Yard No. 392 PATIENCE

This yacht was designed by Charles E.Nicholson and built in our Gosport yard for Herbert E. West in 1931. She is an all wood bermudan cutter rigged auxiliary cruising yacht and was launched on the 2nd May 1931. She proved very successful in the new sport of Ocean Racing as in her first year she won the R.O.R.C. Channel Race and was the first yacht home in the Fastnet Race.

In 1935 he sold her to Mr Beltrano who took her to Genoa and later that year he in turn sold her to Mr Leopoldo ParodIDelfino who changed her name to DELFINO and took her to Naples. He restored her to Lloyd’s Class in1949-1950 & re-engined her with a Buda 4 cylinder 33 B.H.P. diesel but sadly died in 1951 so she was for sale by his heirs in 1952.

From 1953 to 1962 she was owned by H.R.H. Prince Alvaro de Orleans-Bourbon still named DELFINO and maintained in Lloyd’s Class. In 1956 she was re-engined with a 3 cylinder 72 H.P. G.M. diesel.

In March 1962 she was bought by Augusto Benelli of Rome who fitted new deckhouses and a new Caterpillar 6 cylinder diesel in 1964. Ownership passed to Mr Ruggero Benelli of Rome in 1965/1966 who maintained herto 1974 still named DELFINO.

In 1975 she was bought byDelphinus Turistica Marittima S.A. of Rome, renamed DELFINO Y.C.I. and spent some years in the 1980‘s chartering in the Seychelles. She was Classed at Lloyd’s until November 1978.

We then have no record of her until she is at Beconcini’s yard in La Spezia in 2003 when she was bought by Johan van den Bruele who took her to the Cantiere Darsena in Viareggio where he was re-building LULWORTH. She was then bought by Antonio Falchetti to start her restoration but he soon realised that Darsena were fully employed with LULWORTH so he moved her to Cantiere Francesco Del Carlo and arranged an almost complete re-build with the deck totally removed, all under survey of our team . She was re-launched as PATIENCE on the 2nd of June 2007. Please see attached photos of refit. In 2020 she is still owned by Antonio Falchetti.



Length Overall 68.00’
Length B.P. 58.00’
Length Waterline 50.00’ 
Beam 13.83’
Draught 9.33’
Thames Measurement 45 tons
Displacement to D.W.L.43.60 tons
Official Number 162774
Original Machinery Kelvin F4 30 H.P. @ 840 r.p.m.