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Papillon was designed as a Great Lakes racer by William H. Tripp, Jr., one of America’s foremost yacht designers of the era. Built by Russel Brothers in 1966, it was converted for cruising in the 1970s. The boat has had a fascinating history, including a visit from Pope John Paul II to bless the fleet on a Mediterranean visit and use in a Cover Girl mascara commercial. Papillon's classic lines were featured in Sailing World’s 2010 calendar, as well as Classic Yacht Interiors (Jill Bobrow, WW Norton). All lines run into the centre cockpit, allowing for easy sail handling underway. The cockpit is a large, protected area in which to work and relax. The interior of the boat is light and airy, featuring glossy white panels and polished mahogany trim. A uniquely open-style galley with stove, fridge, freezer and microwave to port and a double sink to starboard leads to the cosy salon. The long settee berths on either side of the dark wood folding dining table provide a spacious and comfortable area to entertain. The large alcoves above each settee can be adopted for a variety of purposes, from voluminous storage to additional berths. A private forward cabin features polished wood paneling and high carved shelving, while the spacious aft cabin sports two large berths and a second, private head. A specialised workshop area with tool benches sits opposite the navigation area. Papillon's beautiful lines and classic design lend themselves to comfortable bluewater sailing. This is a special yacht to sail.
Just re painted topsides and decks plus all brightwork re varnished, the yacht is looking fabulous and has been re covered from stem to stern.
2 double berths in forward cabin and aft port side cabin; 4 single berthsin main cabin saloon, 1 additional single berth in aft cabin. Additional option to use cockpit bench as queensize berth, complete with wooden inserts and matress.
Double stainless steel sinks with salt and fresh water faucets, 66 liter 12V chest fridge and 70 liter 12V freezer, Microwave, Force 10 3 burner gimballed stovetop and oven. White gloss and mahogany varnish finish, ample benchtop and deep storage cupboards.
Internals of both fridge and freezer were replaced in 2016 with
independent Waeco compressor systems. Both can now maintain temperature perfectly under
both full and partial loads using only solar power, and can operate indefinitely on the hard, as
their condensors are now air-cooled.
2 x electric PLANUS ArcticPlus 24 volt heads with shared holding tank. 1 hot and cold water shower with VETUS 120VAC water heater, Shore power or engine heating options.
The new PLANUS electric heads and a hot/cold water cockpit shower were
installed 2016. A new holding tank was installed in 2016
The electrical system was entirely refitted in 2016, including stem-to-stern
rewire, full conversion to 24V, replacement of house and engine battery banks, upgrade of solar
charger, replacement of high-output alternator, replacement of inverter/charger unit and an
entirely new breaker panel (and associated terminal buses, master switches, high-amp fuses,
etc.) and addition of a 120VAC to 240VAC step-up transformer and 2X 240 volt AC outlets, one in the galley and one in the engine room. The old KOHLER genset, shore power isolation transformer and solar panels were reintegrated into the new system.
All sails in good to excellent condition, some near new.