Sailing yachts

Herreshoff Islander

(REF: 22491)


  • Designer: Sydney Herreshoff
  • Builder: Port Hamble Ltd
  • Year: 1953
  • Location: Hants
  • Length on deck: 21'
  • Beam: 5'7"
  • Draft: 3'9"
  • Tonnage: 1.25 tons

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Wooden Ships Comments on this Herreshoff Islander 

Herreshoff Islander designed by the Herreshoff office and built by Port Hamble Ltd in 1953.  A large number of these boats were built here in the UK but most were shipped to the States so it is not common to see one of these attractive day boats over here.

Sydney Herreshoff was a successful designer and wanted to produce an easily handled but capable day sailing boat.  They are known to be fast little boats, quite capable and with a small cabin have the option of spending nights aboard.

Weighing only 1.25 tons the Islander can be easily towed on the road for hassle free and cost effective ownership.


Length on Deck                 21’

Length Waterline             16’

Beam                                    5’7”

Draft                                      3’9”

Weight                                 1.25 tons

Sail area                               190sqft




Carvel planked in 5/8” mahogany fastened to steamed oak timbers with bronze screws.  Varnished double diagonal transom.

Cascover sheathed below the waterline.  Topsides finished in 2 pack paint.

Sawn wooden floors across the centreline with long throat bolts through the floors and the keel.

External cast iron ballast keel of 500kg, fastened with monel keel bolts tapped into the ballast keel.

Marine plywood deck painted with epoxy paint.  Varnished mahogany rubbing strake and shallow mahogany toe rails.

Small coachroof with varnished mahogany coamings and epoxy sheathed plywood coachroof deck.

Open cockpit with lifting slatted thwarts either side.  Varnished slatted sole boards.

Tiller steering to a wooden rudder with recent bronze pintles.




Fractional Bermudan sloop rig on a keel stepped alloy mast with a slab reefing alloy boom.

Stainless steel standing rigging new in 2015, to internal stainless steel chain plates.

Twin lower shrouds and a single cap shroud over a set of spreaders.  Single adjustable standing backstay.  Jumper struts to support the mast around the forestay.

Jib hanks on to the forestay.

Main and jib halyards run aft to the cockpit.

Both mainsail and jib new from A.T. Sails in 2015.




Tohatsu 3.5hp 2 stroke outboard engine mounts over the port side with a removable stainless steel bracket.



Simple cabin with 1 single berths and sitting headroom.




Steering compass

Stowe sounder

Handheld VHF

Horse shoe lifebuoy

Manual bilge pump

Fishermans anchor with15’ of chain and 25’ of warp

Yard cradle on wheels

Tohatsu 3.5hp outboard with mounting bracket

Mainsail, 2015

Jib, 2015

Running and standing rigging

Ensign and staff

Heavy duty cockpit cover

Bunk cushions






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.