Discovery 58 ELUSIVE is an outstanding bluewater cruising yacht from the board of Ron Holland and built in the UK. She was sailed to the Caribbean then onwards to the US to take part in the Annapolis boat show 2017. After sailing back to the Caribbean she was shipped back to the UK. ELUSIVE was specified for a world cruising and live aboard, so the level of equipment fitted to the yacht and the outfit is suitable for this purpose. She has a striking grey hull livery and a very smart and original interior in light oak with ebony inlays which is light and airy. Her amtico flooring is her signature and she has smart leather upholstery.
ELUSIVE was the subject of an action against the build yard, which was won by this owner. The yacht was subsequently fully surveyed and a copy of the survey report is available on request. Subsequent to this survey, Berthon Boat Company have dealt with all survey issues and the invoices and descriptions of this work is also available.
The main components of this refit work is mentioned in this specification and a list of the larger items are below:
Although commissioned in 2017, ELUSIVE has been little used and is now ready for bluewater cruising. She offers fast, reliable passage making together with a tremendous deck saloon arrangement and the Discovery signature internal watch keeping and helm area. Her owners adopted a regardless of cost attitude to the original specification of the yacht and so she offers the opportunity for her new owners to cruise far in a yacht which has now been thoroughly checked and refitted. She is ready to go.
Her furling rig and sweptback spreaders can be operated without the need to go forward and she has electric davits for the handling of the tender. She has full offshore communications and Garmin instrumentation. Her battery banks are of lithium ion and they have been replaced 2021.
ELUSIVE has simply never looked better or been in such good operational condition. She is a recent, high quality go anywhere cruising yacht.
ELUSIVE is my first bluewater cruising yacht, commissioned to take two people and a dog (the lovely Gandalf), with occasional guests, around the world in comfort and above all – safety. We followed the build excitedly, putting our hearts and souls into the fit out and the interior design details of what was to be our new home for the next four or five years. We invested over £200,000 in upgrades to the electronics and for custom joinery. She was launched in 2017, commissioned and ready for her first adventure.
Her first big voyage was across the Atlantic with family and Discovery’s professional skipper, the excellent John Eustace. Having him aboard enabled us to familiarise ourselves intimately with all ELUSIVE’s systems, and her sailing characteristics. We arrived in Martinique to be joined by my girlfriend (now wife) and Gandalf.
The two of us then sailed ELUSIVE up through the Caribbean, stopping and visiting many of the islands en-route towards the east coast of the USA. The thrill of anchoring at some deserted island, the huge sky at night, fishing adventures and the stunning scenery of the Bahamas are experiences, which will stay with us for eternity. Teaching my wife to scuba dive rather less so!
On reaching the USA, we sailed up the east coast towards Annapolis in the Chesapeake Bay, ELUSIVE receiving much admiring interest and comment along the way. Once there she was displayed by Discovery at the Annapolis Boat Show, and the admiring glances and interest continued. After the boat show, we joined the Salty Dawg Rally returning to the Caribbean, to enjoy the summer sailing season.
As with all things in life, it was not all sunshine and roses on voyages across the turquoise seas. In the rough waters of the Bay of Biscay and the Atlantic Ocean ELUSIVE was thoroughly tested as were her crew! There were breakages and warranty problems, to be expected aboard any new yacht, which we understood and looked forward to builder support to deal with these.
Unfortunately, Discovery did not step up and attend with these issues, so it became a matter of principal for us both for ELUSIVE to return to the UK for this work to be dealt with. Hence, we waved her goodbye as she was lifted aboard a freighter bound for Southampton and picked her up on arrival in the Solent.
Despite our well-documented problems with Discovery of which you may have read, we look back on our time aboard ELUSIVE as a very positive and exciting experience. I did not even manage to put my girlfriend off, and we are now married, and both feel the experiences we went through with our lovely yacht, have cemented our relationship into something very strong indeed.
Since returning to the UK, ELUSIVE has been surveyed by Jim Pritchard, a well-known surveyor and has had a complete refit, at the very professional and experienced hands of Berthon in Lymington. The work undertaken had addressed all the issues which plagued us throughout our travels. It is no exaggeration to say ELUSIVE is in better condition, with all systems fully functional and tested, than when Discovery delivered her to us as a new yacht back in 2017.
Life has many twists and turns, and ours has now steered us away from our dream of the sea. Changes in circumstances and the imminent arrival of grandchildren mean that ELUSIVE is now up for sale. We wish her new owners all the fun and excitement of visiting many of the out of the way places and hidden corners of the planet inaccessible to less adventurous souls.
You might be interested to follow these links that show ELUSIVE at the Annapolis Boat Show:
Berthon Yacht Sales
Tel: 0044 (0)1590 679 222
(Lymington, Hampshire - UK)
0044 (0)1590 679 222
(Mandelieu La Napoule, France)
0033 (0)4 93 63 66 80
0046 304 694 000