Sailing yachts


(REF: 18164)


  • Designer: Reimers, Knud
  • Builder: Sweden
  • Year: 1934
  • Location: Manchester
  • Length on deck: 27'2"
  • Beam: 6'5"
  • Draft: 4'2"
  • Tonnage: 1800kg disp.

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Full specification

Wooden ships comments on this Tumlare

Length on deck                    27.2’

Lwl                                         21’8’

Beam                                     6.5’

Draft                                      4.2’

Freeboard                              1.7’

Displacement                       1800kg


Designed by Swedish Knud Reimers.

Built in Sweden in 1934.

This distinctive design, developed from the Scandinavian Skerry Cruiser type, dates from the 1930’s when the great Swedish designer Knud Reimers was at his best.

There are classes of Tumlare class yachts racing in many countries round the world, described by Uffa Fox as “the most advanced type (of cruiser) in the world….” A class grew up in UK at Aldeburgh and St Mawes but the design really came to fame after Adlard Coles won the 1950 Trans-Atlantic Race in Cohoe a slightly stretched version at 32’ confounding the critics who maintained that small yachts were incapable of off-shore voyages.

The Tumlare has a slim, slippery hull with long drawn-out forward sections and that distinctive Scandinavian canoe stern with the rudder hung on the back.

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

This Tumlare is believed to be No 4 and owned by Knud Reimers himself. Nos 1, 2, and 3 went to Australia and there are a number of these craft still sailing in Sydney harbour.

She was bought by the present owner in 1990 and taken to the International Boat building Training College in Suffolk for a refit in 1997. Over the next 14 years she was totally rebuilt by the college, the only remaining part being a section of deadwood in the keel!


The hull is planked in mahogany and finished in ivory paint above the water-line. The topside seams are splined, the bottom seams caulked and payed.

925kg lead ballast keel secured with new bronze keel bolts.

The back-bone is all new in laminated iroko.

Close-spaced laminated iroko floors, the arms stretching well up the sides of the hull to give very ample support to the rig and ballast keel.


Swept teak deck laid over a ply sub deck to give additional hull strength and joggled in to a king plank, the seams payed with butyl rubber compound.

Varnished laminated iroko deck beams with hanging knee each side in way of the chain plates.

Low varnished teak toe rail set inboard on the cover-board.

Sampson post on the fore deck just forward of the fore stay anchor point with a teak bar and bronze cleat forward to take mooring lines.

A similar cleat and a bronze mushroom vent on the aft deck.

Bronze stem-head chain roller.

Teak laid hatch with inset bulls-eye light on the fore deck just forward of the mast allows sails to be passed below.


This is the only Tumlare with a key-hole cock-pit commonly found on the Int 6 meters

The deep cock-pit is divided at seat level with a removable beam to take the main sheet anchor point. Seating round aft and a deep well in front of the cabin entrance.

Stowage under the varnished cock-pit seats, very cleverly made gratings in the well.

Cabin entrance with varnished mahogany wash-boards and a scrubbed teak sliding hatch to match the decks.


The cock-pit coamings are continuous with the cabin coamings, set with 2 chromed bronze port holes each side, all re-chromed.

The coach-roof extends up to the mast which is stepped through the main deck onto the keel unlike the English built Tumlares which have the mast stepped through an extended coach-roof.

The coach-roof deck is laid in ply, epoxy sheathed and painted and fitted with varnished teak grab rails each side and a bronze mushroom vent forward for extra ventilation.


Fractional bermudian sloop rig sets 20 sqm plain sail on a new varnished spruce mast stepped on the keel.

Mast recently upgraded with improved and strengthened stay fittings.

Original varnished spruce boom with bronze roller reefing gear.

All new stainless steel standing rigging to internal stainless steel chain plates.

Standing masthead back-stay, twin fore stays to the fore deck, diamonds above the forestays.

Runners on bronze Highfield levers from the diamonds.

Twin fore sail halyards led back to clutches on the after corners of the coach-roof.

Mainsail halyard and topping lift also led back to clutches on the after corners of the coach-roof.

Rigged for spinnaker with a spruce pole and halyard also led aft to the clutches.

All sail handling and tensioning can be done from the cockpit



Pair of original sheet winches on the cock-pit coamings with under-deck handles – both rebuilt.

Genoa tracks and cars on the side decks.



New battened mainsail, jib, genoa by Dick Batt Sails of Bosham. These sails have only been hoisted twice. Dick Batt was a top international helm and leading sail designer and brings years of experience to the design of sails, particularly for performance yachts like a Tumlare.

Mainsail cover. Cockpit cover extending from forward of the cabin hatch to after end of the cockpit to give good weather protection to the cockpit brightwork



Accommodation.                                3 berths.

The cabin is completely open from aft bulkhead to the stem.

Full length, good width port and stbd settee berths with comfortable sitting head-room.

A third folding berth is rigged to stbd forward and folds up against the hull side when not required.

4″ foam cushions in piped faux suede to the berths. Stowage under the berths, the hull sides slatted in varnished mahogany.

Flag locker and drawer suspended under the deck forward to port.


Drop down flaps either side of the cabin entrance provide surfaces for galley or dining.

Rich, all varnished mahogany interior gives a truly exotic classic feel to the cabin making her very suitable as a fast week-ender and regatta yacht or indeed for Boy Scout cruising.



2 x 12v 35A/h batteries in boxes in the port cockpit locker with hard wired connections for

photo-voltaic panel keep the batteries charged.

Mast-head nav lights.

LED spreader lights

Traditional facetted glass Davey cabin lights and over berth lights



12v bilge pump with float switch

Manual bilge pump.

Depth sounder with cock-pit display and depth alarm

CQR anchor

Approx 8 fthms chain + 30 fthms polyester warp. Deck hawse pipe feeds the chain and warp to a chain locker below.

Warps and fenders


Inspected and found to be an immaculate yacht in as new condition, ready to be commissioned for the season and almost certainly the best Tumlare in the UK if not in Europe. All exterior brightwork has been re-varnished this year with Jotun Raavilek and the hull repainted in International ivory with gold cove line over blue bootop and green antifoul.

She is on an excellent 4-wheel braked road trailer and can be towed by a decent 4×4. All up weight circa 2.5 tons.


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.