Sailing yachts

39′ Bermudan Yawl

(REF: 18025)


  • Builder: Craglietto Boatyard, Italy
  • Year: 1967
  • Location: Cornwall
  • Length on deck: 39'
  • Beam: 9'10"

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Wooden ships comments on this 39′ Bermudan Yawl

The result of a Yachting World design competition, this American inspired yawl was built at the Craglietto yard in Trieste, Italy in 1967.

Yachting World was well known at this time for holding design competitions for amateur naval architects, and many well known yachts of today were first drawn for one of these competitions.  The designer was very much inspired by the popular and successful American designers John Alden and Olin Stephens, looking very closely at the lines of the Finisterre yawl from Stephens and the Challenger yawl from Alden.  The Americans were far advanced in yacht design at this time, and had realised that long thin yachts were not the most efficient design.  Instead they kept the boats shorter and increased the beam, resulting in a longer waterline length and thus a faster boat for her size.  This made their boats very successful on the race circuit and many people started to adopt these principles in later years.

This boat clearly takes the inspiration from the American yawls with a relatively wide beam and short counter, however instead of a shallow draft with a centreplate, she carries a slightly deeper draft in the traditional manner.

Bought by the present boat builder owners in 2007 in the Mediterranean, they undertook a large refit before shipping her home by road.  The interior was then removed and has been totally renewed.

39′ Bermudan Yawl

Planked in mahogany all copper fastened to steam bent timbers at 8” centres.

Galvanised steel strap floors on every frame.

Double stringer full length of the hull at the turn of the bilge with heavy beam shelf.  Extra clamp around the main chainplate area.

External lead ballast with stainless steel bolts, all new in 2007.


Yacht laid silod teack deck caulked and payed with butyl rubber, joggled to a varnished teak king plank with varnished teak coverboards and toe rail.

Varnished teak coachroof coamings with aluminium framed portholes.  Epoxy sheathed marine plywood coachroof deck.  Forehatch in the coachroof.

Stainless stem head fitting with integrated bow roller and fairleads.  Electric windlass on the centreline with strong stainless cleats bolted through the foredeck.

Stainless stanchions with guardwires to stainless pushpit and pulpit.

Stainless band around the deck level of the counter with integrated fairleads.

Centreline cleat with small hatch in the aft deck to the lazarette.  Gas bottle holders at the base of the mizzen mast.


Self draining cockpit with port and starboard thwarts at the forward end.  Wheel steering mounted on a central stainless steel pedestal.  Aft thwart for the helmsman hinges up for access to steering gear and prop shaft.  Stainless hatch in the cockpit sole for access to engine with dog catches to secure it.

Traditional sliding hatch with wash boards into the main cabin.



Bermudan yawl rig on keel stepped square section varnished wooden masts.  Varnished wooden booms.  Masts split and re-glued 2007.

Twin spreader main mast with twin lower shrouds, single intermediate and single cap shroud.  Twin standing backstays.

Mizzen has single spreaders with twin lower stays and single cap shroud.

Stainless rigging to stainless bottle screws all new in 2007.  Stainless chainplates also new 2007.

Roller furling forestay with standing inner forestay.




Complete new sail wardrobe, unused.  Main, mizzen, staysail and jib in cream.



2 primary and two secondary winches on the cockpit coamings, all by Goiot.


2 winches on the mainmast for halyards and reefing pennants.



Perkins 4108 4cyl diesel, fresh water cooled.

Single lever controls.  Hydraulic gearbox with stainless steel shaft to 3 blade bronze propeller with water lubricated stern gland.



All new stainless fuel and water tanks installed under the cabin sole.



The accommodation was removed entirely by the present owners with the view to reinstate a better designed and more practical layout.  The majority of the joinery is in place but requires finishing touches.

Large quarter berth to port.

Galley to starboard with gimballed 2 burner gas oven and grill.  Single stainless sink gravity drains overboard.

Chart desk to starboard forward of the galley.

Half height bulkheads into the saloon with large port and starboard settee berths.  Bunk frame work and joinery is complete but new upholstery is required.  Material for completing the upholstery comes with the boat.

Drop down backs to settee berths with large storage behind.  Varnished cabin sole boards.

Passageway forward offset to starboard.  Storage and hanging locker under the deckhead to starboard.

Heads compartment to port.  New sea toilet with new stainless black water holding tank.  Single stainless sink.

Forward cabin with twin V-berths.  Storage bin and chain locker forward.


This is a pretty yacht and reportedly very fast.  The owners sailed her for a short time in the Mediteranean before starting the refit and were amazed at her speed, not surprising looking at the height of her rig.  The major structural items have been attended to already, with large investments including all new sails.  The interior has been an ongoing project that has been halted due to ill health.  The majority of the work has been done, requiring finishing touches and second fix of plumbing and electrics.



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.