Sailing yachts

Harrison Butler Bermudan Cutter

(REF: 18226)


  • Designer: Harrison Butler, Dr
  • Builder: Mashford's Yard, Cremyll, Plymouth
  • Year: 1939
  • Location: Plymouth
  • Length on deck: 30'
  • Beam: 8'9
  • Draft: 5'
  • Tonnage: 7.8

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Wooden Ships Comment on this Harrison Butler Bermudan Cutter

Dr Harrison Butler designed the ‘Rose of Arden’ class in the 1930’s, and this boat is one of four built and one of the three built at Mashford’s yard in Plymouth.  In the  previous 37 year ownership she made in excess of 10 transatlantic crossings and cruised extensively in the Caribbean, South America and the Mediterranean.  She was always taken back to Mashfords Boatyard during his ownership for maintenance.


Length on deck:           30’

Length waterline:        23’

Beam:                          8’9

Draft:                           5’

Tonnage:                     7.8 TM.



Harrison Butler ‘Rose of Arden’ Bermudan Cutter


Pitch Pine planking on oak frames all copper fastened.

External 2 ton iron ballast keel with some internal trimming ballast.  Keel bolts drawn 2 years ago and found in good condition.

T&G pine deck sheathed in epoxy cloth and painted.

Teak coamings and cockpit.


Refit this year included hull and decks repainted, brightwork re-varnished, garboard seams raked out and professionally re-caulked with oakum and red lead putty.  Keel bolts tightened.  New rudder heel support.




Bermudan cutter rig on a keel stepped solid varnished wooden mast.

Varnished wooden roller reefing boom and staysail boom

Galvanised standing rigging to internal chain plates.

Twin forestays, single standing backstay and running backstays on levers.

Tan sails with a total sail area 395 sq ft.

Professionally re-rigged this year.




Volvo Penta MD 10a 2 cylinder petrol engine.  Recent service with lots of spares.




The interior is rich with original paneled joinery and has a lovely cozy feel to it.

Steps down over the engine with a galley to port and chart desk to starboard.

Galley is a simple work surface with a 2 burner gas stove and two stainless sinks with manually pumped fresh water.

Chart desk is varnished teak with a drawer below.

2 saloon settee berths.

Centreline door into the forepeak

Forepeak is used for storage and has the original Baby Blake heads.




New electric bilge pump

2 anchors and chain.
Mooring warps and fenders.
Various compasses.
Cooker and gas bottles.
Navigation lights.
Sail and hatch covers.
Cockpit cover.
Original baby blake toilet.
Beaching legs.
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.