Sailing yachts

West Solent One Design

(REF: 26643)


  • Designer: Berthon Boat Co. Ltd
  • Builder: Berthon Boat Co. Ltd
  • Year: 1927
  • Location: France
  • Length on deck: 34'6"
  • Beam: 7'6"
  • Draft: 5'4"
  • Tonnage: 6TM

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West Solent One Design designed and built by the Berthon Boat Co. Ltd in 1927.

Yacht No. W22.

This 35′ bermudan sloop class was designed by H. Jacobs and H.G. May of Berthons as a cost effective cruiser racer for the Royal Lymington Yacht Club.  At the time a new W class could be bought for £600, a similar 6 meter yacht would have cost £1500 so they were well received.  A total of 32 boats were built for the UK market, 5 built and shipped to Argentina and one built under licence in Bombay.  The design was adopted by the Royal Burnham Yacht Club where it was known as the Royal Burnham Restricted Class.

The WSOD, also known as the W class, has seen a huge resurgence in recent years with a number of original boats given professional rebuilds, as well as one or two new examples being built.  They are superb boats with exceptionally beautiful lines and have proven to be excellent classic regatta boats that only need a small crew and are still very competitive.

This is a very cost effective boat with which to take part in the big classic regattas and race amongst the finest classic yachts in the world while possibly having even more fun than those owners.

Underwent a refit by the Cantiere Navale Dell’Argentario in Italy, a yard known for working one some of the finest classic yachts in the Mediterranean.  The refit included a complete new deck and full cosmetic job to get her ready for the Med classic regatta circuit.  The previous owner undertook major structural repairs between 2010 and 2015 with a new mast, new structural floors and mast step and new keel bolts.

A very fine looking yacht that has competed successfully in classic regattas over the last few years.


Length on Deck                 34’6”

Length Waterline             24’

Beam                                    7’6”

Draft                                      5’4”

Thames Tonnage             6TM

Displacement                    4,200kg


Planked in red pine, a slow grown resinous pine that is very durable.

Sawn oak frames with 2 steamed oak intermediates.  Copper rivet fastened to the intermediate timbers and bronze screw fastened into the sawn frames.

External lead ballast keel of 2 tons fastened with bronze keel bolts.

Structural floors are a mixture.  Some original wrought iron strap floors across the centreline fastened through the sawn oak frames with bronze bolts.  Several galvanised steel floors fitted in a previous ownership.  A number of heavy section laminated wooden floors midships and forward fitted by the previous owner carry the extended iroko mast step spreading the loads of the rig.

New deck laid in 2020.  Straight laid T&G cedar deck planking screwed to the oak deck beams.  Deck then sheathed externally with epoxy glass cloth and finished with 2 pack paint systems.

Varnished teak covering boards all round with a neat scrubbed  teak toe rail set on the inboard edge of the covering board spanning the join between that and the deck planking.

Elegant non-self draining cockpit with curved teak coamings.  New scrubbed teak bench thwarts and cockpit sole grating.

Tiller steering with a recent iroko rudder.  Bronze tiller stock.

The cockpit coamings curve in towards the forward end joining with a varnished teak sliding companion hatch and an elegant varnished teak butterfly skylight.

Varnished teak forehatch forward of the mast.


Fractional Bermudan sloop rig on a keel stepped hollow spruce mast. Varnished spruce slab reefing boom with a bronze gooseneck fitting.

New mast in 2012.

Stainless steel standing rigging all new in 2012. Mixture of 5mm and 6mm 1×19 and 6×7 wire. Rigging fixed to tails that pass through bronze sheaves in the covering board and attach to stainless rigging screws below decks. These are fixed to bronze chain plates that are side fastened through the heavy sawn oak frames. Chain plates new in 2012.

2 sets of spreaders plus jumper struts. Twin lower shrouds to the first spreaders. Single upper shroud to the jumper struts with an intermediate stay between the spreaders.

Jumper struts support the head of the mast.

Stainless steel running backstays on bronze Highfield levers connect to the mast at the point of the jumper struts. No standing back stay.

Running rigging in classic braid, all new in 2020.

Halyards run aft through turning blocks by the mast through clutches by the cockpit.

Roller furling headsail system with a single line furler. This is removed when racing and the race sails hank onto the forestay.

New sails from Zowli Sails in 2019, mainsail and headsail, jib and spinnaker. Only used for approximately a weeks racing. Older cruising sails.

Pair of Barient self tailing bronze primary cockpit sheet winches.

Pair of Lewmar 16 bronze secondary cockpit sheet winches.

Varnished wooden spinnaker pole fixes to a bronze track on the front of the mast.


No inboard engine fitted.

Honda 6hp petrol outboard engine fits on the side with a custom fabricated stainless steel bracket.

A second Torqeedo electric outboard with integral battery goes with the yacht.

Optimax deep cycle battery for bilge pumps and systems. Charged via shore power with a Mastervolt 4.3 amp charger.


2 single berths in the main cabin with sitting headroom.


Plastimo steering compass

Clipper duet sounder

ICOM IC M-35 handheld VHF

Hand bearing compass


Shore power system with cable

Mastervolt Easycharge 4.3 amp battery charger

Optimax 55ah battery

Honda 6hp outboard engine

Torqeedo electric outboard engine


CQR anchor with chain and warp

Mooring warps


Deck bucket


Auto electric bilge pump

Manual bilge pump

Horse show life buoy



Custom made all over boat cover


Pair of Barient self tailing bronze primary cockpit sheet winches

Pair of Lewmar 16 bronze secondary cockpit sheet winches

Varnished wooden spinnaker pole

Race sails include mainsail, genoa, jib and spinnaker all from Sowli sails in 2019

Cruising sails include 2 x mainsails, 2 s genoas that fit the furling system, 1 x spinnaker

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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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