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First look: Classic sailing yacht Moonbeam IV emerges from JFA refit

1 June 2022• Written by Tom McGhie

JFA yachts has released images of 35 metre classic sailing yacht Moonbeam IV following the completion of a six-month refit at the French yard's Brest facilities.

Originally constructed and designed by Scottish architect William Fife in 1914, the yacht features a 5.1 metre beam and a draft of 3.9 metres.

The iconic yacht was relaunched on May 8

JFA Yachts collaborated with fellow French yard Hubert Stagnol on Moonbeam IV’s transformation, which began in November 2021. The main work included stripping and overhauling the yacht’s teak hull, before applying a Vanilla White Awlgrip topcoat and replacing the seacock.

A Vanilla White Awlgrip topcoat was applied to her hull

Elsewhere, Moonbeam IV’s skylights were restored and the head mast was replaced, while the bulwarks and the rig were sanded and re-varnished. Throughout the works, she sat in a cradle created by the yard.

On May 8, 2022, the yacht was relaunched and received new sails before undergoing tests on the water.

The refit took place at JFA's Brest facilities

Owned for many years by Prince Rainier of Monaco, Moonbeam IV was a mainstay around the Mediterranean, hosting an array of famous names. She was delivered as the fourth in a line of yachts of the same name, reportedly built on behalf of Charles Phumptre Johnson, the son of Queen Victoria’s personal physician.

Moonbeam IV is now heading towards the North Sea to take part in the Fife Regatta from June 10-17.

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