A sailing blog about a skipper and his yacht

Sea Bear was built by Northshore in 1987 for Joy & Dick Skinner. They paid £39,675.40. She was registered with Ipswich as being her home port. Over the next 11 years they logged 12,824 n miles in her. They cruised mainly in the north   – Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Poland and East Germany and south as far as  Les Sables d’Olone. An account of their cruise to Denmark appears in the Vancouver Yacht Association’s Newsletter of 1995. Dick also wrote a book “The Road to Anywhere” in which he tells of his sailing experiences and of Sea Bear In all this time they never had a vhf radio as they said “we really do hate the things”. They fitted a new engine in 1992. They eventually returned her to Chichester and Northshore’s yard to put up for sale in 1998. The next owner was a NC White but I only know that he sold Sea Bear to J Freddie Jarvis in March 2001 He in turn sold her to Michael Pfeuffer in October 2002. When she came into Michaels hands the interior was apparently in a poor state but the rest of the boat was sound. He had the interior rebuilt in 2003 by Hamble Yacht Services. He  also carried out a few other worthwhile modifications such as fitting guard rails over the rear dorado vents, extending the guardrail stanchions and fitting a Dickinson Oil heater. Michael always sailed single handed and long distance – no harbour hopping he said. I bought Sea Bear in October 2012.