Sailing yachts

Scarborough One Design Bermudan cutter

(REF: 18020)


  • Designer: John Ley
  • Builder: John Ley, Scarborough
  • Year: 1953
  • Location: Cornwall
  • Length on deck: 29
  • Beam: 8
  • Draft: 4'9"
  • Tonnage: 7

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Full specification

Wooden ships comments on this Scarborough One Design Bermudan cutter

Length on deck                      29’

Beam                                      8’

Draft                                      4’9”

Tonnage                                 7TM

Built                                       1953.


In the post-war revival, John Ley, boat-builder from Scarborough produced a number of 5 ½ ton 26’ sloops which were very well received at the time.

In 1950 he followed this success with the slightly larger 29 foot Scarborough One Design,  with an acknowledgement to the great Albert Strange, another Scarborough man.

He adopted Albert Strange’s canoe stern to replace the raked transom of the 26 footer asserting it is the only logical way to finish the back of a boat.

The Scarborough 29 gains space in the cabin by extending the coach-roof out to the deck edge, the additional freeboard forward helping to make her a very dry boat in a chop and a dog-house is stepped into the raised deck giving shelter to the aft cock-pit.

The result is a yacht which was as well received as her smaller sister and John Ley went on to built some 20 yachts to this design.

This yacht has been in the same family ownership for many years. She has given them many years of fun but is not being used enough now and the time has come for the energy and enthusiasm of a new owner.


Planked in larch all copper fastened to steam bent timbers on an oak back-bone.

1.5 ton iron keel + some iron pigs in the bilge.

Heavy iron strap floors at approx 3’ centers mounted on wooden blocks on the planking adjacent to a steam bent timber.

Varnished mahogany toe rail, blue painted rubbing strake at deck level.  Lower level rubbing strake following the after lower deck line.

3 fixed oval lights in the topsides each side.

The dog-house coamings are in varnished mahogany and extend aft to form the cock-pit comaings.

Deep, sheltered cock-pit with very deep coamings to give excellent support and protection in the cock-pit.

Full length louvered doors and sliding hatch to the cabin entrance.

Spray-hood over the hatch.

Varnished ash tiller on pivoted bronze mount.

Varnished mahogany fore hatch and oak Sampson post on the fore deck.

Nice recessed bronze fair leads forward.

Twin stemhead chain rollers

Stainless steel pulpit and stanchions with twin guard wires. Painted steel push-pit.

The deck is laid in pine boards sheathed in canvas, probably original, and painted.

The dog-house roof also canvas sheathed and painted as the main deck and fitted  with varnished grab rails.

Fractional bermudian cutter rig on varnished spruce mast stepped in a galvanised steel tabernacle on the fore deck.

The mast was split and rebuilt professionally in the winter of 2011/12

The mast compression is taken by a pair of galvanised steel vertical girders encased in mahogany forming the doorway in the forward bulkhead, they in turn mounted on massive oak athwartship floor member.


All stainless steel standing rigging fitted new in 1999 with stainless steel rigging screws

Cap shrouds, intermediates and single lowers.

Single spreaders.

Single standing back-stay.

Runners on levers from a mid-point between spreaders and mast-cap taking the strain from the lazy innder fore stay.

Single stemhead/masthead fore stay.

Lazy inner forestay ste up to a Highfield lever, stemhead to a midpoint between spreaders and mast cap.

External bronze chain plates.

Varnished boom with original bronze roller furling gear

Double-tailed main sheet through turning blocks each side.




No 1 jib


Storm jib

Cruising chute

Scarborough One Design Bm cutter


Pair of top action Lewmar 8 sheet winches on the cock-pit coamings.

Pair of top action  Lewmar 8 mast halyard winches.



Yanmar 3YGM20 20hp @ 3400rpm 3-cylinder, fresh water cooled flexibly mounted diesel engine. Fitted new in 2006, now with only some 60 hours running (August 2013).

Conventional shaft drive to centre-line 3-blade prop.

Good access to the engine through a removeable hatch in the cock-pit sole.

Mild steel diesel fuel tank under stbd cock-pit seat.

New prop 2005

2 x 12v 80 amp/hr batteries on 12v circuits. Easily accessible under the quarter berth.


Accommodation.                                          3 berths

The fore peak is given over to stowage and ablutions with sail bin to starboard and shelves forward.

A Jabsco sea toilet is sited to port adjacent to the bulkhead with a plastic bowl in a fold down bracket above for washing. The bowl is simply emptied into the sea toilet.

Bulkhead in way of the mast compression posts to the saloon cabin.

Port and stbd settee berths in the saloon cabin, shelves and lockers behind all in nice varnished mahogany joinery

Shelves with drawers under against the forward bulkhead forming a recess below to stow rolled up bedding.

Little mahogany corners cupboards in the forward corners are a nice feature.

Galley in the after port corner with a plastic bowl in the surface against the after bulkhead and adjacent to it a stainless steel gimballed Plastimo 2-burner grill and oven gas cooker.

Quarter berth in the after port corner running aft under the cock-pit seat.

An ingenious mahogany “chart table box” with lifting lid  incorporating chart stowage sits in the open end of the quarter berth.

Part bulkhead with chromed grab rail separate the quarter berth from the cabin.

Steps to the cock-pit between remove to expose the front of the engine.

Gas bottle in the after cock-pit locker.

25 litres water in new rigid plastic tank under the stbd settee berth. Hand pump to the galley sink, gravity drain o/b.

Batteries under the chart desk seat.

6’ head-room in way of the galley and chart desk.

New saloon cabin sole boards with lift-up traps to access the bilge.


2 x CQR anchors

8mm chain

Manual anchor windlass on the fore deck.

2 x manual bilge pumps.

1 x 12v electric bilge pump.


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.