Wooden Ships Comments on this Teal One Design Keel Boat
Teal Class One Design built by E. Williams of Cowes in 1936 to a design by A.R. Luke.
9 yachts to the Teal Class design are known to have been built with possibly only 5 yachts remaining. This example is certainly the best example around and is very original in many ways. This one design racing boat has the most exquisite lines with one yacht winning the Round the Island Race in 1935 and this very boat, then named Britt, winning in 1936.
Over the last 12 years the boat has undergone a steady but detailed rebuild by the present owner, starting with the fundamental structure and working through the hull bit by bit. The rebuild is now nearly complete with minor jobs and cosmetic work left to complete. She is now at a stage where a new owner could customise the yacht to suit their particular needs, be that racing or cruising.
One of the most elegant designs of keel boat to be found afloat, currently very near the end of a detailed refit and ready for a new owner to finish off and enjoy.
Advertised at this very low price at the request of the owner who has thoroughly enjoyed the refit process and simply wants her to go to a new home where she can be finished and enjoyed. All funds received from the sale will be donated to the Tectona Trust sailing charity.
Recent Refit Work
- New bronze keel bolts and the ballast keel rebedded
- Plank hood ends and garboards re-fastened with bronze screws
- Various new frames replaced with either sawn oak or laminated oak
- New galvanised chain plates
- New main sailing deck beam
- Complete new deck using 2 layers of marine plywood sheathed in epoxy glass cloth
- New teak covering boards and toe rail
- Old engine removed completely and the hull made good
- Strip and re-varnish of the coachroof, cockpit, interior and spars
- New upgraded mast step to a design by Ed Burnett with all new grown oak floors in way of the mast step
- All floors replaced with Oak with the exception of two (the after most and forward most) all fastened with Bronze bolts/screws
- New chain plates fabricated as the originals with chamfered edges and tapered through their length
- Stem repaired by way of forestay fitting bolts. All refastened in new bronze
- All sawn frame futtock bolts have been replaced with bronze
- Cockpit sole framing replaced and fixed with bronze
- All new timber repairs have been replaced with the original species and to original dimensions/sections where practicable. Any visible plywood (with the exception of the deck) has been replaced with solid timber eg cabin sole boards, in an attempt to put her back to her original form.
Length on Deck 30’6”
Length Waterline 20’
Sail Area 400sqft
Displacement 2.6 tons
Planked in full length pitch pine fastened with bronze screws to sawn oak frames. 6 new frames in way of the rigging, 4 in laminated oak and 2 in sawn oak.
Intermediate steamed timbers fastened with copper rivets.
Some of the splines in the topsides need replacing but other than that the hull seems sound and fair.
Grown oak floors across the centreline with all new floors in way of the mast step. Bilges painted in gloss white.
External lead ballast keel recently removed and re-bedded. Fastened with bronze keel bolts, all replaced new in the recent refit.
Complete new deck laid in 2 layers of marine plywood, one 9mm and one 6mm. Sheathed externally with epoxy glass cloth. Varnished teak covering boards with a varnished teak toe rail set slightly inboard covering the join between deck and covering board.
The glass cloth runs out under the teak covering board and the edge is covered by the teak rubbing strake to ensure no water ingress into the deck structure.
Bronze deck fittings including mushroom vents, fairleads, cleats and forestay fitting.
Small elegant coachroof believed to be largely original with varnished teak coamings and bronze port lights.
Coachroof deck of laid T&G on oak deck beams, sheathed externally with epoxy glass cloth. Varnished teak sliding companionway hatch that has been recently rebuilt.
Newly built varnished mahogany forehatch.
Elegant cockpit with varnished teak coamings and varnished mahogany slatted thwarts. Scrubbed teak cockpit sole grating.
Tiller steering with a rudder hung on the stern post.
Fractional Bermudan sloop rig on a keel stepped varnished wooden mast.
A new mast step has been built to a design by Ed Burnett, designed for another Teal Class to improve the distribution of loads down through the mast. The mast has been shortened slightly to accommodate the new mast step design.
Varnished roller reefing boom. Varnished spinnaker pole and alloy jockey pole.
Twin spreader mast with jumper struts to support the mast head.
Stainless steel standing rigging to new internal galvanised chain plates. The new chain plates have not yet been fastened through the new oak frames.
Running backstays on tackles.
Non self tailing bronze sheet winches from Pascal Atkey of Cowes, likely to be original.
Mainsail, jib and spinnaker made by Ratsey using their original Teal sail plan, setting 400sqft of sail. Age of sails unknown but in good serviceable condition.
No engine or systems in the boat at present.
She could utilise an outboard engine or perhaps a more modern pod type leg drive driven by an electric motor. This is to be decided by the new owner.
Simple but beautiful interior, all newly varnished, with sitting headroom and a settee berth either side complete with new mattresses and upholstery.
Either side at the aft end of the cabin is a nice mahogany locker.
Mainsail, jib, spinnaker, all by Ratsey
Mast, boom, spinnaker pole and jockey pole
Standing and running rigging (condition unknown)
Pascal Atkey bronze sheet winches
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