Location: Nr.Frinton, Essex. GB
Make: Bermudan Cutter
Condition: Dry stored in a Farm Barn.
Category: Classic Sailing
Class: Antique and Classics
Keel Type: Full, long keel lead ballast
Widgeon was built in 1901, as a Gaff Cutter. Built in Southampton by J.G Fay & Co Ltd, to a J.M Soper design. She has been in her present ownership for over 40 years, used as a family cruising yacht. Making passages around the UK and Ireland, Northern France and both sides of the North Sea. During the Sailing seasons, she was kept on a private swing mooring each Winter she came ashore and was housed in a Farm barn.
She was converted to a Bermudan rig in 1956 installing a new shorter mast and new Bermudan sails were cut for her in West Mersea, Essex .
Widgeon is Carvel planked in Teak, above the waterline with Pitch Pine, underwater hull. Her decks are of laid teak.
Viewings by Arrangement.
Nominal Length: 10.90m
Length Overall: 10.97m
Length Of Deck: 9.45m
Length At Water Line: 8.69m
Max Draft: 1.73m
Hull Design: Displacement
Hull Speed: 8 knots
Cruising Speed: 6 knots
Engine Power: 30hp
Number of Engines: 1
Builder: J.G. Fay & Co of Southampton.
Boat’s Name: Widgeon
Non functional, insitu, a BMC 1.5litre diesel engine, 4 cylinders, electric start. Fresh water cooled via heat exchanger. Can be removed if requested. Shaft driven, sited under the companionway steps and cockpit. Engine controls in the cockpit, single lever Morse controls.
A Triple bladed fixed bronze propeller.
Carvel planked of Teak and Pitch Pine on Oak frames, Teak deck and superstructure. Long lead ballast keel. Open aft cockpit. Tiller steering.
Passenger Capacity: 6
6ft headroom in the accommodation, lower in the forepeak. Deep open aft cockpit, fixed bench seating/ stowage lockers.
A fixed shelter deck coach roof entrance, enter in via deep companionway steps into a spacious cabin. A Galley facility to port, with a gas cooker oven and hob. a stainless sink, built in cupboards and stowage drawers.
Navigation station with chart table opposite , a pilot berth runs aft from the chart table seating.
In the saloon, there is a centrally mounted drop leaf dining table. Stowage cupboards along both sides of the cabin and two long opposing settee berths, both berths can be pulled out to make them wider. A narrow pilot berth above on the portside. The cabin is lined out in stained/ varnished wood. 12v cabin lighting and gimballed oil lamps. Portlights around the cabin and a butterfly glazed hatch in the coach roof.
The aft end of the coach roof was raised (dog house ), in the 1950’s , when her rig was changed, giving standing headroom at the Galley . A Charcoal stove is stood against the mast deck bulkhead.
Going forward the Heads compartment, to port, this has a sea toilet and a fold down copper wash basin and water tap, opposite are sail stowage bins. then into the forepeak there are two long single V berths with an infill if required, a fore hatch, and ladder to the foredeck.
Berth cushioning covered in dark green vinyl fabric.
Anchor windlass, Fenders and mooring warps.
Main anchor, kedge anchor.
Varnished Pine mast, keel stepped, a square formed boom and a fixed bowsprit.
Sails all tan in colour: a main sail with white sail cover, a Furling genoa, and stay sail. Roller reefing on the heads sail. A white cruising chute. All Useable, furling head sails have a sun bleached outside edge. All sails were valeted when she was de-rigged.
Standing rigging: Galvanised oiled wires. Rigged by Carters of West Mersea. Rope running rigging
2 x Mast halyard winches, 1 x Auxiliary winch.
Grab rails on the coach roof.
Stanchions and guard wires
Life ring with light
The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.