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News: 1924 English gentleman’s classic yacht HURRICA V for sale

March 1, 2013 by lucy
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In 2001 Hurrica was purchased by Annabel & Steve Gunns specifically as a professional restoration project, eventually undertaken by famous Australian boatyard, that also restored sailing yacht Cambria, Norman R Wright & Sons Brisbane. Steve Gunns was the design manager, sourcing manager and project manager on behalf of the “client”. The yacht returned to her home port in February 2011. The maiden voyage was across notorious Bass Strait to the Hobart Wooden Boat Festival.

Main objectives of the restoration included:

• To restore as close as reasonably possible to the original design, given the other objectives below.

• To restore so that Hurrica is structurally sound ready for the next 80 years.

• To adopt modern construction standards to lengthen the life of the boat, eliminating past weaknesses.

• To make the yacht comfortably usable by a family in a modern setting

• To make capability of short-handed sailing

• To make an interior and deck/cockpit capable to suit family use of the boat

• To make her as aesthetically as best as can possibly be achieved, with the highest standard of finishes.

Hurrica is unashamedly not a museum detail restoration, exemplified by an enlarged cockpit behind the coach house with table and fixed awning, albeit similarly detailed, replacing what was originally little more than a foot well. An oil burner binnacle sits behind the mizzen just as in 1924. The bulwark stanchions have been replaced by a solid plinth, eliminating the leaks and rot that always occur behind the stanchions. No apology to sailing yacht Hurrica is required.

Her hull was stripped to bare shell & rotten deck removed, replaced broken and repaired frames, every hull bolt replaced with new bronze. Hull planking repaired and total re-roved, plus entire new retroussé counter. Frames were strengthened or renewed in way of mast and chainplates. New structural bulkheads were fitted.

New deck included laminated beams ply sheathing and swept teak decking, bulwarks and teak caps. New brazilian mahogany deck structures include skylights, coach house, steering box and coamings.

The interior was rebuilt to the highest of standards, including all solid Brazilian mahogany timbers in raised and fielded joinery. Accommodation includes a large owner’s suite with king bed plus ensuite, two large queen cabins, a main bathroom with washing machine off the shower, and a raised coach house with two more berths. A “drinks cabinet” hides the instrumentation. All 8 berths have French fabric covers, period fans, and antique style lamps.

The saloon table seats 8 with gimballed oil-style lamps, ships half model, the standard clock/barometer, a crystal vase, framed photos from 1924 and 1950 and chesterfield buttoned leather couches. TV and music system are behind doors. Galley includes 4 burner + oven stove, fridge and freezer, range hood and double bowl sink & microwave.

Full instrumentation including radar is fitted, along with HF VHF Sat-phone and chart plotter.

A new bermudan sail plan to 1923 pattern is by Dijkstra & Partners, and hollow spars built by Collars UK. All custom bronze castings were made to authentic detail where originals were missing.

Discreet modern systems include a 115 hp Perkins diesel to a feathering prop, Wesmar bow thruster, halyard and main sheet winches are discretely, headsail furlers, main and mizzen with catchbag and lazy jacks, auto pilot, chart plotter, radar, a large custom Muir bronze windlass, all lamps LED, white case dyneema running rigging, and highfield levers on running back stays.

Sparred Length 21.75 m (72 ft)
Length on deck 18.05 m (59ft 3 in)
Beam 4.30 m (14ft 2 in)
Draft 2.28 m (7ft 6 in)
Waterline 13.03 m (42ft 9 in)
Displacement 32.5 tonne
Ballast 10 tonne external bolted lead + 1.5 tonne internal

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