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59′ Bermudan Ketch

(REF: 17914)


  • Designer: Oehlmann, Kurt A.H.
  • Builder: Louw & Halverson, Cape Town
  • Year: 1961
  • Location: Devon
  • Length on deck: 59'
  • Beam: 16'5"
  • Draft: 6'6"
  • Tonnage: 35 Tons displ

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Built by Louw & Halverson, Cape Town, S Africa in 1961 to a design by Kurt A.H. Oehlmann of Lubeck, Germany.

Oehlmann is a well-known name in European yachting circles, responsible for some fine yachts and several super-yachts.

The yacht has had only three owners from new. The first owner, Col. Stanley Jeffrey stipulated a design capable of withstanding the rigours of the Southern Ocean and to be capable of 9knts under sail and power.  In many thousands of miles of world cruising she has proved herself to be capable of both.  She left Cape Town in April 1964 for the Med via St Helena, Ascension Island, Cape Verdes, Canaries and Gibraltar.  She took 35 days at sea to sail 5850 miles averaging 7 knts, 167 miles per day.

Her power and weight make her comfortable in heavier sea conditions and she is exceptionally fast off the wind with a sizeable sail area and the hull form to carry that power.  Off the wind in F 4 – 5 she will comfortably make 8 – 9knts

It is highly unusual to find a wooden yacht of this size with 4 proper sleeping cabins, plus she has a large deck area making her comfortable and safe to work on.

At present the boat is in need of a significant refit, there are extensive areas of soft in the plywood subdeck and the superstructure which will probably require a new deck to do the job probably.  She does however have a very good hull, a virtually brand new rig and spars and a great main engine.

Sudden illness has forced the present owner to pass the boat on after only a short ownership, any offers are invited for this fine big and very capable yacht.

Length on Deck                           59′

Beam                                              14’7″

Draft                                                6’6″



Planked in Nigerian mahogany with a total thickness of 1.5″.

She is double planked, both layers running horizontally with staggered seams so the outer layer covers the seams of the inner layer.  Layers screwed together with bronze screws.

Laminated American oak frames using resorcinol glue

Diagonal bronze straps from keel to gunnel stretch the length of the boat in the inside of the hull

Mixture of sawn oak floors and galvanised strap floors across the centreline.

External lead ballast keel of 11 tons with numerous 1″ stainless steel keel bolts.

25mm teak deck screwed and glued to a plywood subdeck and coated externally in Coelan.

Solid hardwood coamings on the superstructure.  She has a deck house extending forward from the open backed wheelhouse, plus an aft coachroof giving headroom to the aft cabins.




Bermudan ketch rig on deck stepped alloy Z-spars masts and matching booms.

The rig was replaced entirely in 2010 with brand new spars and stainless steel rigging.

Roller furling genoa with a removeable inner forestay.

Large self tailing winches in various places make rig handling very easy.




Caterpillar D320B-4 4cyl 120hp naturally aspirated diesel.

Manual gearbox with a dry clutch.  Variable pitch propeller with a wheel control at the helm.

8 knots cruising speed at 1200rpm using 1.5 gallons/hr.  10 knots max speed at 1500rpm.

Onan 6kva generator in the engine space.

6 x 12 volt batteries with 24 volt domestic systems.  Charging via engine alternator or Waeco 240v charger.

500 gallons of fresh water in 2 separate tanks in the engine space.




9 berths in 4 separate sleeping cabins.

Main saloon with good visibility to the outside.  Chart desk in the forward port corner.  Large table to starboard with seating for 6 comfortably.

Centreline steps going forward with a twin guest cabin to port.  Galley to starboard.

Passageway forward into the forecabin with twin large V-berths and masses of storage space.

There is a heads compartment in between the twin guest cabin and the forecabin with a door from each so it can be used by both cabins as an ensuite.

Galley is set lengthways against the side of the ship.  Corian worktop with a Taylors gas stove, single sink and a large Penguin Engineering fridge set into the aft bulkhead.

Steps go aft from the main saloon on the starboard side.  There is a heads compartment on the starboard side as well as storage cupboard containing the washing machine.

Owners cabin to port with a large double berth and dressing table.

The aft cabin stretches the full breadth of the boat with a large double to port and a single berth to starboard.



Fore cabin                                     73”

Galley and fwd heads                  72”

Saloon                                             74”

Aft cabin                                         73”

Aft starboard cabin                      74”

Aft heads and passage                 74”




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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.