Small craft

Gibb Halcyon Sailing dinghy

(REF: 18365)


  • Designer: Gibb Kenneth
  • Builder: Kenneth Gibb
  • Year: 1947
  • Location: Kent
  • Length on deck: 14'
  • Beam: 5'
  • Draft: 12"

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Designed and built by Kenneth Gibbs, Shepperton on Thames in 1947.      Design No 142

Gibbs designed the Halcyon Class for use on both river and more open estuary waters sailing and she was featured in Yachting Monthly in 1948.

Two versions were offered – the cruising version with gunter rig and a racing version with bermudian rig.

Length on deck                                  14’  (4.26m)

Beam                                                      5’    (1.52m)

Draft  plate down                              3’    (.91m)

Gibb Halcyon Sailing dinghy

Clinker planked in mahogany all copper fastened to steam bent oak timbers.

The hull is finished varnished inside and out, anti-fouled below the water-line, painted bilge.

Varnished mahogany transom and centre-board box.

Varnished marine ply fore deck and narrow side decks and aft deck.

Varnished mahogany coaming.

Midships thwart across the after end of the centre-board case.

Side seats and aft thwart.

Loose lift-out seats across the forward end of the centre-board case.

Painted steel centre-board. Tackle to raise and lower.

Two bum seats on the coaming each side for sitting out.

Rowlocks sockets in blocks against the coaming.

Varnished, removeable slatted bottom boards.

Bronze fair leads fore and aft. Bronze cleat on the fore deck.

Varnished folding rudder armed with lead. Removeable tiller.


Gunter rig on varnished mast stepped on a knee in the forward point of the coamings. Compression post below.

Stainless steel rigging, one shroud per side and fore stay set up with lanyards to inboard bronze chain plates.

Varnished gunter yard runs up the mast in an exterior bronze sail track. Single halyard.

Varnished rectangular section boom, slotted to take the sail foot. The boom fitting also slots in to the mast sail track and is adjustable up and down.

The boom sheets to a horse over the tiller with tufnol blocks.

Small jib on a straight pull to a cleat inside the coaming.

Mainsail, small jib, larger jib, all in white terylene.

New running and standing rigging.

Refitted in 10 years present ownership with this professional wooden boat builder.

16 steam bent timbers replaced out of a total of 27 and fastened with copper nails and roves. (original fastenings were clenched copper nails)

Lower section of the transom replaced.

The boat has been stripped to bare wood inside and out, repainted and revarnished.

2-wheel painted steel trailer with mudguards and jockey wheel.

Boat cover.

A very pretty sailing dinghy in nice condition at a very reasonable price, ready to sail.




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