Wooden ships comments on this Falmouth Quay Punt yacht
Bermudan yawl designed and built by R.S. Burt and Sons of Falmouth in 1930 along the line of a Falmouth Quay Punt. Importantly she was built as a yacht and is not a converted working boat which means the quality of the materials used in the original build is better, and the space within the boat is far more suitable for cruising than in a converted boat.
She has an illustrious history including an Atlantic circuit many years ago when she visited Brazil. The present owner has cruised extensively around the West Country, much of it single handed, and has never had cause to worry, even in nasty conditions. She is a stiff and well balanced yacht, dry on deck and predictable in her motion just as a proper boat should be.
A 1930 yachting monthly article stated ‘she has been planned with obvious care to secure an able cruiser which is easy to sail singlehanded, but at the same time can be used as a summer home for the owner and his wife without that feeling of being “cramped” which most boats of less than 30ft produce’
Planked in 1 1/8” pitch pine fastened with clenched copper nails to heavy sawn oak frames in futtocks with 2 intermediate steamed oak timbers fastened with copper nails and roves.
Hood ends all bronze screw fastened
All framing in way of the mast has been refastened.
The forward third of the garboard plank each side has been replaced in the last few years.
Oak backbone with external 2.25 ton iron ballast keel fastened with iron keel bolts.
Wrought iron strap floors fastened sideways through the sawn frames and into the keel.
Deck is laid in 18mm marine plywood with an epoxy cloth sheathing rolled over the deck edge to protect the end grain of the ply and finished with a teak rubbing strake screwed over the top. Deck has been finished in cream deck paint.
The underside of the plywood has been routed to produce the effect of a straight laid deck. This has been very effective and looks great from below while bringing the benefits of an easy to maintain and totally watertight deck. The other big benefit of the plywood is that it stiffens the whole boat enormously, effectively placing a lodging knee on each intersection of the deck beams with the beamshelf.
Deck beams around the aft deck all replaced at the same time with oversized beams stronger than original.
Deep teak toe rail all round with a painted in cover board.
Self draining cockpit with new teak cockpit coamings raked slightly outboard to make comfortable seating in the cockpit for 4 people with ease.
Varnished teak thwarts and a scrubbed teak cockpit sole grating.
Lockers beneath the thwarts and under the side decks, plus a large locker under the aft deck accessed from the aft end of the cockpit.
Sprayhood on a stainless steel frame with beige canvas gives lots of shelter to the companionway and forward end of the cockpit.
Tiller steering on a transom hung rudder. Rudder and pintles all new in 2010, bronze fittings with nylon bushes.
Original teak deck furniture with a sliding entrance hatch and combined skylight. All new toughened glass in the skylight in 2009.
Varnished teak deck storage box at the base of the mast.
Small varnished teak forehatch off set to port on the foredeck.
Mostly bronze deck fittings including fairleads and cleats. Stainless sampson post on the foredeck which takes the heel of the bowsprit. Galvanised gammon iron with twin chain rollers.
Newly fitted extended chain roller with a stainless fitting takes the chain forward of the stem by approximately 12” meaning the anchor can be lifted easily without fear of hitting it on the topsides.
Lofrans manual windlass mounted on the foredeck next to the mast.
She now sets her original rig of a cutter headed bermudan yawl. At some point in the 1950’s she was converted to a Bermudan cutter, but this has now been replaced and put back to original.
Main mast is a keel stepped solid wooden varnished spar with single spreaders and a bronze sail track.
Mizzen mast is solid varnished wood, stepped through the aft deck and onto the hull.
Varnished wooden bumpkin, bowsprit and slab reefing boom.
Stainless steel standing rigging to stainless rigging screws and internal galvanised chain plates.
Standing rigging all new in 2010.
Mainmast has twin lowers and a single cap shroud.
Mizzen has a pair of cap shrouds each side with no spreaders.
Single running backstays on block and tackles.
Standing inner and outer forestay to the stemhead and bowsprit end respectively. Staysail hanked to the inner forestay with the jib on a traveller.
Galvanised twin drum manual windlass on the mast to aid hoisting sails.
Mainsail sheets to a new stainless horse bolted through the aft deck.
Running rigging all in good order.
All working sails new in present ownership by Falmouth company Sailtech
No. 1 jib 2009
No.2 jib 2009
2 pairs of Lewmar self tailing sheet winches on the cockpit coamings.
Yanmar 3YM30 30hp diesel installed new in 2009. Only 450hrs.
Yanmar gearbox with stainless steel shaft to 3 blade bronze propeller. Shaft, tube, cutlass bearing and propeller all new in 2009.
Fuel tank is located under the aft deck. Stainless steel with 9 gallon capacity
35 gallon galvanised water tank below the cabin sole.
2 x 12 volt batteries charged by the engine alternator, one for domestics and one for engine starting.
Accommodation 4 berths
Very spacious accommodation compared to most 29’ yachts, as was described by Yachting Monthly in 1930. Mostly original panelled joinery in nice condition.
Sliding entrance hatch with steps down into the deep cabin.
Galley area to starboard with a gimbaled Plastimo 2 burner stove with oven and grill. Storage shelves behind with work surface and a single stainless sink and hand pumped fresh water. Oven new in 2013.
Hanging wet locker to port with a small chart desk, all original joinery.
Centreline drop leaf teak saloon table on the centreline with two full length settee berths port and starboard with all blue upholstery. These were originally pullman berths but now have simple foam cushions on the backs of the settee uprights which become the berths when folded flat.
Lockers at the forward end of the saloon to port, all original joinery. Solid fuel charcoal stove mounted on the bulkhead to the starboard of the mast.
Heads compartment to starboard with a Blakes Lavac sea toilet. Hand basin that drops down and drains directly into the heads bowl.
Forecabin with a double berth and chain locker forward.
6’2” headroom throughout the saloon under the deck head
5’2” headroom going forward under the deck head.
Garmin log and sounder
Garmin 4008 chart plotter
Garmin DSC VHF
Garmin 24” radar (mast mounted)
Raymarine tiller pilot
Class B AIS
2 x horse shoe lifebuoys
2 x 45lb CQR anchors
60m 10mm galvanised chain
Fishermans anchor with 4m 10mm chain + 30m 14mm warp
Lofrans manual windlass
Folding wooden boarding ladder
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