Midsummer II was very favourably reviewed by Duncan Kent in the January 2016 Yachting Monthly (contact seller for details). She is a fine modern classic yacht designed for fast cruising by Sparkman and Stephens, famous US naval architects for Swan Nautor and many Americas cup, Fastnet and Sydney-Hobart winning yachts. There is a survey from April 2016 for insurance purposes only - passed with flying colours, available to see.
She is very well equipped and maintained from year to year, see the following list, which is abridged. For the complete list please contact the seller.
Viewing is welcome with the owner where she is currently on a swinging mooring in Portsmouth Harbour. After the end of November she will be laid-up ashore at Thornham Marina just outside Emsworth on the West Sussex side of the border with Hampshire.
I have photos of the heads and forecabin which I could send on request.
SOME KEY POINTS:
In particular she has in-mast mainsail furling, which is now the most popular form of reefing on new cruising boats, which works like a dream with only hand pulling, except for outhaul tensioning.
She has a new Lewmar Profish electric windlass installed in April 2017 which works by handheld remote controls from anywhere on board.
Her centreboard is cast bronze, so there are no corrosion problems unlike so many boats with steel boards.
Her main sheet winches were upgraded from Lewmar 2-speed 40s to 3-speed 44s two years ago, which in practical terms means that when winching, high gearing in both handle rotation directions may be used, giving plenty of power with 8 inch handles, which clear the guard wires comfortably.
Her varnished solid teak cockpit seats were replaced four years ago, and look like new.
The canvas on her spray hood was renewed in April 2018.
All three 12v batteries were renewed in April 2018 as well.
Most of the interior above floorboard level is insulated with one inch thick polyurethane foam under plywood. This reduces condensation to almost zero in
She has two mainsails and two genoas to avoid having to cease sailing if one is damaged.
There is Propex gas-fired hot air heating, with an outlet in the forecabin as well as the saloon.
24ft 6ins, 7.5m LWL
10ft 4ins, 3.15m Beam
12,500lbs, 5,670kg Displacement
Ballast, lead, 5,200lb, 2,359kg, 2.35 tons external lead bolted to GRP fin
Ballast ratio 41%
Rudder on 3/4 length skeg,(lower bearing renewed circa 2005)
Builder, Hull Deck & Bulkheads, Tyler Mouldings of Tonbridge, Delivered 1973
Completed by W.J.Thornton, 1973 to 1980
Hull material is conventional GRP
Cast bronze 200lb centre-board on 2 inch bronze pivot pin inside fin, rope control line to deck winch with external pawl.
In-mast mainsail furling, genoa furling.
Mainsail (Dynamic Sails, 2011), plus Arun spare, both inspected/re-stitched 2017.
Heavy & light-weight genoas VGC, both inspected/re-stitched & new UV strips 2017
Mainsail 200sq ft, 20 sq m approx (no battens, straight leech)
Genoa max 400 sq ft, 40 sq m
Standing rigging completely professionally replaced April 2014
Foresail furling on Rotostay II, professionally serviced 2014 at same time
Cruising chute, lightly used in VGC with Arun Snuffer
Storm jib - excellent condition, never used !
Lewmar 44 3-speed genoa winches with Barton Winchers - these convert to similar performance as self tailing
Lewmar and Barlow halyard winches
Girdlestone (=Barton)16, 2 speed spinnaker winches
Barton adjustable genoa car track (2008)
Baby stay for storm jib, removable.
ENGINE, BATTERIES AND TANKS
Buhk DV20 ME diesel, 20hp
BW7 gearbox, 2.5 : 1 reduction
2-blade fixed prop 16ins x 13ins, with rope cutter
Water flow and stop solenoid alarms
Oil pressure and water temp guages 2017
2 x 130 a/h domestic batteries with 1 x 80 a/h engine battery, all new.
90 litres fuel in stainless tank, 'sight glass' fuel level.
Charging from alternator 70 amp
Shore power with 4 outlets, galley, 2 in saloon, forecabin.
240v Battery charger 20amps new 2017
Photo-Voltaic panel 30W, new 2018
Extensive spare parts, many carried on board together with tools.
Forecabin with twin V- berths and shelf lockers, 2 over-bunk LED lights.
Saloon with double berth and single berth, central and 4 LED reading lights.
Folding full width saloon table/dinette and 1/4 berth aft of chart table
200L fresh water in joined port & starboard tanks with sight glass.
Heads with Lavac WC, large basin, shower head, hanging and toiletries lockers.
Rinnai gas hot water for heads and galley, circa 2011
Chart table - full size, storage under + 4 drawers
Galley with 2 burners/grill/oven, 90 litre 12v compressor fridge 2014
1.85m / 6ft 1in
Propex gas fired hot air central heating in saloon and forecabin
New upholstery & fire retardant foam throughout 2013
Mostly LED lighting throughout
NAVIGATION AND SAFETY
Plastimo Contest 130 steering compass, Sestrel hand-bearing compass
Autohelm ST2000 tiller pilot
Standard Horizon CP300 colour chart plotter, works in both cockpit & at chart table
Echopilot Bronze Trio echo-sounder with repeater function for GPS and log
Incastec wind speed and direction
Garmin 128 GPS, 2001, backup to chart plotter
Cobra VHF/DSC 2008 with cockpit speaker
Nasa AIS switchable to chart plotter
Goodmans FM radio/CD/MP3/CF card player, stereo speakers
Nasa Clipper Navtex
Deck cradle mounted cannister liferaft 2015
Horseshoe x 2 each with light
Fog horn - gas
3 fire extinguishers
Fire blanket, gas alarm 2014, smoke alarm
Manual bilge pump: Henderson MkV
Auotmatic bilge pump, 2016
Emergency movable 1500 GPH electric bilge pump with lay-flat hose
Sprayhood with grab-bar, to have full cockpit cover added by end 2018.
Bruce 10kg main anchor and 60m chain, self stowing
Meon or Bruce 10kg kedge anchor, chain and warp
Warps and fenders, boarding / swim ladder
Avon Redcrest 10' inflatable with outboard bracket, all carried on-board except kedge.
Midsummer is in excellent condition, very well equipped and regularly updated.
Ideally suited to a new Day Skipper or the very experienced, she is very sea kindly and easy to sail, having roller reefing on both main and foresail. Duncan Kent says in his YM article she can easily be sailed single handed.
Her shallow draught with the centreboard up allows her to enter places like Christchurch Harbour and with the centre-board down she sails well to windward.
Asking £23,000 negotiable.