Sailboat from the year 1969 - 11,55m length - in Kent (United Kingdom)
Sailboat of used
HELENA ANNE is the charming, comfortable, and fast result of the father to son fusion of George McGruer moving his father James’s experience and ideas forward with youthful exuberance during the last years of the British wooden boatbuilding industry as we knew it. Beautifully built in the knowledge that (as MARGUERITA HELENA IV), she would be McGruers' 1970 London Boat Show exhibit (winner of ‘Boat of the Year’ there), she has subsequently remained out of the limelight while being doted on by only four owners, including, as REFLECTION, by the co-founder of Brookes & Gatehouse. In current ownership for over 20 years, HELENA ANNE has been continually used, maintained and upgraded as a cherished family cruiser-racer.
Year : 1969
Length: 11.55 m
Location: Kent (United Kingdom)
Name: HELENA ANNE
Beam: 3.1 m
Draft: 1.8 m
Displacement: 7500 Kg
Maximum number of passengers: -
Water capacity: -
Number of engines: 1
Power: 35 HP
Fuel capacity: -
Motor type : Others
Fuel type : Diesel
Make of the motor: Beta 4 cyl
Engine usage (hours): -
HELENA ANNE is the charming, spacious, and fast result of the father to son fusion of George McGruer moving his father James’s experience and ideas forward with youthful exuberance during the last years of the British wooden vesselbuilding industry as we kfresh it. Beautifully manufactured in the knowledge that (as MARGUERITA HELENA IV), she would be McGruers' 1970 London Boat Show exhibit (winner of ‘Boat of the Year’ there), she has subsequently remained out of the limelight while being doted on by only four proprietors, including, as REFLECTION, by the co-founder of Brookes & Gatehouse. In current proprietorship for over 20 years, HELENA ANNE has been continually pre-owned, maintained and upgraded as a cherished family cruiser-racer.
"As someone once said, ‘a thing of great beauty in a sea of plastic’"
- New standing rigging
- Sheet winches re-chromed
- New engine installation
- Steering overhaul
- New cushioning
- New direction electronics
- New gustlass
- New Furlex foresail furler
- Bronze keelbolts drawn, checked, refastened
- New Z-Spars boom
- Replacement composite deck
- Laid teak screwed to epoxy coated marina plywood substrate
MCGRUER & CO. DESIGN NO. 627
Nurturing client loyalty was a key element in the success of the Scottish yachtbuilders McGruer & Co. through the 20th Century. Many proprietors returned with commissions for their second and even third yachts, crafted in-house: from the 1930s into the late 1960s mostly by James McGruer (***.***.***); then, after the 1968 launching of his last masterpiece yawl, RINAMARA, James became Chairman and passed the draughting curves to is son, George, who added more than a few of his own. The 55 ft ketch CUILAUN (design no. 626) and this seductive and beautifully manufactured fin-and-skeg 38 ft 6 in sloop, launched as MARGUERITA HELENA IV (design no. 627) were George McGruer’s debut Clynder-manufactured vessels. Some debut.
MARGUERITA HELENA IV's proprietor, Chelmsford airscrew designer and aircraft de-icing units manufacturer Thomas E. Godden, was a repeat client whose previous MARGUERITA HELENA III (launched in 1961, better known now as FRENESI) was the second in a line of fine McGruer cruiser-racer 43 ft yawls, with SULE SKERRY (1958), WESTWARD OF CLYNDER (1960) and COIGACH (1963) as her sisters.
Most Scottish yard launchings were springtime, but MARGUERITA HELENA IV - manufactured under Lloyd’s supervision and accorded their highest 100A1 Classification - was completed in December 1969; in time to be trucked to the January 1970 Earl’s Court London International Boat Show where she was awarded “Boat of the Year”, as her older sister had been at the 1961 show.
At Earl’s Court, MARGUERITA HELENA IV’s matched and splined khaya mahogany topsides planking had been shown-off varnished, and this is how she was launched for the 1970 season, but it is believed that they have been painted since early in her life as this was Godden's preference. The original sails were by Ratsey & Lapthorn, and the low in the bar sole-mounted auxiliary motor was a lightweight 2-cylinder 22 hp Arona diesel; a water-cooled version of the Italian Lombardini engine then only available air-cooled.
Her low wetted surface spilt keel and skeg-hung rudder underbody, may hint at what might have become of the International 8-Metre Cruiser Racer Class, then still popular on the Firth of Clyde, but MARGUERITA HELENA IV wasn’t crafted to any particular rating rule, though intended to rate well in occasional races under RORC and IOR. She's undoubtedly slippery, with the weight kept out of the ends; one imagines she could rate very nicely under the RORC's present day IRC Rule.
Godden kept MARGUERITA HELENA IV for less than four
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McGruer Bermudan sloop is the make and model of this sailboat of 11,55m of length and 3.1m of beam. The sale price is 102.327€ and you can see it in Kent (United Kingdom).Advert updated on the 16/09/2021
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