Sailing yachts

Mounts Bay lugger

(REF: 18076)


  • Designer: Traditional
  • Builder: Kitto of Porthleven
  • Year: 1912
  • Location: Devon
  • Length on deck: 35'6"
  • Beam: 11'6"
  • Draft: 5'6

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Mounts Bay lugger built by Kitto of Porthleven, Cornwall in 1912 as a sailing fishing boat.  Traditional lines with long keel, straight stem and transom stern with transom-hung rudder.  This fine little ship has been extensively rebuilt and is now remarkably yachty in her presentation. She was first returned to sail in Cornish ownership in the early 1990’s when extensive hull work was done and had a further refit in Suffolk between 1998-2003. She has featured in a number of films including Iris and is now a comfortable family yacht, much admired wherever she goes.  Bought by present owners 6 years ago and she underwent a refit in 2010 including changing some interior joinery and improving systems.

Her design is typically West Country with a straight stem, transom stern, long keel and good freeboard. She is smaller than most of the West Country fishing boats and a very manageable size. Her bulwarks have perhaps been raised a little higher than original and of course she now has a coach-roof on the deck to give head-room below but this roof is below rail level and does not spoil her lines.Mounts Bay lugger

She carries the lug rig common to the early west Country boats before the general change to gaff and sets a goodly amount of sail on masts which are probably a little taller than a working boat would originally have carried.

The accommodation below deck is spacious for a vessel of working boat heritage, there is full head-room beneath the coachroof and plenty of berths for a family group.

Carvel planked pitch-pine all refastened with galvanised boat nails in 1992 to the 24” centres, heavy grown oak frames. A 3.5 ton external lead ballast keel was added in the refit in 1998 when the original concrete in the bilge was removed and new fabricated galvanised strap floors fitted to most of the frames. An external lead keel which had been fitted in recent years was removed and the lead melted down into T-shap ingots designed to be suspended between the frames.  Submarine ballast in the form of plasticated rubber coated lead ingots are well secured in the bilge on oak stringers across the frames.

A ¼ ton steel shoe was fabricated and fitted in 2012.

The deck beams were replaced and a new deck straight-laid in pitch-pine with the seams payed in traditional pitch.  The bulwarks were replaced with a wide varnished iroko capping rail, brass strip protection to the edges. Stainless steel pushpit rails over the capping rail at the stern add to the very secure deck area.

The coach-roof amidships with iroko coamings and sheathed in epoxy glass and painted.  The design of the coachroof has kept it below rail level so as not to spoil the sheer line.  Opening bronze port-holes each side. Sliding hatch and wash board entrance to the cabin. Traditional sky-light over the middle.

Fore hatch on the fore deck just aft of the stem. Fabricated, galvanised steel support for the bowsprit to port of the mast. Traditional oil bath anchor windlass with two handles mounted on the centreline forward of the forehatch. Prism deck lights each side. Bronze fair leads on the bulwark capping rail. Stbd side stemhead chain roller incorporated in the stemhead fitting. Cavill bars across the stanchion posts each side forward take the heavy mooring lines when berthed.

Generous side decks making it simple and safe to move around the boat.

The mizzen is well aft with a short tiller to the transom hung rudder. In front of the mast is the aft deck hatch fitted with a bronze vent. Cavill bars each side across the stanchion posts. Stainless steel rails round the quarters. Good, uncluttered space around the aft deck and helm position.

A simple, clean and uncluttered deck.


2-masted standing lug rig on solid pine keel-stepped pole masts, the masts stepped well into the ends of the hull. True to this West Country rig, she has a running bowsprit passing through a galvanised ring on rail to port of the stem, the inboard end carried on the galvanised support piller. A very long bumpkin to carry the tack of the mizzen, this spar passing over the transom through a top-opening, hinged band with the heel stepped in a heel fitting on deck thus carrying the bumpkin well steeved up. The standing rigging on a lugger is very simple with a wire from masthead to a deck eye to port and the tackle to hoist the sail to starboard which when set up acts as a shroud. Because of her relatively tall rig this boat also has running back-strays on tackles but not regularly used or necessary. The sail is bent onto the yard which in turn is hung on a hook carried on a mast band, attached to the halyard tackle. Both sails are loose footed with no booms, the sheet tackles hooked straight onto the clews and made up to the rail.

All standing rigging is stainless steel wire with chain ends to the deck. The jib is on a traveller system to the bowsprit end. The staysail is set to the stemhead. All sheets led aft close to the helm for ease of handling.


Mainsail, mizzen and jib in tan terylene by James Lawrence, 2001.

Two staysails,in tan terylene, both 1991.

Storm jib in tan terylene by Gowen Sails 1999

All jibs have wire luffs to suit the roller furling gear.

Slab reefs on both main and mizzen with reef points.

Mizzen new 2013 on a new spar.

Mizzen staysail cut from previous genoa, 2012.

Large Mizzen can be carried in light winds or used as a small mainsail for heavy weather.



1985 5-Series Ford 84hp 4-cyl diesel engine solidly mounted on the centre-line aft with PRM hydraulic gear-box and flexible coupling to stainless steel shaft and 3-blade prop offset slightly to port in a plumber block.. The engine is fresh water cooled with a heat exchanger.

Twin engine driven alternators, an 80 amp/hr alternator to the domestic bank of batteries and another to the engine start batteries.

2 X 90amp/hr 12v batteries, new in 2012

1 X 90amp/hr 12v batteries new in 2013.

Multiphase 240v battery charger


All wiring with insulated return. Sealed battery box vented to atmosphere. Engine compartment sound and flame proofing and flame proof pipes to comply with MCA regulations including a dedicated engine room fire extinguisher.

Shore power connection.  All electrical components replaced in 1998 and 2003 refits.

A rigid transparent plastic 135 litre Vetus fuel tank is fitted against the transom aft of the mizzen mast with gravity feed to the engine via large Racor filter and water separator. Vetus water lock fitted in 2003.

In the 1998 refit, all flexible pipe-work, the engine start panel, engine wiring loom, gear-box heat exchanger, engine heat exchanger and all sea cocks were renewed. A pedestal was mounted along side the mizzen mast to carry the Morse lever engine controls and the Autohelm instrumentation.


6  berths.

Heads in the forepeak with Lavac sea toilet replaced new in 2009. Hand basin with hot and cold pressurised water, tap is on a flexible pipe so it can be used for a shower either on deck or down below.  Bulkhead to the fore cabin with a double berth to port, 200l fresh water tank below this berth.  This area is under the fore deck with reduced head-room but very comfortable bunks and open to the saloon cabin which has 7’ head-room under the coach-roof.

Port side settee berth with stowage lockers beneath and a custom made fridge.  This settee forms a double berth but also has comfortable seating for 5 around the polished mahogany drop leaf table. Fridge is custom made with 2” of insulation and cooled with a 12v compressor.  single berth under the deckhead on the starboard side of the saloon.

Lage quarter berth to starboard, not quite a double size, large storage lockers The insulated hot water calorifier tank is fitted in the aft locker to the port of the engine, heated from engine or with 240v immersion heater.

Force 10 diesel/paraffin (dual fuel) stainless steel cabin heater mounted on the stbd side at the aft end of the saloon

Galley in the after port corner with single stainless sink with pressurised hot and cold water, 4-burner gimballed gas cookerwith oven and grill new in 2010.  New galley work surface in solid oak, installed in 2010 refit, good access to stowage lockers beneath and behind.

Ample stowage under the centre-line steps to deck and under the berths. Book shelf across the forward end of the coach-roof. Substantial newell post grab rails.

To stbd is a chart table with storage facing outboard, nav instruments fixed around the chart desk.

Polished oak cabin sole, varnished mahogany joinery. Pressurised H&C to galley and heads. 12v electrical circuits.




Plastimo steering compass on binnacle, 2003

JRC Radar 1000 fitted 2000 with detachable dish antenna (for film work)

Garmin GPSMap 910 Chartplotter.

Autohelm ST50 depth and log (2003)

Raymarine ST40 chart table repeater. (2003)    NO

Raymarine 300GPS (2003)

DSC VHF with hand held link for communications while on deck


3 bilge pumps, one with float switch.

Gas and CO detector

Radio/CD player  with cabin and deck speakers.


DELTA anchor with 30 meters of 10mm calibrated chain spliced to 50 meters 18mm octaplait.

Fisherman kedge anchor.


Inflatable dinghy

2hp 2 stroke outboard


This is a very attractive vessel, a fine mixture of the traditional and the yacht, in excellent structural condition and presented in a clean and tidy condition, ready for sea. Her deck space behind high bulwarks make her safe for small children and allow easy rig handling. She is a very handy size with excellent volume accommodation.





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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.