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Sandbanks Yacht Co. Bermudan Sloop

(REF: 23594)


  • Designer: Eric H. French
  • Builder: Sandbanks Yacht Co.
  • Year: 1939
  • Location: Devon
  • Length on deck: 30'3"
  • Beam: 9'
  • Draft: 4'
  • Tonnage: 9TM

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Wooden Ships Comments on this Sandbanks Yacht Co. Bermudan Sloop

Built by the Sand banks Motor Co. in 1939.  It is understood she was designed by Eric H. French but it is also thought Fred Parker was involved in this design.

She was built for Arthur Strohmenger, inventor of ARC welding who then sold her to Lord Lyle of Westbourne in 1947 who used her in the Solent, before she was bought by Californian yacht broker Augustus J Newman.  She eventually came to Dartmouth in 1972 where she has been based ever since.

Bought by the current owner as a project boat to use in his retirement, however other projects have taken priority so she was never completed.  The boat has been sat ashore for a few years and is in need of some significant repairs including new fore and aft decks.  She appears to have a very good rig and engine.

This is very much a project but for the right person would be a worthwhile task and she would be a lovely boat once completed.  She shallow draft and easily handled rig make her ideal for coastal exploration, enabling her to explore upstream where deeper boats cannot go.

Length on Deck                 30’3”

Length Waterline             28’

Beam                                    9’

Draft                                      4’

Thames Tonnage             9TM




Carvel planked in mahogany, caulked and payed.

Grown oak frames fastened with bronze screws.  4 steamed oak intermediate timbers fastened with copper nails and roves.

Large grown oak floors across the centreline with keel bolts passing through them

External lead ballast keel with bronze keel bolts.

Raised foredeck currently straight laid teak over plywood.  It is in very poor condition with a rotten subdeck and will need replacing.  The aft deck is of the same construction and in similar condition.

Large aft cockpit with teak coamings and teak thwarts.

Superstructure of varnished teak with glass windows either side.




Masthead Bermudan sloop rig on a keel stepped varnished wooden mast.

Varnished wooden roller reefing boom.

Stainless steel standing rigging of unknown age but seemingly in good order.

Mainsail and headsail in tan, both in good condition.




Volvo Penta 2003 30hp 3 cylinder diesel engine.  Installed approximately 1993.

Currently out of the boat and has been checked over by an engineer.

Centreline fixed 3 blade bronze propeller gives 6 knots cruising speed.

30 litre GRP fuel tank in starboard locker.




Port side door into the wheelhouse.  Originally she had a helm position inside but this has been moved out into the cockpit.

Spacious saloon in the wheelhouse with galley to port.  The galley joinery is in poor condition and will need replacing.

Port side passage going forward with a heads compartment to starboard, Baby Blake sea toilet discharges directly overboard.

Forepeak is fitted with a plywood sole making a large double berth.  No upholstery.  Could be altered to suit a new owner with either a double or 2 large single berths and space between.




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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.



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