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Norwegian Sjekte

(REF: 21264)


  • Designer: Karsten Ausland
  • Builder: Adrian Morgan
  • Year: 2002
  • Location: Scotland
  • Length on deck: 18'6"
  • Beam: 5'8"
  • Draft: 1'7"

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Built in 2002 by Adrian Morgan of Viking Boats in Ullapool, she is a replica of a boat called Jan, designed and built in America by Karsten Ausland in 1934.  Jan was carvel planked but otherwise identical.

The design is that of a Norwegian Sjekte, a traditional Norwegian open fishing vessel, although the lines of this boat are sleeker and therefore faster than some of the working boats plus she has the modern, sleek fractional bermudan rig popular in the 1930’s when she was built.  The original Jan was raced often in her home waters around New York and the story of her can be read in the following link:

Named after Adrian Morgans parents, Felicity John, competed in the 2003 Sail Caledonia winning the Loch Oich race and turning heads along the way, so much so that a sister ship was built for a new owner that same year.  More information on these boats can be found on the builders web site:

The boat is still in excellent condition but not having been used much in recent years the owner feels she should be with someone who can make the most of her excellent sailing qualities.  She is complete boat on a road trailer ready to tow away.

Length on Deck                 18’6″

Beam                                    5’8″

Draft                                      1’7″




Clinker planked in Larch on steamed oak timbers, all copper rivet fastened.

Frames fore and aft of the centreplate stretch from gunnel to gunnel in one piece helping to tie the hull together.

Oak stem, stern post and keel.

100lb external lead ballast keel.  2 x 150 litre internal ballast bags filled with water as necessary via a Whale pump.  Foam buoyancy bow and stern.

Painted steel centreplate in a solid wooden centreboard box.  Raised and lowered with a pulley wheel.

Varnished larch sheer strake with oak rubbing strakes.  Larch gunnel through fastened with large copper rivets.

Tiller steering with a stern post hung rudder with bronze pintles and gudgeons.

Varnished larch thwarts with sawn hanging knees.

Varnished slatted sole boards




Fractional bermudan sloop exactly to the original design on a keel stepped hollows Collars varnished spruce mast.

Halyards run inside the mast.

Varnished spruce slab reefing boom.

Stainless steel standing rigging to internal stainless chain plates.

Single shroud either side over single spreaders.  Masthead outer forestay to the stem head and tensioned with a lanyard to a bronze eye on the stem

Single standing backstay to a bumpkin offset to port.

Mainsail and headsail by North Sea Sails and in excellent condition.

Mainsail is battened and sheets to the aft end of the centreboard box from the middle of the boom with a 3:1 tackle and a jammer.  This is a simple arrangement making it easy for the helmsman to control the main and eliminates to need for a horse over the tiller.

Jib hanks to an inner forestay  with sheets running back through wooden eyes and onto a central cleat on the centreboard case.




Road trailer

Pair of oars and galvanised rowlocks

Mast, boom, standing and running rigging

Mainsail and jib by North Sea Sails

Rudder, tiller and centreplate

2 x 150l ballast bags

Portable bilge pump




Full details available upon request





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.



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