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It's the £300,000 super yacht with no mod cons

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: June 27, 2012

  • There are no fancy gadgets and luxuries on this vessel Pictures: Penny Cross

  • Will Stirling on the traditional wooden gentleman's sailing yacht Integrity

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A super yacht with a difference has been officially named at Plymouth's Mayflower Marina.

Despite the £297,000 plus VAT price tag, the owner does not get a stateroom, a powerful engine, sophisticated electronics or even a comfortable bunk.

Instead, Integrity is simply a stunning 43ft gentleman's yacht, and a throwback to the Victorian era of craftsmanship, with gorgeous woodwork, gleaming varnish and polished brass. Built by Bere Ferrers-based Stirling and Son, she is guaranteed to turn heads wherever she sails in the world.

Will Stirling, 33, went to Eton College with Prince William and built him a 12ft traditional wooden dinghy as a wedding present.

The hand-built rowing boat, worth around £6,000, was later donated to the school.

Mr Stirling built Integrity himself with a handful of seasoned craftsmen.

Based on an 1880 design and made of larch on oak with copper and bronze fittings, she is described as a classic cruising racer.

Other statistics include an 11ft beam, a 7ft 6in draft, a displacement of 21 tons and a sail area of 2,000 square feet.

Mr Stirling, from Tavistock, presented commemorative plaques to shipwrights Ted Luck, Richard Shilling, Andy Cornish and John Gallagher.

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