36ft Classic Soper Bermudan Cutter, Built by Fays, 1901

Price Details

Price:  £POA GBP
Location: Nr.Frinton, Essex . GB
Make: Bermudan Cutter
Year: 1901
Condition: Dry stored in a Farm Barn.
Category:  Classic Sailing
Class:  Antique and Classics
Keel Type: Full, long keel


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 30 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 swinging mooring summer then each Winter she came ashore and was housed in a Farm barn.

She has been stood in the Barn for some years, now. She requires a huge clean-up job.
She was converted to a Bermudan rig in 1956.  A new shorter mast and sails were cut for her  in West Mersea.

Carvel planked hull of Teak, above the waterline and Pitch Pine,  for the underwater hull.  Her decks are of laid teak.
Viewings by Arrangement with the Family.



Nominal Length: 10.90m
Length Overall: 10.97m
Length Of Deck: 9.45m
Length At Water Line: 8.69m

Beam: 3.10m
Draft: 1.73m
Max Draft: 1.73m


Hull Design: Displacement
Hull Speed: 8 knots

Displacement: 10.00tonnes
Cruising Speed: 6 knots
Engine Power: 30hp
Number of Engines: 1


Builder: J.G. Fay & Co
Designer: J.M.Soper
Boat Name: Widgeon


Engine Description:  BMC 1.5litre diesel engine, 4 cylinders, electric start. Fresh water cooled via heat exchanger.
Shaft driven, sited under the companionway and cockpit. Engine controls in the cockpit.
Triple bladed fixed bronze propeller
Engine Transmission Description: Shaft drive


Carvel planked of Teak and Pitch Pine on Oak frames, Teak deck and superstructure.
Long lead ballast keel. Open aft cockpit. Tiller steering.


Berths: 6
Cabins: 2
Heads: 1
Passenger Capacity: 6

6ft headroom in the accommodation with the exception of 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 and Navigation  station with chart table opposite, a pilot berth aft the chart table.

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. 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, making for a very traditional cabin. The aft end of the coach roof was raised  ( dog house ) when her rig was changed. this gives standing headroom. A  Charcoal stove is stood against the mast deck bulkhead forward in the fore cabin, opposite is the Heads compartment, two single “V” berths (with the facility to add an infil) in the fore peak, a fore hatch to the deck.Berth cushioning covered in dark green vinyl fabric.   Pressurised hot and cold water system.


Anchor windlass, Fenders and mooring warps.
Main anchor, kedge anchor.
Cockpit dodgers with yachts name.

Wooden pram dinghy tender, with oars and paddle.

Outboard bracket.


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. (not seen)  Rigged by Carters of West Mersea. Rope running rigging (not seen)
2 x Mast halyard winches, 1 x auxiliary winch.

Navigation Equipment:

Tiller steering
Navigation lights. A trailing log (Boxed)

Safety Gear:

Grabrails on the coach roof.

Stanchions and guard wires

Life ring with light

Life jackets ( not seen)


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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.