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West country motor sailer - SOLD

  • Designer: Traditional
  • Builder: Gerald Pearn, Looe, Cornwall
  • Year: 1970
  • Location Chichester
  • Length on deck: 31'
  • Beam: 10'
  • Draft: 3'6"
  • Tonnage(TM): 9TM


REF: 2398

Full Specification

Built by Gerald Pearn, boat builder of Morval, Looe in Cornwall in 1970.

The lines are derived from the local Cornish fishing boats designed to take the often short sharp inshore seas of the Cornish coast.

Looe is a drying harbour and all Looe boats are traditionally built with extra robust bottoms to take the ground.        In this case, the boat has some massive oak floors and close spaced steamed timbers.

Changed hands about 1983 after some 12 years with the first owner and continued in second ownership for 23 years until sold by Wooden Ships to the present Sussex owner in 2006.

The second owner was a retired Master Mariner and fitted the boat out for research work with the Plymouth Marine College as well as for family leisure use.

In present ownership the boat has been polished and generally smartened up and is now presented in really nice condition, everything works and she is ready for immediate use.

The design features a long straight keel, a full, round midships section and a transom stern with the rudder hung outboard.

Below, she has twin berths forward with infill to make a double berth, a midships saloon cabin with port and stbd settees, a heads compartment in the after stbd corner and a small galley in the after port corner then a large cock-pit aft with the engine fully accessible under a low step box in the middle.

The useful Bermudian ketch rig sets approx 400sq’ of sail on masts which are easily lowered and removed without the need of a crane.


Carvel planked in iroko, tight seamed in the Cornish way with no caulking, a traditional method of construction requiring the expertise that Gerald Pearn was known for.

Close spaced Canadian rock elm steam bent timbers, all fastened with copper nails and roves.

Pine stringers and beam shelf.

Iroko back-bone with massive oak floors across the centre-line.

Steel shoe along the bottom of the long iroko keel adds ballast weight and protects the keel when grounding.

Quantity of internal lead ballast weights.


The deck is half yacht-laid in solid iroko, joggled to both the king plank and the coverboards –  very nice boat building work. This solid iroko deck is caulked and payed.

All deck seam stopping removed, the seams repayed in butyl                                                                                    rubber and the deck coated in Coelan, a modern flexible bright finish product that ensures total water-tight integrity  and allows for the nominal movement that can happen in a  solid laid deck under the effect of strong sun.


New stainless steel stanchions and pulpit from the bow back to  the cock-pit.


The coach-roof is built with iroko coamings, finished in varnish fitted with 4 opening bronze port holes each side and one forward.

The coamings are extended aft to form the cock-pit coamings.

The coach-roof deck is laid in ply on substantial pine beams, painted below, the outside sheathed with epoxy and glass cloth and painted white.

Grab rails each side of the coach-roof and on the dog-house roof.

Pair of bronze mushroom vents.

The coach-roof deck stripped in present ownership,   resheathed and painted.


Traditional hatch on the fore deck over the fwd berth. A recently made ventilated box sits over the hatch in harbour allowing it to be left open for ventilation yet still water-tight.


Dog-house with twin forward windows, side windows, bronze nav lights on the roof corners, grab rails on the roof, windscreen wiper on the port forward window in front of the helm. 6’6” head-room.

Removeable chart desk.


Large deep safe cock-pit with seating down each side and across the after end.

Stowage under the side decks.

Bronze capped oak Sampson posts in the after corners take the stern lines.

Box over the engine stands 6” off the cock-pit sole, ideal for the more vertically challenged standing under the dog-house.

Slatted scrubbed teak seating each side.

Teak grating at the helm.


Traditional spoked teak wheel in the forward port corner of the dog-house with chain and cable to a short, under-deck tiller arm on the external rudder stock.


Thorneycroft 50hp 4-cyl naturally aspirated fresh water cooled diesel engine on heavy timber beds on the centre-line to conventional shaft drive and 3-blade bronze centre-line prop.


Comfortable cruising speed of 7knts @ 2000rpm uses less than 1 gallon per hour with plenty of power in reserve.


Panel in the cock-pit sole aft lifts to access the 35 gall stainless steel fuel tank and filters.


2 x 12v batteries.


Bermudian ketch rig setting approx 400sq’ sail on varnished masts mounted in galvanised tabernacles, the main on the coach-roof, the mizzen against the after cock-pit bulkhead.

Main bulkhead below the main mast provides very adequate under deck support.

Stainless steel rigging.


Boomed, loose-footed, slab reefed mainsail,  2002

New hanked staysail by Lucas Sails, 2009


Ghoster 1993

Storm jib



Sheet winch either side of the cock-pit.

The present owner reports regular and remarkably efficient use of the sail.


Accommodation.                                                4 berths


V berths in the fore peak with insert to make a double berth. Fore hatch over.

New stainless steel hawse pipe forward from the new Lofrans windlass. Earlier chain hawse flexible pipe still in place to stbd.

Stowage under the bunks.


Centre arched bulkhead doorway to the saloon cabin.

Port and stbd settee berths. Double drop-leaf mahogany table between. Shelves up behind. Locker on the fwd bulkhead. Stowage under the settees.

Heads compartment with door in the after stbd corner with Jabsco sea toilet.

Galley in the after port corner with Pacific stainless steel 2-burner grill and oven gas cooker, solid mounted against the bulkhead with deep moveable fiddles

Stainless steel sink and drainer. Lockers under the sink.


Stbd off-set step up and sliding door to the cock-pit.







Bosun Grid compass

Furuno GPS Navigator

Autohelm 3000

Echopilot forward-looking sonar – new 2007

Garmin echosounder/fishfinder – new 2007


Portable chart table


Ground Tackle

25 lb CQR anchor

56 lb Admiralty pattern anchor

Folding kedge anchor

30 fathoms galvanised chain

25 fathoms leaded anchor rode

Kedge warp

Lofrans manual windlass, with stainless steel plate and hawse under – New 2010

Bronze sampson post on fore deck – new 2010


Safety gear

4 man Seago liferaft in valise – new 2006

Dan buoy with horseshoe lifebuoy and light

12v bilge pump

Whale manual bilge pump

Radar  reflector

12v searchlight

3 fire extinguishers

Fire blanket

Manual foghorn

Inflatable dinghy and oars

Galvanised emergency tiller


Deck gear

Beaching legs

Boarding ladder


Warps and fenders

Heaving line

Cock-pit cover

Cock-pit awning – new 2007

Cock-pit cushions – new 2007


Other gear

2  5 gallon fuel containers

Filtered fuelling funnel

Various engine spares, including spare alternator

Galley gear

Gas bottle and spare.




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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