Sailing yachts

McGruer Bermudan Ketch

(REF: 18098)


  • Designer: McGruer, Ewing
  • Builder: McGruers of Clynder, Scotland
  • Year: 1929
  • Location: Devon
  • Length on deck: 38'
  • Beam: 9'6
  • Draft: 5'8
  • Tonnage: 11

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Wooden Ships Comments on this McGruer Bermudan Ketch

Designed by Ewing McGruer and built by McGruers of Clynder on the Clyde, Scotland in 1929.

This yacht, Judith, was built for a Dr Carslaw, a founding member of the Clyde cruising Club and launched as Rowan 11 in 1929. Dr Carslaw had 2 boats built by McGruers.

Following Rowan 11(Judith), in 1934 Dr Carslaw  bought Rowan 111  designed by another of the great Scottish designer Alfred Mylne and built by Mylne’s yard on the Clyde in 1930 and  then went back to McGruer for Rowan 1V in 1938.  Dr Carslaw wrote about his sailing exploits around the West Coast of Scotland in his 4 yachts in a lovely little book – Leaves from Rowan’s Log.

Rowan lV shares a recognisable feature with Judith/Rowan ll, the dog-house, which is not typical of McGruer’s work and must have been a special request from Dr Carslaw on both yachts. One can understand that the dog-house on both boats must have been a great advantage sailing in the Scottish climate.

Sold to the present owners through Wooden Ships in 2017, she had a refit period ashore where a lot of the underwater hull was re-caulked and she then sailed from Ireland to the UK on a steady cruise through the summer of 2018.  She had been in the previous ownership since  1972, with extensive refit in 1998 – 2000.  She then moved to southern Ireland  where she won her class in the Glandore Classic Yacht Regatta in 2009 and was a regular attendee of the Baltimore Wooden Boat Festival each May.  She had a further refit in 2005/6 when the canvas sheathing on the fore deck was replaced amongst other works.

At 11 TM this is a very sweet yacht with a fine bow and a lovely elliptical counter stern. She is a good-sized yacht well suited to family sailing with 5 berths + a pipe-cot and the great advantage of shelter in the dog-house.


Length on deck                                 38’

Lwl                                                         28’

Beam                                                    9’6”

Draft                                                      5’8”

Thames Tonnage                             11TM

McGruer Bermudan Ketch



Planked in 1.25″ Pitch Pine fastened with bronze screws to 3″ x 3″ sawn oak frames.  2 steamed intermediate timbers copper rivet fastened.

external iron ballast keel of 4 tons with iron bolts.  4 stainless boats fitted in 1997.

Galvanise steel strap floors bolted through the sawn frames.

Straight laid T&G pine deck sheathed in canvas and painted externally.  Canvas replaced in 2006.

Varnished teak doghouse and cockpit coamings.  Deep and spacious self draining cockpit with a sliding door into the dog house.

Wheel steering with a bronze rack type steering system.

Hull stripped and repainted as necessary.  30% of the caulking replaced and all seams repayed in 2018.




Masthead bermudan ketch rig on keel stepped varnished wooden masts.

Slab reefing main boom, roller reefing mizzen boom.

Stainless steel standing rigging, new in 2001, to internal galvanised chain plates.

Hanked on headsails on the forestay with split standing back stay.

Mainsail, mizzen, jib, heavy genoa and lightweight genoa.




Volvo Penta MB2B 25hp diesel installed in 1973.  Refurbished in 2015 with new bearngs, piston rings, injectors and a top end overhaul.  Exhaust muffler, impellor housing and top end service in 2018.

Twin lever controls to a centreline 2 blade bronze propeller gives 5 knots cruising speed at 3.5 litres/hour.

2 x 12 volt batteries charged from the engine alternator.

90 litre copper fuel tank under the side deck in the cockpit.

100 litre plastic water tank under the cockpit sole.




5 berths + pipecot.  Berth lengths 6’2.

6′ headroom  in the main saloon and forecabin.  6’1 in galley.

Sliding door from the cockpit into the dog house where there is a starboard side single settee berth and a centreline varnished table.  Engine under the dog house sole.

Steps down into the main cabin with the heads compartment to starboard and galley to port.

Heads has a manual Jabsco sea toilet which discharges directly overboard.

Galley has a Plastimo 2 burner gas stove with oven and grill.  Stainless steel work surface with a single stainless sink and manually pumped fresh water.

Forward into the main saloon with a port and starboard settee berth plus a single pullman berth to port.  Skylight above.

Port side passage into the forepeak with a single berth to port and pipecot to starboard.




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