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28′ Bermudan Ketch Motor Sailer - SOLD

  • Designer: Bill Waight
  • Builder: H. Attrill and Sons
  • Year: 1981
  • Location Southampton
  • Length on deck: 28'
  • Beam: 10'
  • Draft: 5'


REF: 2292

Full Specification

Motor sailer built as a prototype with the aim of creating a production yacht.  She has all the hallmarks and benefits that had been seen for many years in the popular Miller Fifer yachts, and as has happened so many times before, the designer took a proven formula and updated it with a slightly modern twist.

A large aft cockpit, sheltered steering position inside the wheelhouse, comfortable interior and roller furling sails make this a very sensible boat for cruising in our less than predictable UK climate.

Designed by Bill Waight who was the draughtsman for Uffa Fox, she was built by H. Attrill and Sons on the Isle of Wight in 1981.  The plan was for the yard  to do a production run of hulls that could then be taken away and fitted out to the new owners specification.  As it was, the idea was shelved and this was the only one to be built.


Planked in pitch pine which is a fantastically durable timber.

Fastened to 1 ¼” x 1 ½” steam bent oak timbers at 7” centres.

Opepe backbone and stem.


External lead ballast keel with bronze keel bolts.  Keel bolts fastened through the large grown oak floors.  Bronze floor bolts.


Internal lead ballast pigs for trimming.  Slightly unusual arrangement with some lead fixed to the inside of the hull just forward of midships on the starboard side.  It is believed this is to counteract the weight of the tanks on the port side.


Yacht laid teak deck over a marine plywood sub deck, screw fastened with bronze screws.  Scrubbed teak toe rail and capping rail.

Stainless steel pushpit and pulpit with s/s guard wires and stanchions.

Stainless steel twin roller bow fitting with bronze fairleads with chromed bronze cleats.  Lofrans electric windlass with remote control.


Marine plywood coachroof and coamings, epoxy sheathed and finished on white paint.  Coach roof with full length teak hand rails and large areas of non-slip Treadmaster.

Aluminium framed glass windows in the coamings and wheelhouse.  Clear Perspex window in the wheelhouse roof to enable a clear view of the rig while sailing.  Roof mounted chrome spotlight, fog horn and nav lights.

Deep self draining cockpit with enough space to seat 4/5 people comfortably.  Spacious cockpit lockers with top access.  Gas bottles in sealed locker at aft end of cockpit with overboard drainage. Full height door to starboard of mizzen mast gives easy access into the wheelhouse.


Bermudan ketch rig on deck stepped Proctor alloy masts.

Alloy booms with Profuri in-boom furling on the fully battened main and mizzen, fitted new in 2001.  This system makes setting, reefing and taking in sails incredibly easy.

Stainless steel standing rigging on s/s rigging screws, renewed in 2001 by Spencer Rigging.

Main mast has twin lowers and single cap shroud with a single set of alloy spreaders.  Twin standing backstays.

Cap shroud to s/s internal chainplates.  Lowers to s/s plates bolted to the coachroof coamings.  Backstays to s/s plates on the aft corners of the wheelhouse.

Mizzen mast has only twin cap shrouds, providing plenty of support for a mast of this size.

Genoa on Rotostay roller furling system, attached to the stem head fitting.


Mainsail                      Jeckells                        2001                Very good

Mizzen                       Jeckells                        2001                Very good

Genoa                         Jeckells                        2001                Very good




Pair of Barlow genoa sheet winches on the cockpit coamings

1 self tailing Gibbs winch

Small non ST at the mizzen mast base.



Lister 2cyl STW2 20hp diesel engine, installed new in 1981.

Lister hydraulic gearbox with bronze shaft and deep sea seal to 3 blade bronze propeller with rope cutter gives 6 knot cruising speed.

Single lever morse controls.

The engine is slightly out dated compared to modern units but is a very economical and reliable.  Gearbox was rebuilt in 2010.

40 gallon s/s fuel tank located under the cabin sole on the centreline.

3 x 105ah 12 volt domestic batteries.  Engine alternator charging plus Motronics smart charger from shore power, installed 2004.

Separate engine start battery.



5 berths in forecabin and saloon.

Spacious and light wheelhouse with wheel and controls to port.  Varnished spoked wheel with cable steering.  Comfortable helmsman seat.

Smart and well ordered electric panel under the wheel, with a switch board on the outside.

Companionway to starboard side of wheel house with steps down to the saloon.

Quarter berth to the starboard with a drop in board which gives extra worktop space for the galley when the berth is not in use.

Nice sized galley with single stainless steel sink and hot and cold pressurised running water.  Hot water from gas heater.  Waste water pumped overboard.

3 burner gas cooker with oven and grill.

Dickinson double flue gas fuelled cabin heater, installed new in 2010.  Provides plenty of warmth for a boat of this size.

L-shape settee to port.  Backs can be removed to have a good sized double stretching under the deckhead.  Lots of storage lockers around the saloon.

Centre line sliding door to heads compartment.  Blakes sea toilet to port and hand basin to starboard.  A second sliding door through to the fore cabin with V-berths.  Middle insert to create large double berth.  Storage lockers under the berths.  Hatch at forward end into the chain locker.

The internal volume of this little boat is far greater than her dimensions indicate with a comfortable wheelhouse, light and airy saloon, open galley and 5 berths.  Although she is no race yacht, it would be hard to find another 28’ boat which provided this much accommodation and comfort.



Sestral steering compass

Raymarine ST60 sounder


Raymarine Pathfinder RL70 plotter/radar

C-Tronix AP9000 autopilot


Horse shoe lifebuoy and light



10kg self stowing anchor

30m chain and 20 m warp

Spare chain

Deck stowed Danforth anchor


Mooring warps


Cockpit cover

Full winter cover


This is a nice compact little yacht that will provide easy coastal sailing with plenty of comfortable space for a couple.  She has the benefit of being relatively new, and although there are a few areas that need attention, she appears fundamentally sound and shows no sign of degradation in the normally suspect areas.  A quick winter tidy up will have her sailing next season looking very smart and ready to cruise.


These particulars have been prepared in good faith from information provided by the Vendors and are intended as a guide, Wooden Ships cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. The Purchaser should instruct his agent or surveyor to validate all details as necessary and satisfy himself with the condition of the vessel and its equipment.


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