MERRYMAID for sale

34.75 m
5.49 m

Merrymaid enjoys a significant place in yachting history. She was built as Yard No. 167 at Camper & Nicholsons Gosport in 1904 for Mr. T.A. Hardcastle, and amazed contemporary yachtsmen with her combination of speed and comfort. In 1911, after a successful period of racing, she was rerigged as a ketch, had an engine installed, and was then used principally for cruising. She was laid up in Norway for the latter part of the First World War, and was subsequently acquired by Mrs. Elizabeth Workman, who restored her original rig, and campaigned her in the Big Class, racing her against such illustrious yachts as Britannia and Lulworth

During this time, Mrs. Workman and Charles E. Nicholson continued to improve Merrymaid's already impressive performance. Following Mrs. Workman's acquisition of NyriaMerrymaid had two further owners, before she was bought by Sir Thomas Royden, chairman of Cunard, in 1929, who raced and cruised her until the outbreak of the Second World War.

She was sold again in late 1943, her lead keel and rig were removed, and she was laid up for many years in Tollesbury, Essex.

In 1963, having changed hands twice more, she was acquired by a family who have kept her as a second home. In 1994, Merrymaid was towed from her mooring of some fifty years to Heybridge Basin, also in Essex, where she was afloat, and awaiting restoration.

Purchased in 2001, by the owner of the Moonbeam III, she was shipped to the south of France for a restauration project. Unfortunately, the owner passed away and Merrymaid was sold in 2005 at an auction.

The present owner of Merrymaid underwent a complete rebuild by the renowned shipyard Southampton Yacht Service keeping her original elements and interior style.

After the completion of the refit (2006-2008) she departed for a circumnavigation with her owner. Upon her return from a 3-year navigation, she had a complete cosmetic and technical upgrade at SYS.

Located in Palma, she represents a unique opportunity to race in the classic regatta circuits or sail anywhere in unquestionable style.



  • Yacht Type:Sail Yacht
  • Yacht Subtype:Classic Yacht
  • Builder:Camper & Nicholsons
  • Refits:2003,2006,2007


  • Length Overall:34.75 metres
  • Length at Waterline:20.73 metres
  • Beam:5.49 metres
  • Max Draught:3.38 metres
  • Gross Tonnage:62.46



  • Hull:Oak,Teak
  • Superstructure:Teak
  • Deck:Teak


  • Guests:6

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