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Single engine Cabin Cruiser

(REF: 17872)


  • Designer: Mitchell, Percy
  • Builder: Percy Mitchell, Portmellon, Cornwall
  • Year: 1967
  • Location: Cornwall
  • Length on deck: 26'
  • Beam: 8'8
  • Draft: 1'6

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Designed and built by Percy Mitchell of Portmellon, Cornwall, built in 1967 for a Col Evans, the very last boat built by Percy Mitchell.

Present ownership since 1998.

Last surveyed Oct 2014.

Single engine Cabin Cruiser

Length on deck                    26’

Lwl                                         26’

Beam                                       8’8”

Draft                                        1’6″


Over the past century and over 3 generations this well-known family of Cornish boat builders has designed and built a wide variety of craft from fishing boats to 60’ yachts, all of which have been launched over the sea wall outside the yard in their unique fashion, all described in a rare and now collectable book, a Boat Builder’s Story.  Small cabin cruisers like this one were very popular with their immediately recognisable lines so typically Cornish – the straight stem, transom stern with that small but essential tumble-home and the sweet sheer – sea-worthy little ships developed from the local fishing boat design.

The large, deep, cock-pit gives ample space for the family or fishing party and at the same time giving week-end cruising accommodation for a couple.



Long straight keel, straight, raked stem and transom stern.

Transom-hung rudder.

Midships break in the deck and raised fore deck for more head-room in the 2 berth cabin forward.

Roof over the forward end of the large deep-cock-pit.

Wheel steering on cables to the transom-hung rudder.



Carvel planked in yellow pine fastened to the closely spaced steam bent oak timbers with copper nails and roves in the usual way.

Heavy oak floors across the centre-line.

Full length iron ballast keel.

Legs fitted to allow the vessel to stand up on a drying mooring. Small bilge keels protect the hull from chafe if dried out on her bilge.

Some loose internal trimming ballast as iron and lead pigs.

The hull is painted white with the raised planking forward in varnished teak.


Straight-laid, solid teak fore deck, caulked and payed, scalloped down in way of the wheel shelter.


Cock-pit.  Large cock-pit about waist deep with heavy , varnished teak capped gunnel gives a tremendous sense and reality of security.

Loose pine boards in the cock-pit sole allow for easy access to the bilge.

Full length seats each side with cushions.

The engine is installed in the middle of the cock-pit, the box over providing a useful seat or table.

Small aft deck over a lazarette locker containing the fuel tank, tiller arm and associated cables to the teak wheel.

Helm position forward to port with a traditional teak wheel on cables to a tiller arm through the transom under the aft deck to the rudder stock – a simple and fool-proof steering method.

3 windows forward, the centre window opening + side windows for excellent protection from the weather.

Engine instrument display in front of the helm.

Centre doorway forward to the cabin.

Switch-board to stbd.



BMC 4-cyl 1.5l naturally aspirated, fresh water cooled diesel engine installed in 1998.

Centre-line installation under a box in the cock-pit with conventional centre-line shaft drive to a 3-blade prop.

Single lever controls to the Hurth HBW 150 gear-box.

Max speed                   8knts.

Cruising speed                        6knts.

Consumption.              Approx ½ gph


Fuel.                            Approx 30gall stainless steel fuel tank in the lazarette locker aft .

Electrics.                     2 x 12v batteries on 12v circuits.

Nav lights on the cabin roof + white steaming light on the mizzen                                       mast.


A reconditioned gear-box was fitted in 2000.

The belt-driven salt water circulating pump recently refitted

The engine has been regularly professionally serviced.





The vessel carries a small Bermudian ketch rig on varnished pine masts, the main stepped on the fore deck, the mizzen stepped on the aft deck.

Stainless steel rigging to external bronze chain plates.

Roller reefing booms.

Mainsail, mizzen and jib.

The rig provides a useful motive power and the owner has had occasion to sail the boat home up the Helford River.




2 berths in the cabin forward.

Sea toilet in a separate compartment forward with door to the cabin.

Port and stbd settee berths.

Centre door in the main bulkhead to the cock-pit.

To either side of the doorway are drop-down locker lids forming trays when opened to reveal  a galley shelf to port complete with crockery  and the bar to stbd.

Bronze port holes each side.

Approx 4’8” head-room in the cabin.

6’8” head-room at the helm under the roof shelter.

Fresh water is carried in a 5 gall jerry can.






Steering compass.



VHF radio



Horse-shoe life buoy                      



Beaching legs

Cock-pit cover

Usual warps and fenders.


These particulars have been prepared in good faith from information provided by the Vendors and are intended as a guide, Wooden Ships cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. The Purchaser should instruct his agent or surveyor to validate all details as necessary and satisfy himself with the condition of the vessel and its equipment.