Built in 1972 Waterbird is, above all, solid. The GRP is often more than 1" thick which means she exudes confidence in any weather. Her semi-long keel means no bashing or juddering as she slices, rather than crashes, through the waves. Waterbird is a true blue water cruiser.
Waterbird is very straightforward to sail and easily managed by two. She has furled genoa and staysail, in boom furled main and in boom furled mizzen. All lines run back to the cockpit, making sail adjustments safe and easy.
Waterbird's pilot house and inside steering position makes long passages extremely comfortable, and dry. It also gives all-round visibility without having to leave the comfort of indoors.
The in-board joinery is superb and has been well maintained with solid mahogany throughout, which is not only aesthetically pleasing and durable but also gives her a stately feel. Her berths are particularly comfortable.
Waterbird has had just 3 owners from new. The original owners sailed her from the UK to the Mediterranean where she was kept for nearly 30 years in the South of France. The second owner (2001) sailed her back to the UK and kept her in Essex for a time before sailing her down to Spain (approx 2008) where she was kept for the remainder of that ownership. The third and present owners purchased her for a sabbatical from work. Having updated her they sailed around Spain for a time and then across the Atlantic to Antigua and then slowly down through the islands to Grenada where she is now for sale.
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Waterbird has 395watts of solar (installed January 2019) which ran all the nav, autopilot, fridge and lights 24 hours a day on the Atlantic crossing. The engine was only required twice for charge in cloudy conditions. Here in the Caribbean we have not needed the engine to charge once.
Waterbird enjoys considerable storage space, with below bench storage and further capacious storage to port and starboard behind the seat backs. The cabins are also well equipped with both wardrobe and drawer storage. At her stern a very sizeable lazarette, accessible from both port and starboard, houses lines, fenders, spare anchors, spare rigging cable, outboard, buckets and other knick knacks.
Waterbird carries an up to date Raymarine 'A' series Chart plotter (2017) and the increasingly vital AIS. She has Raymarine Autopilot, radar and wind direction/speed. She has Echopilot depth sounder and further Garmin positioning and log system.
The engine is a six cylinder 120 HP Perkins, which will get you out of trouble in almost any conditions. The engine is housed in a spacious (for a 44' boat!) engine compartment (below the pilot house) with access from all sides making her easy to maintain. The exhaust system was completely updated in 2020 to add the comfort of a goose neck and water trap.
Waterbird carries full safety equipment including, six life jackets and life lines, harness, 4 man liferaft (2018), EPIRB (2018) and a full set of flares (2018). All fire extinguishers were replaced or refilled and serviced in 2018
Waterbird comes with a dinghy and 4 stroke outboard (2018).
Primary Anchor - Bruce 30kgs
Anchor Line - 85 metres 3/8 chain
Secondary Anchor - CQR + Fisherman as kedges