Sailing yachts

Buchanan Vashti

(REF: 18100)


  • Designer: Buchanan, Alan
  • Builder: Suttons of Great Wakering
  • Year: 1962
  • Location: Suffolk
  • Length on deck: 37'9"
  • Beam: 9'7"
  • Draft: 6'3"
  • Tonnage: 11 TM

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Wooden Ships Comments on this Buchanan Vashti

The Vashti class was one of Alan Buchanan’s most successful and well known designs with about half a dozen genuine Vashti yachts having been built following on the first boat called Vashti.  This yacht was built by Suttons of great Wakering in 1962.

Typical Buchanan elegance with a stunning sheer line turning up to a superb long counter.

The beauty of the Vashti is her size, making her an extremely capable sailing yacht while also being very manageable and easily sailed by two people.  Everything about the boat makes her an easy boat to manage with a very well balanced and light helm and a sail area of only 480sqft making each constituent part of the rig lightweight and easy to set and trim.  The boat can be sailed like a dinghy and the present owners have frequently tacked her upriver and on to her mooring without having to use the engine.

She has had a successful racing career including winning the Queens Cup in 1967.  This boat has been kept on the east coast and wintered in the same boat yard every year for the last 45 plus years, going ashore into the shed every winter which has kept her in superb condition.



Buchanan Vashti


Planked in Honduras mahogany all copper rivet fastened to steamed timbers, 1.25” x 1.75” at 6.5” centres.

Galvanised steel strap floors all removed from the boat and regalvanised.  New galvanised floor bolts in the winter of 2011/2012.

Galvanised steel ring frames fore and aft of the mast to strengthen the hull.


Decks and cockpit

Yacht laid teak deck over a plywood subdeck, all screwed and glued to pine deck beams.  The teak was replaced in 2002 and still looks like new.  Teak is epoxy bonded to the plywood and seams are payed with Sikaflex.  The whole deck has been treated with Coelan from new with added non slip granules.  All bronze cleats and fairleads.

Self draining cockpit with fixed teak thwarts and a centre compass binnacle.  Cockpit sole lifts to give access to stern gland.  Tiller steering on a stock which protrudes through at the aft end of the cockpit.  Centre line companionway with washboards and a sliding hatch accessed over a bridge deck.



Teak coamings on the coachroof and cockpit all finished in Coelan.  Sheathed plywood coachroof deck finished in deck paint.  Coachroof has a low profile through most of its length, stepping up slightly at the aft end into a small doghouse giving more headroom in the galley area.  There is a good camber to the coachroof deck which increases headroom below without ruining the outline of the yacht.  Teak handrails and hatches on the coachroof deck.  A new sprayhood from 2012 sits just forward of the companion hatch garage to shelter the cockpit.

Coamings have contemporary square portlights with chromed bronze window bezels.



Masthead Bermudan sloop rig on a keel stepped gold anodized aluminium spar with a square section aluminium slab reefing boom.

All new stainless steel standing rigging in 2014.  Stainless rigging screws to internal galvanised chainplates.  Roller reefing headsail.






Yanmar 3GM 30 installed new in 1999.  Fresh water cooled with a heat exchanger.  Stainless shaft to a centreline 3 blade folding 16” Brunton bronze propeller.  Deep sea seal on the stern gland.



2 x 12 volt batteries charged from the 55 amp engine alternator.

12 volt DC panel located behind the companion steps .



Stainless steel fuel tank located under the cockpit sole with a filler in the starboard cockpit locker.  New 1999.






6 berths with 2 large quarter berths each 6’5” length, twin forepeak berths and two settee berths, all 6’2”.



Double steps down over the engine box into the main saloon with chart desk to port and galley to starboard.  6’5” headroom under the doghouse around the galley.

6’ headroom under the beams with full length settee berths.  Centre line drop leaf table with scrubbed teak cabin sole boards.

Ample lockers around the saloon under the berths and beneath the deck head.  Taylors paraffin cabin heater on the forward bulkhead.



Heads compartment forward of the saloon to port.  Baby Blake sea toilet pumps directly overboard.  Stainless hand basin mounted above the heads which drains directly into the bowl.



Gimballed Taylors stove and oven with a single stainless sink which is pumped directly overboard.  Hand pumped fresh water from the tank.




Sestral steering compass

2D forward facing sonar

TackTick log, sounder and wind indicator

Raymarine tiller pilot

Raymarine E7 chartplotter


Raymarine radar


Simpson Lawrence manual anchor winch

15kg Delta anchor

Ample amount of 10mm chain




Horse shoe life buoy



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.