New Location – 2004 MB Yachts Pocock 42


Grabau International is pleased to announce the location change for the 2004 MB Yachts built Pocock 42 ‘ARABESQUE’

Extremely special custom-designed and built Mike Pocock designed short-handed blue water cruising yacht from MB Yachts in 2004. Composite wood epoxy hull construction with a stunning GRP deck and superstructure moulding.


ARABESQUE is one of three yachts built to this iconic Michael Pocock design (Design No.P33); the other two being built in aluminium (AL SHAHEEN and SADKO) with all three originally built for very experienced members of the Royal Cruising Club and/or the Ocean Cruising Club. The original design brief was to create a safe, comfortable and extremely capable yacht for her owners to go cruising without the requirement for scores of berths (although she will happily sleep six).

Her two year build was undertaken by MB Yachts in Dorset who are renowned for their custom one-off yacht construction and refit/restorations on yachts such as the 57ft S&S ‘ARGYLL’, The use of composite construction allowed for a light, stiff and incredibly well insulated hull, whilst her GRP moulded deck and superstructure (an extremely expensive process for a one-off build) allows for far better ergonomics than a wood-epoxy construction would allow in this area.

Her hull shape is reminiscent of a Bowman 42 or Malo, with a forgiving deep-V hull shape, long fin keel, and well-supported rudder. Coupled with a powerful yet easily-managed sloop rig, complete with twin furling foresails and a fully-battened mainsail, she sails beautifully on all points and in all conditions.

Below decks, she really impresses, with stunning Brazilian Mahogany joinery, luxurious Corian counters and hard-wearing Alcantara upholstery throughout. Add in a comprehensive, yet uncomplicated inventory and you have all the ingredients for a stress-free and thoroughly capable blue water cruiser capable of taking her owners anywhere.

First launched in 2004 and in only her second caring ownership since new, the time has come for this extremely special ocean cruising yacht to find a new custodian.


Having owned a couple of production yachts over the years, five years ago we set out to find a yacht to sail anywhere, lightly crewed, comfortable and stylish. We found ARABESQUE. Perfect for a couple wanting to sail long distances- and occasionally entertain 10 for dinner in some style.

In the four years of ownership we have spent three outside the UK, wintering in Bilbao, La Corunna and Cartagena. She is admired wherever we go and has sailing abilities to match. A solid and comfortable up-wind performer, surprisingly good in light winds whilst under twin foresails and main, down-wind off the Portuguese coast she was in her element. We couldn’t wait to get into the trade winds to the Caribbean and beyond. However, changing family circumstances now mean catering for grandchildren rather than extended cruising and we have sadly decided to find a new owner for ARABESQUE who will make the most of her many unique, go anywhere qualities.

Pocock 42 – Arabesque – £145,000 VAT paid – now lying in Cannigione, Sardinia – full details here

Do you have a yacht like this to sell? Grabau International are always looking for new high quality cruising yacht listings both in the UK and internationally. For further information about our tailored brokerage services, please look here or feel free to contact us.

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