The Formosa 51, built in Taiwan during the peak of the countries GRP boat building prowess; is a great example of the high quality production yachts produced during the period. Built in a semi-custom fashion with no two examples sharing the same layout below decks the boats were built using the finest materials, finished to a high standard.
Having explored the globe with her current owners ATLANTIA benefits from continual upgrading over the last few years fitted with all the gear required for real blue water adventures. In recent years she has had the topsides painted with Awlgrip and a fresh Copper coat applied below the waterline. Below decks she offers comfortable accommodation for a total of 9 over 4 cabins.
Lying afloat and in commission on the west coast of Scotland she is available for viewing by appointment.
Born in 1918 in Canada William Garden moved to Seattle with his family in 1928. In a city which boasted fantastic sailing waters accessible from its doorstep and a selection of world renowned ship yards it didn't take long for him to get involved with the industry.
Unlike many other naval architects of the era William Garden learned his craft from the keel up starting in the cities yards as a trainee shipwright. During his formative years he absorbed the teaching of journeymen while at work and in his leisure time honed his skills on the water. By the late 1930's with an established reputation he was in business with a friend repairing all manner of boats on Seattle's Lake Union. Drafted to the US Army during the war his skills were put to use at Adak Ship Repair Base in the Aleutian Islands where his interest in design of all types of craft grew. Discharged from the Army and back in Seattle William Garden became a licensed naval architect in 1946.
A wide and varied career followed the formation of his naval architect practice with owners from around the globe seeking him out and commissions never being in short supply. His primary interest was the design of sailing craft and designs produced included everything from small day boats through to 70' plus cruising ketches. Alongside sailing craft designs were also produced for a significant number of power craft, for both leisure and commercial customers; including some high performance type. In total its believed his name is at the bottom of drawings for over 1000 different designs with over 6000 craft having been built from the designs around the globe.
Formosa Boat Building Company was a trading name for the Taiwanese boat building company Ta Chiao.
With a long established traditional boat building industry mainly producing wooden commerical and small fishing craft Taiwanese companies were early adopters of GRP when it came on the scene in the 1960's. By the early 1970's there were reported to be 10 companies producing GRP craft on a production basis; mainly for dealers based in the USA. As this new material was adopted more widely by builders the boat building industry in Taiwan blossomed and by 1979 it was estimated a total of 65 yards were mass producing a variety of yachts and trawler style motor yachts for markets around the globe. It was estimated that the yards of Taiwan in 1978 alone produced over 3000 boats.
The Ta Chiao yard then owned by C.T. Chen had been producing traditional craft for the local commercial market before entering the pleasure craft market with the first timber built sloop in 1958. An early adopter of GRP C.T. Chen was one of the first to appreciate the opportunities this new material offered. The yard started producing boats for various dealers before developing and producing many of their own lines. Along side various Trawler designs they successfully produced and marketed the CT-yachts and Formosa lines with many of the boats designed by William Garden. The Ta Chiao company is still in business today producing boats from their facilities on the banks of the Tamsui River in Taipei.
ATLANTIA was purchased in 1999 specifically to realise our long held ambition to sail around the globe, visiting the Caribbean, New York USA, the Galapagos Islands, Tonga, Fiji, New Zealand, Sydney Australia, Thailand, The Mediterranean and crossing the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans along with many Seas in the process. She has proved herself as reliable, predictable and safe when on passage while being spacious and comfortable to live aboard for extended periods in both cooler and tropical climates.
With a large majority of the miles covered during our trip being with a short handed crew the long keel and variable ketch rigged sail plan with a large engine proved a sensible choice. The large cockpit well protected with the fixed screen provided shelter for the crew on watch during even the roughest night passages. While exploring the globe the boat was subject to a comprehensive and continuous regime of maintenance and upgrading.
We have made some significant investment in the boat since ending our adventures to ensure she is presentable and ready to sail away again. The topsides were completely re-painted with a two-pack Awlgrip system in 2016. Below the waterline the antifouling was removed back to the gelcoat before a fresh copper coat system was applied during the same refit.
Turning heads wherever she moors ATLANTIA would be a great boat for new owners to set off on their own blue water adventure or simply to enjoy exploring local waters with a family aboard.
Configured as a cutter rigged ketch ATLANTIA offers a variable rig which can be easily optimised to suit the prevailing weather conditions and crew.
Constructed with a substantial bulwark and teak toerail running the length of the decks with guard rail and wires above the deck feels secure and allows crew to move around easily.
A short bowsprit extends forward of the stemhead with a teak grating and pulpit rail allowing safe access forward. Twin bow rollers are set into the bowsprit with the main anchor occupying the starboard roller. The large electric windlass is mounted on the bowsprit at its aft end with a chain gypsy and warping drum. The anchor chain self stowing directly into the anchor locker. A recessed area of deck around the windlass and bowsprit provides panama style fairleads and cleats port and starboard.
The deck steps up immediately aft for the windlass. Having had the original teak deck removed the decks have been skimmed in epoxy and painted with non-slip texture panels finished in a light grey. The side decks run the length of the boat, largely clear of obstructions.
The elevated coachroof is topped with a traditional teak laid deck with a solid teak margin board creating an eyebrow outboard with solid teak grabrail running the full length forward. A fixed windscreen at the aft end of the coach roof provides full protection for the cockpit aft.
Access to the cockpit involves stepping over the substantial coamings, you step down in the deep and well protected cockpit. The cockpit is formed in the GRP moulding of the deck however is lined out with teak paneling to give a traditional feel. Bench seating is provided port and starboard with the large fixed windscreen protecting the whole cockpit in all weathers. A modular bimini is fitted covering the cockpit from the screen aft with various options to zip in panels to create a cockpit tent or additional sun shades. The traditional binnacle occupies the after end of the space with the large timber wheel providing the helmsman a commanding view forward. All navigation instrumentation displays including the radar are mounted on the bridge deck, protected by the windscreen.
Running aft of the cockpit the after coachroof box is finished in the same fashion as forward with a large teak storage chest secured to port. Further on-deck storage is provided in a locker at the aft end of the coachroof. Substantial davits are fitted on the aft deck. Access to the tender is provided via a fixed, folding stainless steel boarding ladder.
A fully pressurised water system is installed aboard with hot and cold water faucets provided in forward and aft heads along with galley. A deck shower is provided in the cockpit.
SHORE POWER SYSTEM
Taiwanese boat builders have a reputation for producing boats which ooze high quality teak below decks and ATLANTIA is no exception. The Formosa 51 was a semi-custom built boat with there being various different internal layouts offered to suit the needs of the buyer at the time. Below decks ATLANTIA is ideally suited to comfortable cruising either with family or as a couple with guests and would also work as a vessel for skippered charter.
Through out the interior the boat is fitted out entirely with robust teak joinery work finished in a varnish that showcases the lovely rich grain lying beneath. Portlights and portholes in the topsides and coachroof sides provide natural light to all cabins with two large deck hatches for additional light and ventilation in hotter climes.
Forepeak - Fitted out as a self contained cabin the forepeak offers two generously proportioned single berths in a tiered arrangement to the starboard side of the cabin. Both bunks are fitted with lee cloths for use as sea berths. Clear standing room is provided centrally while along the port side lockers are provided forward with a dresser unit aft. The cabin is served by an air conditioning unit for both forward cabins. Both bunks measure 2m in length.
Heads - Immediately aft of the forepeak on the port side a large heads compartment is appointed with manual marine toilet, ceramic sink, shower and vanity unit. The compartment is finished with hand painted ceramic tiles. Shower and sink drain to holding tank via a small sump.
Forward Double Cabin - Opposite the forward heads a small double cabin is provided with large double berth outboard. Air conditioning is provided from the same unit as serves the forepeak. Storage is provided in one large overhead lockers forward with bookshelves outboard and two large drawers beneath the bunk. The bunk measures 2.07m x 1.3m.
Saloon - Occupying the central area of the living space below decks the saloon makes use of the full beam of the boat creating a large open space which is finished in the normal rich teak joinery work. Solid teak grabrails run the length of the saloon overhead making moving around in heavy seas much easier. A large teak table is provided on the starboard side with wrap around U-shaped settee. The table drops down to create a generous (2.13m x 1.3m) double on the starboard side of the saloon. Along the inboard edge of the table a large chest provides additional seating and storage for a large drinks chiller. Along the port side an L-shaped bench settee runs the length of the area with an island unit at the aft end creating a subtle divide between the saloon and galley. The settee converts to a large single bunk with lee cloth, measuring 2.07m x 0.67m. Within the island unit aft is a drinks locker with two pull out shelves allowing use of the full depth of the unit for the storage of bottles and glasses. Around the saloon storage is provided in a selection of shelves and lockers outboard of the seating with additional lockers behind the seat backs and below seat bases. Regardless of where the lockers are each is fitted with solid teak sliding or hinge opening doors. The saloon has a dedicated outlet for both heating and air conditioning units.
Nav Station - Located aft of the saloon outboard to starboard the station provides a dedicated navigators seat, facing aft. A large chart table with storage beneath the working surface for charts and a large, shelved locker below. The ships switch panels are on the aft bulkhead above the chart table with VHF, instrument repeaters and book storage outboard.
Galley - The linear galley runs aft along the port side of the boat from the drinks cabinet aft to the entrance to the master cabin. A solid granite worktop runs the full length of the galley interrupted only by the galley range and sink at the forward end. The sink is made of brass with matching brass faucets. The front loading fridge is located beneath the worktop with the separate top loading freezer at the aft end. A large volume of storage is provided throughout the area with lockers outboard of the worktop and drawers beneath.
Aft Cabin - The master suite this cabin is spacious and enjoys lots of natural light streaming in from the transom portlights. Access to the cabin is through the galley however the cabin also has its own companionway ladder with access to the stern deck via a deck hatch. The cabin provides a large double berth centrally. Along the port side a range of storage is provided in the form of lockers and drawers with a dressing table and single armchair at the forward end of the bunk. A swing away seat is provided at the dresser. A large hanging wardrobe is provided the starboard. The cabin is serviced by a dedicated air conditioning unit, for colder climes it also has a dedicated heater outlet.
Aft Heads - Accessed only through the aft cabin this is a dedicated en-suite for the master cabin. Fitted out in a similar style to the forward compartment its lined with hand painted ceramic tiles. As you enter the compartment the sink and vanity unit are inboard to port with the manual Jabsco heads unit outboard to starboard. Through an opening in the forward bulkhead you find a small, deep bath with shower head, not a standard fit on most boats however very relaxing after a day in the sun. The compartment has its own dedicated heater outlet.
A dedicated machinery space is provided beneath the cockpit and accessed through double doors. The machinery space also houses the generator, calorifier and stores the washing machine. Ample head room is provided within the space for use as a working area.
In this case we are acting as brokers only. The Owner is not selling in the course of a business. whilst every care has been taken in their preparation , the correctness of these particulars is not guaranteed. The Purchaser is strongly advised to check the particulars and where appropriate at their expense to employ a qualified Marine Surveyor to carry out a survey and/or to have an engine trial conducted which if conducted by us shall not imply any liability for such engine on our part.
This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.