Fantastically well-equipped and upgraded example of the Judel Vrolijk designed Grand Soleil 50 aft cockpit performance cruising yacht. Presented in great condition inside and out with over £70k in recent expenditure to make her 100% turnkey.
FURTHER BROKER’S COMMENTS:
Launched in April 2005 and very lightly used in both of her original ownerships, BELLA OF LONDON was bought in 2013 by her current owner. Coded to SVC2, she has taken her owner and crew on the ARC in 2013, the Fastnet in 2013, 2015 and 2017 and has been used for cruising in UK and Channel waters.
Comprehensively refitted and upgraded throughout her current ownership with in excess of £70k spent over the past 5 seasons, BELLA OF LONDON is one of the best-prepared and immediately usable cruising yachts we have seen in a very long while.
Her specification highlights are numerous, but particular highlights include:-
3-cabin, 2-head owner’s layout
Larger 75hp Volvo engine option with saildrive and recent diaphragm replacement
Recently replaced stainless steel wire standing rigging
Upgraded Harken electric winch package
Extensive Sanders & North Sails carbon sail wardrobe
Symmetric and asymmetric spinnakers with poles and deck gear
Fully-battened mainsail with ball-bearing battencars, single-line reefing and lazyjacks
Flex-o-fold feathering prop
Twin alternators, upgraded battery capacity and inverter
Webasto diesel heating system
Spectra Newport 400 watermaker
Raymarine instrument package including digital radar & plotters
BELLA OF LONDON is now offered for sale in 100% turn-key order as her owners would like to move on to fresh projects. VAT-paid, Part 1 British Registered and SVC2 coded, she is ideal for both private and commercial adventures.
We purchased BELLA OF LONDON in 2013 when she was based out of Portimão in the western Algarve, Portugal. Little did we know that the idyllic test sail in the sun and Blue sea with Dolphins playing with the bow was to be a prelude for such great things to come.
Since owning BELLA OF LONDON we have sailed many thousands of miles having been to Gibraltar, Tangier, the Canaries, the Caribbean via the 2014 ARC, the North French coast, three successful and hugely enjoyable Fastnets and cruised round Britain. During this time we have built complete confidence in her through all conditions. She is fast, fun and really comfortable.
We have spent a considerable amount of money on Bella bringing her specification up to the level required to do all the exciting things that we have been able to do. BELLA OF LONDON is far from a standard Grand Soleil 50!
BELLA OF LONDON is currently configured to sail with a full crew, however, some minor and inexpensive adjustments such as fitting a lazy bag for the main and a spinnaker sock she could sail short-handed very easily.
Our reluctant decision to sell BELLA OF LONDON is due to commitments of our personal time and business.
BELLA OF LONDON has been meticulously maintained and consistently used with a majority of the maintenance and upgraded works carried out here in Lymington by the Berthon Boat Company. To sail BELLA OF LONDON back across the Atlantic would take too much more than packing some extra ‘sandwiches and a flask of tea’.
Designed by Rolf Vrolijk, and it shares the same heritage of this designer, who has proven his ability to delineate and reaffirm the success of Alinghi in the last two editions of the America’s Cup. Grand Soleil 50’ is a consecration of the design on which it was built, aimed at limiting wave-resistance at sea and at defining significant shape stability in order to achieve the ideal angle of balance and consistently safe and comfortable sailing.
SUCCESSFUL CHOICES - In terms of design solutions, the sail area includes a high-extension spanker and a low-overlap genoa jib, so as to allow for easy and intuitive sailing in all conditions, even with a short crew. The spacious and user-friendly cockpit is designed to suit both cruise and regatta use. The main sheet at the end of the boom ensures the best possible control for regatta use, whilst the halyard runs below deck, the short deckhouse and the garage hood make for a clear, obstacle-free deck, and ensure that all rigging movements can be carried out freely and rapidly.
SEA-AFFINITY. ENOUGH SAID - There is perhaps no greater or more desirable quality in a boat, and yet, when you try Grand Soleil 50’, you will recognise it instantly and naturally. This boat is truly made for the sea, tireless, handling races or cruises, the longer the better, in the heart of the habitat that Grand Soleil 50’ was made for, and where it is truly in its element. Above deck, the double wheelhouse opens out the cockpit and provides for a direct passageway to the transom, where the electrical opening-system facilitates easy and immediate access to the sea.
HIGH-CLASS LIVING - Dimensions and design choices make the Grand Soleil 50’ an extremely agreeable boat, particularly well-suited for hosting guests and families, thanks to its spacious rooms and decks.
SPEED MEETS RELAXATION - Below deck, the sporty life gives way to a cosy and welcoming atmosphere, distinctly elegant and refined, down to the smallest detail, as befits the finest Grand Soleil tradition.
Our understanding is that the yacht is built to CE Boat Category A-Ocean.
Hull, Deck & Superstructure Construction:
GRP hull, deck and superstructure construction
Stratified unidirectional fibreglass offering a tensile strength of up to 25 kg/mm².
NPG isophthalic gelcoats, NEOGEL and vinylester resin are applied to the first layers of the hull.
Bulkheads laminated with 60mm flanges for increased adhesion to GRP
Hot galvanised steel grid structure for transferance of rigging and keel loads
Stainless steel chainplates with 27mm rods secured to grid structure
White gelcoat hull and deck finish
Blue waterline stripe and cavita line
Deck construction in GRP with termanto foam core for increased insulation, shear strength and durability
Side decks, coachroof, cockpit seating and cockpit sole in laid teak with black caulking
Keel & Rudder:
Hydrodynamically designed fin keel with lead bulb
The keel is bolted onto the metal internal structure so as to distribute the keel load over the broad, and sturdy fibreglass and galvanised steel surface of the entire hull.
The balanced spade rudder is moulded in fibreglass with internal 300mm stainless steel plates attached to 60mm diameter stainless steel stock.
Engine & gearbox:
Volvo Penta D2-75, 4-cylinder turbo-charged diesel engine producing 75 HP
Volvo 150-S saildrive gearbox
Saildrive diaphragm replaced 2016
Freshwater engine cooling using raw water inlet and heat exchanger.
Water-cooled exhaust system in reinforced rubber hose through silencer and appropriate fitting.
Engine housing lifts on gas struts.
Lewmar stainless steel single lever throttle/gear control in cockpit
Maintenance & Performance:
Engine hours: Estimated 1,250 hours as of Spring 2019
Date of last engine service: Engine serviced annually with major overhaul 2016
New clutch on gearbox – winter 2018/19
Propulsion & Steering:
Solimar Racer twin steering pedestals with Carbonautica black lacquered carbon figure helm wheels – 2015
Flexofold 3-bladed feathering propeller
Ambassador rope cutter
MAX Power 12vDC retractable bowthruster with control at helm pedestal - 2014
Solimar emergency steering gear
12vDC primary domestic system with 230v AC via shorepower or inverter
2x 12vDC engine start batteries - 2013
6x 12vDC domestic batteries joined in parallel – 2013
1x 12vDC bowthruster battery – 2014
BEP Marine battery switches
Emergency parallel switch for engine and service battery banks
Charging / Inverter:
Sterling Pro-Charge Ultra 12/60 60A battery charger for domestic batteries – 2014
Victron Phoenix 750w inverter – 2014
Victron BMV-602s battery data monitoring system - 2014
80A 12vDC alternator on engine
120A 12vDC secondary high-output alternator on engine
Marinco 30Amp shorepower supply with ring main and 230v AC sockets in interior
12v sockets at chart table and in cockpit
Circuit breakers with automatic fuses and indicator lamps for all individual circuits.
PLUMBING & GAS SYSTEMS
12vDC pressure system with Par Max pump
Hot water supplied via engine cooling with calorifier or via 230vAC immersion heater element from shore power in well-insulated hot water tank
Hot & cold pressurised water to galley, heads and shower in cockpit
Spectra Newport 400 Mk II watermaker making approx. 65 litres per hour
3x manual bilge pumps in cockpit, below decks and forward sail locker
2x 12vDC high capacity electric bilge pump with manual overrides
2x 12vDC shower drain pumps
Gas locker in separate drained compartment in cockpit
Gas system certified – 2017
Nereus gas alarm system
290 litres diesel capacity
Analogue Fuel tank level gauge at chart table
460 litres fresh water capacity
Analogue water tank gauge at chart table
Black water holding tank servicing aft heads
Tanks discharge directly overboard or via deck evacuation point.
NAVIGATION & COMMUNICATION EQUIPMENT
Raymarine E80 digital colour GPS chart plotter radar display – 2005
Twin Raymarine GPS transducers
Raymarine digital closed-array radar scanner on transom pole - 2005
Raymarine ST6000 Smart Pilot autopilot control with T2 linear drive - 2005
Raymarine i60 wind display with transducer – 2016
Raymarine i50 depth display with transducer – 2016
2x Raymarine i50 speed displays with transducer – 2016
Plastimo steering compass as companionway
At Chart Table:
Raymarine E120 digital colour GPS chart plotter radar display – 2005
Raymarine i70 multi repeater – 2016
Dell laptop PC with chart software and GPS connection – 2015
AIS Type-B transceiver – 2013
Furuno NX-330 Navtex – 2013
Clock & barometer on main bulkhead
2x Raymarine i70 repeater displays in master cabin - 2018
Raymarine Ray54E VHF with DSC – 2005
Icom BC-166 handheld VHF with charging dock
Cradle and antenna for Iridium satellite phone (no phone unit included)
Twin stainless steel sinks with single lever mixing tap.
3-burner gimballed gas cooker with oven
Top-opening fridge with 12vDC compressor
Front opening fridge
Manual Jabsco heads in both heads compartments
Heads showers with automatic temperature control and electric pump out
Stainless steel sinks – replaced 2015
Heating & Ventilation:
Webasto Airtop 5000 diesel-fired hot air heating system with outlets cabins– overhauled 2016
Ventilation consisting of opening skylights and opening portlights
LED interior lighting 2014
Red night lighting at galley and chart table - 2014
Phillips radio/CD player with JVC speakers in saloon and Fusion speakers in cockpit
Summary of Accommodation:
Aft cockpit layout with up to nine full length berths in three double cabins plus two further saloon settee berth, one of which converts to a double. Forward and aft day heads with showers.
Marine grade waterproof core, faced with selected teak is used in all bulkheads and major joinery.
Specially selected solid teak in frames and doors.
All main bulkheads bonded to hull and deck, using glass fibre and polyester.
Ceiling, topsides and minor visible hull sides with foam backed vinyl.
Hull sides, bottom, bilge, etc top-coated throughout the interior.
Cabin sole board finished in simulated teak and holly spline
Locker doors have upgraded stainless steel hinges – 2017
Acrylic stone counters in galley
Cushions in high quality foam with first class upholstery.
Blue fabric upholstery in saloon – seat covers replaced 2017
Bedding and recovering of mattresses – winter 2018/19
Beige upholstery in accommodation cabins
Aft guest cabins – Lee cloths between berths
Oceanair solar reflective roller blinds on all 6 deck hatches.
White cloth curtains
Description of Accommodation from Forward:
Island double berth
Twin settees, various storage compartments and hanging locker
Master cabin en suite heads with shower, wash hand basin and sea toilet.
Shower panel replacement with stainless steel – 2016
Double berth to port
Large draw under berth and storage cupboards at eye level above berth
Mattress upgraded to fully sprung
Starboard 2 x wardrobes with dressing table unit, containing 3 x drawers, floor level cupboard and cupboards above
Large locker in bilge
Spacious saloon with large dinette and second settee, dinette has the added capability to convert to double berth for extra accommodation.
Movable saloon centreline bench - 2018
Various storage lockers, and light beige cabin upholstery throughout.
Oceanair solar reflective roller blinds on all 6 deck hatches.
Stainless steel grab handles
Forward facing chart table, located to starboard with chart storage and navigation electronics centre.
L shaped galley located to port comprising of gas hob with oven and grill, 2 fridges (original chest and additional upright), stainless steel sink with chrome mixer tap.
Numerous storage lockers and synthetic stone effect work tops.
Stainless steel grab handles.
Heads compartment with shower, wash hand basin, sea toilet, storage/vanity unit.
Equal aft cabins with double berths and lee-cloths
Hanging lockers with seat.
Cabinet above bed along hull side.
Door to main saloon from starboard and port guest cabins.
Sparcraft aluminium anodised spars
Keel-stepped mast with 3-sets of swept-back spreaders
Stainless steel wire standing rigging – replaced 2015
Split backstay with Holmatro hydraulic adjuster - 2013
Facnor genoa furler
Soft-vang arrangement - 2020
Harken genoa tracks
Secondary aft tracks for 145% genoa – 2016
Fully-battened mainsail system with Frederiksen ball-bearing battencar system on mast-mounted track
Tri-sail track on mast - 2013
2x single line reefs
Mast fittings for inner forestay
German mainsheet system with Harken full-width mainsheet track in cockpit forward of helms
Selden heavy-duty padeyes amidships and aft for spinnaker blocks/guys – 2015
Leather protective spreader caps
Selden aluminium spinnaker pole, vertically stowed on mast – 2013
Spinnaker track on mast with uphaul and downhauls – 2013
Selden jockey pole stowed on deck – 2013
Selden removable asymmetric pole with tackline led aft – 2013
Equipment for symmetric and asymmetric spinnakers
Dyneema halyards – 2013/14 (main halyard 2017)
2x Harken 60.2 STE 2-speed electric self-tailing primary winches
2x Harken 53.2 ST 2-speed manual self-tailing spinnaker winches
1x Harken 48.2 STE 2-speed electric self-tailing main halyard and control line winch
1x Harken 48.2 ST 2-speed manual self-tailing halyard and control line winch
1x mast-mounted winch for topping-lift - 2020
Sander Sails CL-DIAX carbon laminate double-taffeta fully-battened mainsail with 2-reefs – 2016
North Sails carbon laminate fully-battened mainsail with 2-reefs – 2013/14 (well used)
Sander Sails 145% DP Hydra Net Radial cruising genoa - 2015
North Sails 131% 3DL furling genoa – 2013
North Sails 95% carbon laminate furling jib – 2013/14
Hyde Sails 0.9oz symmetrical spinnaker – 2013
North Sails symmetrical spinnaker - 2015
North Sails A3 asymmetric reacher – 2014
Dacron storm jib – 2005
Dacron tri-sail – 2013
Stainless steel pulpit and pushpit.
Teak step on pulpit
Stainless steel guardwire stanchions – replaced with reinforced stanchions – 2015
Gaurdwires replaced 2015
Goiot opening side ports - 2016
Lewmar opening deckhead hatches – replaced 2015-16
Electric fold-out bathing platform
Stern boarding ladder
Scanstrut stainless steel radar antenna pole at stern – 2015
Hot & cold shower in cockpit
Removable cockpit table – winter 2018/19
Stainless steel anti-wear plates on foredeck and at aft end of superstructure
Anchoring & Mooring:
Quick 12vDC reversing electric anchor windlass with remote control - 2016
Delta anchor with 80m of 10mm chain
Kedge anchor with chain and warp
Stainless steel bow plate - 2017
Stainless steel rubbing strips for mooring cleats
Fore and aft mooring lines
Covers, Cushions & Canvas:
Blue canvas mainsail cover
Sprayhood with stainless steel frame and grabrail - 2015
Bimini with stainless steel frame
Blue canvas wheel, winch table and life-raft covers
CJ Marine blue canvas cockpit cushions
General note on safety equipment: Any safety equipment such as liferafts, Epirbs, fire extinguishers and flares etc. are usually personal to the current owner(s) and if being left on-board as part of the sale of a used vessel may require routine servicing, replacement, or changing to meet a new owners specific needs.
LED Navigation lights - 2014
LED Masthead anchor and tri-colour lights - 2014
LED steaming light - 2018
Liferaft – 10-man cannister liferaft on coachroof stainless steel cradle – last service 2018
Kannard 406Mhz EPIRB
2x Horseshoe buoys with lights
Mast-mounted radar enhancer
First aid kit
8x lifejackets with AIS - 2018
5x 1kgs ABC fire extinguishers throughout interior
1kgs ABC engine space automatic fire extinguisher
Gas & Co2 detectors
Lying Lymington, UK
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Office Hours Mon- Fri 0900 – 17.00
Saturday by prior appointment
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