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Sparkman and Stephens 8 meter Cruiser Racer

(REF: 26730)


  • Designer: Sparkman and Stephens
  • Builder: McGruer and Co. Ltd
  • Year: 1965
  • Location: Hants
  • Length on deck: 39'10"
  • Beam: 9'9"
  • Draft: 6'3"
  • Tonnage: 12TM

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Sparkman and Stephens 40ft 1965 Cruiser Racer Yacht For Sale

Wooden Ships Comments on this Bermudan sloop classic yacht

40ft Bermudan sloop rigged yacht designed by Sparkman and Stephens to the International Cruiser Racer 8 meter rule.  Built by McGruer and Co. Ltd to Lloyds 100A1 in 1965.

McGruer were known for their run of ‘Cruiser Racer 8m’ yachts, a popular design that offered a fast and easily handled cruising yacht capable of club racing at weekends.  The commissioning owner of this yacht was an industrialist from Glasgow and approached Sparkman and Stephens to design him a yacht to the International Cruiser Racer 8m rule.  He then asked McGruer to build the yacht and the result is a superb vessel of top-quality construction with arguably prettier lines than McGruers own CR8m yachts.

Her construction is a composite design using galvanised frames interspersed between steamed oak timbers.  In the previous 30 year ownership, the yacht was subjected to a rigorous maintenance program including complete refastening of the galvanised frames with stainless bolts, each one insulated from the frames to avoid electrolysis.  She is now in excellent condition and very original with only a few alterations to bring her up to date.

Bought by the current owner in 2021, she is sadly offered for sale due to family circumstances.  A comprehensive 2021 survey is available to potential purchasers.  This is a very beautiful classic yacht in good condition, ready for next season to go cruising or racing.

Length on Deck                 39’10”

Length Waterline             27’4”

Beam                                    9’9”

Draft                                      6’3”

Sail Area                               648sqft

Displacement                    7965kg

Thames Tonnage             12TM


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Carvel planked in mahogany, possibly Honduras or similar high quality mahogany timber.

Alternating steamed oak timbers and galvanised steel frames.  Copper rivet fastened through the oak timbers and bolted with stainless steel bolts through the galvanised frames.  Each bolt is insulated from the galvanised frames with a ‘top hat’ washer.

Some galvanised steel strap floors across the centreline.  Further aft she has more recent stainless steel plate floors side fastened to the galvanised angle iron frames.  The stainless steel is insulated from the galvanised frames with a rubber gasket.

External lead ballast keel fastened with stainless steel keel bolts.  Bolts last drawn in 1990.

Pair of galvanised angle iron ring frames in way of the rigging, tied into the galvanised mast step.

Spruce beamshelf with a spruce clamp in way of the rigging

Marine plywood deck on spruce deck beams, cascover sheathed externally and finished with non-slip deck paint.  Varnished teak toe rail all round with stainless steel stanchions and guard wires.

Varnished teak coachroof coamings with a sheathed plywood coachroof deck.  Slightly raised dog house aft with a companion hatch offset to port.

Self draining cockpit well with seating at deck level and varnished teak cockpit coamings.  Bridge deck to the entrance hatch.

Stainless steel tiller and rudder stock to a laminated mahogany rudder.


Masthead bermudan sloop rig on a keel stepped gold anodised alloy mast.  This is the original mast and in keeping with her pedigree.

Round section alloy slab reefing boom original to the boat.  Stainless steel gooseneck fitting.  Second shorter IOR boom with accompanying mainsail and second mainsheet track.

2 x alloy spinnaker poles.

Stainless steel standing rigging in 1×19 wire, all replaced in 2006.  Forestay new in 2017.

Internal stainless steel chain plates secured to the galvanised frames.

Harken roller furling headsail system

Running rigging replaced in 2021 using Dyneema.


Primary Winches – 2x Barient 28 stainless steel, two speed.

Secondary Winches – 2x Barient 26, alloy, two speed.

Hallyard winch – 1 x Antal XT30.2 to starboard of companion hatch

Mast Winches – 2x Barient 22 stainless steel, two speed. 1x Single speed winch.


Mainsail – white Dacron, slab reefing with two reefs. (2006)

Mainsail – IOR boom. White dacron, slab reefing.

Genoa –  115% White Dacron, roller reefing genoa, white UV strip (2017)

Genoa – 140% white dacron, roller reefing genoa, hardly used (2018)

Spinnaker – x2

Storm Jib


Yanmar 2GM20F twin cylinder 19hp diesel, fresh water cooled with a heat exchanger.  Fully serviced winter 2022.

Kanzaki mechanical gearbox with an AquaDrive flexible coupling to a fixed 3 blade bronze propeller.  Gives 5 knots cruising speed.

2 x 12 volt batteries for engine starting and domestic systems, 1 x 100ah and 1 x 120ah, both new in 2018.  Charged from the 55amp engine alternator.

17 gallon stainless steel fuel tank with Tek Tank gauges.

32 gallon stainless steel water tank under the saloon cabin sole.

2 x manual bilge pumps.


5 berths including a quarter berth, 2 x saloon settee berths and 2 singles berths in the forecabin.

Original cabin layout and joinery in mahogany veneered plywood with a satin varnish finish.

Steps down from the companion hatch over the engine box into the main cabin with chart desk and quarter berth to port and galley to starboard.

To port is a quarter berth stretching aft under the cockpit thwart.  Chart desk forward of the berth with drawers that pull out beneath.

Galley has a twin burner gimballed gas stove with oven.  Single stainless steel sink with cold water pumped with a manual foot pump.  Top loading locker next to the sink with lockers under the deck head.  Large storage space going aft from the galley under the cockpit thwart.

Half height bulkhead forward of the galley with a vertical stainless steel grab rail separates off the main saloon.

Saloon settee berth either side with new tartan upholstery in 2021.  The backs fold down on a sophisticated hinge mechanism to create wide comfortable berths.

Centreline saloon table with fold out leaves.  Sole boards in solid mahogany.

Starboard side passage going forward with the heads compartment to port.  The door to the heads hinges to double up as a door into the forward cabin.

Heads compartment has a manual Baby Blakes sea toilet which discharges directly overboard.  Stainless steel hand basin with manually pumped fresh water.  Large storage lockers outboard under the side decks.

Forward cabin is very nicely appointed with 2 single berths.  Trotter boxes at the forward end giving more length to the berths.  Mahogany lockers either side under the side decks.

Small seat between the berths, the forward bulkhead has an oval hole allowing access to the forepeak storage space, used for stowage of sails, fenders and warps.



Suunto steering compass

B&G depth sounder

B&G log

ICOM M323G DSC VHF, new 2019

Clock and barometer



Masthead tri-colour and deck level navigation lights

Deck flood lights

2 x horseshoe buoys


Flare pack

2 x manual bilge pumps


Ground tackle and mooring

35lb CQR, 30 fathom chain rode

45lb CQR

SL Electric low profile windlass, new motor fitted 2019, foot button control on foredeck, power up only.

Selection of warps

Selection of fenders



Bunk and berth cushions, new upholstery 2021

Mikuni diesel fired hot air cabin heating system with thermostat control

2 burner gas stove with oven


2 x 4.5kg gas bottles

Radio/CD player with 2 speakers

Baby Blake manual marine toilet, stripped, re-chromed and serviced 2019



Ensign and staff

Boat hook

Sprayhood – Blue. 2012

Mainsail cover – Blue 2012

Boom tent

Forehatch cover

Cockpit cushions

Winter cover and scaffolding frame

Boom crutch



2 x 110ah Numax batteries

Yanmar 2GM20F fresh water cooled diesel engine

Various engine spares

AquaDrive flexible coupling

Merlin Smartguage battery monitor

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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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