Built in 1956 by Frank Curtis and Pape Bros of Looe, Cornwall, SOLEIL D'OR is a passenger vessel which was built for the Dorrien Smith family, owners of Tresco in the Isles of Scilly and used as a tender. She is of carvel timber construction with a Gardner 4LW diesel engine of 48 bhp. She was sold in 1979 and laid up on the River Medway; sold again and sailed to Runcorn via Hull and the Leeds and Liverpool Canal. She was then laid up and sold in 1980 to her present owner.
After repairs she was based in Liverpool as a passenger vessel/private yacht. She was moved to Cardiff in 1998 and in May 2008 completed a major 5 year rebuild to original plans as far as possible. SOLEIL D'OR was used by royalty when they visited the island of Tresco in the Isles of Scilly.
As of 2015, SOLEIL D'OR is still in private ownership with the aim of using her for charters from the summer of 2019 onwards.
March 2020: Vessel now available for private charters.
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