Windgather is a Tradewind 35. A long keel, heavy displacement, blue water cutter built for serious passage-making and sails beautifully offshore. She has been sailed extensively along the south coast privately, under commercial charter and as a sail training vessel, and turns heads wherever she goes.
Windgather is now available directly from the Owner at a considerable saving to commercial rates. The bare-boat charter fee is £150 pd or £900 pw. Ie. With the weekly rate the handover day comes free.
The owner is keen to establish long term relationships with potential charterees and is looking to make the boat available for up to around 8 weeks per annum in total, repeating over following seasons.
Windgather was supplied as a factory built hull & superstructure in 1993, fitted with an amazing custom interior over the next 4 years and launched in 1997 (featuring on the cover and inside the magazine Practical Boat Owner (PBO) at this time). She was acquired by the current owner in 2012 and for several seasons was available for charter in-between private cruises. During this time she was also used for sail training and was considered sufficently safe and seaworthy to be chartered for work with blind & partially sighted charities.
Windgather completed a substantial ‘mid life’ overhaul in the winter of 2015/16 in preparation for the ARC+17 ( a professionally organised sailing event starting in Gran Canaria and finishing in St Lucia via the Cape Verde Islands) which was completed successfully by her owner and a crew of two with Windgather winning her class and coming in 4th overall on corrected time. This was followed by 6 months cruising in the Caribbean before returning to the UK via the Azores in September 2018.
Since then there have been a small number of equipment updates and the boat remains in excellent condition.
Windgather is MCA coded for 6 persons and will be available to charter bare boat however the owner / skipper can be available to assist as required. As a traditional design, she is recommended as suitable for no more that 4 adults or families up to 6.
With a roller reefing genoa, in-mast reefing main, and all lines leading to cockpit, Windgather can easily be handled by two people and the wide flush fore-deck makes a safe and easy space for deploying the dinghy and anchor work etc. Qualifications are not necessarily required by potential charterees but the owner will insist on a clear demonstration of an appropriate level of experience and competency. Windgather sails very easily, but, as a long-keeler, she does need care when manoeuvring in the confines of a marina (the owner is happy to provide advice if requested).
Sails: Main, Genoa, Staysail, Cruising Chute, Emergency Trysail, Spare genoa (and for downwind double headsail rig).
Nav Aids: Standard + Raymarine Chart Plotter and autohelm. Hydrovane self-steering.
Comms: VHF (fixed and hand-held), SSB receiver, Radio/CD player.
Layout: Below deck, there is a spacious double V berth in the fore-cabin, two good sized saloon berths, a pilot berth to port, a quarter berth to stbd, and a large modular heads/shower compartment.
Domestics: Standard + H&C pressurised water, black & grey holding tanks, 240v Shorepower with sockets throughout.
Safety: Standard + EPIRB and on-watch PLB.
Deck: Manual Windlass, main & kedge anchors and chain, 3 man Dinghy with 2.0hp O/B, Chute Pole,
Pt & Stb boarding access incl rope ladder.
‘What a fabulous boat - we've had a great time sailing her this past week.’
‘I had the pleasure of Chartering Windgather last year … A long shot I know, but if at any point you consider selling I would be grateful If you could let me know’