Sailing Yachts For Sale

Do you want to realise a long-standing dream or take the family out on the water with style? Whether you’re searching for a small sloop or a large sailing yacht, we can help you find your ideal vessel.

The team at Wooden Ships is very fortunate to have some of the world’s most beautiful sailing yachts for sale. We consider it both a pleasure and a responsibility to guide you in selecting the boat that is your perfect match. Browse our portfolio of some of the most elegant, traditional and classic sailing boats for sale today, or contact us to find out more about the sailing yachts in our books.

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Enquire about Westcountry Trading Ketch

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Bessie Ellen could be considered the flagship of the UK traditional sailing fleet. Built in Plymouth in 1904, she has been operating as a commercial charter vessel in the present ownership for over 20 years. Licenced to a very high standard under MCA with the following tickets:
MCA Category 0 for 12 passengers plus 6 crew.
Class VI passenger licence for 60-day passengers.
Cargo licence for 50 tons of cargo.

Fully equipped and operational sailing boat with a thriving charter business, this is a totally unique opportunity to acquire a top-class traditional charter vessel.

  • Designer: Traditional
  • Builder: W.S. Kelly, Plymouth
  • Year: 1904
  • Location: United Kingdom
  • Length on deck: 84'
  • Beam: 20'4"
  • Draft: 7'10"
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Enquire about Tall Ship Phoenix

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Built in Denmark as a Baltic Trader, she was first converted to her current configuration in 1988. Used mainly for film work and maritime festival appearances, Pheonix has become a well known ship in many parts of the world. Two masted brig, major overhaul of the rig in 2019 including new lower fore and main masts. Volvo Penta 235hp diesel, major rebuild in 2019. Well documented refit history going back many years. Licensed under MCA Category 2, out of water survey in January 2021. An unusual, impressive and capable sea going sailing ship, capable of many different roles but particularly well suited to period film work with which she has been particularly busy throughout 2022.

  • Designer: Traditional
  • Builder: Hjorne and Jakobsen of Frederikshavn, Denmark
  • Year: 1929
  • Location: United Kingdom
  • Length on deck: 78'
  • Beam: 22'7"
  • Draft: 8'6"
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Enquire about Luke Powell Pilot Cutter

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One of our premium sailing yachts for sale. 44' Luke Powell gaff cutter sailing yacht built by Working Sail and launched in 2009. Planked in Oak and Larch on oak frames, all bronze screw-fastened. Beta 75hp diesel, 10 berths including 2 doubles. All the reassurance of a recent sailing boat with the benefits of one which has been sailed properly. Operating as a successful charter yacht since her launch, the business aspect is available for purchase. Full documentation of her build and working life so far and a current MCA Category 2 coding certificate. She would make a perfect turnkey charter operation for a new owner or be sailed as a private family sailing yacht.

  • Designer: Powell, Luke
  • Builder: Luke Powell
  • Year: 2009
  • Location: Hants
  • Length on deck: 44'
  • Beam: 13'6"
  • Draft: 7'
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Enquire about Mayflower 50 Gaff Yawl

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One of our modern classic sailing yacts for sale. Designed and built by Ashley Butler of Butler & Co. in 2012. A comfortable, practical and capable family cruising sailing yacht, easily handled with her split rig and bronze self-tailing winches. All the aesthetics and charm of a traditional sailing yacht but without the potential issues of an older wooden boat, the next owner of this yacht will not be concerned about major refits or maintenance for many years. 7 berths in 3 cabins including double berth in aft cabin. Beta 50hp diesel. Recent 2021 cosmetic overhaul, the sailing yacht is afloat, in commission and ready to sail.

  • Designer: Ashley Butler
  • Builder: Butler & Co.
  • Year: 2012
  • Location: Cornwall
  • Length on deck: 50'10"
  • Beam: 12'2"
  • Draft: 6'3"
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Enquire about Luke Powell Gaff Cutter

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Number 8 of the sailing yachts built by Luke Powell, based on the Isles of Scilly Pilot Cutters and launched in 2012. Built for the current owners she has been cruised as a private sailing yacht covering over 25,000Nm, much of it with a husband and wife crew. Planked in larch and oak fastened with bronze screws to sawn oak frames. Gaff cutter rig, Beta 35hp diesel. 5 berths including a double. Maintained to a very high standard and presented in immaculate condition, Freja is a lovely example of Luke Powells cutters, fully equipped and well prepared for new adventures. British flagged sailing boat, currently sailing west towards the UK and she will be based in the UK and France for this summer.

  • Designer: Luke Powell
  • Builder: Working Sail Ltd
  • Year: 2012
  • Location: United Kingdom
  • Length on deck: 42'
  • Beam: 12'2"
  • Draft: 7'
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Enquire about Brixham Trawler Gaff Ketch

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A great example of one of our commercial-ready sailing boats. This Brixham sailing trawler built in 1892 and worked until the early 1970's until being converted for charter and sail training. Currently coded under MCA Cat 2 for 12 guests plus crew, she is a well known and much loved traditional charter vessel. Totally re-framed and re-fastened in 2001, new deck, deck beams and bulwarks in 2011. Daewoo 160hp diesel. Working sails new in 2017. A very comfortable and well equipped vessel, capable of going to work next season. She was ashore in May 2021 and had a structural hull survey carried out.  The result of this survey was that 9 planks were replaced along with some repairs around the stern and new caulking where necessary.  This work has been well documented and stands Leader in good stead for the coming years.

  • Designer: Traditional
  • Year: 1892
  • Location: Devon
  • Length on deck: 80'
  • Beam: 19'
  • Draft: 10'6"
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Enquire about Bristol Channel Pilot Cutter Replica

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Built by RB Boatbuilding in Bristol in 2017 based on the lines of a Bristol Channel Pilot Cutter from circa 1906. A traditionally built sailing yacht fitted out with a comfortable interior giving a double aft cabin and 4 other single berths with 6'7" headroom in the saloon. Used as a private sailing yacht since her launch and well looked after. 2021 survey available

  • Designer: Traditional
  • Builder: RB Boatbuilding
  • Year: 2017
  • Location: France
  • Length on deck: 41'5"
  • Beam: 12'4"
  • Draft: 6'4"
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Enquire about Bristol Channel Pilot Cutter Breeze

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Built by Coopers of Pill in 1887, she is the only remaining Pilot Cutter from this yard's sailing yachts. Totally rebuilt by RB Boatbuilding of Bristol, launched in 2016. The rebuild was very thorough with only a few small parts of the original boat left, the work has been done to a very high standard and the yacht is in excellent condition. She is smaller than most pilot cutters making her much easier to handle so she can be sailed with only 2 people. 7 berths including a double in the saloon. Twin electric motors with an 11kva generator. A very smart example of one of our traditional sailing yachts for sale, in as new condition but with all the history and pedigree that comes with a working boat of this age. 2017 survey available.

  • Designer: Traditional
  • Builder: Coopers of Pill
  • Year: 1887
  • Location: Devon
  • Length on deck: 39'6"
  • Beam: 12'6"
  • Draft: 6'6"
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Enquire about Pilot Cutter Replica Yacht

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Inspired by the lines of a Bristol Channel Pilot Cutter and built by the owner, a professional shipwright, over a number of years and launched in 2014. Built from choice materials with all copper and bronze fastenings, her build quality is exceptionally good. She has undergone several seasons of trials and voyages including a round Britain expedition proving herself to be a very manageable and sea kindly sailing yacht. Cleverly designed dog house gives shelter on deck and a safe entrance to below decks. Large comfortable interior with 10 berths total. A fantastic sailing boat in a traditional vein with modifications to suit the modern sailor. VAT PAID. Updated Photos June 2021.

  • Designer: Traditional
  • Year: 2012
  • Location: Sussex
  • Length on deck: 45'7"
  • Beam: 13'2"
  • Draft: 7'8"
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Enquire about Inchcape 45 Trawler Yacht

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Inchcape 45 motor sailer, the very last example built, launched in 1989. Subjected to an intensive refit in present ownership since 2016 with improvements and upgrades to all areas of the vessel. Currently completed to the standards required for MCA Code of Practice Cat 1. Ford Mermaid 135hp diesel in excellent condition. 6 berths in two separate sleeping cabins plus 2 heads with showers. Hugely spacious interior for comfortable long term living. Easily handled rig with all new sails and rigging. A very tough sailing yacht capable of going anywhere in the world, fully equipped and absolutely ready to go. Perhaps an ideal sailing boat for live aboard cruising, why not work remotely from the comfort of a beautiful yacht.

  • Designer: James Evans
  • Builder: Eyemouth Boat Building Co.
  • Year: 1989
  • Location: Portsmouth
  • Length on deck: 45'
  • Beam: 15'9"
  • Draft: 5'9"
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Enquire about Sparkman & Stephens Sloop

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Designed by K. Aage Nielsen of the S&S office, built in Cuba for a wealthy yard owner in 1942. The owner had big aspirations for his yacht racing career and had a number of successes including beating 'Stormy Weather' in the 1948 Miami Nassau race. Honduras mahogany hull all bronze fastened. 7 berths with much original panelled joinery. A superb elegant sailing yacht with a well-documented history, perhaps capable of taking on the big boys in the classic sailing yacht regattas but equally at home cruising with the family. Inspected, photographed and videoed by Wooden Ships in November 2016. One of our most elegant yachts for sale.

  • Designer: K. Aage Nielsen
  • Builder: Remigio Hernandorena, Havana, Cuba
  • Year: 1942
  • Location: Cyprus
  • Length on deck: 51'8"
  • Beam: 11'6"
  • Draft: 7'
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Enquire about Brixham Sailing Trawler

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One of our commercial sailing boats. Brixham sailing trawler launched in 1924, fished for 6 years before being converted to a sailing yacht by Morgan Giles in 1930. She has worked as a charter vessel under UK flag for many years and was coded to Cat 2 for 15 persons. New deck and well maintained rig. New Perkins 215hp diesel in 2016. Crew cabin aft with 4 separate guest cabins outside of the saloon and large commercial galley. A very well known historic vessel with current MCA certification that is ready to work next season.

  • Designer: Traditional
  • Builder: Sanders and Co
  • Year: 1924
  • Location: Devon
  • Length on deck: 70'
  • Beam: 18'
  • Draft: 9'3"
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Yachts for sale

Sailing yachts are one of a kind in regatta capabilities and eco-friendly performance. Nothing quite beats relaxing on your boat with an ice-cold drink and the sound of sails flapping gently overhead. Several advantages come with owning a sailing yacht, including freedom and adaptability to sail wherever and whenever you want and travel the world at your own pace. In addition, one of the many benefits of sailing boats is harnessing the wind’s power.

Many of the sailing yachts for sale by Wooden Ships have the timeless elegance of a traditional sailing yacht, whilst others combine this with all the contemporary convenience of a modern yacht, ensuring that every voyage is as pleasant as possible. Whether you want to leisurely cruise between some of the world’s most famous and colourful ports, explore remote spots off the beaten track, or participate in regattas, our sailing boats for sale give you the freedom to do it in stylish elegance.

Many people think that owning a yacht means buying a perfect, ready-made boat. However, at Wooden Ships classic yacht brokers, we know that there is a boat for everyone, and many people want to take on an old classic as a project. You will usually be able to purchase a used project yacht for a much lower price than a new one. You’ll have the opportunity to put your stamp on it by carrying out any necessary repairs and renovations.

Of course, taking on a project boat is not for everyone. It requires time, effort and patience to bring an old boat back to its former glory. But if you’re up for the challenge, a project boat can be a great way to get a unique classic yacht.

We hope that you enjoy our selection of vintage and classic sailing yachts. Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about any of the boats featured on our website.

Wooden Ships classic yachts brokers have an extensive database of sailing boats for sale. With a wide range of classic yachts, motor yachts and small classic boats, Wooden Ships has one of the largest selections of traditional wooden boats and yachts for sale in the UK.