- William Fife
Sailing Yacht Mariquita For Sale
Now restored back to her former glory, Mariquita is once again one of the stars of the classic sailing circuit paying homage to her heritage. Regarded as one of the world’s most beautiful classic yachts sailing today, the rare yet iconic, 38.1m (125’) vessel has had her ups and downs.
- One of the world’s most iconic classic yachts
- Built & designed by William Fife & Sons
- Accommodation for up to 4 guests in 3 cabins
- Crew accommodation for 8, racing from 18
- Astonishing racing experience
Mariquita marked the return of the historic Big Class and J-Class.
Built by William Fife & Sons at their Fairlie shipyard in Scotland, and delivered to her owner in 1911, Mariquita joined ‘The Great 19’s’ – a new series of four 19-metre sailing yachts: Mariquita, Octoavia, Norada and Corona. Catching the attention of all avid sailing fanatics just before the First World War, ‘The Great 19’s’ travelled far and wide in the three seasons from 1911 to 1913.
The threat of war put a halt on competitive sailing and therefore Mariquita’s astonishing quality of racing. Sold in 1915, she spent the duration of the war peacefully sailing the seas of Norway. Following her return back to Great Britain after the war, she was moved to a mud berth in Suffolk where she served as a houseboat for 30 years.
However in 1991 she was saved by the timely intervention of William Collier and Albert Obrist, and ten years later Mariquita’s landmark restoration at Fairlie Restorations commenced. Although her original structure and wonderful interior remained in tact, a complete rebuild was necessary for her to carry a 38-tonne keel and more than 1,000 sq ft of sail.
Originally designed and built as a race boat, the new owners didn’t want to solely rescue a classic yacht; they wanted to reinstate her former glory, back to the race boat she once was in 1911, competing on the classic circuit. Named ‘The Mariquita Project’, a new era for this remarkable yacht began.
Over the years, she was pushed to a whole new level, and in 2004, she eventually set sail again, starring in regattas throughout Europe. Delivered as a gaff rigged cutter, she marked the return of the historic Big Class and J-Class.
The magnificent Mariquita now presents a fantastic opportunity for a new owner to become part of her amazing heritage.
(approx $3,993,000 *)