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Alan Buchanan Sloop

(REF: 23807)


  • Designer: Alan Buchanan
  • Builder: Sutton and Wiggings Ltd
  • Year: 1964
  • Location: Suffolk
  • Length on deck: 33'11"
  • Beam: 9'1"
  • Draft: 5'6"
  • Tonnage: 10TM

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Designed by Alan Buchanan and built by Sutton and Wiggins Ltd in 1964 to Lloyds 100A1 specification.  Buchanan design No.1579.

Sutton and Wiggins Ltd are a slightly lesser known yard from Great Wakering in Essex, they did however build a good number of boats including a string of Buchanan designs and all to a very high standard.  This yacht is no exception with choice materials all constructed to Lloyds 10A1 standard.

Bought by the current owner in 2004, she has undergone a continued maintenance and upgrading program since that time which has included a new engine, new deck and transom, new sails, standing and running rigging, plus smaller details such as updated navigation instruments and new upholstery.

She is now in very tidy condition, extremely well equipped and ready to go sailing.

Based on the east coast for her entire life, she has been a regular fixture in various races and regattas, winning the North Sea Race at one time.  Her design is typical of Buchanans boats at the time, not dissimilar to the famous Vashti, a little shorter and fuller sections giving more internal volume.

A very fine cruiser racer with an excellent maintenance history.


Length on Deck                 33’11”

Length Waterline             24’

Beam                                    9’1”

Draft                                      5’6”

Sail Area                               490sqft

Thames Tonnage             10TM



Carvel planked in teak below the waterline, mahogany above, fastened to steam bent Canadian Rock Elm timbers with copper rivets.

The bottom 5 planks are teak.  Topsides splined for a fair finish.

Mix of sawn timber and stainless steel strap floors across the centreline.  Plank fastenings in way of the floors are bronze screws so that there is no non-ferrous fastenings in contact with the stainless floors.

External lead ballast keel of 2.5tons, fastened with stainless steel keel bolts, 4 new bolts in 2011.  Internal lead trimming ballast of 0.29tons.

Yacht laid teak deck of 10mm glued with Sikalfex to a 12mm marine plywood subdeck.  Seams payed with Sikaflex.

Deck new in 2009.  All deck beams found sound.  Small repairs done to the beam shelf and sheer strake on the port side.  New transom fitted when deck was replaced.

Varnished teak cover board and toe rail all round with stainless steel stanchions, pulpit and pushpit.

Varnished teak coamings with chromed bronze windows.  Slightly raised dog house aft.  Sheathed plywood coachroof deck.

Self draining cockpit with laid teak thwarts and cockpit sole.  Tiller steering.  Cockpit thwarts all new in 2013.




Masthead Bermudan sloop rig on a deck stepped varnished wooden mast.

Mast stripped and varnished with 14 coats of Epifanes in 2020.

Varnished spruce slab reefing boom

Stainless steel standing rigging all new in 2006.  Internal stainless chain plates.

Single standing backstay.  Selden roller furling headsail system.

All running rigging new in 2017.

3 non-self tailing mast winches and a winch on the boom for reefing.  Pair of Antal bronze self tailing cockpit sheet winches.

Mainsail and genoa new in 2015 from Dolphin Sails, in excellent condition.  Spinnaker from 2000 in good condition.




Nanni Diesel 3100HE 29hp 3cyl diesel installed new in 2005.

Complete engine and stern gear set up new in 2005.

Engine refurbishment in 2021 with new heat exchanger and associated fittings, engine bayre-painted and new sound insulation.

TechnoDrive TMC40M gearbox to a centreline fixed 3 blade bronze propeller.  Gives 5 knots cruising speed, 6 knots max.  New cutlass bearing in 2020.

47 litre stainless steel fuel tank under the cockpit.

90 litrestainless steel water tank under the saloon cabin sole.

3 x 12 volt batteries.  1 for engine starting and 2 x 120ah batteries for domestics, new in 2020.  Charged from engine alternator or through a Victron 240v battery charger.  Installed shore power system.  Electrics all new in 2007.

1 manual and 1 auto electric bilge pump.




5 berths including 1 double and 3 singles.  6’4” headroom midships and 5’6” headroom forward.

Light and spacious cabin with all new upholstery in 2008.

Interior of the hull totally repainted from the keel up in 2009.

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

Chart desk to starboard and galley to port.

Quarter berth to starboard under the cockpit thwarts.

Chart desk faces outboard  with electrical navigation instruments easily to hand.

Galley has an ENO gimballed 2 burner gas stove with oven and grill.  Single stainless steel sink with pressurised cold water system.  Sink drains directly overboard.  12 volt fridge new in 2016, top loading set into the galley work top.

Main saloon with a settee berth either side.  Storage space behind the berths and a shelf either side under the side deck.

Centreline bi-fold varnished doors going forward with a heads compartment to starboard and hanging locker to port.

Heads compartment has a Jabsco manual sea toilet that discharges directly overboard.  Hand basin pulls out with pressurised cold water.

A second bi-fold door into the fore cabin with V-berths that can be converted to a double.  Very smart cabin with varnished slats on the hull.  Storage space below the berths.  Anchor locker in the bows.




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