Sailing yachts

Sole Bay 35 Ketch

(REF: 25562)


  • Designer: J. Francis jones
  • Builder: Porter and Haylett
  • Year: 1968
  • Location: Suffolk
  • Length on deck: 35'
  • Beam: 10'
  • Draft: 4'9"

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Wooden Ships Comments on this Sole Bay 35 Ketch

Designed by Jack Francis Jones as a comfortable motor sailer with acceptable sailing ability, able to get herself off a lee shore under sail if required.

Built by Porter and Haylett of Wroxham in 1968.

With a well documented history of careful and diligent owners, she was purchased by the current owner about 3 years ago and taken to Harbour Marine Services at Southwold for a cosmetic refit which included and complete external re-paint top to bottom, repairs to the hull planking where necessary and all new upholstery.

The Sole Bay 35 is a perfect cruising boat for northern climates with good performance under engine and acceptable help derived from the sails to ensure you are not totally reliant on diesel.  The wheelhouse is a huge bonus, giving a dry warm space on deck allowing passage making even when the weather is poor.


Length on Deck               35’

Beam                                 10’

Draft                                  4’9”

Displacement                  10.5 tons


Carvel planked in iroko all copper fastened to steam bent oak timbers.

Hull sheathed in Cascover from new below the waterline.

External iron ballast keel of 2.3 tons fastened with galvanised bolts.

Sawn timber floors across the centreline with galvanised throat bolts.  Some galvanised strap floors in the aft end where the bilge space is tight.

Marine plywood decks sheathed in Cascover and finished in cream deck paint.  High toe rail all round with an oiled capping, supported on galvanised brackets and the stanchion bases.

Mahogany coachroof coamings, finished with gloss white paint with a varnished iroko nosing.

Marine plywood wheelhouse roof and coachroof decks sheathed in Cascover.

Bronze framed port lights in the fore and aft coachroof with aluminium framed windows in the wheelhouse.


Bermudan ketch rig on deck stepped varnished wooden masts.  Gaff rigged main and Bermudan rigged mizzen.

The mainmast is stepped in a tabernacle on the foredeck so can be raised and lowered easily.  This is very handy if navigating inland waterways.

Stainless steel 7×19 standing rigging to internal galvanised chain plates.

Headsail hanks on to forestay.

Mainsail, mizzen, genoa and jib.

Main and mizzen sail covers.


BMC Tempest Leyland Commodore 66hp 4cyl marine diesel.

PRM Newage 302 gearbox to a stainless steel shaft and a fixed 3 blade bronze propeller gives 7 knots cruising speed at 1.25 gallons/hour.

80 gallons of diesel in 2 x painted steel tanks steel  either side of the engine room.

2 x 120ah domestic batteries and 2 x engine start batteries.  Charged from twin engine alternators or through the shore power system with a 240 volt battery charger.

80 gallons of water in 2 steel water tanks either side of the engine room.

Eberspacher diesel fired hot air heating system.


5 berths including 2 singles in the aft cabin, 2 saloon settee berths and a single berth in the wheelhouse.  All new upholstery.

6’3” headroom in the saloon, 6’1” headroom in the wheelhouse and 5’9” headroom in the aft cabin.

Sliding doors to enter the wheelhouse on either side.  Helm position to port with central companionways fore and aft.  Single berth to starboard with removable central section if door is to be used.

Steps down into the aft cabin with 2 single berths and a heads compartment.  Berths are 6’3” in length with lots of storage lockers below.  Heads compartment has a Lavac manual sea toilet which discharges directly overboard and a hand basin with hot and cold pressurised water.  Shower tray in the sole.

Steps down forward from the wheelhouse into the main cabin with the galley split on both sides of the hull.  To port is a single sink with hot and pressurised water and lots of storage space below.  To starboard is a Plastimo Neptune 2000 twin burner gas stove with oven and grill.

Vertical grab rails and half height bulkheads separate off the main saloon.

Varnished mahogany dropleaf saloon table with a settee berth either side of 6’5” length.  Storage space outboard of the settee backs and shelves below the deck head.

Centreline passageway going forward into the forepeak which is dedicated to a heads compartment and storage.

Lavac electric sea toilet discharges directly overboard.  Porcelain hand basin with cold pressurised water.  Lots of storage space plus the anchor locker.


Steering compass


Autohelm ST7000 autopilot

Autohelm sounder and log

Autohelm wind indicator and GPS position indicator

Raymarine Hybrid Touch chart plotter

Seafarer LH55 loud hailer with horn


Radar reflector

Plastimo Cruiser 6 person life raft

2 x life rings with throwing lines

Emergency tiller

Danbuoy with light

Manual bilge pump

Auto electric bilge pump


Simpson Lawrence electric anchor windlass

Simpson Lawrence chain stopper

45bl CQR anchor with 60m of 3/8” chain

Fishermans anchor with 60m of chain


Deck brushes

Boat hooks

7 x fenders

Mooring warps


Stern davits


Bunk and berth cushions

Plastimo Neptune 2000 galley stove

12 volt electric Lavac sea toilet, new 2021

Manual Lavac sea toilet

Eberspacher Airtonic D2 heating system

2 x 120ah batteries

2 x engine start batteries

240 volt battery charger






Main and mizzen sail covers

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