Join Date: Apr 2015
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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Anyone Know South African Phoenix 37 Sailboats?
Please help me. As a new member, this is my first post.
I found a “Phoenix 37” (ghost ship?) moored near my slip in Jacksonville FL. Her faded transom signage says “Finesse” Liverpool, England and she’s in terrible shape. If she has an Alberg style full keel hull shape, then I will consider buying her as a backyard restoration project. Years ago, she supposedly was sailed to Jacksonville from England just before her skipper died. Another owner bought her from the estate, replaced the headsail/furler, and sailed to the Bahamas and back only once about 9 years ago. She’s been moored here ever since. The current owner acquired her on a trade and says she was built somewhere in South Africa several years ago. The river is too brackish to underwater video her hull shape. In the forward cabin with considerable varnishwork, there is a head in the forepeak, a shower/sink with sliding doors immediately aft, a salon with port and starboard settees amidships, a galley to port of the companionway ladder and a chart table to starboard of it with a tunnel (helmsman berth?) immediately aft of the chart table bench to an aft cabin fitted for stores. Some type of 50hp 4-cylinder GMC/British diesel with a British transmission is evidently affixed under the cockpit sole.
Does anyone know about this vessel’s history? Has anyone ever heard of Phoenix Sailing Yachts in South Africa? Does anyone have a Phoenix 37 center cockpit cutter with a furled jibsail, hanked-on staysail, and mainsail outfitted like this vessel? Thank you for any reply or consideration.