Sailing yachts

32′ Colin Archer type bermudan cutter

(REF: 17899)


  • Designer: Hedlund, Arne
  • Builder: Sakskobing Boatyard, Denmark
  • Year: 1978
  • Location: Copenhagen
  • Length on deck: 32'
  • Beam: 11'4"
  • Draft: 6'
  • Tonnage: 10 tons displ

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Wooden ships comments on this 32′ Colin Archer type Bermudan cutter

A very good quality yacht built in 1978 in the style of the famous Colin Archer designs.

Top quality and robust construction, in 25 year family ownership, 2nd owners only from new, presented in exceptionally nice condition and ready for sea in every respect.

32′ Colin Archer type bermudan cutter

Designed by Arne Hedlund who took his inspiration from the great Colin Archer.

Colin Archer is best known for his sailing life-boats or Redningskoites which gained a reputation for exceptional sea-worthiness in the wicked waters of the Norwegian Arctic seas.

The Colin Archer signature features are the canoe stern and quite exaggerated beam with a hard turn to the full bilge to give the hull buoyancy and a fine run.

As well as his working boats, Colin Archer designed a number of yachts which are remarkably fast under sail.


Built by Sakskobing Boatyard, Denmark in 1978 for Per Moller who commissioned her to sail around the world though he never quite achieved his goal.

Bought by the present Danish owners in 1988 and sailed every season around Scandinavia from her home berth in Copenhagen.

The out of water photos show the yacht’s exceptionally fine lines which give her excellent performance even in light airs and a sense of security in the roughest conditions. Perfectly balanced and easy to handle, her extraordinary construction makes her capable of meeting any sea conditions.


The strength and quality of construction of this yacht cannot be over-exaggerated.  The yacht is presented in exceptionally clean and smart condition, fully equipped and ready to sail.


Carvel planked in 1 ½” larch, caulked and payed and fastened with iron rivets and roves like the working boats.

The frames are laminated oak, 4” x 3” at 14” centres with one steam bent intermediate timbers on an oak back-bone.

Long external 3ton iron ballast keel secured with massive iron keel bolts.

 Deep 4” oak floors on every oak frame, the top surface of the floor providing the bearer for the cabin sole.

Galvanised steel plates bolted to the lower V of the faces of the after few oak frames as floors to reinforce the stern post carrying the huge rudder.


2” iroko deck, straight-laid, caulked and payed with Sikaflex on laminated oak deck beams, the same size as the frames. The underside of the deck is varnished.

Fabricated stainless steel hanging knees and lodging knees.

9” bulwark
all round, typical of Colin Archer boats with varnished capping rail carried on 4” x 3” oak stanchion posts through the coverboard, separate to the frames. The bulwark capping dips down to meet the deck at bow and stern.

Galvanised steel stanchion posts


Pair of massive oak bitts on the fore deck carry the heel of the running bowsprit and take the bow mooring lines.

Twin chain roller painted stainless steel stemhead fitting takes the inner fore stay. The plough anchor is self-stowing with the point of the plough held in a securing latch.

Pair of varnished oak Sampson posts on the aft deck take the after mooring lines.

Row of varnished iroko belay pins on the rail alongside the cock-pit.

Row of 3 belay pins on the deck each side of the mast.


The wide beam allows a good sized fore hatch even forward, built with double coaming to keep the water out.


A coach-roof from aft of the mast back to the cock-pit gives head-room in the cabin below leaving wide clear side decks.

2” cabin coamings with 4” x 3” laminated oak beams to the cabin deck painted inside, varnished outside. Rectangular fixed windows each side with strengthened glass and protection bars on the outside.

The coach-roof deck is planked in iroko and sheathed with epoxy/glass, painted white.

Traditional varnished sky-light with twin lights, protective bars over the glass.

Sliding hatch and hinged drop-down wash-board to the cabin entrance.


Deep rectangular, cock-pit aft is separated from the coach-roof and gives the helmsman great security even with the decks awash.

Seat in the cock-pit well.

Doors in the after bulkhead of the well into the lazarette.


Tiller steering direct onto the rudder head.


Bermudian cutter rig on varnished thuja wood pole mast stepped through the deck in front of the coach-roof onto the keel. Single spreaders.

Stainless steel rigging new 1998.  Twin lowers and cap shrouds, spliced and served ends with galvanised steel rigging screws to external galvanised steel chain plates..

Single split standing back-stay to a stainless steel hoop bumpkin round the stern with stays down to the hull. This hoop also carries the Aries wind vane self-steering.

Running back-stays from just below the spreaders to the quarters, set up to 3-part tackles.

Inner fore stay from just below the spreaders to the stemhead set up to a galvanised rigging screw.

Outer fore stay on Topp-Reff roller furling gear, masthead to the outer end of the bowsprit,

Headsail sheets through lead-blocks on deck eyes to the cock-pit sheet winches.

Mainsail sheet to massive galvanised steel sheet horse over the tiller, double ended.

All modern tufnol blocks.



2 pairs Barlow tufnol, top action sheet winches on the cock-pit coamings

1 tufnol reefing winch on the mast under the boom goose neck fitting with mainsail reef pennants led aft through lead block.

Pair of modern top action chromed Lewmar halyard winches on the mast.



Mainsail                       Euro Sails 2006                       32sqm.

Staysail                        Euro Sails 2006                       11.8sqm.

Jin on roller gear          Euro Sails 2006                       16.7sqm.

Drifter                                                                         30sqm.

Trisail                          Carlsen Sails 1979                   10sqm.

Storm jib                     Carlsen Sails 1979                   5.9sqm.



Volvo 22L 48hp 4-cyl diesel engine installed new in 1996. Fresh water cooled with heat exchanger.

Centre-line installation, flexibly mounted on massive engine beds with conventional centre-line shaft drive to 3-blade bronze prop.

Max speed 8knts.

Sea water intake sight check filter.

250 litres diesel in 2 x stainless steel fuel tanks, one either side of the engine under the quarter berths.

2 x 12v batteries on a shelf aft of the engine under the cock-pit.


Accommodation.         4 berths.                    Head-room:     Saloon 6’5”.  Fore cabin  6’.

Lavac sea toilet
and hand basin in the fore peak, massive twin Sampson posts forward and stowage all round.

Standing head-room in front of the sea toilet under the fore hatch.

Double folding doors to the fwd cabin. Generous berth each side, waist high with stowage under.

Bulkhead just aft of the mast, stbd side double folding door to the saloon cabin.

Hanging locker stbd side under the side deck, double doors fold to close off this locker.

Cast iron solid fuel cabin stove opposite to port.

This spacious, comfortable saloon cabin
has a galley all the way down the stbd side and a dinette arrangement down the port side.

Lockers under the sides decks both sides.

The dinette has a removeable table with drop down leg and a seat forward and aft allowing two people to eat in comfort. Folding chairs seat two additional people.

The table also doubles as a chart desk. Chart plotter, nav books etc in the lockers alongside.

Radios on the bulkhead behind.


The galley has a highly varnished surface the full length of the cabin down the stbd side with nicely formed upstand all round.

Stainless steel sink at the fwd end with salt and fresh water faucets, both with foot pumps.

Sink drains to a stainless steel tank in the locker below with a hand pump on the locker door under to pump the tank contents overboard.

Optimus 2-burner paraffin cooker suspended on gimbals above the work surface at the after end.

2 drawers and chart stowage drawer under the surface.

Louvered lockers doors under the side deck provide ample galley stores, crockery stowage etc.

Traditional sky-light in the deckhead above.

Varnished larch sole boards with lifting traps to access the stainless steel water tanks slotted between the massive oak floors and inter-linked.


Step up in way of the after bulkhead to the after cabin and companionway entrance to deck.

Double folding doors in way of the step.

Generous quarter berths each side with easy access.

Open tread ladder to the sliding hatch entrance.

Surface under the ladder lifts to give excellent all round access to the engine.



300 litres fresh water in 3 stainless steel tanks under the saloon cabin sole.

250 litres diesel in 2 x stainless steel fuel tanks, one either side of the engine under the quarter berths.


Suunto porthole compass in the cock-pit well

Sailor RT2048 VHF radio

Nasa Stingray sounder

Sailor R109 radio receiver

Philips Mk8 GPS


Walker log


Manual windlass on the fore deck with warping drum and chain gipsy

45lb CQR anchor self stows on the stemhead chain lead roller.

35kg fisherman anchor stows on the fore deck.

15kg Danforth kedge anchor

80 meters chain stows in the chain locker between the sea toilet and the Sampson posts.


4-man Viking lift raft

Horse-shoe lift buoy with light.

4-man Avon inflatable dinghy.

Aries windvane self-steering, renovated in 1997 mounted on the stainless steel hoop round the rudder stock.


This yacht was designed and built specifically for blue water sailing and her fine lines and massive construction demonstrate the first owner’s intentions.

The yacht is in near perfect condition, difficult to believe that she is 30 years old.

The bilge is perfectly dry and painted out in the original coat of orange wood primer.

The deck is totally dry, there are no deck leaks in this yacht. All lockers are clean and dry.

In present ownership she has been extensively and regularly sailed by husband and wife every summer for 22 years.


You don’t have to sail round the world to appreciate this wonderful yacht but if you want to sail round the world then you won’t find a better yacht for the job.

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