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Atlantic Ketch

  • Designer: Walter Rayner
  • Builder: Southend on Sea, Essex
  • Year: 1965
  • Location East Sussex
  • Length on deck: 38'
  • Beam: 11'6
  • Draft: 5'5
  • Tonnage(TM): 17


REF: 10043

Full Specification

Wooden Ships Comments on this Atlantic Ketch

The Atlantic Ketch was designed by Walter Rayner and this yacht was built in 1965 in Southend-on-Sea.  Rayner, an ex-pat Australian working in Poole, described his design as a “powerful ketch… that can easily be sailed by a man and his wife on long cruises…”

In his well-known book The Proper Yacht, Arthur Beiser describes the Atlantic Ketch as ”an able cruiser….radiating sturdy competence.”

The Atlantic ketch Thames Tonnage of 17TM immediately tells you this is a big boat for her dimensions. At over 9 tons displacement she is a comfortable and dry boat that will stand up to her canvas and yet can still sailed by 2, and her relatively shoal draft opens access to canals and inland water-ways.

The designer achieved his aim to produce a manageable yacht with good cruising performance under sail and a powerful engine to get you back home when the wind and tide turns against you.

The big, deep and sheltered centre cock-pit makes a practical living space and allows a decent aft cabin, a saloon cabin and a second sleeping cabin forward thus suiting a family or a couple with guests who can have their own private sleeping quarters – and all in a very manageable and economic 38’.

This yacht was bought by the present owner in 2002, since then she has cruised in Holland, France and UK and has been a home afloat for several years.  2012 survey available.

 Atlantic Ketch



Planked in Mahogany all copper fastened to steam bent oak timbers.

External iron ballast keel with stainless steel keel bolts, last drawn in 2009.  Grown oak floors.


Decks and cockpit

Yacht laid teak deck screwed and glued over a marine plywood sub deck.

A high varnished mahogany toe rail all round with varnished capping rail and rubbing strake.

Stainless steel stanchions and guard wires.

Centre cockpit configuration with a deep and very sheltered cockpit.  Full cockpit tent attaches to the solid canopy which is made of sheathed marine plywood with aluminium framed windows.  When the tent is erected the boat is covered from stem to stern giving a large amount of sheltered space, ideal for live aboard or long distance cruising.

Twin helm positions as is common in these boats.  The main helm is forward to starboard with the engine controls and a seat, sheltered by the solid canopy and a perfect place to hide from the elements.  The second is aft to port and is an ideal place to sit out in the sun when the cockpit tent is off.  This sort of versatility is exactly why the Atlantic ketch was so popular, a boat for all occasions.



Mahogany coamings, now painted gloss white for ease of maintenance, with 6 alloy framed windows each side, half of which are opening.

Sheathed plywood coachroof deck with varnished hand rails, forehatch and capping rail.



Bermudan ketch rig on varnished wooden spars mounted in tabernacles on the coachroof decks.

The main mast was new in 2010 from Collars.  Both masts have single spreaders with twin lower shrouds and a single cap shroud.  No running backstays for ease of handling.  Stainless steel standing rigging, new in 2009, to stainless rigging screws and internal stainless chain plates.

Varnished wooden slab reefing booms.



All in fair and useable condition:  Sail area 583 sq ft






Pair of self tailing cockpit sheet winches

Mast winches on both main and mizzen


MachineryAtlantic Ketch


Ford 4cyl 80hp diesel with a hydraulic gearbox and stainless shaft to a centre line 3 blade bronze propeller. Cruising speed of 7 knots, max speed of 8 knots.


Large capacity GRP fuel tank to starboard in the engine room.

Galvanised water tank to port in the engine room.


2 x 12volt domestic batteries and one 12 volt engine start battery with link switch.  Charged from engine alternator or through installed shore power system.




6 berths in 2 separate sleeping cabins plus the saloon.


Centreline companion hatch with steps down from the cockpit into the saloon.  Galley to port and heads compartment to starboard.

Very spacious main saloon with vast headroom and deep comfortable settee berths either side.  masses of storage space with shelving and lockers as should be expected on a yacht of this type.  New upholstery in 2013

Drop leaf mahogany saloon table set to port.

Doorway set to starboard giving access to the forward cabin.  Twin berth cabin with standing headroom and ample stowage.

Access to the large and spacious aft cabin via a companion hatch at aft end of the cockpit.  The usual twin berths have been replaced with a decent size double. There is also a cavernous lazarette locker aft of this accessed via a hatch in the aft deck.


Heads compartment with a Jabsco sea toilet which pumps directly overboard.  Hand basin with manually pumped fresh water.


A proper sea galley with a gimballed Nelson 2 burner gas stove with oven and grill and twin stainless steel sinks.  Manually pumped fresh water.




Steering compass

Clipper Log

Clipper Sounder

Nezo autopilot

Garmin chartplotter



6 man life raft serviced in 2013

2 x life buoys

2 fire extinguishers


Ground tackle

CQR with galvanised chain




Winter covers

Summer covers


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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