Merrymaid

Boat Details

Designer: Charles E Nicholson  

Builder: Camper & Nicholson

Model: 19-20m Rule 

Year: 1904

Boat Location: Palma, Mallorca 

Price: €4,950,000 VAT Paid 

Length:  111 ft 11 inch

Beam: 17 ft 10 inch

Draft: 12 ft 47 inch

Displacement: 87.82 GRT 

Hull Material:  Wood 

Description 

Merrymaid is, without question, an extremely important yacht, designed by the world-famous Charles E Nicholson and built by Camper & Nicholson. At 116 years old, Merrymaid is one of the oldest Camper & Nicholson yachts still sailing today. Merrymaid has a long and fascinating history, she really has seen it all. Measuring 111ft (34.1M) with graceful lines, she is a pleasure to behold. 

Built in 1904 at the Camper & Nicholson yard in Gosport, UK she was the subject of a long and very meticulous restoration starting in 2001 and finally being finished by her current owner in 2006. Constructed from teak planks over oak frames, she currently still has approximately 80% of her original planking in place today, along with most of her original interior. Her rebuild was done extremely sensitively, ensuring she remained original but bringing her up to date to make her cruising comfortable for all. 

Her charming interior is configured to allow sleeping for six guests in three en-suite cabins; a large master suite is in the aft and twin cabins on both port and starboard. In the bow of the Merrymaid there are three cabins allowing accommodation for six members of crew. 

Merrymaid offers elegance, style and history. She has been meticulously maintained and is offered with a large inventory ready for her new custodian to write the next chapter of her story. 

History

Merrymaid is, without question, an extremely important yacht, being designed by the world-famous Charles E Nicholson and built by Camper & Nicholson. At 116 years old, Merrymaid is one of the oldest C&N yachts still sailing today. 

Built in 1904, Merrymaid has had an eclectic life. Originally built for Thomas Hardcastle and raced in the Solent with fellow big boat class members such as White Heather, Creole, Metor and Lulworth. She was the star of the show winning the King’s Cup in the presence of King Edward VII that year. Mr Hardcastle then went on to sell Merrymaid in 1905. By 1908 he had purchased her back, keeping her for further 10 years. 1914 was the year that many of the large yachts were laid up for the First World War. Merrymaid was laid up in a Norweigian Fjord. After the war, in 1919, she was acquired by Elizabeth Workman. 

Mrs Workman restored Merrymaid’s rigging back to its original design and campaigned the yacht in the big boat class against the likes of the Royal Yacht Britannia and Lulworth. During this time Elizabeth worked closely with Charles Nicholson to develop a Bermudian rig which helped her already impressive performance. It should be noted that Merymaid was one of the first British yachts to have been rigged this way. 

In 1929 she enjoyed a relaxed few years while cruising with Sir Thomas Royden with the occasional race regatta. The Second World War broke out and, like her fellow yachts, she was laid up for a second time, this time in Tollesbury, Essex. Merrymaid contributed to the war effort in her own way, her lead keel was removed for the production of bullets. 

It was 1945 that Merrymaid was towed around to the Solent and moved to a mud berth in the River Hamble alongside the famous J Class Yachts, Endeavour, Velsheda and Lulworth, but it wasn’t long before she was returned to Essex and put into a mud berth on the Blackwater River, Essex to become a houseboat for Roy Squire. 

Merrymaid’s life as a houseboat was long, some 49 years. The Squire family used Merrymaid as a second home and managed to preserve her, fixing leaks and keeping her from sinking into the mud. It was at this time that many of the large sailing yachts of this era were lost but due to the dedication of the Squire family, Merrymaid survived. 

In 1994 Merrymaid’s fortunes turned a corner. She left her mud berth for the first time in over 50 years and was taken to Heybridge Basin in Essex where she patiently waited to be restored. In 2001 Didler Waechter purchased Merrymaid for restoration but sadly he passed away soon after and the restoration came to a halt in 2003. 

2004, Merrymaid was seen in St Tropez partly finished and was purchased by her current owner in 2005 and taken to Southampton Yacht Services. Her restoration was completed using 21st century technology but keeping her original lines and beauty, making her a yacht capable of cruising in style and comfort. It was in 2007 that Merrymaid left Southampton with an extremely delighted owner, who then started the next, and what can only be described as exciting, chapter of Merrymaid’s life. She set off on a 3 year tour of the world. She became the first gaff cutter to navigate the North West passage and visited some of the most remote and fascinating corners of the globe. 

Upon her return, Merrymaid stopped in at Southampton Yacht Services and underwent a cosmetic overhaul to freshen her up ready for her tranquil life in the Mediterranean where she has been based for the past 10 years. Merrymaid is an extremely important part of the yachting world, with over a century of enthralling history. Her next custodian will not only be proud to own her but will enjoy preserving her history and making new memories.

Accommodation 

A charming interior is configured to allow sleeping for six guests in three en-suite cabins; a large master suite is in the aft and twin cabins on both port and starboard. In the bow of the Merrymaid there are three cabins allowing accommodation for six members of crew. 

An extremely cosy saloon has two sofas and a dining table (on a ride and fall mechanism), there is wonderful lighting which comes through her central skylight. Gas fireplace and entertainment centre gives this space a wonderful ambience.

Electrics

230v 50Hz AC / 24v DC 

12# Dryfit A600 2v Gel cells with 1500ah/20 hr 

Engine/Services separated and with parallel switch 

24v separate DC bank for the NAV & COM with parallel switch 

Mastervolt inverter 2.5kVA 

Galvanic isolator 

3# Mastervolt 100 amp battery chargers

Navigation Equipment 

 

Furuno NavNet 3D System 

SAT C 

Radar with ARPA 

Chart Plotter 

AIS unit 

Fleet 33 BGAN 

Iridium remote distress alarm 

B&G H3000 wind instruments with XDR fins 

B&G H3000 Auto Pilot 

Interphase forward-looking sonar 

Furuno Navtex, Furuno GPS back up unit 

2 x VHF DSC fixed units with independent aerials 

MacMurdo 406GHz EPIRB with GPS, 2 x S.A.R.T. 

2 x Iridium Motorola 9505A 

Max Sea Weather Routing Software 

Full catalogue of world charts, paper and electronic

Services

Mikuni diesel Heating 

2 x Sea Fresh water makers 

AC unit 200 litres per hour 

PTO Hydraulic 200 litres per hour Hot Water 

2 x C-Warm CWB78-VTC at 78 litres each with twin coils and double Heater elements Fuel Control Duplex Racor Filter to engine 

Simplex Racor filter to generator 

Flexible armoured hose used for all pipe work 

Manually operated fuel cut offs to feeds and returns

 

Engine/Mechanical  

Perkins Sabre, M265TI, MAX RPM 2200, Six Cylinders, 265 Hp 

Consumption at RPM:L/h 1200:8.0, 1400:10.0, 2000:27.0 

Onan Generator 17.5kVA - 80 amps max (consumption 3.4L/h at 40 amps for 5h per day) Engine driven alternator 150 amp 

Gearbox PRM 1000 connected via Carden shafts to an Aqua Drive-CVB-32-30 thrust bearing Deep Sea seal on the inboard end of the stern tube

Tankage

Diesel 1400 litres (Bladders giving an extra 1000 litres) 

Water 800 litres 

Range 1120NM at 1400RPM, 1920NM with Bladders 

Hamann chlorine waste system with 1 x 250 litre holding tank

Deck Equipment 

Meissner Winches 

4 x CMB 36 power 

3 x CMBH manual 

2 x 28-STB-47 self-tailing

Spars

Spars by Collars 

Lower Mast: 22.40m/73’.49” Columbian Pine 

Top Mast: 12.40m/40’.68” Columbian Pine 

Boom: 19.00m/62’.34” Columbian Pine 

Mainsail gaff: 11.00m/36’.10” Sitka Spruce 

Bowsprit: 8.00m/26’.25” Columbian Pine 

Spreaders: Ash

Sails

Sails by Contender in Dacron 

Total: 953m2 

Working: 483m2 (7,911sf) 

Main: 220.5m2 

Spinnaker (MPS): 252.8m2 

Trysail: 72.5m2 

Staysail: 57.3m2 

Staysail Strom: 30.0m2 

Jib Yankee: 87.1m2 

Jib Working: 48.1m2 

Jib Top Large: 61.9m2 

Jib Top Small: 27.9m2 

Top Sail Large: 55.8m2 

Top Sail Working: 39.5m2

Ground Tackle 

Thomas Reid hydraulic windlass with double gypsy  

Bronze Fisherman Anchor 140kg 

CQR Anchor 108kg 

14mm stud link chain 140m and 60m

Tenders/Toys

Classic Sailing Dinghy, built by Butler and Co (Merrybaby) Zodiac Pro 7 Man, 4.30m, Evinrude E tech 50hp 

Quicksilver Inflatable dinghy, 3.40 m , 4 hp Mercury outboard 2 x Scuba Sets with Bauer Junior II Compressor and accessories

Safety Equipment

 

Fire Fighting 

Two 2” fire hydrants in the covering boards forward and aft 

FE-227 manually operated extinguisher in the engine space 

Machinery space intake/exhaust ventilation with manual/automatic shut down 

Exhaust ventilation with automatic shutdown 

Heat and smoke detectors in machinery space, lazarette and galley  

Gas alarms below galley, saloon, galley bilge and aft bilge 

2 kg Co2 extinguisher in galley/crew area 

8 handheld extinguishers located throughout vessel 

 

Safety 

3 x Zodiac 8-man Liferaft with A Pack  

MedLink WorldWide Service and MedLink MCA class A Kits  

Ship’s Medicine Chest w/ Rx 3.0 

First Responder Kit w/ Rx 3.0 x 2 

Philips FRX Defibrillator 

12 x ‘Kru’, self-inflating life jackets with harnesses  

12 x M.O.B locator beacons (Mobilalarm V100) with EPIRB and onboard alarm

 

Disclaimer 

The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.

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