Sailing yachts

Sylvestre Langevin bermudan cutter

(REF: 17999)


  • Designer: Langevin, Sylvestre
  • Builder: Whisstocks of Woodbridge
  • Year: 1982
  • Location: Poole
  • Length on deck: 39'3"
  • Beam: 12'8"
  • Draft: 6'10"
  • Tonnage: 19691lbs disp.

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Full specification

Wooden ships comments on this Sylvestre Langevin Bermudan cutter

Built by Whisstocks of Wodbridge in 1981 and commissioned in 1982, to a design by French naval architect Sylvestre Langevin.

With only one owner from new, she was built for short handed go anywhere sailing and to compete in offshore yacht racing successfully campaigning in two double handed Round Britain races in 1982 and 1985, a single AZAB (Azores and Back) race in 1983 and the first Yachting Monthly Triangle race in 1984.  She has also been cruised extensively around the UK and Ireland, northern Spain, Brittany and a four year stint sailing in the Baltic.

Needless to say the boat has proved herself time and again as a cruising yacht and a fast offshore race yacht.  Her cockpit and deck layout is such that a single handed sailor can work the boat easily and safely, but there is also enough space to accommodate a good size crew in the cockpit while still being able to operate the winches and tiller.  The interior is spacious with two separate cabins when sailing with a group, with well planned and constructed joinery that functions properly at sea.

The boat underwent a major refit during the winter of 2012/2013 with a full photographic record available.  She is now in superb condition and ready for a new owner to take her on as a fast blue water cruising yacht, capable amateur racing yacht or simply a comfortable and spacious cruising yacht.

Recent survey and all construction plans available.

The hull is a very modern design with a straight raked stem, rather flat sheer and retrouse counter stern.  Round bilge sections with a deep fin keel and separate spade rudder.

Sylvestre Langevin bermudan cutter

Constructed with cold moulded technique using Columbian pine speed strip and four diagonal layers of mahogany laminated over the top and finished with a light sheathing of epoxy glass cloth.

Laminated mahogany ring frames throughout the hull.  The frames in way of the mast are of extra large scantlings to provide the necessary strength.

Wooden floors throughout the bilge with a stainless back bone plate over the full length of the keelson to take the keel bolts.

Spruce beamshelf with mahogany deck beams.


Deck is yacht laid teak joggled to a king plank over a marine plywood sub deck, re-seamed and caulked in 2013.

Teak toe rails all round, new in 2013. Stainless stanchions and guard wires.

Coackroof coamings are varnished marine plywood, decreasing in height all the way to the forward end where they merge with the deck.  One long aluminium window each side.  Coachroof deck is yacht laid teak over a plywood sub deck.

Distinct camber to the foredeck and a rake on the side decks make it easy and safe to move around the boat when she is healed.


Large foredeck with Lewmar forehatch.  Handrails on the coachroof deck with polished chrome dorade vents.  Staysail sheet track over the coachroof just forward of the mast.

Chainplates are inboard on the sidedecks making movement along the decks easy.  The cockpit is deep and safe with plenty of room.  Bridge deck forward with a centre line sliding hatch and small spray hood over.  Tiller steering.



Bermudan cutter rig on deck stepped Kemp alloy mast.

Slab reefing Kemp alloy boom with twin alloy spinnaker poles.

All spars made to special design particularly for this yacht.

Dyform stainless steel standing rigging, new 2000,  to stainless internal chainplates.  Stainless tie rods hold the chainplates to the centreline of the yacht.


10mm forestay with recent Harken roller furling gear.

Single lowers, intermediates and uppers all of 10mm

10mm standing backstay with hydraulic tensioner

8mm running backstays with Lewmar block and tackle tensioning


Comprehensive running rigging with duplicated hallyards.



All Lewmar self tailing winches.

Pair of No.48 genoa sheet winches on the cockpit coamings

Pair of No.42 spinnaker sheet winches on aft cockpit coamings

Pair of No.42 hallyard winches on the coachroof

Pair of No.40 pole uphaul winches on the coachroof

Single No.40 reefing pennant winch



Mainsail                       North Sails

Mainsail                       North Sails

Yankee No.1               Sanders

No.1 staysail                Sanders

No.2 staysail                North Sails

Trisail                          North Sails

Spinnaker                    North Sails


Additional sails from before the roller furling system was fitted

Light genoa                  North Sails

Heavy genoa                North Sails

No1. Yankee               North Sails

No.2 yankee                North Sails

Light drifter                 North Sails


All sails have been exceptionally well maintained and are in superb condition.

Mainsail cover and oversized bags for all sails.



Hawker Siddeley Marine Piranha P4 45hp marine diesel based on a Volkswagen engine.  Engine removed in 2012 for a complete overhaul.

Hydraulic gearbox with single lever controls to stainless steel shaft and a 3 blade folding bronze propeller.  Cruising speed of 6 knots at 0.5 gallon/hour.

48 gallon stainless fuel tank located under the aft cabin bunk.



4 x 12 volt heavy duty batteries located under the aft cabin bunk.  Separate engine start and domestic battery banks. New 2012.

Charging from engine alternator or from Sterling 240/12 volt 30 amp battery charger when connected to shore power. Charger new in 2012.


Accommodation                      7 berths + childs berth

Spacious interior with 2 separate sleeping cabins outside of the saloon.  Ample storage, plenty of handholds throughout and full standing headroom.

Steps down over the engine into the saloon with the galley to starboard.


Taylors 2 burner gimballed gas stove with oven and grill.

Twin stainless steel deep sinks with pressurised hot and cold water.  Hot water from engine heated calorifier.

Tiled work surface with deep locker under on the outboard side.

Large locker storage space above and below the galley.


Forward facing chart desk on the port side with instrumentation and electronic switchboard.
Drop leaf table on the centreline with a U-shaped settee to starboard.  Short settee berth to port with a diesel fired Taylors cabin heater at the aft end.

Pilot berths port and starboard that are very comfortable and easy to use sea berths.


Heads compartment forward on the starboard side with a Blakes Lavac sea toilet and stainless hand basin.


Forward cabin has twin V-berths with a centre insert to create a double


Passageway going aft from the saloon on the port side to the aft cabin.  Small heads compartment on the port side.

Very large double berth under the cockpit.  Opening Lewmar portholes into the cockpit well.



Garmin GPS 120XL

Shipmate VHF with cockpit handset

B&G Hydra 2

B&G log and sounder

B&G windspeed

Autohelm ST4000

Clock and barometer

CD player


Spray hood



Firdell radar reflector

Tiller extension


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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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.