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Buchanan Saxon Class Sloop

(REF: 20395)


  • Designer: Buchanan, Alan
  • Builder: RJ Priors and Son
  • Year: 1962
  • Location: Suffolk
  • Length on deck: 34'6"
  • Beam: 9'6"
  • Draft: 6'
  • Tonnage: 10TM

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Wooden Ships Comments on this Buchanan Saxon Class Sloop

The Saxon Class was designed by Alan Buchanan as a development of his very successful Vashti and was a smaller more manageable yacht but with many of the same attributes.

This boat was built by RJ Priors and Son of Burnham in 1962 to Lloyds 100A1 and was kept in class until very recently.

The dimensions and volume of the Saxon make her an ideal size for many owners, easily single handed, but with 5 berths and space for a good size crew when racing, she is large enough to take some nasty weather if required without being unmanageable.  The current owner has kept the boat in superb condition, updated as and when necessary and uses her regularly each season.  She comes with a very smart fitted all over cover, keeping the winter weather away from the bright work and allowing the hull to breathe.

A very attractive boat with lovely sailing qualities, nicely presented and ready for the coming season.

Length on Deck                 34’6″

Length Waterline             26′

Beam                                    9’6″

Draft                                      6′

Thames Tonnage             10TM



Planked in mahogany all copper fastened to Canadian Rock Elm steamed timbers.  Oak back bone.

External iron ballast keel of 3.2 ton with iron keel bolts, last drawn in 1998.

Galvanise strap floors across the centreline with some sawn timber floors

Sheathed plywood deck with varnished teak toe rail and capping rail.  Stainless steel push pit, pulpit and guard wires.  Heavy knees and an extra beamshelf clamp in way of the rigging for strength.

Varnished teak coachroof coamings with a sheathed plywood coachroof deck.  Chrome framed windows.

Varnished teak forehatch, hand rails and main companion hatch.

Long self draining cockpit with deep varnished teak coamings and a bridge deck.  Port side cockpit locker with scrubbed teak lid.  Tiller steering.  Varnished teak hatch under the tiller into lazarette.




Masthead bermudan sloop rig on a keel stepped varnished spruce mast with single spreaders.

Varnished spruce roller reefing boom.  Double tailed mainsheet to aft of cockpit.

Stainless steel standing rigging all new between 2001 and 2005.

Furlex 200S roller furling headsail system.

Pair of mast halyard winches, pair of control line winches on coahcroof and pair of Lewmar 40 self tailing cockpit sheet winches.

Mainsail, genoa, spinnaker, trysail and storm jib all in good condition.




Perkins Perama M30 30hp 3cylinder diesel installed new in 1997.  Fesh water cooled.

Single lever controls to a centreline fixed 3 blade bronze propeller.  6 knots cruising speed.

10 gallon stainless fuel tank aft.

25 gallon galvanised water tank under cabin sole.

2 x 12 volt batteries, both new in 2019 for domestics and engine starting.

Charged from engine alternator or with Victron Blue Power 30amp charger and installed shore power system.

1 x manual and 1 x auto electric bilge pump (new 2018)




5 berths including quarter berth, 2 saloon settee berths and 2 singles forward.

Steps down over the engine box with quarter berth and outboard facing chart desk to starboard.

Chart desk has storage below and Raymarine chartplotter under the deckhead.

Galley to port with a Nelson 2 burner gimballed gas cooker with oven and grill, new 2018.  Single stainless sink with manually pumped fresh water.  Ample storage space aft and outboard of the galley.

Half height bulkheads with vertical grab rails separate off the main saloon with scrubbed teak sole boards.

Centreline expanding saloon table in varnished mahogany with a settee berth either side.  Storage lockers behind the seat backs and a shelf either side under the deck head.

Starboard side passageway going forward with heads compartment to port.

Heads has a manually pumped Baby Blake which discharges directly overboard.  Porcelain hand basin folds out of a locker with manually pumped fresh water.

Forepeak in varnished mahogany joinery with twin V-berths.  Anchor locker beyond in the bows.




Full specification and details available upon request





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