Sailing yachts

Classic Buchanan Sloop

(REF: 17938)


  • Designer: Buchanan, Alan
  • Builder: E.W.Sutton, Essex
  • Year: 1961
  • Location: Devon
  • Length on deck: 37'6"
  • Beam: 9'3"
  • Draft: 6'3"
  • Tonnage: 10TM

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Wooden ships comments on this Classic Buchanan Sloop,

designed by Alan Buchanan as a development to his famous and very successful race yacht Vashti, this boat, originally launched as Vae Victus was designed to be easier to handle by a small crew while still keeping the performance and seaworthiness of Vashti.  She is a little narrower in the beam, with slightly deeper draft and a more compact rig, resulting in a stunning yacht that is easily driven and handled while still being fantastically fast.


Built in 1961 by E. W. Sutton, Essex, she had a successful first season on the race circuit, winning the Burnham Town Cup and going on to be twice champion of the East Anglia Offshore Racing Association’s cup series.  She was notably featured in the Yachting World Annual of 1962.

A sweet sheer line as is typical of Buchanan boats with a beautiful counter, a nice touch of tumblehome and a low coachroof make this a very eye catching yacht.

Planked in teak below the waterline
, mahogany above, fastened with copper nails and roves to steam bent Canadian Rock Elm timbers on an oak backbone with oak stem and stern post.

Top two seams raked out and splined and the transom replaced in 2011

Lead keel with bronze keel bolts.

Keel dropped off in 2010, keel bolts checked and found to be sound.  Keel rebedded


Teak deck over a 20mm marine plywood subdeck on oak deck beams. Yacht laid 10mm teak glued to the plywood with Epoxy and payed with Sikaflex, joggled to a king plank with a high scrubbed teak toe rail and capping rail.

New deck professionally laid in 2005.


Varnished teak coachroof coamings extending aft to create the cockpit coamings with cockpit thwarts at deck level.  4 bronze framed fixed portholes each side.  Coachroof in plywood on laminated pine beams to give the nice camber.  Sheathed and finished in blue deck paint.  Varnished handrails down each side,  varnished teak forehatch with Perspex centre to allow light into the forepeak.

All bronze deck fittings with a small Sampson post on the fore and aft decks to secure mooring warps.  Stainless steel stem head fitting with twin bow rollers.  Installed pipework at the stem head fitting to wash the chain as it is hauled in.  ‘Quick’ 12volt vertical axis anchor winch just aft of the Sampson post.


Long self draining cockpit with scrubbed teak cockpit seats gives plenty of space for a helmsman and crew to work.  Blue canvas sprayhood fixed to the coachroof extends aft to give shelter to the companionway and the cockpit.  Tiller steering on rudder stock that emerges through the aft cockpit thwart infront of the aft coaming.  Large sealed locker lids in the cockpit sole give access to the stern gear and storage for mooring warps.  Compass to starboard of entrance hatch with Tack Tick & Stowe instruments on a panel above the companionway.


Masthead bermudan sloop rig setting 480sqft of sail on a keel stepped single spreader Proctor alloy mast.  Slab reefing Proctor alloy boom with lazy jacks and stacker system new in 2005.

Stainless steel wire standing rigging to bronze rigging screws and chainplates.  Twin lower stays and single cap shroud.  Split standing backstays.  Inner forestay on over centre lever to carry the storm jib.

Harken roller furling headsail system.

Furler and foil new in 2010

 Classic Buchanan Sloop

Mainsail                                John McKillop                      1999

Genoa                                   John McKillop                       1999 (altered for new furler system)

Working jib                        Unknown                                   Unknown

Storm Jib                           Ratsey                                          Unknown

Spinnaker                           Unknown                                      1999


Accommodation   4 Berths

This is a largely original interior layout with a very open feeling to get the most from the space.  Finished in white panelling with varnished trim with scrubbed teak sole boards and blue bunk cushions.  Webasto diesel hot air cabin heater.  Handrails at head height around the inside of the coamings plus vertical handholds on the bulkheads as would be expected of any good sea boat.

Entrance through the sliding hatch onto the engine box.  Locker behind the steps under the bridge deck with battery switches and stowage.  Port and starboard quarter berths, open right through to the aft end.  Comfortable berths that allow full access and ventilation to the aft end.

Galley to starboard with a gimballed Plastimo Neptune 2 burner and grill gas stove.

Gas pipework renewed 2012

Single stainless steel sink with hand pumped fresh water from approximately a 70l tank under the cabin sole.  Plenty of storage space with sliding doors to lockers behind the galley and lockers under the stove.

Chart desk to port just forward of the quarter berth with chart drawer and open front locker under.  Fully integrated electronics at the chart desk.

Port and starboard setee berths.  Ample stowage under and behind both berths with lockers and shelving above under the deck head.  Trotter box at forrad end with joinery over providing a flat work surface and a cutlery drawer.  Shelving above on the bulkhead.

Passage way forward offset to starboard of the keel stepped mast.  Heads to port with Blakes Lavac sea toilet, installed 2005 and wash basin.  Hanging locker to starboard under the deck head.

Forward to the forepeak, currently only used for stowage of sails and loose gear.  Could be converted with v-berths to create 2 extra bunks which has not been necessary in the current ownership.

The layout, design and finish of the interior makes the most of the space available and avoids the cramped feeling often found in the narrow gutted boats typical of this era.



Yanmar 3HM 3cyl 30Hp diesel engine, rebuilt in 2005.  Stainless steel shaft to 3 blade bronze propeller gives 6.5knots cruising speed and ½ gallon per hour.

70l stainless steel fuel tank with gauge situated under the cockpit sole.  Gravity feeds through two separate filters.

Dedicated engine start battery.

2 x 110ah AGM service batteries.  Charging from the engine alternator and a solar panel.



Sestral Minor compass

Stowe log

Stowe sounder

Tack Tick wind instrument

Avansea T25 plotter with AIS interface

McMurdo ICSNAV6 Navtex


Echomax radar reflector


Fire extinguishers and blanket

Personal EPIRB

Flare pack


35lb CQR with 60m chain

Fishermans kedge anchor, 4m chain + warp

Mooring warps and fenders


Zodiac 2.5m inflatable dinghy

Cockpit tent

Folding camping table



This is a superb pedigree yacht with a rich and successful racing history as well as a proven track record cruising extensively around UK, France and Spain in the last13 years.  She has been maintained to the highest standards with all the serious structural issues that can affect these yachts being addressed in recent years.  We now have a boat that is absolutely ready to sail away and will be equally at home campaigning at classic regattas or cruising with the family.


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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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.