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A 1939 MOTOR-SAILER designed by Eric French and built by Sandbanks Yacht Co. Poole, Dorset for industrialist Arthur Strohmenger, inventor of the modern arc-welding process

Boat Details

Overall Length: 30ft 4ins
Waterline: 28ft 2ins
Beam: 9ft
Draught: 4ft
Displacement: 9 Tons TM
Engine: 30hp Volvo Penta Diesel
Berths: 2
Sail: Bermudian Sloop Rig
Designer: Eric French
Builder: Sandbanks Yacht Company
Year Built: 1939
Location: Devon


Ironie was designed and built for Arthur Strohmenger, inventor of the modern arc-welding process and heir to the Strohmenger piano manufacturing company.

Designed by Eric French, to a bermudian rigged motor-sailer style and built by the well known boat builders Sandbanks Yacht Company, Poole, Dorset, launched on 21st August 1939.

In the late 1940’s Lord Lyle of Westborne (chairman of Tate & Lyle Sugar and later the Royal Yacht Squadron) became the second owner of Ironie. In the early 1950’s Augustus Newman of Sandbanks became the next owner followed by the designers son Alec French. Peter Breach of Toft Quay, purchased Ironie in in early 1970’s moving the vessel to Dartmouth where she has remained since, in the ownership of Chris Grimshaw from 1985 and the present owner in 2013.

In 2013 a detailed re-fit was undertaken, new Honiton oak timbers were steamed in where required and frames replaced. The mahogany planking was found to be in good condition, the vessel alway having been moored in salt-water. Silicon bronze and copper fastenings were used during the repairs. A new mast step was fitted and the mast strippped back before fourteen coats of Le Tonkinois varnish.

Traditional interior with mahogany joinery.

Fore Cabin: Two full sized berths, port and starboard, anchor locker, forepeak sail stowage, four bronze scuttles.

Heads Compartment: Original Blakes marine WC.

Full size berth, two large opening deckhead lights.

Galley: Belling type cooker with oven. Sink with Whale fresh water pump from 5 gallon container. Cabin table, seating.

Aft Cockpit: Lockers, access to engine compartment, teak seating.

Volvo Penta 30hp three cylinder diesel engine, MD2 gearbox, about 2-3 litre consumption at 1500rpm. Engine serviced, reconditioned Johnson water pump. New seals, rear crank seal, flywheel bolts upgraded. New starter motor fitted. Stern gland replaced, new greaser points. 30 litre fuel capacity. Wheel steering with bowden cable. one 100ah domestic battery, one 150ah starting battery. Sea cocks and hull fittings wired to anode system.

Bermudian Sloop Rig: Keel stepped pine pole mast. New standing rigging by Harris of Totnes. New running rigging. Three tan sails, foresail, gennaker, main sail with boom cover.


CQR Anchor (new 2016)
60ft Anchor Warp
Simpson Lawrence windlass
Cockpit and fore sail winches
Two electric bilge pumps (float switches)
Whale manual bilge pump


An attractive, purposeful motor-sailer offering classic style with proven sea keeping qualities. An ideal vessel for coastal and estuary cruising, holiday weekends, family picnics or fishing trips.
A cost effective means of getting afloat in style with all the major work completed.
Afloat and ready for the 2016 season with a beautiful Dartmouth mooring available.

GUIDE: SOLD – August 2016
LYING: Devon
VIEWING: Through the brokers