Firebird was born for greatness. At the time of its launch in 1968, it became the largest aluminum sailboat in the world. The 85-footer (26 meters) wouldn’t stand out by today’s standards, but it turned heads in the ‘70s. Built by the acclaimed Palmer Johnson shipyard in Wisconsin at Sturgeon Bay, Firebird would eventually go on to complete three world circumnavigations – an impressive achievement for a yacht this size.
No great classic could stay the same without proper investments in its maintenance. An extensive refit program of around $1 million spruced up its interior in 2015. The modernized yacht boasts a main salon with two seating areas that can also provide extra accommodation so that nine guests can stay onboard overnight. One of the best areas on board is the leisure cockpit, fitted with wrap-around seating, where guests can admire the view and relax.
The main deck, with awnings strategically placed to provide shade, is another perfect spot for chilling and taking in the great views – lounge chairs, a hammock, and a generous dining table are ready to welcome guests.
Comfortably cruising at 12 knots (13.8 mph/22.22 kph), the Firebird also comes with a reliable tender powered by a Yamaha outboard.
More details are available at Virgin Islands Broker, where this classic sailboat is listed for $499,000.