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Inchcape 45 Motor Sailer Trawler Yacht

Inchcape 45 ft Motor Sailer Yacht For Sale

Wooden Ships Comments on this Motor Sailer Trawler Yacht

45 foot Inchcape motor sailer built by the Eyemouth Boatbuilding Company in 1964.

The Inchcape range of motor sailer designs resulted from a collaboration between Jack Francis Jones and James Evans of Eyemouth Boatbuilding Company, who built the Inchcapes at their yard in Berwickshire.

His designs were inspired by the Scottish fishing boats, which were built to be robust, powerful and seaworthy vessels capable of working in the North Sea and North Atlantic all year round; Evans wanted to replicate these virtues in a pleasure yacht so that owners had the comfort of a yacht with the strength and peace of mind of a fishing boat.  They achieved this blend and came up with a variety of sizes, the Inchcape 45 being one of the more popular of the range.

This yacht has been in the present ownership since 1997 and based on the west coast of Scotland where she has cruised extensively with the family.

Fitted with the superb Gardner 6LW giving reliable, quiet and efficient propulsion.

Very spacious interior with 7 berths in 3 cabins and up to 6’10” headroom in the saloon.

These boats are excellent live aboard cruising yachts, providing plenty of comfortable interior space and a boat capable of cruising in all weather states.


LOA                                        45’

Beam                                    15’9”

Draft                                      5’9”

Displacement (dry)         29tons

Headroom                          6’10”/ 6’4”

Alan Buchanan 27 ft East Anglian Mk2 Sloop

Alan Buchanan 27ft yacht for sale – project boat

Alan Buchanan East Anglian Mk2 Sloop

This is a classic Alan Buchanan East Anglian wooden racing yacht built in 1963. A 27 ft yacht MK2 design built by Dixon and Kerley on the East coast. With many passages to race in the Temps fête sur Douarnenez and then in 2012 to Brest Fête Maritime Internationale, this vessel has had many racing hours under her belt.

These East Anglian designs were relatively light built for the size. Bermudan rig with sails to match, Douglas fir spars and roller furling system. A mahogany on oak framed construction, timber deck beams throughout and marine ply coach rooftop.

This yacht is currently being restored by the current owner, a boatbuilder having already completed extensive repairs and maintenance to the superstructure and interior layout. An interesting project boat for someone to take on with free reign to design a layout to suit. Oak and Sweet Chestnut timbers ready planed is included in the sale along with various original items recovered from the restoration.

Currently moored in Flushing, Cornwall, the owner purchased the boat from a close friend and fellow boat builder in 2021. A beautiful-looking boat in fair condition with a detailed list of professional work done in recent years. Drawings also provided with particulars.


Length on Deck                 27’ 9”

Length Waterline             21’

Beam                                    8’

Draft                                      4’6”

Thames Tonnage             7TM


Recent Refit Work

– Coachroof repaired and reconstructed

– Removed and replaced fwd deck beams

– Removed and replaced fwd corner posts

– Removed and replaced exterior coachroof trim

– Removed and redesigned anchor chain locker

– Horse pipe adjusted and moved deck positioning

– Removed and redesigned full V berth

– Fwd Port side beam shelf scarph repair and through fastenings

– Deck beam tenon repairs

– Coachroof interior/exterior side repairs

– Removed and replaced hatch surround and hatch lid

– Machined timber for fit out (Oak/Sweet Chestnut/Meranti)

–              Oak                                        12’ x 12” x ¾” (x3)

–              Sweet Chesnut                                 12’ x 12” x ¾” (x4)

–              Meranti                                                5’ x 2” x 1”           (x15)

–              Various original mahogany timbers salvaged throughout restoration

– Removed and replaced bolts, rebedded stanchion bases

– Renewed interior brightworks

– Topsides repainted and hull antifouled

– Removed and rebedded grab rails

– Keel and fixings maintained with galvafroid

– All new acrylic windows sealed and exterior surrounds refitted

– New full foam mattress for V berth if wanted

– Bow roller, bottle screws and rigging serviced

– Engine service

– Electrical checks and solar panel unit fitted

– Currently new cockpit teak laid sole boards being remade

East Coast Smack Gaff Cutter

Wooden Ships Comments on this East Coast Fishing Smack

Built at the Aldous Shipyard, Brightlingsea and launched in 1912 as a fishing Smack for local east coast waters for a Mr Joe Francis.  She worked out of various east coast ports and was eventually retired from oyster dredging in 1984.  Bought by the previous shipwright owner in 1994, she underwent a 10 year refit where the new deck was laid, planking and framing replaced and a new rig fitted.  At that time her old Gardner diesel was removed and she spent her years up until 2017 based in Brightlingsea and racing amongst the graceful fleet of fishing smacks which is growing in size and popularity.

Sold by Wooden Ships in 2017 to the present owner, she was sailed to Cornwall where she has been based in recent years, cruising around the coast, across the channel and out to the Isles of Scilly.

Her current owner has added to the interior fit out to make her more comfortable for longer periods aboard and she ow has 6 good berths, a heads and galley.

She has been well cared for and sailed extensively in recent years.  Garboard planks were replaced, the hull re-caulked, rigging replaced, deck repaired and generally properly maintained.

Being an engineless sailing vessel in the modern world means she is not for the faint hearted, but she is a boat true to her origins, indeed her first crew from 1912 would step aboard today and sail her exactly as they would have done over 100 years ago.  Propulsion could be fitted by way of a leg, driven by electric or hydraulic motors, there is plenty of space within the hull to fit a diesel engine and tanks to power this if desired.

She proved to be a relatively fast boat amongst the fleet of Smacks with a respectable amount of silverware showing her name and is certainly one of the prettiest boats.  Although not a new or completely rebuilt smack, she is a good boat, well cared for and with the right attention will give many years of pleasurable sailing to her new owners.


Length on Deck                 44′

Length Overall                   63′

Beam                                    11’9″

Draft                                      5’2″

West Solent One Design W7

Wooden Ships Comments on this West Solent One Design W7

West Solent One Design built by Berthons Boat Co. In 1931.

She carries the number W7, however the original W7 which was also called Dilkusha, was built in 1924 for Lt. Colonel H.C. Guest.  He then decided to have a new boat built in 1931, but wanted to keep the name and number so this yacht has become W7.

The class was designed by H. Jacobs and H.G. May of Berthons as a cost effective cruiser racer for the Royal Lymington Yacht Club.  At the time a new W class could be bought for £600, a similar 6 meter yacht would have cost £1500 so they were well received.  A total of 32 boats were built for the UK market, 5 built and shipped to Argentina and one built under licence in Bombay.  The design was adopted by the Royal Burnham Yacht Club where it was known as the Royal Burnham Restricted Class.

The WSOD, also known as the W class, has seen a huge resurgence in recent years with a number of original boats given professional rebuilds, as well as one or two new examples being built.  They are superb boats with exceptionally beautiful lines and have proven to be excellent classic regatta boats that only need a small crew and are still very competitive.

This is a very cost effective boat with which to take part in the big classic regattas and race amongst the finest classic yachts in the world while possibly having even more fun than those owners.

Between 2004-2008 she underwent a major professional refit in the previous ownership, in which the hull was repaired, keel bolts replaced, new deck laid, complete new rig and spars fitted and a new interior.  Al this work was well documented and done to a very high standard.

The current owner became custodian of a superb yacht in very nice condition, and has simply maintained her with professional help to keep the boat looking smart and in sound condition.


Length on Deck                 34’6”

Length Waterline             24’

Beam                                    7’6”

Draft                                      5’1”

Thames Tonnage             6TM

Kim Holman Sterling Sloop

Wooden Ships Comments Kim Holman Sterling Sloop

28’ bermudan sloop designed by Kim Holman and built by JW and A Upham of Brixham in 1968.

The Sterling was another of Kim Holmans great designs and is often thought of as the cruising version of the Twister.  The same length but with more beam, a fuller bilge and more depth in hold, she is a much more spacious boat below decks, and although not quite as fast as the Twister, she will hold her own and will keep her crew safe and comfortable on a passage.

Sold by Wooden Ships to the present owner in 2017, she had a lot of professional refit work carried out between 2017 and 2018 with Alan Staley in Faversham which included the following work:

  • Rebuilt cockpit
  • Switch board replaced and boat re-wired
  • Carlin replaced


Out of water shipwright inspection carried out and the following list of work was done between 2021-2022:

  • New main hatch
  • Rudder pintles replaced
  • Bulkhead chartplotter installed
  • Repair to transom
  • Hull repainted professionally
  • Port genoa track re-screwed
  • Engine serviced
  • NASA clipper wireless wind indicator installed

A solid, tidy boat and a really good example of the design which has had a lot of work carried out in the last few years.  Full documentation of her history including lots of past surveys, original plans and many receipts.  2017 survey available accompanied by a detailed list of the work done after that inspection.


Length on Deck                 28’6″

Length Waterline              22’2″

Beam                                   8’6″

Draft                                    4’6″

Thames Tonnage              7TM

Warner 33 Bermudan Cutter

Wooden Ships Comments on this Warner 33 Bermudan Cutter

This yacht was designed as the Warner 33 by Winthrop Warner and built by James Graves, Marblehead Mass. in 1954.

She is one of 12 believed to have been built to this design by the Graves Yacht Yard.  A plug of the hull was subsequently made for a production GRP yacht to the same design.

Tara is an exceptional yacht.  Her dimensions belie her size, her materials and construction are first class, her design is unusual on this side of the Atlantic, her performance is rewarding and her sea-worthiness proven by her years of off-shore sailing.

In the previous ownership she had a major refit in 1996/7, the major items of work detailed in the specification below, to produce a 100% sound yacht in exceptionally nice condition ensuring she continues to sail for years to come.

Winthrop ‘Wink’ Warner (1900- 1987) worked as naval architect in Conneticut and New Jersey producing over 200 designs as well as working as a draftsman for John Alden – he married Aldens daughter –  and William H Hand. Although little known in Europe, his is a respected name in US yachting circles.  His papers are lodged with the American Maritime Museum, Mystic Seaport, Maine.  Marblehead is celebrated as one of the great yachting centres on the US east coast and the Graves Yacht Yard is one of Marblehead’s best known yards building many great American yachts over the year

After 8 years in first ownership she was purchased by Sir Kenelm Guiness of the brewing family, a merchant banker in Washington.  Tara remained with the Guiness family for some 30 years and in this time cruised the Eastern Seaboard from the Windward Islands up to Nova Scotia.

The present owner has a hand written letter from Sir Kenelm who writes warmly of his memories of the old boat.  She was sold in 1992 to Englishman who sailed her across the Atlantic and cruised from N Spain to Ireland and the UK.

She was imported to UK VAT exempt under the Transfer of Residence Relief.

In 1996 she was sold by Wooden Ships to the previous owners and underwent a major refit at Traditional Sail in Salcombe, Devon.  During that extensive professional refit period this yacht received a new deck, coach-roof, engine, rig, systems and all the other details that go to make up a properly refitted yacht.

In the current ownership the yacht has spent 8 years cruising around the Mediterranean as a very comfortable and safe cruising yacht that turns heads everywhere she goes.  She has now been brought back to the UK and will continue to be used on the south coast until sold.

The design is for a conventional long-keeled yacht with a deep heel and rising fore-foot to a short spoon bow. A large rudder is hung on the slightly raked transom stern. This is a compact design with no expensive overhangs and a generous beam to give her excellent stability and comfortable interior volume.


Length on deck                              33’

Length overall                                37’

Lwl                                                    31’6”

Beam                                               10’4”

Draft.                                               4’10”

Tonnage (displacement)                            c.9 tons

Harrison Butler Cyclone II

Wooden Ships Comments on this Harrison Butler Cyclone II

25′ bermudan cutter designed by T. Harrison Butler and known as the Cyclone II design.  Built by Arthur Collings of Looe in 1931.

She has been in the present very experienced ownership for many years, they have cruised for 2 or 3 months each summer from their base in Cornwall, stopping in the Isles of Scilly and heading on from there to either Ireland, Wales or the West Coast of Scotland.  Each winter the boat is wrapped up on the foreshore on her beaching legs with the mast removed where she is well protected from the elements.  Commissioned each spring and sailed extensively for the summer months, a properly cared for and well used classic yacht.

Her lines are unmistakably Harrison Butler and her sailing characteristics also have his hallmark, being a well balanced and sea kindly vessel with a nice motion.

She is a simple boat with few mod cons but with the benefit of having few systems to go wrong.

Recent thorough spring refit completed.

A true classic yacht with excellent pedigree, lovely lines and a wonderful cruising history in the present ownership.


Length On Deck                                25’

Length Waterline                             22’6”

Length Overall                                   32’

Beam                                                    8’7”

Draft                                                      4’3”

Thames Tonnage                             6TM

Harrison Butler Pepin Design

Wooden Ships Comments on this Harrison Butler Pepin Design

Harrison Butler Pepin design built by Walton Yacht and Launch Works in 1936.

This is the only example ever built of this particular Harrison Butler design and is the old boat he designed with a Loch Fyne Skiff style stern.


Professionally rebuilt between 2010 and 2016 where the following work was carried out:

Ballast keel removed and rebedded

New stainless keel bolts

New stainless strap floors

Various ribs repaired or sistered

Hull planking repaired, faired and splined then sheathed in epoxy glass cloth

New interior fitted

New Yanmar engine with new battery and all systems

New Taylors stove fitted

New water tanks fitted

Teak decks caulked and payed

New sails and rigging

New covers and upholstery


The boat has just had a spring refit with new paint work inside and out to prepare her for the coming season.

A real pedigree yacht with a well document recent history.


Length on Deck                 22’2”

Length Overall                   26’

Length Waterline             19’

Beam                                    7’2”

Draft                                      3’9”

41′ Gaff Cutter

Wooden Ships Comments on this 41′ Gaff Cutter

Built in California in 1904, she is a typical Victorian plank-on-edge design with a deep draft, narrow beam and elegant counter stern.

The boat underwent a major rebuild 1982/1983 with new frames and planking, new deck and new rig, imported into the UK in 2003.  Unfortunately the rig balance was not correct, so when she eventually came into the present ownership, Ed Burnett was asked in 2011 to design a proper well balanced sail plan that has proved to be very successful.   All spars apart from the mast were replaced by Collars, new sails made by SKB in Falmouth and the boat now balances properly, is thought to be quite fast and looks far more elegant.

She is a yacht that will appeal to the purist for classic racing and cruising, all rig controls are block and tackle without winches and other modern gear to spoil her lines.

Interior joinery has been fitted in the present ownership to suit her current use which is weekend cruising and regatta sailing, so she now has 8 berths, plenty of headroom and good size saloon allowing the whole crew to sit and socialise.

An impressive and powerful gaff cutter that has been used regularly and continually maintained in recent years, capable of performing well in the classic regattas if desired.  She has the reassurance of a largely recent hull, rig and machinery and regular survey inspections.  Kept covered all year to protect the decks and varnish.

2023 insurance survey available on request.


Length on Deck                 41′

Length Overall                   58′

Beam                                    9′

Draft                                      8′


Kim Holman Sterling Bermudan Sloop

Wooden Ships Comments on this Kim Holman Sterling Bermudan Sloop

The Sterling, designed by Kim Holman, became one of his most popular designs and has been held in great acclaim ever since, heralded for their sailing qualities, space and comfort.  This particular boat was built by Jack Holman at his Uphams Yard, Brixham in 1963 and was one of 19 Sterlings he built.  The original owner, Mr Wilf Tarr, was a Torquay businessman and specified a particularly high quality yacht in comparison to many of the Sterlings being launched.  This meant the interior was finished to a much higher standard with lots of varnished teak rather than painted plywood, and the materials used in the hull were superior to that of the standard Sterling.

Sold by Wooden Ships on a number of occasions, she has spent time cruising extensively around the UK, northern France and Ireland and has benefitted from some very diligent owners who have updated and maintained her to a high level.  A major refit around 1996 saw a lot of refastening of hood ends and garboards, , re-galvanising of strap floors and re-fastening the oak floors.  Since then she has had a new Beta engine, new sails, rigging and keel bolts and all new covers and canvas work plus full annual maintenance.

This is probably one of the nicest examples of a Sterling that could be found and is now in commission and ready to sail.  They are ideal family boats that are easy to handle, are very safe and capable but have a decent amount of space and volume without excessive length.


Length on Deck                 28’9″

Length Waterline             22’6″

Beam                                    8’7″

Draft                                      4’8″

Thames Tonnage             7TM

Recent Refit Work



New genoa

Major engine overhaul

New mild steel keel bolts

New standing rigging

New running rigging

General rig overhaul

New LED navigation lights

New domestic and start batteries.

New solar panel for battery charging

New switch panel and fuse box



New Darglow Featherstream propeller

New pulleys and raw water pump on engine

New all-over cover

Sails, sprayhood and covers valeted/serviced

Emergency tiller made



New Hawk VHF aerial

Sails valeted and repaired as necessary

New lee cloths for bunks

New dodgers



Sail and cover cleaning and repairs



Strip all brightwork to bare wood and finish with 4 coats of International Woodskin

Paint the coachroof deck and hatch surround

Rudder removed, repaired and re-painted by Clare Lallows

New Hawk VHF aerial

New autopilot plug

New Whale Supersub Smart 650 auto bilge pump

Some interior paint and varnish

Painted topsides

Stanchion bases re-fastened

New fresh water pump and taps

Blakes sea toilet serviced

Sail valeting