28ft Sussex One Design Classic Bermudan Sloop


Location:  Faversham, Kent GB
Make: Sussex Ship building Co. Ltd
Year: 1950
Condition: Good  in the water but presently not in commission.
Category: Restoration Project.
Class: Antique and Classics
Keel Type: Full Keel


A Sussex One Design a Robust design of the  1950’s
Oak keel, stem and frames, mahogany carvel planking, bronze and copper fastened.

She is a four berth auxiliary cruiser. Full long keel. external iron ballast keel.

Laid decks. She teems with original features and fittings.


Length Overall: 8.69m
Length At Water Line: 6.50m

Beam: 2.36m
Draft: 1.40m
Air Draft: 9.75m
Max Draft: 1.40m


Fuel Tank Capacity: 8gallons
Water Tank Capacity: 35ltrs
Displacement: 3401kilograms

Weight  Described as a 5.5 tonner
Cruising Speed: 5 knots
Number of Engines: 1


Berths: 4.5
Cabins: 2
Passenger Capacity: 4


Builder: Sussex Shipbuilding Co Ltd
Designer: John E Powell
Boat Name: Sea Love


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


Fuel Type: diesel
Engine Description: Two cylinder Volvo MD engine, 20 years old (spent 10 of those years packed in a crate) . Raw water cooled. Approx engine hours 500. Sited under bridge deck. Shaft driven with a flexible coupling. Key ignition start. Last known service 2012 Volvo gear box.
Range of 80nm, triple bladed propeller.


Carvel planked, long ballast keel. Mahogany superstructure. Open deep aft cockpit, split with the wheel steering (helmsman, aft crew forward. ) Laid decks. A Bridge decks into the accommodation
Wooden spars. Fractional Bermudan sloop.


Headroom approx 5ft 8ins below. The fit out is pretty much all original, varnished mahogany furniture and fittings. twin bunk berths in the fore peak with anchor chain stowage between. In the saloon opposing settee bunk berths.Upholstery covered berth cushions.
Galley facilities to port of the companionway, Taylor’s stove with warming oven, work surface with the batteries under.
Water stowed in plastic containers 35ltrs in forepeak.
Pots pan cutlery and crockery, wash up bowl and a ” heads” bucket.
a small pilot berth runs aft on the starboard side of the steps. Under the  companionway steps is a tool box.


Green canvas spray hood
Cockpit cover
Winter cover
Avon inflatable dinghy
25lbs main anchor with 100ft chain
Fenders and mooring ropes.
Manual anchor windlass
Repeaters for the instruments
Navigational aids, Cone and ball.


spinnaker pole
2 x sheet winches , 2 x halyard winches
Her sails are 20 years old made by East Coast Sails but have only been used for 8 years!….
Furling head sail. fractional mainsail stowed on the boom under green canvas cover.

Navigation Equipment:

wheel steering
Garmin GPS
Plastimo radar reflector
Plastimo compass
Brookes & Gatehouse echo sounder and log.
Clipper integrated wind speed/ wind vane at top of mast
clock and barometer
Navigation lights, steaming and mast head tri-colour.

Safety Equipment:

Push pit / pulpit stanchions and guard wires.
life raft
jack stays on the deck sides
2 x life jackets
2 x safety harnesses
fire extinguisher (expiry date not checked)
electric and a manual bilge pumps.
Disclaimer: No guarantee is given or implied with regards to specification but descriptions are given in good faith. All vessels sold without warranty or condition to fitness either expressed or implied by status or otherwise. We are relying on information supplied to us by a third party. M.J. Lewis advises that a qualified independent surveyor carries out a full out of water survey.