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Sandspit, New Zealand

Birdsall 39

  • Sailboat
  • 39ft
  • 2
  • 6

About the Boat

Arethusa is a race boat which has competed in the Sydney to Hobart race and the "Coastal Classic" which is a well known race here in New Zealand. She has had 2nd's and 3rd's in each of these and for the last 2 years 1st's in the Mahurangi Regatta in the modern classic class.

Since purchasing Arethusa Garth has spent many hours upgrading the interior and adding features which make her comfortable for cruising, with weight in mind, to retain the racing aspect.

Arethusa is a "hands on" boat, not a push button boat but once you know your way around her, she handles beautifully.

Garth would spend time with you before departure to ensure you are familiar with all aspects of the boat, as we want you to have a safe and enjoyable holiday.

We have spent the last 2 Christmas holidays away on her for 2 weeks at a time with another couple. Although it can sleep 6, 4 is very comfortable.

There are 2 private cabins and the dining table lowers to the height of the seats for an additional double bed.

Boat Specs

  • Boat model: Birdsall 39
  • Boat name: Susan O'Connor
  • Year built: 1977
  • Draft (cm): 1950
  • Engine power (hp): 33(HP)
  • Fuel Tank (liters): 200
  • Water tank (liters): 200


  • Air Conditioning
  • Refrigerator
  • Toilet
  • Sink
  • Shower
  • Gas Burner
  • Oven/Grill
  • Microwave
  • Stereo/TV


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About the location

We are situated a one hour drive north of Auckland and have access to a variety of islands or coastal stop overs.

From where the boat is moored you can be at Kawau Island in 40 minutes, Waiheke Island approximately 3-4 hours dependent on wind, and for those more adventurous Great Barrier Island in 7-8 hours.

The Bay of Islands (extremely popular amongst the sailors) is best done over a 2 day period with a stop over en route in Tutukaka or thereabouts. Once there, you can sail to a different island each night if you so wish in anything from 20 minutes to an hour.

Unlike the Med, there are plentiful places to anchor in shallow water; however you have to keep in mind that we have 3 meter tides.