I have owned Marquis for some 13 years and she is a much loved boat which has safely transported me to, amongst other places, the Isles of Scilly, Channel Islands and North Brittany. The pilothouse is great for our climate, providing much needed protection and, combined with the warm-air heating, extending the season through the winter months. Sailing in mid-winter on clear frosty days and with very few people around can be a real joy. I have found Marquis surprisingly fast for her type, very easy to sail single-handed and predictable when manoeuvring under power, including going astern in marinas.
Marquis has been regularly maintained and updated. Among items renewed in recent years are roller furling gear (2017), heads (2016), stack pac and lazy jacks (2016), gas regulator (2016), harken outboard stanchion leads (2016), genoa (2013), automatic bilge pump (2012), Garmin plotter (2011), sail drive bellows and sealing rings (2011).
Shortly after buying Marquis I had the rudder post professionally strengthened and a small keel extension fitted with a view to providing more protection for the rudder in the event of grounding.