Sailing yachts

Buchanan Saxon Class

(REF: 18137)


  • Designer: Buchanan, Alan
  • Builder: Prior, Burnham-on-Crouch
  • Year: 1961
  • Location: Devon
  • Length on deck: 34'8"
  • Beam: 9'6"
  • Draft: 6'
  • Tonnage: 10.5TM

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Wooden Ships Comments on this Buchanan saxon class

Designed by Alan Buchanan and built by R. J. Prior of Burnham-on -Crouch in 1961.  This boat was the sixth of thirteen Saxon Class sloops built by Priors and has proven herself over the years with a number of Trans-Atlantic voyages to her name.

She has had quite a bit of work carried out in the past and during her present experienced ownership however she is at the stage where she will require some remedial repair work in the coming years.  She had a new engine in 2006 and a complete new rig and spars in 2014. She has been cruised extensively around the English Channel and has worked extremely well as a family cruising yacht with her 5 berths, manageable rig and comfortable motion at sea.

The yacht is in commission and has been sailing regularly in 2019 but a desire to move to a motor yacht next season means the owners are willing to sell at an attractive price.

Length on Deck                 34’8″

Length Waterline             26′

Beam                                    9’6″

Draft                                      6′

Sail Area                               536sqft

Thames Tonnage             10.5TM

Displacement                    7 tons




Planked in 3/4″ Honduras mahogany fastened with clenched copper nails to Canadian Rock Elm timbers.

The garboard and broad plank are in Iroko and replaced in recent years.

External lead ballast keel fastened with bronze keel bolts.

Galvanised steel strap floors on every frame with steel floor bolts.  will need removing and checking.

3/4″ yacht laid swept teak deck screw fastened to a marine plywood sub deck laid over oak deck beams

Self draining cockpit with a laid teak sole and laid teak thwarts

Varnished teak cockpit coamings with the sheet winches mounted on pedestals on the outside of the coamings.

Varnished teak coachroof coamings with bronze portholes.

Sheathed plywood coachroof deck which requires repair.

Varnished teak handrails and vent boxes with chromed dorade vents new in 2013.  Varnished teak forehatch in front of the mast.




Bermudan sloop rig on an aluminium Z-Spars keel stepped mast.  The entire rig including mast, boom , mast winches and standing rigging was replaced in 2014.

Stainless steel 8mm standing rigging to internal bronze chain plates.

Single line roller furling headsail.  Removable inner forestay also new in 2014.

Slab reefing boom with reefing lines operated at the mast.

Mainsail in good condition.  Genoa in good condition, new from Crusader Sails in 2010.  Spinnaker in good condition.

Pair of Lewmar self tailing primary sheet winches

Pair of non self tailing secondary sheet winches.

3 x self tailing mast winches.




Beta Marine 25hp 3 cylinder marine diesel installed new in 2006.

Single lever controls with a centreline stainless shaft to a Darglow 3 blade bronze folding propellor new in 2013.  6 knots cruising speed.

40l stainless fuel tank under the cockpit sole, new in 2009.

80l stainless water tank under the cabin sole, new in 2006.

2 x 12 volt batteries new in 2013.  Charged from the engine alternator.





5 berths with a starboard quarter berth, 2 saloon settee berths and twin berths in the forepeak.



Steps down into the saloon over the engine box with the galley to port and the chart desk to starboard.  Access to large quarter berth which was rebuilt in 2013 is aft of the chart desk

Varnished teak drop leaf table slightly offset to port with full length settee berths either side.  Scrubbed teak cabin sole boards.  Shelves above the settee’s and large cupboards behind the seat backs.  New upholstery in 2014.

Passageway to the starboard side of the mast with hanging lockers opposite the heads.  Forepeak with twin V-berths and ample headroom due to the coachroof extending forward.



Galley in the aft port corner of the saloon.  3 burner Smev gimballed gas stove installed in 2014.  Single stainless sink with a Corian work top.  Hand pumped fresh water, sink drain is manually pumped overboard.  Ample storage cupboards and shelves for galley equipment.



Heads compartment to port forward of the mast with a Baby Blake sea toilet which pumps directly overboard.




Full specification and details available upon request





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