Lola is built off plans from the famous naval architects, Sparkman and Stephens, whose designs have won most of the major international yacht races from the Americas Cup to the Fastnet. Her design was completed in Holland by Koopmans, also very well known in yachting circles, before being built in the Royal Huisman yard better known for luxury or super yachts.
She’s a classic yacht and lives up to her prestigious origins with sleek lines and strong fittings. She was launched in 1972, is a steel hull with a deep centre cockpit and ketch rigging. From her recent history, she was refitted almost completely in 2015. Meaning rebuild of her masts and deck hardware, new wiring and tanks as well as new sails and electronics. Add to this a full engine overhaul and you can be sure that Lola is in excellent condition.
Seduced by her ocean-going profile, her current owners bought her for their planned world cruise. They’ve sailed her from San Francisco via Hawaii to Tahiti but are now expecting a new addition to the family, so are obliged to stop their travels – for now.
There are many things to love about Lola in addition to her beautiful lines. She has a large, comfortable cockpit easily accessed from either cabin and protected by a dodger. She has an enormous engine room midships and accessible through a watertight door from the aft cabin, it’s well-lit and will make any maintenance a much easier task. She has spacious deck lockers fore and aft. Her equipment is for the most nearly new with a full suite of sails
Her accommodation set-up around the centre cockpit, so aft doghouse with cabin, bathroom and of course the engine room. Forward is the saloon with table, galley to port and chart table to starboard and forward a double en suite cabin. The wood panelling is warm and classic, the fittings excellent quality and the paintwork recent.
For lovers of classic yachts and ocean cruising, this Sparkman & Stephens/Koopman design is a win, and beautifully prepared and maintained. Contact Sail Tahiti to arrange your visit. See the overview given of Lola by Randall of “The Figure 8 Voyage”.