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Berthon UK
(Lymington, Hampshire - UK)

Sue Grant
sue.grant@berthon.co.uk
0044 (0)1590 679 222

Berthon France
(Mandelieu La Napoule, France)

Bruno Kairet
bruno.kairet@berthonfrance.fr
0033 (0)4 93 63 66 80

Berthon Scandinavia
(Henån, Sweden)

Magnus Kullberg
magnus.kullberg@berthonscandinavia.se
0046 304 694 000

Berthon Spain
(Palma de Mallorca, Spain)

Simon Turner
simon.turner@berthoninternational.com
0034 639 701 234

Berthon USA
(Rhode Island, USA)

Jennifer Stewart
jennifer.stewart@berthonusa.com
001 401 846 8404

Broker’s Comments

CHAMPAGNE HIPPY must be one of the most well-known yachts in her size band on the planet. Many will remember her as POLINA STAR, the Oyster 825 that sank after a keel value, fortunately without loss of life. Once she was recovered it, was discovered that there was a build and design fault connected with the attachment of the keel to the internal structure. Much has been written of it, and her original builders changed ownership because of it.

POLINA STAR was transported back to the UK and her current owners took her on and have given her a second life. Accompanying these technical specifications are documents relating to the rebuild of the yacht. All the work was carried out to super yacht standards with subcontract labour used to ensure that the quality was of the highest. Most of her systems have been replaced, again with very high specification kit. She was also rebuilt to and maintains the coding of MCA Category 0, the highest standard that the MCA monitor and not something that would have been available to her in her first life.

After all the hard work of the rebuild, her owners realized their dream to sail across the Atlantic with her. She is now a successful charter yacht as well as being a comfortable and fun family cruising yacht. You can read a little of the story in the catalogue of press stories which have covered CHAMPAGNE HIPPY since her owners started their rebuild project

That aside, she is an Oyster 825 with a reverse transom which provides lots of space for toys and also makes boarding and enjoying the watersports aspect of cruising very simple. The Oyster 825 is a great size for family cruising with crew and offers fast passage times together with excellent accommodation and a fantastic cockpit and deck areas. She is a fast and responsive sailing yacht.

CHAMPAGNE HIPPY’s refit was executed to a standard and not to a price. The keel matrix was rebuilt, the interior joinery is new as is the rig, sails, electronics and so much more. She has a current stability booklet and she is looking fantastic.

We were delighted to be asked to work with the owners to find her next owner. Anyone looking for a well found, safe and infinitely comfortable yacht at this size, should consider this yacht which has been brought back to as new condition – and the systems are new!

Owner’s Comments

Buying POLINA STAR and transforming her into a fantastic mile munching cruising yacht that is coded to MCA Category Zero was a journey for my brother and myself. It required a lot of project management time, research and a massive amount of investment. Although we are in the boat business, our forte is large motor yachts and so CHAMPAGNE HIPPY was outside our comfort zone.

Whilst we are very familiar with dealing with GRP and structural repairs, we wanted to be very sure that we got this right so we employed a naval architect for all the repair specification and also to ensure that the yacht would comply with Category Zero. Of course this is the highest coding available and offers the opportunity to charter in any area without limit. Not many charter yachts have this coding and it provided us with a framework to ensure that when we put the yacht back together she was perfect from an operational, safety and sailing perspective

We also used super yacht specialists to rebuild the interior and took masses of advice from those responsible for the items that we don’t see on motoryachts – Hall for the rig, specialists for the onboard hydraulics and so on.

It was 18 months of very intensive work – whilst holding down the day jobs! After all that effort, we decided that there had to be a prize. That was sailing across the Atlantic in the ARC with CHAMPAGNE HIPPY. We achieved this and it was a great experience. For us it was a culture shock to be away from the office for so long! However, it was good to see how well the yacht performed together with the comfort of her new interior and systems. We had a great time.

CHAMPAGNE HIPPY is now a family yacht for us, and she also has a busy charter programme. However the project is now complete, thoroughly enjoyed and so we are offering her for sale. Her extended transom we found a great feature with additional deck space and lots of room for toys. She is a powerful and comfortable, fast cruising yacht, and we are proud that we were the ones to bring her back to life.


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Yacht Details
  1. Builder: Oyster Marine Ltd.
  2. Model: Oyster 825
  3. Name: CHAMPAGNE HIPPY
  4. Hull Designer: Humphreys Yacht Design / Oyster Design Group
  5. Year Built: 2014
  6. LOA: 82’6” / 25.15m
  7. LWL: 72’ / 21.97m
  8. Beam: 20’8” / 6.31m
  9. Min / Max Draft: 11’2” / 3.42m
  10. Displacement: 56,000kg / 123,458lb
  11. Accommodation: 11 berths in 5 cabin(s) / 4 head/WC(s)
  12. Engine: 1 Scania DI09 (350hp) Diesel
  13. Location: Palma, Mallorca, Spain
  14. Price: £2,599,950, VAT paid
Contact Details
sue-grant-18, Berthon Brokerage

Sue Grant
Berthon Yacht Sales
Tel: 0044 (0)1590 679 222
E-Mail: sue.grant@berthon.co.uk
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Your Local Broker, Internationally

Berthon UK
(Lymington, Hampshire - UK)

Sue Grant
sue.grant@berthon.co.uk
0044 (0)1590 679 222

Berthon France
(Mandelieu La Napoule, France)

Bruno Kairet
bruno.kairet@berthonfrance.fr
0033 (0)4 93 63 66 80

Berthon Scandinavia
(Henån, Sweden)

Magnus Kullberg
magnus.kullberg@berthonscandinavia.se
0046 304 694 000

Berthon Spain
(Palma de Mallorca, Spain)

Simon Turner
simon.turner@berthoninternational.com
0034 639 701 234

Berthon USA
(Rhode Island, USA)

Jennifer Stewart
jennifer.stewart@berthonusa.com
001 401 846 8404


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