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Yachting World Knockabout

(REF: 21372)


  • Designer: Reg Freeman
  • Location: Devon
  • Length on deck: 15'
  • Beam: 5'7"
  • Draft: 9"/3'6"
  • Tonnage: 470kg

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Yachting World Knockabout designed in the years before the WWII as part of a campaign by Yachting World magazine for a boat that would row, sail and take an outboard for general messing about on the water.  After much consultation Reg Freeman was engaged to design the boat with parameters set out by the magazine and its readers.

The boat was to be fun and lively to sail, but manageable by one person, enough stability and buoyancy to carry the whole family and above all cheap to build with a price limit of £50 in 1939.

This design was adopted and numerous examples were built in all corners of the world.

This particular boat is in need of some attention but has been sailed extensively by the family and brought much joy over the years.  She comes with a good galvanised road trailer.

Length on Deck                 15′

Beam                                    5’7″

Draft                                      9″ to 3’6″

Displacement                    470kg

Sail Area                               119sqft




Double diagonal pitch pine planking, glued not fastened, with longitudinal stringers.

Oak stem and backbone with oak gunnel and capping rail.

Oak rubbing strake all round.

Heavy thwarts with sawn oak hanging knees

Wooden centreboard case with a 32kg galvanised centreplate, raised using a block and tackle.

Painted wooden sole boards.




Gunter sloop rig on a keel stepped varnished wooden mast.  Varnished yard and boom.

Mainsail and jib in white terylene.  Original cotton suit with the boat.

Stainless steel standing rigging to external bronze chain plates, tensioned with lanyards





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