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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Full specification

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.



Ritchie steering compass

Autohelm ST50 depth sounder

Garmin GPSMap 128 GPS


Navigation lights



SeaGo 6 person life raft, service required

KIM MOB rescue sling

Horseshoe buoy with light and drogue


Deck floodlight

2x Whale, bronze stirrup type pumps.

1 x Modern manual diaphragm-type pump.

2x Electric bilge pumps with manual and auto-switching.



Ground tackle and mooring

Simpson Lawrence hydraulic windlass

35lb CQR bower anchor with 60m of chain

Fishermans kedge anchor

Grapnel anchor

Mooring warps




Mainsail – White dacron, partially battened, slab reefing, 3 full reefs

Genoa – White dacron with blue UV strip. Roller reefing.

No.1 Jib – High cut, white dacron, roller reefing


Reaching spinnaker

Storm jib – Hank-on to removable inner forestay

Mainsail cover

Primary winches – 2x Harken 48, bronze, self-tailing, two speed.

Secondary winches – 2x traditional bronze winches, two speed.

Mast mounted reefing winch – 1x Harken ?? self-tailing, two speed.

Mast Halyard winches – 2x captive wire rope, bronze, two speed.

Harken roler furling headsail system

Alloy spinnaker pole, new 2019

Boom crutch



Eberspacher diesel fired cabin heating system

Blakes Minor sea toilet

Bainbridge Neptune 4500 gas galley stove

Bunk and berth cushions, new upholstery 2023

Cabin oil lamps


Machinery and electrics

2 x 12 volt batteries, new in 2020

Yanmar 3YM30AE, new in 2019



Cockpit cover

Clinker built dinghy by Adrian Morgan with gunter rig

Yamaha Malta 3hp 2 stroke outboard engine

Electric salt water deck wash system

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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.