Sailing yachts

Peter Duck Bermudan Ketch

(REF: 18122)


  • Designer: Laurent Giles
  • Builder: Porter & Haylett, Wroxham
  • Year: 1962
  • Location: Devon
  • Length on deck: 28'6
  • Beam: 9'
  • Draft: 3'9
  • Tonnage: 8

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Wooden Ships Comments on this Peter Duck Bermudan Ketch

The original Peter Duck was designed by Laurent Giles for the author Arthur Ransome before the war. The design was revived in 1961 in a slightly modified form and between 1961 and 1970 38 boats were built by Porter and Haylet proving the popularity of this fine little cruising yacht.  This one was built in 1962.

The design is typical Laurent Giles and remarkably similar to the famous Vertue but fuller and bigger.  Long keel, transom stern, good freeboard and beam make her a stable, dry yacht with excellent sea-keeping capability.

She has been the subject of a major and very diligent refit by the current owners which started in early 2017 and saw her launched again in November 2019. The refit included a complete cosmetic overhaul inside and out as well as checking keel bolts, replacing strap floors, scarphing in new laminated oak timbers, replacing engine beds and re-glueing the box section masts among many other jobs.  A full list of repairs is available on request.

Probably one of the nicest examples of a Peter Duck afloat.  Detailed survey reports available done before and after the refit work complete with a full catalogue of the refit.


Length on deck                                 28’6″

Waterline length                              25′

Beam                                                    9′

Draft                                                      3’9″.

Thames Measurement                  8TM

Displacement                                    6.5 tons


Carvel planked in iroko all copper fastened to steamed oak timbers.  Hull stripped and painted in recent refit, also caulking replaced in many areas and a short shift of planking replaced on port quarter.  Hood end and garboard screw fastenings checked.

Galvanised steel strap floors across the centreline, all stern ones removed and shot blasted, hot zinc sprayed and replaced with new stainless steel bolts in the recent refit.  The bolts and steel frames have been insulated from the copper fastenings.

External cast iron ballast keel of approximately 2 tons.  Fastened with galvanised keel bolts, these were drawn and found to be in good condition, but put back with new nuts and backing plates.

Marine plywood deck, sheathed in Cascover and painted.  Repairs to the deck carried out as necessary.  High toe raill all round with a varnished capping.

Mahogany coamings, recently stripped, repaired and varnished with all windows taken out and re-bedded.  Sheathed plywood coachroof deck.

Comfortable self draining cockpit with varnished teak thwarts and new watertight sole hatches giving access to the bilges.

Transom hung rudder that has been rebuilt with all hangings checked or replaced.


Bermudan ketch rig on deck stepped varnished wooden masts.  Main mast in a galvanised tabernacle.

Main mast is a hollow box section and was split down the glue joints and rebuilt in the refit.  All other spars stripped and re-varnished.  All mast fittings re-galvanised and new wiring fitted.

Galvanised wire standing rigging to internal stainless steel chain plates.  Chain plate bolts checked as necessary.

2 sets of sails in good condition.  1 set by Hood sails as new condition.

Pair of Lewmar 16 self tailing cockpit sheet winches.  Lewmar mast winches on main and mizzen.

Sailspar single line roller furling headsail unit.


Volvo Penta MD2040 diesel engine installed new in 2003.

Engine was removed from the boat, heat exchangers cleaned and the valve clearances checked.  Otherwise in very good order with low hours.

Centreline fixed 3 blade bronze propeller gives 5 knots cruising speed.

2 x 12 volt batteries of 110ah and 120ah charged from the engine alternator.  Domestic battery new.  Installed solar panel with charge regulator.

65 litre plastic fuel tank from Tek Tanks in the starboard cockpit locker, new in the refit with all Vetus fittings.

65 litre Tek Tank plastic water tank port cockpit locker with all Vetus fittings.


Headroom: 6’5” in galley, 5’10” in saloon and 6’ in forward cabin.

V-berths in the fore cabin, good head-room under fore hatch in the coach-roof above.

Bulkhead doors to port heads compartment with Simpson Lawrence 396 Standard sea toilet. Stainless steel hand basin slides out above the toilet and stows back under the side deck.

Two hanging lockers opposite to starboard with storage bin below.

Twin mahogany doors in the white painted bulkhead open to the saloon cabin with port and stbd settee berths.  Lockers and shelves behind, stowage under.  Settee backs hinge up to make the berths wider for sleeping on.

Single drop leaf varnished mahogany table with 3-compartment cutlery recess in the surface.

Centreline doorway going aft with chart desk to starboard.

Galley to port with gimballed Taylors paraffin 030L 2 burner stove with oven.  Double stainless steel sinks drain overboard with foot pumps for both fresh water and sea water taps.  Crockery stowage in a rack above the cooker.

White painted bulkheads and deck-head, varnished mahogany coamings and joinery.


Sestrel steering compass

Standard horizon Matrix AIS/GPS DSC VHF radio with cockpit remote

B&G Network Log

B&G Network sounder



Plastimo gas alarm

Bilge pump counter

2 x fire extinguishers


Rule bilge pump

Manual bilge pump


Solar panel with charge regulator

110ah engine start battery

120ah Numax domestic battery


Lewmar 16 self tailing cockpit sheet winches

Lewmar 6 non-self tailing mizzen mast halyard winch

2 x Lewmar 8 non-self tailing main mast halyard winches

Working sails: Mainsail, mizzen and headsail in good condition

Mainsail, mizzen and headsail from Hood Sails, virtually new condition

Mast lowering gin pole

Original wooden spinnaker pole


Full winter cover

Cockpit cover

Avon dinghy

Numerous fenders

Mooring warps


Simpson Lawrence galvanized manual windlass

Anchor chain

CQR main anchor

Fortress alloy anchor


Taylors paraffin stove with oven

2 x gimbaled cabin oil lamps

Tilly lamp

Various items of galley equipment and vintage crockery

Bunk and berth cushions

Simpson Lawrence manual sea toilet

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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.