The Jaguar 265 was the last
production yacht from CYB, the builders of Jaguar yachts until the 1990s.
Thereafter, it was built, or advertised at least, by Colvic Craft as the
Sunset 270. It is doubtful if any were built at all by Colvic. At the time
of writing, however, Jaguar Yachts, a new company, are producing Jaguars
again, & the plan is to include a modified 265 in the line up. Further
information on Jaguar Yachts Ltd can be found on the website.
The 265 was the second of
two Tony Castro designs & thought of as a bigger, more powerful Spring
25 in a similar vein to the Hunter Horizon 27s (also a Castro design and
also built by Jaguar/CYB, initially). However, there were significant
differences, most notably underwater. The 265 was offered as a fin or twin
keel boat, never a wing keel, as with the Spring. Also the Spring had twin
rudders, the 265 a single blade. The 265 is a fractionally rigged yacht,
with a double spreader mast, & a substantial sugar scoop stern. Another
distinguishing point was that the boarding ladder hinged up to form a transom
gate. It was a neat & effective piece of design.
(I think) 2 were built as
Jaguars, until CYB stopped building and the moulds passed to Colvic Yachts
at Earls Colne in Essex. There, at least one was built as a Sunset 270,
I think. I have seen one afloat & under sail on the east coast on the
way to Woodbridge on the Deben, & it is fast to windward.
When Colvic went belly upwards
(not to be confused with the Colvics of the late 60s, but more the BT yachts,
etc) the moulds were acquired by Paul Randall, who owns the name of Jaguar
Yachts & developed the 215.
Down below, she followed the
trend set by Jeanneau with the Fantasia, & Hunter with the Horizon 26,
that is open plan; aft double berth, peninsula galley opposite the heads
by the companion way, semi circular seating around a central table (2 berths
in the saloon), and an extendable double sleeping platform, for’ard. There
was also a fixed (albeit small) outboard facing chart table, with a swing
The engine was a 9.9hp Yanmar
1GM, attached to a saildrive.
Construction: Although she
would be considered quite rightly, a lightweight performance cruiser, her
lay-up was quite substantial. The following is a précis from PBO, May
…….orthophthalic resin for main layers, isophthalic resin for boundary layers
& gelcoat…3 layers of 300g/m2 chop strand mat, 2 layers of 450g/m2 biaxial
combo mat & a further 2 layers of 900gm/2 same. A further 2 layers of
this 900g/m2 mat goes from 6" above the waterline, down. Along the
keel areas this builds to 10,800g/m2. Transom & deck are balsa cored.
Hull to deck joint is a bonded flange, but not bolted.
Although the hull is strong enough to stand alone, the interior mouldings
add huge stiffness, & a GRP/hardwood ringbeam takes compression loads
from the mast. This is also backed up by a kingpost.
Twinkeels are cast iron, the fin is of lead cast around a matrix of stainless
Summary by Laurie Milton
The Jaguar 265 hull is made by the manual lamination process (no spray laminate)
using the latest materials. The laminate construction comprises polyester
resin, glass filament materials and chop strand mat. Coloured hull and deck
layer of high-grade isophthalic acid gelcoat. The deck and coachroof
are in sandwich construction with integral non-slip tread surface.
The hull and deck are laminated
whilst still in the mould to create a homogeneous structure and are finished
with a white PVC rubbing strip. There are two keel options, either cast
iron bilge or lead fin.
The Jaguar 265 has a white hull, white deck and has a blue and grey decorative
The cockpit is open at the back end of the foot well to allow for self draining
but is made safe by a swing down boarding ladder that bridges the gap in
the pushpit and it folds down over the sugar scoop stern. The cockpit coamings
are moulded to body contours and the seating is high, giving good visibility
over the coach roof but still deep enough to maintain a feeling of safety
and comfort. The tiller has a ladder extension and the single lever engine
control is easily accessible. There is a single deep locker with ventilated
stowage gas bottle, a 25L fuel tank and plenty of space for warps, fenders
Coachroof I Deck
Wide sliding GRP hatch with drop in GRP washboards for closing the companionway.
Cabin windows are aluminium frames with toughened glass and there is a large
opening aluminium foredeck hatch. Anchor storage is in a foredeck.wcll.
The side decks are wide with a moulded toe rail and substantial stanchions
S/S shroud plates & eye bolts 4 s/s stanchions with sockets
2 sheet winches PVC guard rail
2 halyard winches Hatch lock
4 genoa sliders on 2 tracks Electrical Deck socket
2 Triple halyard clutches Stem head roller
2 Quad deck organisers Aluminium opening hatch
2 Cam cleats with fairleads Hand bilge pump
3 Aluminium mooring cleats Compass
S/S pulpit & pushpit Depth Sounder
Mainsheet Traveller centre
or cockpit option
Through hull rudder with GRP stock
N4ast and boom of anodized aluminium with aluminium and stainless steel
fittings, the double spreaders are swept back. The mast has internal hialyards
and the boom has single line slab reefing lines
All rigging is 1x19 stainless steel wire with swaged terminals. The stainless
steel rigging screws come complete with toggles.
2 cap shrouds 2 lower shrouds
Forestay with roller furling Backstay with Tensioner
All ropes are pre-stretched braid on braid and blocks are black glass
filled nylon and have cam cleats incorporated within the block
Main halyard 2 backstay double fiddle blocks
Main sheet 6 single halyard diverter blocks
Clew Outhaul 2 mainsheet double fiddle blocks
Jib Halyard 2 kicking strap double fiddle blocks
3 Reefing Lines
Mainsail white 8oz Polyant with 3 slab rccfs red. sail number and emblem
. Working genoa white 8oz
Polyant with UV strip.
The Companionway steps with engine under lead down into the open plan saloon
which has upholstered base cushions and backs with stowage tinder on both
single settee berths and double forward berth. The wooden table is hung
from the mast compression post with a fiddle rail. The compact galley has
a sink with Whale hand pump fed from a 501 water tank. There is a 2 burner
cooker with oven and a cool box and plenty of lockers for kitchen equipment
and an open shelf for crockery. The chart table is ‘/2 admiralty size with
stowage under and a swing out stool. The separate heads has a vanity unit
with stowage under and above, the sea toilet has easily accessible shut
off valves. The separate double cabin has a large berth under the cockpit
and a hanging locker. There is space to stand as you enter the cabin. The
bulkheads and panels throughout are ply with a cherry veneer.
1GM 10 Yanmar 9hp diesel inboard drives a saildrive with a folding two bladed
propeller. The control panel is located under the step of the companionway.
12V/75Ah battery, battery isolator, wiring loom hidden between the mouldings.
The switch panel incorporates MCBs for all the electrical circuits.