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William Fife III two masted gaff rigged 102 ft Schooner 2003 - Sold



William Fife III two masted gaff rigged 102 ft Schooner 2003

Designer William Fife III
Builder Myanmar Shipyards
Date 2003
Length overall 121 ft 5 in / 37 m
Length deck 101 ft 8 in / 31 m
Length waterline 0 ft 0 in / 0 m
Beam 18 ft 4 in / 5.6 m
Draft 11 ft 2 in / 3.4 m
Displacement 80 Tonnes
Construction Steel construction & MCA coded / teak decks & superstructures
Engine Cummins Diesel 300 hp 6CTA.8.3 - M1
Location Malaysia
Price Sold

These details are provisional and may be amended



SUNSHINE is a recreation of the original 1900 design by William Fife Junior. Totally faithful to that design this yacht has a magic and feel more soulful than some of her well restored and original sisters, famous as they were for performances in the classic races of their era, such as the Kaiser’s Cup trans-Atlantic and other races held in Europe by the various royal houses and classic yacht clubs. Thus William Fife designs are known for high speed and exquisite elegance, and the surviving originals are mostly carefully pampered treasures on the classic Mediterranean racing circuit

It has been said that the building and handicraft techniques can still be found in Myanmar (formerly Burma) that are as close as one can find to the skills originally employed in the Scotland of the early 20th century and SUNSHINE reflects this in every superb detail.

The compromises to the original plans only allow for the required modern safety standards, such as watertight bulkheads; her hull is Dutch marine grade A steel and was built under Lloyd's supervision and to MCA requirements.

Built to Lloyds specifications, SUNSHINE is a faithful replica of the original. Given the integrity of her reproduction, and high aesthetic appeal, SUNSHINE is accepted by the CIM authorities as a vintage yacht -however this is a vessel that could be considered for a world voyage rather than a Mediterranean cruise and the easier upkeep of a new and incredibly well-built replica should ensure, with good luck, her survival long into the future. SUNSHINE is literally breathtaking.



VAT is unpaid on this yacht



Hull is of Dutch marine grade 9.6mm steel, cut and rolled in Holland prior to transport to Burma. Ballast is of lead contained within the keel. She was built under Lloyd's supervision and to MCA requirements at Myanmar Shipyards, which enjoys a reputation for high quality steel work. All interior hard and sharp steel edges have been rounded off prior to painting (One man 18 months with a grinder!). The yacht has four watertight bulkheads, and integral tanks. All steel edges that are susceptible to chafe are protected with stainless steel, i.e. chain plate bolt holes, hawse pipes, fairleads, deck margins, and bulwarks under the wooden rail.

The semi swept deck is of solid (2 1/4" thick) long length quarter sawn Burma teak, probably the last deck of this traditional type that will ever be laid down on a yacht, caulked with cotton and stopped with black rubber. Butt joints are minimal and the planks are fastened from below, with no plugs in the deck.

The yacht has four watertight bulkheads, and integral tanks.


Deck equipment and ground tackle

- 2 1/4" teak deck over steel frames with 4 brass bollards and 4 brass double bollards
- Double worm-gear steering w/custom teak wheel
- Thomas Reid main anchor windlass
- 2 x aft anchor winches (145 KG ea)
- Brass bell
- 3 x skylights (deck prism)
- 2 x teak butterfly hatches
- Deck shower / washdown
- 2 x inflatable hard-bottom dinghies



The interior, hand crafted from teak and rosewood has been compromised from the original layout only to allow for the mandatory modern safety standards, such as the 4 watertight bulkheads. The superbly finished result is comfortable and attractive, made of polished wood it is a craftsman's delight. She is of solid teak framing and rosewood paneling with mostly buffalo leather upholstery. The accommodation, described from aft consists of:

Large owner’s cabin with single berths for three and en suite head and shower.

A passageway to starboard leads to the galley galley equipped with Smeg propane stove, oven, Elba fridge, Saeco coffee maker, National microwave, Elba deep freezer, double stainless steel sink hot cold water.

The navstation is located opposite just aft of the port side settee / saloon area, and is adjacent to the main companionway leading to the doghouse and cockpit.

Moving up the companionway, the doghouse has settees on either side with large portlights / windows with full views to both sides.

The full beam width and therefore very spacious saloon has an impressive dining area to starboard and a large settee and coffee table to port. Entertainment is provided by JVC tape / CD player with Microlab M-800 4-speaker & woofer TV / DVD.

Forward of saloon, is a centerline passage with a double berth stateroom on either side, each with its own en suite head and shower.

Forward of these guest cabins are the crew quarters, with a twin cabin and four fo'c'sle berths with a separate head and shower.


Rig, spars and sails

Two masted gaff rigged schooner with spars all made from laminated Alaskan Sitka spruce can raise a sail area totaling 5,296 sq ft . Standing rigging and bottlescrews are of galvanised steel in line with original specifications.

Most sails of Japanese Dacron are by Lee & Ratsey of Hong Kong. The wardrobe includes:

- Mainsail
- Foresail
- Staysail
- Jib
- Flying jib
- Foretopsail
- Maintopsail
- Fisherman
- 2 x stormsails


Mechanical, electrical and tankage

- Cummins Diesel 300 hp 6CTA.8.3 - M1
- Twin Disc MG 5067 gearbox
- Automatic variable pitch propeller.
- Fuel capacity 3,000 litres
-17.5 KW Onan generator
-12 / 24 V electrical system
- 2 house six battery banks total 1200 AH
- 3 x 12 V batteries
- 24 V alternator
- Dolphin 80 A charger
- Dolphin 20 A charger
- Battery monitor
- 3000 W inverter to 220 V
- 15 KVA isolating shore power transformer
- 2 x 24 V blowers exhaust & fan
-Water capacity 4,000 litres
- Hitachi 'Elba' washing machine
- 120 PSI air compressor
- Air conditioning throughout
- Mast spreader lights
- Deck lights



-Simrad CR44 Radar
-Simrad RD 69 VHF
-Navtex ICS
-Tridata (wind/speed/log)
-HP deskjet printer



- 3 x lifebuoys -Alarms: 7 fire, black/grey tank, smoke
- Firehose - 8 pax RFD liferaft
-Detectors, bilge


These particulars have been prepared from information provided by the vendors and are intended as a general guide. The purchaser should confirm details of concern to them by survey or engineers inspection. The purchaser should also ensure that the purchase contract properly reflects their concerns and specifies details on which they wish to rely.


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