Sailing yachts

24′ Bermudan Cutter

(REF: 18188)


  • Designer: Ley, John
  • Builder: Dan Trout, Retreat Boatyard, Topsham
  • Year: 1955
  • Location: S. Devon
  • Length on deck: 24'
  • Beam: 7'6
  • Draft: 4'3

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Wooden Ships Comments on this 24′ Bermudan Cutter

An aft cock-pit, transom stern model of the canoe sterned Scarborough One design by John Lay.

Built by Dan Trout at the Retreat Boatyard, Topsham, Devon in 1955.

Conventional long keel with transom-hung rudder.

Raised deck gives good cabin space and shelter to the cock-pit.

Self draining cock-pit with a bridge deck to the cabin entrance.

Construction24′ Bermudan Cutter


Conventional construction in 1″ carvel mahogany planking on sawn and steamed oak frames, 1.25” x 1”.  Copper fastened with nails and roves.  External iron ballast keel and 112lb internal trimming ballast.  Wood and iron strap floors.  Iron keel bolts, last drawn date not known.

Decks and cockpit

Sheathed ply deck.  Self draining cockpit.  Tiller steering.   Galvanised and teak cleats.  Galvanised stemhead fitting with chain rollers.


Varnished mahogany coachroof coamings, 3 windows per side, sheathed ply coachroof deck.


Rig  –  Bermudan Cutter.

Hollow varnished spruce box section mast stepped on the deck.

Short fixed bowsprit.

Varnished spruce boom with original roller reefing in place but now rigged for slab reefing.

Stainless steel and galvanised wire rigging, replaced as necessary.

Bronze rigging screws.

External galvanised chain plates.

Running backstays on tackles.  Single standing backstay.






Nos. 2 and 3 jibs

Storm jib

Storm trysail



2 mast halyard winches.

2 sheet winches on the cock-pit coamings.



Sole 9hp single cylinder diesel.

Centre line installation to centre line 3 blade prop.

Single lever controls

Cruising speed 4knts

Belt driven Bosch alternator

The engine has been rebuilt once in this ownership and is currently dismantled in the workshop.



Fuel:                      4 galls

Water                   40 galls in 2 flexible rubber tanks


Batteries             Rigged for 2 x 12v batteries stbd of the engine.



Accommodation    2 berths


Unusual  lay-out. Steps down from the cock-pit.

To stbd the chart desk then a small heads compartment with a chemical toilet.

To port a hanging locker then the galley with gas cooker and sink. Hand pump over board.

V-berths forward.

Fore hatch over the fwd end with chain locker in the bow.

Table folds away against the steel mast compression post.

Head-room.       5’3″ at the cabin entrance

4’6″ forward.





Sestral steering compass

Walker log

VHF radio



4 life jackets

2 fire extinguishers

Old flares


Ground tackle

CQR 25lb plough anchor

Admiralty pattern anchor



Beaching legs

Spray-hood on copper frame

Warps and fenders.



Sold to the present local owner by Wooden Ships 34 years ago, berthed in Salcombe and sailed the West Country always solo.

Advancing years now oblige the owner to part with her. As she has not been launched and commissioned for 4 years she now needs a serious refit. The owner wants to pass her on to some deserving owner who will refit, appreciate and take care of her.

Inspected by Wooden Ships. Recent photos.

As far as can be seen from an exterior inspection the hull appears to be sound but badly in need of paint. Despite being laid up ashore the hull has dried very little.

The ballast keel should be dropped off and the keel bolts replaced.

Various back-bone bolts should be drawn.

Some rot in the mast to be replaced and the spars revarnished.

The engine to be rebuilt and installed.

Best to rewire all through.

Interior is untidy but will clean up.


This is definitely not a festering old wreck but she does need to be taken in hand now. Great project for an impecunious but enthusiastic yachtsman.


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.