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Uffa Fox Jolly Boat

(REF: 23538)


  • Designer: Uffa Fox
  • Builder: Fairey Marine
  • Year: 1955
  • Location: Cornwall
  • Length on deck: 18'
  • Beam: 5'
  • Draft: 4'6"
  • Tonnage: 113kg

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Wooden Ships Comments on this Uffa Fox Jolly Boat

The Jolly Boat was designed by Uffa Fox, reportedly when he realised he was ‘getting a bit thick aft’ and wanted a performance boat with more space that was also able to carry four or five adults for a picnic.

The design was very successful and built in large numbers by Fairey Marine in the 1950’s and 1960’s.  This example was built in 1955.

The Jolly boat held a sailing speed record with 3 timed runs over a set distance averaging 17.8 knots.

The modern construction methods allowed for a lightweight and rigid hull, with built in buoyancy tanks that allowed them to reach these record breaking speeds.

This boat had a major refit around 2010 with new decks, new centre thwarts and centreboard box and new transom.  She has not been sailed since the refit.  There are some small jobs to do in order to make her ready for sailing.

She comes with a road trailer and piggy back launching trolley.


Length on Deck                 18’

Length Waterline             17’6”

Beam                                    5’

Draft                                      4’6”

Sail area                               150sqft

Weight                                 250lbs (113kg)




Double diagonal mahogany bonded with resorcinol glue.

Marine plywood foredeck and side decks.  Built in buoyancy tanks either side.

Varnished mahogany transom.

New centreboard case in marine plywood.  Galvanised centreplate with a bronze wheel type winch for raising and lowering the plate.

Elvstrom stainless self bailers.

Drop plate rudder with stainless fittings.




Fractional Bermudan sloop rig on a keel stepped alloy Proctor mast and alloy boom.

Stainless steel standing rigging to internal stainless chain plates

Mainsail and jib, no spinnaker




Proctor mast and boom

Mainsail and jib

Standing rigging

Galvanised centreplate

Rudder and tiller

Elvstrom self bailers

Galvanised road trailer with piggy back launching trolley

All necessary deck fittings, some not yet fitted

Foot straps, not yet fitted







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.