Stella Maris Yaching have a very elegant classic yacht in their undercover fully serviced Southampton facility at the moment. She is Nin-dar-Anna – the name means Morning Star in Babylonian.
This yacht was launched from the Choey Lee Boatyard in Hong Kong in 1963. She is a very pretty 35 ft yawl built entirely from teak at a time when the now precious wood was in plentiful and cheap supply in nearby forests. She was designed by Arthur Robb and is a Robb 35. A number of these yachts were built at the time and some are still actively sailed, based predominantly in New Zealand, Australia and the USA. The spars are made of Sitka Spruce, and the original spars are still in use today.
The current owner Peter Thomas has had the yacht for 32 years. He tells us that the yacht was launched by Buddhist Monks who gave her their blessing. Nin-dar-Anna turned up in the UK when an American doctor sailed her across the Atlantic to start a new job in the Isle of Mull and this is where she was when Peter purchased her.
The yacht is currently undergoing some extensive work at Stella Maris Yachting in Southampton and Peter is working alongside them on his boat. “I’ve never found a company before that can work alongside me as Stella Maris Yachting does, says Peter. “They are very helpful in advising the best course of action for the various tasks, such as choosing the best type of varnish to use.” Together the owner and Stella Maris Yachting have stripped the topsides, stripped all varnish, painted the interior, stripped and repaired the mast, provided new standing and running rigging and stripped and re-antifouled the bottom. They have also carried out teak repairs and husbandry, along with other tasks in a very comprehensive package.