Extremely special custom-designed and built Mike Pocock designed short-handed blue water cruising yacht from MB Yachts in 2004. Composite wood epoxy hull construction with a stunning GRP deck and superstructure moulding.
ARABESQUE is one of three yachts built to this iconic Michael Pocock design (Design No.P33); the other two being built in aluminium (AL SHAHEEN and SADKO) with all three originally built for very experienced members of the Royal Cruising Club and/or the Ocean Cruising Club. The original design brief was create a safe, comfortable and extremely capable yacht for her owners to go cruising without the requirement for scores of berths (although she will happily sleep six).
Her two year build was undertaken by MB Yachts in Dorset who are renowned for their custom one-off yacht construction and refit/restorations on yachts such as the 57ft S&S ‘ARGYLL’, The use of composite construction allowed for a light, stiff and incredibly well insulated hull, whilst her GRP moulded deck and superstructure (an extremely expensive process for a one-off build) allows for far better ergonomics than a wood-epoxy construction would allow in this area.
Her hull shape is reminiscent of a Bowman 42 or Malo, with a forgiving deep-V hull shape, long fin keel and well supported rudder. Coupled with a powerful yet easily-managed sloop rig, complete with twin furling foresails and a fully-battened mainsail, she sails beautifully on all points and in all conditions.
Below decks, she really impresses, with stunning Brazilian Mahogany joinery, luxurious Corian counters and hard-wearing Alcantara upholstery throughout. Add in a comprehensive, yet uncomplicated inventory and you have all the ingredients for a stress-free and thoroughly capable blue water cruiser capable of taking her owners anywhere.
First launched in 2004 and in only her second caring ownership since new, the time has come for this extremely special ocean cruising yacht to find a new custodian.
*** Photos showing off-white canvas are from Spring 2019 following replacement of all exterior canvas work ***
Having owned a couple of production yachts over the years, five years ago we set out to find a yacht to sail anywhere, lightly crewed, comfortable and stylish. We found ARABESQUE. Perfect for a couple wanting to sail long distances- and occasionally entertain 10 for dinner in some style.
In the four years of ownership we have spent three outside the UK, wintering in Bilbao, La Corunna and Cartagena. She is admired wherever we go and has sailing abilities to match. A solid and comfortable up-wind performer, surprisingly good in light winds whilst under twin foresails and main, down-wind off the Portuguese coast she was in her element. We couldn’t wait to get into the trade winds to the Caribbean and beyond. However, changing family circumstances now mean catering for grandchildren rather than extended cruising and we have sadly decided to find a new owner for ARABESQUE who will make the most of her many unique, go anywhere qualities.
- As a yacht constructed and placed in use within EU waters after the 16‘" June 1998, it is our understanding
- that she is therefore compliant with the essential safety requirements of Directive 94/255 C (Recreational Craft Directive)
- Shell constructed of 25mm epoxy glued western red cedar with additional 25mm mahogany strip planking to more heavily loaded area along centreline.
- Hardwood stringers to port and starboard.
- External keel stub, deadwood and internal keel floors in solid mahogany, epoxy glass skinned.
- Hull shell skinned with laminates of biaxial glass reinforced epoxy resin.
- Main bulkheads and rig attachment structure in 18mm marine ply epoxy resin filleted and bonded in with glass reinforced resin.
- Secondary bulkheads in 15mm plywood epoxy resin filleted and bonded where necessary.
- Topsides finished in two pack polyurethane paint with contrasting boot top, cheatline and simulated caveat line.
- Underwater surfaces painted with epoxy primer prior to application of antifoul.
Deck & Superstructure Construction:
- Cored construction of glass reinforced polyester resin with 18mm thick end grain balsa in side decks, foredecks, seats and cockpit sole, elsewhere generally 12mm thick balsa core.
- Plywood inserts in way of all deck fittings and additional laminate over.
- The coachroof and cockpit are moulded inside female moulds.
- Sidedecks and foredeck moulded separately and joined to form continuous structure.
- Deck assembly filled, faired and painted with two-pack polyeurethane incorporating non-slip finishes where appropriate.
- The deck is attached to the hull with glass reinforced resin around the deck edge and in way of the main bulkheads.
- The cockpit is self-draining with a large locker to starboard and helmsman seat with liferaft stowage beneath, and a self-draining gas bottle locker outboard.
- Cockpit coaming and bulwark capped in solid teak.
- Cockpit seating, sole and bridge deck are laid with 10mm teak decking.
Keel & Rudder:
- Ballast keel in cast iron, bolted onto external stub/deadwood and through keel floors with stainless steel bolts.
- Keel skimmed with glass reinforced epoxy resin.
- 3/4 depth rudder skeg and shaft fairing in glass reinforced epoxy resin.
- Rudder with 6omm diameter stainless steel stock fabrication, foam filled with epoxy glass skins.
- Rudder tube in epoxy glass with journal bearings, thrust washer, roller bearings and seal – Rudder bearing replaced 2017
- Skeg and rudder tube heavily braced with fabricated stainless steel structure.
Engine & gearbox:
- Yanmar 4JH3 4-cylinder diesel engine producing 56hp.
- 2.62 reduction gearbox with flexible coupling to the prop shaft.
- Primary and secondary fuel/water filters.
- 12vDC engine room blower.
- Fresh water cooling via raw water intake and heat exchanger.
- Single lever throttle control at helm pedestal.
- Engine control panel in cockpit with rev counter, voltmeter, oil pressure, water temperature and charge alarms.
Maintenance & Performance:
- Engine hours: Approx 1,772 as of June 2018
- Engine last serviced: May 2018
- Cruising speed – approx 6 knots @ 2,000rpm
- Maximum speed – approx 8 knots
- Fuel consumption at cruising speed – approx 2.5 litres per hour
- Range @ cruising speed – approx 650Nm
Propulsion & Steering:
- Whitlock Cobra steering pedestal in GRP reinforced polyester with hide covered 42” Commodore stainless steel wheel connected to rod-linkage steering system.
- Scanstrut instrument console on steering pedestal – 2017
- 20” Max prop style feathering propeller driving through a 35mm stainless steel shaft mounted within a bronze shaft log and scoop water lubricated outboard cutlass bearing with PPS inboard shaft seal.
- Shaft connected to gearbox via Aquadrive drive shaft / thrust bearing assembly.
- Spurs rope cutter.
- Lewmar 12vDC bowthruster with control at helm pedestal.
- 12vDC domestic system and 220v ring main from shorepower or inverter
- 1x 12vDC 105Ah engine start battery - 2013.
- 4x 12vDC 105Ah sealed lead acid service batteries joined in parallel to supply 42oAh@ 12vDC.
- Adverc battery monitoring system.
Charger / Inverter:
- Victron Combi 70 Amp battery charger/ Inverter via 22ovAC supply.
Wind & Solar:
- Rutland 914i wind generator – 2014
- Victron 100w solar panel – 2017
- 105Ah engine mounted alternator.
- 220vAC shore power system.
- 13 Amp ring main system internally.
- 5 Amp ring main for inverter.
- AC/DC panel with volt and amp meters.
- Battery emergency paralleling switch.
- Galvanic isolator.
- 4x 12vDC sockets.
- Pressurised fresh water system via 12vDC pressure pump.
- Hot water generated by engine-driven calorifier in Sure-Just superheating hot water tank with 220vAC immersion heater element and cold water mixing valve to maximise hot water supply.
- Fresh water manual pump in galley.
- Cockpit shower.
- 12vDC electric bilge pump in engine bilge.
- 12vDC dedicated bilge pump for anchor locker – 2014
- Manual diaphragm bilge pump in main bilge from cockpit.
Grey /Black Water:
- Showers discharge via 12vDC pumps.
- Grey water discharges to sump tank and then pumps overboard.
- Blackwater discharges to holding tank and then overboard.
- Seacocks replaced throughout - 2017
- 270 litres (60 gallons) in 2x 4mm alloy tanks beneath saloon seating.
- Tank gauge at DC panel
- 408 litres (89 gallons) in alloy tanks beneath saloon sole.
- Tank gauge at DC panel.
- 75 litres (16.5 gallons) blackwater holding tank with gravity discharge and deck pump out facility
NAVIGATION & COMMUNICATION EQUIPMENT
- Raymarine ES7 MF D7 colour GPS plotter – 2017
- Raymarine Digital radar scanner – 2017
- Raymarine ST6001+ autopilot with type 2 linear drive and 400 corepack.
- Raymarine ST60 wind display.
- Raymarine ST60 depth display.
- Raymarine ST60 speed/log display.
- Raymarine ST60 tridata repeater display.
- Silva steering compass.
At Chart Table:
- Raymarine RL70CRC colour radar / chart plotter – controls autopilot
- Raymarine Raynav GPS with antenna.
- AIS transponder – 2017
- ICS Nav6 Navtex display.
- Simrad RD68 VHF with DSC.
- Mailasail Red Box router integrating satellite communications, 3G cellular and Wi-Fi connectivity – Iridium compatible.
- Twin stainless steel sinks with thermostatic hot & cold pressurised supply.
- Force 10 3 burner stainless steel gimballed gas oven, grill and hob.
- Top-loading 125 litre fridge with 12vDC Frigoboat compressor.
- Jasbco 12vDC electric marine heads – pump replaced 2018
- Hot & cold mixer shower.
Heating & Ventilation:
- Eberspacher diesel-fired hot-air cabin heating with outlets throughout interior.
- Lewmar opening deckhead hatches throughout plus opening sideports and dorades.
- LED interior lighting throughout with touch switch in saloon – 2018
- Alpine AM/FM Bluetooth radio with speakers in saloon and on deck – 2014
Summary of Accommodation:
- Two double cabins with further berths in saloon via converting settees to port and starboard.
- Teak Brazilian Mahogany joinery throughout with additional trim in teak.
- Corian in galley and heads.
- Alcantara upholstery throughout.
- Teak soleboards.
- White vinyl headlinings to deckhead in saloon heads and galley areas.
Description of Accommodation from Forward:
- Full width central double berth with Dunlopillo mattress over slatted base.
- Counters to port and starboard with fiddles.
- Hanging locker and further lockers to port and starboard.
- Chart stowage locker and 4 clothes storage drawers beneath bed.
- White avonite sink and counter.
- U-shaped settee to port.
- Bench settee to starboard.
- Fixed drop-leaf table with internal drinks bottle stowage.
- Storage lockers to port and starboard.
- L-shaped galley.
- Two stainless steel sinks.
- Gimballed gas stove with oven and grill.
- Top opening fridge/freezer.
- Ample stowage in lockers and cupboards.
- Forward facing chart table with chart stowage beneath.
- Chart table seat with stowage beneath.
- Space for navigation instruments.
- Double berth with split mattress.
- Ample side locker stowage
- Hanging locker
- Shelved cabinet
- Escape hatch to cockpit
- Electric marine heads with holding tank.
- Sink with pressurised hot & cold water supply.
- Teak gratings.
- Selden silver-anodised aluminium alloy spars.
- Deck-stepped mast-head-rigged spar with 3 sets of Spreaders.
- Mast steps.
- Selden rod-kicker.
- Harken furlers for twin foresails.
- Removable inner forestay for storm jib.
- Stainless steel wire standing rigging - 2004.
- Fixed backstay.
- Harken battencar system for fully-battened mainsail.
- 3 reefs.
- Stackpack with Iazyjacks.
- Mainsheet system with adjustable track fonrvard of companionway.
- Dedicated boom-rigged gybe preventers led aft.
- Lewmar deck gear throughout.
- Spinlock jammers.
- Twin Selden aluminium alloy spinnaker poles vertically mast-mounted with adjustable tracks.
- Spinnaker kit with sheets and guys.
- 2x Lewmar SOST 2-speed self-tailing primary winches in cockpit.
- 2x Lewmar 4OST 2-speed self-tailing secondary winches in cockpit.
- 3x Lewmar 4OST 2-speed self-tailing halyard, reefing and mainsheet winches at companionway.
- 1x Lewmar 4OST 2-speed self-tailing halyard winch on mast.
- 1x Lewmar 165T 1-speed self-tailing mainsheet track and vang control winch at companionway.
- Fully-battened mainsail with 3 reefs - 2004.
- Furling genoa - 2004.
- Furling jib - 2004.
- Storm jib - 2004.
- Stainless steel antenna arch at stern with mounting for wind generator and solar panels – 2017
- Stainless pulpit and pushpit.
- Mid ship gates.
- Bow stem and mid ship cleats.
- Stainless steel bathing ladder.
- Stainless steel passarelle.
- Outboard bracket on pushpit.
- Stainless steel outboard davit at stern.
Anchoring & Mooring:
- Twin polished stainless steel bow rollers.
- Lewmar Sprint 1500 12vDC windlass.
- Chain counter at helm pedestal – 2017
- Lewmar chain stopper.
- 20kg Delta anchor with 6om of 1omm chain.
- Bruce-style kedge anchor.
- Fenders & extensive selection of warps.
Covers, Cushions & Canvas:
- Tan (replacing green) canvas sprayhood on stainless steel frame – winter 2018/19
- Tan (replacing green) canvas bimini on stainless steel frame – winter 2018/19
- Tan (replacing green) canvas stackpack system – winter 2018/19
- Tan canvas hatch covers and binnacle cover – winter 2018/19
Tender & Outboard:
- Avon dinghy.
- Tohatsu 3.5hp 2-stroke outboard.
- Masthead tricolour
- Masthead anchor light
- Steaming light
- Deck Flood Light
- Deck level Navigation lights
- Cockpit lights
General note on safety equipment: Any safety equipment such as liferafts, Epirbs, fire extinguishers and flares etc. are usually personal to the current owner(s) and if being left on-board as part of the sale of a used vessel may require routine servicing, replacement, or changing to meet a new owners specific needs.
- Zodiac 4-man liferaft mounted in pushpit cradle.
- Horseshoe buoy with light.
- MOB recovery sling.
- Webbing jackstays.
- Fire extinguishers throughout.
- Fire blanket at galley.