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2000 Custom Pocock 42 Aluminium Sloop

Lefkas, Greece


Pocock 42 high quality aft cockpit Aluminium Blue Water Cruiser. Custom built in the UK 2000 designed by Mike Pocock. Fin keel, wheel steering. Powered by 29hp Yanmar, New Standing Rigging 2018, Excellent sail wardrobe incl New Genoa 2017. Accom for 2/5 throughout, double master cabin, 2 heads, spacious saloon reupholstered 2018, teak joinered interior, holding tank. Predominantly Raymarine nav gear, comprehensive safety equipment. Many other upgrades since Nov 2016 purchase. Comfortable long term liveaboard, tried and tested, extremely well set up for long distance ocean sailing. EU VAT paid status. £120,000

Powerful well equipped aluminium blue water cruising yacht.

Basic Boat Info

Tax Status: Paid
Make: Custom
Model: Pocock 42 Aluminium Sloop
Year: 2000
Condition: Used
Category: Sail
Builder: Cunningham Offshore Racing, Littlehampton
Designer: Mike Pocock
Construction: Aluminum
Keel Type: Fin Keel


Length: 42 ft / 12.80 m
Length Overall: 42 ft / 12.80 m
Waterline Length: 33'1 ft / 10.08 m
Beam: 12'1 ft / 3.68 m
Max Draft: 6'5 ft / 1.96 m
Min Draft: 6 ft / 1.83 m

Engines / Speed

Engines: 1
  • Make: Yanmar
  • Model: 3JH3BE
  • Drive Type: Direct
  • Fuel: Diesel
  • Engine Power: 29hp
  • Type: Inboard
  • Propeller Type: 3 Blade, Feathering
  • Year: 2001
  • Engine Hours: 5929
  • Engine Location: Center


Heads Count: 2
Drive Type: Direct
Boat Class: Cruisers, Sloop


Williams and Smithells Ltd
Williams & Smithells Yacht Brokers


Williams & Smithells UK
Wicormarine Cranleigh Road, Portchester
Fareham, GB, PO16 9DR


Aluminium hull, deck & superstructure by Cunningham Offshore Racing in Littlehampton, UK completed July 2000. Fin keel, semi- balanced skeg, wheel steering.
Hull moved to Hamble where she was completed by David Skene of Skene Services.
First launched in May 2001.

Whole build project was supervised by the 1st Owner as Project Manager who purchased all materials, equipment and services. Specification of the rig, sail plan, deck layout, deck fittings and running rigging was all by designer Michael Pocock.

Hull & deck plating 6mm generally but with additional 10mm backing plates around high load deck and hull fittings.
8mm plate around keel and keel plating also 8mm. Keel base 20mm
Aft of keel to skeg 10mm plate for engine installation.
Ultrasound survey in 2016 reported, “no obvious/detectable/significant wastage or corrosion to the plating”
6mm backing plates fitted to stern mooring cleats 2018 to support use of a Jordan series drogue
Chain plates (3 each side) in 19 mm alloy welded to massive 19 mm spreader bar which itself is welded to 4 transverse frames
Thermal insulation with 45mm expanding polyurethane flame retardant insulation sprayed onto bare hull at construction

Extremely comprehensive build documentation/diagrams (some paper and some electronic) available and this will be provided to the purchaser.

Last structural survey on purchase 2016

LOA: 41’7 (12.71m)
LWL: 33’1 (10.08m)
Beam: 12’2 (3.71m)
Draft: 6’0 (1.82m)
Displacement: 13.74 tons
Ballast: 3.55 tons lead cast into pre-fabricated keel


Yanmar 3JH3JE - 29hp Original engine 2000
Last service 2022 (on decommissioning)
Diesel injectors removed and serviced 2019
Exhaust swan neck replaced 2019
Hours - 5929 (14-07-2022)
Yanmar KM3A gearbox
New PSS seal 2021
Shaft drive to Bruntons Variprop 3 blade 17”


Airex wind generator
Domestic Batts 3 x Firefly G31 (12 Volt) 116 x 3 = 348 total New 2021
Engine Starter Batts 1 x New 2019
Systems - 12V DC & 240V AC (Isolating transformer)
Shore power
Charging by - Solar, wind, tow generator, mains, engine (80 A Hitachi)
Photonic Universe solar panels, 140w. Semi flexible solar panels integrated into bimini to avoid need for s/steel structure, one panel new 2022.
Both panels wired through MPPT controller.



Fuel: Main tank in keel
Day tank (cockpit locker)
300 ltrs + 50 ltrs = 350 ltrs S/S.
Water: 2 tanks 345L + 345L = 700 ltrs S/S
Holding: 1 tank 70 ltrs plastic


Rig and Sails

Sloop rigged
Bermudian sloop with two “close-coupled” headsails; an outer genoa and an inner working jib.
Headsails are not set together as in a cutter and are only set together when poled out one on either side when sailing downwind.
New standing rigging 2018 – S/S
Seldon aluminium spars and mast (keel stepped)
2 poles on mast for cruising chute

Mainsail - Slab reefed, fully battened , on Friedrickson cars, White in Dacron by Michelle Stevens 2011 (Good condition)
Genoa – Roller furling, Schaefer furler, White in Dacron by Sanders 2018 (Excellent condition)
Jib/Staysail – Roller furling, Schaefer furler, White in Dacron by Sanders 2016 (Good condition)
Cruising Chute - Green/yellow in Nylon by Sanders 2009 (Excellent condition)
Storm Jib - Orange by Sanders 2001 (Little used)

Genoa Sheet winches 2 x Andersen 52ST
Spinnaker Sheet winches 2 x Andersen 40ST
Main Halyard winch 1 x Andersen 40ST
Mainsheet winch 1 x Andersen 28ST
Other halyard winch 1 x Anderson 40ST
Kicker winch 1 x Andersen 12ST
Reefing winch 1 x Andersen 40ST
All winches stripped and serviced 2022


Accom for 2/5 throughout with a huge amount of carefully planned storage.
Double cabin forward and three good sea berths in spacious main saloon
Forward heads & shower
Traditional central double leaf folding table main saloon, L shaped seating to port, seating to stbd
Galley to port – U-shaped
Navigation area to stbd – substantial table full chart with storage below
Aft heads
Companionway central with access to engine behind steps.

White vinyl headlining’s throughout on detachable ply panels and on superstructure sides
Sunbrella interior Teflon coated upholstery (saloon re-upholstered 2018)
Interior joinery handmade in teak, teak veneers with matt varnish finish
Teak and Holly solid floors with gloss varnish
Teak doors and trim
All berths fitted with lee cloths


Dickinson (Diesel) cabin heating
25 ltr calorifier – hot water
Cooker - Force 10 marine 3 hob burner
Oven & Grill
Double sink S/S
Frigoboat water cooled compressor rebuilt by Penguin engineering in 2019 + new cooling plate 2019
Cutlery & Crockery Included
Cooking Utensils Included
Pots & Pans Excluded
Pioneer CD/Radio
Clock Barometer

3 US type 10lb aluminium propane cylinders in cockpit gas locker, protected by electric solenoid. 2 way valve.
Copper pipe and rubber hose replaced 2017.
Adaptor kit on board to enable connection to any locally available gas cylinders



Lofrans Tigres 1200w - electric & manual windlass (windlass oil changed 2019)
25 kg Rocnor 80m (regalvanised 2014)10mm chain
25 kg CQR and 25 kg Delta
15 kg Bruce 10m chain 10mm plus 50m spliced 30mm rope
The anchor locker is GRP lined and drains into the grey water tank to keep any iron debris from the anchor chain off the bilge plating

Numerous fenders (quantity) 5 large cylinder, 4 medium cylinders, 1 large round, 1 small round
Passerelle - Folding aluminium, detaches for storage
Boarding ladder Teak/stainless steel currently in storage
Deck Shower - from forward heads (hot & cold)
Spray hood new 2018
Bimini new 2018
Yacht covers various incl
Nav lights - Red/Green on pulpit, steaming light on mast, tricolour on mast, stern steaming light
Horn - aerosol powered
2 anchor snubbers,
2 poles for headsails
Deckwash pump for cleaning of anchor/chain – serviced with new seals 2022
Boat Hook
Swim ladder


Available by separate negotiation but not included in this asking price.
2.6m Lodestar tender (good condition) Stowed on foredeck
Suzuki outboard 2.5hp (4 stroke) Last Serviced 2022


Life Raft - Waypoint Ocean Elite (new 2018) 4 person, service now due.
Life Jackets -Not included
EPIRB RescueMe (Ocean Signal) Class 2 New in 2018
Grab Bag
Jack Stays new 2018
Flares (In-date) LED
Life Buoy - 2 in cockpit
Radar Reflector
Emergency Tiller
Gas Alarm - Gas and Carbon monoxide (new 2022)
Dan Buoy new 2018
Fire Extinguishers - Fireblitz 600g Type B&C forward cabin and galley
Fireblitz 2kg clean agent in engine compartment. Both new 2022
Fire Blanket in galley

Electric Bilge Pumps
1- Rule 1500
2- valve allows use of high capacity deckwash pump (48L/min) in emergency to connect to bilge

Manual Bilge Pump
1 - Henderson double action in cockpit

Additional Safety information
Jordan series drogue (new 2018)
Parachute drogue (on board since new, never used, now superseded by the JSD which is considered much safer)

The condition or level of safety equipment on board is not to be negotiated on following survey. It is likely to be listed by most surveyors but is not structural or an integral working part of the vessel and is not to be used to further negotiate the price down after survey. We strongly suggest that for your own personal safety that when purchasing a yacht you provide new safety equipment rather than relying on second hand gear.

Should you become the new owner of this yacht then the responsibility to re-register or update official bodies for items such as EPIRB, VHF, MMSI or AIS becomes yours.

Owners Comments

Al Shaheen is a semi custom designed aluminium off shore cruising yacht. She has proven herself to be both fast and competent with many ocean miles under her belt. The original concept was specified by a past commodore of the Ocean Cruising Club for extended ocean passages by a couple, yet perfectly manageable for single handed sailing. The designer, Mike Pocock, who was also an experienced ocean sailor and himself commodore of the Ocean Cruising Club had previously designed two very similar 45’ distance cruisers. ‘Troubadour’ and ‘Brown Bear’ built in cedar epoxy were both highly regarded as passage makers.. Later two further 42’ cruisers were built, one of which was also built of aluminium for high latitudes sailing. This boat was largely singlehanded including passages around Cape Horn, to Antarctica and to Greenland.

The previous owner of Al Shaheen (Arabic for Peregrine Falcon) sailed over 35,000 miles in her. This included passages in the UK, Ireland, France, Spain, Portugal, Canaries, West Indies, Bahamas, East Coast USA including the intercoastal waterway, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, Azores and the Baltic.
She was maintained meticulously by him and completely repainted in Fox’s in Ipswich in 2014.
We bought the boat in 2016 and have sailed in the UK, France, the Azores, Gibraltar, Spain, Balearics, North Africa and Greece.

We came from a cruising and racing background and wanted a boat that not only could we be confident would look after us through any weather and any seastate but also sail well. She has not disappointed. As you would expect from her hull shape and keel she has a reassuring motion in a seaway and she is satisfyingly responsive to trim. She has a keel stepped well supported mast with straight spreaders to allow for downwind sailing and forward and aft lowers as well as the usual cap shrouds and intermediates. Her sail plan is very flexible with close coupled headsails. This is not a cutter rig. She is sloop rigged with the benefit of a slightly smaller headsail immediately available for short tacking or when the wind gets up. We rarely have to sail with a partially furled headsail. The genoa is good upwind up to 20 knots and then we change down to the working jib. She will make very good progress to windward tacking through no more than 90 degrees in reasonable conditions. She has a powerful fully battened main with the reefing winch on the coach roof. This allows safe reefing while sitting centrally behind the mast without the potential complications and friction of lines led aft. She has a cruising chute for broad reaching and the tack can be flown off one of her poles for dead downwind. There is a baby stay with associated check stays and a storm jib. She has twin spinnaker poles for twin headsail sailing downwind in the trade winds. She will sail in anything more than 6 knots of wind and is in her element at 15 knots. She has seen many squalls and storms and the previous owner continued sailing in 65 knots of wind.

She is most definitely not a typical coastal cruiser for family and friends but she works well with adequate accommodation for 4 for short periods. The three sea berths in the main saloon were comfortable with a 4 person watch system on passage to and from the Azores. She does work best for a long-term cruising couple who might take on a third crew member for longer passages. The double in the forward cabin also has a lee cloth and it was comfortable at sea except in the largest swells. We have regularly holiday cruised in the Med with two couples as the double heads allow sufficient privacy for a week or two. The generous galley works very well on passage with a large efficient fridge, fiddles, hand hold, crash bar and bum strap.

We embarked on a programme of renovation prior to our passage to the Azores in 2018. This included replacement of all the standing rigging, replacement of running rigging as needed, new Genoa, removal and servicing of all the seacocks, replacement of the Perspex in the Lewmar hatches, replacing the main steering compass, reupholstering the main saloon to include removable breathable and waterproof additional seat covers, replacement spray hood and Bimini and mainsail cover, replacement jackstays, adding a Jordan series drogue and additional backing plates for the aft deck cleats for safe attachment, new Danbuoy, a new EPIRB and a new liferaft. We are happy with her original ST 60 wind and multifunction displays but we upgraded the plotter to a Raymarine Axiom Pro and we run Smartertrack computer based navigation as well. The AIS system sends a feed to both the plotter and the computer based programme. There are multiple sources of GPS data. We replaced all the copper and rubber gas pipes and added a set of world wide gas connectors. We have also added some semiflexible solar panels to the bimini. We did not want to add a stainless arch because of aloft weight and stability considerations. These panels help keep the batteries topped when on anchor for a few days. The Pactor modem was rebuilt to provide email and download weather grid files via the SSB radio.

Since then we have also reconditioned the seawater cooled fridge compressor and replaced the cooling plate, replaced various pumps and changed the prop-shaft seal. Two screens have been replaced on the autohelm control units because of sun damage. The engine battery was replaced in 2019 and the three service batteries were replaced with carbon foam batteries in 2021. All the fire extinguishers have been replaced in 2022. We have just replaced the suede steering wheel cover.

The engine, which is the original Yanmar is modest in size compared to some similar sized Mediterranean cruisers but we understand this was recommended by the designer as it would be operating within its optimum range and give the best fuel economy. We were grateful for this on passage from Falmouth to the Azores for a Rally when we had to motor for several days because of lack of wind. Several other boats had to abandon the passage and divert to Portugal because they did not have enough fuel. The engine has been very reliable and always professionally winterised and serviced.

The main fuel tank is integral to the keel to keep the centre of gravity low and diesel is pumped either electrically or manually to a day tank from where it is gravity fed to the engine and the diesel heater. She carries 300 litres diesel in the stainless steel main tank and a further 50 litres in the day tank. There are twin SS water tanks with a total capacity of 690 litres.

We keep up a regular schedule of servicing and repairs as needed. There is a large inventory of spares, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, sail repairs, gas solenoid, spare alternator, filters etc. The ultrasound survey in 2016 showed no evidence of wastage or corrosion of the aluminium plating. Localised areas of paint failure have started to appear on some parts of the deck although the topsides remain sound. Some local repairs and repainting have been done but this will need an ongoing programme to keep her looking her best. She has nine Anderson winches and all have been stripped, cleaned, checked and relubricated in 2022.

There is no accommodation aft of the main saloon, instead there are vast cockpit lockers for storage.
There is also a large amount of storage in various lockers in the main saloon, and under all the bunks.

She has been designed as a low power usage boat and she has back up manual pumps including galley fresh and seawater water pumps. Battery charging is provided by a wind generator, modest solar panels and a tow generator when offshore as well as the 80A engine alternator of course. The Monitor self steering works very effectively, especially as her sail plan makes her an easy to balance boat. We have not had any need for a generator and we can be happily self sufficient keeping the beers cold with the efficient seawater cooled fridge.

We have successfully managed Med style life in Al Shaheen. We were not prepared to give up the precious Monitor self steering to do stern to mooring but we have added a bracket for a passarelle. The Rocna anchor, powerful Lofrans Tigres windlass and deep anchor locker have kept us out of trouble in the busiest of anchorages. We haven’t yet needed to resort to any of the three spare anchors. She has a bathing ladder and there is a teak and stainless boarding ladder for midships. A deck shower is provided by a long hose from the forward heads head shower coming up through the hatch near the mast.

Al Shaheen has been confined to the Ionian for the last couple of years partly because of Covid and partly because of visits from friends and family and the arrival of grandchildren. We hope that new owners will be able to utilise her capability more fully.

Summary of upgrades and improvements since purchase in 2016:

• New aluminium stanchions 2017
• New Genoa 2017
• All seacocks serviced and stainless steel bolts replaced 2017
• Standing rigging replaced 2018 (Vortec Marine at Endeavour Quay Portsmouth)
• Replaced perspex in all hatches 2017
• New liferaft 2017 (needs service now)
• Reupholstered saloon/nav station 2017
• New sprayhood 2017
• New bimini and solar panels 2018
• New mainsail cover 2018
• Various other covers replaced 2018 - Monitor self steering, spray dodger (rope pockets), outboard, sunscreens for spray hood
• New jackstays 2018
• New dyneema main halyard, new genoa sheets, new foreguys 2017
• New fire extinguishers 2022
• Seawater cooled fridge removed, renovated, new drier & freezer plate 2019
• New tender dinghy 2019
• Axiom Pro chartplotter 2019
• New PSS water cooled shaft seal 2021
• Servicing e.g. all Anderson winches cleaned/serviced 2022, windlass solenoid re[laced 2021, new AIS cable 2018
• Repairs to some areas of Awlgrip paint in cockpit/deck 2021/2022

Title Documents and Tax

Listed below are the documents/or copies of what we have seen on listing this yacht.

Current British Part 1 Registration
Proof of storage ashore in the EU (Greece) on 31st Dec 2020 Brexit.
(Supports the EU VAT paid status)
Original Bills of Sale to current Purchasers 2016
Copy - British HMRC Customs letter confirming VAT paid (2001) to first owner/builder
Copy - Builders Certificate (Hull, Deck & Superstructure) (2000)
Copy - RDC Ce Type Certification for Recreational Craft EC Directive 94/25/EC
Evidence of TEPAI Greek cruising tax paid

Extremely comprehensive build documentation/diagrams (some paper and some electronic) available and these will be provided to the purchaser.

Disclaimer and Travelling to Inspect

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