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Scarborough One Design

  • Designer: John Ley
  • Builder: John Ley, Scarborough
  • Year: 1952
  • Location Itchenor, West Sussex
  • Length on deck: 29'10"
  • Beam: 8'
  • Draft: 4'5"
  • Tonnage(TM): 6TM


REF: 3863

Full Specification

Wooden ships comments on this Scarborough One Design

In the post-war revival, John Ley, boat-builder from Scarborough produced a number of 5 ½ ton 26’ sloops which were very well received at the time.

In 1950 he followed this success with the slightly larger 30 footer with an acknowledgement to the great Albert Strange, another Scarborough man.

He adopted Albert Strange’s canoe stern to replace the raked transom of the 26 footer asserting it is the only logical way to finish the back of a boat.

The Scarborough One Design gains space in the cabin by extending the coach-roof out to the deck edge, the additional freeboard forward helping to make her a very dry boat in a chop and a dog-house is stepped into the raised deck giving shelter to the aft cock-pit.

The result is a yacht which was as well received as her smaller sister and John Ley went on to build some 20 yachts to this design.

This yacht had a major refit between 2004 and 2011.

Scarborough One Design

Planked in larch all copper fastened to steam bent timbers on an oak back-bone.

In the 1998 refit all of the steam bent timbers were replaced and some later found to be cracked were doubled with laminated timbers alongside in 2009.


1.5 ton iron keel.  Iron keel bolts replaced in 1992 and drawn again in 2012.


Heavy iron strap floors at approx 3’ centres mounted on wooden blocks on the planking adjacent to a steam bent timber.

Varnished mahogany toe rail and rubbing strake at deck level.  Low level rubbing strake.

3 fixed oval lights in the topsides each side.

The dog-house coamings are in varnished mahogany and extend aft to form the cock-pit coamings.

Deep, sheltered cock-pit with very deep coamings to give excellent support and protection in the cock-pit.

Tapered wash-boards and sliding hatch to the cabin entrance.

New varnished ash tiller on pivoted bronze mount.

Varnished mahogany fore hatch on an otherwise clear, uncluttered fore deck.


New deck  laid in 2002 refit in pine boards epoxy glass sheathed and painted.

The dog-house roof is in sheathed ply with varnished grab rails.

Stainless steel pulpit, push-pit and guard rails all round on stainless stanchions.

Twin stemhead chain rollers.

Panamas in the deep toe rail forward with adjacent mooring warp cleats.


Fractional bermudian cutter rig on varnished spruce mast stepped in a galvanised steel tabernacle on the fore deck.

The mast compression is taken by a pair of galvanised steel vertical girders forming the doorway in the forward bulkhead, they in turn mounted on massive oak athwartship floor member.

Varnished slab reef boom


All stainless steel standing rigging with stainless steel rigging screws, all new 2009/10.

Cap shrouds, intermediates and single lowers.

An additional stay from the intermediate mast fitting to the aftermost chain plate provides additional back-stay support.

Single spreaders.

External bronze chain plates.

Single standing back-stay to the stern post.

Outer fore stay on Profurl roller furling gear, stemhead to masthead, new 2008.

Inner fore stay on Profurl roller furling gear, intermediate fitting to mid fore deck, new 2008

Varnished boom still on original roller furling gear but now altered for slab reefing.

Kicking strap on tackle.

Boom sheeted to a horse over the tiller with modern blocks, jammer on the lower block.



Tan mainsail by Arun Sails

No 1 hi-cut tan genoa on stemhead Profurl furling gear

No 2 hi cut tan jib on inner fore stay Profurl furling gear.



Pair of top action chromed Lewmar sheet winches on galvanised steel pedestals on the cock-pit coamings.

Pair of top action mast halyard winches.



Yanmar 1GM 10hp single cylinder, salt water cooled flexibly mounted diesel engine fitted new in 2004 with only 37 hours running (August 2013).

25 litres diesel in a stainless steel tank

New prop 2005

4 x 12v 80 amp/hr batteries on 12v circuits. New 2010

New wiring to fuse box and isolator switch


Accommodation.                                            4 berths


In the 2002 refit the interior was largely redesigned and much improved, the joinery was replaced entirely in varnished mahogany with new upholstery, new galley and chart desk.


Fore cabin with V-berths set quite high with deep lockers under. Standing space between the berths under the fore hatch above.

Lavac sea toilet fitted under the lift-up joinery between the berths.

Bulkhead in way of the mast compression posts to the saloon cabin.

Port and stbd settee berths in the saloon cabin, new cushions 2010.  Fold away saloon table.

Galley in the after port corner with new stainless steel gimballed Plastimo 2-burner grill ad oven gas cooker and stainless steel sink.

Chart desk in the after stbd corner with forward facing seat against the after bulkhead. Chart stowage in the desk.

Steps to the cock-pit between remove to expose the sound-proofed engine compartment and a smart clean engine.

Gas bottle in the after cock-pit locker.

25 litres water in new rigid plastic tank under the stbd settee berth. Hand pump to the galley sink, gravity drain o/b.

Batteries under the chart desk seat.

6’ head-room in way of the galley and chart desk.

New saloon cabin sole boards with lift-up traps to access the bilge.




Steering compass

Hand bearing compass

Garmin GPS

Autohelm auto-pilot

Icom IC-M411 VHF radio

2x  life jackets

2 x life buoys

Mooring warps


GRP dinghy

CD player/radio with speakers in the cabin.

Cock-pit cover extends over the dog-house.


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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