Pipit rounding Cape Finisterre

A well reefed Pipit rounding Cape Finisterre

Overview & Background

Pipit is a 2003 owners' (2 cabin) version of the ever popular Bavaria 36, meaning she has a larger forepeak, larger heads compartment and a very useful deep starboard cockpit locker.

We bought Pipit from her original owners in October 2007. She was by far the best specified and best equipped Bavaria we had viewed, and was being sold to make way for a new yacht. Thus a deal was struck within the hour, and we have remained in contact with her original owners ever since, meeting numerous times on the water in Salcombe and Brittany.

We kept Pipit in QAB Marina in Plymouth, from where for the following 2 years we enjoyed weekend and holiday sailing to favourite places such as the River Yealm, Salcombe & Dartmouth to the east, and Fowey, Falmouth & the Helford to the west.

During this time, we hatched a plan to 'sell up & sail' and become full-time liveaboards. Our target destination was the Ionian, where the idea was first mooted over a G&T or two at George's on Kalamos. We planned to take our time and enjoy as many places along the way as possible, rather than rushing straight to the Med.

Although Pipit was superbly specified by her original owners (just about everything on the Bavaria options list was ticked), there were numerous upgrades we made to make our liveaboard life more comfortable, safe & enjoyable. These included a custom made arch on which to mount a large solar panel, wind generator and antennae, extra winches and navigation equipment, amongst others.

And so it was that one day in May 2010 we slipped our lines in Plymouth and set off for waters new - you can read of our adventure here. After 3 wonderful years making our way slowly to Greece, we spent a further two years cruising our new 'home' waters, in and around the beautiful Ionian.

We then found ourselves at something of a crossroads - what to do next? After much deliberation and soul searching, in early 2015 the decision was made to return to a land-based life in the Cotswolds, UK, leaving Pipit in the Ionian for frequent visits. A further year on, a new plan is being formed which will involve a different kind of sailing, and a different kind of yacht, in the UK, and so we have come to the conclusion that now is the right time to pass Pipit on to her next owners for a whole new set of adventures.

Ideally suited as she is to the Med, Pipit nonetheless looked after us and kept us safe during some of our more challenging passages, including the English Channel, the Alderney Race, Chenal du Four, Raz de Seine, the Atlantic coasts of Spain & Portugal, the Strait of Gibraltar and, of course, the Big One, the Bay of Biscay, where her combination of optional deep keel, larger engine and third mainsail reef played their parts. In return, we hope we have looked after her well, maintaining her ourselves to a high standard.

We believe Pipit to be one of the best specified & equipped Bavaria 36s around and she is now for sale, either by private treaty or through Liberty Yachts, who originally commissioned & sold Pipit and subsequently sold her to us.