Sailing yachts

Fred Shepherd Yawl

(REF: 23893)


  • Designer: Fred Shepherd
  • Builder: Lavis & Sons Yachtbuilders
  • Year: 1939
  • Location: Scotland
  • Length on deck: 35'6"
  • Beam: 8'9"
  • Draft: 5'6"
  • Tonnage: 8 tons displacement

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Designed by Fred Shepherd and built by Lavis and Sons Yachtbuilders, Exmouth, Devon in 1939.

This was the last yacht designed by Fred Shepherd before retiring in 1939, he penned some 80 boats during his career including the famous Lively Lady for Sir Alec Rose, which is a very similar design to this yacht.

She has been laid up ashore in Scotland for a number of years, well covered from the elements, and will require some refit work before she goes sailing again.  The hull, according to a boat builder, is basically sound but has dried out considerably on one side.   The engine is beyond repair and will require replacement.  Her rig, sails and spars are complete and all come with the boat.

There is plenty of detailed information with the boat including several surveys and old articles allowing a new owner to gain a far better understanding of the boat and what might be required to refit her.

Length on Deck                 35’6”

Length Waterline             26’3”

Beam                                    8’9”

Draft                                      5’6”

Displacement                    8 tons




Planked in pitch pine fastened entirely with copper rivets.  Sawn oak frames with 2 steamed intermediate timbers.

Wooden floors of American Elm side fastened to each sawn frame.  Beneath the engine and shaft the wooden floors are replaced with galvanised steel plate floors.

External lead ballast keel fastened with bronze keel bolts.  Some internal lead trimming ballast.

Yacht laid solid teak deck screw fastened to the deck beams.  Seams caulked and payed with butyl rubber.

Scrubbed teak cover board and toe rail.

Low coachroof with a sheathed plywood coachroof deck and opening bronze port holes in the coamings.

Deep cockpit with a locker either side and scrubbed teak thwarts  Laid teak bridge deck and teak coamings.

Tiller steering with an iron tiller, looped to go around the mizzen mast.




Bermudan yawl rig on keel stepped varnished wooden masts

Main mast professionally rebuilt in recent years.

Varnished wooden roller reefing booms.

Mix of galvanised and stainless steel standing rigging to internal stainless chain plates.

Sails include Mainsail, mizzen, staysail, furling yankee, jib and storm jib.  Main and mizzen in very good condition, other sails serviceable.

2 x Barlow 20 non-self tailing primary cockpit sheet winches.

2 x Barlow 19 non-self tailing secondary cockpit sheet winches.

Wooden bowsprit to take yankee with a Wickham Martin furling system




Currently fitted with a Lombardini 48hp diesel which is no longer functioning and requires replacement.

2 x stainless steel fuel tanks with a total of 20 gallons of diesel.

2 x 110ah batteries.




6 berths including a double forward and fold down double in the saloon.

Interior refitted in 1994 to original layout design.

Steps down from the companion hatch with galley to port.  Chart desk to starboard.

Athwartships under the bridge deck is a single pilot berth.

Galley has a 2 burner gas stove wit oven and grill, double stainless sink with manually pumped fresh water.

Chart desk faces forward with a small seat.

Main saloon has a settee berth either side, the port side has an infill to create a double berth.

Centreline dropleaf saloon table.

Moving forward with a heads compartment to port which has a manual sea toilet and hand basin.

Storage locker to starboard.

Fore cabin with a double V berth and storage space.




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.



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