A prototype bermudan sloop from the hand of the world famous John Bain, known more for his impressive motor yachts. Built by the Silvers yard at Rosneath and launched in 1935, the media saw this type of boat as the future of yachting, a practical, pretty and comfortable sailing yacht with a lot of volume for her length and good sailing performance. Major rebuild in present ownership including new engine, rigging and sails as well as framing and planking. A very tidy little yacht, easily capable of cross channel sailing and coastal cruising with plenty of volume for comfortable living while on board.
Contact: Richard Gregson. 01803 833899. 07886 081657
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Designed by the famous John Bain as a prototype affordable auxiliary cruising yacht. Heralded as the way forward in modern yachting she was featured in the June 1935 edition of The Motor Boat magazine. She is a spacious yacht for her length with the high coachroof offering a lot of internal volume, and a fractional sloop rig making her easy to handle and giving good performance.
Built by the Silvers yard at Rosneath in 1935, she is typical of the high standards of craftsmanship seen there with good quality materials for the hull and decks.
A major refit in present ownership between 2005 and 2011 saw a lot of structural hull work carried out, new decks, new engine and new rig. She is now in smart tidy condition and has been used regularly in recent years cruising around the south coast.She is fully maintained by the present owner and is ready to sail with a new owner.
Length on Deck 22’6”
Displacement 4 tonnes
Planked in Mahogany above the water line and pitch pine below, a common method of construction utilising the good durability properties of the pitch pine below the water. Heavy sawn oak frames with 3 steamed intermediate timbers, copper rivet fasted to the steamed timbers.
A number of steamed timbers were replaced during the recent refit, as well as several lengths of the mahogany planking.
Heavy grown oak floors across the centreline in way of the sawn frames tie the hull together.
Decks and cockpit
The original deck of T&G pine overlaid with canvas has been updated with a marine plywood layer glued over the top of the T&G, then sheathed in epoxy glass cloth.
Laid with a mahogany coverboard on the outside edge of the deck with a small mahogany toe rail set slightly inboard.
Deep cockpit, not self draining, with varnished mahogany coamings. Thwarts each side with tiller steering.
Coachroof with mahogany coamings and a sheathed marine plywood coachroof deck laid over T&G pine. Opening round bronze portholes each side.
Varnished mahogany forehatch for access to the forepeak.
Fractional bermudan sloop rig on a keel stepped varnished Oregon pine mast. Long varnished roller reefing boom with main sheet to a bronze fitting on the aft deck.
Stainless steel standing rigging to external bronze chainplates. Single lower shroud and single cap shroud with single swept back spreaders. Running back stays on bronze Highfield levers.
Roller reefing fractional headsail to the stem head. Twin standing forestays from the stem head to the mast head.
New sails in 2003 from White Sails, total sail area of 255sqft.
Yanmar 1GM10 single cylinder marine diesel, purchased new in 1998 from Marine Power Bursledon but not installed until 2001, work done by Combes Marine Engineering. Conventional gearbox with single lever controls to stainless steel shaft and 3 blade centreline bronze propeller.
The engine has had a top end overhaul with a new cylinder head fitted alongside the annual service.
2 x 12v
Starting battery (new 2015) and second domestic and navigation supply (2014) connected to crossover charging system and maintaining power to engine systems.
Single 5 gallon plastic fuel tank under the starboard cockpit thwart.
Two full length saloon settee berths plus one pipe-cot berth up forward on the port side.
Ample sitting head room in the saloon, nice original joinery in tidy smart condition.
Electric switchboard in aft port corner. Folding mount for Garmin GPS Nav 451
Baby Blake sea toilet in a separate heads compartment on the port side at the forward end of the saloon.
Galley area on the starboard side at forward end of saloon with a 2 burner spirit stove.
Wet Line inflatable dinghy
Bow anchor and 25m chain
Mooring warps with tensioners
Garmin GPS Nav 451 (2011)
NASA Depth Sounder
Hand held VHF
Rule Electric bilge pump – automatic float switch
Portable bilge pump
4 Life Jackets
Full covers new 2014 – Flew Sails