Friday, March 9, 2012


Our friend Giacomo De Stefano, most recently known as the Man on the River is preparing to continue his journey to the Black Sea, on the Danube River, after a seasonal hiatus. It's a good thing he took a break, I hear the weather was most severe on the Danube this winter.
He has plans for a new project already in the works, of which we will hear more, anon.

In the meantime, he is selling his home on the water, the fine old ketch, Brancaleon. This classic Alan Buchanan design, built in 1965, has been lovingly maintained and has a royal pedigree. She currently lies in the Mediterranean on a secure transferable mooring in Mallorca. Does it get better than that?!

She has recently undergone a thorough professional haul-out. Someone (it might be you...) is going to get a beautiful classic for a very reasonable price.

Interested parties should contact Giacomo:

Giacomo De Stefano

Some specifications and particulars:

Length overall: 43'
Length waterline: 38'
Beam: 12'
Draught: 6'

Iroko below the WL
Honduras Mahogany above the WL
Slavonian Oak frames
Teak deck 1" 2 (32 mm)

Motor: BMC Commodore 3400 cc, 56HP, Hydraulic gearbox Borg Velvet, 1964 (original engine and perfectly running) Approx. 2000 hours. Cruise speed 6 kt at 900 rpm.

Lying Mallorca, Puerto Pollenca, Spain, available with free buoy in a very protected and wonderful bay, surrounded by mountains and all facilities for yacht care (a very rare thing in the Med, with a local mariner who lives aboard 50 yards away and who can take care of her).

More photos can be found here.

A video of Brancaleon underway, made by Mario Di Filippo on a passage from Kos, Greece to Siracuse in Sicily.
Skipper; the esteemed Stefano Cordova, AKA Stefano Leon Rodrigues.

The Pirate's Apprentice from Mario Di Filippo on Vimeo.


giacomo said...

Thank you Michael for this beautiful post. I am a little bit sad to read that she is on sale. You are the first to publish something like this, so beautiful. But, with you, your words, your knowledge, I am happy because if somebody will find her and love her, she will be happy and safe. And he, or her, who will take care of this wonderful, seakind boat will sail across the seas with a real pleasure and style.

A presto

doryman said...

With the end comes a new beginning.