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Passion for classic yachts


Tom Gerrard’s desire for far-flung cruising inspired him to refit his classic Burger, the 1980 21m Taittinger.

‘I never got into the fibreglass thing,’ Gerrard says. ‘I wanted something reliable, something I could travel great distances on. As I continued on the boat, I warmed to the old classic style.’

Taittinger has proven her sea kindliness, cruising down to South America and up to Newfoundland. Many updates were made specifically to make long-haul cruising more comfortable.

‘We put in a stabilization system, retrofitted for this boat, which made a big difference,’ Gerrard says. ‘We also put an Atlas Marine Systems shore power converter; you never know what voltage you’re going to get when you get to the dock.’

The interior refit changed out the shag carpeting, added wood panelling in the salon and converted back a stateroom that the previous owners had made into a walk-in closet.

But Taittinger still has its original refrigerator – simply because they couldn’'t get it out without moving walls.

‘We’'ve bought all the parts we can find for it!’ Gerrard ensures.

Originally published: July 2012

Photos by Neil Rabinowitz and Christophe Jouany

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