“Sailor Vie”      Hartley Tahitian 45 ft Centre Cockpit Ferro Cement Sloop


Sold in April 2001. The end of a twenty year dream. We built the boat with the intention of sailing to Europe and retiring to a cruising life. Illness and overweight reduced our ability to manage the physical effort. Weekends afloat to finish the details became relaxing social, fishing afternoons and the maintenance backlog rose faster than the working time devoted. We  hoped that the new owner will realise his dream through Sailor Vie and it would be cruising UK waters  four years later.
Memories remain of lazy weekends on the harbour when we pretended to work on the fit-out but fished for crabs and bream and chatted with friends.

Sailor Vie ready for relaunch
Mother and Hull 





The prop with crustacean friends


Swinging Mooring – Mort Bay Balmain Sydney

Construction Begun 1977, Launched 1982 Owner Built



Keel Internal - Lead

Cabin - Thai Teak and Brazilian Walnut

Roof – Dynel, laminated marine ply on Queensland maple laminated beams

Cast Deck Fittings

Plough Anchor – S&L Manual Winch -100 metres chain

Mast – Aluminium – Internal Halyards

Boom - Hood roller reefing system

Boom Vang – McIntyre Marine

Foresail – Hood furler

Sails Hood Main and Jib in Brown Bainbridge Cloth

Hood MPS in Dacron

Winches - Barlow

Standing Rigging – Stainless- Twin Back stays

Hatches - Goiot

Ventilators - Solar

Engine – Ford 6cyl Diesel Marinised by Brown Bros Balmain

Propellor – 3 Blade bronze

Auxiliary Diesel – Honda 15 HP twin Diesel driving 240 v  7.5 kva alternator

Deck Pump

Depth/Speed/Log – Brookes and Gatehouse

CB Radio

Autophone VHF

Dickenson Diesel Cooking stove/Oven/ Water Heater/ Cabin heater

Solar charging 2 –42 watt panels with regulators

Freezer – components only

Desalinator- McIntyre Marine Power Survivor

Toilets – Aft sealed to flexible tank

Hot Water Showers

Avon Dinghy and Mercury Outboard

Windows - Lexan and laminated glass

Steering – Hydraulic – Cetrak Autopilot

Compass - Danforth

3 Batteries

Water Tanks – Flexible-200 litres

Fuel tanks steel 2 X 400 litres

Bilge pumps Henderson and Jabsco

Sea Cocks - Bronze

LifeBuoy and Lifejackets

Teak rail –s/s staunchions



Anchor locker

2 berths

Hanging Locker –Heads with hot shower



Teak dining table and settee berth in Main cabin

Double berth guest cabin with hanging locker

Galley with sink stove etc.



Engine under floor

Auxiliary in locker


After Cabin


Aft heads (sealed)

Double berth and settee berth



Large locker

And the last views at Easter 2001

Julien who organised  the sale and  the view from our mooring in Balmain looking towards the Sydney Harbour Bridge

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Terminé samedi le  12 Août  2006