Sailing yachts

Ocean 30 Bermudan Cutter

(REF: 18024)


  • Designer: Truman AA
  • Builder: Wallasea Bay Yachts, Essex
  • Year: 1947
  • Location: Cornwall
  • Length on deck: 30'
  • Beam: 9'
  • Draft: 4'6

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Wooden ships comments on this Ocean 30 Bermudan cutter

Ocean 30 bermudan cutter, designed by A. A Truman and built by the Wallasea Bay Yacht Station, Rochford, Essex in 1947.

This small yard was very busy during the war building Fairmiles and MFVs. After the war they became known for a series of yachts designed by A.A. Truman called the Ocean Class, starting with the popular 23’ Ocean Baby, a 26’ sloop, several 30’ sloops and the Ocean 35.

The significant feature of these yachts is the rather pointed canoe stern and generous freeboard.

They have a long keel, good beam for the period and a wide coach-roof gives a very spacious cabin.

The aft cock-pit is deep and very safe.

These Ocean Class boats became quite popular. They were built to a solid and robust standard, simple but strong with no frills to keep the price down, roomy, safe cruising boats and came at just the right time to take advantage of the blossoming post war yachting market.

This yacht had a big refit in 1997 when amongst other things the deadwoods replaced and the rigging renewed.

Bought by the present owners in 2005,

Major refit in 2008 when the whole deck and deck structures were replaced – deck, coach-roof coamings and roof, carlins and  beam shelf, the cock-pit rebuilt.

Continual maintenance and refit work has been carried out in the present ownership, including a new engine, some replacement planking in pitch pine, new rigging and new keel bolts. 2013 survey available.

She has only had 3 owners from new. Even if she is not a yacht to sail round the world she has a delightful charm and warmth and will give years of pleasure to the lucky new owner.

Spring refit 2015, work done:  Rig fully inspected, hull repainted, antifouled and boot top renewed.  Toe rail re-varnished, some interior re-varnishing.  2 new spare batteries. Topping lift and mainsail halyards replaced.

Engine oil change, alternator belt renewed, new oil and diesel filters.  New bowsprit bobstay.

Part 1 registered.   Mooring in St Mawes available for 2016 season/all year.

Planked in pitch-pine,
all copper nails and rove fastened to steam bent oak timbers on an oak back-bone.

Long external iron ballast keel.

All keel bolts replaced in 2007.

Straight-cut, flat topped oak floors on every third timber with a pair of throat bolts through each.

Considerable quantity of internal ballast, some clean iron pigs and some lead submarine ballast blocks.


New deck in 2008 in marine ply, sheathed with epoxy/glass and painted.

Varnished mahogany toe rail all round.

Varnished king plank forward.

Varnished hatch on the after deck over the lazarette.

New stainless steel pulpit and push-pit, removable guard wires stretched between.


The wide coach-roof gives volume in the cabin below and tapers sweetly in height to forward. New coamings in the 2008 refit in iroko, painted white externally, varnished internally and fitted with 5 rectangular windows in reducing size aft to forward. The windows are nicely set with varnished beading round the outside face.

New coach-roof deck in sheathed ply painted dark blue with 4 bronze mushroom vents, grab rails each side and a modern hatch just in front of the mast.


Self-draining cock-pit well with lift-up panel to access the machinery below.

The coach-roof coamings extend aft to form the cock-pit coamings, varnished inside and out.

New seat lockers each side with varnished lids.

Full height doors to the cabin entrance with a new, well-cambered sliding hatch in varnished iroko.

Large diameter wheel on a varnished pedestal in the middle of the cock-pit makes a significant feature. Compass on the pedestal.

Varnished T&G hardwood bulkhead to the cabin with engine instrument display and nav instrument display to port of the doorway.

Gas bottle lockers each side in the forward corners provide a useful step down from the deck.

Ocean 30 Bermudan Cutter

Bermudian cutter rig on a 38’ Sitka spruce mast stepped in a stainless steel tabernacle on a hardwood pad on the coach-roof deck with a bulkhead and compression posts below to take the thrust.

Stainless steel mast fittings.

Boom sheets to a new stainless steel horse across the after end of the cock-pit.

Both mast and boom are finished in linseed oil.

Varnished fixed bowsprit over the stemhead. Stainless steel end fitting.

Stainless steel wire bob-stay.

New stainless steel gammon iron with twin chain rollers.

Stainless steel standing rigging replaced 2010.

Double spreaders.

Single lowers, intermediates and diamonds above.

Single standing back-stay.



Mainsail. Slab reefing.

New staysail to the stemhead on continuous line roller furling gear

New jib to the end of the bowsprit on continuous line roller furling gear.

Roller furling lines led back to jammers at the cock-pit.

1 halyard winch mounted on the fwd face of the tabernacle.

Headsail sheets through lead blocks on the rails with a straight pull to cleats on the coamings.



Yanmar 4HJE 40hp 4-cylinder diesel engine fitted new in 2006 with less than 100hrs running (autumn 2013.) Fresh water cooled.

Centre-line installation with conventional centre-line shaft drive and stuffing box gland with remote greaser.

Water-cooled exhaust with Vetus water trap box.

Single lever controls in the cock-pit by the helm.



Stainless steel diesel tank under the port cockpit locker, 85 litre capacity.

85 litre flexible water tank under the cabin sole.  12 volt pressure pump with calorifier off the engine to provide hot water.


2 x 85ah batteries with brand new spare batteries


Accommodation   4 berths

Step down into the cabin from the cock-pit.

Galley to stbd with wide varnished work surface, round stainless steel sink, smart Optimus 2-burner, grill and oven gas cooker in a lined recess.

Cupboard space below.

Chart desk in the after port corner with batteries under.

Dinette to port with athwartships seating and table. The table drops to make a double berth

Forward, heads compartment to port with Blake sea toilet.

Storage recess to stbd with fridge

Bulkhead doorway to the fore cabin with V berths.

Brackets to take root berths over if needed.

6’ head-room midships.



Sunto compass on the wheel pedestal

Silva Nexus wind, speed, log, and depth all routed through the Nexus computer.

Garmin GPS

VHF radio


EPIRB (registered to the yacht).  Battery expired but may be renewed by owner.

Original Capt Watts clock and barometer.

18w solar panel


2 fire extinguishers

Horse shoe lifebuoy

Fog horn

2 electric bilge pumps

1 hand bilge pump

Echomax radar reflector


Bruce anchor with 150’ 8mm chain

Fishermans kedge anchor with warp and chain

Gemmel and Prout windlass









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.