Sailing yachts

Brixham Sailing Trawler

(REF: 19711)


  • Designer: Traditional
  • Builder: Sanders and Co
  • Year: 1924
  • Location: Devon
  • Length on deck: 70'
  • Beam: 18'
  • Draft: 9'3"

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Built by Sanders and Co of Galmpton near Brixham in 1924 as a Mule Class Brixham sailing trawler.

She was launched as the replacement for an identical ship sunk by the Germans during the First World War as she was rescuing survivors from the wreck of HMS Formidable.

Provident worked as a sailing trawler with a crew of 3 men and boy for six years before being bought by a wealthy American and converted to a yacht by Morgan Giles of Teignmouth.  Between 1930 and 1951 she changed hands several times, crossed the Atlantic on numerous occasions and spent time in the Med.  She was then bought by the founder of the Island Cruising Club, John Baylay which was the start of her commercial charter sailing career that has continued until the present day under various organisations.  Provident is best known by many from her time in Salcombe with the ICC but since 1998 has sailed under the Trinity Sailing Foundation providing cruising holidays and sail training for disadvantaged young people.

Between 1986 and 1990 she was given a major rebuild but in more recent times has been subject to ongoing professional maintenance with a recent new deck and main engine.  She is currently coded under the MCA to Cat 2 and is being sold with all the necessary gear and equipment to work under those regulations.

Length on Deck                 70′

Length Overall                   90′

Length Waterline             60′

Beam                                    18′

Draft                                      9’3″



Planked in oak and larch, fastened with iron or galvanised steel boat nails to heavy sawn oak frames.

Internal iron ballast of nearly 20 tons.

Straight laid solid pine deck, all new in last few years with numerous new deck beams.

Bulwark all round on stanchions mounted through the coverboards.  Oiled oak capping rail

Varnished Iroko doghouse with seating gives access to main saloon.  Varnished forehatch and aft teak skylight with hatch to aft cabin

Wheel steering with a teak wheel box.  Geared connection to the rudder.




Gaff ketch rig on keel stepped solid varnished wooden masts.

Varnished wooden booms, gaffs and bowsprit.

Main topmast and mizzen boom new in 2019.  Main mast lifted, varnished and serviced in 2019.

Galvanised wire standing rigging, parcelled and served, with dead eyes and lanyards to external galvanised chain plates

Traditional 3 strand running rigging and varnished wooden blocks to belay pins on the rail.

Running backstays on tackles.

Large sail wardrobe, generally in good condition, including a 2019 mainsail and 2017 jib.




Perkins M215C 215hp 6cyl diesel fitted new in 2016.  Professionally serviced and maintained.

PRM Newage gearbox with a fixed 3 blade propeller offset to starboard.  5 knots cruising speed at approximately 8 litres/hour.

2 x stainless steel tanks with a total of 950 litres of diesel.

Beta Marine 25Kva generator installed new in 2014.  Installed shore power system.

Large battery bank located in a locker on deck.  12 volt, 24 volt and 240 volt systems.  Charging from engine alternator or thought Victron Skylla 50 amp charger.

2 manual bilge pumps and 3 electric bilge pumps.  Engine driven fire/salvage pump.




Up to 16 single berths split between the aft crew cabin, 2 midships guest cabins, saloon and forward cabin

All new berth mattresses in 2018 and new saloon cushions in 2019.

Steps down from dog house into the main saloon.  Quarter cabin either side with 2 single berths in each plus storage lockers.

Galley in aft port corner of saloon, adequately sized for commercial sailing.  Commercial grade Lotus 4 burner gas stove with oven.  Stainless worktops with twin sinks and hot and cold pressurised water.  Top loading fridge freezer with new compressor 2018.

Large saloon with skylight above.  U-shaped seating to port around a varnished saloon table.  settee to port, table folds out very large to include this seating.

2 single pilot berths port side behind the settee.

Starboard side passageway going forward with 2 heads compartments on the starboards side and a shower cubicle to port.  Jabsco manual sea toilets discharge directly overboard.  Hand basins with hot and cold water.

Port side guest cabin with 2 single berths plus storage.

Forward cabin with 4 single berths.  Chain locker in the bow.




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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.



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