Sailing yachts

15′ sailing dinghy

(REF: 18504)


  • Builder: Smith and Gibbs, Eastbourne
  • Year: 1947
  • Location: East Midlands
  • Length on deck: 15'

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Wooden Ships Comments

15′ clinker dinghy built by Smith and Gibbs of Eastbourne in 1947.

It is not known exactly where the design came from but there are echoes of the Yacht World day boat or the very early Merlin Rocket.

Professionally refitted in Norfolk in the 1990’s, all new steamed timbers were fitted and the centreplate box replaced.  The rig and sails date from this time and are in excellent condition having been only lightly used.

The current owners have had the dinghy for nearly 30 years and have sailed not only on inland lakes, but also extensively around Falmouth Harbour and down the coast to Helford.  She is a fun boat to sail, light and responsive with a good turn of speed.



Clinker planked in larch, all copper rivet fastened to steam bent oak timbers.  All timbers replaced in 1990’s.  The timbers stretch from gunnel to gunnel as a single piece of timber.

Steamed timbers stretch right across the centreline holding the two sides of the boat

Solid mahogany centreboard box with a weighted wooden plate, raised with a 4:1 block and tackle.

Slatted mahogany sole boards

Varnished slatted mahogany thwarts either side.




Gunter rig on a keel stepped varnished wooden mast with varnished wooden boom and gunter yard.

Stainless steel standing rigging to external bronze chain plates.

Mainsail and jib by Jeckells, both in very good condition and made in the mid 1990’s.




Road trailer in good condition

Sails and rig

Rudder, tiller and centreplate

Pair of oars and galavnise rowlocks

Bronze bilge pump




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