Ocean 71, OCEAN JOY – mile munching aristocracy & now reduced in price!
August 2nd, 2023
Southern Ocean Shipyard in Poole in the UK pioneered the build of capable world class bluewater cruising yachts in GRP first with the Pioneer, Excalibur and Gallant 53. The Ocean 71 came next followed by the Ocean 60 and Ocean 62, Ocean 72, Ocean 75 and Ocean 80. They were massively successful crossing oceans and sailing far. Their strong construction and robust systems gave them endurance and provided a reliable platform for their owners and crews. Built not just for private owners with crew but also for the burgeoning charter market, they were designed to be handled and sailed reliably by small crews so that they could both reposition and be sailed by their crew when chartering to non-sailors.
The Ocean series won hearts and minds the world over and continue to cross oceans and bring smiles to their crews today.
OCEAN JOY was built for a family for private use and we have some imagery showing her in her first ownership sailing in the Mediterranean which can be seen below. She was launched in 1972 and these next two photographs were shared with us by her original owner’s family.
In 1998, in this ownership OCEAN JOY found herself in the UK at Hamble Yacht Services on the River Hamble and there she was totally rebuilt to fit her for a serious cruising programme which she then undertook in his ownership. Since then she has been updated and reworked including a major refit at Foxes in Ipswich in 2016, including osmosis treatment and all new paint and new rigging and today she looks tremendous.
She has crossed the Atlantic about 12 times with this owner, cruising in the Caribbean and on the Eastern Seaboard of the USA. 200 mile days are the norm and she is easily handled with 3 crew.
Exploring the Accommodation & Deck Equipment of Ocean 71, OCEAN JOY
Below she OCEAN JOY has a modern feel with a combination of stainless steel and blue leather for a bright and fresh feel. This has been retained as it is an essential part of the yacht.
She has a comfortable owners’ stateroom with a double and single leading to the large main saloon.
There is a single berth cabin opposite her large galley and forward there are 2 guest cabins with upper and lower berths. Forward is to focsul which for storage, workshop and a much needed area when you are sailing far.
Her ketch rig with fully battened main and mizzen and power for genoa makes her easy to handle and provides a versatile sail plan. Without teak decks, she is easy to maintain and she has a large centre cockpit for sailing and entertaining with an aft cockpit for her owner and guests to enjoy. She is an efficient Sailing machine
An Insight into the Current Plans Ocean 71, OCEAN JOY
OCEAN JOY must now be sold as the owner’s sailing programme is completed and he has swallowed the anchor. The price has recently been reduced to £499,000 which is a significant reduction on her original ask of £585,000. She is European and UK VAT paid. She is perfect for adventure sailing or for a family to sail around the planet aboard. Her biggest modesty is her price.