Sailing yachts

Alan Buchanan Sloop

(REF: 20123)


  • Designer: Buchanan, Alan
  • Builder: RJ Prior and Son, Burnham
  • Year: 1961
  • Location: Hants
  • Length on deck: 37'
  • Beam: 9'1"
  • Draft: 6'3"
  • Tonnage: 10TM

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Designed by Alan Buchanan and built by R J Prior and Son of Burnham in 1961.

She has had notable success as a racing boat, winning the Round the Island race on her maiden voyage to her new home in North Wales.  Over the years she has been cruised and raced by some very experienced owners who have all proven her to be a fast and sea kindly boat, easily handled yet very capable.

In the previous ownership the interior and rig was overhauled to make her an easily managed and comfortable family cruising boat but still keeping her speed and racing ability.  The present owner has had her professionally maintained by the Elephant boatyard who laid a new teak deck in 2012 as well as checking strap floors, keel bolts and other important areas.

A well cared for pedigree yacht with stunning lines and superb turn of speed.

Length on Deck                 37′

Length Waterline             26’3″

Beam                                    9’1″

Draft                                      6’3″

Sail Area                               565sqft

Thames Tonnage             10TM




Carvel planked in 7/8″ mahogany and Afromosia all copper rivet fastened to steam bent Canadian Rock Elm timbers

Iroko centreline structure.

External lead keel with bronze keel bolts.

Mixture of sawn timber and bronze strap floors across the centreline.

Yacht laid teak deck glued and screwed over a marine plywood sub deck.  Deck fitted by Elephant Boatyard in 2012.  Varnished teak toe rail all round with stainless guard rails.

Varnished teak coachroof and cockpit coamings with a sheathed plywood coahroof deck.  Bronze portholes in the coamings.

Varnished teak forehatch, hand rails and dorade vent boxes.

Self draining cockpit with laid teak thwarts at deck level and scrubbed teak cockpit sole.

Tiller steering with the mainsheet to a teak post in the middle of the cockpit.




Masthead bermudan sloop rig on a keel stepped painted alloy mast.

Varnished spruce slab reefing boom with lazy jacks.

Stainless steel standing rigging approximately 10 years old to internal stainless steel chain plates.

Single spreader mast with twin lower shrouds, single cap shroud and single standing back stay.

Forestay with Furlex 300S roller furling system.

Fully battened mainsail, genoa and asymmetric  from North Sails, 2008.

Ratseys furling jib and 2 spinnakers of differing cloth weights.  Spare Ratseys mainsail.

Primary pair of Lewmar 44 self tailing cockpit sheet winches.  Secondary pair of Lewmar non self tailing spinnaker winches.




Volvo Penta MD2040 3 cylinder 40hp marine diesel engine.

Single lever controls with stainless shaft and Deep Sea stern gland seal to a centreline 2 blade feathering  propeller protruding just above the rudder.

New stainless steel fuel tank with in line fuel filters and water separator

2 x L110 deep cycle domestic batteries and separate engine start battery.  Mastervolt battery monitor with solar panel for trickle charging.  Whole boat recently re-wired.




5 berths including quarter berth, 2 saloon settee berths and 2 single forward berths.

Steps down from the bridge deck over the engine box with quarter berth to port.

Galley to starboard with a double hob Wallas Safeflame  Ceramic 100 paraffin stove, single stainless sink with pressurised hot and cold water.  Top loading Isotherm 12 volt fridge.

Chart desk to port is a half size admiralty desk facing outboard with drawers and lockers below and navigation instruments above.

Half height bulkheads separate off the main saloon with a settee berth either side and a centreline dropleaf table.  This table doubles a cockpit table when required.  Large storage space outboard under the deck head and storage beneath the berths.

Starboard side passage going forward with heads compartment to port.  Heads is a Baby Blake sea toilet which discharges directly overboard.

Forecabin has twin V berths with storage space beneath and chain locker right in the bows.




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