Our girl Violeta isn’t just a pretty sailboat, she’s our home and having her in our lives means freedom, and for us, that is what happiness is all about. Violeta is a stunning 1976 Formosa 51 Ketch designed by William Garden and built by Formosa Building Co. Ltd. in Taiwan. She has a long keel hull shape, which means the keel runs for at least 50% of the hull, and provides a strong and stable balancing point for the hull, directional stability while at sea and is less likely to capsize.
She’s a roomie cruiser with a huge aft deck, an open cockpit with teak floors and a stunning banister around the aft that brings to mind images of a pirate ship. The engine room is a full stand up engine room, the electronics are all Raymarine updates and our navigation station has a brand new power panel, all things that we are going to be incredibly grateful for during our year or so at sea.
Her interior is made of teak wood, which looks absolutely stunning with the bronze portholes. We’ve been blessed with a U-shaped galley with over six foot of headroom and granite counters, plenty of room for cooking meals whether we’re out at sea or docked.
There are two spacious couches in the main salon, and Pullman upper and lower crew quarters with a head and skylight. The homie aft cabin master bedroom is one of Violeta’s major highlights with a comfortable queen size bed, a pull out writing desk and head with a good sized bath tub.
Formosa 51 Ketch Specs:
Builder: Formosa Building Co. Ltd
Designer: William Garden
Rig Type: Staysail Ketch
Maximum Draft: 6.23’
Displacement: 56000 lbs
Ballast: 12000 lbs
Sail Area: 959 ft2
Engine: Inboard Diesel
Cruising Speed: approx. 6 knots