MAJOR PRICE REDUCTION OF 30K. OWNER WANTS HER SOLD NOW!!!!
Our new listing is a 1985 Bob Perry designed TaShing Baba 40 which just received a major facelift in excess of $100,000, meaning that her owners spent way more on her than first thought. Change of plans makes this offering a win situation for the Buyer.
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"Agnes Rose" is a sailing yacht that is a lion in sheep’s clothing. Sailors always say, cutaway forefoot and a rounded rear, she must be from an age of older and much slower designs. NOT TRUE, and I speak from experience. I remember many years ago, pulling up anchor, while outside the breakwater of Port Townsend, Washington, on a typical Puget Sound stormy winter day. One of heavy overcast, blowing like stink, out of the south at about 30 with a good 6 foot sea running. Anchored next to me, was a Ta Shing Baba 40 doing the same. I was on my Norseman 447 at that time (also a Perry design and Ta Shing built) and we decided to race back to Shilshole Marina, where both of us had slips. All the way back to port, for some 45 miles, the lion in sheep’s clothing flew along powerfully, pointing high, sailing straight, stiff, on track and true, playing a game of catch me if you can, for I worked hard to keep face, for you know how sailors are.We arrived back at our slips, at the same time, laughing at the fun which we both had.
The combination of the Designer Bob Perry and Builder Ta Shing create boats as good as they get. They look beautiful, are built extremely well, and sail "like bats out of hell". The woodwork is flawless, the stainless perfect, the glasswork the quality of artwork. They are as beautiful as they come, if it’s form, fit and function. When looking at the small things on her, like all screw heads facing the same direction, and all the grains of wood run as one, the glass is like a mirror, the bilges are painted, the drawers and cabinets finished perfectly. I can go on for hours on the quality of a Ta Shing built yacht, admiring and enjoying the sheer beauty of them. Give me a call and lets talk TaShing, the beauty of them, if construction, livability and offshore sailing characteristics.
If you want a perfect sail away vessel that is second to none, give Agnes Rose your consideration. She has been extremely well cared for, and reflects pride of ownership everywhere you look. Designed by our close friend, Bob Perry, “Agnes Rose” is meant to sail far, and offer the Owners a most beautiful and comfortable home. The fine things on her, if it's the 32 inch high stanchions around the entire vessel, to her custom stainless anchor system, to her stainless mast collar, her custom canvas, the placement of winches, blocks, stoppers. This boat is meant to sail to anywhere that the owner desires. The systems installations if mechanical or electrical are second to none; for everything is as perfect as can be. The deck layout is probably one of the best that I ever seen on a boat under fifty feet, bare none. A true cutter with high bulwarks all the way around spells safe sailing offshore.
The interior makes spending time or fulltime living aboard, a dream come true. When stepping below, one gets a feeling of solidness, of light, of style, of the feeling that everything is as new as can get. If it's her flawless woodwork that even has the areas under the bunks and draws finished in satin teak, this boat is beautiful. The galley has storage galore, the cabinets can store whatever one needs, the counter tops and galley arrangement is ever so workable. The interior has a flow to her, that works. The aft stateroom is one that you can actually get dressed in and has a berth that is a bed, a bed that one doesn't need to bend and ache to get into or out of. There are drawers and cabinets everywhere and a big closet to hang your blue blazer and the Mrs' evening dress. The salon area offers the owners and guests an inviting feeling of comfort and warmth. The navigation and communications area is as it should be on a vessel of this caliber, where everything is proper, top of the line and placed where the skipper can use them. In other words, it all works as it should.
Forward to port is the bathroom, offering a stall shower and a washbasin/toilet area that equals a land based bathroom. It's bright, airy and clean. Still further forward is the forward stateroom, with a closet that one can hide in, drawers, stainless ports, built in hatches, and wonderful comfortable bed. This boat is beautiful and after spending hours on her, one can easily see that the Baba 40 is a better built and finer finished vessel than most others available at much more money. I promise that the individual that sees her, will fall in love with her. One can not go wrong owning her and sailing her anywhere that you choose to venture to.
“Agnes Rose” is in very good condition, she has most of the kinks works out, every. ALL MAJOR WORK HAS BEEN COMPLETED ON HER. SHE IS READY TO ENJOY NOW. “Agnes Rose” is ready to sail to any place on Earth, safely, quickly and comfortably.
More pictures coming as soon as winter is over!
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The Baba 40, also known as the Panda 40 and later the Tashiba 40, is the third of the Baba lineup of boats involving developer Bob Berg, designer Bob Perry, and the Ta Shing boatyard. One can arguably consider the Baba 40 a full keel reincarnation of the Valiant 40, the boat that put the word “performance” next to “cruiser”. Knowing that I guess it’s not so surprising to find the Baba 40 inherits a good turn of speed – owners even trumpet around-the-buoys racing victories in these serious blue water cruisers. They are beautifully balanced with a wonderful feel at the helm, and what’s more, they have some of the best interiors to be seen in production cruising yachts.
The story of the Baba 40 really starts with the Baba 30 which brought together a winning combination of talents – developer Bob Berg, designer Bob Perry, and what was then a little known Taiwanese boatyard called Shing Sheng. Through the success of the little Baba 30 and the Baba 35, Shing Sheng started on the road to become a force in the boatbuilding world. By 1979 they had changed their name to Ta Shing and had moved to a new purpose built factory. It was in this year that Berg commissioned Perry to design a new 40-foot model to fill out the line.
Perry was not happy with merely evolving his earlier Baba 35 design, which in itself was a stretched version of the 30. Instead, in search of more boat speed, Perry dusted off the lines of his famous Valiant 40 with its radical fin keel and separate skeg-hung rudder had defined the “performance cruiser” category only five years earlier. From the Valiant 40 hull form he derived an all-new full keel design which was to be the Baba 40. It proved to be a huge step forward over earlier Babas with Perry describing the Baba 40 having an entirely different stability personality. It was stiffer initially, beautifully balanced and much faster.
Tim Ellis who oversaw construction fondly remembers the symbiotic partnering of Berg’s development and management, Perry’s design, and Ta Shing’s undisputed capabilities as builder. He recalls the exacting attention fostered by Berg.
“They produced a design of sublime artistry. I think it is no exaggeration to suggest that Bob Berg made at least thirty or more visits to Taiwan during the years Baba designs were under development and construction, and he and I would sit on each yacht for hours, days and more to fine tune shapes, appearances, major and minor details, and resolve the niggling issues that plagued others less well traveled. My job was to take Bob’s advice and adjustments and translate them into action. My list of items might run into the hundreds during each visit, and many, many more on a hull number one. In pursuit of his ideal, Bob left no room for equivocation, and a lesser builder would have baulked.” – Tim Ellis
The Baba 40 was introduced to the public in 1980. In 1983, when Berg left his association with the Flying Dutchman dealership who owned the Baba trademark, he marketed the boat as the Panda 40. This name did not last long and by 1984, with Ta Shing now a contender in Taiwanese boat-building, marketed the boat by themselves using the name Tashiba 40. It’s been speculated this was a play on the words names “Ta Shing” and “Baba”.
Production ended in 1996 with a total of 115 boats being built, although hull numbers can be found that run up to #182, there is a gap between #33 and #101.
Ta Shing eventually formed an exclusive relationship with the Californian based company PAEI who had Al Mason as their in-house designer. Sadly, years later when PAEI shifted focus to power boats, many of Ta Shing’s molds including the Baba 40 were cut up.
The lines of the Baba 40 follows its ancestry back to traditional Scandinavian double-enders. Under the waterline is a full keel with a cutaway forefoot and as with many of the Perry full keel designs, the keel meets the bilge of the hull without the traditional “wine glass” section blend. Both features reduce wetted area. The hull shape is relatively beamy offering good interior volume. A cutter rig plus bowsprit combo is employed on most boats though it is believed two boats were optionally built as ketches. Another major variation was a pilothouse model with its two comfortable staterooms; about eleven pilothouses were built.
Belowdecks the quality of workmanship is superb, many Taiwanese man-hours were used in detailing the interiors with the close guidance of Berg who was known for his ability to squeeze function into every square inch of a boat. Perry also considered it one of his best, noting that it feels “right” with near perfect detailing and a layout with no apparent compromise.
On the starboard quarter, there’s a cabin with a double seagoing quarter-berth. To port there’s a well laid out U-shaped galley. In the saloon, a two-settee berth layout with pilot berth to port was offered as an option to provide extra sea-going berths. In the forward cabin, there’s a double berth offset to port. Headroom is a generous 6′ 5″.
The Tashiba 40 boats had less detailing which has been attributed cost cutting measures by Ta Shing – less teak trim, less portlights, and gone are the butterfly hatches in the Baba 40.
The Baba 40 hull is solidly built in hand-laid GRP, with hull thickness growing from 0.41″ thick at the topsides to 0.57″ at the waterline, and 0.90″ at the keel. The deck is cored with end-grained balsa, as well as high density closed-cell foam in the deck and cabin trunk. The ballast is cast iron and is encapsulated in GRP, though one boat at least was built with lead ballast.
The boat has a wonderful feel at the helm and is a fun to sail, especially as the breeze picks up. Some owners have even raced their Baba 40s against modern fin keel competitors successfully. As a testament to the boat’s speed, Michael and Elizabeth Kramer in S.V. Cambria covered 396 miles in a 46 hour passage down the Sea of Cortez broad reaching in 35 knots of wind; an impressive average of 8.6 knots.
Owners often describe their Baba’s to have a feel of solidity. In heavy weather conditions the Baba 40 has the capacity to keep sailing when many other boats are heaving-to. Of note is Jeff Hartjoy’s solo passage from Peru to Buenos Aires via Cape Horn in 2009 where he experienced an immense amount of bad weather. On that passage he reported a lot of breakages but commented about the soundness of his boat.
For their assistance in the writing of this article, thanks goes out to Tim Ellis who supervised the Baba line of yachts built at Shing Sheng / Ta Shing during 1977-1987 as well as owners from the Baba Association.
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