Summary

Lone Fox, a 65′ classic ketch, is a true gentlemen’s yacht. Designed for Colonel Whitbread, original sponsor of the ‘Whitbread Around the World Race’, the Robert Clark teak ketch is known internationally for its speed and grace. Launched on the shores of Scotland in 1957, Lone Fox was constructed to Lloyds Class +100A1 Yacht Specifications. She was the Colonel’s personal yacht until his passing in 1983. After an interesting and illustrious journey she found herself in Ventura, CA, to have a significant master craftsman refit in the mid- to late-1990s. This work brought the boat back to its original glory and inspired a racing campaign along the west coast of the United States and the Caribbean. In the early 2000s Lone Fox sailed to St. Barth’s, its home for the next 15 years. She continued to race and win multiple classic regattas.

Selected Regatta Results:

  • San Francisco Master Mariner’s Regatta, First in Class
  • 2005 St. Barth’s New Year’s Regatta, Overall Winner
  • 2008 and 2009 St Maarten/St Martin Classic Yacht Regatta, First in Class and Overall Winner
  • 2008 Antigua Classics Yacht Regatta, Overall Winner
  • 2011 Antigua Classics Yacht Regatta, Overall Winner and Panerai Trophy
  • 2012 Antigua Classics Yacht Regatta, Panerai Trophy

Lone Fox’s original teak decks will need replacing. Lone Fox’s pedigree and world-renowned reputation make this a unique opportunity for a sailor seeking an iconic classic yacht. Her location on the Maine coast provides for the location to easily have her refit work done.

$275,000

Specifications

  • loa 65'
  • lwl 44'5"
  • beam 13'8"
  • draft 8'1"
  • fuel capacity 172 gallons
  • water capacity 120 gallons
  • designed by Robert Clark
  • builder Alex Robertson & Sons
  • year 1957
  • boat engine Lugger L4293D
  • horsepower 84 HP

History

Commissioned for Colonel Whitbread of the long established brewing family, Lone Fox was appropriately named for a rather private person and former amateur jockey with a strong interest in fox hunting. Built in early 1957, in the same shed as Americas Cup challenger Sceptre, she was Colonel W H (Bill) Whitbread’s personal yacht for a quarter of a century. For a while he sailed and occasionally raced on the English South Coast. In due course, however, Lone Fox was taken back up to cruise the beautiful Scottish waters out of Badachro. From here there were frequent cruises around the West Coast and Hebrides typically a fortnight at a time. Colonel Whitbread himself, inspired no doubt also by his longstanding good friend Francis Chichester, was to become the sponsor of the famous round-the-world race.

Lone Fox routinely wintered back in Robertsons yard and it was in 1977, as she was about to be put back in the water, that the launch carriage broke free and the boat accelerated down the slipway before snagging a stabilizing stay and snapping the main mast. Fortunately the damage was limited. Colonel Bill was to continue sailing her regularly right up to the age of 81, when reluctantly he had to sell her.

From 1981, under the ownership of Talbot Smith, she was based in North Wales and raced regularly in the Irish sea, taking part also in Tall Ships Race. In 1985 she took part in the West Highland Yachting Week Regatta. In 1986 Keith Ehlert from California bought her for chartering out of Antigua and by 1990 she was in Marina del Rey in California for restoration. Teaming up with Christopher von Trampe, by 1997 Ehlert abandoned the project and Trampe acquired the yacht.

For the next five years, Lone Fox underwent a major restoration, pretty well throughout bringing her back to original condition but with the exception of alloy for the wooden masts. With this work complete she went to St Barth’s in 2003 for chartering and a year later for sale to her current owner.

Sales & Rigging

SAILS

  • Main
  • Mizzen
  • Staysail
  • Yankee
  • Genoa
  • Mizzen staysail
  • Asymmetric spinnaker
  • Storm tri-sail

SPARS

  • Oval section gold-anodized aluminum main and mizzen masts
  • Glued bright-finished wooden main, mizzen, and staysail booms

RIGGING

  • 1 x 19 Stainless steel standing rigging re-rigged 2014
  • Spectra braid and 7/19 stainless steel wire running rigging
  • Mast winches
  • (3) LEWMAR 40
  • (1) BARIENT 28 ST
  • (2) LEWMAR 19

Electronics & Entertainment

NAVIGATION EQUIPMENT

  • B&G Hydra autopilot
  • Raymarine Quantum Q24C RADOME Radar
  • Raymarine RIE70232-LNC 9″ Multifunction Display with Lighthouse Navigation
  • Charts – NOAA Vector and Navionics
  • B&G Hydra 20/20 depth sounder
  • B&G analogue wind speed, apparent wind, boat speed depth
  • Syrens wi fi booster w/spreader mounted antenna
  • Danforth Constellation 7 inch magnetic steering compass
  • Seth Thomas clock and barometer
  • Icom ICM 422 VHF
  • Icom IC-M710 SSB

ENTERTAINMENT

  • Polyplanar MR 41 Stereo AM/FM/CD changer – satellite ready
  • Sharp Aquos 26 inch color TV
  • Pioneer AVN-P310DVD DVD/HD/Satellite

Layout

Leaving the cockpit, the companionway entrance leads to the navigation station – bunk with sail locker underneath to port. Navigation table with electronics forward port. Descending forward into the Master Stateroom with extra long single berth, full head with sink and shower to port and queen berth to starboard. Exiting the master into the Main Salon – settee (converting to two berths) with gimbaled dining table to port and full bench seat (full lower bunk w/ hanging bunk above), freezer, and companionway to deck starboard. Owner’s cabin with full lower berth and hanging berth above to port. Forward head (sink no shower) followed by full galley to starboard. Passing into the focs’le – bosun’s locker and line storage port and pipe berth starboard. Forepeak has chain locker, spare anchor, and hurricane lines.

  • Day Head – RARITAN
  • Master Head – RARITAN with sink and shower

GALLEY

  • Top loading freezer in main salon
  • White oak gimbaled demountable drop leaf table and locker in main salon
  • Galley with 3-burner LPG hob and oven with solenoid shut off to starboard
  • Electric convector oven above
  • Dry goods storage and front loading fridge
  • Double sink

 

  • English White Oak interior with plywood bulkheads
  • Navigation station with chart table and instruments
  • Generator below the salon sole
  • Sleeps 9-12
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Broker:
John Morin