23ft 3T Blackwater Sloop, 1949

Phylla Sailing 2013 taken from MJLewis Boatsales Archive

Price Details

Price: £7,950 GBP
Make: 3 ton Blackwater Sloop
Year: 1949
Condition: Very good and well maintained
Category: Classic Sailing
Class: Antique and Classics
Keel Type: Shoal draft long keel


Phylla- 3t Blackwater sloop. Fractional Bermudan rig.
Built and designed by Dan Webb & Feesey, Maldon, Essex. 1949. She is one of just three larger versions of the Blackwater sloops built.
She had a large amount of “works” carried out in her present ownership – since 2013.

Shipwrights were employed to make a replacement rudder with new stainless steel fittings. A new stern tube was installed
The cracked canvas deck was removed from the original pine decks. All deck fittings, toe rails had to be removed.

It was then over laid with marine ply, which was then epoxy sheathed and painted. Rubbing bands removed stripped and re varnished.

Fore hatch combings were replaced in Sapele.
All electrics have been tidied and updated, where necessary.
Her painted topsides have been taken from a dark bottle green / black, to a light green and now she has cream painted topsides.
A fully fitted overall cover was commissioned.
The deep open aft cockpit has been re furbished with all the brightwork re brightened.
She resides on a mudberth under cover for the Winter.


Nominal Length: 23ft
Length Of Deck: 23ft
Length At Water Line: 21ft 6ins

Draft: 3ft 6ins


Fuel Tank Capacity: 15 litres
Water Tank Capacity: 20 litres
Displacement: 2.00 : tonnes
Hull speed: 7 knots  Cruising Speed: 4 knots

Engine Power: 10hp
Number of Engines: 1


Berths: 2
Cabins: 1
Heads: 1
Passenger Capacity: 2


Builder: Dan, Webb & Feesey, Maldon 1949
Designer: Dan Webb
Boat Name: Phylla


Yanmar GM10,  10hp diesel engine, installed new 2006,  shaft driven to a twin bladed 12″inch propeller.
Electric start.  One large heavy duty battery.


The long keel, stern, stern post and dead wood all  of Oak. Hull  is Carvel planked of larch, all copper fastened.  Topsides are now finished in Cream. Counter stern.

T&G planked coach roof. Decks have been refurbished, old canvas removed. marine ply fitted,epoxy sealed and then painted. Rubbing bands removed stripped and re varnished.


Deep open aft cockpit.
Sliding hatch and doors to open to single cabin.
Jabsco manual heads installed in the forepeak. Fore hatch over.
New LED cabin lighting, new electrics 2019
Twin opposing settee berths. Good sitting headroom berths 6ft plus in length.
Gimballed twin gas hob
Manual pump for the cold water only.
Opening brass ports in the coach roof sides.
Gimballed oil lamps.
A charcoal stove has been removed but is available.


Main anchor and chain stowed in forepeak. Kedge anchor.

Warps and fenders
Bespoke overall cover, new  2018.

Navigation Gear

Compass, Echo sounder, GPS, Autopilot

Navigation lights.  A Tricolour and steaming light at the mast head.


Keel stepped varnished Spruce mast and boom , Elm cross trees.
Mast has been removed planed back and re-varnished.
Stainless steel standing rigging, age unknown.
New Main sail ( 2018) and genoa – Dolphin 2010.  fitted with roller furling gear.
Lazy jacks and a stack pack, to aid the single-handed crew.

A cruising chute and a No1 Jib. Dolphin 2008.
2 x Sheet winches on coach roof and jammers. 2 x Halyard winches on the mast.
Tiller steering

Pictured sailing in 2012.