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Gaff-Rigged Schooner
Ipek A
Charter Sailing
Mediterranean and Aegean

Schooner Charter Mediterranean

Ipek A is a classic gaff-rigged schooner
with truncated fore and main sails bending to spars or gaffs at the head as well as to booms at the foot.
In addition to the four sails shown, jib, staysail, fore, and mainsail, Ipek A carries a second inner headsail and is able to fly fore and main gaff topsails. They don't make yachts like this anymore!

Schooner Charter Aegean Accommodations:

Six double berth cabins
each cabin with
en suite WC and shower.
Fully equipped galley.
Comfortable salon.
Carpets.
Air Conditioned.
Schooner Charter Mediterranean

Technical Specifications:

Year Built: 1994
Year Refit: 2002
Length: 79 ft
Beam: 19 ft
Engine: 280 hp Ford
Generator: 15 kva Onan
Water Tanks: 1,060 gal
Fuel: 530 gal
Sail Area: 2,260 sq ft
Cruising Speed: 8 knots
Schooner Charter Aegean Equipment:

VHF Radio-Telephone
Mobile Telephone
Television w/DVD Player
CD Stereo System
Marine Air Conditioning
Windsurfer
Snorkeling Gear
Fishing Tackle
Fully Equipped Galley
Tender w/Outboard

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