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Flying Delta: DELTA 94 Olin Stephens Designed Cruiser / Racer – Lying South Coast


:::::: SOLD – April 2017 ::::::

A 1980 DELTA 94 FIN KEEL CRUISER / RACER designed by Sparkman & Stephens and built by South Hants Engineering – Marine Division, Chandler’s Ford, Hampshire


Boat Details

Overall Length: 31ft 4ins (9.20m)
Waterline: 22ft (6.70m)
Beam: 8ft 10ins (2.90m)
Draught: 5ft 6ins (1.60m)
Displacement: 3.48 Tons / 7,800lbs
Engine: 10hp Bukh DV 10 ME Diesel
Berths: 5
Sail: 480 sq. ft. / 41 sq. m.
Designer: Olin Stephens
Builder: South Hants Engineering
Year Built: 1980
Location: Dorset


The Delta 94 is a latter-day development of the SHE 31B, a very successful cruiser-racer of the early 1970’s. The design and form exude the skill and draughtsmanship of Olin Stephens and has the timeless elegance of a Sparkman and Stephens yacht, combined with exceptional sailing qualities and comfort at sea.

Flying Delta was ordered in 1979 (launched in 1980) by a senior RAF test pilot who was retiring to become a torpedo engineer. He cherished her for twenty-eight years until the next owner took a half share for two years becoming sole owner in 2010 and re-naming the yacht Shillelagh .

In May 2014 the first owner bought her back and is the present owner, reverting to the original name of Flying Delta , part one registered.

The hull and decks were moulded by South Hants Engineering – Marine Division of Chandler’s Ford, Hampshire with the fitting-out by Laird Adams, Delta Marine, Surrey. The interior is finished to a very high standard with teak-faced joinery and over 6ft standing headroom. Flying Delta is the last example to have been built in the UK.

The yachting press in 1977 considered the design to be …
‘one of the prettiest boats at the 1977 Southampton Boat Show … something of a classic among 30ft fin-keeled cruising boats … an elegant yacht both above and below the waterline. Under sail, tolerant and responsive .. handled quite happily by the man and wife crew alone .. upwind the Delta tacked surely and it was a pleasure to settle her into the groove .. a forgiving boat downwind’

Accommodation for five in two cabins. Main saloon with two settee berths and starboard quarter berth. Drop-leaf removable table, lockers above and below the berths. Galley to port with Plastimo two burner hob and oven, sink adjacent with pantry and crockery lockers below. Chart table to starboard with storage space for charts under. Fore cabin with two buks with lockers below. Heads compartment with Baby Blake wc, wash basin and large hanging locker / sail wardrobe.

Keel stepped mast, new fore and back stays in 2013. Chain plates removed checked and re-bedded in 2012. Forespar line-control whisker pole 2011. Spinnaker pole. Two Lewmar halyard winches, one reefing winch, two Lewmar 30 sheet winches. Mainsail stack-pack refurbished 2012. Removable and adjustable inner forestay for storm jib.

10hp Bukh DV 10 ME diesel engine, 1995, new throttle and gear shift 2011. Serviced every year with oil change, new oil and air filters, new impeller and anode. Water pump and injector refurbished 2013. Approx. 5,000 engine hours in 18 years. Nine gallon fuel tank. Shaft equipped with Deep Sea Seal. Two blade sailing propeller in P strut. New cutlass bearing 2010. New coolant sea cock 2009. Two 12 volt batteries in cockpit locker battery box linked to isolator switch and solar panel.

70 litres freshwater in two tanks under berths.


Lucas Genoa, Hood Genoa, Flew Genoa, Working Jib, yankee cut Flew. Storm Jig, Lucas Main Sail, second main and two Seahorse Genoas. Spinnaker.

Garmin 750 touch screen chart plotter 2013. Garmin 72 H 2013. Raymarine depth with on deck display 2013. Raymarine deck display for Garmin navigational instruments. Raymarine tiller pilot which works off both Garmin instruments. Auto Pilot. Stowe Log. Plastimo steering compass. ICOM radio transmitter (new masthead antenna 2013) Navtex. Lokata SSB / RX receiver.

Life raft Ocean Safety ISO 4 man valise 2012. Excel 250 three man inflatable dinghy 2012. Fenders, warps, dock lines. 25lb CQR anchor, Rocnar and Fishermans anchors. 50 metres 8mm chain. Windlass, Hose, Brushes, Spray Hood 2013. 9ft simulated clinker dinghy with oars and rowlocks.


An extremely well maintained and comprehensively equipped cruiser-racer, offering classic 1970’s styling combined with sure handling characteristics and a good turn of speed.
Early viewing recommended to appreciated this excellent example of the sought-after Delta 94 Cruiser/Racer. December 2013 survey report, with recommendations carried out.

LYING: Ashore – Solent