Sailing yachts

McGruer Bermudan Sloop

(REF: 21797)


  • Designer: James McGruer
  • Builder: McGruer and Co
  • Year: 1946
  • Location: Scotland
  • Length on deck: 42'3"
  • Beam: 9'10"
  • Draft: 6'7"
  • Tonnage: 14TM

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Wooden Ships Comments on this McGruer Bermudan Sloop

Designed and built by McGruers, launched in 1946.  She was the first boat to be launched from McGruers after the War, the owner had commissioned the build in 1939 and the timber lay in stick at the yard awaiting peace time when building of the yacht commenced.

She is unmistakably a McGruer and follows many of the design features of the racing meter yachts built by the yard, but she was designed as a fast cruiser with a comfortable interior and good headroom.  She has proved herself as a capable boat with a good turn of speed and a joy to sail.

She has been well maintained in her current ownership with a new engine in 2019 among the many upgrades.

A very attractive, fast and well maintained pedigree yacht with a well documented history.

Length on Deck                 42’3”

Length Waterline             30’

Beam                                    9’10”

Draft                                      6’7”

Thames Tonnage             14TM




Planked in mahogany all copper fastened to grown oak frames

Galvanised strap floors across the centreline, maintained and re-galvanised as required in last 20 years.  Stainless strap floors under the engine

Lead ballast keel with aluminium bronze keel bolts.  Surveyor has always been happy with keel bolt condition in present ownership.

Galvanised ring frame either side of the mast to add strength.

Yacht laid teak deck screwed and glued over the original laid teak deck.  This new deck is approximately 25 years old.

Varnished mahogany king plank with teak coverboards, toe rail and capping rail.

Varnished mahogany coamings with a straight laid coachroof deck in quarter sawn pitch pine and finished with Coelan.

Raised doghouse aft giving headroom over the engine box.  Doghouse roof sheathed in cloth and painted in cream deck paint.

Deep and safe non-self draining cockpit with small varnished teak thwarts forward.




Bermudan fractional sloop rig on a keel stepped gold anodised alloy mast.

Alloy slab reefing boom.

Stainless steel 1×19 standing rigging to internal stainless steel chain plates.

Twin spreaders plus jumper struts to support the top section of the mast.

Running backstays on Highfield levers with removable inner forestay.

Harken roller furling genoa system.

Pair of Harken 48 bronze self tailing primary sheet winches.

Pair of non self tailing bronze secondary sheet winches.

Mast mounted self tailing reefing winch.

2 captive wire halyard winches on the mast.

Mainsail 2018, genoa 2015, No.1 jib, spinnaker, reaching spinnaker and storm jib.




Yanmar 3YM30AE 29hp 3cyl diesel professionally installed in 2019.

Mechanical gearbox with stainless shaft to a 2 blade bronze propeller, gives 5.5 knots cruising speed.

Engine driven hydraulic pump to power anchor windlass.  New hoses 2019.

Stainless fuel tank and stainless water tank.

2 x 12 volt batteries, one for engine starting and one for domestics.  Both new 2020.  Charged from the 125 amp engine alternator.




6 berths with much original joinery.

Steps down over the engine box into the doghouse.  Single quarter berth either side stretching aft under the cockpit.  Small quarter set either side at aft end of the doghouse enables crew to sit in the shelter with a view out of the doghouse.

Centreline doors through the bulkhead into the main saloon.

Main saloon has port and starboard settee berths.  Starboard side pulls out to increase berth width.  Centreline dropleaf varnished mahogany table.

Plenty of lockers and cupboards outboard of settee berths in nice original mahogany joinery.  Hanging locker at aft end.

Eberspacher diesel fired hot air heating system.

Galley to port at forward end of saloon.  Single stainless sink with drying rack.  Manually pumped fresh water.  Bainbridge Neptune 4500 2 burner gas cooker with oven and grill.  Good storage space in and around the galley.

Heads compartment to starboard opposite the galley in the passageway from the forepeak.  Double doors close to create a private heads compartment.  Blakes Minor manual sea toilet discharges directly overboard.  Hand basin with manually pumped fresh water.

Forepeak with two single berths and plenty of stowage space for sails and gear.  Anchor locker between the bunks.




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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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