As you know we’ve been looking for replacements for Valentine and Zotelot for next season. We can now announce that one of our new yachts will be Phoebe, a 2003 Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 45.2. She will be joining the school in the New Year and will be available for courses from February 2010.
The yacht is currently in the Cleopatra Boatyard in Preveza. George, Mark, and Nektarios went there early in November to carry out a pre-purchase sea trial. Here’s a video of the sea trial – Phoebe’s first venture into the water for over a year.
You will notice that they picked a rather grey, rainy day. If you’ve read my post on the October milebuilder you’ll see that we had a fair amount of rainy weather before it changed to the lovely sunshine we are enjoying at the moment.
I’ve seen this model of yacht described as “the best charter yacht ever built” and “absolutely ideal for all levels of experience”
We wouldn’t argue with that. The yacht is a classic Jeanneau design, providing safe, comfortable performance-oriented cruising. She has many features that appeal to us and we are sure you’ll agree.
Like Valentine she sports twin wheels to help you. She has an in-mast furling mainsail slightly flat-cut to aid the less experienced when bringing the sail in or out, a padded foresail to help retain shape when reefed. Her spacious cockpit features double doors at the transom that open out onto the swimming platform and she’s equipped with a bimini to keep the sun’s rays off when required.
There are a number of things that we particularly like about Phoebe’s interior. Firstly, the bulkhead between her two forward cabins can be removed to convert it into a large en-suite master cabin, which will be ideal for our private courses for couples or families.
Secondly, she comes equipped with both air-conditioning and heating making her a good “all year round” boat.
She also has excellent ventilation from numerous hatches, essential in our climate, and every hatch comes with both fly screen and sunblind. There are plenty of lockers both in the cabins and the roomy saloon.
Her navigation area is particularly nice and will be appreciated by all our skipper candidates. Angled at 30