Sailing yachts

Bermudan Ketch

(REF: 17989)


  • Designer: Olafsson. E.
  • Builder: Porin Vene, Finland
  • Year: 1948
  • Location: Isle of Wight
  • Length on deck: 46'
  • Beam: 10'4"
  • Draft: 6'6"

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Built in 1948 by Porin Vene of Helsingforg, Finland, to a design by E. Olafsson.  Arrived in the Isle of Wight with her Russian first owners in 1949 and bought by a local dentist.  She has been based in the Solent since then, racing regularly in the various regattas.  Bought by the present owner in 1994, she has been used mainly for racing in the Classic Regattas with the occasional cruise.Bermudan Ketch

Large volume yacht with a high freeboard and long counter stern.  The underwater shape is very graceful and sleek making her a fast and long legged boat.

Planked in 1 ½” Pitch Pine fastened to heavy sawn oak frames at 24” centres.  2 steamed intermediate timbers fastened with copper nails and roves.

Heavy Iron strap floors with large gauge iron floor bolts through the planking.

Iron keel bolts through the strap floors with an external iron ballast keel.  No internal ballast.

Pitch Pine T&G deck laid on pine deck beams to a heavy beamshelf all round which is through bolted with the heavy sawn oak frames.  Deck is sheathed with GRP and finished in cream non-slip deck paint.  Heavy scrubbed teak toe rail all round with a teak rubbing strake.

Small coachroof aft of the mainmast with a teak skylight in the coachroof.  Varnished teak coamings with 3 bronze portholes each side.  Laid teak coachroof deck with a varnished sliding entrance hatch.

Large self draining cockpit aft of the coachroof with low varnished teak coamings all round.  Scrubbed teak cockpit thwarts at deck level with a deep self draining well.

Mizzen mast is at the aft end of the cockpit, then aft of this is a separate small cockpit for the helmsman.  Helmsman cockpit is a square hatch with hinged lids that fold out to create thwarts on the deck.

Very large open deck with plenty of space to work and move around.  Galvanised stem head fitting with twin fairleads.  Large oak Sampson post with a manual windlass on the centreline.

Stainless steel pulpit and stanchions with double guard wires and a stainless steel pushpit with a slatted teak seat.

Sliding teak forehatch with the gas locker aft of this on the foredeck.

Very wide side decks and a small aft deck due to the helmsman cockpit.  Aft deck has two large mooring cleats on the centreline with the mizzen sheet track between.



Fractional Bermudan ketch on keel stepped hollow built spruce masts.  Masts were split and rebuilt in 1995.

Varnished wooden slab reefing booms, main boom new in 2012.

Stainless steel standing rigging new 15 years ago.  Stainless rigging screws bound in leather to internal galvanised chainplates.

Main mast has twin lower shrouds with a single cap shroud and jumper struts to support the upper section.  Forestay to the stem head with a detachable inner forestay to take a staysail.  Split standing backstays with running backstays to the upper spreaders on levers.

The mizzen is supported by twin lower stays, single cap shroud and jumper struts.  Running backstays on block and tackles.



Battened mainsail and hanked on headsails.


Main                Deegan                        2012                Good condition

Genoa              Deegan                        2008                Good condition

Genoa              Deegan                        1998                Serviceable

Spinnaker        Deegan                        1998                Serviceable

Spinnaker        Deegan                        2006                Good condition



2 pairs of large Meisaner non self tailing sheet winches on the side decks by the main cockpit.



Bukh 36ME 3 cylinder diesel engine producing 36hp, installed in 2010 as a reconditioned unit.

Bukh gearbox with single lever controls to an offset stainless steel shaft and 3 blade Gori feathering bronze propeller.

Stainless steel diesel tank aft on the port side under the side deck.


Dedicated engine start battery with two domestic batteries.  Charging from engine alternator.



The interior has been fitted out in a simple fashion to accommodate the fact she has mainly been used for racing in the present ownership.

Steps down from the centre line hatch over the engine box.  Large quarter berths port and starboard.

Saloon under the coachroof with a settee berth to port and a U-shape seating are around a table to starboard.

Galley is forward of the saloon, split either side of the boat with a sink to starboard and a 2 burner gas stove to port.

Heads compartment on the starboard side with a Jabsco sea toilet and sink.

Large forepeak area with V-berths.  Ample space forward of this for stowage of sails, fenders etc.



Steering compass

NASA sounder

NASA log

VHF radio


Horse shoe life buoy


Fire extinguishers


Main anchor with chain

Kedge anchor with chain


Spray hood

Boom cover




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.