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Buchanan Sea Spray sloop

(REF: 19042)


  • Designer: Buchanan, Alan
  • Builder: W.E. Sutton
  • Year: 1962
  • Location: Cornwall
  • Length on deck: 27'3"
  • Beam: 8'
  • Draft: 4'6"

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Designed by Alan Buchanan and built by W.E Sutton in 1962, the design is known as the Sea Spray.

Bought by the present owner in 2012, she went through a major professional refit in 2013 with a new deck, coachroof, new transom, re-wiring, new engine and all new navigation systems, then in 2018 all the standing rigging was replaced.

She is a very well presented and superbly maintained yacht where it is quite clear no expense has been spared.  She has all the gear, systems and equipment a new owner could hope to have and is absolutely ready to go cruising.  The work has all been done to a very high standard and the finish has been kept up to that standard since the completion of the refit.

Cosy cabin with 3 good berths, separate heads and a good galley, she has adequate space for trips away and is fitted with a pressurised hot water system.  The cockpit is very well designed and offers a lot of space and real sense of security for a small boat.

The owner has very much enjoyed his time with the boat but has now gained the confidence for greater adventures and requires more space so is therefore regretfully upgrading to something larger.  Whoever is lucky enough to take on this Buchanan will reap the benefits of the years of work and investment that has recently gone into her.

Survey reports from 2012, 2014 and March 2021 available.

Length on Deck                 27’3″

Length Overall                   27’9″

Length Waterline             20’3″

Beam                                    8′

Draft                                      4’6″




Carvel planked in  mahogany, all copper rivet fastened to steam bent oak timbers.  Hull re-caulked where necessary and oak timbers replaced or sistered where broken.

Transom replaced in 2013.

Sawn timber floors across the centreline with a single throat bolt.

External iron ballast keel of 1.25 tons, with new galvanised keel bolts in 2016

Yacht laid teak deck over a marine plywood subdeck, new in 2013.  All glued with no fastenings though the teak.  New deck beams where required.

Teak toe rail all round with a varnished capping rail.  Bronze fittings on deck.

Varnished teak coachroof coamings with chromed bronze windows in the dog house.

Sheathed marine plywood coachroof deck new in 2013.

Self draining cockpit with tiller steering on a transom hung rudder.

Deep cockpit coamings with scrubbed laid teak thwarts set low in the boat giving a sense of security.  Scrubbed teak cockpit sole.




Masthead bermudan sloop rig on a deck stepped hollow spruce mast.  Stripped and re-varnished recently.  Varnished slab reefing boom.

Stainless steel standing rigging new in 2018, to new internal stainless steel chain plates.

Running rigging all new in 2014.

Rotostay roller furling headsail system.

Mainsail new in 2017.  Genoa, spinnaker and cruising chute all more than 7 years old but in good condition.

Wilmex bronze self tailing cockpit sheet winches, 2 Lewmar bronze winches on cabin top for running rigging and 2 bronze single speed mast winches.




Mermaid MP321 15.5hp 3cyl diesel installed new in 2014.

Single lever control to centreline fixed 3 blade bronze propeller gives 4.5 knots cruising speed, 6 knots max.

40 litre stainless steel fuel tank under cockpit sole new in 2013.

45 litre stainless water tank with calorifier and pressurised hot water system.

3 x 12 volt batteries charged from engine alternator or 240 volt charger.

Installed shore power system with sockets.

1 manual and 1 electric bilge pump.




3 single berths with 5’8″ headroom in the saloon.

Steps down from the bridge deck over the engine box with galley to port and quarter berth to starboard.

Galley has a Plastimo 2 burner gimballed gas stove with grill and a single deep stainless sink with pressurised hot and cold water.  New worktop fitted in 2019.  Suitable storage lockers around the galley.

Full length quarter berth with batteries beneath.

Half height bulkheads to the saloon with a full length settee berth either side.  Port side pulls out to give ample extra width on the berth.  Storage lockers behind the settee backs.  New upholstery in 2013.

Chart table drops down over aft end of starboard berth.

Storage shelves under the deck head either side.  Drawers at forrard end above each settee.

Centreline door into the forepeak with a Jabsco manual sea toilet on the centreline facing aft.

Storage space for deck gear in the forepeak.




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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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