La Joie de Mer yacht

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Yacht for sale: the regatta-ready 29m La Joie de Mer

12 March 2024 • Written by Holly Margerrison for Northrop & Johnson

Translating as "Joy of the Sea", the 29-metre Jongert sailing yacht La Joie de Mer is celebrated for her top build quality, modern comforts of a well-heeled yacht and exceptional sailing performance.

Built in 2005, the yacht boasts a high-pedigree design by Tony Castro. Not only does she demonstrate lively sailing performance, thanks to custom optimisation of the keel, but her modern amenities make her the perfect candidate for comfortable living. Currently on the market with Northrop & Johnson, La Joie de Mer has an asking price of €2,995,000. Whether cruising or embarking on a blue water voyage, this yacht for sale is not to be missed – BOAT unpacks her best features.

Exceptional sailing performance

Perfect for someone who wants to enjoy the thrills of the express lane, La Joie de Mer has proven regatta success thanks to her considered sailing package – encompassing an optimised keel, carbon rig and sails. Sail aficionados can rejoice in her custom carbon Hall Spars mast, Park Avenue boom, rod rigging, Harken winches and a captive main winch (all underscored by North 3DI sails).

The yacht has a range of 2,500 nautical miles and can be sailed from the double steering position behind the cockpit, whilst cruising functions are also comfortably controlled from the navigation area in the inside cockpit. Here, her owner will benefit from 360-degree visibility of the yacht, heightened by a jump seat for an unparalleled vantage point.

A functional design and recent refit

La Joie de Mer benefits from several nifty features to keep the deck space clear, including a custom submarine anchor forward and tender stowage in the aft garage. Always generously and rigorously maintained, the yacht has had several recent big-ticket upgrades, including a completed five-year rig survey in 2023 and a full repaint of her hull and superstructure in 2022, as well as a new night generator, stern thruster, batteries, mainsail and galley equipment for smooth operations. In terms of technical upgrades, the key improvements completed in 2011 to optimise her keel and sailing prowess resulted specifically in allowing her to excel in light winds – an asset for everyday sailing as well as Corinthian racing.

Refined comfort

As well as landing in an active racing role, La Joie de Mer features a practical layout and is a good size for cruising. Whether sailing or at anchor, guests can make the most of the enclosed deck saloon, featuring twin tables, sofas, opening windows and hatches, plus a bar for refreshments. This relaxing ambiance extends forward to a small bar and the interior helm/navigation station, which provides excellent visibility and protection. Her deck layout is functional, with the double steering position located behind the cockpit, granting easy access to the stern swim platform and outdoor settee/lounge pads.

Her interior, the work of Peter Sijm, is warm and welcoming, characterised by rich, honey-coloured teak running throughout. An expansive skylight in the lower saloon allows light to filter into the teak interior, where guests can benefit from a dining area with a table that converts to a lower cocktail table, as well as a lounge area on the other side. A corridor aft leads to the accommodation – comprising a master suite, VIP (featuring a double bed and Pullman berth) and twin cabin - for up to seven guests. All of the ensuite cabins are equipped with ample storage and hanging lockers as well as 200-centimetre (6.6-foot) berths. Meanwhile, the spacious galley is forward of the saloon, where there is further space for a crew of four.

Carefully maintained and ready to go, La Joie de Mer is available for purchase in the Caribbean, positioned to give a new owner immediate cruising and Bucket racing pleasure. Prospective buyers were able to visit La Joie de Mer at the St Barths Bucket 2024 - whilst she did not participate, she was available for viewing appointments.

For further information on La Joie de Mer, contact the team at Northrop & Johnson today.

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