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The Bermudan Sloop built in 1965 to a design by James McGruer



Marelle : Voyage To Cape Horn and Back
Marelle was built to the specifications of the keen ocean racer Mrs Honor Spink and launched in 1965. Mrs Spink had previously owner one of the McGruer Romela Class 8 tonners, also called Marelle. The name of her old boat came with Mrs Spink to the new, the old being renamed Dunamark that same year, 1965. After three years ownership of her new Marelle, Mrs Honor Spink sold her, the next owner then having the interior converted from that of a racing yacht to a cruiser.
In 1999 Ben Pester sailed Marelle to Cape Horn, around Tierra del Fuego, and then back to the UK via the Falkland Islands. The book, Through the Land of Fire, describes the voyage. Ben had previously sailed, in 1953, the 14,000 mile between Plymouth to Auckland, New Zealand in Tern II, the boat owned by Claude Worth in 1910.

Through The Land Of Fire by Ben Pester

Marelle has been owned for the last eight years by Martin and Louise who have given her a major refurbishment. Louise has written a Blog about their time with the boat.

Marelle Statistics
Built : 1965 by Deacon's Boatyard Ltd in Bursledon, England
LOA : 36' 4"
LWL : 27' 0"
Beam : 10' 6"
Draught : 6' 0"
Displacement : 13 tons TM
Lloyd's Register : 307264
Signal Letters : MCFY3
MMSI : 235113328
Sail N° : K335

Marelle Custodians & Home Ports
Martin & Louise Cooper (2010-2018...) Hamble River, England
Ben Pester (?-c1990-2010) Falmouth, Cornwall, England
Lt Cdr EGD Friend DSC RNR (1979-1980-?) Saltash, England
Dr Neil Beaton MB FRCS & Julie C Beaton (1969-1978) Plymouth, England
Mrs Honor Spink (1965-1968) Bursledon, England

Marelle Links 
Louise Cooper's blog about Marelle

Page last updated : January 2018


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