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125′ William Fife & Sons Gaff Cutter

This is a chance to enter classic yacht racing at the highest level. Since her restoration in 2004 MARIQUITA’s results have kept improving such that she cannot now stop winning. In restoring this unique yacht her owners sought not only to save her but to recapture the ethos that prevailed when she was built in 1911 and raced shortly thereafter. She remains a wonderful combination of Fife’s design talent and aesthetic with the superb qualities of his celebrated yard.

Additional Specifications and Information:

Builder: William Fife & Sons, Fairlie
Designer: William Fife III
Keel: Full
LOA: 125 ft 0 in
Beam: 17 ft 0 in
LWL: 63 ft 0 in
Length on Deck: 95 ft 4 in
Minimum Draft: 11 ft 8 in
Maximum Draft: 11 ft 10 in
Displacement: 76 Tons
Engine 1:
Engine Brand: Yanmar
Engine/Fuel Type: Diesel
Engine Power: 315 HP

The William Fife and Son 1911 Gaff Rigged Cutter Mariquita is the best opportunity in a century to acquire a yachting masterpiece to compete on the classic sailing circuit, at a fraction of the price of most classic works of art.

Designed by the world renowned designer William Fife III the legendary yacht Mariquita (Spanish for ‘ladybird’) is both appealing and elegant. She is a historic winner of King George IV’s Kings Cup and more recently proclaimed 2014 champion of the coveted Panerai trophy for the mediteranean big boat class and of the 2015 Panerai UK Big Boat series. Mariquita is exceptionally rare as the only remaining 19 Metre Class yacht still in commission as well as one of the finest and most iconic classic yachts sailing today.

Mariquita is the only surviving 19 Metre Class yacht and the oldest of only four remaining of the metre class “Big Boats”, the others being the 23 Metre Class Astra (1928), Cambria (1928), ‘Candida’ (1929).

Built by Fairlie, Fife’s yard on the Clyde, she was first launched in 1911 and performed admirably until the start of the Great War then was sold and spent the remainder of the war years in Norway.

After the Great War Mariquita returned to England and achieved a distinguished racing record before being decommissioned in the 1930’s. Following extensive re-commissioning carried out by the Fife experts, Fairlie restorations, which was completed in 2004 Mariquita re-joined the classic racing fleet and is one of today’s most successful classic racing yachts.

After two extremely successful owner campaigns over the last ten years, Mariquita is now looking for a new custodian to embrace the spirit of tradition, legacy, heritage and pedigree that any William Fife designed and built classic race boat stands for.


Picture Credits

The 1st main picture is by kind permission of Guido Cantini and other sailing, on deck and interior pictures are by Ben Wood, Island Images, Bembridge
Construction and Finish
– Mahogany planking over steel frames secured with bronze fastenings. See Restoration for
– International paint system on hull
– Epifanes Traditional varnish
Accommodation and Domestic Equipment
After careful dismantling and restoration, it was possible to reinstate virtually all of the original owner and guest accommodation. Consistent with her racing pedigree, the interior design is restrained with weight-saving open deck heads revealing the structure. Very few changes have been made but do include the addition of modern services and some enhancements such as a shower in the owner’s bathroom replacing the original sunken bath whose space is now given over to the engine room. Accommodation is for four guests in one twin and two single cabins and 8 crew including captain. Access is by the main companionway with corridor forward

– Dining table to stbd
– Fitted desk
– Sofa
– Doorway to port forward to galley and crew quarters

-Fridge, freezer and icemaker
– Gas 4 burner hob and oven
– Nespresso coffee maker
– Silver cutlery engraved with Fife dragon
– Full set “Mariquita” monogrammed crockery
– Full Set of crystal glasses
– Full set of crew crockery and cutlery

Fore cabins
– 7 x Pipe cot crew berths
– Captain’s single cabin aft to stbd with en suite and access also to saloon

Coming aft through the saloon and by the companionway
– Single guest cabin starboard with en suite head, accessible to master suite
– Single guest cabin to port with en suite head accessible to master suite
– Master shower
– Twin master cabin aft with direct deck access via the dog house
Rig Spars and Sails
– Solid Columbian pine main mast, boom and bowsprit
– Hollow Sitka spruce topmast
– Hollow Sitka spruce spare topmast
– Hollow Sitka Spruce gaff, jack yard, club yard and spinnaker pole
– Set of ash spare spreaders
– Wooden blocks by Colin Frake
– Traditional, all spliced and served galvanised plough wire standing rigging
– English braid 3 strand lines
– Lazyjacks enable cruising with 6

– All new sails by James Lawrence Sailmakers JL
– Old sails by Ratsey & Lapthorne RL
– All traditionally cut and hand finished
– Mainsail; 3,500 sq ft; JL 2004
– Mainsail; 3,500 sq ft; JL 2008
– Staysail 715 sq ft; JL 2004
– Staysail 715 sq ft; JL 2008
– Reaching staysail 846 sq ft; JL 2012
– No 1 Jib 807 sq ft; RL 2004
– No 1 Jib 807 sq ft; RL 2008
– No 2 Jib 579 sq ft; RL 2004
– No 3 Jib 426 sq ft; RL 2004
– No 1 Jib topsail 522 sq ft; RL 2004
– No 1 Jib topsail 522 sq ft; JL 2014
– No 2 Jib topsail 283 sq ft; JL 2004
– No 2 Jib topsail 283 sq ft; JL 2012
– N° 3 Jib topsail; RL 2004
– Jack yard topsail 1,000 sq ft; RL 2004
– Jack yard topsail 1,000 sq ft; JL 2010
– Working topsail 632 sq ft; RL 2004
– Working topsail 632 sq ft; JL 2010
– Delivery mainsail trysail 1,380 sq ft loose footed; RL 2004, sheets on deck
– Delivery main topsail 260 sq ft; RL 2004
– Delivery staysail 479 sq ft with reef points; RL 2004
– Spinnaker / ballooner 3,700 sq ft RL 2004
– Spinnaker / ballooner 3,700 sq ft RL 2008
Deck Equipment and Ground Tackle
– Thomas Reid hydraulic reproduction of original capstan with gypsy
– 1 x 65 kg / 140lbs CQR anchor
– 1 x c 48 Kg / 105lbs CQR anchor
– 1 x 108 kg / 238 lb cast bronze fisherman anchor
– 5 x Meissner 77 / 3 electric winches; 2 for main halyards, 3 for sheets
– Full set of bronze stanchions with s/s wire guardrails
– Carbon gangplank
– Aluminium gangplank for winter
Mechanical Electrical and Tankage
– Yanmar 6 LP-STE Diesel engine 315 HP @ 3,800 rpm Halyard Dry exhaust system
– ZF 63 gearbox ratio 2.5:1
– Variprop off centre 32 inch feathering propeller
– Speed 7 knots @ 2,800 rpm
– Approx 500 nm range @ 7 knots
– Thomas Reid traditional quadrant, pinion steering
– Fischer Panda 15 KVA generator 2014
– Single phase 230 V 50 Hz generator
– Shore power to Ivet 8 KVA isolating transformer
– 230 V from 24 service batteries via 2.5 Mastervolt inverter
– 24 V DC supply from 12 x Gel cells, total capacity 800Ah / 20hr
– 12 V DC supply converted from 24 V cells
– HEM series 25 water maker producing 200 litres per hour
– 2 x Stainless steel fuel tanks total 220 gallons / 1,000 litres
– C Warm single coil 90 litre hot water heater
– Aqua Major 40 litres per minute water pump
– Polypropylene 110 gallon / 500 litre fresh water tank
– Polypropylene 33 gallon / 150 litre grey water tank
– Polypropylene 110 gallon / 500 litre black water tank
Navigation Communication and Electronics
– Traditional binnacle and Halcyon magnetic steering compass
– Nav Computer Pro with Max Sea Time Zero navigation system 2014
– B&G ACP2 autopilot with Whitelock motor
– Raymarine RL80CRC radar with chart plotter
– Raystar 120 GPS
– Furuno D fax 207N weather fax
– B&G Hercules 2000 wind instrument system with digital repeaters 2013
– Thrane & Thrane Mini Inmarssat C satcom
– Icom 2012 VHF
– Furuno FM1570 150 W SSB
– Emergency tiller
– 1 x 11 ft / 3.3 m Clinker rowing tender
– 1 x 11 ft 5 inch / 3.50 m Novurania, with Toisha 25 HP outboard 2 stroke 2007
– Full set Crew Uniforms – all by Gaastra 2013
– Full set wet weather gear – all by Gaastra 2013
Restoration / Refit
2001 to 2004 Fairlie Restoration Ltd

It took 3 years to restore the yacht to match the original structural requirements of the class. She was rebuilt to Lloyd’s Register and to her 1912 configuration which provided some speed enhancement over the initial design of 1911. Though her spars and lead keel had been lost, her fabulous original interior remained. Key features of the restoration were:
– Composite construction for great hull strength and weight saving
– Full steel structure framing planked over in mahogany
– All structural fastenings made nickel aluminium bronze
– All hull planking renewed in 2 inch / 51mm African mahogany
– Use made of modern coatings, bedding compounds and insulation methods
– New engine and modern systems installed
– Powered winches for longevity without altering her sailing characteristics
– Teak deck planking laid over 4/5th inch / 20mm plywood sub deck
These particulars have been prepared from information provided by the vendors and are intended as general guide. The purchaser should confirm details of concern to them by survey or engineers inspection. The purchaser should also ensure that the purchase contract properly reflects their concerns and specifies details on which they wish to rely.

Price $3,500,000
Name Mariquita
Type Sail
Length 125 ft
Hull Material Wood
Designer William Fife and Sons
Classification Cutter

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