Lochmarin is a strong, fast and beautiful blue water cruising yacht. She has been perfect for us sailing as a couple, with occasional visits from family and friends, but would also be a spacious base for family cruising.
Being a ketch she has many sail options: jib, staysail, main, mizzen staysail and mizzen sail allows one to create a large sail area using combinations of smaller sails instead of having two big difficult to handle sails on a sloop. This means that the two of us have handled her happily – indeed, when Phil was ill between Raja Ampat and Lombok, Sara did all the sail handling alone for over 1000 miles. Lochmarin is spacious but she is well set up for easy handling by minimum crew.
When we first took over Lochmarin in 2007 she needed plenty of care and attention and she underwent a major refit. We followed this by replacing the engine and generator and updating all her systems in 2011 before heading off to live on her full time. Over 5 1/2 years of exploring the world we have invested hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars on continuous improvements and on getting her set up to meet all the needs of off-grid living. The sun and wind, complemented by her Northern Lights generator, provides all the power needed for her systems. The 150 Litres per hour water maker and large capacity tanks means fresh water is never an issue. The completely rebuilt fridge and freezer, washing machine and brand new galley stove mean that the luxuries of life can be enjoyed whilst on anchor or passage.
With the SSB and Pactor modem you can keep in touch, with weather reports always available and emails easily sent and received you never have to feel isolated however far away family and friends are, as well as updating your blog as you go.
If you are looking for a boat that has been strongly built, designed by sailors for sailing, not just for sitting in marinas or on moorings, that is spacious, well equipped and tried and tested then you have found the right boat for you. We are looking to sell her for USD 250K.
Lochmarin is all ship shape and Bristol fashion and ready for her new owners to come and see her. We’ve taken lots of photos and videos, available in the gallery and video gallery but if there’s something you can’t see just ask us about it using the contacts page.
Lochmarin has so much equipment on her that a list would be unmanageable so we have separated it into categories as well as giving a quick overview .
Lochmarin is currently on the hard in Pangkor, in the wonderful cruising ground of Malaysia. She can stay there as long as you like without any import taxes or duties, as she’s a foreign flagged vessel. One great thing about Malaysia is that, as there’s no cyclones, you can sail all year round going West first the back East with the change of monsoon. Indonesia, Borneo and Thailand are all within easy reach and there are Sail Malaysia rallies if you want to cruise in company. When you tire of Asia there’s Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands to move onto or the wealth of the Indian Ocean.
If you fancy some reading and are interested in what she is like to live on and how she has spent the last six years you can find out by looking at our blog
and you can get in touch using the contact page here or on:
Phil and Sara