Sailing yachts

Buchanan RORC Class 2 Sloop

(REF: 17895)


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

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Wooden ships comments on this Buchanan RORC Class 2 sloop

Alan Buchanan RORC Class 2 sloop, built to a very high standard to Lloyds 100A1 to compete in RORC Class 11. 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.

Previous UK ownership fort 35 years, sold through Wooden Ships to present owner in 2003.

She had a major refit by David Moss Boat Builder, Fleetwood in 2007-8 with full photographic record and continuous updating.

Regular surveys by Andrew Potter YBDSA, the last survey was in 2009 when he commented “This vessel has been very considerably improved and is considered to be a particularly good and attractive example of this class”.


Hull construction.


All teak planking on close-spaced Canadian Rock Elm timbers, 17/8” x 11/2” @ 7”c.

Doubled beam shelf, clamp and stringers.      Hull stripped to bare wood and repainted 2007.

Lead ballast keelBronze keel bolts, one drawn by Waterside Marine, Bangor in 2005, found excellent and replaced.

Galv strap floors.  The floors through the midships area and forward were blasted and repainted and refastened with new hot-dipped galvanised bolts.

The floors in the counter were removed and regalvanised and replaced with new bolts.


Teak deck, yacht-laid and joggled to a king plank and finished scrubbed,  the thick planking secret copper nailed on a thin ply sub-deck with deep toe rails, scrubbed teak capping.

Recessed bronze fair leads in the rail forward and aft.

Bronze and teak bar cleats forward and aft to take mooring lines.

Stainless steel stemhead fitting.   Removed and rebedded 2007

Original chromed bronze deck fittings.

Deck refit.  In the 2007 refit, several teak deck planks were lifted to examine the ply sub deck which was found in perfect condition.  The teak was found to be thick on a thin ply sub deck which is unusual. In addition, bronze tie rods are fitted between carlings and beam shelf indicating it was possible that the original plan was to lay a solid teak deck with a change of plan while building.

Hatch on the aft deck just behind the coamings to access lazarette stowage.

2 small flush hatches right aft contain the Camping Gas bottles, draining overboard under the counter.

Buchanan RORC Class 2 Sloop

Varnished teak coach-roof slightly raised to a dog-house aft with nicely cambered sheathed ply deck, painted with white non-slip deck paint.

Varnished Dorade vents, hand rails each side, chromed bezel windows rechromed in previous long ownership, traditional sky-light, varnished teak hatch on the fwd end,.

Sliding hatch and 3 wash-boards to the cabin entrance.


Wonderful spacious oval cock-pit with teak coamings, painted inside, varnished out with  varnished capping, teak laid seating with bridge deck,  deep seat lockers each side.

Teak laid sole in the self-draining cock-pit well lifts in 2 sections to acces structure below.

Varnished teak wheel on Whitlock pedestal incorporating the steering compass.

Emergency tiller.


Masthead bermudian sloop rig on varnished oval keel stepped mast, single spreaders with deck floods.  Mast stripped and revarnished and rewired.

Single standing back-stay, Hood roller furling fore-stay + lazy inner stay on over-centre chromed lever.

Twin lowers, cap shrouds all in s/s replaced in 2008 with swaged terminals to s/s rigging screws on int galvanised chain plates.   New galvanised steel chain plates fitted in 2007.  New standing rigging for the 2008 season

Varnished boom with original chromed roller reefing gear.   Boom split and reglued, track                                                                                                 refastened and boom revarnished.



Captive wire main halyard winch.

Lewmar 30 2-speed headsail winch on wire to rope

Barlow top action halyard winch.

Lewmar 55ST primary genoa winches.

Barlow 26 cock-pit sheet winches

Top action bronze main sheet winch.



Light mainsail

Heavy mainsail

Hood genoa on furling gear.

2 spinnakers


Storm jib, new 2005

Mainsail cover

Toe rail and deck headsail tracks with twin cars.




Beta Marine 4-cyl 38 hp diesel installed new in 2009 with 120 hours (July 09)

Fresh water cooled with heat exchanger. Upgraded 100amp alternator, engine exhaust sensor, fire-proof hoses.

New cutlass bearing, new shaft coupling, rubber  sleeve and seals 2008.   Darglow Featherstream prop fitted 2007 gives an extra knot.

40 gall s/s fuel tank under the cock-pit.


2 x 125amp/hr Vetus Elecsol carbon fibre monobloc batteries with voltage sensitive relay (new 2011)                                                                                  New wiring and switch-board fitted in previous ownership.


Accommodation.       6 berths.

Large fore cabin with V-berths, sail stowage fwd.

Bulkhead door off-set to stbd to hanging lockers under stbd side deck;

Heads compartment opposite to port in way of the mast with porcelain hand basin, drains to the head. H & C pressurised water supply from calorifier tank.

Baby Blake sea toilet.  Stripped and rebuilt with new seals, 2008


Passageway aft to saloon cabin with good width, sealed teak cabin sole, varnished teak coamings and varnished deck beams.   New berth cushions and lee cloths, 2008

White painted bulkheads and joinery. Original chromed fittings.

Port and stbd settee berths with pilot berths behind each side. Folding gimballed table.

Aft-facing seat/locker with varnished teak lid at chart desk in the after stbd corner under the bridge deck, instruments around.

Galley in after port corner with new gimballed Flavel Wayfarer 2-burner, grill and oven gas gimballed cooker.  Gas pipes replaced 2008,  Gas certificate 2008.   Pilot twin channel gas alarm 2005

Stainless steel sink with original hand pump supply, hand pump-out to overboard.

Pressurised water supply with separate H & C mixer tap.

Hot water supply frm Calorifier tank heated by 240v immersion heater when on shore supply.


Engine box step, all sound-insulated, removes to give all round access to the engine.


70 galls water in 2 galv steel tanks under saloon sole. Water tanks removed, checked and                                                                                                   repaired and refitted with new pipe work.

HW 30 litre calorifier tank heated by the engine cooling water and on 240v immersion heater when on shore power.

6’6” head-room in the saloon cabin.

6’4” head-room in the heads area.

All new berth cushions in 2010




Lofrans GPS

B&G Quad log and sounder.

B&G chart desk repeater (2006)

Tacktick wireless wind speed and directions linked via Tacktick NMEA interface

Raymarine RL70C plotter

Raymarine radar

Raymarine NMEA/Seatalk interface (2006) links all instruments to display on the plotter

Raymarine Smart Pilot autohelm computer and cock-pit controls (2007)

Simrad RD60 DSC VHF (2006)


Ground tackle.

CQR anchor

50 meters chain

Fortress anchor

Chain and warp

Lofrans Tiger 12v windlass


Safety gear

2 x life buoys with auto-lights (2011)

2 x Danbuoys

Seago 6-man canister life-raft (serviced 2011)

EPIRB GME MT 400/401 ( 2007)

Safety boarding ladder

Life sling

Echomax 180 radar reflector

Fire blanket

Aquasignal Series 40 nav lights

Lopo LED tri-colour and anchor light (2008)


Safety jack-stays.

12v and manual bilge pumps.


Fire extinguishers:

Engine compartment 2kg auto FE36 (2011)

2 x 2kg powder in the companionway

2 x 1kg powder in cock-pit lockers

2 kg in the forepeak.



Deck gear

Avon Redcrest dinghy

Assotted fenders and fender skirts

Coach-roof cover (2006)

Full over-boom cover (2009)

Mooring warps.


A very fine teak yacht, beautifully built with a history of good ownership. She is a particularly attractive size with good volume, a long-legged yacht capable of fast passage times, manageable by two.

The yacht is exceptionally clean and well presented, fully ready for sea and in commission.

The interior is unusually light and airy with generous stowage lockers.

In present ownership she has had some very good work done, mostly by specialist wooden boat builder David Moss in Lancashire.

All refitting fully documented and photographed, all information available for inspection.


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.