Ah, Valentine, we don’t want to lose you, but …


Ah, Valentine, we don’t want to lose you, but …

.. it’s time to say goodbye.

Students having a great sail on Valentine.

Students having a great sail on Valentine.

Although she is a lovely boat, Valentine is getting a little long in the tooth for us to continue to use as a sailing school yacht. We’d love to keep her as our private yacht but, unfortunately, we need her berth.

George and I lived on board Valentine for two years when we first came to Greece. So, as you can imagine, it is with much sadness that we are putting her on the market.

She’s a favourite with a our instructors. For a big yacht she is surprisingly easy to manoevre and she’s exceptionally good when sailing to windward.

Valentine is an Atlantic 44 sloop, built in Greece in 1996. She is very stable and comfortable at sea, and handles beautifully. Her vital statistics are:

LOA 13.30m – Beam 4.05m – Draft 2.40m
650L water – 300L diesel
Volvo Penta 59HP engine
Teak decks and cockpit
In mast furling main and furling genoa
Galley with fridge/2 burner stove/oven/sink
Spacious saloon with chart table
Navtex, GPS chartplotter, GMDSS radio, EPIRB
Large master cabin forward with plenty of lockers, wardrobe, table, seat, and private toilet/shower
2 aft cabins each with private toilet/shower
220v shorepower
Big cockpit with cushions and removeable cockpit table
Swimming platform with shower
Sprayhood, bimini, and ‘dog-house’ for inclement weather
Dinghy with 5HP outboard

We will miss her badly and hope we can find her new owners who will appreciate her as much as we have.

If you are interested in buying Valentine we are looking for offers in the region of 65,000 euro.

We’d be happy to include some sailing tuition in the purchase price and can arrange for her to be delivered to your chosen port.

I’m going to take some up to date internal photographs this weekend and will add them to this post. Meanwhile here is another photo to whet your appetite.

Preparing to anchor in the blue Med

Preparing to anchor in the blue Med

If you are looking for a big but reasonably priced yacht for some blue-water cruising Valentine may be just the ticket.

You’ll see more information about what is involved in buying a yacht in Greece in the previous post.

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