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Starlight 39

Starlight 39

Sale agreed
£115,000 VAT paid

Built: 1998
Currently lying: Port Hamble, UK - United Kingdom

This listing contains some provisional information: details may change

Deep fin keel

We are privileged to be dealing with the sale of a relatively recent Starlight 39, being 39 041, built 1998, which has been blessed with only two very careful owners and is in superb condition - Mk 2 Bowman build and fully CE compliant.
Encore is fitted with the deep fin keel and has the reliable Yanmar 40hp engine.
Electronics are fully updated, networked and repeated at helm.
Parker and Kay sails in good condition, standing rig 2014, self-tail Lewmar 54s and all sail controls led aft.
Interior is sumptuous with l.e.d. conversion (including nav lights), Isotherm ASU fridge, recent luxury upholstery, diesel heating, holding tank.
Encore is the finest 39 currently available and possibly "best in fleet" - call Mike for more detail.

Encore had a full Survey in 2006, and was found to be good condition. I have refurbished and maintained her to the best of my ability throughout the time that she has been in my ownership.

The main findings on the 2006 Survey were related to flaking anti-foul, and minor maintenance outstanding relating to the first owner's health.

During our ownership we have never failed to love this boat. We have been taken to the Baltic, around Ireland and to the west of Scotland, Pottered around the coast of Southern England, northern France and the Channel Islands. We have always sailed in great safety and comfort. She is a wonderful boat and we will miss her very much.

The Starlight 39, designed by Stephen Jones, is generally reckoned to be one of the all time great designs for a cruising yacht. She has the knack of being stiff in a blow but sails well in light winds. She points high with her fin keel and is completely balanced.

The Mark II contains modifications to ensure that the yacht is CE compliant, stipulating all metal skin fittings, more stanchions, 2 bilge pumps, labelled wiring and a natty little wire across the pulpit.

Dick Durham, when sailing Encore for the Yachting Monthly 'used boat test' series, thought that she was brilliant and gave her the highest score over and above any other yacht at that time.

Encore, as you will have read, is extremely comprehensively fitted out, with best specification and fittings that can be found.

Reason for selling - I am going into a boat-share with a friend and we are moving up to a slightly bigger boat. Encore is very much 'ready to go and is maintained and serviced in every way.

General condition - Encore is in very good condition inside and out. The ongoing programme of upgrades and replacements can be seen everywhere. Her systems, rig accommodation and accessories are all in first class working order. Just add water.....


LWL: 31.75 ft
Holding tank: 42l Vetus with 12v pump, no-smell filter, switch, tank level gauge and outlet via a seacock or a deck pump-out. Tank installed on shelf in port lazarette.
LOA: 39 ft
Beam: 12.5 ft
Draft (fixed): 6.9 ft
Displacement: 8.6 tonnes
Water capacity: 227 l
Ballast: 3.23 tonne


Cooker: Plastimo Neptune 2000 oven with grill and 2 burners
Fridge: Isotherm system with variable control
Heating: Eberspacher diesel cabin heating - 2 outlets, one in aft cabin and one in saloon
Number of cabins: 3
Number of berths: 6 - 2 in aft cabin, 2 in double focsle plus 2 seaberths in saloon with lee cloths
Number of heads: 2
Toilets: Jabsco compact marine (pumps replaced with locking type 2007) - serviced 2011
Calorifier: supplying hot water with 240v immersion heater (2006) and engine cooling water
Cooking equipment: chopping board
Lights fitted to wet locker, focsle hanging locker and galley lockers
Red night lights fitted to aft heads and galley area
Showers in both heads: with teak gratings and optional GRP floors
Water storage tank remade by Duratank and housing modified (2015)
Fresh water pump replaced 2014
LED Cantalupi ceiling and reading lights fitted throughout interior (2015)
Companionway steps Treadmaster replaced 2017
Rubbish bag holder in galley
Upholstery: superior quality by Trimline of Southampton throughout
Curtains: lined and fitted
Hatches: Oceanair binds plus mosquito screens fitted
Water purifying filter with dedicated galley pump

Deck gear

Bow anchor: CQR 35lb with new 70m 8mm chain in 2014
Mainsail cover: lengthened to enclose spinnaker pole on front of mast
Clutches: 14 qty Lewmar
Boarding gates
Sprayhood: with grab rail - valeted 2013 (re-leathered 2017)
Dodgers: with names
Primary winches: 2 qty 2 speed Lewmar chrome plated ST 54
Secondary winches: 2 speed Lewmar chrome plated - 2 qty ST40 spinnaker / cruising chute winches on coamings plus 2 qty ST44 on coachroof
Power anchor windlass: Lofrans Cayman 88 1000w in anchor locker with deck, handheld and binnacle switches
Binnacle instrument pod fitted with extended grab rail, Simrad CE33 plotter, Simrad IS11 nav plus switches for windlass, foghorn and cockpit red night light
Simrad cockpit remote speakers for the radio CD
Lazarette locker floors made to hold 2 qty 25l diesel cans plus 1 qty 25l water can, shelves for liferaft and holding tank.
Lights and switches fitted to port and aft cockpit lockers
Vetus holding tank with outlet to sea or deck pump-out t, pump, switch and fluid level gauge
Pole on aft deck for radome
Rope fender fitted below gunwale (for Baltic moorings between posts etc)
Staysail and genoa halyard clutches on mast with rope tail bag and dedicated halyard winch
Deck drains: on side decks with outlets adjacent to cockpit drains
Wheel re-leathered 2013 by Hawke House of Fareham
All-over winter cover re-trimmed in 2013
Mast gaiter replaced 2014
Spare diesel and water jerry cans cleaned in 2015
Davits fitted 2016
Binnacle cover
Fitted winter cover from mast back
Spare deck fittings


Main engine power: 40 hp
Engine: Yanmar 3JH2E 40hp 3 cylinders (fresh water cooled) - 1,616 hrs
Main engine fuel: Diesel
Engine hours: 1616 h
Number of cylinders: 3
Propellor(s): 2 blade folding
2qty cutlass bearings replaced 2013
Engine exhaust elbow renewed 2016
Diesel tanks cleaned 2013
Several spare parts, engine filters, belts and impellers

Navigation equipment

Navigation lights: new LED anchor, tri-colour, deck and steaming light units fitted 2014
Wind instruments: Simrad IS11 close hauled (on garage) in addition to compass, wind, depth and log - central processor fuse replaced 2013
Autopilot: Autohelm 7001 with deluxe control panel and hydraulic ram
GPS: Micrologic 250 networked to nav instruments, VHF, plotters and autopilot (internal battery replaced 2012)
VHF radio: Icom M603 DSC radio with remote control command mic and extra loud speaker in cockpit
Electronic chartplotter: Raymarine R70CRC radar plotter
Navtex: ICS Nav6 plus dual
Radar reflector: Trilens - mounted at crosstrees
NMEA amplifier (2008)
New Oregon weather station (2010)
VHF masthead aerial fitted 2014
Simrad IS11 masthead wind anemometer fitted 2014
On binnacle: IS11 Nav, Simrad CE33 plotter, switches for horn, cockpit red night light, windlass
2 kw radome on pole on aft deck
Deck nav lights with spares

Safety equipment

Liferaft: Replaced 2012
Bilge pump: manual (with control beside wheel) and electric, automatic/manual/off switch
Fire extinguisher(s): 4 qty dry powder plus 1 qty halon replacement in engine compartment
Electronic MOB system: Raymarine Lifetag
Webbing jackstays
Fog horn: AFi single waterproof marine horn on pulpit. Switch at binnacle
Fire blanket
Gas detector: Alde gas leak detector, gas tap - dual watch for CO and butane with bilge sensor
Replaced gaz bottle tap (2010)
Flexible gas pipes in gas locker and to cooker replaced 2013
Bilge pump and strum boxes removed, cleaned and re-fitted 2013


Bottom finish: Antifoul soda blasted, hull epoxied 2 coats and Cppercoat 4 coats by Bowman Yachts (2006)


Engine battery: 1 qty 110 - resting voltage 12.5v (2015)
Domestic battery: 2 qty 110 sealed calcium technology - resting voltage 12.5v (2015)
Battery charger: Sterling (2006)
Shorepower system
CD player/radio: Blaupunct with cockpit and saloon speakers
New additional switch panel with breakers for foghorn / gas detector / cockpit plotter / windlass / anchor locker 12v outlet / locker lights and Navtex
Heavy duty waterproof 12v outlet in in anchor locker for dinghy inflator
Sterling battery management system: with monitoring volt metering and ammeter for charge management
Ring main: 7 outlets in focsle, saloon,nav station, galley, aft cabin and cockpit locker
12 volt outlets: in focsle, nav station, aft cabin and cockpit
Electrical spares

Rig and sails

Mainsail: Parker & Kay (now "1 Sail") fully battened. 35.39 sq.m - age unknown but very good condition. Slab reefing with 3 sets of reefing lines, with twin tack and pennant lines, each with a dedicated clutch at the bridge deck
Kicker: Selden (no gas strut)
Backstay adjuster: Hasselfors
No.1 genoa: Parker & Kay 135% -46.1 sq.m good condition - UV strip replaced 2013
Cruising chute: with snuffer
Staysail: Hanked-on, heavy duty, high clew - good condition
Storm jib: Hanked-on. 11.6 sq.m - very good condition
Genoa furling system: Selden 300S
Standing rigging: replaced in 2014
Spinnaker pole: Selden telescopic aluminium (mast mounted)
Sail controls: all led aft: to 14 clutches
Inner forestay: Removable with Wichard wheel
Seldon aluminium rigging screw covers fitted (2006)
New genoa car towing lines, furling and topping lift ropes (2010)
Lazyjacks replaced 2013
Main and genoa halyard, spin boom uphaul and kicker ropes renewed 2014
Sails valeted in 2014
Spinnaker gear: mast track, hoist, downhaul and halyard
Genoa towed cars
Inner forestay: removable with Wichard tightening wheel

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