including satnav, full B&G sailing instrumentation, water-maker, autopilot, etc., SYLPHE has also be seen taking part in classic yacht regattas at St Tropez, Cannes, and at other glamorous yacht harbors.
The present owner sailed her all around the Black Sea: Turkey, Georgia, Ukraine, Romania and Bulgaria. He has wintered on her all around the Mediterranean Sea; from Turkey to Malta, to Tunisia and Greece. Committed to her maintenance and beauty. But also making sure that she is equipped with -far more than- the essentials for cruising in luxury on a boat this size. Kids, families, friends, races, peace at anchor….it is all covered for.
And still she is as original as could possibly be. The mast, boom and hull are still original. The deck lay-out was restored to its original design. All winches are original, and the principal cockpit winches are unique in the world.
So, SYLPHE is capable of doing it all. Having sailed around for the last 80 years; racing, cruising, at anchor, finding new horizons and destinations. Good and bad weather. She has proven it over and over again for the last 80 years. Been there, seen it and done it…has been the owner’s slogan for the last 20 years on Sylphe. SYLPHE has been fitted out with all the essentials and a few more for our spoiled modern lives and extended living onboard. Making miles, discovering new places, making new friends, etc. That was her life-style for the last 20 years. Along the way adding a few more stories to her already rich history.
And if the new owner wants her for the Classic Races and the prestige, that is all irrelevant. After all, she easily fits right in with the rest of the fleet and she can handle that as well. Andre Mauric made sure of that.
One thing is for sure: Classic Yachts fall into 2 categories: Too small to live onboard OR too big to enjoy just with your family/friends. SYLPHE fills that specific gap. No crew needed, so no intrusion on your privacy. Stunning lines and a decent size yacht allow you to fully taste the sensation of owning and being the real Master and Commander of a classic and historical sailyacht.
Roland Bouwkamp 2018
DESIGNER ANDRE MAURIC
LENGTH DECK 17,35 M
BUILDER CHANTIER DE PHARAO MARSEILLE
LWL 12,67 M
CONSTRUCTION MAHOGONY TEAK OAK
BEAM 3,99 M
ENGINE YANMAR 76 HP
LENGTH OVERALL 18,25 M
DRAFT 2,55 M
BALAST 13MTONNES LEAD
|Length||: 18.25 mt.|
|Beam||: 3.99 mt.|
|Draft||: 2.55 mt.|
|Construction||: MAHOGONY TEAK OAK|
|Engines||: YANMAR 76 HP|
|Location||: Gocek Turkey|
|Marina||: Club Marina Göcek Turkey|
|Exterior Designer||: André Mauric|
- Hot water boiler 40 litres, both on 220V electric and on engine coolant heating
- SIGMARINE Diesel stove in saloon
- NESPRESSO machine on inverter
- Very large fridge in galley, 24V compressor and sea-water cooled. Custom built.
- FORCE 10, 3-burner stove with grill and oven.
- Marble tops in galley and head
- Original BLAKE Baby toilet, modified so no priming pump needed. Turned out to be indestructible.
- Hot water in galley and shower.
- Grey water tank, 150l. With sump-pump (JABSCO)
- 2x Fresh Deck showers (JABSCO): one at mast and one in cockpit.
- Swimming ladder on the side at height of mast, next to fresh water shower.
- 1x Salt Deck shower (JABSCO) on front: for rinsing anchor chain (automatic) and rinsing deck.
- 2x Bilge Pump, automatic
- Remote control on anchor-control at helmsman.
- Unique design cockpit sun/rain cover.
- Sun tents on aft and middle ship
- Unique cockpit table, seating 6.
- Table on foredeck.
- Brig Dinghy with cover, 2016.
- Mercury 10HP outboard 2016.
- Life raft 6 persons (needs service)
- SCHENKER water maker, 60l. per hour. Running on 24V!!!!!!!
- Stereo system with (controlled) speakers in saloon, helmsman cockpit, master cabin and on the open foredeck. Amplifier hidden in saloon, controllable via Wi-Fi.
- All original 1940’s winches are still in place. On mast (2x steel wire winches) and rope winches (2x). On Boom: (2x) winches for reefing main sail In cockpit (4x), including the 2 main principal UNIQUE IN THE WORLD winches for the foresails. They feature 2 speeds, but are not self-tailing.
- No winch on the mainsail sheet!
- 1x additional electric LEWMAR winch at foot of mast (not in plain sight) for hoisting the mainsail for comfort. The steel wire manual winch is of course still in place.
- 2x additional electric LEWMAR winches on stern of SYLPHE. For single handed docking purpose only.
- None of the 3 added winches can be used during Races, so CIM race-handicap is not at risk.
- 24V 2000W anchor winch with 110m of 12mm chain. Control on fore-deck and remote at helmsman.
- 2nd anchor and stern anchor, if needed
- Main systems run on 24V: interior and exterior lightning, pumps, anchor, watermaker, aux.
- MASTERVOLT 24/100 Battery charger.
- VICTRON Battery Monitor.
- Charging of 24V system either via solar power (180W on 24V), shore power OR 24V alternator (60Amp). Allowing autonomy at sea/anchor for days/weeks.
- Navigational equipment and stereo run on 12V, via MASTERVOLT converter from 24V system.
- 2 MASTERVOLT Inverters: 1x 2500W and 1x 500W
- 220V outlets: Chart table, saloon, galley and head. Powered either by shore power or MASTERVOLT 2500W inverter.
- Shore power connection: 16A.
- Mahogany planked on Oak frames. 32 Double Oaked frames on each side with each time 2 smaller frames in between. From front to back double planked at sea-water level.
- Structural: all massive, solid teak in keel, deadwood and rudder.
- Deck: Original teak deck, doubled with a second teak deck.
- Chain plates: 90% replaced with Stainless Steel.
- Length overall all: 18,35m
- Length on Deck: 17,25m
- Length Waterline: 13,27m
- Beam: 3,99m
- Draft: 2,55m
- Weight: 33 Tons
- Mast and Boom: Pine, hollow construction. Mast 1980, Boom original 1940.
- Mast: keel stepped, 23 meters
- Mast features a unique double sail-tracking system on bottom part to feed a storm/try sail
- Mast: 3 spreaders, top one is a forward facing diamond formation
- Mast supported by Mauric’s patented DOUBLE running back-stays on deck sliders.
- Double Forestay for easy sail changing
- Saloon, headroom 2,10 m
- Saloon features: full size Admirality Chartable on starboard and a Captains bunk (2,10 cm long) on port. Saloon table that seats 6, opposite settee for 3. Each can be converted into a bunk, each 80 cm wide!!
- Down the saloon steps on starboard: Head with BLAKE toilet, marble washbasin with hot and cold water and shower (hot and cold)
- Down the saloon steps on port: Double cabin with bunkbeds. Water maker and lockers.
- Further forward to starboard (still 2,10 m head clearance) the galley, with fridge, stove, marble tops, storage and mast step.
- Furhter forward a full-width master cabin with a large double bed. Plenty of storage.
- Original SESTREL Binnacle Compass, refurbished by SESTREL in 2000, including light.
- Handheld compass
- BOOKS and GATEHOUSE Hydra 2000 system.
- 4 times B&G analogue meters in cockpit: WA, WS, BS and CHW.
- 2 times Digital Hydra 2000 repeaters, I in cockpit, 1 on chart table
- 3 times GPS receiver
- NAVIONICS Chart plotter
- COMNAV 2001S autopilot. Integrated in Hydraulic steering and B&G instrumentation.
- COMNAV autopilot can steer: manually, compass, GPS or wind angle. Remote control in cockpit.
- Original Rudder angle indicator, at helmsman.
- Second electronic Rudder angle indicator at helmsman
- FURUNO Navtex
- VHF, antenna on top of mast. 2nd speaker at helmsman.
- SSB radio
- All DIGITAL (modern) instrumentation is hidden and not in plain sight.
- YANMAR 4JH3TE turbo compressed engine, with original hydraulic gearbox.
- 3 Blade fixed propeller.
- AQUADRIVE coupling between shaft and gearbox.
- Propeller shaft 40 mm diameter.
- Steering Hydraulic, 7 turns from starboard to port.
- Brass steering wheel, diameter 78cm.
- 12V and 24V alternator installed.
- Engine fitted with Hot water take off for Boiler
- 2 Diesel tanks, each 125 Litres
- 3 pre-diesel filters, RACOR (30, 10, 2 Micron filtering)
- Sail track on mast to hoist try-storm sail.
- 2x SYLPHE-only principal winches in cockpit for sheet handling.
- 10 opening portholes in saloon: aluminium!!!!! 1940.
- A flush foredeck to work and relax.
- Unique cockpit table.
- Double running backstays on sliders (Mauric typical).
- Triangular POSITIVE stern, only 70cm wide. SYLPHE will always be recognisable for only that feature alone.
- Complete wooden hull NOT reinforced with steel frames.
- Deck Lay-out and sail configuration, as designed in 1940.