HISTORY & DESCRIPTION:
Alan Platt set up a boat building yard at his home in Essex, a few miles from Southend-On-Sea during the 1960s, producing sturdy clinker constructed sailing yachts, ideally suited to the shoal waters of the East Coast. Over the years the well-built, quality vessels became so popular that Alan extended the range from the initial Finesse 21 to a 24ft, 27ft and finally during the 1980s the Finesse 28 to a design by the well respected Maurice Griffiths. Only eleven Finesse 28s were built in total, MELYAR is hull number five, launched in 1986.
Dedicated Finesse Owners Association who regularly meet both sailing and socially.
Traditionally clinker planked with Iroko strakes all through copper fastened to steam bent oak timbers. Sheathed marine-ply decks. Varnished Iroko cabin coamings, brightwork and cockpit.
Rounded bow, varnished transom stern and bilge keels, ideal for drying moorings, creek and estuary sailing.
MASTHEAD CUTTER RIG:
Aluminium deck stepped mast about 9m. Aluminium boom -3.6m. Wooden bowsprit 0.71m.
Stainless steel standing rigging. Terylene sails, jib, main and try-sail – 25.04 sq. m sail area. Sails valeted November 2017 and UV strip replaced on jib. Sail covers for main and staysail.
Welcoming, traditional below decks accommodation having Iroko joinery and Mahogany faced ply varnished with white enamel paintwork. About 5ft 9ins standing headroom.
Forward Cabin: Twin berths with infill to make generous double berth. Fore-hatch, chain locker.
Heads Compartment: Situated to port with marine pump-out WC. Hanging locker opposite to starboard.
Saloon: Gimballed Taylors paraffin cabin heater, dinette to port converts to double berth. Stowage lockers and book shelving. Navigation area to starboard quarter. Galley to starboard with Taylors paraffin cooker with two burners and oven, three pantry lockers, two fire blankets, two 55 litre freshwater tanks.
Cockpit: Tiller steering, locker seats, lazarette access beneath sole to:
18hp YANMAR 2GM20 DIESEL ENGINE, fitted new 1986, last serviced November 2017, about 6.5 knots cruising speed. 35-litre fuel tank, three blade propeller.
- Icom IC-M421 VHF Radio
- Sestrel bulkhead Compass
- Seafarer Sounder
- CQR Bower Anchor, 30m chain
- Fisherman Type Kedge Anchor
- Cockpit cover
- Bathing ladder
- Fenders & warps
- Manual and electric bilge pumps
GUIDE: Sold – June 2019
LYING: Chichester Harbour
VIEWING: Through CLASSIC YACHT BROKERAGE – 01905-356482