The Journey Begins

Thanks for joining me! I am SYLPHE….. a 60 foot classic sailyacht. My father was André Mauric. He was the most prolific and best known of France’s 20th century yacht designers, who started in the 1920s with radical designs for racing yachts to the International Meter Rule and in 1939 he designed one beauty ..: […]

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More history

But, back to my history, all of these boats have a history, after all. SYLPHE (originally ARIEL, later SYLPHE IV) was commissioned by Paul Blanchet, an owner who wanted a yacht to win races under the British RORC rating rule. His timing was not good – it was 1939 when Mauric started designing/building  the yacht. […]

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Rare ownership opportunity

SYLPHE, a 60 foot full longkeeler has had 7 owners in her life time. The last 2 owners each held on to her for 20+ years. So, this is only the second time she becomes available on the market in almost 50 years. That says something about the boat, about the possibilities, about her seaworthiness […]

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still more history

In 1954 I was converted into a cruiser; with an engine, a galley, bunks, heads, etc. Since than I have been cruising the Med from east to west …and back. During the next 50 years or so SYLPHE was sailed and raced in the Mediterranean. It seems she was well maintained, with Mauric himself always […]

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Sylphe’s present

In 1999 her present Dutch owners sailed her to Turkey and set about a 7-month total overhaul to make her more suitable for Mediterranean charter and live-aboard use. Although the interior had to be stripped out completely and rebuilt to provide more comfortable accommodation and headroom, the original hull timbers and planking -having endured such […]

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the future, a personal note

So, SYLPHE is capable of doing it all. Having sailed around for the last 80 years; racing, cruising, at anchor, finding new horizons and destinations. Good and bad weather. She has proven it over and over again for the last 80 years. Been there, seen it and done it…has been the owner’s slogan for the […]

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So, here it is: Sylphe, is back on the market. Fortunately for you. Finally again after 50 years of waiting. A rare opportunity to own a rare, truly French built Classic Sailyacht. See here some visual impressions of Sylphe: original parts inside cruising and racing  

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her pedigree

Designer Andre Mauric Length deck 17,35 m Displacement 35mTonnes Builder Chantier de Pharao Marseille Length waterline 12,67 m Construction mahogony teak oak Date 1939 Beam 3,99 m Engine Yanmar 76 HP Length overall 18,25 m Draft 2,55 m Balast 13mTonnes lead

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