Sailing yachts

60′ Mylne ketch refit project

(REF: 17917)


  • Designer: Mylne Alfred
  • Builder: Bute Slip and Dock Co
  • Year: 1929
  • Location: Hants
  • Length on deck: 59'6"
  • Beam: 13'2"
  • Draft: 8'3"
  • Tonnage: 34TM

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60′ Mylne ketch

Designed by the great Alfred Mylne and built at his Bute Slip Dock Co on the Clyde in 1929 for the local Glasgow Mckean family to cruise Scottish waters. It was Mrs McKean who insisted on having the dog-house to shelter from the Scottish weather.


The hull is planked in teak.

Grown oak frames in pairs at approx 36’c with two steamed oak intermediate timbers.

Oak back-bone.

External lead keel with bronze keel bolts.

New cast bronze floors.

All copper and bronze fastened throughout.


Solid teak deck, yacht-laid between teak cover boards and king plank, caulked and payed.

All centre line hatches and sky-lights in varnished teak.

Varnished teak dog-house to the cabin entrance.

Unusually for a yacht of this size and date, she has a cock-pit with wheel steering which greatly adds to security and comfort on deck.

Original compass binnacle on a pedestal in the cock-pit.

A section of the deck has been cut out preparatory to replacement.


Bermudian ketch rig on varnished masts and spars setting 1300sq’ plain sail.

The vessel was originally designed and built with a gaff rigged main mast but this was changed to Bermudian after the war when crews became scarcer.

New masts and spars by Noble Masts of Bristol in 2002 with new stainless steel standing rigging.

Lewmar self tailing sheet winches either side of the cock-pit, all fitted 2002.

2 x Lewmar 48ST

2 x Lewmar 40ST

2 x Lewmar 30ST


2 x Lewmar 30 ST halyard winches on the main mast.

Lewmar 40ST reefing winch
Lewmar 30ST halyard winch on the mizzen mast.



Mainsail  and mizzen both by Ratsey 2004

Staysl and jib topsail by Ratsey 2003.

Jib on Reckman roller furling gear, 2004.

2 light reachers.


Storm jib

Mizzen staysail.



Perkins diesel M90 82hp @ 280rpm, centre-line installation with conventional drive to a 3-blade fixed centre-line prop.

New stainless steel fuel and water tanks.

Northern Lights generator

6 x 100amp/hr 12v domestic batteries

2 x 85amp/hr engine start batteries

Victron Phoenix Multiplus battery charger/ inverter

Victron shore power 240v charger



Navigation gear.

Sestral compass in original binnacle

Icom VHF Radio
B&G Hydra 2000 log and speed

Robertson auto-pilot

Furuno Navnet Plotter/radar

Furuno GPS WAAS Navigator
Furuno Navtex

Icom IC M601 VHF




Ground tackle

Hydraulic windlass with chain and rope gypsy


2 x CQR anchors


In UK ownership this ketch sailed to the West Indies in 1987 but in 1988 she sustained damage in a storm and was swamped in shallow water alongside the quay.

She was put ashore and repaired locally. In a 2004 survey, UK surveyor David Cox found that the repairs were to a high standard with replacement planking following the original butt spacing.

The owner then sailed her back to UK for a more thorough refit and in 1990 she sailed to the Med to be based in Palma and spent the next few seasons taking part in many classic regattas in France, Italy and Spain with silver to prove her qualities.

In the next ownership she cruised to the Baltic, returning to UK in present ownership in 2002.


Since that time she has had regular upgrading and improvement including new masts by Noble Masts of Bristol in 2002 with all new rigging, new sails by Ratseys over the next few years, new sea cocks all through and new electronics. She was extensively refastened after her damage in the West Indies when the keel bolts were also drawn.

A schedule of upgrades is attached.


In 2010 she was put ashore for a complete top to bottom restoration. The interior joinery was removed, the engine and all tanks removed and the full structure was exposed. A detailed schedule of the frames and floors was then drawn up.

The majority of the frame repairs or replacement has now been completed, mostly work to the intermediate steamed timbers in way of the original iron floors and some cracked at the turn of the bilge as well as several of the original grown frames which have been replaced in all or in part with laminated iroko.

New bronze floors have been cast and fitted to replace the original iron floors.


The work was stopped at this stage and the decision has now been made to sell the yacht with work in progress.


The whole rig including masts, spars, sails, standing and running rigging, blocks and winches and sails has been carefully stored and will be readily refitted to the yacht when the hull work is complete.


The engine and generator have been stored but we think that a new owner will almost certainly replace these with new units.


A new GA plan has been drawn up closely following the original and will give 8 berths in a 3 sleeping cabin lay-out + a pilot berth in the saloon, galley, 2 heads and showers.


It is not often that we find classic yachts of this size in this condition, enough work required to keep the price low but not so much that it becomes a total rebuild. This project is now on the way back up, the work has been clearly identified and it is ready to move forward at known cost.


One of the biggest attractions of this yacht is her size. She is small enough for an owner/skipper to sail her with a couple of friends without the necessity of professional crew yet big enough to play with the big boys in the classic yacht scene at a fraction of their cost.

She has very respectable performance under sail, she is a very stable platform to work on with a very gentle motion even in a chop and we have close tacked her up the River Dart to prove her handiness.


By any standards this is a true classic yacht.



Refitting history.


Masts(1986 built by Noble Masts Bristol) out and completely over hauled by Fairlie Restorations, mast fittings refastened, stripped to bare wood and varnished.

New polished stainless steel chain plates installed for main and mizzen masts.

All standing and running rigging replaced by Spencers of Cowes. All running rigging in buff coloured braid.

Many new Fredrickson blocks fitted.

New bowsprit end fitting made.

New Schaffer roller furling system fitted to jib.

Harken furler fitted for jib topsail

Highfield levers removed and replaced with purchases to winches.

Lifelines replaced

New sails by Ratsey and Lapthorn including main, mizzen, staysail, jib and jib topsail.

New electronics installed by Diverse Yacht Services including Furuno chart plotter/radar, interfaced to Furuno GPS, Furuno Navetex, B&G Hydra wind instruments, speed , log and depth system installed and interfaced to the Furuno systems. Icom DSC radio installed with new aerials and cabling in masts and second emergency/back up aerial. Roberson auto pilot overhauled.

All seacocks replaced and any unused were removed and blocked off with doublers.

Hull stripped and repainted.

Covers for all hatches, deck house and cockpit made.

Some pumps replaced.

New Mastervolt inverter/charger fitted

New berth cushions for forepeak

Cushions for deckhouse

All Lewmar winches overhauled (6 in cockpit, 4 on main mast, 3 on mizzen)



Current re-fit

New 316 stainless fuel and water tanks made

Stainless steel battery carrier made to house Mastervolt dry cell batteries beneath cabin sole (to create more stowage space and put weight as low as possible).

New Muir windlass bought with chain and rope gypsy

Mastervolt control panel bought with breakers etc

Cable trunking and cable stock to hand

Perkins M90 removed and partially stripped for rebuild as an alternative to replacement.

Northern Lights gen set removed for rebuild/overhaul

Force Ten cooker was returned to the factory and has been re-manufactured and in now like new

Webasto Thermo Top 50 diesel fired central heating boiler (3 years old but virtually unused)

2 CQR Anchors re galvanised, chain will need to be replace to match the new windlass


When laid up at the start of the refit, the yacht was Coded and was fully equipped to Code requirements. Flares etc now out of date but there is a considerable amount of equipment in addition to that listed.

Keen seller, daughter requires new pony.


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.

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.