FLORENCE O is a fantastic example of the benchmark bluewater cruising Discovery 55. She is fully equipped for serious bluewater cruising and she is in her second ownership. She sailed from the UK to Scotland in 2019, after which she made her leisurely way to the Canaries before crossing the Atlantic in the autumn. After a winter season in the Caribs she was shipped back to the UK in the spring of 2020.
In her second ownership, she has provided a wonderful platform for some wonderful cruising. She has been much improved and updated by these owners in return.
Her first owners were experienced yachtsmen and so the specification was thoughtful and well conceived. They sailed her widely in Scotland, as well as doing 3 Mediterranean seasons and 3 Caribbean seasons. As with the current owners they handled her easily 2 up.
She has a special saloon table which lowers electrically to provide a fourth double berth which gives the possibility to sleep 8 in comfort.
She has been well prepared for her next owners to ensure that they have wonderful, trouble free cruising aboard her. This work includes lovely new dark blue topsides completed at Berthon in January 2021. She is gleaming..
FLORENCE O also visited France between December 2020 and January 2021 to retain her VAT paid status in Europe. She is also VAT paid in the UK.
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FLORENCE O is such a wonderful yacht. The Discovery 55 model originated as a custom build, and this shows through in how well thought out everything is and in the quality of the construction and workmanship. She is also lovely on the eye, with elegant lines that will stand the test of time. She attracted admiring glances and comments wherever we took her, which was far and wide.
We began our adventures in UK waters, slipping the lines in Southampton and sailing up through the Inner and Outer Hebrides of Scotland before heading to the significantly warmer climes of Europe, where we spent a whirlwind summer exploring Portugal, the Balearics, Barcelona, the entire south coast of France, Monaco and the Italian Islands before making our way back west for our Atlantic Crossing. FLORENCE O really showed her pedigree crossing the Big Blue, delivering us in great comfort and without a hitch in just a shade under two weeks. She is as fast as she is safe! We then spent a Caribbean season exploring the Leeward and Windward Islands, then the British and US Virgin Islands, from where we had Florence shipped back to Southampton.
We searched far and wide when looking for our yacht. We wanted a boat that was a true ocean-going bluewater cruiser, that was solidly built and safe, with large tankage, centre cockpit and the ability to easily sail shorted-handed. FLORENCE O ticked every box. In addition, she has all the added luxuries that make life aboard a dream.
FLORENCE O was 9 years old when we bought her, so we did a significant refit at Berthon in early 2019, replacing all standing rigging and all 12 service batteries. We fitted a new Gori propeller and new stern gland and cutlass bearings. We fitted new hosing for the heads and galley and replaced all the blocks. During our ownership, we also upgraded her electronic navigation systems and added a new bimini with solar panels. She also has a completely new furling unit for the in-mast furling system.
We have loved owning FLORENCE O. She kept us very safe and made our dreams come true. We will be very sad to see her go!
Berthon Yacht Sales
Tel: 0044 (0)1590 679 222
(Lymington, Hampshire - UK)
0044 (0)1590 679 222
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