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€850k price drop on classic Lawley sailing yacht Invader

15 November 2022• Written by Nick Jeffery

The 49 metre classic sailing yacht Invader, listed for sale by Enrico Mortola at Mortola Yacht & Ship, has received a further price drop of €850,000.

Built with a steel hull and teak superstructure by US yard Lawley, she was designed by Albert S Chesebrough, nephew of the renowned naval architect Nathanial Herreshoff, and delivered in 1905 with her most recent refit completed in 2003.

Invader is now asking €3,000,000.

She is one of the few remaining schooners from the early 1900s and her glamorous past includes the likes of Charlie Chaplin, Douglas Fairbanks, Norma Shearer, Paulette Goddard, Buster Keaton and Clark Gable holidaying on board, according to Mortola.

An interior designed by Anna Signorini accommodates six guests in three cabins consisting of a master suite and two twins, all with entertainment centres and en suite shower facilities. Quarters for five crew are in three cabins aboard this yacht for sale.

The saloon has comfortable L-shaped seating, a bar, ice maker and a Sony home theatre system, and offers a separate banquette dining area with seating for six guests.

On the technical side, Invader has a 30.8 metre main mast, a 25.5 metre main boom and a 455-square-metre main sail while deck gear includes no fewer than 26 winches. 

Under power, a 700hp Caterpillar diesel engine gives her a cruising speed of 10 knots. She was the winner of the Transpac Race in 1926 and set a record time which remained unbeaten for the next 27 years, and the 24 hour record which was held until 1977.

Invader is now asking €3,000,000.

More about this yacht


Lawley   49.32 m •  1905

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