Sailing yachts

Harrison Butler Bogle design

(REF: 17951)


  • Designer: Butler, Harrison
  • Builder: Harry Feltham of Portsmouth
  • Year: 19434
  • Location: Cornwall
  • Length on deck: 25'5"
  • Beam: 8'
  • Draft: 4'9"
  • Tonnage: 6TM

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The Harrison Butler Bogle Design was first drawn by Dr. Harrison Butler in 1933 for the Little Ship Club designing competition and is named after THB’s daughter-in-law, actress Joan Bogle Hickson, who in later years achieved world wide acclaim playing Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple.

6 yachts have been built to this design. The Bogle is designed on the Metacentric Principal of hull balance and has proved to be an almost perfectly balanced hull which in simple terms means that she will continue to sail in a straight line at any angle of heel. We all know yachts which will try to round up in every gust and become very heavy on the helm in stronger winds. HB’s Metacentric designs are not like this. They are a joy to sail, light on the helm, they stand up well to their canvas, they are dry and buoyant and their extensive voyaging has proved their capability.

In previous ownership, Caracole sailed to Turkey. Sold by Wooden Ships to the previous owner 15 years ago, she sailed out of the Somerset coast and from Plymouth. Bow based on the Tamar, she is presented in nice tidy condition and ready to be recommissioned for the coming season.

Harrison Butler Bogle design

Designed by Dr Thomas Harrison Butler.

Built by Harry Feltham of Portsmouth in 1934.


Long keel, classic Harrison Butler wine glass transom stern with transom hung rudder, round bilge, spoon bow and sweet HB sheer.

Extended longer coach roof forward of the mast, giving good headroom below following the Harrison Butler design Peradventure.


Carvel planked pitch-pine hull caulked and payed, copper fastened to steam bent oak timbers at 6 inch centres on an oak back-bone.

Long external 1.8 ton lead ballast keel,       new bronze keel bolts in 1989, last drawn in April 2005.

Ferrous strap floors re-galvanised May 2009.

New bronze skin fittings May 2009.


Yacht laid teak deck and coach roof deck, varnished teak cabin coamings with bronze port-lights. Teak rubbing strakes and toe-rails.

Self-draining varnished teak cock-pit with bridge deck, double doors and sliding hatch to the cabin entrance, scrubbed teak laid side locker/seats. Lifting teak laid panel in the cock-pit well gives access to the back end of the engine and the stern gland.

Stainless steel pulpit, push-pit and stanchions with twin guard wires.


Bermudian Cutter rig on keel stepped, varnished, solid pine mast setting 355sq’ sail.

Single spreaders.

Twin standing back-stays to the quarters.

Stainless-steel rigging replaced in Nov 2005 by Allspars of Plymouth.

External galvanised steel chain plates.  regalvanised 2011

Varnished boom sheets with modern blocks, single tail,  jammer on the lower block to a stainless steel horse across the aft deck.



Two cockpit sheet winches.

Mast halyard winch.



Sails by Chris Scanes of Topsham in 2003.

Jib on Wykeham-Martin No 3 furling gear.



Volvo MD7B 17hp 2-cylinder diesel engine fitted about 1982. Raw water cooled.

Rigid mounted to substantial engine beds.

Professionally re-built in February 2010.

New three-blade centre-line propeller in June 2012.  

New shaft and coupling 2010.

New 33 litre fuel tank in 2003.

Audible alarms.



Delphi 105a/h domestic battery.

Red Flash 700 -12 volt 17a/h engine start battery.

3 gang 701 switch square including 50 A VSR cluster.

240 volt shore-power.


Accommodation    4 berths in two cabins.

Forward cabin with two single berths with infill to make a double. Half athwartships bulkhead with starboard locker and Baby Blake heads to port, overhauled in 2004.

Saloon cabin with settee/berths to port and starboard, drop-leaf table, lockers and shelves, Taylors stove.

Polish teak joinery, white enamel bulkheads and deckhead, blue upholstery, new in 2005.

Cane locker lids above the settees.

Galley to starboard with stainless steel sink unit with hand pump from flexible fresh water tank fitted in 2010.  Pantry and crockery lockers.

Chart table and navigation area to port with Cobra DSC VHF radio with external water-proof speakers and emergency antenna. Garmin 128 GPS, Raymarine ST60 Tridata Log, Compass.



Whale Gusher Titan bilge pump.

Rule 1100 bilge pump with float switch.

Traditional life buoy.

Lofran Royal windlass.

35lb Plough Anchor with 50 m chain.

35lb Fisherman’s Anchor and warp.

Fenders and mooring warps

In recent years the yacht has been the subject of much expenditure in knowledgeable and dedicated ownership. Full hull paint and re-varnish June 2012.   Certainly one of the best HB yachts available on the market today. A comfortable, attractive and weatherly cruising yacht with proven capabilities.


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.