Classic Lion Class Yacht (now Sold)

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We are selling our Classic yacht 'Leonie'.  She is a Lion class sloop, designed by Arthur Robb and built in the UK in 1952 by Woodnuts on the Isle of White.

The craft was subject to extensive works with the previous owner who we believe had invested in the region of GBP 40,000, largely on the hull strLion Class sloop Leonieucture, internal layout and key items of equipment including the calorifier, engine, bronze winches, Taylors stove and heater.  The hull had been stripped to bare wood and then epoxy splined (caulking was removed and replaced with splines of timber epoxied in place with the exterior planks then coated in epoxy and faired).  This has produced a hull which is stiff, strong, watertight and faired.  Internally, most of the saloon bulkheads and panel work were removed and replaced.  The two aft quarter berths were removed to make space for the galley and chart table.  The engine was moved forward to the centre of the saloon (resulting in a better weight distribution and better headroom by the galley/chart table.

When we purchase Leonie there was still much to do and the first year (2001) was spent addressing this with over 2,000 hours invested. Although the hull planking now relied less on the framing for support we discovered that a large number of frames were cracked (not unusual) and over the course of the year we sistered over 30 (using new steamed oak frames).  We also strengthened the bearers for the engine shafting and checked and cleaned the wrought iron strap floors.  The boat was completely rewired and all mechanical and electrical devices were checked and/or serviced.

The deck, coach roof and cockpit areas were stripped and coated with multiple coats of the award winning COELAN varnish.  All fixed glass portlights in the coach roof were removed and replaced with new glass and newly constructed mahogany frames.  All hatches were stripped, re-glued and treated with CETOL varnish/stain (also used on the spars).

Leonie makes and excellent cruising yacht for up to four people and gets admiring comments wherever she goes, not least due to her lovely blue hull and unique flared wineglass transom (not seen on any other Lion).  We have cruised extensively to France and the south coast of the UK, typically sailing two up.   But our intention had always been to equip her for racing too and in this regard our results speak for themselves with a consistent series of wins in two of the major UK classic regattas year after year.  Her rig and deck equipment have been upgraded every year to gain more performance and she is now in a race winning state, where a fine pedigree (Sydney-Hobart wins in 1959 and 1960 for a sister ship Siandra) and ease of handling make her difficult to beat in 12 - 18knots of wind.

She is offered for sale with her HGV trailer which makes it possible to store her locally out of season, under cover if available (she has wintered under cover since 1995).   She is currently owned by a syndicate (of two) and it is only the fact that one of the owners has moved away that she is now for sale.  She offers a unique opportunity for a turn key classic with beautiful lines from one of the worlds best designers (Arthur Robb) and builders (Woodnuts IOW).  

She is free of all liens and is exempt from VAT and the requirements of the Recreational Craft Directive.  She is on the British Small Ships Register.

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Written By: Rowland Smith

Rowland Smith is a Naval Architect and founder of Gablemarine.  His industry experience includes Lloyds Register, British Shipbuilders Hydrodynamics Ltd, Cammell Lairds, BP Shipping Ltd & Conoco.  He has a degree in Naval Architecture, a Diploma in Marketing (CIM) and an MBA (Cranfield School of Management).  He has also held Director level positions in a number of technology and engineering companies, including CEproof, which provides RCD compliance software to builders. 

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