Wooden Ships Comments on this Cheverton Crusader sloop MKIII
The Cheverton Crusader class was designed by David Cheverton in response to a request by a local Cowes dentist, David Ramsden who wanted a family cruising yacht that was larger than the little Caravel class. He wanted two separate cabin areas of the boat and an enclosed heads compartment in order to give his family a comfortable cruising yacht. The Crusader is exactly that, a comfortable boat capable of good passage times with a decent amount of internal space for extended periods aboard. The high coachroof gives good headroom throughout and all 4 berths are 6’ or more and a decent width.
The construction methods employed by David Cheverton meant his boats could be built on a small production line arrangement, reducing costs and speeding the time from order to delivery. Strip plank construction is a quick and easy way of building a boat and the advent of epoxy glues meant it was strong and reliable as well. Rather than sheathing the hulls as we do now, they were simply painted with a thin epoxy resin which soaked into the timber in order to protect it. The other bonus of this construction is the lack of frames required so there is more internal space for any given dimensions compared to a conventionally built boat, so although the beam of the Crusader is not huge, every inch of it used so the saloon feels very spacious and comfortable.
There were about 50 Crusaders built in total which makes her a very successful design and they have been proven over the years as super little cruising yachts. This boat was bought by the present owners in 1996 and underwent a major refit from 1997-1998 which included a new deck, new engine, new standing and running rigging and new electronic instruments.
Length on deck 27’3”
Sail area 305sq.ft.
Strip plank 7/8” African Mahogany, edge glued and fastened. Frames laminated African mahogany.
Stem and keel laminated. Floors and deadwood solid African mahogany.
Cast iron ballast keel with galvanised keel bolts.
Decks and cockpit
Deck beams, coachroof beams and coamings solid African mahogany. Deck and coachroof 3/8” Marine ply, GRP sheathed. The deck was new in the ’98 refit. The design of the boat gives wide side decks for easy movement deck. Mostly galvanised deck fittings with s/s guard wires and stanchions.
The cockpit is 6ft long and relatively deep, giving comfort and safety with easy seating for 4/5 people.
Masthead sloop on a hollow spruce deck stepped mast with a solid spruce boom.
Standing rigging 1 x 19 6mm stainless steel, new in 1998. Internal galvanised steel chainplates have all been removed, cleaned and replaced with new bolts.
New halyards and other running rigging in 1998.
Mainsail – 168 sq ft.
Furling genoa – 248 sq ft.
Main and genoa in as new condition.
Beta Marine BZ482 13.5hp (1998)
Electric and manual bilge pumps.
Single 120Ah 12 volt battery, new in 2012
Diesel: 50 Litres
Water: 13 gallon tank.
2 x 6’7” saloon berths. 2 x 6’ berths in forecabin. Plenty of storage below the forward berths.
Stowage under the settee berths. Shelved lockers at the back of the berths.
Folding saloon table on a Lagun leg to allow flexibility of position.
Situated to stbd between the focsle and saloon. Jabsco toilet.
Hot and cold shower outlet.
Large hanging wardrobe port.
The compartment doors are arranged so that when not in use the WC and wardrobe can be shut off giving free passage through the vessel.
2 sideboards are built over the aftermost end of each settee berth, formica covered.
SS twin burner and grill, new 1998. SS basin stbd.
Hot and cold water is supplied by an electric pump from a 13 gal galvanised steel water tank.
Hot water calorifier from engine and shore power.
Icom M421 VHF/DSC
Nasa GPS repeater and Echo Sounder
Simrad TP10 tiller pilot
Hand held 12V spotlamp
Coastal Flares in date for 2015
Mooring warps, fenders, boathooks, engine spares etc.
25lb CQR anchor, new 1998
30m chain (8mm)
Electric windlass with remote control, new 2013.
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.