CONTRARIAN is a very well maintained and equipped example of this great sisterhood, which is perfect for bluewater cruising with her robust build and practical layout on deck. She has a fully automated rig in cutter, and anodised spars for ease of maintenance. Her hard top provides excellent protection from the elements, whether it be the sun or rain and worse. She also has a practical bimini arrangement aft of this. This owner fitted uprated davits for her 3.6m BRIG RIB, which is large and reliable for cruising.
Down below, her mahogany interior is warm and welcoming. The main saloon as a large dining area to port with 2 comfortable easy chairs to starboard. Forward these are 2 upper and lower berth cabins with their own heads and a shared shower. Forward is a crew cabin. The galley is to starboard just by the companionway and there is a large chart table area to port. The passageway into the Owners’ stateroom has the access door to the engine room. This is well laid out with easy access to all the main systems. The Owners’ stateroom has a double and a large single – perfect for long distance sailing. There is a large en-suite heads compartment with a separate shower.
CONTRARIAN has been substantially updated in this ownership. In addition to the new dinghy arrangements, the chargers and power management systems have been replaced and she has new electronics and new audiovisual kit. The mainsail is also recent. She has been professionally maintained during her last 2 ownerships. The antifouling now has considerable build up and needs to be removed.
The yacht is now being offered for sale as her owner has purchased a larger yacht. She has ample volume to make her a skippered yacht, yet is easy to manage and hence could be a great family owner/driver magic carpet too.
Firstly this is a gorgeous yacht to sail and I love the way she handles herself in a good breeze. She absolutely crushes though moderate waves and upwind is a delight.
At 20 knots or so you can still keep the big Genny up and full main and the yacht will do 9 – 10 knots.
At 30 – 40 knots you run the smaller cutter sail and a reefed main and she handles very well there too, with little roll and no hobby horsing.
The hard dodger is great both for wind and sun, and on cold passages, we usually sit under that with the boat on auto pilot. We added a bimini, which is great for sun protection and we leave that up even in 25 knot wind.
In harbour or at anchor the layout is great and the kitchen works well, I have entertained groups of 6 -8 with no problem, and cooked fantastic meals.
The new electric davits are great. We have a RIB with 35hp motor and we can get that in the water and ready in minutes. That is perfect for getting ashore at high speed to pick people up or go to market etc.
Everything works perfectly, and we changed out all appliances and most pumps and chargers, so most of the gear works like new, watermaker, AC, cooker etc.
We have sailed her all around in the Med and at first around the Solent. Most recently we were in the Balearics, Sardinia, Spain, GIbraltar, one season in Canaries, in Tenerife, then to Madeira and then to Greece. We were in Corfu for the last 6 months of the season this year.
In bigger seas she is very stable, and in a squall she is slow to roll down, so easy to manage. In flat seas she cruises at 8 knots and in moderate sea more like 7 knots. In light air we usually motor sail and run at around 7.5 knots.
The boat is designed for a couple to sail, and you can certainly do that. I usually sail with just my skipper and one or two friends, but they don’t need to do anything. When I first bought the yacht I went sailing a couple of times in the Solent just on my own and it was quite easy to sail solo, and also quite easy to dock, although doing that solo takes a bit of practice. But two people can handle that no problem.
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