John Illingworth was noted for his racing yachts in the 1960's and he developed construction methods to give maximum strength for weight and speed. Cold moulded laminated mahogany. Teak deck. 7 berths. Yanmar 2GM. Lots of volume for her length. She was built for a director of Soutars and was 3rd in class in the 1965 Fastnet race.
Contact: Richard Gregson on 01803 833899/ 07886081657
John Illingworth was one of the great English yacht designers particularly noted for his racing yachts. His 2 books, Offshore and Further Offshore were the bibles of the day for the racing yachtsmen and are still relevant today.
He worked closely with the Soutars Yard in Cowes and L’Abbe in St Malo and with both yards he developed construction methods which give the maximum strength for weight as well as speed.
His yacht designs are very recognisable usually featuring a cut-away fore foot, generous freeboard, low profile deck structures and raked transom stern and proved very successful. So many of the great racing yachts of the 1960’s were John Illingworth designs.
They are invariably built using the cold moulded technique of laminating thin layers of wood, usually a mahogany, each layer laid diagonally to the previous using resorcinol glues to give a monocoque structure which was then reinforced with internal frames and stringers resulting in a hull which could take terrific punishment in a sea.
This yacht was built for a director of Soutars, the 3rd race yacht he commissioned from Illingworth and came 3rd in Class in the 1965 Fastnet.
Cold moulded mahogany hull with laminated mahogany frames. The main frames are laminated as ring frames with extra deep laminations in the throats down in the bilge to take the keel bolts making a very substantial back bone.
Lead ballast keel secured with bronze keel bolts.
Swept teak deck, secret fastened over a ply sub deck.
Low profile stepped coach-roof leaving wide side decks. Varnished mahogany coamings, modern Lewmar fore hatch on the forward end.
The generous freeboard allows a deep safe cock-pit which drains directly out through the transom.
Wheel steering on a pedestal with cables to a short tiller arm on the rudder stock through the raked transom.
Midships structural ply bulkheads take the loads of the deck stepped mast with steel ring frames to spread the loads round to the high stressed chain plate areas.
The bermudian masthead cutter rig on a deck stepped Sparlight aluminium mast is typical of the rigs developed by Illingworth with a masthead/stemhead outer stay, an inner fore stay part way back the fore deck to the upper spreaders and even a lazy baby stay for extra forward support.
The yacht is now fitted with a roller furling genoa and is generally sailed as a conventional masthead sloop with the inner staysail fore stay converted to a lazy stay, removed when not needed as a cutter.
Twin masthead back stays to the quarters.
Running back stays on levers to the inner fore stay
Upper and lower spreaders with diamond stays to the upper mast.
Stainless steel rigging to internal stainless steel chain plates.
Internal halyards led back to a winch on the coach-roof. Wire mainsail and jib halyards.
Genoa on Profurl roller furling gear.
Gold anodised boom fitted with the original roller furling gear but now converted for slab reefing.
2 pairs of winches mounted on the cockpit coamings.
Slab reef mainsail
Genoa on Profurl roller furling.
Twin spinnaker poles.
Yanmar 2GM 2-cyl 20hp salt water cooled diesel. Flexibly mounted to conventional center-line shaft and 2-blade prop Single lever controls.
50 litre stainless steel fuel tank in the port cock-pit locker.
2 x stainless steel water tanks in the midships bilge.
Electrics. 12v circuits with 2 x 12v batteries located under the saloon cabin sole.
Shore power connection.
Accommodation. 7 berths
V-berths in the fore cabin, with head-room under the forward end of the coach-roof, Lewmar hatch above.
Bulkhead to the athwartships ablutions compartment with a hand basin(drains into the head) to stbd and sea toilet to port.
The compartment is isolated from the saloon cabin by a second door in the bulkhead which provides the mast support thus making the ablutions compartment accessible to either the saloon cabin or the fore cabin.
Saloon cabin with port and stbd settees and pilot berths behind above.
Lockers at the forwards ends.
Next aft, chart desk to stbd with a quarter berth
Galley to port with recent gas cooker, sink pumped overboard by the bilge pump through a diverter valve, manual fresh water pump.
Steps over the engine box to the cock-pit with wash-boards and sliding hatch.
Head-room 6′ midships, less in the fore cabin.
Raymarine sounder and log
Original Brookes and Gatehouse wind speed and direction cock-pit repeaters.
Raymarine VHF DSC
8-man life raft, recently serviced
Horse-shoe life buoy
2 manual bilge pump.
approx 50m chain.
Work carried out 2010 – 2015 in accordance with 2010 survey recommendations.
Gas system checked, updated and cooker replaced, spare gas cylinder repositioned to vented locker.
Standing rigging replaced.
Running rigging replaced.
Much restoration/refinishing by John S Hill – this work was quite extensive and included replacement of some wooden areas to the coachroof to resolve rainwater leaks and replacement of ‘perspex’ areas to the coachroof.
Mainsail reefing updated to slab reefing system.
Genoa on roller reefing system.
240 v system added.
Battery chargers added, separate for starter and service batteries.
Inner forestay for staysail made removable, the deck-end being stowed near shroud when not in use.
Much of the rubber/plastic piping now replaced.
Original rigging parts have been kept, where possible and redundant part retained
Original B&G instrumentation reconditioned.
Engine removed, stuffing gland replaced.
Bilge painted, interior painted and varnished.