For sale: Sunbird 32 Junk Sloop

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  • 13 Jun 2017 15:27
    Message # 4898277

    I have owned this yacht since 1999. She has been extensively cruised, single handed, between the UK and western Mediterranean including Morocco and the Canary Islands, proving to be a safe and comfortable cruising boat. She was given full osmosis treatment at the beginning of my ownership and has generally been laid up ashore during the summer months in southern Iberia and cruised during the winter. Coppercoat was applied in 2006. The last two years she has been ashore in southern Portugal and was returned to the UK this spring by myself - the longest single leg being Gijon to Guernsey in 3 days. The first owner crossed the Atlantic twice (Portugal-Azores-Great Lakes and Newfoundland to Scotland). 

    A very capable boat with good accommodation. Asking price £17,500. Open to offers.


    Please see link below to advert for further details and photos:

  • 02 Jul 2017 13:23
    Reply # 4928535 on 4898277
  • 03 Jul 2017 07:44
    Reply # 4929336 on 4898277


    Whats the story of this Sunbird being sloop rigged? Was this from new or a "conversion"? I wonder what the thinking was?



  • 03 Jul 2017 12:20
    Reply # 4929660 on 4898277
    Anonymous member (Administrator)


    See my article in the Feb 2016 Magazine.

    Marietta seems to be the only remaining Sunbird 32 originally rigged as a sloop, the other two having been converted to Bermudan rig. A review appeared in the June 1979 issue of Yacht and Boat of three Sunbird 32's, each carrying a different variant of the rig. The junk sloop was found to be closer-winded than the junk schooner. Off the wind there was not much difference but steering the junk sloop was said to be hard work, with the centre of effort moving well outboard. The junk sloop was deemed to be a 'handful'.

    Perhaps David will comment on this after 18 years' experience?


    Last modified: 03 Jul 2017 12:23 | Anonymous member (Administrator)
  • 04 Jul 2017 13:16
    Reply # 4932330 on 4898277


    When I bought "Marietta" she had the original, rather tired junk sail. Sunbird Marine commissioned a new sail, "Sunbird modified 90's" sail (I think that's what it was called) and this sail can be moved back and forth in relation to the mast. Close on the wind the sail is hauled back reducing the amount ahead of the mast. Running downwind the sail is moved forward, both these actions help to maintain balance. This arrangement is all I have ever known so I am unable to comment on the handling of the original junk sloop.


  • 08 Feb 2018 08:21
    Reply # 5727302 on 4898277

    Marietta is back on the market, my prospective buyer withdraw due to financial reasons.

    Full details are available from me direct at

  • 12 Mar 2018 08:27
    Reply # 5966689 on 4898277

    The link below gives full details for Marietta

  • 16 May 2018 14:38
    Reply # 6236063 on 4898277

    We are now off cruising in my new boat so I've now placed Marietta in the hands of Boatshed Hayling Island at a reduced asking price of £16000 and full details are available from them using the following link:-

  • 10 Sep 2018 13:39
    Reply # 6662176 on 4898277

    I have now asked Boatshed to place Marietta on their Boatbid website, anyone interested can see full details on the link below: -

  • 02 Oct 2018 14:52
    Reply # 6702816 on 4898277

    I have now put Marietta up for sale on ebay. The link below should take you directly to the listing.

    The link to Boatshed Hayling Island is below.

    Last modified: 03 Oct 2018 08:34 | Anonymous member
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