Sailing yachts

Centre-board Cove yawl

(REF: 18211)


  • Designer: Cove Edward
  • Builder: Cove, Salcombe
  • Year: 1971
  • Location: Salcombe
  • Length on deck: 22'3"
  • Beam: 8'5"
  • Draft: 2'
  • Tonnage: 2 1/2

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Wooden Ships comments on this Centre-board Cove Yawl

This centre-board yawl is an interesting yacht concept suitable for several uses. With her shoal draft she can navigate in shallow waters, she has a large cock-pit for family or group sailing, a new engine which gives her good speed under power and a small but useful rig to steady her and provide the pleasures of moving on the water under sail alone.

This boat is designed for family pottering in relatively sheltered waters but quite capable of coastal cruising in summer conditions and being quite recent build as traditional boats go she is in very nice condition, professionally maintained, built for a Salcombe resident and still owned by a Salcombe resident.

Designed and built by Edward Cove of the well-known Salcombe boat-yard Coves in 1971. After a very busy productive period during the War, Coves built a multitude of smaller craft, the famous Salcombe Yawls, some bigger, very attractive launches, several yachts and dozens of dinghies.

There is still a generation of active traditional boat builders in Salcombe who learnt their trade under the expert eye of Edgar Cove and his son Edward.

Hyperion has a long straight keel, transom stern and straight stem and transom hung rudder. She is all useable boat with no costly over-hangs. Twin shallow bilge keels allowed her to sit relatively upright on a beach.Centre-board Cove yawl

Planked in ¾” iroko on an oak keel.

Steamed bent 1 ¼” x ¾” oak timbers at 8” centers, all copper fastened to the planking.

Ballasted timber centre-board in a relatively small box, cleverly disguised in the joinery and not noticeably intruding into either cabin or cock-pit.

The centre-board is operated by a lanyard alongside the helm.

Oak floors.

A number of loose cast iron ballast blocks in the bilge.

The deck is laid in marine ply, grp sheathed and painted to give a minimum maintenance and fully water-tight deck.

The coach-roof built with varnished mahogany coamings extended aft to form the cock-pit coamings and set with 3 chromed plated bronze port-holes each side.

Grab rails on the roof, fore hatch on the forward end.

Cock-pit. The cock-pit takes up about half the length of the boat making her very suitable for group or family sailing. More than waist high deep with varnished mahogany seating each side and across the stern between varnished mahogany coamings leaving very adequate side decks and an aft deck.

On the forward bulkhead, the helm is to port with a very distinctive wheel operating an arm on the tiller under the after deck by a Bowden Cable mechanism.

To starboard is the door into the cabin.

The engine is under a varnished mahogany ply deck in the middle of the cock-pit providing a useful seat.

The engine controls are sited to the right of the helm.

Rig. Bermudian yawl rig on aluminium masts setting 114 sq’ of sail.

The main mast is stepped on the coach-roof deck, the mizzen stepped on the after deck.

All stainless steel rigging to external stainless steel chain plates.

Main mast with single spreaders, twin lowers and cap shrouds.

Single fore stay with roller furling gear.

Triatic stay to the mizzen.

Mizzen mast with single mast-head stays.

Aluminium booms.

Sails all in white terylene by McKillop of Kingsbridge

Mainsail                                               57sq’

Jib  new 1990  on roller reefing gear   43.8sq’

Mizzen                                                13.3sq’

Main sail cover

Pair of original top action tufnol sheet winch on the cock-pit camings.

Beta 2-cylinder 15hp diesel engine fitted new in 2010. Very little used and in as new condition.

Centre-line 3-blade prop.

5.5 knts

Accommodation    2 berths

The forward half of the boat is the cabin.

V-berths. Forward varnished mahogany ply bulkhead drops open to access the chain locker.

Part bulkhead to port divides off a compartment with a sea toilet from the cabin. Sensibly a roller blind fitted – a door would obstruct the space.

Galley shelf opposite to stbd just to stbd with 2-burner stainless steel gas cooker, bottle in a locker under the after thwart to stbd.

Water is carried in jerry cans.

Head-room 5’6”

All varnished joinery, white deck-head.

This is a remarkably spacious cabin, very adequate for 2 people for a week-end.




VHF radio

Anchor and chain.

Cock-pit cover.

Warps and fenders

An interesting and delightful little yacht in very tidy condition.


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.