Sailing yachts

Lymington Slipway 5 ton Bermudan Sloop

(REF: 18231)


  • Designer: O'Brien, George Kennedy
  • Builder: C Plummer
  • Year: 1979
  • Location: Pembroke, Wales
  • Length on deck: 26'6
  • Beam: 7'3
  • Draft: 4'6
  • Tonnage: 5

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Wooden Ships Comments on the Lymington Slipway 5 ton Bermudan Sloop

The Lymington Slipway 5 tonner was designed by George Kennedy O’Brien as an easily handled and well performing sloop.  29 boats were built in Lymington between 1947 – 1951, with one example winning the Gold Roman Bowl in the 1954 Round the Island Race, owned and sailed by Helen Tobin.

This yacht was built by a retired headmaster between 1977 and 1979, helped by his brother who had worked on building the original boats.  She was used for many years as a family cruising boat, sailing nearly every year to the Baltic in the summer holidays.

Bought by the preset owners in 2011 having been ashore for 11 years, they undertook a major refit and relaunched her in June 2012.  The refit included a new engine, new electrics, recovering the decks and carrying out a complete cosmetic refit.

She has since been sailed around the south Wales coast  but a growing family has forced her to be placed on the market


Length on Deck               26’6″

Length Waterline            20’3″

Beam                                 7’3″

Draft                                  4’6″




1” Larch planking on oak frames, 2”x1” at 6” spacing.   Copper rivet fastened.

Iron external ballast keel of ¾ ton.   Galvanised keel bolts, 3 of which were replaced in 2012.

Grown timber floors.

Laid pine deck, canvas sheathed and painted.  All new in recent refit.

Oak coachroof coamings, varnished.  Ply coachroof deck, canvas sheathed.

Self draining cockpit.  Tiller steering.  Stainless steel and galvanised deck fittings.




Masthead Bermudan Sloop.  Deck stepped hollow spruce varnished mast and slab reefing boom.

Stainless standing rigging,  approx 2000.   S/S and galvanised rigging screws.  External galvanised chain plates.

2 mast and 2 cockpit winches.

Sails:  Mainsail, jib, genoa, staysail and storm jib.  All by C Plummer, 1979.  They have had little use and have been serviced and are in good condition.




Beta Marine B-14 2cyl 14hp diesel. New 2013 (40 hrs).   TMC 40 Twin disc Technodrive gearbox.  Centreline 3 blade propellor.   Cruising speed 4/5 kts.  Max 7 kts.

Large S/S fuel tank under cockpit floor.

2 x batteries, 12v electrics.  Shore power system installed.

New electrics fitted in 2016.

Bilge pumps:  1 manual, 1 electric.



5 berths.   2 saloon settee berths, 1 quarter berth – all 6’4,  2 child berths in forward cabin.

There is a galley space on the port side but currently no sink or cooker fitted.

Headroom midships 5’10”.

Heads in the forepeak, original Baby Blake, refurbished 2016.




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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.


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