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Fred Parker Sloop

(REF: 25492)


  • Designer: Fred Parker
  • Builder: Nunn Bros Ltd of Waldringfield
  • Year: 1957
  • Location: Suffolk
  • Length on deck: 38'6"
  • Beam: 9'8"
  • Draft: 6'
  • Tonnage: 12TM

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Designed by Fred Parker and built by Nunn Bros. Ltd of Waldringfield in 1957 to Lloyds 100A1 classification.  Launched with the name Barleycorn, the commissioning owner was Hubert Richard Courage of brewing fame, he bought a consignment of Golden Burma Teak and had the yard build him the yacht from that timber.  Fred Parker drew the lines as a one off especially for Courage and as far as we know she was the only boat built to this design.

The current owner bought the boat from Courage in 1973 and has cruised her extensively since that time with trips from the UK to Greece and up to the Lofoten islands reaching 68° North.

She is known to sail extremely well with good windward performance and will stand up to her canvas.  The owners have weathered severe conditions on a number of occasions during their voyages and she has never given any cause for concern.

An elegant boat with a nice history that has been cruised extensively in the long present ownership.

2016 survey available on request.


Length On deck                                38’6”

Length Waterline             28’6”

Beam                                    9’8”

Draft                                      6’

Sail Area                               550sqft

Thames Tonnage             12TM


Planked in Burma teak of 7/8” fastened to steam bent oak timbers with copper nails and roves.

Galvanised strap floors across the centreline.

External lead ballast keel of 3.5 tons fastened with bronze keel bolts.  1 bolt drawn in 2016 and found to be in perfect condition.

Yacht laid teak deck screwed and glued to a marine plywood subdeck.  Scrubbed teak coverboards, toe rails and capping rails.

Varnished Burma teak coachroof coamings with chromed bronze portholes.

Epoxy sheathed plywood coachroof deck with varnished teak grab rails and hatches.

Raised doghouse aft with a varnished teak sliding companion hatch.

Self draining cockpit with varnished teak coamings and laid teak thwarts and scrubbed teak sole gratings.

Tiller steering with an oak tiller and cast bronze stock.


Masthead Bermudan sloop rig on a keel stepped varnished spruce mast.

Varnished spruce slab reefing boom.  Varnished spruce spinnaker pole.

Stainless steel standing rigging to internal galvanised chain plates.  Rigging was new approximately 2011.

Hood roller furling headsail system.

Pair of original chromed bronze non-self tailing primary sheet winches.  These have a side handle that fits in through the cockpit coaming with a gearbox in the base of the winch.  Top quality and very robust sheet winches.

Pair of Lewmar self tailing secondary cockpit sheet winches.

2 mast winches

Complete set of sails in used but serviceable condition including 2 x mainsails, genoa, No.1 jib, No.2 jib, spinnaker and storm sails.  Sails serviced in 2019 and not used since.


Sole Mini 44 installed new in 2016.  4cyl 44hp marine diesel.  Approximately 900 hours run time with a full service in 2021.

Centreline feathering 3 blade bronze propeller gives 6 knots cruising speed.

2 x 60 litre stainless steel fuel tanks.

5 x 12 volt batteries, 1 for engine starting and 4 for domestics.  Charged from engine alternator or through 240 volt Sterling Power charger when connected to shore power.

1 x manual and 1 x auto electric bilge pump.


5 berths including a double in the saloon and 3 singles.

Steps down from the companionway with galley to port and chart desk to starboard.

Galley has a Force 10 3 bruner gas stove with oven and grill.  Single stainless sink with pressurised hot water.

Gas fired hot water unit.

Chart desk is forward facing.

Main saloon with over 6’ headroom.  2 saloon settee berths, the port side can convert to a double.  Dropleaf saloon table. 

Doorway going forward with a heads compartment to starboard.  Manual Baby Blake sea toilet discharges directly overboard.

Forward cabin with 2 single V-berths and storage right in the bows.

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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.

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