Sailing Yachts For Sale

Do you want to realise a long-standing yachting 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 sailing 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 boats and yachts in our books.

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Enquire about Harrison Butler Z4 Tonner

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Classic Harrison Butler sailing yacht for sale

A superb example of the well respected Z4 class. She has been through a thorough refit in 2023 and is presented in very smart ready to go condition. Refurbished Yanmar 1Gm10 engine. 2 berths and Taylors paraffin stove. Recent work has included replaing a keel bolt, all new strap floor bolts, new engine beds, rudder pintles and a complete cosmetic refit inside and out.

  • Designer: T. Harrison Butler
  • Builder: Alfred Lockhart (Marine) Ltd
  • Year: 1938
  • Location: Devon
  • Length on deck: 22'
  • Beam: 7'
  • Draft: 4'
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Enquire about Kim Holman Twister Sloop

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Classic Kim Holman yacht for sale

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  • Designer: Kim Holman
  • Builder: JW & A Upham Ltd of Brixham
  • Year: 1968
  • Location: Devon
  • Length on deck: 27'8"
  • Beam: 8'1"
  • Draft: 5'3"
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Enquire about 8 Ton Hillyard Sloop

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Classic wooden Hillyard yacht for sale

8ton Hillyard that has been in the same family ownership since her launch in 1967, now sadly for sale due to health problems. Well maintained boat with 6' headroom, 4 berths, heads and galley. History of refit work including new keel bolts and engine overhaul, plus new sails in 2018. A sweet shallow draft yacht presented very nicely.

  • Designer: David Hillayrd
  • Builder: David Hillyard
  • Year: 1967
  • Location: Hants
  • Length on deck: 28'6"
  • Draft: 3'
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Enquire about Heard Tosher 20

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GRP Heard Gaff Cutter for sale

Heard Tosher 20

£11500

A very nice example of the 20' Heard Tosher, built to order for the previous owner who kept the boat for over 25 years. Open boat with a deep and safe cockpit, easily handled rig and a smooth Volvo 2 cylinder diesel engine. Custom built heavy duty road trailer that has never been in salt water. Smart and tidy boat with little work required for next season.

  • Designer: Traditional
  • Builder: Gaffers and Luggers
  • Year: 1994
  • Location: Devon
  • Length on deck: 20'
  • Beam: 7'
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Enquire about Harrison Butler Cyclone II

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Classic wooden sailing yacht at anchor

One of Harrison Butlers best known designs, the Cyclone II is known for its exquisite lines and wonderful sailing characteristics. This boat still retains her elegant sheer line after all these years and is a true pedigree classic yacht. Owned by the present very experienced owners for many years, she has cruised each summer around the Isles of Scilly, Ireland and Scotland, proving to be a very dependable and capable yacht no matter what the weather throws at her.

  • Designer: T. Harrison Butler
  • Builder: Arthur Collings of Looe
  • Year: 1931
  • Location: Cornwall
  • Length on deck: 25'
  • Beam: 8'7"
  • Draft: 4'3"
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Enquire about Percy Dalton Tosher

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Traditional wooden Cornish sailing boat for Sale

Built in 1971 in Porthleven, she underwent an 11 year rebuild through the 1980's and 90's, then a further thorough refit in 2021 by the present owner. A delightful looking Tosher with a large open cockpit and powerful gaff cutter rig that gets her moving very well. Beta Marine diesel with low hours. Full all over boat cover as new.

  • Designer: Percy Dalton
  • Year: 1971
  • Location: Hants
  • Length on deck: 20'4"
  • Beam: 8'3"
  • Draft: 3'
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Enquire about 12 Ton Hillyard Sloop

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wooden Hillyard yacht for sale

37' Hillyard built to his 12 ton design with usual Hillyard layout of centre cockpit, aft cabin, saloon and forward cabin. The 12 ton hillyard is less common than the 9 ton version but offers quite a lot more space and comfort without excessive extra length. 6 good berths split between 3 cabins makes for very comfortable cruising with an aft owners cabin, large saloon and separate fore cabin. This boat has had a lot of work and upgrades done in the present ownership but is currently looking a bit scruffy and has a few areas of wood work needing attention. Engine rebuilt 2022, new rigging and sails in recent years, completely re-wired plus many other upgrades. A fine comfortable cruising yacht offered at sensible money.

  • Designer: David Hillyard
  • Builder: David Hillyard
  • Year: 1960
  • Location: Dorset
  • Length on deck: 37'
  • Beam: 9'6"
  • Draft: 5'
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Enquire about 19′ Roger Dongray Golant Gaffer

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Wooden Golant Gaffer sailing boat for sale

A lovely and almost as-new example of Roger Dongrays Golant Gaffer design, built by the owner. the hull was completed in 2017 but the boat was not launched until 2021 and has only been afloat a few times since then. Complete with an excellent road trailer, fitted out to make launch and retrieval from a slipway a very simple affair. Yanmar 1GM10 diesel engine. 2 berths with sitting headroom and a fitted Porta Potti heads. Excellent sails from Jeckells in as new condition. The Golant Gaffer is a clever take on the traditional gaff cutter working bat, built with epoxy strip plank for easy maintenance and light enough to tow behind a moderate vehicle. Because she can be launched on a slipway and the rig set up by hand, the running costs of a boat like this are very acceptable without compromising on looks.

  • Designer: Roger Dongray
  • Year: 2017
  • Location: Bedfordshire
  • Length on deck: 18'9"
  • Beam: 7'
  • Draft: 3'2"
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Enquire about Laurent Giles Peter Duck

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Classic wooden sailing tied to a ponton

Laurent Giles Peter Duck that had a years refit in 2017/2018 after a survey revealed some issues in the deck. Now a good solid example, used for coastal cruising around the Solent and south coast. Very comfortable and easily handled cruising boat with excellent headroom and 4 good berths including a double forward. Vovlvo Penta 2030 20hp diesel engine installed new in 2010. A very safe, spacious and easy to sail family cruising boat.

  • Designer: Laurent Giles
  • Builder: Porter and Haylett
  • Year: 1964
  • Location: Isle of Wight
  • Length on deck: 28'6
  • Beam: 9'
  • Draft: 3'9"
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Enquire about 20′ Cornish Tosher

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Traditional Cornish sailing fishing boat for sale

Believed to be a Mevagissey Tosher but her exact history is unknown. possibly built around 1900 as a local working boat. Hull professionally rebuilt in 2007 by previous owners. New gaff cutter rig designed by Ed Burnett installed on the boat in 2021, Yanmar 2GM diesel engine. Deep safe boat with coamings at around waist level.

  • Designer: Traditional
  • Location: Cornwall
  • Length on deck: 20'
  • Beam: 7'7"
  • Draft: 3'10"
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Enquire about 28′ Gaff Cutter

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Blue water budget sailing boat for sale

28' gaff cutter built by Cornish Shipwright Chris Rees for his own use. built using plywood with a hard chine and sheathed externally for a rigid and robust hull. Sailed by Rees across the Atlantic and up to Greenland proving herself as a capable boat. Recent refit by current owner, the work is nearly complete, however she needs sails and the rig finishing off. A very capable blue water boat for someone looking to set off on a budget.

  • Designer: Traditional
  • Builder: Chris Rees
  • Year: 1992
  • Location: Devon
  • Length on deck: 28'
  • Beam: 8'
  • Draft: 4'6"
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Enquire about 25′ Gaff Cutter

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Gaff cutter designed and built by the current owners father, launched in 1953. Used for family cruising around the Bristol Channel, her enclosed cockpit makes a sheltered space. 4 good berths with standing headroom around the galley. Yanmar 2GM diesel had an overhaul in 2022. Interesting boat with good interior volume and a nice history.

  • Designer: Traditional
  • Year: 1953
  • Location: Bristol
  • Length on deck: 24'6"
  • Beam: 8'6"
  • Draft: 3'6"
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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 sail boats, 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 classic yachts for sale by Wooden Ships have the timeless elegance and speed 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 a sailboat to leisurely cruise between some of the world’s most famous and colourful ports in amongst the luxury boats, explore remote spots off the beaten track, or participate in regattas, our sailboats for sale give you the freedom to do it in stylish elegance.

Sailboats for sale UK

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

Of course, taking on project boats is not for everyone. It requires time, effort and patience to return an old boat 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, or if you want to sell your classic boat. Here’s some information about what to expect when you sell your boat.

 

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.