Archives: Sailing yachts

Falmouth Quay Punt Gaff Yawl

Built in Falmouth by R.S. Burt and sons in 1925 as a Falmouth Quay Punt, she was however purchased immediately by a London based owner and fitted out as a yacht from the beginning.

She remained in the West Country until the late 1960’s when she moved to Cowes and then on to Suffolk.

In the previous ownership she had a major restoration in the early 1990’s with a complete new rig and many hull repairs carried out.

In recent years she has been used very little but has recently had a small refit including new keel bolts, new rudder pintles …


Length on Deck                      25’5”

Length Overall                        38’5”

Beam                                       8’6”

Draft                                        5’6”

Thames tonnage                   6TM

49′ Alan Buchanan Bermudan Yawl

Wooden Ships Comments on this 49′ Alan Buchanan Bermudan Yawl

49’ Alan Buchanan bermudan yawl built by Mashords of Plymouth to Lloyds100A1 in 1962.

Now in only her 3rd ownership, she was kept in Lloyds classification until 2004 when a lack of a qualified surveyor near her then home port made classification unrealistically expensive.  She is an extraordinarily well built boat using top class materials and is a testament to the skills and quality of workmanship at Mashfords Shipyard.

Bought by the present owners in 2018, she was taken to Gweek Quay, Falmouth and underwent a major professional refit to put the boat back into top condition in readiness for some planned long distance sailing.  A full list of the work done can be seen below.

She has proved to be an excellent family cruising yacht, easily sailed single handed if required with the aid of her modern autopilot, roller furling headsail and numerous self tailing winches.

The cutter headed yawl rig allows for a great variety of sail combinations making her a versatile and capable yacht.

With stunning good looks and great performance, this long legged capable vessel is the epitome of the classic yacht.


Length on Deck                 49’

Length Waterline             35’

Beam                                    12’

Draft                                      6’9”

Sail Area                               1200sqfft

Thames Tonnage             23TM


2018-2022 Refit

  • Ballast keel removed, bolts checked and rebidded
  • Majority of galvanised trap floors removed, re-galvanised ad replaced with new bolts
  • New engine beds
  • Teak deck raked out and re-caulked
  • Teak deck partly re-fastened
  • Topside splines replaced
  • Engine removed, stripped and refurbished
  • Cocpit refurbished
  • All new upholstery
  • New electronics
  • New plumbing
  • Galley rebuilt
  • Various new sails
  • New standing rigging on main mast
  • New ProFurl roller furling headsail system

65′ Danish Gaff Ketch

Wooden Ships Comments on this 65′ Danish Gaff Ketch

Danish gaff ketch built as a fishing vessel in Denmark by Jensen and Lauridsen, Esbjerg in 1936.

Major rebuild in 1995/6 by Neilsen & co. Gloucester with many new frames, lots of new planking and a complete new deck, deckhouse and interior.

Bought by the present professional shipwright owner in 2015 through Wooden Ships, the vessel has subsequently had a major refit including major hull repairs, shortening of the deck house, a replacement engine, new rig, new interior and many new systems.  The vessel is now licensed for commercial activity under the MCA to Category 2 60 miles from safe haven.  She carries all gear and equipment required by the MCA.

The vessel also has a commercial cargo licence for carrying up to 1 ton of paying cargo which possibly makes her of interest to the recent sail cargo movement.

Licensed for 12 passengers and 3 crew, she is an easy boat to handle with the split ketch rig and a very handy size, big enough to give a decent interior volume and deck space but not so big as to be difficult to handle.  The deck house is an unusual feature that gives a deck saloon, galley and chart area all with excellent all round visibility, a sheltered warm space making passages in northern climates much easier for the crew.  It also increases the inside useable volume of the boat enormously.

An excellent example of the type, exceptionally pretty and well maintained by the professional owner.


Length on Deck                 65’

Length Overall                                   88’

Beam                                                    16’

Draft                                                      8’6”

Air Draft                                               66’

Displacement                                    85 tonnes

Sail Area                                               1740sqft

19′ Roger Dongray Golant Gaffer

Wooden Ships Comments on this 19′ Roger Dongray Golant Gaffer

19’ Golant Gaffer built by the current owner to the well known Roger Dongray plans.  The boat was completed in 2017 but sails and rig were not fitted until 2021.

The boat has only been used a few times, all on fresh water lakes and is presented in very smart condition.

She comes with a custom made Snipe road trailer that is fitted out for easy launch and retrieval on a slipway.  The mast is deck stepped and can be raised by hand meaning this boat can be launched and sailed completely independent from boat yards and associated costs.

The Golant Gaffer is a popular design with traditional lines and rig, but built from modern wood/epoxy strip plank methods which make for a low maintenance and tough hull.

A nice example in nearly new condition and complete with an excellent road trailer.


Length on Deck                               18’9”

Length Overall                                   23’

Length Waterline                             17’9”

Beam                                                    7’

Draft                                                      3’2”

43′ Camper and Nicholson Sloop

Wooden Ships Comments on this 43′ Camper and Nicholson Sloop

Camper and Nicholson sloop designed by Charles E. Nicholson and built by C&N in 1951.  She was a revolutionary boat due to the method used for the construction of the hull.  The plank seams are edge glued rather than caulked and payed in between making her a very tight and dry boat.  Her build and early years are well documented in Yachting World articles.

Unlike her later C&N sisters, she is slightly narrower in the beam and with more sheer, making her a very elegant boat with her long counter stern.

In present ownership since 2021 she has had various jobs and refit work carried out to improve and upgrade the boat leaving her now in a good and very smart state, ready for classic regattas and cruising.

Fitted with alloy spars with in- mast furling , she is now a very easily handled boat, often sailing single handed even in stronger winds.

The boat comes with a detailed maintenance log going back to 1995, a well cared for and properly used pedigree classic yacht.  May 2022 survey available.


Length on Deck                                 43’2″

Length Waterline                             29′

Beam                                                    9’6″

Draft                                                      7’2″

Thames Tonnage                             13 TM

Norman E. Dallimore Gaff Cutter

Wooden Ships Comments on this Norman E. Dallimore Gaff Cutter

Norman E. Dallimore gaff cutter believed to be the earliest surviving example of his work.

Built by Cole & Sons of Hammersmith, London in 1912.  It is understood she was purchased in 1935 by Major Cecil Crawford Lindsay Ryan, H.B.M. Consulate General, Bushire Persian Gulf and the yacht was shipped to Bombay at that time, returning to the UK in 1943 when she was sold.

Major professional rebuild between 2005 and 2007 which included major hull repairs, new deck, new sails and rigging, new engine and new interior.  The boat was then not used at all after the refit and came into the present ownership about 5 years ago, at which point the refit was completed, the boat commissioned and has been used for occasional local sailing over the last 4 years.

The running and standing rigging was all new in 2018, the sails are like new and the engine has done very few hours.

Recently she has been painted and varnished so is now looking exceptionally smart with a mirror finish to the topsides.

Large amount of documented history comes with the boat making her a very special little yacht.


Length on deck                 22’

Length Overall                   24’

Length Waterline             19’

Beam                                    7’1”

Draft                                      4’7”

Thames Tonnage             4TM

Kim Holman Stella 26 Sloop

Wooden Ships Comments on this Kim Holman Stella 26 Sloop

Designed by Kim Holman and built by Tucker Brown of Burnham-on-Crouch in 1965.

The Stella was a very popular design, derived from the Folkboat but slightly bigger all round with more volume and a bigger rig.  To this day there is still an active fleet racing on the east coast and they have proven themselves as fast, capable and easily handled pocket cruiser racers.

This yacht was owned previously by a skilled individual who undertook some major refit work carried out including dropping the ballast keel and fitting new throat bolts and keel bolts in 2013, Epoxy sheathed plywood deck in 2017, new rigging and recent sails.  Brought to the south coast by the current owner, she has been used for local cruising and evening racing, maintained to a good standard and is currently looking smart and in regular use.

She has 4 good berths by virtue of the comfortable pipecot berths in the forepeak.  The cockpit is spacious and comfortable, far bigger than might be expected in a 26’ yacht.  These boats really are wonderful boats to sail and have a surprising turn of speed that make them en enjoyable class to race amongst.


Length on deck                 26’

Length waterline              20’

Beam                                    7’6”

Draft                                      4’

Thames Tonnage             6TM

Abeking & Rasmussen Bermudan Yawl

Wooden Ships Comments on this Abeking & Rasmussen Bermudan Yawl

40’ Abeking & Rasmussen Bermudan yawl built by A&R in 1919 to a design by Henry Rasmussen.

A beautiful yacht from the early years of the famous German yard, built just 7 years after the yard was founded and probably one of the first boats built after the end of WWI.

Owned for more than 60 years by a syndicate group which has enabled the boat to be sailed regularly and maintained by an enthusiastic group of owners and friends.

This is a very elegant pedigree yacht that could continue to be sailed as she has been for the last 60 years, but would also make a very good basis for a major refit, putting her back to the original flush deck arrangement with gaff yawl rig.

In 2006 she had a major professional refit at Gweek Quay Boatyard, Cornwall where nearly 50% of the planking was replaced using pitch pine.  The majority of the original iron frames were renewed with steel angle iron and new galvanised bolts.  The keel was removed and rebedded with new wrought iron bolts.

New Beta 30hp engine in 2011 and new mizzen mast in 2020.


Length on Deck                 40’

Length overall                   42’

Length Waterline             28’

Beam                                    9’

Draft                                      6’

Displacement                    9 tonnes

Laurent Giles Vertue

Wooden Ships Comments on this Laurent Giles Vertue

25’ Laurent Giles Vertue No. 132 built in 1964 by John Perry of Cosham.

John Perry built two Vertues and was a renowned boat builder with an excellent reputation for producing high quality boats.  Judging by the list of materials used in the build of this boat the original owner wanted a top quality yacht and was willing to pay for it.  The commissioning owner, Henry Claude Lyon Garnett CBE was a Major in the Royal Horse Guards.  The build was carried out under hands-on supervision of the Laurent Giles office with weekly visits to inspect progress and ensure the boat was being built to their exacting standards.

A superb example of the class planked entirely of teak and built to the highest standards.  Sold to the last 2 owners by Wooden Ships.  In current ownership since 2011 during which time she has had some major upgrades including new engine, new mast, new keel and floor bolts, re-payed deck and thorough re-painting inside and out.

This yacht comes with all her history and paperwork back to 1964 and a full photo record of all work done in the present ownership.

This is a very fine example of the Vertue in lovely condition with a long record of professional refit work carried out in the last 12 years.


Length on Deck                 25’4”

Beam                                    7’4”

Draft                                      4’6”

Thames Tonnage             5TM

Alan Buchanan Sloop

Wooden Ships Comments on this Alan Buchanan Sloop

34’ Bermudan sloop designed by Alan Buchanan and built by Sutton and Wiggins Ltd in 1964 to Lloyds 100A1 specification.  Buchanan design No.1579.

Sutton and Wiggins Ltd are a slightly lesser known yard from Great Wakering in Essex, they did however build a good number of boats including a string of Buchanan designs and all to a very high standard.  This yacht is no exception with excellent choice materials all constructed to Lloyds 100A1 standard.

In the previous 15 year ownership she was thoroughly upgraded with a new engine, teak deck and transom.  The present owner has carried out many improvements as listed below all in the last 2 years and this yacht is now in excellent shape and ready to go to sea.

Based on the east coast for much of her life, she has been a regular fixture in various races and regattas, winning the North Sea Race at one time.  Her design is typical of Buchanans boats at the time, not dissimilar to the famous Vashti, a little shorter and fuller sections giving more internal volume.  Her headroom in the saloon of 6’5” is exceptional for a yacht of her period and size.

A very fine cruiser racer with an excellent maintenance history.

Recent Refit Details:

  • All new standing rigging in 2022
  • All new running rigging using classic buff braid on braid in 2022
  • New auto electric bilge pump
  • New mainsail, genoa and spinnaker in 2023 (designed to original Buchanan sail plan)
  • New all over covers in 2023
  • New batteries in 2020
  • Raymarine wireless wind indicator fitted in 2023
  • All bright work stripped and re-varnished with 10 coats of Epifanes


Length on Deck                 33’11”

Length Waterline             24’

Beam                                    9’1”

Draft                                      5’6”

Sail Area                               490sqft

Thames Tonnage             10TM