Sailing yachts

33′ Bermudan Yawl

(REF: 17904)


  • Designer: Welford, Dr C
  • Builder: Whistocks of Woodbridge
  • Year: 1956
  • Location: Scotland
  • Length on deck: 33'
  • Beam: 9'3"
  • Draft: 4'7"

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Wooden ships comments on this 33′ Bermudan yawl

33′ Bermudan Yawl

Designed by amateur designer, Dr C Welford for himself and built by Whistocks of Woodbridge, Suffolk in 1956.

The yacht was designed and built for blue water cruising and in previous ownership is reported to have sailed many thousands of miles including sailing up the Amazon River.  During the recent refit the owner found mosquito repellent from British Honduras which rather confirms the history.

Sold to the present owner in 2007, then lying in Cornwall and in need of a refit, she moved up to Arbroath where she now lies and was refitted before relaunch in 2008. Health issues oblige sale and we have slashed the price Spring 2014 making her a  very good value yacht.


Long keel with pointed canoe stern.  Aft cock-pit. Tiller steering.


Planked in mahogany above the water-line, larch below all copper fastened to steamed oak timbers.

There are a number of apparently laminated heavy ring frames and a single stringer.

Oak back-bone with elm dead-woods

The size and spacing of the structural members indicates a particularly robust construction.


Extenal iron ballast keel.  Some internal lead trimming ballast. Oak floors.

Bronze strap floors.

Galvanised steel keel bolts.


The deck is laid in GRP-sheathed ply and painted on longditudinal deck beams with extra reinforcing in way of the mast.

The coach-roof is relatively narrow leaving generous, safe and uncluttered side decks and fore deck.

Large cleat on the fore deck takes mooring lines. Manual windlass.

Small hatch on the aft deck gives access to the lazarette.


The coamings are in marine ply, painted and fitted with opening rectangular windows.

The coach-roof  steps up to a dog-house at the after end,  hatch on the fore end in front of the mast and varnished grab rails each side with a pair of vents on Dorade boxes aft of the mast.

A new gantry carries the life-raft on the dog-house roof.

Timber steps each side of the mast in way and granny bars on the side decks provide extra security when working at the mast.

Deep, varnished mahogany toe rail all round the deck with stainless steel pulpit, push-pit and stanchions all round. Twin guard wires and netting.

Stainless steel boom support arch over the cock-pit provides extra security when leaving the cock-pit. Double chain roller stainless steel stemhead fitting. Bronze deck vents.


Small, deep, self draining cock-pit with seat lockers each side. Bridge deck, double doors and sliding hatch to the cabin entrance.

Nice quality spray-hood over the cock-pit.

Folding tiller with chains to the Aries self steering gear, protected by the push-pit.



Cutter rigged Bermudian yawl on alloy masts.

The main is stepped through the coach-roof onto the keel., double spreaders with twin standing back-stays. Twin spinnaker pole tracks on the forward face. Stainless steel granny bars each side of the mast.

Alloy mizzen mast stepped on the aft deck.


Varnished pine rectangular section main boom with slab reefing and bronze sail track,  sheets to an alloy track behind the cock-pit.

Varnished slab-reef mizzen boom.


Stainless steel rigging with Norseman terminals, all new in 1998 and little used with s/s rigging screws to internal galvanised chain plates.

Twin fore stays to the stemhead, single inner fore stay to the fore deck.

Twin alloy booming out poles.

Pair of top action mast winches.

Pair of top action Lewmar and pair of bottom action Campa sheet winches on the cock-pit coamings.


Sails all by Ratsey.

Mainsail, 2005, fully battened cream terylene     200sq’
Jib     90sq’
Staysail     93sq’
Mizzen     52sq’
Genoa     160sq’


1975 Albin AD21 22hp 2-cylinder fresh water cooled diesel engine on the centre-line under the cock-pit.


The engine has been stripped down and completely rebuilt using genuine Albin parts from Sweden.

The engine is placed above the shaft on heavy engine beds with triple belt drive to centre-line shaft below the engine.

Single lever controls.

Max 7knts.

10 gall stainless steel tank in the lazarette.

Electric and hand start.

Engine instrumentation includes oil pressure and temperature.


 2 x 12v batteries located stbd side of saloon cabin on 12v circuits. Much of the wiring has been replaced in the recent refit.


4 berths. 

V-berths in the fore cabin.

Heads compartment to port with Jabsco sea toilet. Lockers to stbd.

Saloon cabin with port and stbd settee berths, cupboards at the fwd ends.

Mast against the forward varnished mahogany ply bulkhead.

Galley aft to port with gimballed 2-burner and grill gas cooker, stainless steel sink drains overboard.

Manual water tap + salt water tap.

Stainless steel baffle on the deckhead over the cooker.

Chart desk with drawers under to stbd, instrument display on the vertical grab rail.

Quarter berth aft to stbd.


6’ head-room in the saloon cabin, 5’6” head-room fwd.

50 litre flexible water tank in the port quarter.

Vetus 40 litre black water tank behind the sea-toilet.


Sestral compass on the coach-roof, stbd side.

B&G sounder.

Eagle Cuda 128 sounder.

Nasa Clipper through hull log.

Cobra Marine VHF/DSC

Garmin 152 GPS.

Aries wind vane self steering.


Avon 4-man life raft, service deate 3/2012

2 life jackets.

Horse-shoe life-buoy.


24kg CQR anchor.

C. 60 meters x 10mm chain.

Manual windlass.


Warps and fenders.

Spray-hood on stainless steel frame.


This yacht cruised extensively in previous ownership with an elderly retired couple. Laid up afloat for 2 seasons while refitting.

She was sailing earlier in 2006 but then lay afloat unattended until sold to the present owner by Wooden Ships in 2007.

Road transported to Arbroath on Scotland’s east coast where the owner gave her a very thorough refit and she was relaunched in March 08.


Ill health now obliges sale before the next planned blue water voyage.


This is a very competent yacht, a proper small blue water design and built to a robust specification, now presented in very smart condition.

May 2007 survey available.

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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.