A Modern Classic Yacht
The Mustang 45

by Pierre Chateau
(Marseille, France)


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Avocet of Ryme is for sale after a successful 18 month trip around the Meditteranean and the Atlantic.

She has a strong red cedar/ epoxy sandwich hull (West system) and a cutter rig.

Built to the best standards by Mustang Yachts in the UK in 1983, she is in pristine condition with all major items having recently been changed or updated (Teak deck 2007-8, Sails 2013, Electronic 2013 etc.).

Avocet is a very stiff and seaworthy vessel and a real head-turner.

She is now in south of France in Port Napoleon shipyard awaiting her new owner.

Avocet of Ryme is a Mustang 45.

She's registered on the Part 1 registry (MCA) and the VAT is paid for Europe.

Her main dimensions are:

  • LOA: 13.68m

  • Beam: 4.1m

  • Draft: 2.1m

  • Displacement: around 12T


  • Sails: Yankee, Staysail and Main and Hydranet triradial from Quantum sails (2013)

  • Mooring: Rocna 25kg + 100m chain of 10mm (2013)

  • Winches: All Barlow self-tailing (8 in cockpit, 5 on the mast)

  • Stern gantry supporting antenas, 3 x 100W solar panels, Radar (Raymarine 418 HD Color) and 400W Windturbine (D400)


  • Raymarine C120W chartplotter in the cockpit (2012)

  • Standard Horizon C300 chartplotter at nav station

  • DSC + AIS VHF (2012)

  • GPS Garmin

  • NMEA wifi multiplexer to get all ship's data on tablets or computers (2012)

  • B&G Hydra nav system

  • Navman Autopilot

  • Digital yacht WL510 + inavconnect wifi amplifier and wifi router (2013)

  • Clipper battery controller (2013)

  • Yellowbrick tracker (2013)

  • Saegan SSB receiver (2012)

  • Seago Epirb (2013)

Other equipment

  • 5 x fire extinguishers (2013)

  • 4 x 100A Bosh deep cycle batteries (2012)

  • New (2014) 1500W windlass

  • Dinghy: Zodiac 285cm in hypalon with inflatable floor (2012)

  • Outboard: Yamaha 6CV 2st

  • Set of spare sails: Main, Genoa, Yankee stay sail and spinnaker all in good condition

  • Fenders: 8

  • Tailored winter cover covering all deck (2012)

  • Fixed bimini and anchorage sun cover (2013)

  • Baby Blake toilets

  • Teck deck (changed 2008-2009)

  • New hull paint (2009)

  • New standing rigging (2009)

  • The engine is from 1997 and was overhauled in 2012-2013

Asking price is €110k - which is around 88kGBP

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The Mustang 45

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Oct 31, 2014
Avocet under weather
by: Pierre

Hi Dick,

Thanks for your comments. Avocet is à fin keel, but it is longer than on modern boats giving her extra stability on route.
She has a hung rudder which bronze bearings were changed 2 years ago.

Oct 31, 2014
A Modern Classic
by: Dick McClary

Being a fan of wood-epoxy construction, if I was looking for a new cruising boat then I would definitely want to have a good look at 'Avocet of Ryme'.

Ideally for cruising, she's a cutter-rigged sloop - but would soon have a servo-pendulum self-steering gear on her stern if she became mine!

Pierre, what's her underwater configuration? Fin keel and skeg-hung rudder?

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