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Buchanan Cruiser Racer Sloop

(REF: 22253)


  • Designer: Alan Buchanan
  • Builder: Priors of Burnham
  • Year: 1959
  • Location: North Wales
  • Length on deck: 41'
  • Beam: 11'
  • Draft: 6'
  • Tonnage: 15TM

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Designed by Alan Buchanan and built by Priors of Burnham in 1959 to Lloyds 100A1 standard for competing in RORC Class II racing.

She proved to be a fast, successful yacht in her early years. She was featured in Yachting Monthly 1961.  The design is notable for the extra beam, much more than was usual at this period.  She has a large cock-pit with plenty space for the crew to work the yacht, wheel steering keeps the helmsman out of the way and her extra beam allows for wide clear side deck and plenty room around the mast.

She had a major refit by David Moss Boat Builder, Fleetwood in 2007-8 with full photographic record and continuous updating.  More recently she has had a new Beta Marine engine in 2018 which has hardly been used.

6 berths with 6’6” headroom, this is a very elegant and fast cruiser racer, ideal for classic regattas or just family cruising.

Bought by the present owner in 2021 after she had been laid up afloat for a couple of years.  The owner had planned to carry out the required refit but circumstances dictate he wishes to sell her again.

The yacht had a full out of water survey carried out by a competent wooden boat surveyor in September 2021.  This survey has highlighted exactly what is required to get the boat back into sailing trim and this work has been quantified by various boat yards with figures available to any prospective purchaser.

This is a very elegant yacht in need of a refit before the sailing season.  All the information is available to a prospective purchaser to make an informed decision about exactly what work is required and how much that will cost.


Length on deck                                 41’

Length Waterline                             28’

Beam                                                    11’

Draft                                                      6’

Thames Tonnage                             15TM




Planked in teak, copper fastened to closely spaced Canadian Rock Elm timbers of 2” x 1.5” at 7” centres.

Galvanised strap floors across the centreline, many have been removed and re-galvanised with new bolts around 2007.

External lead ballast keel with bonze keel bolts.

Yacht laid teak deck joggled to a king plank, secret nailed over a thin plywood subdeck.  Scrubbed teak deep toe rail and capping rail all round with recessed bronze fairleads fore and aft.

Varnished teak coamings with an elegant coachroof lifting a little to a raised doghouse aft.  Chromed bronze portholes and windows.  Varnished teak  sliding companion hatch, dorade boxes, hand rails and forehatch.

Very spacious and comfortable self draining cockpit with scrubbed teak thwarts and teak coamings.  Scrubbed teak sole boards lift for access to the hull below.  Deep locker each side.

Wheel steering on a Whitclock pedestal with a varnished teak wheel.  Emergency tiller installation.




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

Roller reefing varnished wooden boom with chromed bronze reefing gear.

Stainless steel standing rigging, all new in 2008, to internal galvanised chain plates, new in 2007.

Single spreaders with twin lowers and a cap shroud, single standing backstay and Hood roller furling headsail system. Lazy inner forestay for storm sail.

Pair of Lewmar 55 self tailing primary cockpit sheet winches.  Barlow 26 non self tailing secondary cockpit sheet winches.  Top action bronze main sheet winch. Captive wire main halyard mast winch and a Lewmar 30 headsail halyard winch.

Light mainsail, Heavy mainsail, Hood genoa on furling gear, 2 spinnakers, ghoster and storm jib new in 2005 .  Mainsail cover new in 2011.




Beta Marine 38hp 4cyl diesel installed new in 2018.  As new condition with very few hours.

Centreline shaft to a 3 blade feathering Darglow propeller installed new in 2020.

40 gallon stainless steel fuel tank under the cockpit.

2 x 125ah Vetus Elecsol carbon fibre monobloc batteries, new in 2011.  Charging from engine alternator and shore power.

Calorifier off the engine for heating domestic water.  Also heated with a 240v immersion coil when connected to shore power.

Manual and auto electric bilge pump.




6 berths including twin v-berths forward, 2 saloon settee berths and 2 saloon pilot berths.

6’6” headroom in the saloon.

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

Chart desk faces aft with a varnished teak thwart and lots of storage space.

Galley has a Flavell Wayferer 2 burner gas stove with oven and grill, set on gimbals.  Single deep stainless sink with original chromed bronze hand pump for fresh water.  Hot and cold pressurised water supply with mixer tap, hot water from a calorifier.  Storage space above and below the galley.

Half height bulkheads with vertical handrails separate off the main saloon.  Port and starboard saloon settee berth with a pilot berth behind each side.  Storage lockers under the pilot berths.  Centreline fold out saloon table.

Starboard side passageway going forward with heads compartment to port and hanging locker to starboard.

Heads compartment has a Baby Blake sea toilet, rebuilt in 2008, that discharges directly overboard.  Hand basin with hot and cold pressurised water.

Forward cabin with twin V-berths and full headroom, forehatch above. Anchor locker forward right in the bows.



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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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