One of the prettiest and beautifully crafted yachts to land on my desk in a few years, the lovely Sparkman & Stephens 46 is a real head-turner. It was built in 2003 at the Walsteds yard in Denmark, a high-quality builder that has been producing the finest crafts since 1949. The yacht was constructed alongside CAROLINA IV; however, it had a few tweaks, such as the addition of a fin keel with slightly more draft, more sail area, slightly more freeboard, a flush deck on the bow area, and a slightly smaller coachroof. It was the more sporty of the two.
She has benefited from very caring and cosseted ownership throughout her life, and, like many Scandinavian yachts, she spent her winters stored in temperature-controlled environments. Most recently, she underwent a full re-varnish in the past two years and remains in the same condition as when she was launched.
She has new standing rigging, new batteries, and new winch motors—so her next custodian really does not have any refit costs.
The sails were new in 2018 but have hardly been used, and their durable construction means they remain in excellent shape.
She is available at a fraction of the new build cost while remaining in the same condition.
She is a truly unique option for a very beautiful sprit of tradition yacht, easy to sail and cruise singlehandedly or with the family.