Finot Design. 53S Cruiser / Racer - Euro 165,000 Neg.


Designed by the celebrated Jean-Marie Finot as fast and seaworthy blue water cruiser / racer

Custom-built to the highest standards by Class Yacht 

Built to Class A Unlimited Offshore Standards

Extensively refined by second owner between 2013-2019

Set up for solo handed ocean passages

New rigging 2018

Mast removed and fully refurbished 2013

New sails 2019

Motor removed and full rebuild 2013

Vetus Bowthruster

Retractable carbon fibre bow thruster

Two-speed electric winches

1500w anchor winch (with new motor 2017)

Black and grey holding tanks

Two autopilots and a Wind Pilot for ample self steering choices

3 cabins plus independent crew cabin in bow with own toilet and wash basin

Only two owners

Handed over with everything needed to just move in and head out into the sunset now..

Read on for full description and watch our Youtube presentation for more info


This beautiful sailing yacht was custom built in 2003 by the shipyard Class Yacht on a design of Jean-Marie Finot for a professional racing sailor who wanted a performance cruising yacht able to sail him and his family fast and safely around the world. He kept her for 10 years and sold her to an Italian colleague, another racing and professional skipper who was looking for the exact same quality in a cruising yacht and who after purchase in 2013 and throughout his cruising years whenever he identified something as  needing to be replaced..

The list of upgrades is impressive and ensures that the boat will continue to deliver performance and safety at sea for her new family.

Sadly, a change of circumstances has seen her voyage interrupted for now as the owner must return to Italy. Months of cruising were wasted in Covid-19 lockdown and her voyage has been cut short. If borders are now strrating to re-open for cruisers as they have the privilege to be in isolation at sea for long period of time and represent little danger to visited countries, Zahir's owner has run out of time.

The yacht has been handed over to our team in Fiji to take care of her and to liaise with you should you be interested to find out more. Since Covid-19 rendered actual visits a little tricky, we are now very used to carry out inspections via Zoom or WhatsApp, which is working very well and are happy to spend as much time with you as you wish showing you the boat via your iPad, phone or Computer. We are cruising yachts specialist and are here to help

Zahir is an exceptional boat, which combines a sleek, racing profile with a serious 'can do attitude' designed to be at home in all ocean conditions.

Her 8mm GRP construction has been reinforced with additional layers of Kevlar over the whole hull for extra strength and resistance to impact should you be unlucky enough to hit something at sea.

To prevent twisting and bending of the hull while under stress (very much a problem on production boats), her hull is further reinforced with a stainless steel frame similar to the designs of the Nautor Swans and X-Yachts designed for serious bluewater cruising.Her keel is not just attached to the GRP hull. It is attached to the steel frame first and thus incredibly well bonded to the boat.

Her chainplates are attached to a reinforced stainless steel brace which reached deep towards the centre of the boat and help spread the chainplates efforts.

Her decks, which used be GRP / closed cell foam sandwich with teak covering, has been fully renovated and reinforced in 2013. Instead of replacing the teak, which was aged, the owner had the teak removed and the deck throughly prepared for strengthening.

3 additional layers of glass matt and epoxy high-build were applied followed with a non-skid paint from an excellent manufacturer in New Zealand. The decks now have an 8mm Epoxy lamination and are extremely strong as well as low maintenance.

Her sails were replaced in 2019 and her rigging in 2018. Her reliable Yanmar engine was removed and completely rebuilt. All through-hull fittings were replaced. The lost goes on...

Zahir, true to her form as a yacht design to circumnavigate, also come with a spare, emergency rudder that is ready to drop in brackets already fitted to the transom in case of failure. The rudder comes with its own tiller, and there is the additional emergency tiller ready to deploy.

Self-Steering, one of the most important factor for solo-sailors, is supplied by a reliable autopilot, with an additional autopilot wired and ready to use at the push of a button should the primary one fail... plus the sturdy Wind Pilot, perfect for ocean crossings.

Watching the owner effortlessly raise the sails and power into the wind at Musket Cove the other day, it is easy to see that his claim that the boat is set up for solo sailing is absolutely justified. Steering comfortably between the reefs, he quickly gained momentum and in spite the very light breeze quickly had us chasing him on the speed boat. (Watch our Youtube Video)

Power winches take the hard work out of raising and trimming the sails, while dedicated clutched for each rope make cleats and other agricultural deck hardware redundant.

Aesthetically hidden in the deep and wide anchor locker the retractable carbon fibre bowsprit is ready to be easily deployed to fit out the Gennaker.

Anchoring is done seamlessly, with the dedicated anchor bowsprit and articulated roller tease the friction of the sail on retrieval. There are two anchors, onearelady fittedtoits100m stainless steel chain, which is big enough to hold Zahir through any whims the weather. An additional anchor is stored below.

For those used to having to flake anchor chain or risk their limbs spreading the chain bulk in order to de-anchor, Zahir boast the rare and very refreshing asset not having this issue. The chain falls into a deep well with plenty of room to accomodate even that amount of chain all pulled up in one go.

The cockpit is wide and open, with very good shade to get away from the tropical sun or rain and to entertain many guests for dinner. Because of arrow Zahir's shape, it is wide and the centre table does not impede on traffic. The two carbon fibre wheels are sturdy and not too large, giving you back space for when you want to move around. The cockpit has several large lazarettes and storage lockers, as well as the access hatch for the engine and another one for the steering quadrant. (The video shows it all. Follow the link to our Youtube presentation)

Inside, Jean-Marie Finot does not let us down. The superb saloon is wide open and welcoming. The galley, U-shape is large is suited to cooking while at sea.

The saloon, which curves around a mahogany table, is comfortable and large enough to sit 8 people comfortably. The headroom is over 6.4 at it's minimum.

Forward is the Master cabin, with it's queen size bed and full-size settee in white leather still in very good condition.The cabin door, large and curved, slides into into the bulkhead to free up space.

Forward is the large ensuite head area with shower and electric toilet.

Forward again is the crew cabin, which can be accessed via the deck hatch or a door in the forward bathroom. It has single bunk beds, a manual toilet and wash-basin.

A large sail locker is accessed via a deck hatch forward of the crew cabin.

Going back aft are two guests cabins with queen / king size beds and each their own ensuite electric head and shower.

Storage for everything is abundant and well-suited to extended life onboard.  


Read on for the full description and for more information please contact our friendly team at Nautilus Yacht Management. We are cruising yacht specialists and take a lot of pride in bringing you such a beautiful yacht.

Our agency has helped buyers from all around the world purchase the boat of their dream, and a decade of working on an international platform has provided us with the knowledge to help you with all the steps of your purchase, import, delivery, registration etc. Purchasing a yacht overseas does not have to be stressful. We are here to help.



Zahir has been constantly updated and is now being sold by its second owner. Thanks to the electric jib furling system and the mainsail system with very efficient car system, the yacht can be manoeuvred by two people or alone. It is a fine example of an ocean yacht, which crossed the Atlantic from the Canaries to Saint Lucia in 15 days and the Pacific from the Galapagos to the Marquesas in 17 days, covering 244 miles in 24 hours.

Founded in Italy in 1987, Class Yacht has distinguished itself in the construction of robust and fast boats, elegant and safe in all conditions.

Sailboat model Class Yacht 53 S Italian flag
VAT paid
Year of construction 2003 Project Jean Marie Finot

Length overall 15.70 mt
Width 4.60 mt
Draft 2.40 mt
Displacement 10.50 tons.
Keel with 3.5 ton lead ballast.
Laminated hull in vinylester resin, fibreglass and kevlar (very strong) no osmosis


3 X double cabins each with their own head / shower and electric toilet

1 X additional cabin (crew) forward with independent access or in-cabin access. Equipped with bunk single beds, manual head and small wash-basin


375 litres of fresh water capacity in one GRP tank and gauge at chart table (New tank 2014)

Pressurised water supply via 24 DC pressure pump 

Hot water supplied via engine heat exchanger or via the AC immersion heater element in 25 litre well insulated hot water tank 

Spectra watermaker 12 Volt DC. 60 litres per hour (New in 2012)

Black water holding tank 

2 grey water tanks 

Force 10 gymballed stainless steel gas cooker with two burners and oven new in 2019 

2 X 12 Volt refrigerators

Twin stainless steel sinks with pressurised hot and cold water supply 

3 X marine electric heads and one manual 

Hot and cold pressurised water supplies to head and showers throughout the boat 


Keel-stepped mast with three sets of spreaders removed and reinforced at the base and repainted in 2013 

Standing rigging replaced in 2018 

All control lines lead to the cockpit 

Adjustable mainsheet track in cockpit 

Lazy jacks with sail bag for easily dropping the main 

Mainsail on new cars lifts and drops very easily 

Bamar electric Genoa furler 

Rigid boom vang

Bamar hydraulic backstay 

Retractable carbon fibre bowsprit

One Sails fully battened Dacron Mainsail (New in 2019)

One Sails furling Dacron Jib (New 2019)

Staysail  (New 2014)

Gennaker A2 from North Sails with snuffer.

2 X spinnaker poles 

2X Harken 56.2 St power 2 speed self-tailing primary winches 

1 X Harken 48.2 St power 2 speed self-tailing winch 

1 X Harken 48.2 St 2 speed self-tailing winch 

1X Harken 56.2 St 2 speed self-tailing winch 

14 X Spinlock clutches 


24 DC Lofrans Tiger 1500 Watt anchor windlass with remote control (New windlass motor 2017)

Main anchor: Bruce 20K stainless steel AISI 316 anchor with 100 metres of 10 millimetre stainless steel chain 

Delta 27K spare anchor 


U-Shape galley to starboard equipped with

2 X burners LPG Force 10 stove on gimbals (New 2019)

2 X front opening fridges with freezer compartment. (One fridge is about 100L and a smaller one about 40L.) Both in perfect running order.

Double SS sink with pressurised hot and cold water

Additional pressurised salt-water pump and tap at sink

Magma BBQ (New 2020) in the cockpit.

LPG gas compartment (vented and safety approved) in cockpit.


Yanmar 4JH 120hp in excellent condition.

Fully rebuilt in 2013 at  3500 hours in preparation for the solo voyage across Atlantic and Pacific Ocean, including removal from the boat, complete strip to metal and acid-dipped, repainted, new engine mounts, all new plumbing and wiring, new starter motor, new alternator new fuel and water pump, etc. (all older equipment serviced and kept as spares).

Shaft was removed 2018, cleaned and checked before re-installing. New Bearing 2018.

375L Vetus GRP Diesel tank. (New 2017) Gauge at chart table.

Engine is fitted with manual oil pump for easy oil change when servicing.

Current hours are 5400 hours. 

New 120amps alternator is ordered and being shipped to Fiji as the old one broke. Still another spare on board.

Spares for the engine include all necessary parts for several maintenance service (oil, filters, belts, impellers, etc.)

The engine is accessible from all side below and from a wide opening hatch in cockpit floor. Perfect for easy overhaul and maintenance. Hatch seals in excellent condition. No leak.

3 X blade J-Prop folding propeller 


24 volts DC primary domestic system with 12 Volt DC starting circuits and 220 Volt AC via shore power generator or inverter

6 X 12 Volt DC 100amp / h house batteries in series for 24 volts DC (all new 2017) 

24 Volt DC Mastervolt service batteries charger 

12 Volt DC engine start battery (New 2018) 

12 Volt DC Quick engine battery charger

Inverter Victron 1200 W 2015 

24 volts DC 120amp  Prestoline engine mounted alternator for service batteries (2017).

New 24V 120amp alternator 

220V AC shore power system with safety breaker and galvanic protection.

Solar Panels 470W with power regulator (all new 2018)

Wind generator 400W with power regulator (2018). (Update: wind generator needs repairs and is out of service but all circuits and regulators are in place and in good working order.


Electronic and navigation instruments 

Raymarine chartplotter 

Raymarine autohelm autopilot new 2014 

Raymarine Raytheon autopilot as spare

South Atlantic windvane self steering autopilot 

Raymarine Windex - to be serviced 


Raymarine radar 

Raymarine Fish Finder 


SSB radio 

Icom HF Radio

Pactor Modem Dragon 7800 (new 2018)

Iridium satellite phone

AIS type B. Transmit and receive with Wifi (New 2018)



Liferaft (Next service 2022)

Epirb new battery 2018 

8 inflatable life jackets 

Flares kit

Man overboard equipment 

24 Volt DC automatic bilge pump for main bilge (large output)

Manual bilge pump with control in cockpit


3 metres Karibe dinghy (new 2016) 

Yamaha 8 HP 2 stroke engine (new 2016) 

Yamaha 15 HP 2 stroke engine (new 2017) 

Spare parts 


Pulpit and pushpit have opening for easy access on board 

Swimming ladder mounted on transom

Gangway with guardrail 

Outboard brackets 

Outboard engine lifting davit

Fishing rod holders at pushpit

Cockpit table 

Spray hood new 2017 

Bimini new 2017 

Cockpit shower 


'I did about 40 1000 miles from Greece to Fiji.  So far Zahir has never betrayed me and even in the most complex conditions she was always fast and comfortable . I sailed under almost 50 knots of wind due to a hurricane with the foresail an autopilot. The boat was sailing as we were in a summer crossing in Croatia! I was a little worried but we never went into crisis. She's fast and stable . The hull is perfect for ocean crossing.

I am selling the sailboat for a bigger one for my next project . I did many improvements  for long cruising voyages and fast sailing passages . All the heavy work has been done. She is fully equipped to keep going and to live comfortably on the ocean for long periods of time . A few cosmetic items which I was planning on doing need to be done by her new owners I have listed them carefully above . They include some varnishing to the timber work inside the cabin. A hull repaint If desired for cosmetic purposes as a 2 pack epoxy used in 2013 to paint over old blue gelcoat was faulty and is now bubbling . Other than this and perhaps a few upgrades to your personal taste Zahir is ready to take you anywhere at a moment’s notice. I must return to Italy and the boat is handed over to you with everything on board to begin your life on the ocean today . There are numerous spare parts tools and everything you need to make yourself at home."


Topside paint is gelcoat but needs to be refinished. The boat was repainted in 2013 but the two pack paint was defective. Heavy sanding, filling and fairing required before re-finishing. Cosmetic issue only.

Radar to repair (not sending)

Bowthruster needs a new relay. Easy fix and part ordered but taking time to reach Fiji with Covid-19.

Interior varnishing in places 

Saloon floor in the middle of being replaced. All cabins already done and floor is brand new (see pictures)

Repair wind generator or may need replacing. Installation is fine, including wiring, controller and pole.






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