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Centre cockpit yawl

(REF: 17922)


  • Designer: Cardnell Bros. Maylandsea
  • Builder: Cardnell Bros, Maylandsea
  • Year: 1932
  • Location: Kent
  • Length on deck: 32'
  • Beam: 8'3"
  • Draft: 4'3"
  • Tonnage: 7TM

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Wooden ships comments on this Bermudan centre-cockpit Yawl

One of 4 the same, designed and built by Cardnell Bros of Maylandsea, Essex. 1932.

The design features a long keel, a rather pointed canoe stern and a centre cock-pit with aft cabin.

The forward and after coach-roofs have marked camber on the roofs. The forward coach-roof carries forward into a raised fore deck with a step in the side decks to give a very interesting deck lay-out.

The varnished mahogany coamings with bronze port holes give her a very attractive line.

Centre cockpit yawl

The construction is unusual and interesting for a small yacht like this, 3/4″ mahogany planking in 2 laminations laid longditudinally, tight seamed with no caulking and customarily built with white lead between.

This method of construction ensures a very tight, strong and water tight hull and would have been more expensive to build than a conventionally planked hull.  Full thickness sheer strake.

All copper fastened to steam bent oak timbers ¾ ” x 1 ½” at 8” centres.

Oak floors, 3” sided at 12” centres.

Original cast iron keel and internal iron ballast were replaced in 2006 by an external 2 ¼” ton lead ballast keel, secured with 1” dim aluminium bronze bolts, all to Lloyds spec.

The deck is laid in the original pitch-pine, epoxy glass sheathed shortly after purchase by the present owner 20 years ago.

The sheer strake forward in way of the raised fore deck is finished varnished, scrubbed teak rubbing strake around midships sections, scrubbed teak toe rail, neatly cut-away in way of the stanchion posts.teak gGrab rails on the forward coach-roof.

New scrubbedteak fore hatch just forward of the main mast.

New scrubbed teak sky-light on the after coach-roof.

The underwater hull has been refastened.

The cock-pit sole and saloon cabin sole are laid in teak

New teak cock-pit seats.

Bronze mooring cleats forward and aft and bronze stemhead fitting. Cross sampson post on the fore deck aft of the windlass, both mounted on scrubbed teak plinth.

Stainless steel pull-pit, push-pit and stanchions with twin guard wires.

Wheel steering on cables. Varnished wheel on the port side after cock-pit bulkhead.


Masthead cutter-headed Bermudian yawl rig on varnished masts, stepped on deck. The main mast was new in 2008.

Slab-reefing varnished booms. 2-point main sheet on the after coach-roof, made off to a varnished cleat.

Tufnel blocks to tackle kicker on the main boom.

Staysl sheets through lead blocks on the coach-roof.

Jib sheets through lead blocks on the toe rail.

Pair of Lewmar self-tail sheet winches on the cock-pit coamings.

Pair on tufnol sheet winches.

Pair of tufnol halyard winches on the main mast.

Stainless steel standing rigging, replaced in 2006 to external bronze chain plates.

Split standing back-stays to the quarters.

Single lowers and cap shrouds on both main and mizzen

Bob-stay on tackle.





Yankee on roller reefing gear

Staysail on roller reefing gear.

All by Wilkinson Sails, 1999.

Mizzen staysail 2003

Cruising chute 2001

Main boom awning cover. 2003



Vetus Mitsubishi M3.10 22hp 3-cyl diesel installed in 1990.

Single lever control Hurth gear-box to centre-line 3-blade prop gives 7knts.

20 gall plastic fuel tank

Full engine instrument instrumentation including audible alarms.

2 x 12v batteries on 12v circuits.

240v shore power


6 berths.

Baby Blake sea toilet in the fore peak. Sail stowage locker to stbd. Bulkhead door to stbd galley, port locker.

Nelson gimballed gas cooker. Stainless steel sink drains overboard.

Bulkhead door to the saloon cabin. Port and stbd settee berths with swinging drop leaf table between.

Pipe cots can be rigged over the settees each side.

Centre door and step-up to the cock-pit. New teak seat lockers each side.

Stbd entrance to the aft cabin with sliding hatch.

Aft cabin with port berth, extends to a double berth. Seat across the stern, rounded in to the after stbd corner, locker behind.

Surface to stbd with hand basin.

Lazarette stowaged accessed from the aft cabin through a bulkhead opening.

All varnished joinery with varnished bulkheads and deck beams. Oil lamps and period 12v bulkhead lamps.

30 gall galvanised water tank under the cock-pit.

5’6” head-room forward; 5’10” head-room in the saloon cabin; 5’4” head-room in the aft cabin.



Plastimo compass                                                                               Echo sounder

Smiths log                                                                                              VHF radio

Auto-pilot                                                                                              Garmin GPS


4 life jackets                                                                                           Horse-shoe life buoy with light.

Inflatable Danbuoy                                                                            3 fire extinguishers.

Off-shore flare pack


35lb CQR anchor                                                                                80 m approx 3/8” chain.

Various warps


8’6” inflatable dinghy                                                        2hp outboard engine

Warps, fenders, winter cover, cock-pit cover.


During a 20 year ownership this fascinating yacht has been significantly up-graded and improved to her present very attractive condition. She is a safe, comfortable cruising yacht with the advantage of a separate aft cabin, a very manageable split rig and a modern engine.



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.