Sailing yachts

Sibbicks Half Rater

(REF: 18159)


  • Designer: Sibbick, Charles
  • Builder: Martin Nott
  • Year: 2011
  • Location: IOW
  • Length on deck: 20'10"
  • Beam: 4'11"
  • Draft: 3'3"

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Wooden Ships Comments on this Sibbicks Half Rater

Built by the present owner in association with the Boat Building Academy, Lyme Regis, and launched in 2011.  The design is from 1897 by Charles Sibbick and the original boat was built by Sibbicks of Cowes and was exhibited at the Imperial Institute, Kensington before being sold to the Med.  The design, known as a skimming dish half rater, is extreme for a boat of her era, but it shows that the modern fin and skeg yachts were not the first boats to adopt this principle of yacht design.  This boat takes her lines, ethos and inspiration from the original Sibbicks plans but the builders have employed very modern techniques and materials in order to get a very strong, light and long lasting yacht that is easy to sail and maintain.

She comes as a package complete with a single axle road trailer so can be easily trailed behind a family car, plus the design of the rig means the main mast is relatively short, making her easy to rig and sail without the need for engaging the services of a boat yard.  Featured in December 2011 edition of Classic Boat

Length Overall                   20’10”

Length Waterline             13’5″

Beam                                    4’11”

Draft                                      3’3″

Sail area                               190sqft






Built of strip plank red cedar all epoxy bonded and sheathed externally with 350gsm biaxial glass cloth.  1 layer of cloth on the top sides and two underwater.  Sheathed internally as well with one layer of similar cloth by resin vacuum infusion.  The result is an incredibly strong and lightweight hull which will require minimal maintenance.  Topsides finished in 2 pack paint for a highly resistant finish.

Built in buoyancy tanks in either end of the hull.

Lightweight steamed oak ribs throughout the hull and grown hardwood floors across the centreline to support the fin keel.

Structural parts of the hull including stem, hog,beamshelf and knees are of Sapele.

The fin keel is made from laser cut 316 stainless steel with a resin encapsulated lead bulb bolted to the bottom.

Blade rudder made of 316 stainless with an epoxy cloth rudder tube and Delrin bearings.  Cast bronze tiller.


Decks and cockpit

Robins Elite marine plywood sub deck screwed and glued to red cedar deck beams.  straight laid yellow cedar deck glued over the ply with payed seams.  Varnished mahogany coverboards and coamings.  Varnished mahogany toe rail on the fore deck with all bronze fittings.

Cockpit with space for two people with a thwart either side



An interesting lug rig on a keel stepped Sitka spruce mast.  Single stainless shroud each side to bronze rigging screws and external bronze chain plates.  Stainless forestay to the bronze stemhead fitting.  Stainless running back stays on rope tackles provide extra support.

3 point mainsheet to a bronze horse on the aft deck.

All spars of best quality Sitka spruce.  All fittings of bronze, blocks of ash from Davey & Co.

Mainsail and jib in Contender light cream cloth by Elvstrom Sails.



Anchor and Warp

Mooring lines

Road Trailer


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.