Sailing yachts

32′ Buchanan sloop

(REF: 17912)


  • Designer: Buchanan, Alan
  • Builder: Shuttlewoods of Paglesham
  • Year: 1965
  • Location: Cornwall
  • Length on deck: 32'
  • Beam: 9'2"
  • Draft: 5'6"
  • Tonnage: 10TM

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Full specification

Wooden ships comments on this 32′ Buchanan sloop

designed by Alan Buchanan, built by Shuttlewoods of Paglesham, Essex in 1965 to Lloyds 100A1.

This is a particularly good quality original construction as demonstrated by the materials, the yard chosen to build and the Lloyds supervision. She was maintained in class until 1978.

32′ Buchanan sloop
Planked in 1” mahogany
above the water-line, iroko below water-line, all copper fastened to rock elm steamed timbers, approx 1 ½” x 1 ¼” @ 9”c. on an iroko back-bone

Approx 2.5 ton external lead ballast keel
, secured with bronze keel bolts, several removed for checking in 2003.  Ferrous strap floors.

Scrubbed teak, yacht-laid deck
over a ply sub deck with varnished teak king plank and cover-boards. Deep  teak toe rails, varnished on the inside faces.

Oak Sampson post and pair of substantial mooring cleats on the fore deck. stainless steel stemhead fitting.

Self-draining cock-pit
with deep varnished teak coamings, scrubbed teak-laid seat lockers each side and bridge deck and teak-laid well. Transom-hung rudder with tiller.

Coach-roof with varnished teak coamings
slightly stepped up to a dog-house aft, fitted with windows each side, hatch on the fore end of the coach-roof, grab rails each side.


Masthead Bermudian sloop rig on Sparlight alloy mast, stepped on the coach-roof deck with single spreaders, twin standing back-stays to the quarters.

Slab reef alloy boom with rigid telescopic kicker sheeted to a s/s horse on the transom.

Stainless steel standing rigging approx 12 years old with bronze rigging screws to internal stainless steel chain plates.



Bronze captive wire main halyard winch on the mast.

Pair of Lewmar 40 self tail genoa sheet winches on the coamings

Pair of Gibb 16RA secondary winches.



Mainsail 240sq’ by Penrose of Falmouth  2004

Light genoa

Medium genoa approx 360sq’ on roller gear.

Small genoa

Blaster on hanks.

Storm jib on hanks.

2 older mainsails


Volvo 2020 20hp 3-cylinder diesel installed approx 2000. Single lever controls

Centre-line installation under the bridge deck with stainless steel shaft to centre-line 3-blade prop. gives 5knts cruising.

2 x 6 gall stainless steel fuel tanks
, one under the cabin sole with auto-pump to the higher tank under cock-pit sole.

2 x 12v batteries
under the chart desk with Adverc battery management system. 12v circuits with modern switch-board behind the cabin steps.

2 solar panels on the coach-roof.


4 berths with the possibility to extend a saloon berth to a double to make 5 berths.

V-berths in the fore cabin. Varnished mahogany joinery, lockers under the berths. Standing space between the berths with head-room under the fore hatch on the front end of the coach-roof.

Oval bulkhead door  to stbd sea toilet. A hand basin on a shelf slides away under the side deck, drains overboard

Port locker space.

Oval bulkhead door to saloon cabin. The 2 doors close off this athartships ablutions compartment under the mast.

Very attractive saloon cabin with wide port and stbd settee berths, slightly staggered, the port settee into a trotter box at the fore end to leave more space for the galley at the after end. The stbd settee extends to make a double berth with the table removed. Stowage lockers behind, below and above the settees.  Varnished mahogany drop leaf table between. Teak cabin sole boards.

Chart desk in the after stbd corner against the rear bulkhead with aft facing seat. Instruments on the bulkhead above. Small fridge and cool box under the chart desk.

Galley in the after port corner with Plastimo stainless steel, gimballed gas cooker with crash bar. Gas detector fitted.

2 deep rectangular stainless steel sinks and work surface back under the bridge deck. Manual fresh and salt water pumps. Sink drains overboard.

Open steps between to the cock-pit, switch board behind under the bridge deck over the engine box which removes to give excellent access to the engine.

The galley area and engine box were rebuilt in 2004.

5’6” head-room in the fore cabin.  6’ head-room in the saloon cabin and 6’4” head-room aft.

Eberspacher diesel fired hot air cabin heating.


Whitlock steering compass in a binnacle on the bridge deck.

Sestral steering compass on the cabin top.

Brookes and Gatehouse Hecta sounder + Dataline sounder.

Nasa DSC VHF radio

Autohelm ST4000 auto-pilot.

Windex wind vane self steering

Philips Navigator Mk8 GPS

Garmin 126/128 GPS

Brookes and Gatehouse Hengist/Horsa wind speed and direction indicators.

Many charts, Solent to Land’s End.


Seago 4-man life raft

4 life jackets.

2 horse-shoe life buoys.


4 fire extinguishers

Flares (out of date)

2 manual bilge pumps.


CQR and Danforth anchors

68 meters 5/8” chain

Manual windlass

Warps and 6 fenders


8’ Zodiac inflatable dinghy

Honda 2.3 outboard engine (3 seasons old)

Sprayhood on stainless steel frame.

2-part all-over winter cover.


Present ownership since 2003, live aboard in the summer months with extended retirement cruising around the Western Approaches.

In the previous ownership she had a refit not long before the present owner bought her and was raced from the Hamble.


A nice clean boat with good space below due to her slightly greater beam than was common for a boat of this size at that time. Nice quality construction and regular maintenance have ensured that she remains to this day a very fine yacht to own and sail.

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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.