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Knud Reimers Bermudan Sloop

(REF: 20494)


  • Designer: Reimers, Knud
  • Builder: Gustav Plym
  • Year: 1938
  • Location: Hants
  • Length on deck: 53'
  • Beam: 11'3"
  • Draft: 7'2"
  • Tonnage: 17TM

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Designed by Knud Reimers and built by Gustav Plym in 1938.

A fast elegant cruiser racer, she spent many years with Royal Engineers regiment before being bought by the current owner in 1993.  She was given a commercial code licence and used as a sail training yacht by the current owner between 1993 and 2012 in which time she sailed extensively around Europe, UK, and the Baltic up to St Petersburg.  The boat has been tested in severe conditions and proven as a fast and competent passage making yacht.

In 2013 after the boat and owner retired from commercial sailing, Ed Burnett redesigned the rig using the original Reimers rig plan and a new mast was made by Collars.  Since then she has only sailed a few times in local Solent waters but the new rig design has been a huge success.

The yacht has been sailed extensively and looked after by the owner, she is currently in commission but would benefit from some work to get her tidied up.

Length on Deck                 53′

Length Overall                   53′

Length Waterline             35′

Beam                                    11’3″

Draft                                      7’2″

Thames Tonnage             17TM




Carvel planked mahogany copper rivet fastened to steam bent oak timbers.

Every 3rd frame is a galvanised steel angle section.

Galvanised steel plate floors on the steel frames give a vast amount of strength.

External lead ballast keel with bronze keel bolts.

Yacht laid teak deck, screwed and glued to a plywood subdeck.  Varnished mahogany cover boards and high toe rail all round.  Diagonal metal straps under the plywood to stiffen the hull.

Stanchions and guard rails removed but available with the boat.

Varnished mahogany coachroof coamings with a raised dog house aft.  Straight laid teak coachroof deck over a plywood subdeck.

Varnished mahogany skylight and dorade vent boxes.

Self draining varnished mahogany cockpit in 2 parts, separated across the middle by the mainsheet track.  Tiller steering




Fractional bermudan sloop rig on a keel stepped varnished Douglas Fir mast.  Mast new from Collars in 2013, rig designed by Ed Burnett.

Slab reefing varnished boom.

Stainless steel standing rigging, new in 2013, to internal stainless chain plates.

Twin spreaders with jumper struts.

Split standing backstay with running backstays on tackles.

Pair of Lewmar 52 non-self tailing cockpit sheet winches and 2 Andersen mast winches.

Large sail wardrobe including 2013 mainsail never used, 3 x genoas, working jib. storm jib, spinnaker and cruising chute.  All in very good condition.




Volvo Penta 2003 27hp 3cyl diesel installed in 2007.

Single lever controls to a centreline fixed 3 blade bronze propeller giving 5 knots cruising speed, 6 knots max.

3 x 12 volt batteries for engine starting and domestics, charged from engine alternator or shore power system

60 litre galvanised diesel tank.

1 manual bilge pump, 2 x electric bilge pumps




8 berths with an original interior and over 6′ headroom amidships.

Steps down from the cockpit with galley to starboard.  Quarter berth and chart desk to port.

Galley has a Plastimo Neptune 2000 twin burner gas stove with oven and grill.  Twin stainless sinks with hot and cold pressurised water and lockers above and below.

Forward facing chart desk with electronic navigation instruments and lockers below.

Engine is set low in the bilge under the sole by the galley.  Single step down from here over the engine into the main saloon.

Full length settee berth either side with a pilot berth each side under the deck head.  Vast storage lockers under each pilot berth.  Centreline dropleaf table on bronze legs.  Nice original panelled joinery.

Amidships door going forward with heads compartment to starboard.

Heads has a manual Jabsco sea toilet which discharges directly overboard.  Hand basin with hot and cold pressurised water.

Central owners cabin with 2 large single berths and storage lockers.  Hand basin with hot running water.

Centreline door to the forepeak with a large single berth to starboard and lots of space for stowage of fenders, warps and sails.  Forehatch above for access.




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