Small craft

12′ traditional sailing dinghy

(REF: 18417)


  • Designer: Traditional
  • Builder: Possibly L H Walker, Leigh on Sea
  • Year: 1960's
  • Location: Berkshire
  • Length on deck: 12'
  • Draft: Centreboard up Approx 1'

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Wooden Ships Comments on this 12′ traditional sailing dinghy 

This is a characterful traditional sailing dinghy which has been well restored.   Her previous elderly owner thought she had been built at Leigh on Sea in Essex, and she has similarities to the ‘Tideway’ sailing dinghy built by L H Walker boatbuilders.

The old Bermudan rig has been converted to a smaller gunter rig, although the mast is the original length.  This shorter rig makes her more suitable if  children or novice sailors are using her but she could be put back to Bermudan rig if preferred.

A lovely, fun boat for river, lake or creek crawling.

12′ traditional sailing dinghy




Larch and mahogany clinker planking on oak timbers.  Since buying her, the present owner has stripped her to bare wood inside and out, steamed a few planks back into shape, replaced some ribs, and sealed the timber with Eposeal 300.  The gaps between the lands and roves have been filled with Sikaflex 290DC primer and caulk which ensures that she stays watertight whether kept in the water or out.

She is varnished inside and out with 5 coats of Epiphanes clear varnish.

The rudder has been re-made but she has the original mahogany centreboard.

Bronze and traditional Tufnol fittings have been used throughout.



Rig  – Gunter sloop



A set of Mirror dinghy sails, mainsail and jib, in good condition.

The original mast track and sails are available if required.


There are two rowing positions and she rows very well.     The dinghy also comes with a boat cover,  oars and rowlocks and a serviceable trailer with new wheel bearings.

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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.