FINESSE 24 VELA  (see published article from 1997)

VELA is a much-treasured boat, which the present owner, now over 80 years of age, is sadly having to part with. She is in good condition and over more than two and a half decades has been a frequent sight along the English southwest coast and in the Scilly Isles. In that time, she has also undertaken six summer-long cruises in the spectacular scenery of the Scottish Hebrides. These have been great adventures during which she has attracted considerable admiring attention and which, in a small way, added to her cruising pedigree first established by a previous owner who took her through the French canals to the Mediterranean. Her long keel and bilge plates permit her to safely take the ground, a feature which has often proved invaluable in offering increasing anchoring opportunities and, occasionally, temporary safety in bad weather. She is the perfect small sailing cruiser, offering comfort and roominess. She has been well-maintained and has spent the winters ashore and under cover in Baltic Wharf boatyard in Totnes.

For sale at £11,750

My contact details are email  and mobile 07773 028103

Present location ashore Baltic Wharf Boat Yard, Totnes, Devon
Sail number 61, built in 1982
Bermudan cutter rigged
Full set of sails including brand new genoa (2024)
Well-maintained Beta 20 hp engine (installed new in early 2016, present hours 650 )
Lowrance HDS-5m GPS Mapping Receiver
NASA Clipper Echo Sounder
ICOM IC-M411 VHF Transceiver
ICOM IC-M31 Handheld VHF
Broadcast VHF receiver
Cockpit tent
Electric and manual bilge pumps
Simrad autohelm
Twin Batteries with space for a third
Assorted mooring lines and fenders
Teak main & forecabin hatches
Teak Strip cockpit floor
25lb CQR anchor with 30 metres chain
Spare anchor with chain and warp
Two ring cooker with 2 x 907 gas bottles
Antifouled and ready to launch