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Designer John Thornycroft
Builder J.I. Thornycroft & Co Ltd
Date 1929
Length overall 95 ft 0 in / 28.96 m
Length deck 80 ft 0 in / 24.38 m
Length waterline 58 ft 0 in / 17.68 m
Beam 17 ft 0 in / 5.18 m
Draft 10 ft 0 in / 3.05 m
Displacement 86 Tonnes
Construction Carvel teak on oak
Engine Perkins 150hp Diesel
Location Greece
Price EUR 750,000

These details are provisional and may be amended



Few yachts from this period maintain their 1920s ambience so effectively with the facilities of the present era as witnessed on board HALCYON. An extensive refit at T Nielsen & Co in 2006, applied with full consideration both of her origins and her usefulness, kept HALCYON in period but with the systems and conveniences of a modern yacht seamlessly incorporated without detriment to her character.

HALCYON is superbly fitted to go anywhere, self sufficient as she is for cruising in comfort for a sustained period. She could therefore operate as a private yacht or a luxury charter vessel, accommodating up to 8 guests for overnight, or 11 guests on a day sail basis - say for corporate charters.

We consider HALCYON an exciting option as a dramatic and unique private yacht or as a commercially viable luxury charter vessel – easier to sail and less delicate than comparable classics of her size, there is a toughness about HALCYON that could earn her the label of classic explorer yacht!




Originally built for Sir Samuel Turner - a Lancashire industrialist, mayor of Rochdale and chairman of Turner & Newall - she was requisitioned by the Royal Navy in 1941 as a barrage balloon tender at Plymouth, and then as minesweeper flotilla flagship in Greece in 1945. Post war she was owned and chartered by Madame Renault of the motor car dynasty, and later bought by the Warsash School of Navigation on the Hamble River. On commissioning in 1929, Yachting Monthly magazine described her as “snugly rigged with Bermudan main and mizzen and a sail area of 2275 sq ft... can be handled with a small crew”. Not a lot has changed since that fair summing up, though when sail training vessel she would rarely have sailed short-handed.

Intended as a temporary replacement for the 1899 Fred Shepherd ketch MOYANA - lost in off the Scilly Isles in a July gale when returning from winning the first Tall Ships Race from Torbay to Lisbon in 1956 - HALCYON’s service was in fact to last over 30 years until sold off in 1988. During this time thousands of Merchant Navy officers served their apprenticeships aboard, in navigation, seamanship and watch keeping duties.

Since 1988 she has been in private hands and in 2006 underwent a very extensive refit at Tommi Nielsen’s Gloucester yard. The aim throughout was to use only the very best quality materials and the craftsmanship exhibited by the multinational team of shipwrights at Nielsen's is truly wonderful.

HALCYON is now one of the 200 or so classic yachts on the National Historic Ships Register, thus one of the most significant vessels in Britain’s Maritime Heritage. She has also featured as a Classic Boat magazine ‘Top 50 Yachts Of All Time’, passing the intense scrutiny of one of the most revered judging panels among maritime journalists.

In recent seasons HALCYON has been cruising some of the Greek waters she last graced at the end of the second world war.



A new Perkins 130 HP diesel was fitted together with a new Mastervolt 16 kW generator and all new electrical, navigation, communication, entertainment and plumbing systems were installed. After a thorough inspection the hull was re-sheathed in copper and her topsides repainted and new stanchion posts and shroud plates fitted.

A new interior layout was installed in Burma teak for the forward guest accommodation to complement the original saloon and main cabins. The crew's quarters have been fitted out in white painted tongue and groove.

Other key works included
- Masts and spars stripped, re varnished and all metal fittings re galvanised and repainted
- New Muir hydraulic windlass installed
- All standing rigging replaced with new galvanised wire
- All running rigging and wooden blocks replaced
- Sails refurbished as needed and a suit of cruising sails provided
- Original 12 foot sailing dinghy restored, carried on deck



- Teak on Oak frames
- Teak interior, teak deck; ply sub deck
- Copper sheathed underbody
- Ash cheeked blocks and tackles



Steering is from the cockpit which has all navigation and pilotage data relayed to it. The deckhouse can seat guests in a light and airy location close to the action but out of the wind or sun. It is also the central point for navigation, containing the chart table and the main navigation station. Stowed just forward of the deckhouse is the original clinker sailing dinghy and a modern RIB, both launched by a main halyard. A boarding ladder provides for simple and elegant embarkation.

- Muir HR 4200 horizontal hydraulic windlass, dual drums and gypsies
- 65 kg Plough anchor in self stowing bow roller
- 100 m 14 mm chain in self stowing anchor locker
- Danforth bower anchor 100 m 14 mm chain
- 4 x Mooring lines with single 24 inch eye splice
- 2 x Unspliced mooring lines
- 8 x Avon 1320 x 420 inflatable fenders
- Folding Teak grating deck table for fitting to boat chocks
- Teak grating deck benches
- Deck wash freshwater system with hoseclip connection
- Deck wash and fire hose system with seawater
- Teak boarding ladder



Accommodation is frankly magnificent with berths for 8 for cruises or space for 11 on day charters - plus 4 crew persons all in 6 cabins.

From the deckhouse companionway steps descend with access below via doorways aft to the principal guest cabins, and forward to the spacious saloon, which opens out with seating and cabinets to port, fireplace and access forward with the dining table and U shaped sofa to starboard.

Forward again past the wood burning stove, a doorway leads to the galley to port and an athwartships 2 berth up and over cabin to starboard.

Forward to starboard is another twin up and over 2-berth cabin.

Shared by these two guest cabins is a head and shower compartment to starboard.

The twin berth crew quarters are in the fore peak with its own head and shower compartment, washing machine, water maker, air conditioning unit and its own crew access hatch.

Coming back aft through the galley and saloon at the foot of the companionway steps is a pair of wet lockers for oilskins, life jackets etc. The corridor aft leads to the guest cabins; twin berth to port and double to starboard, both with en suite head and shower.

Fully aft and also with separate access aft is the well appointed captain’s cabin with double berth and en suite head.

The yacht is well equipped as follows:

Galley Equipment
- Miele H4740 B Oven
- Bosch electric 4 x pan hob; stainless steel fiddles
- Miele M8261 microwave
- Vitrifrigo C 51 LU day fridge
- Custom 10 cu ft water cooled fridge
- Custom 10 cu ft water cooled freezer
- Vitrifigo Ice maker
- Kohler double bowl sink
- Quooker instant boiling water tap
- Miele W3834WPS washing machine

Head compartments
- 4 x Tecma Silence Plus low marine WCs
- 1 x Baby Blake seawater discharge heads
- 4 x Grohe Automatic 2000 thermostatically controlled showers
- 3 x Electric heated towel rails

Heating / air conditioning
- Central cooling/ heating system
- Veco DC 50 air conditioning unit
- 3 x Passad warm air heater elements
- 9 x blower outlets running off air-con cold water or engine/ generator hot water feeds
- Paris Petit Godin wood burning stove
- Custom Lakeland slate hearth mantelpiece
- Deck chimney



Halcyon is a traditional vessel still sailed in the traditional way. With only 2 winches situated on the main mast, block and tackle elsewhere is the order of the day. She also has two large Highfield Levers for the running backstays on the main mast. Total sail Area is 2,275 sq ft

- Laminated Douglas fir Mainmast and boom, mizzen mast and boom, bowsprit
- 14 mm galvanised wire (main) standing rigging renewed 2006 with leather protection socks
- 10 mm galvanised wire (mizzen) standing rigging also 2006 with leather protection socks
- 22mm Halyards, 18mm sheets, 24 mm mainsheet and various other 3 plait
- Ash cheeked blocks by T Nielsen and Co

- Mainsail pre 2005, cleaned and repaired annually by James Lawrence Sailmakers
- Mizzen pre 2005, cleaned and repaired annually by James Lawrence
- Staysail pre 2005, cleaned and repaired annually by James Lawrence
- Roller furling jib pre 2005, cleaned and repaired annually by James Lawrence
- Jib Topsail by James Lawrence in 2009
- Storm Trysail by James Lawrence in 2007
- Storm jib by James Lawrence in 2007



- Perkins 130 Diesel engine new in 2006
- Max 7 knots and cruising speed 6 knots under engine
- Range under engine at 6 knots, 2,000 rpm circa 1,300 n miles
- Mastervolt Whisper 16 KW generator
- Main Bilge pump, engine driven
- Secondary manual bilge pump by Jabsco
- Johnson L2200 automatic bilge pump with in-line oily water separator
- 24 V (2 x 12 V) 420 AH domestic batteries
- 24 V (2 x 12 V) 130 AH engine batteries
- Victron battery charge conditioner
- Seafresh water maker; 72 litres per hour into 545 litre tank
- 72 litre calorifier
- 1 x 300 Litre and 2 x 550 Litre (total 1,400 Litre) water tanks
- 1,296 litres fuel



- Raymarine E120 Series multifunction display
- Raymarine ACU 300 autopilot with joystick control
- Raymarine AIS Engine
- Raymarine ST60 sailing instruments
- Raymarine 2D 18 in 2 KW radome
- Sailor RT5022 DSC VHF on chart table
- ICOM VHF GMDSS with integrated GPS and independent battery on chart table
- Raymarine Ray 240 E DSC VHF at helm station
- Iridium 9575 Satellite Phone
- Schatz clock in deckouse
- Schatz barometer in deckhouse
- Schatz thermometer/ hygrometer in deckhouse
- 1937 Waterburg clock and barometer in polished chrome in saloon



- Sailor 406 MHz GPS EPIRB
- Sailor SART II
- 1 x 12 man Ocean Safety ISO 9650-1 life raft
- 1 x 4 man Solas B Ocean Safety life raft
- 30 mm hose with deck outlet attachment fire hose system
- Engine room fire extinguisher and break glass activation alarm



- Highfield 360 Classic aluminium hulled RIB with 20 HP Honda outboard
- Clinker gaff rigged sailing dinghy with a 4 HP Honda four stroke outboard
- Wakeboard
- Water Skis
- Ringo
- Snorkel Equipment


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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