Grabau International is delighted to announce its successful sale of the 2007 Windy 37 Grand Mistral Hard Top ‘JOVI’.
Late build and low hours example of the cult classic Windy 37 Grand Mistral Hardtop. Over £60,000 spent in the past two seasons. A very special motor yacht.
FURTHER BROKER’S COMMENTS:
JOVI is a sparkling late 2007 hardtop example of the cult classic Windy 37 Grand Mistral. She comes with the exceptional pedigree of being one of the most popular models of the legendary Windy Boats’ Yard in Norway, being renowned for their exceptional build quality, design and performance. With up to 38 knots on tap from her fully reconditioned 660hrs-run twin Volvo D4-260’s, JOVI will comfortably and safely cruise at +/- 30 knots thanks to her deep V-hull and legendary handling and seakeeping abilities that have made the Windy 37 a firm favourite amongst the family cruisers.
Thanks to her hardtop (with electric-retracting solid sunroof), JOVI offers a practical solution for all-weathers cruising. Her spacious cockpit includes convertible seating to create an additional daybed/ occasional additional sleeping space. Below decks, JOVI exudes the quality you would expect from Windy Boats with trademark high gloss interior joinery, a comfortable saloon, linear galley and two sleeping cabins with a large amidships heads compartment
Her specification highlights include: • ‘Windy’ dark blue topsides. • Twin Volvo Penta D4-260 260hp engine option on outdrives – overhauled by Volvo Agent – summer 2020. • Bow thruster. • Optional high gloss interior joinery. • Electric anchor windlass. • Teak to the cockpit and bathing platform soles. • Electrically operated sunroof. • Comfortable 2-double cabin 1-heads interior layout. • Cockpit table lowers to create a double berth. • Sun-bathing area to the foredeck. • Raymarine radar chart plotter. • Fusion sound system with speakers to the cockpit and saloon. • TV in saloon. • Eberspacher diesel fired cabin and cockpit heating. • Gas stove & oven. • Galley refrigerator. • Cockpit refrigerator & sink. • Folding bathing ladder. • Cockpit shower.
The Grand Mistral 37 was my first Windy experience! It was nearly nine years ago but the memory sits etched in my mind. Sadly, it was not mine but Tracy’s boat. Tracy was (and no doubt still is) a dyed-in-the-wool Windy fanatic, keen to spread the gospel by taking me out in a force 6 in the Solent. She had owned her KAD44-powered 2001 boat from new and had even shipped it out to the Far East when work beckoned. Now back in northern waters, her Grand Mistral was doing what it does best, running flat out into a weather nightmare.
I patiently waited my turn and it was not long before Tracy offered me the wheel. I did not want to appear too brutal with somebody else’s boat, Windy or not, so I threw her into some ever increasingly tighter turns for starters. With just over two turns lock to lock, the rakish Grand Mistral can be thrown around like a two-berth sports boat. Even with a strong sea hitting you on the beam at the apex of the turn, the stability of the deep-vee hull is reassuring. We then ran into the eye of the weather, with Tracy encouraging me to nail the throttles for the ultimate upwind Windy experience. I remember thinking, as we cracked on past 30 knots, that most sub-7 tonne sports cruisers would be running at low planning speeds in such conditions.
First introduced in 1998, the Grand Mistral 37 replaced the Grand Mistral 36 by growing 5 inches. Unlike the 36, the Grand Mistral 37 was offered in both open and hardtop versions from the onset, at a time when hardtop sports cruisers were relatively scarce. This Scandinavian aspect of the Grand Mistral would soon prove its worth as the UK summer became increasingly unpredictable. Sleekly styled, the hardtop has a sunroof opening to a third of the roof space. If you succumb to the inevitable craving for some wind in your face, you do not need to be a Scandinavian giant to drive standing with your head out of the top. The helm ergonomics are perfect seated or standing, with a chartplotter under your line of sight.
In the engine department… At only 6.5 tonnes (light), the Grand Mistral 37 was a very fast boat and still is. From 2005, the 37 was fitted with Volvo’s new D4 common-rail injection diesel engines…. Windy resisted offering the heavier 5.5L D6 engine, which some of her competitors were fitting to similar boats, as they rightly considered the power-to-weight ratio, weight distribution and efficiency spot on with D4s…
As with any pedigree sports cruisers, the secret is in the hull, and every yard has its own spin in this department. Windy combine a particularly narrow waterline beam of 9ft amidships with a distinct flare to the topsides to provide the boat with a topside beam of 11ft 6in. With a bow deadrise angle of 48 degrees, the Grand Mistral is exceedingly rakish where it counts, and the abundance of hull flare helps to keep most of the sea off the foredeck and windscreen. Unusually, the fuel tank on the Grand Mistral is located under the master cabin double berth, instead of the conventional location just forward of the engines. This undoubtedly has a positive effect on the boat’s running trim, efficiency and upwind performance into rough weather.
Though the overall appearance is that of a hull with forward concave sides, it is actually moulded in a series of mildly convex panels to enhance strength. Couple this to well-compacted hand-laid laminates and a closed-cell foam core (enhancing strength while reducing weight) and you have a tough hull, which is held together by some very serious stringers. When you look behind the scenes in the engine room, the standard of build is obvious. The internal laminate quality here is superb; everything is perfectly located, making engine checks a breeze. All ancillaries are mounted where you want them, with plenty of space to get at them, and impressively the fuel filters are located in a separate locker beneath the cockpit. More obviously, the external gelcoat finish is outstanding. Blue-hull boats have always been popular, and looking at About Time, featured in this article, you can see why. Windy gelcoat finish is notoriously good and probably one of the best brands when it comes to resisting sun and salt, which any colour other than white suffers from noticeably over time.
Though accommodation is second on the list of design priorities with this boat, it is far from wanting. The main cabin is comfortably what you expect from a boat built with performance and seakeeping as main priorities. The saloon will sit four snugly, and the galley is a compact affair, which in the case of later boats is very neatly finished in satin oak with a Corian worktop, hob, oven and 65L refrigerator. The heads is also compact and does not boast a separate shower cubicle, which, considering how infrequently people use on-board showers, is not really a major hardship. The forepeak master cabin boasts a good-size double berth and loads of small storage compartments around it as well as two small hanging lockers. It appears not an inch of space has been wasted. When it comes to sleeping accommodation my choice is the mid cabin, which is remarkably spacious, all things considered. There is full standing headroom in the doorway and the wide double berth is bigger than the forecabin.
The cockpit is your typical sports cruiser layout, in this case sporting plenty of helm seating that will take three easily. The horseshoe seating set-up behind will take six around the ultrahigh gloss teak table. The bathing platform boasts a fender cage, and in the same practical vein, the side decks sport tall guard rails.
A well-known marine surveyor once said to me, ˜If it costs £300,000 to build a boat that is 95% perfect, it will cost twice that to build one that is 100%, therefore few yards cross that 95% barrier. It would be fair to say that Windy are one of those few.”
Powerboat & Rib Magaine – 2016
Windy was established in 1966 by Hugo Vold. His father was a fisherman, and his family had many anxious moments awaiting his return as storms raged in the Skagerrak. All his father’s boats were called ‘Vindy’, and he brought every one of them safely back to port.
Vold shared his father’s love of, and deep respect for, the sea. Following his university education he became a boatbuilder. He wanted his vessels to be known for their seaworthiness and high quality, and he called his company ‘Windy’ in honour of his father’s sturdy fishing vessels. At a time when Scandinavian producers ruled the European market, revolutionising boating and showing millions how to have fun on the water, Vold hired the best designers, sought out the finest boat builders and craftsmen and not only created a world-beating brand, but succeeded in turning the Windy name into a marque of quality.
55 years on, Windy Boats is proud to live according to Vold’s legacy, and to build production and custom boats which are acknowledged throughout the world as second to none.”
We wish her new owner fair winds and following seas.
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