Small craft

Broads One Design Brown Boat

(REF: 18359)


  • Designer: Hope, Linton
  • Builder: Burnham Yacht Building Company
  • Year: 1912
  • Location: S.Wales
  • Length on deck: 24'
  • Beam: 5'1"
  • Draft: 3'

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Full specification

wooden ships comments on this Broads One Design  Brown Boat.

A One Design Class, racing under the burgee of the Royal Norfolk and Suffolk Yacht Club.

The fleet gained the nick-name of Brown Boats as they all have varnished hulls.

The class was designed by Linton Hope and the yachts were built by the Burnham Yacht  Building Co.

The first race for the Class took place on Oulton Broad on Whit Monday 1901 after the first 5 yachts were delivered from Burnham on Crouch by flat bed train trucks.

31 yachts were built over a period of 38 years.

27 yachts still exist including the first 5 built.

A grp version was introduced in 1985 and the class fleet now numbers 87

Broads One Design Brown Boat

The design features an extreme cut-away fore foot and a fine flat counter stern.

The first 12 yachts were planked in cedar. This one, No 13, 1912 was the first to be planked in mahogany.

Carvel mahogany planking, fastened with copper nails and roves to steam oak timbers on an oak back-bone.

External lead ballast keel, 784lbs.

Oak floors

Ply deck overlaid with linoleum, unusual, not uncommon and very effective.

Varnished mahogany coamings.

Inflatable floatation bags in the bow and the counter.


Gaff sloop rig on a varnished spruce pole mast. The mast is stepped in a wooden tabernacle on deck which allows the mast to be readily lowered to shoot the bridge on the Broads.

Mainsail and jib in white terylene believed to be only 3 seasons old.

Older suit of sails.

Stainless steel rigging with stainless steel rigging screws to stainless steel chain plates.


Excellent 4-wheel braked road trailer. New wheels, tyres and mudguards.

New 5hp Honda outboard engine, still under guarantee.

12v battery secured under the aft deck and charged by a solar panel.

12v bilge pump on a float switch

Depth sounder

Manual bilge pump.

12v auto bilge pump.

12v battery  charged by a solar panel.


Spring 2013. New paint and varnish. Ready to sail


This Broads One Design No 13, was refitted some years ago by a previous owner, a well-known Norfolk yachtsman who owned the yacht from 1973 to 1990.

A condition report from September 09 indicates that the yacht was in very sound condition and confirms that the bottom paint was removed and the seams raked out in 2004.

The seams were payed up with Sikaflex, a flexible butyl rubber sealant and the hull antifouled.

In 2010 several feet of seams were again raked out and repayed with Sikaflex.

A complete yard maintenance record is on file from the last 10 years.


Present ownership for one year only. Sadly bad hips prevent the owner from enjoying the yacht for another season.


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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.