Wooden ships comments on this Robert Clark Bermudan Sloop
Designed by Robert Clark
Built by Moody in 1958.
Reduced in price dramatically due to the owners circumstances, a bargain price for a true pedigree yacht. Contact us for details of work required.
This is a typical example of the new generation of post-war cruiser/racers. She was very successful in her early days and had a good racing career. She is a fast boat without being a handful and comfortable for 2 people to sail.
Her fractional rig is set up with running back-stays now on tackles and easily handled.
The cock-pit is a good size with a stout wooden arch across separating the helm from the crew and carrying 2 small bronze winches originally used for the back-stays. The main sheet and it’s winch are also mounted on this arch which despite it’s appearance of restricting the cock-pit has in practice proved to be very practical.
The slatted cock-pit seats drain so the crew does not sit in a pool of water and the cock-pit gives the feeling of sitting in the boat, not perched on top of it.
The coach-roof gives the crew some protection, movement along the side decks is easy with ample space and the new slab reefed boom and telescopic kicker have proved simple to operate making her a yacht that will sail herself when required.
Sold to the present owner by Wooden Ships in 1991 and underwent a major refit in Bristol. See below for details of the refit.
Length on deck 37’6”
Teak bottom planking, mahogany topsides planking
Substantial steam bent rock elm timbers all fastened with copper clenched nails. Various other fastenings bronze bolts and screws.
Galvanised strap floors on every timber with galvanised through bolts.
Lead keel secured with bronze bolts. 2 keels bolts drawn recently and found in perfect condition.
Marine ply deck sheathed in epoxy/glass. Teak capping to the toe rail. The deck is clear and uncluttered. Stainless steel pulpit, push-pit and tapered stanchions.
Full length coach-roof extending forward of the mast and raised to a dog-house aft. Varnished mahogany coamings. Fixed oval windows in bronze bezels. Roof in epoxy sheathed ply with teak grab rails each side. Fore hatch on the forward end.
Long deep cock-pit with varnished mahogany coamings capped with bronze strip.
Varnished slatted seats. Helmsman’s seat opens to a locker.
Self draining well with teak gratings. An interesting feature of the cock-pit is the rising well sides to give a flat floor foot hold when heeled.
Wash-boards to the cabin entrance with sliding hatch in a garage, all in varnished mahogany.
Bronze and teak bar mooring cleat on the aft deck with a bronze mush-room vent to the lazarette and bronze fairleads on the rail.
Port and stbd bronze and teak bar mooring cleats on the fore deck with a 12v electric/manual windlass. Bronze single chain roller stem-head fitting also takes the fore stay.
Fractional bermudan sloop on a Sparcraft Blue Water alloy mast stepped through the coach-roof onto the keel. Single spreaders with jumper struts above.
This mast was fitted new in previous ownership in 1991 with new rigging and sails and an alloy slab reefing boom with telescopic kicker. Renewed rigging again 2006.
Stainless steel standing rigging. Twin lowers and cap shrouds with open bodied stainless steel rigging screws to internal stainless chain plates. Twin standing back-stays to the quarters, single fore stay to the stem-head.
Chrome plated bronze track on the rail with twin cars.
Pair of Lewmar 2-speed self-tailing winches on stainless steel pedestals on the coamings
Original bronze back-stay winches and main sheet winch on the arch.
3 chromed plated 2-speed inches on the mast with clutches above to take the halyards.
Mainsail 3-reefs by Gowans 1991
Genoa by Gowans 1991.
Lots of older sails.
Lister 30hp 3-cylinder diesel engine installed new in 1991. Fresh water cooled.
Hurth single lever controls gear-box.
Centre-line installation to centre-line prop with new shaft, 3-blade prop and stern tube.
Water-cooled stern gland.
Fuel: 2 x 10 gallons stainless steel tanks under the cock-pit side decks.
Electrics: 2 x 12v batteries with change-over switch.
Accommodation. 6 berths
V-berths in the fore cabin, fore hatch over.
Passage aft to stbd of the mast. Hanging locker under the side deck to stbd.
Heads compartment to port with Lavac sea toilet.
Saloon cabin with port and stbd settee berths.
Pilot berths up behind the settees each side.
Vertical grab post in the middle of the saloon supports a double flap varnished mahogany table.
Large mahogany chart desk aft to port with chart drawers under. Modern electrical switch panel and book shelve above.
Galley to stbd with a gimballed Taylors paraffin 2-burner cooker in a recess. Alongside is the stainless steel sink with fresh and salt water faucets.
Foot pump to fresh water supply.
The sink and cooker are both enclosed with lift-off lids when not in use.
Engine box between with steps up to the cock-pit entrance.
Folding seat each side of the engine with stowage recess behind and down the tunnel aft under the cock-pit side decks.
Head-room: 6’6” midships, more aft under the dog-house, a little less in the fore cabin with 6’ under the fore hatch.
Fresh water. Approx 50 galls in 3 x copper tanks, one under the cabin sole and one under each settee berth.
Nice original varnished mahogany joinery.
Sestral Major steering compass in gimbals mounted on the entrance hatch garage.
Autohelm 200 auto-pilot
Clock and barometer.
4 life jackets with harnesses
1 life buoys, one with light.
On purchase in in 1991 refit the following work was done:
- Paint coatings under the water-line burnt off.
- 1 x 8’ shift of planking renewed in way of damage by galvanised floor bolts.
- 3 strap floors forward + breast hook + all other floors removed, regalvanised and replaced with new galvanised bolts.
- 80% of the underwater seams recaulked. All seams repayed.
- Rudder rebuilt
- New engine fitted
- Engine box step rebuilt to fit.
In his first few years of ownership the owner sailed to the Brest and Douarnenez regatters via the Scillies, since than has sailed extensively back to Brittany, and the West coast of Scotland, Isle of Skye and Ireland.
2000: All splines between the planks above the waterline routed out and renewed.
- Pym has now been laid up ashore for two years. During this time Pym has had a further refit. Mast out, Keel Step out.
- Garboards and stem thoroughly checked and repaired where necessary.
- Some planking renewed and plank edges made good.
- Several graving pieces fitted.
- All seams below the waterline completely raked out, seams recaulked and payed.
Sept/Oct 2014. Engine thoroughly serviced and in running order, and all systems checked.
Examination by a local boat builder in the summer of 2014 identified the following work:
Inspection of galvanised plate floor and surrounding area, fitting a new hull plank section in way of damage, caulked, finished and primed. £650
Removal and re-galvanising of two strap floors and two quarter knees and making good the hull planking by way of all bolt holes. Refitting all with new fastenings and making good and re-sheathing the aft deck by way of a temporary access panel, all finished primed. £1200.
After so many years the owner now finds himself reluctantly obliged to accept that it is time to pass his much-loved yacht on to new owners who will take on a refit and recommission this fine yacht.
This is a great opportunity for someone with some skills and application to acquire a fine yacht at a reasonable cost.
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.