Seven large wooden boats for sale


Ice bird is the 45th of Laurent Giles’ legendary 26ft (8m) Vertue sloops, built in 1952 for Dr. Joe Cunningham to serve as a mobile base in remote areas of Newfoundland, providing medical services to the local community. This is what he did in the boat after crossing the Atlantic via the Caribbean and the eastern United States. Its design differs slightly from the standard Vertue with a modified coachroof, slightly higher tops and a twin-spreader cutting rig. She was recently updated with new sails and brand new rigging in 2021 and offers two berths with a headroom of 6ft 3in. The auxiliary is a Volvo MD7A 13hp diesel. “A yacht rich in pedigree in history maintained in intelligent and healthy condition.”

Lying Scotland, asks £ 17,500, tel. : +44 (0) 1803 833899

Here is one to inspire the desire to travel. Built in 1990, this is the latest in a short series of Inchcape 45, a motor sailboat designed by James Evans with Jack Francis Jones, after the rugged Scottish fishing boats that brave the North Atlantic throughout year. With a length of 45 feet with a width of 16 feet 9 inches, a draft of 5 feet 9 inches and a weight of 29 tons, she has the weight, supported by 1.5 inch (38 mm) iroko planks on sawn oak frames, to match its look. The hull is cascover sheathed again. The interior, especially the wheelhouse, is cavernous and she can sleep six people in two double beds. The kitchen easily swallows a large freestanding fridge and normal washing machine. The last owner of the boat subjected her to what the broker calls “a period of work without unnecessary expenses” to bring her to category 1 of the MCA code of practice. There’s too much gear to list, but she has a 135bhp six-cylinder Ford Mermaid diesel, bow thruster and rig (gaff ketch on tiered tabernacles) that have all been updated from mast to rig. passing through the sails. Navigate the world in comfort.

Lying Cornwall, asks £ 210,000, tel. : +44 (0) 1803 833899,

Here is a simple and very stylish Norman Dallimore fractional Bermudian sloop built by Kings of Burnham in 1934. It stands 36ft (11m) on deck and with a slim 8ft 2in beam it is worth 8 MT. It has been owned by the current owner since 1997, who gave it a professional overhaul which included new keel bolts, minor repairs to the hull, a complete new deck, new coachroof, rebuilt cockpit and new interior. Since then she has had a new Beta 20hp diesel engine, new sails and new rigging as needed. “The rig has been changed from the original with a slightly shorter mast to make it more maneuverable, but that hasn’t detracted from its superb sailing characteristics,” explains the broker. She is solidly constructed of 1 ” teak planks over Canadian elm woods, riveted copper with a lead keel. The floors are cultivated oak and bronze straps. The deck and cockpit are also in teak. The next owner will need to upgrade, and the asking price reflects that.

Lying in Cornwall, asking £ 19,950,

It’s worth checking out the Chesapeake Light Craft (CLC) website quite regularly to see what the infinitely inventive and industrious general manager John C Harris has come up with. CLC has sold, over the years, more than 40,000 kit boats, from dinghies to small yachts, from SUPs to rowing boats. The company’s latest offering is just their third powerboat, following their Cocktail Class Racer and popular Peeler Skiff. They called this the Rhode Runner and its landmark are the American utility runabouts of the 1950s. In common with the Peeler Skiff, it is a practical boat: light, roomy and easily propelled. The kit is made of CNC cut dots and glue, requiring no reinforcement. It is suitable, according to John, for “confident builders with a few boats sewn and glued under their belt. The complete kit can be assembled in 150-300 hours. Full size plans are also available for the scraping builder. About his performance, he said: “During testing, we saw 21 knots with a 25 hp engine. The boat does not skid in the turns, behaves well in general, and is little slowed down by a crew of three adults. The sheer, deep line is unusual in a retro runabout. She looks almost Norwegian in slow motion. The Rhode Runner is 4.5m long, with a beam of 1.65m (5ft 5in) and weighs 160kg very easily. A 15-25 hp outboard is recommended and it will take four adults.

The complete kit costs $ 3,925. See or, in the UK,

We have published the story of this Bermudan cutter by Fred Shepherd who was given as a wedding gift to Aaron and Abbie Ashton who, along with boatbuilder John Cuthbertson of Dartmouth, undertook a top-notch restoration which earned it our 2020 prize for the best sailboat over 40 feet. . At 46 feet 3 inches (14.1 m) on deck, she is a considerable vessel. She was built by Woodnutt on the Isle of Wight in 1936, of Burmese teak planks over cultivated oak frames, with a teak deck, all shiny teak and an elm keel. The interior is mainly in English oak. It “still shines after the recent restoration, which has revived all of its original beauty, but with a touch of modern thought,” says Aaron. “Heron II features B&G navigation and instruments, AIS, Fusion audio system, a clean deck, and a brighter, more open interior with a new galley and pavilions (but retaining the panels in oak, the original Blake bunks, salon and pavilions). Uffa Fox wrote about the yacht in his 1937 book Racing, cruising and design, commenting on his “good class and character”. He continues: “It has a fairly good speed of rotation, because its cutter rig, while being easy to handle, is very efficient, and Heron II as one would imagine that it sails very well indeed. It has a 65 hp Ford FSD engine with only 400 hours and a three-bladed fixed propeller with hydraulic gearbox. Heron II is coded in MCA 2 category. Its restoration left no stone intact, from the keel to the tip of the mast.

Lying in Cannes, France, asks £ 400,000, for more

A touch of Finesse …

The story of Finesse began in the twilight of wooden boat building in 1961, when the world turned its eyes to the GRP. Boatbuilder Alan Platt, who had recently set up a rudimentary shipyard in Thundersley, Essex, built a 21ft (6.4m) clinker cabin yacht with a daggerboard, to a design by Laurie Harbottell, for sail on the Thames estuary, or “east coast”. It was indeed the first Finesse 21, and 80 were built over four decades. In 1969, Alan released the Finesse 24 of his own design (the usual controversy exists around this). It was a similar craft but, at 3 feet more, a true four-berth cruiser. You can tell by looking at the 24 that the cabin space is gargantuan for a boat of this length and you won’t go wrong. Headroom is 5ft 8in or 5ft 10in (1.7m or 1.8m), a lot for a shallow draft boat like this. The surprise is that the 24 also has a pretty good cockpit, at 6 feet (1.8 m) long: plenty of room for its crew of four to sit in the fresh air without getting in the way of each other. others. Various hull configurations were offered on the F24: most had daggerboards with truncated keels to allow boats to dry safely; some had daggerboards with full depth bilge keels; and others still had only bilge keels, removing the cabin daggerboard box, creating even more space.

The success story of the 21 is repeated with the F24: seventy were built, and a number of 27 and 28 feet followed. The huge and very cozy boat-like accommodation, free height bags, an easy nature, the shape navigable enough with the weight to get through the typical conditions of the Thames Estuary (they are also popular elsewhere) and the fact that most are kept in great condition, means they attract a loyalty fierce owners.

We found five boats for sale on the Owners Association website – here are two.

tig, a Finesse 24, was built in 1973 with a long keel and lifting plate and the Bermudan rig option. It has been completely and recently rebuilt.

Lying Poole, Dorset, is asking for £ 12,000. See

Tugela is considered the last survivor of Finesse 27. It is a Bermudan cutter rig with a 1998 Beta 20 and “good” sails.

Lying in Orford, Suffolk, asking for £ 6,500. See

These boats all appeared in the regular Getting Afloat pages of Classic Boat magazine for three months at the end of 2021. Try a single issue of the magazine here.


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