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Vividly described in the owners published account
‘A LEAP OF FAITH’ Amazon Books
A 1972 SALAR 40 BERMUDIAN KETCH, designed by Laurent Giles and built by Essex Yacht Builders, Wallasea Island”


Boat Details

Overall Length: 39ft. 9ins (11.88m)
Waterline: 31ft. (9.44m)
Beam: 11ft. 5ins (3.45m)
Draught: 5ft 7ins. (1.7m)
Displacement: 13 Tons
Engine: 75hp Perkins 4326 Diesel (new 2014)
Berths: 6
Sail: Bermudian Ketch Rig sets 650 sq. ft.
Designer: Laurent Giles
Builder: Essex Yacht Builders
Year Built: 1972
Location: Cruising (Gibraltar)


The  Salmo Salar 40 Motor-Sailer designed by Laurent Giles in 1966 became an instant success as a serious blue-water cruiser. A good many examples have cruised extensively with several completing circumnavigations. Forty-Five examples were built by Essex Boatbuilders Ltd. (UK) although examples have been built in many countries including Australia.

The current owners are just completing a circumnavigation in Cayuco as described in their cruising account ‘A Leap Of Faith’ published by New Generation Publishing and available on Amazon and at Kelvin Hughes Bookshop, Southampton.

This portrays the voyage round the world including the incident with pirates in the Gulf of Aden off the coast of Somalia.

A circumnavigation in a Salar 40. Tony and Audrey Walter are like thousands of other amateur sailing couples, just ordinary people living a normal life but one of them had a dream. The book is an illuminating and compassionately written account of their voyage round the world in a Salar 40. Each chapter includes an account of both Audrey and Tony’s own individual thoughts and observations. They visited many countries and various idyllic and exotic islands that most people only dream about. Their portrayal of this conjures up images of the varied lives people lead, from paradise to absolute hell. They experience numerous gales including a force ten off the Great Barrier Reef and many gear breakages while on passage hundreds of miles from land. Their sometimes unusual and resourceful methods of remedying the various situations are well documented throughout. An encounter with armed pirates off the coast of Somalia in the Gulf of Adren and how they escaped more serious consequences is also a terrifying yet enlightening tale. It was initially Tony’s dream to sail around the world but it soon became a challenge for them both. This is the true story of how they achieved it

Cayuco is of moulded GRP construction with a heavy lay-up with encapsulated 8000 lbs ballast keel. Moulded deck and superstructure with teak trim. Underwater epoxy hull treatment 2014.
Spacious well planned accommodation, as you would expect from Laurent Giles, features an owners aft statroom with ensuite. Kuoni heating. Teak joinery, new upholstery 2007.
Fore Cabin: Two single berths, or double berth.
Heads Compartment: Shower, Vanitory unit with pressurised H & C, pump-out WC.
Saloon: Dinette style double berth to port, starboard settee. Cabin table.
Galley: Two burner cooker with oven and grill. 12 volt fridge. Keel-cooled fan freezer, microwave, sink, pantry and crockery lockers. Fire extinguishers. 400 litres fresh water in two tanks.
Aft Stateroom: Double berth, lockers and ensuite shower with wc and wash basin.
Centre Cockpit & Dog House:
Bermudian Ketch Rig:
Aluminium deck stepped 53ft main mast and 38ft mizzen mast. 16ft main boom and 10ft mizzen boom. New stainless steel rigging 2009.
Six Sanderson dacron sails include furling jib, in-mast reefing main, slab and lazy bag mizzen, spinnaker. Approx 650 sq. ft. plain sail.
75hp Perkins 4326 four cylinder diesel engine, installed new in 2014. Vetus 75 bow thruster. Bilge fans, 400 litres fuel capacity in two tanks. Four new batteries (2014) 12 volt system and 240 volt shore power. New Aska petrol generator 2014.


Two VHF radios
Raymarine GPS
Raymarine Chart Plotter
Raymarine Radar
Raymarine Auto Pilot
Henry Browne Compass
Raymarine Sounder
Raymarine Dist / Speed Log
UK & MED Charts
Electric Windlass
Four Anchors including German Pattern, Plough and Danforth with 160 metres chain
All- Round Cockpit Cover and wooden window covers
Bathing Ladder
Two bilge pumps
Mooring lines and fenders
Two automatic life jackets
ECO Life Raft
Avon tender with 3hp Yamaha OB Motor
Various Offshore flares


A proven long distance cruising yacht offering good sailing performance or motor-sailing as required. Generous family and friends accommodation ideal for living aboard or extended holidays afloat.
Circumnavigation almost completed, expected arrival in UK Summer 2015.

GUIDE: £57,500
LYING: Gibraltar