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Custom Thompson Paragon MKII - “Larus Roc ”

This unique and extremely fun boat is among the few fast sailboats that’s both easy to sail and comfortable. “Larus Roc” is arguably one of the fastest sailboats in the USA. Think of her as an endless water park ride, sailing comfortably and in control at 25 knots. She’s also a light air machine, generating boat speed of 2.6 times true wind speed in 5 knots of beam breeze. “Larus Roc” has shown herself to be a formidable racing machine, but she’s also quite comfortable for cruising with her 4 bunks, galley and head.

“Larus Roc” was originally named “Paragon” and is the second (MKII) version of this Adrian Thompson design. She was built in 1991 in Bristol, UK using foam core, Kevlar hybrid cloth and carbon. The mast is carbon.

“Larus Roc” was built for transatlantic races, and as such is much stronger than the modern ORMA designs. She has participated in some 10 transatlantic races during her career. In the 2004/2005 racing season, she finished first on elapsed time in 7 of 9 races entered, including the Heineken St Maarten Around Island, Marion-Bermuda, Marblehead-Halifax, and Around Long Island races.

For the Bermuda race, “Larus Roc” had to be rated as a cruiser. In consequence the galley was updated including a two burner LPG stove and a new stainless steel sink with electric and manual pumps. A hand held shower and a head with holding tank was also added. To facilitate short-handed sailing, a large Harken electric winch was added for raising the mainsail, hauling the anchor and trimming the mainsheet.

“Larus Roc” has been maintained, repaired, and managed by a professional boat manager. A recent survey is available. She was completely overhauled in 2001 by Francis Joyon of around the world solo sailing record fame and was set up for solo sailing. She was damaged when she broke loose from a mooring and was bought in a state of disrepair by the current owner in August, 2004. “Larus Roc” underwent major repairs and a refit in preparation for sponsored racing and cruising during the 2004 and 2005 racing seasons. In 2006, she was used for “island hopping” from St Maarten down to the Windward islands and back and was sailed comfortably by two sailors. In April 2006 the mast came down (but did not break) in light winds due to metal fatigue in a turnbuckle. A major refit was undertaken in May-June 2007 including new standing and running rigging, new jib furler, new jib, new staysail, new mainsail, and an engine overhaul.

The owner of “Larus Roc” has now completed the races and cruises he wished to do. His location in Ohio and constraints on his time no longer allow for full enjoyment of this great boat, and he has reluctantly decided to sell her.

I personally inspected “Larus Roc” just after her successful passage from St. Maarten to Rhode Island and found her in excellent order. Her owner has obviously taken pride in her outfitting and maintenance. His desire is that “Larus Roc” is sold to a sailor who appreciates her sailing abilities as much as he does and will ensure that this bird continues to fly. She’s available at a very attractive price for a quick sale.

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LOA: 60'
TYPE: Custom Thompson
MODEL: Paragon MKII
YEAR: 1991
USD: $180,000
LYING: Wickford, RI
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