Scherzo a singular yacht
Scherzo attracted much attention when launched due to her high quality of build and fitting out. She was referred to in books (Blue water countdown) and featured in several yachting magazines. She was built to sail to the most remote and wild regions on this planet, swiftly and in comfort. She has done many such memorable voyages. Following is excerpts from an article featured in YACHTING MONTHLY, shortly after Scherzo was launched. The author is Geoff Pack.
"Professional Yacht" is a contradiction in terms, but is the nearest description one can come for Scherzo, the yacht that made the voyage to Spitsbergen described in the last article. Like many interesting craft, she came about as a result of a great deal of sailing experience and lessons learned.
Pascal Grinberg and Francoise de la Bernadie (now 32 and 33 years old respectively) cruised Pascals 1969-built Swan 43 Anticlea continuously for 6 years, covering around 40.000 miles between the eastern Mediterranean and, Norway and the Caribbean, and completing three Atlantic crossings during that time. They also raced the yacht hard and successfully wherever possible. Like so many French sailors, they were very ambitious and this meant that at times their sailing didn´t exactly follow textbook principles. For example, a 360 degrees roll in a mid January Biscay gale taught them the importance of enclosed winch handle stowage as they continued the voyage to Spain sans winch handles. Those years of cruising taught them more practical features than a naval architect can learn in his drawing office.
When they decided in 1983 that the time had come to replace Anticlea with a yacht to take them to the high latitudes of Spitsberg and later the Antarctic, they went to a compratively unknown Danish naval architect, Klaus Weis-Fogh, who was prepared to work with their ideas. The result was a handsome 343 flush-decked steel cutter, very much an extension of the Swans good features. The yacht was constructed in steel by the Oeland bros. boatyard in Denmark and beautifully fitted out by Walsteds boatyard (who specialize in high quality work).
The round bilge hull is massively strong in 4 mm plate (3mm decks) with heavy framing amidships at 40 cm intervals and extra framing forward at 35 cm centers. The interior is designed around two people, although there is a spare double cabin forward which is usually used as a workshop. Undoubtedly the most unusual feature is the piano which, after sailing, is Pascals main hobby.
The boat bristles with practical ideas, whether it is the use of a Reeds Sailmaker as counterbalance weight for the gimbaled saloon table, or twin 33 liter water tanks in the cockpit coamings to gravity feed water to the domestic faucets in galley and heads (the coamings supply are served from the two 170 liter tanks in the bilge). The deck layout features a large working area for handling Scherzos comprehensive array of ground tackle, so essential for high latitude cruising in desolate and wild regions like Patagonia and the straits of Magellan. Another aspect of Scherzos construction was the total avoidance of drilling holes through the deck or coach roof to cut out potential leaks. If a fitting could not be welded to deck or coach roof, it was bolted to a welded plimth. Stainless steel was used extensively on deck, which could not rust, and was painted. All edges were rounded wherever possible (to hold paint better) and if not they were capped with stainless so that if sail bags or ropes are hauled over them the paint is not damaged.