Ocean Angel, our Beneteau First 42, is captured here under full working sails, seizing the power of the fresh trade winds and dancing with the waves as she slices through the aquamarine waters of North Sound, Virgin Gorda, in the British Virgin Islands.
Ocean Angel was built at the Beneteau factory in France in December 1985 and was originally delivered to a Canadian owner in 1986. Joy and I are the third owners of this beautiful ocean going vessel. We found her in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, traced her history, and discovered she was owned by the developers of the “Spartite” mast collar system and was once named “Spartite R&D”. We bought her in 2001 and had her trucked to the Snead Island Boatworks in Palmetto, Florida, where she was commissioned for us.
The history and development of the First 42 is an amazing success story as the boat design concept came from a flush-deck racer Beneteau built to win the Admiral’s Cup series races. The racer-cruiser version which we own came out shortly after the Fastnet success story.
We hope, as you read these pages, you too will come to admire our Ocean Angel, enjoy our travels, and begin to fulfill your own cruising dreams.