Yacht: Oiseau de Feu

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Previous name Firebird X and built for Ralph Hawkes.   She was restored at the Chantier Labbe, Saint Malo, France from 1989 to 1992.

“This boat is formidable, it is faster than the other boats of its class.   It is very spacious in the cabins and is extremely resilient in stormy weather.   It rights itself even after a very steep Keel.   It is a beautifull piece of architecture, I  would go as far as to say a floating palace.   I loved this boat like it was myself, it rides the waves like nothing else and is a dream yacht for all paradise seekers.   It took me to paradise around the coast of france to spain and Gibraltar, and I have seen such awesome sights out at sea around islands and coasts that it blows my mind.
Only with such a great yacht would this have been possible, and i am now searching for the beauty I experienced as a result of the building of this fantastic, piece of boat building. It is the boeing of the sea.”

Information courtesy of Pip Lochrie (who sailed on this boat several times as a young boy, with his Grand-father Michel Perroud of France).

Type of Boat:
Rig: Bermudan Sloop
Year Built: 1937
Built By: Camper & Nicholson, Gosport, UK
LOA m / ft: 20.74m / 68' 4"
LOD m / ft: 20.74m / 68' 4"
LWL m / ft: 14.74m / Originally: 48' 3" Now: 48' 6"
Beam m / ft: 4m / Same as original: 13'
Draft m / ft: 2.96m / Same as original: 9' 7"
Yard No: 447
Sail Stats Sail Area: 248.8 sq.m Sail No. 22
Construction: Wood
Displacement: originally 40 tons, now 38 tons.

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