|The Tradewind Atoll 25 is a traditional gaff rigged cruiser which punches well above her weight for a boat of just 25' in terms of both sailing ability and accommodation provided.|
|Length overall||7.62 metres|
|Length waterline||6.70 metres|
The Tradewind Atoll 25 is a traditional gaff rigged cruiser which punches well above her weight for a boat of just 25' in terms of both sailing ability and accommodation provided. With the original and only owners having commissioned Martyn Brake to fit out the boat to their own exacting requirements CHOINE T is a lovely example of this robust little class having only been lightly used.
Offering accommodation for a crew of 4 the design provides generously proportioned berths, a separate heads compartment, dedicated chart table, galley with 2 burner, grill and oven cooker and Ebersapcher heating. If you're looking for a boat which brings a smile to your face when you walk along the pontoons and is capable of serious offshore cruising we would recommend taking time to view.
'She's a lovely boat, the Tradewind Atoll. She's very solidly constructed and has a lot of accommodation space for her length. All her fittings are up to scratch, and she's been well thought out for family cruising.
It takes very little wind to get her going, and she'll stand up to a good blow longer than her crew can. Her motion at sea is easy and predictable with her construction and handling giving the crew great confidence.
In addition, this boat is a joy to look at. She's quality, so she's not cheap, even before you start asking for your own customising details from the builders. But she is the kind of boat anyone would take pride in owning and always row away from with a proud smile on his face'
Colin Jarman. Sailing Today, July 1997.
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Our first sighting of a Tradewind 25 was on a berth at the Southampton Boat Show. Just approaching her from the pontoon was almost enough to tell us that she was the boat for us. Even after almost 20 years of ownership she fills your heart with pride and is constantly being admired and photographed by other boat owners.
We were very lucky to have had M B Yachts fit out the boat to our own specification. Over a period more than a year we were able to discuss possible options and see them realised in exemplary fashion. Martyn Brake has subsequently gone on to acquire an enviable reputation in the classic boat world both for his new builds and restorations.
Our sailing has taken place in the English Channel and on the West coast of Scotland. Each has brought its own challenges but never have we felt that Chione was anything other than up to the task; an opinion borne out by the Atoll’s category ‘A’ RCD status. At the same time she is a great boat for just pottering if such is your fancy. Running slowly up a river taking in the delights of the day, gaff mainsail held abeam with mug of tea in hand has often been the end to a day’s sailing.
However the time has come for us to part. Our reason for selling is very simple: sadly growing infirmity has made it impractical for our sailing to continue.
The hull and deck moulding were produced in the UK by Blondcell Marine. The current owners commissioned Martyn Brake of M.B Yachts to complete the fitting out of boat. In keeping with the reputation of M.B. Yachts the quality of finish through the interior of the boat is of the highest order.
Mast, Spars and Rigging
In keeping with the traditional feel of the design the boat is rigged as a gaff cutter with both foresails on roller furling systems and the main fitted with two slab reefs. The mast has just been re-varnished professionally at the end of the 2017 summer season. All fittings on the mast are of welded stainless steel construction ground and polished to a finish. Standing rigging of stainless steel 1x19 wire construction with roll swaged terminals.
Sails and Canvas Work
Ground and Mooring Tackle
Below decks the quality of fit out and attention to detail, maximising the use of available space for storage is evident throughout. The traditional appearance of the boat externally is complimented by the finish below with extensive use of teak finished in a satin varnish with off-white plank effect paneling outboard and on bulkheads.
Forepeak provides a double berth with teak doored hanging locker, storage locker and shelf outboard to starboard. Additional storage is provided beneath the bunk in three separate compartments.
Immediately aft of the forepeak bunk a separate heads compartment is provided on the starboard side. Compartment appointed with manual Jabsco marine toilet, stainless steel basin and vanity unit. Work surface around the sink is finished with a blue colour core formica. Ventilation is provided via a Lewmar opening deck light. Opposite the heads door a glass doored storage locker is provided outboard to port with an additional cave locker beneath.
Saloon provides bench settees port and starboard with centrally mounted dropleaf saloon table. Both settees convert to single berths with the shorter berth to port extended with a 'trotter box' under the forward storage locker. Lee cloths are fitted for both saloon berths. Lockers are provided above the seat backs outboard with additional lockers behind the seat backs and beneath.
Galley occupies the space to port of the companionway with two burner, grill and oven gas cooker and stainless steel sink with traditional style brass lever pump. The top loading fridge is located beneath the chart table. The fridge is a solid state Peltier design and so silent in operation. The worktop is finished with a blue colour core formica.
A chart table is provided for folio sized charts to starboard of the companionway. Ships switch panel, GPS, Simrad repeater and VHF are all mounted outboard of the table.
Located within a dedicated engine space beneath the companionway steps access to the engine is provided by removing the companionway steps. Engine panel and controls are provided in the cockpit and easily reached from the helm.