Moonbeam Of Fife III - 1903 98' 6" WILLIAM FIFE AND SON
Saint Tropez France €1,495,000 EUR
Saint Tropez France
- Classic Sailing Yacht
- Gaff cutter
- Fairlie, Scotland (William Fife)
- William Fife Jr
- William Fife Jr
- Hull -Steel floors oak frames & Pitch pine planking
- Superstructures - Teak
- Carvel planked hull and teak decks
- Lloyd's Register; French Commercial Vessel under RIF Class
- White hull, varnished teak superstructure, teak deck
- 19 tons
- 41.64 tons
- 60 tons
- 30.00m / 98'5"
- 24.84m / 81'6''
- 19.83m / 65'1"
- 4.72m / 15'6''
- 3.25m / 10'7''
SPEED & RANGE UNDER POWER
- 8 knots
- 7 knots
- 12/14 litres/ hours
- 260 nm @ 7 knots
- 4 x Guests in 1 twin & 1 double cabin
- 4 x Crew in 1 single cabin & 1 foc'sle for 3
- 500 litres / 132 US gallons
- 600 litres / 159 US gallons
- 150 litres / 40 US gallons
- 200 litres / 53 US gallons
- All accommodation from matching mahogany
- U shape settee on starboard with a large dining table – settee on port and numerous lockers
- Owner's cabin in the centre on starboard
- with a double bed
- ‘Ladies Cabin' is aft with two single beds
- Guest and Owner's cabin have their own bathroom
- Captain's cabin and Crew quarter share one bathroom
- Starboard of the saloon with a single bed
- In the forepeak with 3 bunks
- Opposite of the captain's cabin forward of the
- saloon on port
- Opposite of the main stairs on port with its own door
DECK AND COCKPIT
- 2 x Skylights
- Aft w/ a stair giving access to the main accommodation
- Forward w/ a ladder giving access to the crew quarters
- Main engine under the main companion way stair
- Generator & Boiler by Galley
The story of the Moonbeams began in 1858 with Moonbeam I & II. In 1902 Charles Plumtree Johnson, an eminent London lawyer, decided to go back to William Fife for the creation of his 3rd yacht. Taking into account his revised sailing plans, he wanted to race under the new RORC rule which included sailing vessels with fitted-out interiors. Moonbeam III (now Moonbeam of Fife) was launched as a yawl in 1903, hull n° 491 to leave the Fife yard.
The result was a magnificent yacht which has now become one of the most successful and recognised classic in the world. Her streamlined shape, handy size and large sail area make for an extremely beautiful, comfortable and fast vessel.
MOONBEAM, MORE THAN A CENTURY OF HISTORY
- 1903 - The birth of Moonbeam III N°491 with Charles Plumtree Johnson.
- 1920 - The yacht is sold on to Mr Fernard Maroni a Parisian businessman who owns two other boats Thaïs (ex Bamba) and Nixie. She is then re-named Eblis. After just a season of regattas in Brest, she leaves Brittany for the Mediterranean and Cannes becomes her home port. The yacht continues to take part in numerous regattas and wins the Mediterranean Cruising Race in 1928.
- 1924 - Mr Fernand Maroni decides to modernise Eblis and has a four-cylinder Ballot petrol engine installed at the level of the fore mast, helping him to get through the calm waters of the Mediterranean and to manoeuvre her in port.
- 1928 - Eblis participates in cruiser racer events in the Mediterranean and wins on several occasions.
- 1930 - At the beginning of the 1930's, Mr Fernand Maroni sells Eblis to Mr Raymond Philippe. The yacht stays in Cannes.
- 1947 - The yacht is then sold to Mr Félix Amiot, the famous aeroplane constructor. She then goes to the Cotentin region (North West of France, near Cherbourg) where she lies on hard for 24 years in CMN the owner's ship yard.
- 1971 - Repurchased and briefly restored by Mrs Anthony, the yacht is based in the Aegean Sea, where she is put out for charter in 1974.
- 1979 - Doctor Poncia becomes the yacht's new owner. Moonbeam is taken by cargo ship to England where she will spend almost 10 years being restored at the Camper and Nicholson shipyard. It is now recognised that this authentic restoration is the first of the new approach to preserving the history of yachting.
- 1988 - From now on Moonbeam becomes a gaff cutter. The helm is now fitted with a wheel and she is equipped with winches and electronic navigational equipment. Down below there is little change to the beautiful mahogany interior.
- 1989 - Moonbeam is sold at auction by Sotheby's. She passes through the hands of several owners of different nationalities, celebrating her 100th birthday in grand style in 2003 on the island of Porquerolles.
- 2005/6 - Moonbeam returns to the Southampton yard famous for its work on Fife yachts, Fairlie Restorations, and has a lot of good work done. This included, but not limited to: New Deck; stem; some frames, planks and floors; electrical and plumbing work; s/s Tanks; Perkins engine; Covering board; Bulwarks; All cabin soles; galley; all varnish work; Boom, Gaff etc., all replaced new by their superior craftsmen
- 2016 - Moonbeam of Fife is again purchased at auction by the present custodian, and a new and happy chapter in her long and eventful history begins.
- Since her launch all those years ago, Moonbeam has excelled both on the regatta circuit and as a fast cruising yacht. Her regatta results are too plentiful to list here in full, but she is rarely off the podium. Between 2007 and 2011 Moonbeam of Fife took part in virtually every major Mediterranean regatta on the circuit, always coming in the top 3. After a slack period due to the owners ill health, from 2016 she again took part in many regattas, with results as follows:
- 2016 - 3rd
- 2017 - 2nd
- 2018 - 3rd
- 2019 - 2nd
- 2016 - 1st
- 2017 - 1st
- 2018 - 3rd
- 2019 - 1st
- 2017 - 1st
- 2018 - 1st
- 2016 - 2nd
- 2017 - 1st
- 2018 - 11th
- 2019 - 3rd
- 1 x 135 Hp Perkins – new 2004/Overhaul 2017
- Approx. 5000 hours - January 2020
- 1 x 10 kW Fischer Panda - New 2008
- 1230 hours - January 2020
- 24V DC/220V AC
- Victron Charger/ Mastervolt Inverter
- 2 x 55 amps/12 V Optima – from 2015
- 2 x 55 amps/12 V Optima - from 2015
- 6 x 230 amps/12 V Rolls - from 2015
- 60 litres – 220 V. 2017
- 200 litres/ hour
PLUMBING AND TANKS
- Electrical fire pump
SAILS & RIGGING
- One complete set of sails – From 2017 and 2018 by Incidences Voilerie. See list below:
- up to 348 m² upwind
- 173 sqm
STAYSAIL 1 (GENOISE)
- 54.6 sqm
STAYSAIL 2 (RACING)
- 41.6 sqm
STAYSAIL 3 (WORKING)
- 33.1 sqm
- 47.5 sqm
- 42.5 sqm
- 31.2 sqm
- 36.9 sqm
- 30.5 sqm
JACKYARD TOPSAIL 1
- 60 sqm
JACKYARD TOPSAIL 2
- 38 sqm
- 341 sqm
- 334 sqm
- 365 sqm
- 295 sqm
- Spruce & Oregon pine mast and topmast (2005) 25m from deck
- Spruce & Oregon pine boom (19 m) and gaff ( both 2006)
- Spreaders in Ash (2017)
- Unpolished stainless steel – Overhauled 2017, replaced where necessary 2020
- Dynema for upper and lower runners
- 8 x 3 Gears manual Lewmar winches
- 4 x electrical Meissner winches
- Spencer, Bob Snow and Dryade blocks
- Francis Marine 5000 – in bronze
GALLEY & LAUNDRY EQUIPMENT
- 2 x Refrigerators. Pumps by Frigoboat 2019
- 1 x Force 10 gas stove with oven (2017)
- Hood extractor fan
- Single sink
- Francis Marine 500 – bronze windlass with warping drum.
- 100m of 14mm chain w/50Kg CQR anchor For racing, 10m chain w/ rope.
SECURITY & SAFETY EQUIPMENT
- Thrane & Thrane Standard Mini C Solas
- 2 x 10 pax life raft Solas Zodiac Pack A - Offshore
- 1 x 6 pax life raft Arimar Coastal
- All safety equipment according to 242 rules for commercial vessel under
- Rif registration (similar to MCA)
1 x 4.15m RIB Aluminium 3D tender for 8 pax - 25Hp Mercury (2003)