Bowman Talisman for Sale. £175,000. Holman & Pye Designed Blue Water Cruising Yacht
- Manufacturer: Bowman
- Price: £199,950
- Location: Valencia
- Year: 1998
- LOA: 50’0″ (15.24m)
- Berths: 5
- Draft in M: 2.29
- Keel: Fin keel
- Bowman Talisman 50 for sale.
Pleiades, a little history.
There are only two yachts of this kind in existence. The first was ordered by a Norwegian from Bowman, he liked the Bowman 49 but needed extra headroom so they altered the moulds to accommodate this. This resulted in the overall length going from 49ft to 50ft. And he certainly got his extra headroom throughout.
The builder and first owner of Pleiades, Jolyan Wilde bought the moulds of the Talisman and had a the hull and deck moulded. She was fitted out by craftsman David Skeene in a building shed at Moodys Boatyard on the river Hamble. She was built to the highest standards using only the best of materials and equipment. Most of the deck fittings are custom made as are the stations and bases. The scantlings are oversize in all departments from the hull layup through to the mast and rigging. Often described as ‘well over the top’ but, I prefer it that way. Although gear will wear out –as in all yachts – the fabric of Pleiades is as good today as the day she was launched in 1998.
She is a delight to sail, her Holman & Pye design giving he wonderful seagoing characteristics. She is a big heavy yacht that looks after the crew extremely well in all conditions. Over the past five years we have lived onboard and sailed 12,000 miles not once did we feel in any danger.
We are sad to sell Pleiades as she is certainly the best boat I have ever had and sailed in. But, life moves on and we have other projects and challenges to achieve.