Sailing yachts

John Negus Bermudan Ketch

(REF: 18227)


  • Designer: Negus, John
  • Builder: John Negus
  • Year: 1997
  • Location: Cornwall
  • Length on deck: 40'
  • Beam: 12'9"
  • Draft: 6'
  • Tonnage: 15.2 tons disp.

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Wooden Ships Comments  on the John Negus bermudan ketch

John Negus bermudan ketch designed and built in 1997 by John Negus in Essex to his own design.  He has so far built a number of these yachts to a similar design and they have proved themselves as comfortable cruising boats which have ventured far and wide.  John Negus comes from a back ground of building working boats so his yachts are constructed with the same massive scantlings and enormous strength one would expect to see in a fishing boat.

Strip plank construction with his own form of Speed strip where by the concave and convex profiles are slightly different so as to allow a fillet of glue to remain in the seam.

The commissioning owner cruised her to Norway and around the Scottish Isles until 2004 when the present owners took her on.  Since then she has been continually upgraded and fettled so that she is now an ideal cruising yacht with all the systems, space and comforts one could want.

The layout lends itself ideally to long distance sailing or live aboard with an inside and outside helm position, sheltered wheelhouse, fore and aft sleeping cabins and lots of communal living space.  The ketch rig is easily handled with a multitude of Lewmar winches and good quality roller furling systems on the headsails.

Complete and extensive refit list available dating back to 2004.  This is a very smart and extremely well equipped yacht with masses of volume and is absolutely ready to go.

Length Overall                   45′

Length on Deck                 40′

Beam                                    12’9″

Draft                                      6′

Displacement                    15.2 tons



1.25″ Iroko strip plank construction.  Cascover sheathed below the waterline.

Each strip fastened to the other with epoxy glue and galvanise nails.

Laminated Iroko frames, 3″x2.5″ at 42″ centres.  Galvanise bolts through frames and planks.

Some laminated wooden floors and some galvanised strap floors.

External ballast keel of 4.5 tons –  lead ballast weight in a steel box fastened with mild steel bolts.  Forward bolts last drawn in 2012 and found in good condition.  Bolts under engine drawn in 2006.

Yacht laid teak deck screwed and glued to a marine plywood subdeck.  Varnished King plank and toe rails.

Teak laid coachroof deck with varnished iroko coamings on the coachroof and wheelhouse.

Large self draining aft cockpit with Kobelt hydraulic wheel steering and deep lockers under.



Bermudan ketch cutter headed rig on hollow wooden masts in tabernacles.

Stainless standing rigging to internal galvanised chain plates

Roller reefing on both staysail and jib.

Full set of Lewmar winches

Sails all in good condition from 1997.  Full set including storm sails, mizzen staysail and cruising chute



Beta Marine 90hp 4cyl diesel installed new in 2012.


Hurth PRM gearbox refurbished in 2012.

Stainless shaft to centreline fixed 3 blade bronze propeller with rope cutter.

6.5 knots cruising speed at 1.5gallons/hr

Vetus bow thruster.

2 x 50 gallon mild steel fuel tanks

2 x 50 gallon plastic polyethylene water tanks

4 AGM domestic batteries, 2 AGM bow thruster batteries and 2 start batteries.

Victron inverter/charger, installed shore power system with an Adverc battery management system.



6 berths including a twin aft cabin, twin fore cabin and the saloon.

6’+ headroom throughout the boat.

Wheelhouse with inside helm position and good all round visibility.

Steps down to a large saloon with galley to port.  All new upholstery.

Large saloon table set to port with seating either side.  Ample storage behind seating and under deck head.  Central heating radiators throughout the boat.

Galley with new Corian worktops.  Double stainless sink, hot and cold pressurised water, two burner gas stove with oven and grill.  Fridge compartment to starboard.

Forward cabin with twin V-berths.  Heads compartment with Lavac electric sea toilet with a black water holding tank.  Large storage compartment opposite.

Steps down from wheelhouse to aft cabin with a large single berth either side and a centreline  heads compartment with a Lavac electric sea toilet.




ST 50 depth, gps, wind and speed instruments

SEWA chart plotter with 15″ monitor

Koden GPS

Ritche electronic steering compass

Furuno Radar

Navtex receiver

AIS receiver linked to plotter.

Forward looking depth sounder.

ICOM VHF, HF receiver.

Bow thruster control.

ST Autohelm 7000 and 300 pilot.

Domestic radio.

Battery monitor.


ST 60 tridata depth and speed through water, ST 60 multi, ST 50 wind.

ST 60 helm indicator.

ST 600 Autopilot control

Sestral Steering compass.

Bow thruster control.



5 Electric bilge pumps.

1 manual bilge pump.

2 Gas sensors with electrical isolation valve.

4 lifejackets

2 horse shoe life buoys, one with drogue and light

Flare pack

3 x cabin fire extinguishers and 1 automatic in the engine bay.


Ground tackle.

60lb CQR

90 m 10 mm chain

35lb Fisherman anchor

24m x  1″ warp

Lofrans 1500watt windlass.



Rutland 913 wind generator

Solar panels: 2 x Sunware PV Panels, each 48 Watt

Cockpit sun awning

8 mooring warps

8 fenders



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.