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Sole Bay Ketch

(REF: 18206)


  • Designer: Jack Francis Jones
  • Builder: Gordon Armstrong Marine, Scarborough
  • Year: 1964
  • Location: Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Length on deck: 40'6
  • Beam: 12'
  • Draft: 5'
  • Tonnage: 22

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40′ Sole Bay ketch designed by J. Francis Jones and built by Gordon Armstrong Marine Ltd, Scarborough

This 40′ ketch design features a long, straight keel incorporating an iron ballast keel, a slightly raked stem and a vertical transom stern with the rudder hung on the back.  Midships wheelhouse with coachroof fore and aft.  Toe rail of about 6”/9” all round.

This is one of 3 Sole Bay 40’s built, of which 2 survive.  She is very strongly built, a good powerful vessel capable of offshore passages.  1989 refit included:

New deck and most of beam shelf.

All new superstructure.

All new electrical wiring.

New keel bolts and floor bolts, prior to specialised hull sheathing.

New water and fuel tanks, plumbing and pumps.

New electronics and fire fighting equipment.

New shaft, tube and recon prop with rope stripper.

Major engine overhaul and new generator.

In present ownership since 1996 during which time she has been maintained to the highest standard.  She is ashore every winter in the Royal Forth Yacht Club undergoing a full programme of maintenance.  Having cruised extensively locally and further afield she is a much loved and admired vessel.



Planked in iroko, carvel laid on 2” x1.75” sawn oak frames at 8” centres, copper fastened.

Deck is 1.25” in 2 layers of marine ply, epoxy bonded and sheathed  in epoxy/glass scrim and painted.  The deck was laid new in 1988 as part of the major refit.

Coachroof and wheel house also rebuilt as part of the recent major refit with coamings in solid iroko continuous under wheelhouse doors with ply coachroof and decks, epoxy sheathed.

The wheelhouse is  raised in marine ply panels incorporating the windows on iroko framing, also with epoxy sheathed plywood roof.   All painted on the exterior and varnished interior.

Wheelhouse windows set in moulded iroko frames.   Aft 2 windows of wheelhouse are opening aluminium, all others fixed.   Sliding door to port & stbd with steps down inside.   Forward window incorporates a Kent Clearview screen.

Round and oval bronze ports in the coachroof coamings, those in the sides are opening, those aft fixed.

Access/ventilation/escape hatch over aft coaming, + large moveable swan–neck vents on Dorade boxes.

Varnished hand rails on forward coachroof and wheelhouse top.   The clear forward coachroof deck allows easy access to the mast and stowage of a dinghy.

Forward of the main mast is the fore hatch giving ventilation and access to the forward cabin, constructed in varnished mahogany with a dead-light and raised to a good height off the deck.

Between the fore hatch and the stem is the electric anchor windlass with foot button control.   There is a small anchor davit.

Foredeck working area, side decks and aft deck are very clear with easy access and passage.

A small hatch on the after deck gives access to the voluminous lazarette compartment which also houses the generator in a silent box.

The toe rail is carried on metal brackets with a varnished capping rail.   Stainless steel stanchions carry twin guard wires with pulpit and pushpit.  Opening gate section both sides to boarding ladder.   Varnished capping rail to pulpit with gate.

The underwater surface of the hull is sheathed with the Mitchell Mariner copper nickel patent sheathing system.   This amazing treatment, similar to ordinary copper sheathing, is done to order by the inventor, Fred Mitchell of Poole.   It has an estimated life of 40yrs and requires no anti-fouling.  Repairs can easily be effected if torn.


Ketch with gaff on the mainand bermudan on the mizzen.  Solid wood masts, Main mast new 2014,  mizzen new 2013.

Masts mounted in steel tabernacles, the main mast on the foredeck with bulkhead under, mizzen mast on aft coachroof with bulkhead support under.

Stainless steel standing rigging, new 2013.  Internal galvanised chain plates.  Twin forestays.  Mizzen halyard mast winch.   Elsewhere block and tackles.

Radar scanner on small mast beside mizzen.

Tan terylene main and mizzen sails.   Genoa, working jib and storm jib , tan terylene by East Coast sails, 1989.  New sail covers 2014.   Named dodgers.  Slab reefing.


Perkins 120hp 6 cyl diesel.  A 1970 engine, returned to the factory and completely reconditioned  in 1989 and re-installed by the yard during the major refit.

Cruising speed 7.5 kts,  max 9 kts.

PRM hydraulic gear box with single lever Morse control to 30” bronze prop.

New stainless steel fuel tanks port & stbd of the engine.  Balancing pipe.  Drain & water trap.  Total capacity approx. 120 gals.   Fuel polisher installed.

2 engine driven alternators supplying 2 independent but cross linked sets of deep cycle batteries.  2 x 12v for engine starting.  2 x 12v domestic = 24v ships supply at 110a/h.  Batteries new 2013 and 2014.

G&M 220v diesel generator installed in its own sound proofed box.  This unit has absolutely minimal noise level.   Started by key and button control panel in the deck saloon         .

Constavolt  links shore power, generator and engine alternators to keep batteries at optimum charge level.

2 kw Invertor 24v/220v.

Spare starter motor.  Battery shut off switches in deck saloon.

Steering position with console showing good instrumentation for the engine and electrics.  Also incorporates a half size Admiralty chart table with stowage for a small number of charts under a lifting lid.

Wheel steering by Mathway Rod.  Port-hand wheel with seat.


Fore peak cabin with port/stbd settee berths in mahogany, drawers below.   Hull side unlined and painted white.  Full headroom, hatch over.

Central door to heads compartment with Baby Blake heads and basin.

Bulkhead to lower saloon cabin with dinette unit to port. Small pilot berth behind and above dinette.  Table drops down to make occasional double.  Stbd narrow settee with pilot berth behind at a higher level.  Upholstered in Black Watch tartan.

Galley port, aft of dinette.  2 burner + oven Taylor’s paraffin cooker on gimbals.

Work surface with cedar lining behind.  Numerous cupboards.

Brass sink.  Brass Patey hand pump and mixer tap on pressurised water system.

Approx 350 gals water in 2 SS water tanks port and stbd of engine.  3rd tank under lower saloon sole.

12v Engel fridge.

Hot water from calorifier on the engine.

Parr pressure pump and system on the cold supply.

Shower in the aft cabin toilet compartment.


Steps up offset to stbd to the wheelhouse.  Steering position port, L-shaped seating in aft stbd corner.

Steps down to aft cabin.  Large double berth athwartships aft,  single fore and aft berth to port.  Heads/shower compartment.  Hanging locker.

Eberspacher heating system throughout the boat.   Taylor paraffin heater in the cabin,  Reflex heater in the wheelhouse.


Navigation:  Sestrel Major steering compass.

Seafarer Voyage sounder

Pinta Auto Pilot

VHF radio

Seascan radar


Garmin GPS



2 horse shoe lifebuoys

3 fire extinguishers and blanket

2 lifejackets and harnesses


Ground tackle

45lb CQR, 23lb Fishermans. 25 fathoms chain.

Electric windlass.


Other gear

Excellent warps, mooring ropes.

3 metre fibreglass dinghy

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