Eileen II
Eier: Eileen Sail Charter as - www.eileen2.no
Båttype: Gaff ketch
Konstruktør: Alfred Mylne
Verft: Alexander Stephens & Sons
Byggeår: 1934
Sted: Glasgow
Deplacement: ca 180 tonn
LOA: 28 m
Bredde: 5.4 m
LVL: 18.5 m
Dyptgående: 3.45 m
Matrial i skrog: Teak
Dekk: Teak
Seilareal: ca 280 m2
Riggtype: Gaff ketch
Seilnummer: 39
Motortype: CAT 3306T
Mobiltelefon/VHF: LGWI
Motoreffekt: 285 hk
Sommerhavn: Oslo
Vinterhavn: Holmen Yachtverft


'Eileen II' is one of the most beautiful yachts in the world. There are only two or three classic yachts of her size in Northern Europe and she is unique in Norwegian waters.

She was launched in 1934 as 'Albyn,' towards the end of the Golden Age of the classic yachts. Scotland and the Clyde had been international leaders in the design and building of these graceful craft and there is no finer pedigree than that of Alfred Mylne, pupil of the illustrious G. L. Watson, and the shipyard of Stephens of Linthouse on the Clyde. Officially described as an auxiliary engined gaff-rigged ketch, she is 92 foot long overall and 82 foot on deck and was originally fitted with an eight litre Gleniffer paraffin engine.
She was built for the Glasgow tobacco magnate Robert French, a leading yachtsman of his day. The Lloyds register of 1936 shows him not only as a member of the Royal Clyde Yacht Club but also as Commodore of both the Royal Cruising Club and the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club of Cowes. He raced both successfully on the Clyde, and at the Cowes and she was on the Solent when the war broke out in 1939, sailing for Dunkirk for the evacuation in 1940.

In 1947 she was purchased by the wife of the Italian Publisher Mr. Feltrinelli and renamed 'Gialese' (her christian name) and retained Southampton as Port of Registry, although she was sailed to the Mediterranean and her home port became Porto Santo Stefano in Italy.

The Feltrinelli family kept 'Gialesa' until the death of Mrs. Feltrinelli in 1983 when she was subsequently put up for sale at Sotheby's in London.

An industrialist with interests in a well known Italian shipyard purchased her, and the yacht underwent a major refit over a period of eighteen months. She was launched once again in the summer of 1986, perfectly restored to the original condition, and now named 'Galashiel' with Montrose (Scotland) as her Port of Registry. The name was chosen as homage to the Scottish region where she had been built in 1934.

At the Classic Yacht rally Imperia (Italy) in 1987 'Galashiel' received the award for the best interpreter of tradition thanks to her largely original interior and deck details.

In the summer of 1993 Erling Storm from Norway bought her and sailed here to Oslo .At the Risör Wooden Boat festival on the 7th of August that same year, Arja Sayjonmaa gave the boat the name Eileen II. Interior Designers, Carpenters & many more has spent considerable time and effort under several years to finaly get this lady to what she is today. 2000 hours of maintenance work is performed on Eileen II every year.

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EIleen II is now available for exclusive yacht charter in Norway. Her interior has been transformed into delightful living quarters for up to ten people in 6 comfortable cabins. There is a large saloon and dining area, which also boast one of the few existing legal fireplaces in the world. The deck area is vast and as well as boasting a huge coach roof as a sundeck which is ideal for unwinding, there is plenty of space to move around. - www.eileen2.no