Sailing yachts


(REF: 18109)


  • Designer: Reimers, Knud
  • Year: 1938
  • Location: Cornwall
  • Length on deck: 27'3"
  • Beam: 6'5"
  • Draft: 4'3"

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Wooden Ships Comments

The Tumlare was designed by Swedish Knud Reimers.  This example was built in the UK around 1938. Launched as Tinkerbelle, sail No 12.

This distinctive yacht, developed from the Scandinavian Skerry Cruiser type, was designed in the 1930’s. In the UK, a class grew up in Aldeburgh and St Mawes but the design really came to fame after Adlard Coles won the 1950 Trans-Atlantic Race in the slightly larger (32’) Cohoe.  In Heavy Weather Sailing, Adlard Coles describes a cruise in the Tumlare Zara when he experienced quite extreme conditions in the Channel.

The Tumlare has a slim, slippery hull with elongated forward sections and the distinctive canoe stern with stern-hung rudder.

She has a high aspect fractional Bermudian rig with the fore-stay set well inboard from the stemhead.

This example was rebuilt by Richard Riggs in 2005 in Suffolk. In the rebuild the deck was replaced entirely including deck beams. Damaged frames were repaired, some new part frames added for additional strength, new stern post, new garboards, new cabin top and cock-pit.  A second major refit in Cornwall for the previous owner continued the good work already started.  Sold to the present owners by through Wooden Ships and used extensively on the Falmouth estuary, professionally maintained every winter.

2018 survey report available.

Private: 1938 Tumlare


Planked in Oregon Pine fastened to steam bent oak timbers with copper clenched nails.

Underwater seams splined.  Any sistered frames replaced in last refit, additional partial intermediate frames added for extra strength.

Heavy wooden floors with extra large floors midships.

External lead ballast keel with bronze keel bolts

Deck new in 2005 with all deck beams.  Sheathed marine plywood deck with an inlaid varnished mahogany coverboard and king plank.

New coachroof in 2005, varnished mahogany coamings with an epoxy sheathed coachroof deck with varnished grab rails.

Deep cockpit with varnished mahogany thwarts.




Fractional bermudan sloop rig  on a keel stepped varnished wooden mast.

Varnished wooden roller reefing boom.

Stainless steel standing rigging to internal stainless chain plates.  Single standing back stay with twin running back stays.  Forestay with roller furling system for the jib.

Running lines led aft from the mast inside the coachroof through turning blocks at the base of the mast.

Anderson self tailing sheet winches

Mainsail and jib in good condition.  Jib 2007.



Mariner 3.3hp outboard engine attaches to a stainless bracket on the starboard rail and stows in a box at the forward end of the cockpit under the bridge deck when not in use.




Cosy interior with a single berth either side with smart upholstery.

Chart desk in aft starboard corner of varnished mahogany.  Galley to port with an Origo 2 burner meths stove and storage space below.

Heads is a bucket on the centreline between the two berths with a wooden lid.



Full specification and details available upon request





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.