Wooden Ships Comments on this Centreboard Bermudan Cutter
The design of this centreboard bermudan cutter was the result of a collaboration between Dr Harrison Butler and Maurice Griffiths and was built by Anderson, Rigden and Perkins of Whitstable, Kent. Griffiths and Butler were prolific yacht designers of the time with many successful boats to their names individually, but there must be very few yachts that they worked on together. The build started in 1938 but WWII halted proceedings so she was eventually finished and launched in August 1946 for Mr Bob Anderson, owner of the yard which had built her. She came into present ownership in 1995 when she underwent a major two year rebuild by Alan Staley of Faversham in which the decks were replaced, hull rebuilt, the engine replaced as well as many other jobs. She has had a subsequent refit in 08/09 where the coachroof was replaced. She is now in excellent structural and cosmetic condition and has been cruised and raced regularly every year in the present ownership.
This slightly unusual design incorporates a centreboard giving very shallow draft when the yacht is not sailing, a huge advantage for the east coast where she was built. She has a raised deck mid ships which creates a lot of volume in the main cabin without losing the sweet sheer line. 5 berths including a double in the saloon. A fine and very smart cruising boat which has also chalked up a number of trophies in the classic regattas.
Length on Deck 32’3″
Length waterline 24′
Thames Tonnage 8TM
Double diagonal mahogany planking all copper fastened with steam bent Canadian Rock Elm frames.
Heavy section grown oak floors across the centreline with large copper rivets through the hull and bronze throat bolts.
External lead ballast keel with bronze keel bolts. Centreplate passes through the ballast keel with a mahogany centreboard box inside the cabin.
Decks and cockpit
Designed with raised topsides amidships so the coachroof effectively extends to the outer edge of the deck hugely increasing the internal volume of the boat.
Yacht laid scrubbed teak deck over a marine plywood sub deck, all new in the ’95-’97 refit. Varnished teak king plank, coverboards and toe rail all round. Stainless steel stanchions set on bronze feet.
Self draining cockpit with scrubbed teak sole gratings. Laid teak thwarts with varnished surrounds. Steering with a bronze tiller mounted on the rudder stock low down in the aft of the cockpit. Varnished mahogany coamings all round.
Coachroof set on the raised deck increasing headroom in saloon below. Varnished mahogany coamings with bronze port lights all round. Coachroof deck is yacht laid teak to match the main deck. Sliding entrance hatch on the centreline.
Masthead bermudan cutter rig on a keel stepped varnished spruce mast. Varnished boom and spinnaker pole and self tacking staysail boom
Stainless steel standing rigging some dating from 1998 and some from 2009. Twin spreader rig with twin lower shrouds, single intermediate and single cap shroud. Stainless rigging screws to bronze chain plates mounted through the deck inboard of the deck edge. The stress of these is taken internally by metal knee brackets bolted to oversize frames.
Outer forestay to the stem head with a removable inner foresaty for the boomed staysail or storm jib. Running backstays for use with the staysail. Single standing backstay to a chain plate on the transom.
Outer forestay has a continuous line furling system for the genoa.
Large mainsail by Gowens 1995, very good condition.
Genoa by Gowens 1995, fair condition
Genoa by Ratsey 2014
Jib by Lucas, old but good condition
Jib by Ratsey, new unused
Small cruising shute and snuffer, virtually unused
All sails in good serviceable condition, serviced and laundered in 2014.
2 x Lewmar two speed self tailing sheet winches in the cockpit
2 x Lewmar non self tailing spinnaker sheet winches
2 x bronze mast winches.
Perkins Perama 30hp 3cyl fresh water cooled diesel. Single lever controls with a stainless centreline shaft to a bronze 3 blade feathering ZF propeller. Aquadrive 20000 coupling to remove any shaft vibration.
Engine has been serviced regularly and winterised correctly every autumn.
50l stainless fuel tank
80l plastic water tank
2 x 125ah batteries charged from the 55amp engine alternator or through a choice of two battery chargers when connected to shore power. Batteries replaced 2012.
600W inverter. Solar panel for trickle charging.
5 including a double in the saloon.
Steps down over the engine hatch into the main saloon with the galley to starboard and the chart desk to port.
Main saloon is spacious with good headroom. Centreline drop leaf varnished mahogany table set just aft of the centreboard box. Settee berths port and starboard, the port side makes a double when necessary. Lift up backs of the settee’s to increase width for sleeping.
Nice varnished mahogany joinery around the saloon with smart dark blue upholstery.
Hot air cabin heating from the Webasto diesel heater.
Passageway going forward to starboard side of the mast. Heads compartment on the centreline in the forepeak with a single berth either side. Headroom in the forepeak is reduced to 4′. Bosuns locker and chain locker in the forepeak.
Plastimo 2 burner gas stove with oven set on gimbals. Single stainless steel sink with pumped hot and cold water. Fridge placed under the chart desk runs on either 12v or 240v. Hot water from Webasto diesel heating system.
Par Bryden sea toilet facing aft in the heads compartment, pumps directly overboard. Hand basin and hand shower with hot and cold pressurised water.
Plastimo steering compass
Garmin GPSMAP 500
ICOM DSC VHF radio
Raymarine 4000 tiller pilot
Hand bearing compass
LED navigation lights
Clock and barometer
Lifebuoy with light
2 x heaving lines
4 lifejackets with harnesses
4 fire extinguishers
1 electric and 1 manual bilge pump
35lb plough anchor with 50m of 1/4″ chain
Danforth kedge with chain and warp
Simpson Lawrence manual windlass
Spray hood and dodgers (2010)
Sun awning (2011)
2 sail covers
Cockpit tent 2014
Mahogany cockpit table
2 boat hooks
Warps and fenders
2 oil lamps
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