North Ayrshire UK|
A Robert Tucker design "Cei Newydd". From their web site: "Aft-cockpit Bermuda cutter based on a round bilge timber design (JSB) which completed a circumnavigation in the early 1970‘s. The reverse sheer deck line gives plenty of internal volume plus huge freeboard and uncluttered deck space. Choice of either fin keel, twin asymmetric bilge or triple keel arrangements all fully ballasted. Choice of double or triple chines hull shape. Several have been constructed with a number of Transatlantic’s under their belts. A little above average in difficulty of construction".
This hull was professionally built by an engineering company in Birmingham in 1975, with quality steel. They built six of these. I have no idea what happened to the other five. I looked at lots of steel boats before buying this and the build quality stood out from the rest. There is no oil-canning or hungry horse look due to the way that she was built. She is also relatively light for a steel boat, weighing about the same as a Nicholson 31, Rustler 31 etc.
She is built for voyaging with a strong cutter rig, good fuel and water tankage, Taylor's paraffin cooker, deep and safe cockpit etc. The twin keels are asymmetric, which reduces leeway and helps her to track well, with the advantage of enabling her to explore shallow waters, anchor closer to the shore, or sit on the bottom.
The internal fit-out is basic but functional and, being a steel boat, is easy to change without affecting the strength of the structure. Whilst the hull was professionally built, the internal fit-out was amateur. Most of the internal fittings are plywood which at least has the advantage of keeping her light. I have seen many steel boats which were beautifully fitted out in hardwoods by their owners but it resulted in them being far too heavy. There is an aries windvane fitted.
There are two quarter berths and two saloon berths, all with lee cloths. The companion way leads to the, light and airy, navigation area to starboard and the galley to port. Standing headroom is restricted from halfway through the saloon to the forward heads. There is loads of storage both internally and in the cockpit lockers - all built for extended cruising. Storm board fittings on every window help to make this a go-anywhere boat. There are three separate water tanks which can be connected together or isolated, about 100 litres each.
The mast, boom, rigging, sails and Furlex roller furling have done a few thousand miles from new. The Lofrans anchor windlass looked unused.
The engine is a BMC Captain with a PRM Newage gearbox, in working order. These are simple engines and parts are cheap.
She has had two owners prior to me. The last owner kept her for about 35 years, sailing twice around the Med, south to Venzuela and North to the Faroe Islands.
I bought her four years ago with a view to extended cruising. Unfortunately, personal circumstances and illness put paid to my plans - a familiar story amongst the ageing sailors! I should have bought this boat when I was a younger man. This is a reluctant sale but I need to face reality.
The downside: She needs painting inside and out. She needed painting when I bought her and she certainly needs it now. There is some surface rust in the bilges which needs attention. None of it is serious but it needs work that I cannot do. I have unopened tins of Jotun two-part epoxy paint, Jotun antifoul, and other paint. I also have a brand new DeWalt grinder and a new, good quality, needle scaler. There are also Terco blasting wheels, flap sanders etc. Everything need to get the job done.
The surveyor commented that it was one of the better steel boats that he had seen. His marks from his ultrasound tests are still visible in places and show no wastage of metal needing any attention. (they consider up to 20% wastage as acceptable) The hull had been painted with black epoxy, which looked fine at survey time. However, after being returned to water, sailed, then subsequently lifted out, the epoxy is coming off in sheets. The surface preparation was obviously unsatisfactory. The topsides are a similar story with rust patches showing, again with bad preparation techniques. In particular, the storm window fittings are rusty and need cleaning up and epoxy painting. Consequently, she looks very tatty. However, she is sound and just needs elbow work.
Viewing is by appointment with me. For anyone who doesn't drive - the boat is few hundred metres from the train station, which is about half an hour by train from Glasgow.
Priced to sell.
|Vessel type:||Steel bermuda cutter|
|Registry:||Small ships register|
|No. of engines:||1|
|Engine model:||BMC Captain|
|Drive type:||Shaft drive|
|Length over all:||31'|
|Length at waterline:||27' 6"|
|Maximum draft:||3' 7"|
|Keel type:||Twin Keel|
|Dry Weight:||6 metric tons|
|Fuel capacity:||200 Litres|
|Water capacity:||300 Litres|
Four berth - comprising two quarter berths and two saloon berths, all with lee cloths.
Steel hull (4mm) and decks (thought to be 3mm).
Professionally built by Moreland Engineers in Birmingham, 1975. One of six hulls.
Aires wind vane.
The wind generator lost its blades in extremely high winds. It may be possible to replace the blades and hub.
Various spares, timber etc.
Avon inflatable dinghy and oars.
Carbon fibre whisker pole.
Selden mast and boom fitted a few thousand miles ago together with new rigging and sails.
Note: Indicated location is approximate general area only.