Sailing yachts

Dark Harbor 17

(REF: 18070)


  • Designer: Crowninshield, B.B
  • Builder: Jackson Yachts
  • Year: 2014
  • Location: Ipswich
  • Length on deck: 25'10"
  • Beam: 6'3"
  • Draft: 4'3"
  • Tonnage: 1500kg disp

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Wooden Ships Comments on this Dark Harbor 17
Built by Floatsjackson of Ipswich in 2014 to a designed by B.B Crowninshield from 1908 known as a Dark Harbor 17.  This is an American one design for racing in sheltered coastal waters and typical of her period.  A very beautiful, easy to sail and minimalist yacht that will turn heads wherever she goes, ideal for regatta campaigns or simply exploring local rivers and coasts.
Built using modern construction methods and materials which creates a very strong and lightweight hull, this is a great example of the shipwright skills that are still to be found in abundance across the country.


LOA                     25′ 10″

LWL                     17′ 6″

BEAM                   6′ 3″

DRAFT                 4′ 3″

SAIL AREA           311sqft


Dark Harbor 17




West system cedar strip planking over 13 laminated mahogany ring frames.  Laminated douglas fir longitudinal stringers.  Sheathed in 600gram glass saturated in West System epoxy and finished in Awlgrip.  Inside of the hull coated in thin epoxy and painted with varnish over the top.


Fin and Rudder

Laminated douglas fir fin sheathed in 600gram glass saturated with west system epoxy. Rudder blade is a solid ply lamination, profiled and sheathed in glass. Lead keel through bolted and bonded with Arbicol. All surfaces finished in Awlgrip products.



Laminated mahogany beams with marine plywood deck, sheathed in 600gram epoxy glass.  Painted and grooved deck head to give the effect of a laid deck.


Mahogany toe rail all round with.


Bronze fittings on deck with a centreline aft fairlead and twin fairleads forward.  Nice bronze cleats for mooring and running rigging.  Bronze rimmed deck light set in the foredeck.


Coachroof and Cockpit

Solid African mahogany coachroof and cockpit coamings cut from a single board to ensure the grain matches both sides of the boat.


Coachroof deck has a distinct and very pretty camber with a centreline sliding hatch and a pair of hinged mahogany doors in the companionway.


Self draining cockpit with a laid Douglas fir sole.  Rudder stock protrudes through the cockpit sole and has a hinged tiller to help moving around the boat.





High peaked gaff sloop rig on a keel stepped spruce mast.  Varnished spruce boom, gaff and headsail boom.  All spars by Collars with custom made bronze fittings.


Large mainsail with an overhanging boom and a single tail mainsheet to a bronze horse on the aft deck and a jammer on the centreline at the aft end of the cockpit.  All halyards are led back form the mast to cleats on the coachroof deck.


Single cap shroud each side in stainless steel wire to internal bronze chainplates bolted through slightly oversize ring frames.


Forestay in stainless wir to the stem head with hanked on headsail.  The headsail has a small varnished spruce boom to block and tackle sheet which makes it a self tacking headsail.


Running backstays onto 4:1 tackles.



All sails as new condition by One Sails



Custom double axle Snipe trailer

Raymarine wireless log and sounder.

Torqueedo outboard motor






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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