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70' 1909 12 meter A. Richardson design Gaff-rigged classic yacht - EUR 390,000
|Year: 1909 Insure It|
|Length: 70 ft Survey It|
(US$529,659) Finance It
|Located in: Unknown, Italy Transport It|
|Engine Make||VM||Engine Model||2002|
|Length Overall||70 ft||Number of Engines||1|
|Varuna is one of the very first 12 m yachts built under the international meter rules established in 1906. She was built according to the drawings of A. Richardson in Dartmouth by Philip & Son Shipyard and launched in 1909. Her original name was White Heather. Richardson's design was built upon the need to create a hull which was appropriate to the formula of the 12 meter class, but in doing so he created a design similar to Britannia, King George V's royal yacht (though smaller in proportion.)
After a very careful restoration at Cantieri di Imperia, Italy between 2000 and 2003 she has taken part in many classic yacht races in the Mediterranean and her lovely and graceful shape is one of the nicest of the classic yacht circuit.
Varuna looks like an old fashioned fast English gaff cutter. She is an extremely fascinating boat with elegant lines and a simple yet lovely interior.
Max Draft: 8.9'
Displacement: 27 T
|Total Power: 100|
|The war destroyed the shipyard archives therefore not much is known about the original construction of VARUNA, save for some archive data recovered from the British Museum. In May of 2000, VARUNA and the Imperia shipyard arrived at what was deemed "a historically important restoration."
Remarkably the original planking, aside from the fasteners, was in near-perfect condition. A legend has it that Burmese teak used in her construction was imported at the beginning of the 1800?s by an ancestor of the ship owner. The exotic wood was stored in an English coastline peat bog until it was ready to be used.
|When A. Richardson set about designing White Heather (VARUNA's original name) it was just after the 1906 International Rule concerning the subdivision of metric classes for yachts. He more than likely was creating a hull which was appropriate to the formula for the 12 m class.
The war destroyed the shipyard archives therefore not much is known about the construction of VARUNA, save for some archive data recovered from the British Museum. It is thought that VARUNA was used as a trial horse for other 12 meters and embarked on many long cruises in the Baltic Sea and along the Scottish coast. Living space aboard such yachts allowed for only a minimum of comfort.
The 1930s brought changes to White Heather: her gaff rig was changed to the more easily handled Marconi rig, an engine was installed and she was given a new name: Classic yacht VARUNA. An Englishwoman, a descendant of the first owner, and herself owner until the 1970?s, recalled a time when VARUNA cruised frequently. She acquired the nickname ?Little Britannia? due to her resemblance to the King Henry V's Royal yacht.
The last thirty years of the 20th century brought about long-term neglect as VARUNA sat in Caribbean and Mediterranean ports. It was with great luck that she came to rest in Italy surrounded by the fine craftsmen of the Imperia Shipyard - where she underwent a three year complete restoration.
|Mast and spars were built by the Frenchman Gilbert Pasqui in his Villefranche shipyard pitch pine and silver spruce. The rigging of the newly restored VARUNA followed the original 1909 plan: gaff mainsail, gaff top sail, working jib, jib top sail, jib, gennaker.
All sails are made of artificially aged Dacron.
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|Listing ID: 11539180|