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William Fife III 8 Metre 1929



William Fife III 8 Metre 1929

Designer William Fife III
Builder Sagredo Hermanos, Bilbao
Date 1929
Length overall 45 ft 4 in / 13.81 m
Length deck 45 ft 4 in / 13.81 m
Length waterline 29 ft 6 in / 9 m
Beam 8 ft 8 in / 2.65 m
Draft 6 ft 5 in / 1.96 m
Displacement 8.75 Tonnes
Construction Mahogany planking Cascover sheathed
Engine Yanmar 18 HP Diesel
Location United Kingdom
Price GBP 155,000

These details are provisional and may be amended



Notable not only for her royal commissioning OSBORNE is practically the same design as Fife's SIRENA built in Cannes in the same year for General Sir Arthur Paget. SIRENA was claimed to have been the most successful Second International Rule 8 Metre yacht on the Mediterranean - especially in light and moderate winds. OSBORNE has also won in the Mediterranean – meanwhile racing this season the boat has had a respectable initial showing at the Panerai Classic Yacht Regatta at Cowes.



- Mahogany planking over hardwood frames; Cascover sheathed
- Teak decks
- Mahogany superstructure and interior joinery
- Teak decks



OSBORNE was built in 1928 for HM Queen Victoria Eugenia of Spain, spouse of Kíng Alfonso XIII and was commissioned in 1929. The King’s abdication put paid to her originally intended career. Sold to French owners she was then to spend much of her life on the Atlantic coast of France; albeit in the mid 1930s a collision sent her to the bottom. She was successfully salvaged however and her new owner was careful to seek Fife’s opinion before spending considerable funds on her rebuild. His opinion was based very much on the characteristics and performance of her sister ship SIRENA. Anyway following this rebuild she has apparently been sailing successfully ever since.

In 1990 she was extensively modernised in Antibes under the supervision of Jaques Faroux. At this time the mahogany planking was sheathed in glass fibre externally and sealed with resin on the inside and a new deck, coach house and rig were also fitted. During the 1990s under the ownership of his Godfather, Eric Tabarly frequently raced aboard, the yacht oft winning her class. Later in 1997 under new ownership, Fairlie Restorations were commissioned to undertake a further refit that was to return her to her original appearance – and to sail as Fife had originally intended. In 2015 she was acquired by her current owner and now resides not so far from Osborne House on the Isle of Wight.


Accommodation and domestic equipment

Descending companionway steps to the main cabin with teak and holly sole
White painted deck head and contrasting deck beams
Varnished battens running inside hull outboard of settee berths and mix of white and varnished mahogany T& G joinery
- Galley to port
- Mahogany casing concealing facilities
- 2 burner gas hob
- Sink with manual bronze tap
- Stowage in cupboards and lockers
- Doorway access to engine room down starboard quarter
- Stowage for fenders etc
- Forward in main cabin saloon
- Settee berths port and starboard with ample stowage under
- Large locker at fwd end of stbd settee berth
- Butterfly hatch light and ventilation at fwd end
- Doorway forward to head compartment with hatch over
- Hand basin to port and manual WC stbd
- Large foc’sle for sail and sheet stowage


Rig spars & sails

- Spruce spars with bronze fittings
- 2 x Lewrnar 40 halyard winches on mast

3 x Sets of sails:
Ratsey & Lapthorn 1997
- Main with two reefs - cream Dacron
- No 1 Jib cream Dacron
- No 4 Jib cream Dacron
- Working Genoa cream Dacron
- Multi purpose spinnaker with squeezer - Nylon
- Spinnaker - Nylon

Star Voiles 1998
- Main Tri radial composite Dacron
- No 1 Genoa Tri radial composite Dacron
- Spinnaker Tri radial Nylon

Sanders Sails 2015
- Mainsail made in Vectran with 2 reefs
- Mitre cut Genoa made in Vectran with hanks


Deck layout and equipment

From Aft
- Bronze ensign staff socket and fairleads each side
- Running backstay to ash cheeked blocks
- Teak and bronze mooring cleat on centreline
- Bronze main sheet horse with ash cheeked block
- Tiller with bronze boss
- 2 x Teak and bronze main sheet deck cleats
- 2 x Highfield bronze levers for running backstay
- Low cockpit coamings
- Teak seating each side
- Hatch access in aft bulkhead to lazarette
- 2 x Lewmar 30 bronze two speed ST secondary winches
- 2 x Lewmar bronze 48 two speed ST primary winches
- Raised – but low trunk cabin with sliding hatch and wash board access
- Varnished mahogany coach roof
- Butterfly hatch
- Mast
- Spinnaker pole on deck to port
- Low level hatch over foc’sle
- Teak and bronze mooring cleat on centreline
- Bronze bow fairleads port & stbd


Mechanical and electrical

- Yanmar 18 HP Diesel to max prop
- 12 V DC Electrical system with switchboard in galley locker
- Battery charger
- DC socket
- Engine room light
- Period brass reading and cabin lights
- Tricolour mast head and stern navigation lights
- 220 V Shore power


Navigation communications and electronics

- Autohelm system with rudder angle, speed, depth and wind displays in cockpit
- VMG wind direction and speed analogue
- Speed master and depth master digital displays in companionway
- Icom IC M44 VHF
- Blaupunct stereo



- Automatic bilge pump with float switch
- Manual diaphragm bilge pump in galley
- Whale Diaphragm bilge pump in head compartment fwd
- Vented gas locker
- Gas detector


Refit details

The 1997 Fairlie Restorations refit included the construction of a new period style coach house, new fore hatch, modifications to the cockpit, a new teak on plywood deck and remodelling of the interior. A completely new rig was also built with spars by Spencer Thetis Wharf and rigging by Spencer Rigging. In l998 her mast was damaged in a rig collision and subsequently replaced with a further new spar by Spencer Thetis Wharf.


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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