Designed by Gary Hoyt (former Finn Olympian and Sun World Champion), "Simena" is simply a great offshore cruising yacht. A cat ketch, her innovative freestanding spar design has also stood the test of time and in 2004 the Freedom 40 became one
of just 26 boats to ever be inducted into the American Sailing Hall of Fame.
Elegant and head turning, "Simena" is a later design Freedom 40 (1985) with an aft rather than a centre cockpit, carbon fibre masts rather than the original aluminium, and
fully battened sails mounted on tracks, instead of the original wooden wishbone booms and wraparound sails.
A true blue water yacht, her sturdy balsa core construction, long keel and low centre of gravity make her very stable and seaworthy in all sea
conditions. She is ideal for sailing short handed or with an inexperienced crew and has a good turn of speed off the wind. An electric winch handle makes raising the sails easy and an electric windlass with a foot switch handles the anchoring.
The cockpit is comfortable and the decks are wide and clear with all lines running aft to the cockpit.
In 2010, "Simena" underwent a 7-month refit, with over £60,000 spent on a new teak deck, engine and elecrical equipment upgrades, rewiring and
plumbing upgrades and lots of new equipment including a Hydrovane self-steering system, safty gear, rigging, ground tackle and navigation aids. Below deck also saw a great number of improvements including brand new headlinings, new cushions and upholstery
throughout, a new custom built black water tank (as yet unused!) and countless other upgrades and new equipment. A full list of work undertaken is available on request, along with the 2010 survey and update.
Her first owner had her delivered to
Turkey where she cruised the Aegean before returning to the Channel Islands and a new owner who tackled the Atlantic Circuit with her. She then moved to Holland before returning again to Cornwall for some cold water cruising and a £32,000 update.
In 2010 her current owners sailed her from Plymouth across Biscay and have been gently cruising with their little girl (now 5) in the Med ever since.
"Simena" is a great boat for anyone wanting a bigger, well spec'd, ocean capable yacht
which is easily sailed and has a roomy interior, vast storage space and large water and fuel tanks for increased independence. She and her current owners have looked after each other extremely well but they are now reluctantly settling ashore and she
needs new owners to begin a new chapter...
British flagged and VAT paid, she is currently in the water at Menton-Garavan Marina, on the French Cote d'Azur, and priced for a quick sale.