Sailing yachts

Colin Archer Yacht

(REF: 18134)


  • Designer: Archer, Colin
  • Location: Devon
  • Length on deck: 23'
  • Beam: 9'
  • Draft: 3'6"

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Wooden ships comments on this Colin Archer Yacht

Recently built in Norway as an open boat on the lines of Colin Archer’s Kathleen design, thought to be named after his daughter.

She was destined to be an open boat but was imported to UK in 2014 as a completed hull with rudder but undecked and work started to fit her out as a week-ender.

Colin Archer Yacht

This must be a unique opportunity to own a new boat built to the highest standards but at a fraction of the cost of having a new hull built.

The quality of the original work and the new work cannot be exaggerated and the boat amply justifies the completion work to the same standard.


This hull is absolutely superb, all varnished with totally uniform colour and an immaculately fair finish to the planking. The design is classic Colin Archer with the signature pointed stern and wide beam. The underwater profile indicates good stability which with the beam and freeboard will give her the ability to stand up to her canvas and a lower section which will give tremendous grip in the water allowing her almost certainly to sail remarkably close to the wind.


The hull is built to an exceptionally high standard, close seamed, planked in a very clear-grained pine and appears to be screw fastened to laminated oak frames at 10” centres.

The back-bone is laminated oak incorporating a long lead ballast keel secured with bronze bolts.

2 custom fabricated lifting eyes at appropriate points on the the hog fitted to take lifting strops.

The floors are in laminated oak and extend well up the sides of the hull.

A number what appear to be plywood gusset hanging knees painted with a white epoxy paint give strength to the deck-hull interface, closed spaced in way of the mast.


The rudder is a wonderful piece of grown oak with bronze capping hung on expertly fabricated stainless steel hangings with the heel stepped into a shoe on the end of the keel to carry the weight and avoid snaring crab pot lines.

Superbly shaped laminated oak tiller.


On deck, the design shows a midships main bulkhead with a large cock-pit aft and a small cabin forward leaving generous side decks.

Recent work is on deck with a new marine play deck overlaid with an epoxy/glass scrim and painted off-white.

A new coach-roof has been built in teak comings with a marine ply roof, sheathed as the deck, expertly proportioned and constructed with a good camber to the roof.

A wide sliding hatch, also in teak, with wide aperture down the bridge deck  allows easy entrance to the cabin.

An almost flush fitted teak hatch on the fore deck allows for a wide and and uncluttered fore deck.

The teak toe rails have been fashioned and steam bent and are ready to fit.

The cock-pit coamings are beautifully fashioned and very carefully canted.

The cock-pit has a wide bridge deck with a lid in the middle to access the engine and top-accessed lockers either side.

Loos fitted slatted cock-pit sole boards.

The midships bulkhead and the aft bulkhead to the lazarette are made in T&G teak boards.



The cabin is designed for week-ending with 2 generous berths giving very acceptable head-room when seated.

Standing under the sliding entrance hatch gives approx 5’ head-room, full head-room with the hatch open.

Cabin sole not yet fitted allowing full sight of the structure.

Forward is a slatted berth the full width of the hull and back to the mast site giving plenty of space between bunk and deck-head, all quite adequate as a double berth.

The plan appears to be for a settee each side from the berth back to the bulkhead and no doubt a galley shelf in the after corners each side with the sliding hatch above for ventilation at the galley.

The whole of the interior is varnished down to the keelson with the exception of the very fore peak and the lazarette.



The original design is for a gaff cutter rig.

The mast hole through the deck is cut and a substantial mast step fitted in the cabin below.

There are two spars fully fashioned in round section clear grained spruce, one of which would make the mast, the other the boom.

A custom fabricated stainless steel horse spans the tiller across the aft deck.


A jib and staysail have been made for the rig by Sanders Sails in Lymington.



Nanni 2-cylinder fresh water cooled marine diesel, flexibly mounted under the bridge deck on substantial engine beds with conventional shaft drive to a port-off-set prop, the stern tube carried on a bronze A bracket, all ready to accept the prop.

Exhaust with muffler fitted seen in the lazarette.

The engine bay is full insulated with top-class, aluminium faced material including the bridge deck lid.


A number of fittings are on board including stainless steel deck cleats, sheet fairleads and anodes


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.