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49' Fife - Josephine
Year: 1932
Current Price: A$ 259,000 (US$ 214,426)
Hull Material: Wood
Engine/Fuel Type: Single Diesel
 

CLASSIC Fife-designed Eight Metre, built by J.Hayes and Sons in Sydney in 1932/33, raced in the 1947 Sydney-Hobart race by Brian Penton, editor of The Daily Telegraph.
Her current owner, who bought her in 1985, has restored her completely, adding a new teak deck and interior mahogany furniture to her kauri hull.
She has competed regularly in classic yacht regattas in Port Phillip.

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CLASSIC Fife-designed Eight Metre, built by J.Hayes and Sons in Sydney in 1932/33, raced in the 1947 Sydney-Hobart race by Brian Penton, editor of The Daily Telegraph. Her current owner, who bought her in 1985, has restored her completely, adding a new teak deck and interior mahogany furniture to her kauri hull. She has competed regularly in classic yacht regattas on Port Phillip

Josephine was built by J. Hayes & Sons at Careening Cove Sydney for Mr. A. C. Buckle, a well known Sydney stockbroker during the Depression years of 1932/33.Construction was completed in eight months and used only the best materials. She was named after his daughter “Josephine”

Lex Buckle was a prominent member of the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron & he raced Josephine successfully on Sydney Harbour both in the Squadron’s racing calendar & also in inter club events. The sailing master of this famous yacht was Cliff Gale who was highly regarded for his racing skills.

Josephine won many well known races including the famous Montague Island race.
In 1940 Josephine was sold to Mr. Cripps from Hobart in Tasmania. After WWII, in 1946 Josephine was purchased by Mr. B.C. Penton & she returned to Sydney & went on the register of the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club.

Brian Penton raced Josephine in the 1947 Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, she placed 2nd.
In either 1951 or 1952 Josephine again changed hands & was purchased by R.A. Houghton who raced her in the 1953 Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, she placed 4th.
The next notable part of Josephine’s history is her involvement in the 1962 America’s Cup challenge by Australia. Sir Frank Packer challenged for the Americas Cup with Gretel & again in 1971 with Gretel II. Josephine was used as a crew training yacht for the first challenge in 1962. It is believed she was owned by Sir Frank Packer.

Little is known of Josephine’s history from the early 60s through until 1985, although she was at one stage co owned by Rex Poll & David Stewart in Coffs Harbour.


In 1985 the current owner purchased Josephine & he commenced a major restoration program firstly in Sydney & later in Melbourne.

In Sydney the restoration work was done by Roger Gale who was a grandson of Cliff Gale her sailing master back in the 1930s. Josephine was re-decked in Teak & the Nanni auxillary diesel installed. The interior mahogany furniture was made in Sydney by Caporn.
In the late 80s Josephine was road transported to Melbourne where BR & SM Webber completed the project over almost three years.

Since this restoration project Josephine has been fastidiously maintained. In 2000/2001 Josephine underwent a refurbishment program including the replacement of the iron ring frame at the bridge deck with a laminated spotted gum ring frame.

Josephine has regularly competed in the Classic Yacht Association of Australia winter & summer series on Port Phillip Bay.
 

Construction
Josephine is constructed of New Zealand kauri planking on Spotted Gum frames with iron ring frames at the partners & bridge deck. The iron ring frames have subsequently been removed in the 1985/1990 & 2000 restoration projects with the exception of the iron deck span at the partners.

The cabin trunk, skylight & cockpit combing are in Burma Teak.

Josephine was re-decked in 1985 with a laid teak deck over marine plywood sub deck.
 

Inventory
Spars: The mast is made from spruce and is her original mast.
Boom: Douglas Fir & made in 1985/90 Refit
Dimensions: LOA 14.66M. Beam 3.07M. Draft 2M.
Displacement: approx 9.5 Tonnes
Lead ballast keel: 4 Tonnes
Sails: J = 4.230M, I = 11.400M, P = 15.750M, E = 7.400M
Sail inventory: Hood Mainsail, Hood #2 JIB ( Plus old JIB Top)
Engine: Aux Diesel: Nanni 4.110HE with 2 blade feathering propeller
Steering: Tiller
Refrigeration: 12V Electric fridge
Berths: 2X ¼ Beths & 2X Settees
Galley: Marine stove, fresh water
Heads: Manually operated Toilet
Tankage: 25 Liters of Diesel, 25 liters of Water
Electrical: 2 x12 batteries operating: lights, fridge
Gas: Marine stove operating from 2 x 5 kg gas bottles
Ground Tackle: Chain & Rope



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