Molich 10,5-meter Masthead Sloop

"SNIPE IV" is a lovely example of Bjarne Aas's designs and
fine construction by Molich of Denmark.

September 2010: Under offer

She was built in 1952 with the best materials available and has been kept in pristine condition by all four of her owners.
Until 1992, she remained in Scandinavia, where she was stored indoors during winters.
She has recently returned from the Caribbean, where she has been cruising as well as being extensively refurbished and strengthened.
She won her class at the Antigua Classic Regatta in 1996. (She also participated in 1995 and 1992.)
Although the boat has been sailed extensively, she has been constantly undergoing maintenance and upgrading.

POUL MOLICH YARD, Hundested, Denmark
Yachts of high quality and prestige from the 50'ties and 60'ties from the hands of Poul Molich like the "Snipe IV"
are now precious collectors items. More than 40 yawls were build for John G. Alden and also Sparkman & Stephens had several yachts
build in Hundested. The last mahogany build twins "Drot" and "Camelot" from 1968 ended this period.


New owner

Builder: Molich
Hundested, Denmark, Launched 1952
Designer: Bjarne Aas
Location: Spain
LOA: 53' - 16.15 meter LWL: 36' - 10.97 meter Beam: 11' - 3.35 meter
Displacement: 16 tons Draft: 8' - 2.43 meter

Carvel mahogany planking on laminated oak frames and stainless-steel frames. Lead ballast keel, oak deadwood, copper-rivet fastened and galvanized-iron strapped. Teak deck. Approx. 9'-x-5' T-shaped self-bailing cockpit with bridge deck. Wheel steering. Varnished teak cabin house, coamings, toerails, and trim. Full keel with keel-hung rudder and propeller in aperture. White topsides, green boottop, and red bottom. Planked cabin roof has painted fiberglass over.

NOTE: The vessel was partially rebuilt in 1996 and finished in 2001 by the current owner and is believed to be in near-perfect condition. Work included: new floor timbers, keel bolts, deadwood, and some bottom planks.

Perkins 4-108 4-cyl. 46-hp fresh-water-cooled diesel, installed in 1987, rebuilt in 2001.

70 gal. fuel in stainless-steel tank, 50 gal. water in stainless-steel tank, 30-gal. stainless-steel holding tank.

12V lighting and starting systems. Engine-driven 12V alternator with four 12V batteries, circuit-breaker 
distribution panel, 110/220V shore power/charger (15 amp).

Traditional layout with five individual berths including V-berth in forward stateroom with full with enclosed head, settee berths in the main cabin, and a quarter berth aft of the galley. The galley includes Optimus propane stove, 12V refrigerator/freezer system, and sink. Tepor diesel-oil-fired cabin heater. The interior finish is varnished mahogany. Ventilation is supplied by 3 opening hatches, the main companionway, and 6 cowl-type ventilators. Headroom: full.


Sails & Rigging
Two mainsails in excellent condition with two sets of reef points; three genoas, #1 and #3 in excellent condition, #2 in good condition; one spinnaker in good condition--all by Diamond Sails of Denmark. Masthead-sloop rig with hollow spruce spar stepped on keel with stainless-steel standing rigging, stainless-steel turnbuckles, Kevlar rope halyards, Furlex jib roller furling system, aluminum spinnaker pole with complete spinnaker gear. Halyard winches include Lewmar #43, two Andersen 46s, two Andersen 16s. Sheet winches include two self-tailing Lewmar 52s and two self-tailing Lewmar 46s. 
Sail area: 105 sq. meters.

Ground Tackle
One Danforth 45 anchor, one 45-lb. CQR, one 33-lb.Bruce, 170' of galvanized chain, Lewmar 2000 electric windlass.

Electric bilge pump, Whale Gusher manual bilge pump, docking lines, boathook, fenders, searchlight, spreader lights, safety harnesses, sail covers, boarding ladder, bow pulpit, double lifelines, large sun cockpit awning, cockpit cushions, dodger, blankets, pillows, dishes, cooking utensils, glassware, fold-away cockpit table, some tools, some charts.

Electronics & Navigation
Barometer, two Viking clocks, Apelco VHF, Suunto 165 compass in binnacle, Furuno M1720 radar, Robertson 200 DL autopilot, Magellan GPS, DYE apparent wind indicator, depth sounder, Sailer SP receiver, Clarion AM/FM cassette player.

The yacht changed owners in 2005 - and is now up for sale again at EUR 150.000 (September 2010)

Presented for "Barcos Singulares S.L. by: Hugo Hein -