Discovery II built by Pheon Yachts In Newhaven, England is probably the only Vancouver 27 for sale in North America.
This cutter rigged, family 4 berth version is a classic sailboat built to sail oceans. It is a very comfortable, seakindly boat with lots of storage. The workmanship including the teak joinery inside is excellent. The exterior looks almost brand new.
Discovery II has been maintained in offshore cruising mode including storm sails and wind vane steering. All halyards lead into the cockpit for shorthanded sailing. She has sailed in the Mediterranean, crossed the Atlantic, spent time in the Caribbean, the Bahamas, Florida, passed through the Panama Canal and spent 14 years in the Pacific, including New Zealand and Australia sailed by husband and wife, Austin and Patricia.
She is now awaiting new adventures at Outer Harbour Marina.
"Discovery II" has been maintained in cruising offshore mode. It is completely outfitted for offshore sailing, including wind vane steering.
Sail plan - Cutter rigged with sails - mainsail, jib, genoa, staysail, cruising chute, storm trysail with separate track on mast and storm jib.
Spinnaker pole stored vertically on mast.
Gross tonnage - 6.96
Registered tonnage - 6.52
Length - 8.17 m
Breadth - 2.62 m
Depth - 1.77 m
Full keel (encapsulated lead)
Hull material - Reinforced plastic (GRP)
Engine – Diesel 20hp 2 cylinder Bukh, (Danish) (rebuilt 1996 in New Zealand)
Engine hours- 4244.
3 bladed fixed prop (new as of 2012 with new shaft fitted)
Fuel capacity – 30 Imperial Gallons
Teak finished. Combination solid teak and teak veneer. Hull insulated with Balsa to waterline installed by boat builder. Sleeping accommodation for two in forepeak with upholstered cushions and two settee berths in main cabin with upholstered cushions, Optimus three burner gas stove with oven, twin sinks, 250 litres water in 3 custom vinyl waterbags on top of the keel, under the floorboards in the main cabin, a small icebox aft and a large icebox forward. Drop-leaf teak table bolted (removable stainless bolts) to floor in centre of main cabin. Plenty of dry storage in lockers behind sink, under settee berths, and at entrance to forepeak as well as a three deep lockers in the forepeak. Large flat chart table in main cabin. Upholstered cushion on aft icebox as seat for chart table. Wet locker for foul weather gear or storage aft of chart table seat.
Halfway around the World- Discovery II's Travels 1984 - 2014
After launching in Newhaven on the south coast of England in 1984 where Discovery was built, my husband Austin and I (Patricia) sailed across the Bay of Biscay from Falmouth to La Coruna, Spain and then into the Mediterranean via the west coast of Spain and Portugal. We spent 3 1\2 years in the Med sailing as far east as Turkey and wintering in the south coast of Spain, Monaco and Nice. The two of us crossed the Atlantic in 1987 in the second ARC (Atlantic Rally for Cruisers) from the Canary Islands to Barbados, then after cruising in the Caribbean sailed north to Bermuda. Crossed the Gulf Stream to New York and up the Hudson to the Erie Canal to Oswego and back home to Toronto in 1988. In 1991 we had the boat trucked to Jamestown Rhode Island (it's not too expensive to truck Discover being a small boat) and then down the waterway, crossing to the Bahamas, sailing the Thorny Path to the British Virgin Islands. From there we headed to the Pacific via the Panama Canal. We sailed through the Pacific from the Galapagos, French Polynesia staying for 8 months in the Cook Islands before heading to Tonga over a 3 year period.
Arriving in New Zealand in 1996 we stayed for 5 years working there before we headed across to Australia in 2001 where we also stayed and worked for 5 years. Returned to Toronto in 2007, having Discovery shipped from Brisbane, Australia to Ensenada, Mexico on the submersible Dockwise freighter. Sailed her up to San Diego where we left Discovery in a marina for a year before deciding to have her trucked to Chicago. From there we sailed through the Great Lakes and the Welland Canal back home in 2008.
Discovery has also done extensive sailing in Florida 2010-2012. Due to my husband's impending death from cancer in 2014, I had Discovery trucked back to Toronto in March 2014,where she now lies at Outer Harbour Marina awaiting new adventures.
Note: from 1996 to 2007 since Mainsail and Genoa were replaced only one major trip was undertaken - New Zealand to Australia. Only weekend sailing was done 1996 - 2001 and 2001 to 2007 as we were working in NZ and Australia. Then boat was sailed in Florida, winters of 2011, 2012. Boat was kept in an undercover shed at Safe Cove boatyard in near Placida, Florida on the Gulf side. Boat was trucked back to Toronto 2014. It has not been sailed since as my husband died but maintenance has been kept up.
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