Berthon International – All-round Specialists in Bluewater Cruising Yachts
July 7th, 2022
Berthon International specialise in the sale of bluewater cruising yachts. We are passionate about providing an efficient and effective service for their sale and to helping their buyers find the right bluewater yacht for them. Our international brokerage fleet always includes a significant selection of bluewater cruisers of all sizes – Discovery, Oyster, Contest, Jongert, Hallberg-Rassy, Najad, Nautor Swans all pass through our hands, many of them on multiple occasions as bucket lists are ticked and projects completed.
For the uninitiated who ask, what is a bluewater cruising yacht? Or, what makes a yacht bluewater?
Your bluewater cruiser not only needs to be capable of looking after you on long passages, but she will also be your home for extended periods living aboard.
Safety and reliability are definitely top priorities. You will need dependable navigation systems and reliable structural features that will be able to withstand any harsh weather you may encounter.
Good performance is always desirable, especially if considering the ARC or further.
Easy sail handling from a comfortable and well protected cockpit will make your cruising more enjoyable.
The more living space the better so be sure to choose the right sized yacht for your crew numbers so that you do not feel crowded.
You will want to optimise comfort below deck with a well thought out, easy living interior offering plenty of storage for all the essentials of life.
Accompany all this with a healthy investment in good domestic gadgetry and you can turn your bluewater cruiser into a real ocean home.
As bluewater specialists, Berthon are sponsors of the World Cruising Club’s ARC (Atlantic Rally for Cruisers) and have been co-hosting the annual WCC Bluewater Weekend since 2014. Traditionally a live event at Berthon’s HQ in Lymington – in the last two years in response to the pandemic it has gone online as the WCC Bluewater Cockpit Conversations.
Together, the WCC and Berthon have welcomed sailors from 54 countries, all tuning in for a range of Club Night topics, webinars, videos and podcasts, carefully aimed at helping them plan for their bluewater cruising programme. Taking this event online was necessary and has proved a huge success. However, we hope to welcome our bluewater delegates back to Lymington for a live event in May/June 2023. We will keep you posted so that you can save the date.
Berthon also work closely with the Ocean Cruising Club. Its members are made up of true bluewater adventure sailors who have all made continuous passages of at least 1,000 nautical miles. The OCC supports its members in all corners of the globe, bringing them together as one cruising community.
As bluewater yacht brokers, we draw on our own extensive, offshore, sailing experiences as well as the experiences of our clients, who are always happy to chat to us about their cruising. We recently chatted to the owners of Discovery 55 PAMELA, Mystic 60 JUST JOIA and Malö 39 ZARZURA. They shared their journey of buying, equipping their bluewater yachts, together with any upgrades they made to enhance their bluewater sailing experiences. They also touch on some of the amazing adventures they have enjoyed out on the water. We have recorded these discussions for you to enjoy here:
Nice to Meet You – Owner of Discovery 55 PAMELA | ARC Bluewater Cockpit Conversations ’22
Nice to Meet You – Owner of Mystic 60 JUST JOIA | ARC Bluewater Cockpit Conversations ’22
Nice to Meet You – Owner of Malo 39 ZARZURA | ARC Bluewater Cockpit Conversations ’22
Mystic 60 JUST JOIA and Malö 39 ZARZURA are currently for sale with Berthon.
Mystic 60, JUST JOIA offers effortless good sailing with cutter rig and nice automated in-boom furling, practical hard top, great deck layout and a fantastic interior for entertaining, making passage, and just living well. Superbly maintained throughout her life and now fresh from a recent refit, her full particulars are here: [OFF MARKET]
In recent years, our sales team has seen a marked increase in the popularity of multihulls. More CATs than ever before are registering for the WCC ARC Atlantic crossing, and they now make up a significant proportion of the ARC fleet. Here, Sailing Yacht Broker Alan McIlroy relays his sector knowledge and advice on what factors to consider for those wishing to go down the multihull route.
Multihulls, with Senior Yacht Broker Alan McIlroy | ARC Bluewater Cockpit Conversations ’22
Of course, the Berthon Boat Company shipyard in Lymington has been helping our clients fit out their bluewater cruisers for many years and Alan McIlroy recently toured the yard facilities with his seadog Murphy. You can watch the tour here.
A Berthon Facilities Tour, with Alan McIlroy | ARC Bluewater Cockpit Conversations ’22
If you are cruising in the Mediterranean, our refit and service facility Berthon Spain headed up by Andrew Fairbrass in Palma de Mallorca, offers a one stop shop to deal with any servicing or repair required from engineering to hydraulics, shipwrighting and much between. As an ex-yacht captain, Andrew and his team are very knowledgeable and able to help with the preparation of your yacht to sail far.
If you are thinking about buying, refitting or selling a bluewater cruising yacht, or if you just want to have a chat about the options available, we love to chat about yachts too and would welcome your call or email. Please see our contact details below.