Pipit is a 2003 two-cabin Bavaria 36. Having considered a number of different makes of yacht, we kept coming back to Bavarias, not just because of their good value for money, but because we think they are actually well designed compared with some of the competition and ideally suited to the type of sailing we like to do.
During the summer of 2007 we viewed a number of Bavarias (and a few other makes), some of which were "almosts", but none leapt out as being "the one". On our return from Greece we had a trip to Jersey to view a likely sounding 33, which we very nearly bought, but she had an unaccountable list to port, so reluctantly we walked away. This turned out to be a blessing in disguise as, only a few days later, we heard about a 36 being sold through Liberty Yachts in Plymouth.
On viewing Pipit, there was no doubt that she was "the one", and a deal was done within the hour. She was exceptionally well equipped, with many desirable options fitted from new and had been meticulously looked after by her first owners, reflected in her "as new" condition.
She was ready to sail to the Mediterranean then; however, we have made a number of upgrades, to make our liveaboard lifestyle safer, more comfortable and self sufficient. The upgrades we have made are as follows:
- Storm jib
- MOB recovery sling
- C70 Chart plotter at the helm
- Active-X radar target enhancer
- D400 wind generator
- 85W solar panel
- Stern arch to mount the wind generator and solar panel
- Replacement of cabin lights and anchor light with low power consumption LEDs
- Inverter (for Andy's hair straighteners...)
- Nestaway sectional pram dinghy
- Replacement stackpack, sprayhood and pedestal cover
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