Sailing yachts

Flying Dutchman Olympic One Design.

(REF: 18455)


  • Designer: Gulcher, Conrad and Van Essen
  • Builder: Netherlands
  • Year: 1960
  • Length on deck: 20'
  • Beam: 5'8
  • Draft: Centreplate

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Wooden Ships Comments

The Flying Dutchman was designed in 1951 by Conrad Gulcher and Uus Van Essen, and was adopted as an International Class in 1952.  From 1960 to 1992 the design was chosen as the Olympic 2 man racing dinghy and was the first One Design to use a trapeze for the crew.

This particular boat, sail number H248, was built in 1960 for Mr C Guelcher, thereofre it is believed it was owned by the designer of the class.  The present owner has had her since 1970 when he moved to the UK from Holland, in which time she has been used extensively.  In recent years however, old age means she has stayed in the garage and has forced the owner to think about finding a new home for the boat.

Length on deck            20’

Beam                           5’8″

Hull weight                  130kg


Flying Dutchman Olympic One Design.


3 layers of strip plank mahogany with a total thickness of 10mm, glued most likely with a resorcinol glue but not confirmed.

Longitudinal stringers internally give strength to the hull.

The hull has been sheathed in a very lightweight epoxy glass cloth and varnished over the top.

The underwater hull was finished by mixing graphite into the epoxy, giving a black and very hard finish

Mahogany deck with grown knees on the quarters.

Mainsheet track across the centre of the cockpit on a heavy wooden beam.

Mahogany centreplate casing.

Tiller steering with extension.  Self bailers fitted.




Fractional bermudan sloop rig on keel stepped alloy mast and boom.

Stainless steel standing rigging to internal chain plates.

Single trapeze for the crew member.

Roller furling headsail.

Spinnaker set from a well in the foredeck.



2 sets of mainsail and genoa, last used 10yrs ago.  1 set only lightly used.

Battened main, 12 sqm.  Furling genoa.

1 spinnaker


Extra Gear

Road Trailer in serviceable condition

Launching Trolley





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