Jerolyn Ann is a 1983 Ta Shing Baba 40 cutter designed by Bob Perry and built by the Ta Shing yard. As if the stock interior joinery the yard is so famous for was n’t enough, Jerolyn Ann received an upgrade form the factory that cost an additional $26,000 at the time of build. And seriously, just look at these interior shots. Gorgeous!
She has seen many upgrades and improvements including new standing rigging, the addition of a 3.5 kw generator, an aluminum fuel tank, electric marine head, windless, A/C, refrigeration and freezer, battery charger, batteries, Garmin sonar, Garmin radar, and hot water heater all new in 2010. And new gel coat on coach roof, complete bottom job, Awlgrip epoxy painted hull with original navy blue gelcoat color and countertops refinished (2011) the chainplates were replaced with polished 316 ( 2013). As sturdy as these are in construction, she’ll no doubt keep her new owners busy in ongoing upkeep and varnish, but what a worthwhile project she’ll be.
The Baba 40, also known as the Panda 40 and later the Tashiba 40, is the third of the Baba lineup of boats involving developer Bob Berg, designer Bob Perry, and the Ta Shing boatyard. One can arguably consider the Baba 40 a full keel reincarnation of the Valiant 40, the boat that put the word “performance” next to “cruiser”. So it’s not so surprising to find the Baba 40 inherits a good turn of speed – owners even trumpet around-the-buoys racing victories in these serious blue water cruisers. They are beautifully balanced with a wonderful feel at the helm, and what’s more, they have some of the best interiors to be seen in production cruising yachts.
The lines of the Baba 40 follows its ancestry back to traditional Scandinavian double-enders. Under the waterline is a full keel with a cutaway forefoot and as with many of the Perry full keel designs, the keel meets the bilge of the hull without the traditional “wine glass” section blend. Both features reduce wetted area. The hull shape is relatively beamy offering good interior volume. A cutter rig plus bowsprit combo is employed on most boats though it is believed two boats were optionally built as ketches. Another major variation was a pilothouse model with its two comfortable staterooms; about eleven pilothouses were built.
Jerolyn Ann is a fine example of these famous blue water cruisers. She’s currently in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and listed at $79,000 USD.