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Penzance Dandy lugger

(REF: 18046)


  • Designer: Traditional
  • Builder: Roberts of Mevagissey, Henry
  • Year: 1903
  • Location: Cornwall
  • Length on deck: 40'

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One of the most eye catching yachts in the UK without a doubt, these working boats were designed purely for fishing, but obviously with a keen eye on the aesthetics as well.  Completely rebuilt in previous ownership she is now a sound and ready boat, finished as she should be in a very traditional way with not a speck or varnish to be seen, instead using oils and Stockholm tar.  She has a very handy rig with the gaff main making her an easy boat to sail, and the coachroof gives good standing headroom below decks in the saloon area.  A real gem of a boat, lusted after by many everywhere she goes.

Penzance Dandy lugger



Hull    Iroko planking on heavy sawn oak frames.  Grown oak floors.  Internal lead ballast.  The hull was largely rebuilt by a previous owner in a job that was completed in 1988.  This included all new planking, galvanised dump nail fastenings and many new frames as required.


Decks and cockpit  Straight laid quarter sawn pine decks screw fasted to solid oak deck beams.  Decks caulked and payed with pitch.  Flush deck with a central hatch over the saloon to increase headroom.   Forehatch and aft hatch for access into either end of the boat.  Bulwarks all round with a heavy capping rail


Superstructure   Central low profile hatch with Iroko coamings and a straight laid pine coachroof deck on oak deck beams.  Bronze portholes in the coamings with an offset sliding entrance hatch to starboard.





Known as a ‘Dandy’ rig with a gaff main and lug mizzen, this was common to the Cornish fishing boats.


Sails:  Dacron:   Main, mizzen, heavy jib & staysail,  medium jib & staysail.

Terylene balloon/ghoster jib and main topsail.

All approx. 15yrs old,  good condition.




 Penzance Dandy lugger

Engine   Ford 4.2D marinised diesel on flexible mounts.  These engines are known to be reliable units and parts are plentiful and cheap.  It’s aesthetic appearance is not first class, but it is the internals that matter and this has been a reliable engine for the present owner.


Port offset stainless steel shaft from a hydraulic Borg Warner gearbox with single lever controls.  3 blade feathering bronze propeller.


Batteries   Seperate domestic and start batteries, securely mounted on the starboard side in the engine space.  Charged via the engine alternator.


Tanks   2 stainless steel tanks located in the aft with a plastic day tank, double water separator filters with a change over valve.   2 x 200L, 1 x 100L.

2 water tanks under the saloon seating, approx. 25 gals each.






Berths  5 berths in 2 doubles and a single passageway berth.


Saloon   spacious saloon with good headroom.  Steps down through the hatch in the aft starboard corner.  Large chart desk to starboard with all navigation equipment.  Galley in aft port corner.  Centreline dropleaf saloon table with settee’s either side, ample sitting headroom under the side decks when sitting at the table.  There is plenty of space to move around the boat and ample lockers and storage areas.


Heads   Jabsco sea toilet in the forepeak, pumps directly overboard.  Small hand basin with hand pumped fresh water.


Galley   Taylors 2 burner paraffin stove with oven and grill, gimballed and facing athwartships.  Single stainless steel sink with hand pumped fresh water.






Furuno chart plotter/radar with charts UK to Gibraltar.


AIS Radar


Paper charts UK to Gib.



Two lifebuoys and lights

First aid kit

Fire extinguishers x 2 – type ABC

Fire blanket

Flares – out of date





Radar reflector

Day shapes

Eight person life raft – service date 01/2015

1 manual bilge pump

1 electric bilge pump



Ground Tackle

30kg Bruce with galvanised chain.

2 x Fishermans



Extra warp and chain.




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.