Sailing yachts

Mashfords 4 Tonner

(REF: 26522)


  • Designer: Masford Brothers, Plymouth
  • Builder: Masford Brothers, Plymouth
  • Year: 1936
  • Location: Hants
  • Length on deck: 23'
  • Beam: 7'2"
  • Draft: 3'8"
  • Tonnage: 4TM

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Wooden Ships Comments on this Mashfords 4 Tonner

Mashfords 4 Tonner, designed and built by the Mashford Brothers Boatyard of Cremyll, Plymouth in 1936.

Another example of this class was sailed by Ann Davidson in 1953 during her voyage to become the first woman to sail single handed across the Atlantic.

Bought by the present owners in 2019, she underwent a professional refit by Tim Gilmore of Birdham Pool over the winter of 2019/2020.  The previous owner carried out a major refit in 2013 which included a new deck and coachroof, new strap floors and keel bolts, new Beta engine and new rigging.

The recent refit included the following: Hull re-caulked and payed from top to bottom with all new paint work. Hood ends and garboards refastened.  Repairs to the horn timber and a new top of the stem.  New toe rails and deck repairs.

A pretty boat with a proven track record as a capable cruising boat and a well documented refit history in recent years.


Length on Deck                 23’

Beam                                    7’2”

Draft                                      3’8”

Thames Tonnage             4TM

Displacement                    2.5 tonnes


Carvel planked in pitch pine all copper rivet fastened to 1.5” x .75” steam bent oak timbers at 6.5” centres.

Hood ends and garboards refastened with bronze screws in 2020

External lead ballast secured with 7/8” bronze keel bolts, bolts all new in 2013.

Galvanised steel strap floors across the centreline fastened through the planking with stainless steel bolts.

Deck of marine plywood sheathed externally in epoxy glass cloth, this was all new in 2013. Varnished teak toe rails all round

Coachroof new in the 2013 refit. Varnished teak coachroof coamings with bronze portholes. Coachroof deck is sheathed T&G pine laid on oak deck beams. Teak butterfly skylight on the coachroof deck.

Self draining cockpit made from sheathed marine plywood with water tight hatches in the sole. Thwarts lift to access deep lockers.

Tiller steering to a sheathed plywood rudder with a steel rudder stock mounted on the stern post.


Fractional Bermudan sloop rig on a deck stepped wooden mast.

Mast is stepped in a galvanised tabernacle on the deck with a compression post below.

Stainless steel 7×19 standing rigging all new in 2013. Hand spliced ends with eyes, tensioned with lanyards` to external bronze chain plates.

Jib hanked on to the forestay.

Mainsail and jib


Beta Marine 13.5 hp twin cylinder fresh water cooled diesel engine, fitted new in 2013. Only 21 hours running time.

Stainless shaft to a centreline fixed 3 blade bronze propeller.

2 x 12 volt batteries of 68ah each. Charged from the engine alternator.

10 litre plastic fuel tank, new from Tek Tanks in 2022.


Steps down over the engine box with galley to port and a small chart desk to starboard.

Galley has a Dometic Origo One spirit stove freestanding on the work surface. Storage lockers under the galley and a locker behind under the deckhead.

Small chart desk lifts to storage locker below. Electronic navigation instruments and engine control panel by the chart desk.

Main cabin has two single berths of full length with ample sitting headroom. Painted plywood sole boards.

Painted plywood locker up forward to port houses the batteries.

Forward ends of the hull is open completely.


Contest steering compass

Clipper depth sounder

Garmin GPS Map 450


Sony CD/Radio

2 x 68ah batteries

Beta Marine 13.5 hp diesel engine

Beaching legs


Pair of non-self tailing Tuff Fittings sheet winches

Mainsail, good condition

Jib, fair condition


Dometic Origo One spirit stove


Bunk cushions


Auto electric bilge pump

Whale manual bilge pump

Mast head anchor light and tri-colour


25lb CQR anchor with 120’ of galvanised chain

Warps and fenders

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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.