19ft Blackwater Sloop, Classic Bermudan sloop 1961

“As Is ”  February 2021  being moved under cover

Interior as it was prior to being stripped out.  August 2020

REDUCED Selling  price Details

Price: £1,500 GBP
Location: Woodbridge, Suffolk GB
Make: Blackwater Sloop
Year: 1961
Condition: Fair/ Requires recommissioning.
Category: Sail
Class: Antique and Classics
Keel Type: Full Keel


The Blackwater Sloop  a popular Classic pocket-cruiser design of her day.
‘Vydra’, built in 1961, designed and built in Maldon, Essex. She has the popular raised-topsides layout of design and as a result benefits from having comfortable sitting headroom and greater cabin space below plus a larger, more useable flat deck space. Her Yanmar diesel engine has been stripped down and rebuilt by Woodbridge Boat Yard, 2020 and now requires re installing.
She carries a Bermudian rig with a furling head sail that flies from a short fixed bowsprit. The backstay is attached to a fixed bumpkin, aft.
Last season when she was relaunched after transportation, she sank overnight on her mooring. Once refloated she was bought ashore and stripped out. Her sails have been valeted,  the engine was taken out and she and all her gear was rinsed down. She now requires some re-caulking and  the re fastening/replacement of a couple of ribs which have been disturbed.


Nominal Length: 5.79m
Length Overall: 7.01m
Length Of Deck: 5.08m
Length At Water Line: 5.00m


Beam: 2.00m
Draft: 0.91m
Air Draft: 6.40m
Max Draft: 0.91m



Fuel Tank Capacity: 4 gallons
Displacement: 2.50tonnes
Cruising Speed: 4knots

Engine Power: 6hp
Number of Engines: 1


Berths: 2
Cabins: 1
Passenger Capacity: 3


Builder: Dan, Webb and Feesey in 1961
Boat Name: Vydra


Hull Material: Wood, carvel planked
Hull Design: Displacement, ballast keel
Hull Speed: 5 knots


Engine Description: Yanmar  YSE8, 6hp, single cylinder diesel engine. Rebuilt 2020, presently not installed.
Shaft driven, triple bladed propeller. Electric start. Raw seawater cooled.
Single lever controls – Forward and reverse gear.


Carvel planked. long keel. external iron keel.
Some internal trimming ballast. Grey painted decks, epoxy sheathed canvas over marine ply.
Mahogany superstructure.


One open cabin. Sliding hatch with washboards over the companionway
2 opposing settee berths. 6ft 6ins in length. Sitting headroom within the cabin.
Galley space for a stove and chart table.
The old electrics have been stripped out of her, an oil lamp is mounted on the mast strut. She has no berth cushions.


Heavy duty battery.
CQR anchor and chain
A Fisherman’s kedge anchor with warp
Mooring lines and fenders
an Overall cover
Cockpit cover and a main sail cover.


Varnished wooden keel stepped mast and spars, a short fixed bowsprit and bumpkin
White main sail and genoa both in excellent condition and a jib in good condition.
Navigation Equipment: Transom hung rudder, tiller steering from open cockpit.