Sailing yachts

33′ McGruer Sloop

(REF: 17913)


  • Designer: McGruer
  • Builder: McGruer
  • Year: 1937
  • Location: Netherlands
  • Length on deck: 33'6"
  • Beam: 9'
  • Draft: 5'8"
  • Tonnage: 9TM

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Full specification

Wooden ships comments on this 33′ McGruer sloop

A very sweet and eye catching hull, very typical design of the period with fine counter stern and positive sheer.


Planked in pitch-pine, all copper fastened  to substantial sawn oak frames – an exceptionally robust construction.

The hull is splined above the water line, caulked and payed below wl.

In present ownership 60% of the yacht has been refastened with new copper nails and roves.

33′ McGruer Sloop

Long external iron ballast keel.

Several keel bolts renewed in present ownership


Oak floors with a few galvanised steel strap floors.


Sheathed deck with varnished mahogany toe rail and rubbing strake.
Varnished teak coach-roof coamings with 3 bronze port holes each side.

New varnished teak self draining cock-pit
.     The cock-pit was rebuilt in present ownership with beautifully formed coamings meeting the coach-roof.
Varnished teak fore hatch. Small varnished teak hatch on the aft deck to the lazarette.

Bronze deck fittings.

New twin galvanised steel deck beams with hanging knees in way of the deck-stepped mast.

New oak hanging knees forward.


Fractional Bermudian sloop rig on new varnished mast.    New mast in September 2011      

The mast is stepped in a galvanised shoe on the coach-roof deck.

Varnished slab reefing boom with original bronze fittings.

Varnished bowsprit with bronze fittings.

Stainless steel rigging.

Headsail sheet tracks on the side decks.



Genoa staysail

High aspect staysail.



Pair of polished bronze mast halyard winches.

Pair of top action 2-speed sheet winches on the cock-pit coamings


Yanmar 2GM 18hp 2-cylider diesel installed new in 1990.   

The engine was overhauled in 2000

New stainless steel engine beds 2011

New shaft with water lubricated bearings all new 2011


2 x 12v batteries

70 amp/hr engine start

105 amp/hr dometic services.

Marine battery charger


All wiring circuits replaced to modern standards in present ownership



45 litres diesel in rigid plastic tank below the cock-pit with batteries in sealed boxes either side of the tank.


Accommodation.                   4 berths.


V-berths in the fore cabin, nice quality thick 6’6” cushions, exposed hull sides, fore hatch over.

Chain locker forward.

Stbd off-set passageway aft, galvanised steel compression post under the mast.

Locker to stbd.

Heads compartment to port, door closes off the fwd cabin. Blake sea toilet and porcelain hand basin.

Bulkhead doorway to the saloon cabin.

Port and stbd settees with Pullman berths behind – the upholstered settee berths fold down with mattresses attached in the traditional way. Book shelves and lockers above.

Galley in the after stbd corner with Taylor 29 paraffin cooker with oven.
Stainless steel galley sink with bronze hand pump.

Chart desk to port with drawer and locker under. Nav instruments above.

Engine box step between with ladder to cabin entrance.


All original varnished mahogany joinery, white painted deckhead, varnished coamings and cabin sole boards. Full head-room all through.


Plastimo bulkhead compass

Sestral hand bearing compass

Sailor RT144 VHF radio with ATIS

Standard Horizon  chart plotter, new 2010 with recent chart updates.

Raytheon Bi-Data depth and speed.

Autohelm 2000 auto-pilot


35lb CQR anchor

Warps and fenders

Kedge anchor


Manual windlass


Life buoy

Radar reflector


Large Maglite torch

Portable low energy cool box.


A very fine example of a 1930’s classic yacht in very original condition but with sensible modern upgrades making her a joy to sail, easily handled and remarkably fast.

Sold by Wooden Ships to the present Dutch owner, very nicely maintained, a family yacht in regular use.

Wooden Ships classic yachts brokers have an extensive database of boats for sale. With a wide range of sailboats, classic yachts, motor yachts and small classic boats, Wooden Ships has one of the largest selections of traditional wooden boats and yachts for sale in the UK.


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.