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24 ton Berthon Gauntlet

(REF: 18272)


  • Designer: Berthon
  • Builder: Berthon Boat Co.
  • Year: 1936
  • Location: Spain
  • Length on deck: 47'
  • Beam: 12'
  • Draft: 7'
  • Tonnage: 24TM

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Wooden Ships Comments on this 24 ton Berthon Gauntlet

One of the largest Gauntlets built by the Berthon Boat Co. she is typical of the design with an elegant sheer and canoe stern.  Commissioned by the chairman of Coutts bank, she was built in 1936 to Lloyds 100A1 and maintained in class until 1984.

She was in the same family ownership for the first 40 years of her life after which she was sold to a Swiss family who took her to the Caribbean for charter work.  Sold in 1991 by Wooden Ships to the previous owner who started a 16 year refit in Scotland where the boat was checked from top to bottom, a new rig fitted, interior refurbished and all new systems and electrics fitted.  Sold again by Wooden Ships in 2017 since when she had another gentle refit and has been cruised by the family to her current berth in southern Spain.  She has proved herself as a very comfortable and safe live aboard cruising boat for the family but a change in circumstances means she is now going up for sale again.

The rig was re-designed during the long refit and her old Bermudan cutter rig was replaced with a cutter headed yawl rig.  This enabled the overall sail area to be increased while decreasing the size of the individual sails making her generally a lot easier to handle.  There are no longer running backstays because of the use of jumper struts, the jib is on a roller reefing system and the staysail is boomed making her very simple and easy to sail.  The owner has reported she will sail upwind with just a mizzen and staysail, and in over a Force 5 she will tack upwind comfortably with a staysail and reefed main.

In the last year she has been upgraded and improved with new batteries and electrical systems, self steering gear, additions to the inventory and a complete internal and external cosmetic refit.  The boat has also been a cruising home and well proven so a new owner knows exactly what he is taking on and it is plain to see just how good the boat is.

A very impressive and eye catching yacht, full of character and pedigree with much of her original interior and fittings.  Now in lovely condition after a thorough 16 year refit she is an unusual and very special yacht.

Length on Deck                                 47′

Length Overall                                   52’6″

Beam                                                    12′

Draft                                                      7′

Thames Tonnage                             24TM

Sail Area                                               1230sqft

24 ton Berthon Gauntlet


Planked in Teak, recently painted topsides in cream.  All copper fastened to heavy sawn Oak frames with a single intermediate steamed Rock Elm timber.

Oak stern and stem post with an Elm keel.  Wrought iron floors on each sawn frame.

External lead ballast keel of 8 tons held with bronze keel bolts.  Keel and bolts removed during refit and found to be in excellent condition.

Solid yacht laid teak deck, caulked and payed with Sikaflex.  Deck hatches, skylights and coamings in varnished teak.  High varnished teak toe rail all round with stainless stanchions and guard rails.

Self draining cockpit with scrubbed teak thwarts and varnished teak coamings.  Wheel steering on cables to the quadrant.



Bermudan ketch rig on new keel stepped Sailspar alloy masts.  Slab reefing varnished wooden booms.

Heavy stainless steel standing rigging to internal stainless chain plates.  Jumper struts on the main eliminate the need for running backstays.

Cutter headed with a bowsprit.  The jib is on a Profurl roller reefing system and the boomed staysail is hanked onto the inner forestay.

Primary and secondary sheet winches in the cockpit with halyard and reefing winches on each mast.

All new running rigging, mostly Ash blocks used.

Mainsail, yankee jib and staysail from 2007, mizzen and spinnaker are older.



Perkins 4236 78hp 4cyl diesel installed new in 1977.  Removed and professionally rebuilt in recent refit.

Manual gearbox to a fixed 3 blade bronze propeller.

New engine mounts, wiring loom, fuel system and fuel tank, exhaust system and seacocks.  New water pump 2018.

Completely re-wired in recent refit.  2 x 6 volt Rolls deep cycle batteries for domestics, total of 1200ah capacity.  Separate 12 volt engine start battery

4 x 150W solar panels with regulator.

500l of water in 2 stainless tanks under the cabin sole.

270l steel fuel tank in the engine room.

New stainless fuel tank.



The interior is largely original with plenty of period joinery and fittings.  Mostly oiled or painted Oak panelling with Teak sole boards.  Painted and varnished throughout in 2018.

8 berths in total, with 3 twin cabins and 2 settee berths in the saloon.

Companionway steps down into the boat with the heads to starboard and chart desk to port.

Heads has a Baby Blake sea toilet which discharges directly overboard and an original hand basin with hot and cold pressurised water.

Chart desk is new with stowage below and all necessary equipment above.

Port side door going aft into the aft owners cabin with a single berth either side and a porcelain hand basin.  Door from this cabin going aft into the engine room.

Going forward from the companionway through a port side door into the main saloon with  stunning original panelled joinery.  A settee berth either side  with a central varnished Oak dropleaf table.  Dickenson Newport diesel cabin heater in forward starboard corner.

Going forward from the saloon, port side door into the guest cabin with 2 single berths and a hand basin.  Starboard side door into the galley.

Galley has a Force 10 3 burner gas stove with oven and grill.  Twin stainless sinks with pressurised hot and cold water.  Skylight above for light and ventilation.  Plenty of storage space above and below the galley.

Forward through the galley into the forward cabin with two single berths and a fore hatch above.



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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.