Sailing yachts

35′ Buchanan Bonito Bermudan Sloop

(REF: 18223)


  • Designer: Alan Buchanan
  • Builder: Weatherhead and Blackie of Port Seton
  • Year: 1960
  • Location: Southampton, Hants
  • Length on deck: 35'
  • Beam: 9'6"
  • Draft: 4'8"
  • Tonnage: 10

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Wooden Ships Comments on this 35′ Buchanan Bonito Bermudan Sloop

Buchanan Bonito class yacht designed by Alan Buchanan and built by Weatherhead and Blackie of Port Seton in 1960.

The Bonito was a popular design and many were produced in GRP when that material started to be used more widely.  The design is interesting because the point of greatest beam is relatively far aft compared to many yacht designs of the time which created a wide and spacious cockpit with a lot of space in the saloon.  The fore peak loses out slightly on space but berths are created here using pipe cots which allows dual purpose use of the space.

This boat has been in a long and careful ownership which has seen maintenance carried out every year and major tasks tackled when necessary.  A new deck was laid in 1995 and a new Beta diesel was installed in 2007.  She has proved to be a very comfortable and safe family cruising yacht with a large cockpit and an easily handled rig.  Unfortunately progressing years have forced the sale but she will be maintained as well as can be until a new owner takes her on.

35′ Buchanan Bonito Bermudan Sloop

Length on Deck                 35′

Beam                                    9’6″

Draft                                      4’8″

Thames Tonnage             10TM

Gross Tonnage                  7.4 tons



Planked in Mahogany all copper fastened to steam bent CRE timbers.

Bottom 3 planks are in teak.

External lead ballast keel with bronze bolts.  Bolts last drawn 2015 and found to be good.

Galvanised strap floors.

Teak on plywood deck new in 1995




Masthead bermudan sloop rig on a keel stepped built wooden mast.

Varnished roller reefing boom and varnished spinnaker pole.

Stainless rigging to internal stainless chain plates.

Full suit of sails which are old but useable.




Beta Marine 35hp diesel installed new in 2007.

Centreline shaft with 3 blade bronze propeller gives 5 knots cruising speed at 1/3 gallon/hour.

18 gallon GRP diesel tank.  28 gallon stainless steel water tank.35′ Buchanan Bonito Bermudan Sloop





5 berths including a quarter berth, 2 saloon settee berths and 2 pipe cots forward.

6’3″ headroom in the saloon.

Galley with a recent Techma Nelson gas stove.

Half size chart desk.

Lots of storage around the boat.

Baby Blake sea toilet in a separate heads compartment.



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