1990 Salar Laurent Giles

Nanaimo, BC


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Boat Type





40 ft


Nanaimo, BC

Hull Material


Boat Name

s/v Discovery II




RARE, QUALITY, OFFSHORE! – Looking for an ocean world traveler or cruise the inside passage to Alaska??, this elegant yet robust beauty has it all!

1990 40′ Salmo Salar By J. Laurent Giles – Pilothouse Center Cockpit Sloop – Built by Aquarius Yachts, Australia.

“Discovery II” was built in 1990 and underwent a complete refit in 2011/2012. Her mast pulled, stripped and painted, new rigging fitted, BOW THRUSTER, updated electronics, complete vessel rewired, all electrical systems were replaced, solar panels added including a Spectra water-maker.

“Discovery II”  features two private sleeping cabins and two heads. Her rig features furling main and genoa, all lines led aft, two steering stations, desirable 85 hp. Perkins diesel (with new heat exchanger and engine mounts in 2021), Full electronics, Wallas forced air heating, full cockpit enclosure, FULL WINTER COVER and more!


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39 ft


11.25 ft


Number of Engines


Total Engine Hours


Total Engine Power

85 hp

Engine 1

Make: Perkins

Model: 4-236

Location: Center

Power: 85|horsepower

Fuel: diesel

Hours: 7900

Propeller Type: 3 Blade, Bronze

Type: Inboard


Fresh Water Tanks

1 (180|gallon)

Fuel Tanks

2 (160|gallon)

Boat Description

Refit & Features

“Discovery II” was built by Aquarius Yachts of Australia in 1990 and completely refitted in 2011/2012 (over $100,000 spent on refit). In 2008: New fuel tanks were installed – 160 gallons total capacity.

2011/2012 Refit;

  • Mast removed, refitted and repainted
  • Standing and running rigging installed
  • Electric over hydraulic self furling in mast
  • Side Power Bow thruster installed
  • Vessel completely rewired (100%)
  • Engine refurbished


  • Engine heat exchanger (2021)
  • Engine mounts (2021)
  • House batteries: 4 x Trojan Deep Cycle (2019)
  • Starting batteries: 2 x Type 31 (2017)
  • SmartPlug Power Inlet (Insurance discount!)
  • SMEV Propane stove and oven/ Danby Microwave
  • Spectra Watermaker
  • SS BBQ
  • Refrigerator/freezer Dan Foss
  • Wallas 40 diesel forced air furnace service (New fuel pump and main blower motor) (2016)
  • Alternator serviced – new brushes (2016)
  • Xantrex Freedom X 2000 watt inverter (2019)
  • Xantrex Xanbus System Control Panel
  • Balimar 110 amp alternator
  • Blue Seas 4 pos. A/C panel
  • Blue Seas 8 pos. D/C panel
  • Victron Energy Battery Monitor
  • Solar Panels 2×100 &  2×50 with Enerwatt Solar Regulator
  • Balmar ARS-5 Regulator, Autocharge relay with remote switch
  • 2 x Blue Seas ML series Remote Battery Switches
  • Garmin 4210 chartplotter/ w/radar overlay.
  • Garmin GM10 Multi-display
  • Simrad AP20 autopilot
  • Garmin sounder – New smart transducer (2016)
  • VHF – Standard Horizon w/ cockpit mic.
  • Lohmann FULL WINTER COVER! (2015)


Interior accommodations aboard “Discovery II” are warm and welcoming. Teak and holly floors, finely crafted cabinetry, off white reflective headliner with varnished teak battens and blue leather upholstery have classic elegance. Carvings of seabirds and mythical figures are installed on many of the cabinet and passageway doors lending additional interest to the interior spaces. Ventilation from twelve opening ports, four opening hatches, four dorade vents and Hella fans ensure a comfortable interior in warm weather. Dome lights, reading lights and task lighting are well placed and a trawler lamp over the table delivers light without impacting the battery bank. When the days get cooler, the Wallas forced air heater warms up the boat with vents in all major areas. The centre cockpit connecting the aft cabin with the main salon functions as additional living space when at anchor or underway.

The forward companionway leads to the main interior living spaces;

Galley is to starboard of the companionway ladder. Counter tops are white laminate with varnished trim and fiddles. The forward facing SS sink with hot and cold pressure water as well as a raw water foot pump is above a large locker with shelves. The outboard counter has a large top opening refrigerator/freezer followed by a three burner SMEV gimballed propane stove and a large in counter stores locker. Knife storage is on the aft bulkhead and pots and pans storage is below the stove. Above the counter are lockers and built-in microwave. Directly opposite the galley to port of the companionway stairs is an additional locker that can easily serve as a pantry. Inboard of the sink is a lift-up counter.

Main Head with integral shower features white, easy to clean surfaces are trimmed in vanished teak. The Masterflush electric head and vanity are along the outboard side of the head compartment. A SS sink with hot and cold pressure water is set in the vanity with locker below. The large locker above and outboard the vanity has  sliding plexiglass doors. When using the wand shower. a shower curtain pulls around the enclosure protecting head surfaces and fixtures. The shower sump is covered with a teak grate, and towel rods are on the aft bulkhead. A mirror is on the aft bulkhead above the towel rack. A heater vent keeps the space warm while opening port, dorade vent and fan deliver good ventilation.

Nav Station The top opening chart table is large while the two cabinets below are the table provide ample room for chart storage and navigation tools. The nav seat is SS with an upholstered leather seat cushion. The seat swings out of the way when not in use. Navigation equipment and the electrical panel face the chart table.

Main Salon is comprised of a straight settee to starboard and an L shaped settee to port. Settee cushions are upholstered with blue leather, and there is storage under the settee cushions as well as outboard the settee backs. Above and outboard the settees are mirror image cabinets with large locker fore and aft and book shelf between. Forward of the starboard settee is a counter with a custom spirits and glass locker below. The teak and holly table is centreline reaching to the starboard settee when fully opened.

Fore-Cabin is comprised of a V berth with infill with custom topper pad cover. Storage is accessed under the mattress with front opening lockers under the berth as well. The cabin sides have the teak battens with two shelves that run along the port and starboard sides. The anchor locker can be accessed through the forward bulkhead.

Owner’s Cabin w/ Locker Head is entered through the cockpit. A cozy, comfortable space, the main berth can be set up as sea berths OR as an athwartship double. As with the forward V berths, there is a topper over the the upholstered foam berths. Book shelves are on the aft bulkhead and additional storage is accessed under a berth. A hanging locker with mirror and head is forward and to port of the berth. A bureau with three drawers and a locker outboard is forward and to starboard. The hot water heater and Wallas forced air heat can be controlled from the aft cabin ensuring a warm head and main salon.

From the words of J. Laurent Giles & Robin Collins

From the designer Laurent Giles ” The Salar really fitted the description of a motorsailer since she had more spacious accommodation, greater initial stability and an engine of above average power. As a family boat there was plenty of room for six people and the interior was arranged in three seperate compartments with two occasional berths in the cockpit. A remarkable feature for her size was that she had two heads, one in the fore and one in the aft cabin.”

-“Her attractive appearance together with her robustness yet elegance gave her an almost queenly motion” as stated in a Yachting World review.

-As noted by Robin Collins, Salar owner and ocean voyager “after two Atlantic crossings and over 8000 miles of sailing in the Mediterranean, if we started again knowing what we know now, we should pick exactly the same vessel”

-Also from Robin Collins “One of the reasons for her good speed was her big rig, but her real secret seems to lie in the sweet lines of her hull”

The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.


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