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Alan Buchanan Bermudan Sloop

(REF: 18325)


  • Designer: Buchanan, Alan
  • Builder: Harry King
  • Year: 1961
  • Location: Plymouth
  • Length on deck: 32'10''
  • Beam: 8'10''
  • Draft: 5'6''
  • Tonnage: 9TM

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Wooden Ships Comments on this Alan Buchanan Bermudan Sloop

Designed by Alan Buchanan and built by Harry King of Pin Mill in 1961.  A typical Buchanan yacht of the period with attractive lines and good sailing characteristics making a superb family cruising yacht capable of offshore long distance passages.

As noted in the recent survey she was built to a high standard and is particularly strong with large scantlings, most probably specified by the first owner to give him reassurance when sailing offshore.

She has been in the present highly experienced ownership for many years and has been well looked after with ongoing maintenance and upgrade work carried out every year.  She has been cruised many thousands of miles, both single handed and with a larger crew, sailing round Ireland 3 times, to Spain twice, a trip to all the Azores islands, visits to Scotland and Shetland plus numerous trips to France and around the West Country.

A recent thorough survey was carried out by a very competent wooden boat surveyor which was complimentary of her build quality and current condition.  Various issues highlighted will be attended to and a copy of this report is available.

Length on Deck                 32’10”

Length Waterline             24′

Beam                                    8’10”

Draft                                      5’6″

Thames Tonnage             9TM



Planked in Iroko below the waterline, mahogany above, all copper rivet fastened to steam bent oak timbers of heavy scantling.  Heavier frames in way of the mast.

Galvanised steel strap floors across the centreline with galvanised floor bolts.. These were last changed in 1998.

External iron ballast keel of 2.25 tons fastened with galvanised mild steel bolts last drawn in 1996.

Yacht laid teak deck over a marine plywood subdeck with sikaflex seams.  Teak coverboard and toe rail all round.

Varnished teak coachroof coamings, 3 windows per side, with a sheathed plywood coachroof deck.  Varnished teak handrails and dorade vents with a teak forehatch at the forward end of the coachroof.

Self draining cockpit with tiller steering and a bridge deck at the forward end.



Masthead bermudan sloop rig on a keel stepped alloy mast with double spreaders.  Inner forestay to enable a cutter rig to be set if desired.

Alloy boom with both slab and roller reefing fitted.  Pair of Proctor alloy spinnaker poles.

Stainless steel standing rigging replaced new by Eurospars in 2009.  Bronze rigging screws to internal stainless steel chain plates.  Oversize rigging for added strength.

2 pairs of cockpit winches, primary winches are self tailing.  Single self tailing mast winch for halyards.

Large sail wardrobe including downwind and storm sails, all carefully looked after and in good condition.



Volvo Penta D1-30F 28hp 3cyl diesel installed new in 2009.  520hrs.

Single lever controls to a centreline 3 blade Featherstream feathering propeller.  5.5kts cruising speed at 1.5l/hr.   7kts max

80 litre stainless steel fuel tank under the cockpit sole.

2 x 90ah batteries for domestics and starting, charged from a 115 amp engine alternator.

2 x manual bilge pumps and 1 electric.




6 berths in total including 2 small berths in the forepeak.  2m headroom in the saloon, 1.8m forward.

Steps down over the engine box with galley to port and chart desk to starboard.

Decent quarter berth each side with easy access.

Galley has an Origo 2 burner spirit stove and a single stainless sink with manually pumped fresh water.  Ample storage around the galley.

Main saloon has a full length settee berth each side with shelves behind.

Forward into the forepeak with a heads compartment.  Simpson Lawrence SL400 sea toilet discharges directly overboard.  2 small berths in the forepeak.




Full specification and details available upon request



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.