Sailing yachts

McGruer 8 Meter Cruiser Racer

(REF: 30569)


  • Designer: James McGruer
  • Builder: McGruer & Co.
  • Year: 1963
  • Location: Scotland
  • Length on deck: 41'7"
  • Beam: 9'9"
  • Draft: 6'2"
  • Tonnage: 12TM

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Wooden Ships Comments on this McGruer 8 Meter Cruiser Racer

8 meter Cruiser Racer (8mCR) yacht designed and built by McGruer & Co. In 1963.

McGruers built 15 of these yachts, distinctive with their elegant lines and familiar raised dog house aft, which is iconic McGruer.

The 8mCR  was developed after an amendment to the original 8 meter racing yacht rule, creating a fast and elegant yacht with comfortable accommodation for her crew, enabling the yacht to travel between regattas and house her crew in comfort.  With their 8 meter pedigree these boats are exciting to sail and turn heads everywhere.  The Clyde became a strong hold of the class with a large active fleet through until 1975.

This yacht is perhaps one of the most well known of the class, commissioned by Peter Odlum, a stalwart of Irish sailing but no stranger to Clyde racing or west coast cruising.  She was his second McGruer designed 8mCR,.  Built to Lloyds 100A1, in her first season she scored 17 wins from 25 starts and won the Lloyds Register Yacht Trophy.  Peter Odlum continued to enjoy racing success and enjoyable cruising with INISMARA, before commissioning James McGruer to design the yawl, RINAMARA, launched in 1968.

With just her third owner, she was purchased in 1995 by her current custodian after an extended lay-up of some 10+ years in the sheds at McGruers. Lovingly re-commissioned, great care was taken to maintain the boats original specifications while sympathetically modernising some areas.

A very well presented yacht oozing pedigree and charm.


Length on Deck                      41’7” / 12.7m

Length Waterline                   27’3” / 8.3m

Beam                                       9’9” / 3.0m

Draft                                       6’2” / 1.9m

Sail area                                  667sqft

Thames tonnage                     12TM

Displacement                         7796kg



Carvel planked in teak below the waterline, mahogany above.

Laminated mahogany frames fastened with bronze screws.  Intermediate steamed oak timbers copper rivet fastened.

Laminated keel, stem and stern post.

Galvanised strap floors across the centreline.  Floors removed, re-galvanised, plasctic coated and refitted with an insulating membrane to stop any action between the floors and hull.

External lead ballast keel with bronze keel bolts.  Bolts last checked in 1995 and found excellent.

Laminated hardwood rudder with a bronze rudder stock.


Decks and cockpit

Yacht laid swept teak deck over a marine plywood subdeck.

Teak is set in a bedding compound and secret nail fastened.  Seams payed with butyl rubber compound.

Varnished teak covering board and toe rail all round with varnished teak king plank.

Elegant laminated mahogany hanging knees supporting the deck structure.

Self draining cockpit with varnished mahogany coamings set on the deck and scrubbed teak sole grating.

Starboard side varnished teak thwart with locked below.



Coachroof with raised doghouse aft is unmistakably McGruer.

Varnished mahogany coachroof coamings with chromed bronze windows.

Sheathed plywood coachroof deck with 2 separate original mahogany hatches.

Mahogany sliding companion hatch.


Fractional Bermudan sloop rig to original Mcgruer plans.



Proctor gold anodised alloy mast and boom, thought to be original.

Roller reefing boom.

Alloy spinnaker pole.


Standing rigging

Stainless steel standing rigging to internal galvanised chain plates.



Mainsail – White Dacron, on-boom roller reefing. Nicholson Hughes, 2005

Genoa – White Dacon, roller reefing, 130%. Nicholson Hughes, 2005




Primary Winches – 2x Lewmar, 2-speed winches (original fitment)

Secondary Winches – 2x Gibb, 2-speed winches (original fitment)

Mast Mounted Halyard Winch – 1x Lewmar 40

Mainsail Halyard Winch – Merriman winch by Francis Shaw & Co. Ltd



Bukh DV36 3cyl 36hp diesel installed in 1985.  Approx. 1300 hrs.

Mechanical gearbox with single lever controls to a centreline feathering 2 blade bronze propeller.

Cruising speed of 7 knots.



Diesel tank of 45 litres.

Fresh water tank of 113 litres.



2 x 120ah batteries for engine start and domestics.

Charged from engine alternator or through shore power with 240 volt battery charger.


Bilge pumps

1 x manual bilge pump

1 x auto electric bilge pump


Domestic systems

Inverter for supplying 240 volts from the batteries.

Manually pumped fresh water.



5 berths including a quarter berth, 2 saloon settee berths and 2 single berths in the forecabin.


Interior description

Interior is original and has very nicely maintained with a gloss varnish finish and smart upholstery.

Step down into the dog house from the cockpit to stand on the engine box.  Quarter berth to port and storage space to starboard.

Steps down into the main cabin with galley to port and chart desk to starboard.  Chart desk is half admiralty size with drawers and storage below.

Main saloon has a dropleaf varnished mahogany saloon table with a settee berth either side.  Varnished mahogany forward bulkhead.

Port side passage moving forward with heads compartment to starboard and hanging locker outboard under the side deck.  Door to the heads swings aft to close off the forecabin as well.

Forecabin with full length single berths and a central seat.  Storage below the berths.  Hull sides exposed and varnished giving a lovely feel to the cabin.

Keyhole bulkhead going forward into the forepeak used for storage and chain locker.



Manual Jabsco sea toilet discharges directly overboard.

Pull out stainless hand basin above the heads with manually pumped fresh water.



2 burner gas stove with grill mounted on gimbals.  Stainless steel sink with manually pumped fresh water.  Extractor fan through the coachroof deck.



Steering compass

Raymarine ST60 depth sounder

Autohelm ST50 log

Autohelm ST50 wind indicator

Furuno GP31 GPS

Husun 60 VHF

Clock and barometer


Ground tackle and mooring

35lb CQR with 60m chain

Fishermans kedge anchor

Lofrans Cayman 88 electric anchor windlass


Mooring warps

Boat hook



2 x 12 volt 120ah batteries

240 volt battery charger


Shore power cable

Manual bilge pump

Auto electric bilge pump



2 burner gas stove with grill

Bunk and berth cushions



Zodiac inflatable dinghy



Mainsail – White Dacron, on-boom roller reefing. Nicholson Hughes, 2005

Genoa – White Dacon, roller reefing, 130%. Nicholson Hughes, 2005


Mainsail cover



Primary Winches – 2x Lewmar, 2-speed winches (original fitment)

Secondary Winches – 2x Gibb, 2-speed winches (original fitment)

Mast Mounted Halyard Winch – 1x Lewmar 40

Mainsail Halyard Winch – Merriman winch by Francis Shaw & Co. Ltd

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