Indulge yourself – for a moment or much longer – as you take the helm of this vintage racing cruiser.

If you’re a connoisseur of nostalgia and have a passion for offshore racing, this 18.90 metre gaff-rigged cutter could be just what you have been waiting for.

Majestic lines and elegant curves belie her age – but she remains one of the oldest active racing yachts in the world.

A timeless classic, ahead of her time

Now proudly offered for sale by Boatshed’s brokerage office in Mallorca, Marigan (formerly Molito) was the brainchild of yachting enthusiast and designer Charles Livingstone. A member of the UK America’s Cup Committee, Livingstone was inspired to create a yacht that would be for his own personal use and enjoyment.

Building was completed by Bond of Birkenhead in 1898 and – rigged originally as a gaff cutter – Marigan spent most of her early life on the west coast of Scotland. In 1920 she was equipped with her first engine (since upgraded) and altered in 1936 to a ketch rig.

She was discovered by her current owner in 2003 and transported to Mallorca. There followed an extensive restoration programme during which the yacht was restored to her original gaff rig.

During the restoration, an interesting tradition was upheld. It is understood that Molito was named in affection after Livingstone’s daughter, Molly. In keeping with the yacht’s heritage, the new owner took certain letters from the names of his four daughters to create the name Marigan!

Preparing for a new lease of life – and new adventures

With his passion to introduce Marigan to the Mediterranean regatta circuit and sail the yacht in the style that she deserved, a thorough but sensitive rebuild was planned – so as not to detract from her aesthetics.

Strength and durability were to be at the heart of the restoration programme – and the result is testimony to the time-honoured skills and dedication of all those involved.

From the chain plates that are now in stainless steel to better distribute rig and keel loads to the Pitch and Oregon pine planking of the hull, now copper-fastened to the new laminated Iroko mainframes. Nothing was overlooked for Marigan’s re- launch in 2006.

Key specifications – 2019

  • Year of construction - 1898
  • Builder - Bond of Birkenhead
  • Length overall - 18.90m
  • Length over deck - 15.30m
  • Length over waterline - 11.50m
  • Beam - 3.30m
  • Draft - 2.20m
  • Berths - Six
  • Engine Perkins - 50hp
  • Sail wardrobe - Eight: including full set of sails for regattas
  • View full spec HERE

Ready for action – and ready to go sailing today!

Marigan is one of those special yachts that not only catches the eye but can really catch the wind. She's noted and lauded for her Spanish championship victories in her class of vintage yachts.

‘There’s no doubt that she’s a classic racing boat,’ says Rory Gillard from Boatshed’s brokerage office in Palma.

‘Her restoration has been magnificent and true to her original design. She’s a piece of living history and below decks you’ll find it just as authentic as it was more than 100 years ago. Don’t expect to find a wellness centre or wide-screen televisions: this is a genuine racing cruiser built for performance, exhilaration and excitement,’ added Rory. ‘She’s ready to go racing or cruising today!’

Enjoying her life in the Mediterranean, Marigan has competed in numerous regattas through the years including the Regata Vela Clásica in Barcelona and La Illes Balears Clàssics in 2018.

‘With the current owner and his family now moving away from the island, regrettably Marigan cannot join them,’ added Rory. ‘But, as brokers, we’re taking a very personal interest in ensuring that the next owner will enjoy and cherish Marigan as Charles Livingstone would have liked.’

Discover more about this superb yacht by visiting its dedicated webpage here.

For detailed specifications and to arrange a viewing, please contact Rory Gillard at Boatshed’s Palma office: