The gaff cutter was originally built as Yard No. 167 at the Camper & Nicholsons yard in Gosport. Merrymaid was constructed from teak on oak frames, with a teak superstructure and decks at the Camper & Nicholson yard in the UK, to a design by Charles E Nicholson.
Her colourful past includes a successful racing career, cruising, and brief periods of rest laid up in Norway throughout the First World War. After this period her original rigging system was reinstated and she was campaigned in the Big Class where Merrymaid’s racing career progressed as she went up against yachts such as Britannia and Lulworth.
She continued racing up until the Second World War, and in 1943, she was sold again and was moved to the UK, where her lead keel and rig were removed, it was here that Merrymaid served as a houseboat for many years.
Having changed hands several times more, the current owner of this pedigree sailing yacht for sale took her to Southampton Yacht Service shipyard between 2006 and 2008, where she was rebuilt and refitted. Without compromising on the original features and style, she was refitted with a rig adapted for worldwide cruising and taken on a circumnavigation. On her return, she had a complete cosmetic and technical upgrade back in Southampton.
The classic, mahogany-toned interior style has been maintained with two comfortable leather sofas, a dining table, and an accompanying skylight to flood the living area with natural light. Further features include a gas-fired fireplace and entertainment centre.
Accommodation is for six guests within three staterooms, a large master suite aft, and twins to port and starboard, all with en-suite shower facilities. There is also further room for a crew of six.
Under power, a Perkins Sabre diesel engine delivers a maximum speed of 10 knots.
Lying in Palma Merrymaid is asking €3,950,000 with VAT paid.