Sailing yachts

Buchanan Admirals Cup Yacht

(REF: 18239)


  • Designer: Buchanan, Alan
  • Builder: Priors of Burnham
  • Year: 1963
  • Location: North East England
  • Length on deck: 43'10"
  • Beam: 11'3"
  • Draft: 7'
  • Tonnage: 18TM

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Wooden Ships Comments on this Buchanan Admirals Cup Yacht 

Designed by Alan Buchanan and built by Priors of Burnham in 1963 for Sir Maurice Laing as the lead contender for the Admiral’s Cup team. In the event she came second to Ron Amey’s Noryema.

Classic Buchanan cruiser/racer lines of the period with short counter stern, cut-away forefoot and good freeboard marked with a gold cove line.   All give the impression of a fast, long-legged, safe and comfortable yacht.

After a period in second ownership racing around the Solent, she was bought by Malcolm Robson of Sark whose respected pilot books were written on board. He cruised her to the Baltic, Iceland and around the UK.

The next owner took her back to Priors, her original builders, for a refit when she was found to have some electrolytic damage to the bottom planking.  A major refit was then commissioned when all of the bottom planking was replaced, leaving her original teak garboards.  Some frames were replaced and all seams re-splined. While still new and dry, the bottom and the rudder were sheathed with 7 coats of epoxy and 2 layers of mat cloth to prepare her for a warm waters cruise, making her worm proof.

In the present ownership she has cruised from the UK to Gibraltar and up into the Baltic, she has been proven as a fast and safe blue water yacht, usually sailed short handed and has never let the owners down.  She has been sympathetically updated over the years with a recent engine and some modern rigging and deck gear.

Her deck has now become an issue and requires attention, hence the very attractive price.  2008 survey available.


Length on Deck               43’10”

Beam                                 11’3″

Draft                                  7′

Displacement                  10.47

Thames Tonnage            18TM




Planked in mahogany with teak garboards, all splined and fastened with copper rivets to steam bent oak timbers.

All new bottom planking in 1995 except for the garboards.  Underwater hull epoxy sheathed when new planking fitted.

Bronze strap floors.

External  lead ballast keel with gun metal keel bolts.

Yacht laid teak deck on a plywood sub deck.  Deck is tired and will need attention.

Varnished mahogany coach roof coamings

Deep self draining cockpit with wheel steering.



Masthead bermudan sloop rig on a keel stepped twin spreader alloy mast.

Sparcraft alloy boom with in-boom slab reefing, fitted new in 1996.

Twin alloy spinnaker poles new in 2000.

Oversize stainless standing rigging from 1995 or newer

Kem Furlex roller reefing genoa.

All lines are led aft to the cockpit with mainly Harken deck gear

Full set of sails including fully battened mainsail, downwind sails and storm sails.



Beta Marine 43hp diesel fitted new in 2000.

Centreline 3 blade fixed bronze propeller.

240 litres of diesel in two tanks

240 litres of water.

Black water holding tank



7 berths total.

Steps down into the cabin with galley to starboard and full size chart desk to port.

Galley with a taylors 041 gas stove, stainless sink and manually pumped water.

Quarter berth to port

Very comfortable saloon with centreline drop leaf table and a Nelson charcoal stove in aft port corner.

Settee berth and a pilot berth either side with full standing headroom.

Passageway going forward with hanging locker to starboard and heads to port.

Heads has a Baby Blake sea toilet, hand basin and mixer tap for a shower with pressurized hot water.

Forepeak with twin berths and masses of stowage.



Sestral Major steering compass

Plastimo Contest 130 bulkhead compass (1997)

ICS Nav 4 Navtex Plus (2002)

Koden MD-3404 24 mile Raster scan radar (1998)

Sailor RT144C VHF radio

Sailor 46T receiver with B&G Homer SW controller and RDF loop

Icom ICM710 SSB radio – GMDSS version (1999)

Sestral matching 4” face clock (electric) and barometer.

Pinta auto-pilot.


Francis 12v windlass

210’  3/8” calibrated, galvanised chain (1998).

200’ 13mm nylon kedge warp on drum with 20’ 3/8” chain.

45lb plough bower anchor

65lb CQR stowed on deck

ROCNA 25kg anchor


6 man life raft new 2012

Firdell Blipper mast mounted radar reflector


Life lines


Inflatable dinghy with oars and pump.

2.2hp Honda outboard

Many spares.

Cock-pit bimini (2000)






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.