Sailing yachts

Colin Archer type bermudan cutter

(REF: 18297)


  • Designer: Traditional
  • Year: 1954
  • Location: Suffolk
  • Length on deck: 28'
  • Beam: 9'1"
  • Draft: 4'4"

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Wooden Ships Comments on this Colin Archer type bermudan cutter

Built in Dunedin, New Zealand in 1954 to a Colin Archer type design.  Much of her early history is unknown but she was found by the present owner in poor condition and had a major rebuild in 2009 in New Zealand.  Shortly after this she was shipped back to the UK where unfortunately, due to health reasons, she has been used very little.

During the rebuild it was found the hull was in remarkably good shape but she needed a new deck, new interior and a new rig on the original mast.  The superstructure was altered from the original dog house arrangement to a conventional coachroof with a healthy radius on the roof making her look much sweeter while still keeping decent headroom below decks.

She is currently in need of a cosmetic refit but the hull and decks are sound and with a small amount of work she could be made ready for sea.

2012 survey available.  Fully equipped with a good inventory of modern equipment, she just needs someone with the time to get her smartened up and back in the water and benefit from the huge amount of work done during the rebuild.

Length on Deck                 28′

Length Overall                   34’7″

Beam                                    9’1″

Draft                                      4’4″




Conventional carvel planking using a hardwood, probably Kauri or Matai.

Steam bent timbers fastened with copper nails and roves.

Sawn wooden floors fastened with bronze throat bolts.

External lead ballast keel with bronze keel bolts.  Bolts last drawn in 2009.

Internal trimming ballast of 750kg securely fastened in the bilge.

Sheathed plywood deck on new deck beams.  Semi swept teak deck glued over the plywood.

Sheathed plywood coachroof coamings with bronze portholes.

Sheathed plywood coachroof deck finished in non slip deck paint.

Self draining cockpit with deep lockers either side. white painted coamings and scrubbed teak capping rails.




Bermudan cutter rig on a keel stepped painted wooden mast.

Painted wooden roller furling boom.

Boomed staysail on a wooden staysail boom with all bronze fittings.

Varnished bowsprit carrying the jib on a roller furling system.

Stainless steel standing rigging all new in 2009.  Bronze rigging screws to external bronze chain plates.

Full set of sails in good condition

Bronze Lewmar self tailing sheet winches.




Lombardini LDW 702 20hp twin cylinder diesel installed new in 2009.  Only 67 hours running.

Centreline stainless shaft to a 3 blade fixed bronze propeller.

Stainless steel fuel tank under the aft deck.

2 x 12 volt batteries under the step in front of the engine for engine starting and domestics, charged from the engine alternator.

2 x electric bilge pumps.

The whole mechanical and electrical installation was new in 2009.




Steps down into the main cabin with a settee berth either side. Removable table makes a dining area.

Amidships is the chart desk to starboard and galley to port.

Galley has a Taylors paraffin stove with an oven, single stainless sink with pressurised water plus manually pumped sea water.  Ample storage around the galley.

Forward facing chart desk has a lifting lid giving access to chart storage area, VHF radio and electrical switch panel.

Passageway going forward on the starboard side with a heads compartment to port.

Heads has a manual Lavac sea toilet and a hand basin.

In the forepeak is a decent size double berth with chain locker and stowage forward of this.



Full specification and details available upon request





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.