29ft A “One off” counter stern, Bermudan Sloop 1939

Price Details

Price: £12,500 GBP
Location: Pin Mill, nr Ipswich Suffolk  IP9 1JP GB
Year: 1939 Launched 1947
Condition: Very good, Ashore, under cover
Category:  Traditional Sailing
Class: Antique and Classics
Keel Type: Full Keel


Cecilia is a counter stern mast head Bermudan sloop built as a one off commission by Robertson’s Boatyard of Woodbridge, Suffolk

to a William Maxwell Blake design.. She is carvel planked with a 16hp auxiliary engine installed new in 2004.
She has had to have a new Collars mast, boom and standing rigging in 2015, due to damaged caused to her whilst on her swinging mooring.
She has been restored and refitted by her present owner since 2000. He being a shipwright himself he has made a professional job of all the works .

Much of the furniture and fittings are of teak and varnished. She has an immense amount of character and would be a very pleasant cruising yacht.

Not too many modern day gadgets just traditional sailing…
Ashore for the Winter, the mast and rig un-stepped and her overall cover in place. Sails in dry store.


Nominal Length: 8.00 m
Length Overall: 8.84 m
Length Of Deck: 8.84 m
Length At Water Line: 7.92 m


Beam: 2.44 m
Draft: 1.22 m
Max Draft: 1.22 m


Fuel Tank Capacity: 45 : litres
Water Tank Capacity: 25 : litres
Displacement: 3.00 tonnes
Cruising Speed: 5  knots
Engine Power: 16hp
Number of Engines: 1


Berths: 2
Cabins: 1
Heads: 1
Passenger Capacity: 4


Builder: A.V. Robertson of Woodbridge, Suffolk
Designer: W.Maxwell Blake of Woodbridge Suffolk
Boat Name: Cecilia


Hull Material: Wood
Hull Design: Displacement
Hull Speed: 7: knots


Engine Model: Vetus M206
Fuel Type: diesel
Engine Description: Vetus M206 16hp shaft driven, two cylinder diesel engine,indirectly cooled.Installed new in 2002 first commissioned in 2004.
Electric start. Heavy duty battery located under the companionway step.
Engine Transmission Description: Shaft drive


Carvel built wooden hull on steamed timbers, new plywood deck 2004, laid on wooden deck beams teak coach roof coamings,

epoxy sheathed and painted. Full length cast iron ballast keel, wooden rudder.Counter stern.
Superstructure of varnished teak. teak sliding fore hatch and main hatch.
Vessel was purchased by her present owner in 2000, he being a shipwright carried out much of her restoration work himself. When he first saw her she was in a terrible state. Due to over caulking the gar board planks needed rescuing. Work was initially done by Frank Knights yard in Woodbridege. Then she was moved into Eversons Boatshed. Her deck was replaced. new rubbing stakes, new teak quadrants, transom, a bracket was fabricated for the aft end of her stern post and the after end of the keel chain plates were reshaped
Mast was altered from a keel steeped to deck stepped fitting a new tabernacle. and two metal mast deck supports below decks….Three new floors were required which in turn meant that the keel bolts were replaced too. The cockpit was completely refitted all with teak and bronze fittings.
Due to her being rammed whilst on her swinging mooring 2015.the mast was replaced with a new one from Collars, new boom and new wire standing rigging.


Engine under companionway steps to starboard Taylors paraffin double burner with oven. s/steel galley sink with a manual

pump, stowage drawers and cupboards. Two opposing settee berths both of generous length and depth.

Centre line is a dining table folds open across the cabin.Through into fore peak. single berth used for the storage of her gear and sails.

Under is sited a Baby Blake sea toilet.
Brass paraffin cabin lamps
Pansy charcoal heater, chimney through deck.
All the furniture and stowage lockers were made by the present owner in teak and varnished.
Berth cushion covered in a heavy striped canvas cloth.
Fixed to cabin sides are netted stowage shelves.


Full overall 2 part white winter cover with frame and ridge pole.
Dark blue full cockpit cover and Main sail cover.

Sails: Mast head Bermudan sloop .
All timber spars. Deck steeped mast in tabernacle. New Collars mast 2015,
roller boom furling system for the mainsail.