Legendary sailing yacht Moonbeam IV emerges from JFA refit

Moonbeam IV, the classic yacht designed and built by the Scottish architect William Fife in 1914, has chosen JFA Yards for its multi-month refit.

Known and recognized in Mediterranean classic regattas, Moombean IV has joined Mariquita in Brest since 2021. 

In collaboration with the Shipyard Hubert Stagnol, renowned expert in naval carpentry, JFA Yachts undertook the refit works and put his know-how at the service of this iconic yacht.

Moonbeam IV
Image courtesy JFA Yachts

Mechanical maintenance procedures were carried out. However, major restauration works were required for the hull and rig of Oregon pine.

The hull, entirely constructed in teak wood, was striped and overhauled. Some pieces of wood as well as the sea cock were replaced. Then, a new topcoat, “Vanilla White“ Awlgrip topcoat, was applied to the hull.

The skylights were restored by JFA Yachts’ carpenters, while Hubert Stagnol’s co-workers sanded and re-varnished the bulwarks and the rig. It is worth mentioning that the head mast was also replaced.

Moonbeam IV
Image courtesy JFA Yachts

This refit, which took place from November to May, has enabled this classic yacht to bring back its magnificence.

This refit was also possible thanks to a cradle, adequately made by JFA Yachts, and the shipyard facilities.

Returned to service beginning May, Moonbeam IV went to Brest to receive her new sails with the famous number 8, and go through some tests. After the necessary training, Moonbean IV is now heading towards Scotland to participate in the Fife Regatta that will take place from 10 to 17 June, 2022 in Fairlie.

Appreciative of the initiative taken by Mariquita’s, Moonbeam IV’s and Moonbeam III’s (Moonbeam of Fife) new ship owners to choose France and Brittany as their home port, JFA Yachts and Hubert Stagnol are ready to take charge of new works for autumn 2022.

This was a great opportunity for the two shipyards labeled “Living Heritage Company“ (Entreprises du Patrimoine Vivant, EPV) to share their know-how on these legendary yachts.

About Moonbeam IV

Hull Lenght29m
Sail area507mq – 900mq
Hull materialTeak & steel frames
BuilderWilliam Fife & Sons
Year of build1914

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