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William Atkin Bermudan Cutter

(REF: 22322)


  • Designer: William Atkin
  • Builder: R. Fong Co. Ltd
  • Year: 1981
  • Location: Sussex
  • Length on deck: 32'
  • Beam: 11'
  • Draft: 5'6"

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Built in 1981 by R. Fung Co. Ltd of Hong Kong, a yard known for producing robust and capable wooden boats.  The design is one of William Atkins who took inspiration from the famous Colin Archer yachts of Norway with a canoe stern, long keel and very generous beam.  Atkin is famous for a number of his designs, not least that of the ‘Eric’ class, the design of Robin Know-Johnstons Suhali.

This boat spent her early years in Asia, winning the San Fernando race from Hong Kong to the Philippines at one stage.  She was sailed back to the UK, arriving here in 2005.  The current owner bought her in 2009 when he had the coachroof professionally replaced

VAT was paid upon arrival in the UK and all paper work is with the boat.

Being built in Asia, the timber used in her construction is first class.  All teak hull planking with tropical hardwood used for keel, frames and floors.  The quality of this timber is evident now, some 30 years later when it is extremely good condition.

The internal volume of this yacht is vast for a boat of only 32’ length on deck, her generous beam allowing for a large saloon and a great feeling of space.  Her design and robust construction make her well suited to blue water cruising, and with a Bermudan cutter rig she is easily handled, even when single handing.  She would make an excellent live aboard cruising yacht for exploring the far corners of the world on a budget but still in safety and comfort.

Length on Deck                 32’

Beam                                    11’

Draft                                      5’6”




Planked in 1” teak, screw fastened to sawn hardwood frames.  The frames are approximately 2”x3” and are doubled up in futtocks with galvanised futtock bolts.  These bolts are not showing signs of decay.

Sawn wooden floors across the centreline with throat bolts through the hog and side fastened through the frames with galvanised bolts.  Many of these boats appear to have been replaced since her build.

External iron ballast keel with stainless keel bolts.  1 bolt drawn approximately 10 years ago.

Epoxy sheathed plywood deck on closely spaced deck beams, fastened to a heavy beamshelf of 3 laminations.  Deck is finished in cream deck paint with a high toe rail all round and varnished capping.  Stainless stanchions and guard wires.

Coachroof new in 2009 with varnished mahogany coamings and bronze portholes.  Sheathed plywood coachroof deck on oak deckbeams.  Varnished grab rails on the coachroof deck.  Varnished forehatch.

Self draining well type cockpit made of marine plywood and sheathed internally and with a grating on the sole.

Tiller steering with a large rudder hung on the stern post.




Bermudan cutter rig on a keel stepped varnished spruce mast.  Varnished wooden slab reefing boom.  All stainless mast fittings.

Stainless steel standing rigging to external stainless steel chain plates.  Single spreaders with one lower shroud, a cap shroud and an intermediate shroud.

Twin standing backstays to a bumpkin.  Inner forestay to the stemhead with a boomed staysail.  Outerforestay to the bowsprit with a hanked jib.  The wooden bowsprit has a teak decking built on top with a stainless pulpit around to enable crew to stow the jib in safety.  Bronze anchor rollers set either side of the bowsprit.

Mainsail sheets to a track on the bridge deck.  Boomed staysail has a track on the coachroof with a jamming cleat.  Jib sheets run aft to the cockpit.

Pair of bronze Anatal W40 self tailing cockpit sheet winches.

Pair of bronze Antal W16 non self tailing halyard winches on the mast.

Mainsail, genoa, jib and staysail.




Yanmar 3HM35F 3cyl 32hp diesel installed new in 1992.  Fresh water cooled.

Mechanical gearbox with a stainless shaft to a centreline 4 blade bronze propeller gives 7 knots.

2 x 100 litre stainless fuel tanks either side of the engine with a Racor fuel filter.

2 x 12 volt batteries charged from the engine alternator.

Whale manual bilge pump and auto electric bilge pump




6 berths made of 2 doubles and 2 singles.  Fixed double berth ion the saloon to starboard.  Dinette seating to port which converts to a double.  Forecabin with twin V-berths that can convert to a double.

Steps down into the cabin with galley to port and chart desk to starboard.

Galley has a Plastimo Neptune 2500 2 burner gas stove with oven and grill, set on gimbals.  Single stainless sink with manually pumped fresh water.

Chart desk faces outboard with chart storage space under the desk.  Book shelf outboard and electronic navigation instruments above.

Half height bulkheads with vertical grab rails separate off the main saloon.  Large double berth to port of 6’ length.  To  port is a dinette seating area with a varnished table and comfortable seating for 4 people.  Storage lockers outboard under the side decks. 6’ headroom in the saloon.

Starboard side passage going forward with hanging lockers and storage space to starboard, heads compartment to port.

Heads has a manual Jabsco sea toilet which discharges directly overboard.  Stainless hand basin with manually pumped fresh water.

Forward cabin with twin V-berths of 6’6” length.  Infill piece to create another double berth.  Storage space below the berths.





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