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40′ McGruer Bermudan Yawl


Designed and built by McGruer, not to any particular class but as a fast and comfortable cruising yacht for a serial McGruer yacht owner. Elegant lines with long overhangs and typical McGruer superstructure. Well maintained in current ownership with complete new main mast and rigging in 2021/2022. 6 berths including a double up forward. Top class pedigree yacht for sensible money.


Boat Details

Overall Length: 40'3"
Waterline: 28'
Beam: 10'6"
Draught: 6'5"
Engine: Volvo Penta MD2030
Berths: 6
Sail: Bermudan Yawl
Designer: James McGruer
Builder: McGruer and Co. Ltd
Year Built: 1962
Location: Scotland

40′ McGruer Bermudan Yawl

40’ McGruer Yawl designed and built by McGruer and Co. In 1962.

She was built for a serial owner of McGruer yachts, and in the words of James McGruer, she was designed to be “a healthy, easily handled, comfortable cruising yacht of handsome appearance.  With no consideration given to the measurement rules of the day the

design has a natural flow resulting in longer overhangs, more balanced ends and a drier bow when compared to other designs which tended to feature pinched ends to maximise ratings. On deck she features the stylised ‘McGruer doghouse’ giving her that instantly recognisable McGruer silhouette.

With her current owners since 2007 she has benefitted from significant ongoing investment throughout this ownership.  Now reluctantly offered for sale due to ill health she is offered for sale with a comprehensive inventory including:


Length on Deck               40’3”

Length Waterline            28’

Beam                                 10’6”

Draft                                  6’5”

Thames Tonnage


Extensive refitting 2008 – 2011

New teak deck laid 2010/11

New main mast and standing rigging installed 2022/23

Volvo Penta MD2030 marine diesel engine

Flex-o-Fold 3 blade, bronze folding propellor (2008)

New batteries fitted 2022

B&G Network autopilot system

B&G Network navigation instruments

Raymarine C80 Classic chart plotter

Furuno radar system

Wallas Safe Flame diesel cooker

Wallas Nautic 40D diesel fired marine heater (2009)

Lofrans Cayman 88 electric anchor windlass



Engine bearers removed and re-instated with new 2008/07

Keel tanks removed, cleaned and inspected before reinstatement 2008/07

Number of bent timbers within engine bay area replaced/repaired 2008/07

Pressurised water system installed with calorifier 2009

Wallas Nautic D40 heating system installed 2009

‘Modernised’ saloon dismantled and removed before saloon re-instated to as near original specifications as possible with port pilot berth re-instated 2009/10

Teak decking fully removed, sub deck inspected and repaired locally, new laid teak deck fitted 2010/11

Ballast keel to wood keel seam re-caulked

New hollow section mast built to original McGruers specifications commissioned from Noble Masts in 2021

New standing rigging 2022

New rig stepped and commissioned 2023



Carvel planked in 1” teak planking below the waterline, mahogany planking above.  Seams caulked and splined for a fair finish.

Bronze screw fastened into laminated mahogany frames with 2 steamed intermediate timbers.

Afromosia keel and stern post with laminated mahogany stem.

Lead ballast keel fastened with bronze keel bolts.

Timber floors across the centreline made from afromosia and oak.

Yacht laid teak deck new in 2010.  Teak is epoxy glued to the plywood subdeck. Varnished teak king plank and margin boards.

Varnished teak covering boards and toe rails all round with stainless steel stanchions.

Varnished mahogany coachroof coamings with a sheathed plywood coachroof deck.  2 elegant butterfly skylights on the coachroof.

Self draining cockpit with mahogany coamings and scrubbed teak sole grating.  Wheel steering on cables to the quadrant.



The rig was renewed completely with new masts built in 2021 by Noble Spars, new standing rigging in 2022 and the new rig commissioned in 2023.

Bermudan yawl rig on keel stepped hollow wooden main mast.

Varnished wooden slab reefing booms on main and mizzen.

Stainless steel standing riggin, new on the main mast in 2022.

Furlex roller reefing system for the headsail.

Wire halyards for main and genoa.

Pair of Gibb 52 two speed primary cockpit sheet winches

Pair of Simpson Lawrence single speed secondary winches.

Simpson Lawrence single speed mainsheet winch.

Catve wire main halyard winch

Gibb 2 speed mast winch

Single halyard winch on mizzen

Mizzen, mainsail, genoa, mizzen staysail and spinnaker.



Volvo Penta MD2030 3cyl 29hp diesel engine.  Serviced Autumn 2023.

Mechanical gearbox to a centreline Flex-o-Fold 3 blade folding propeller, gives 5 knots cruising speed.

100 litre diesel tank.

2 x 12 volt batteries for domestic systems and engine start.  Both batteries new in 2022.

Charging from engine alternator.  Cristec 10amp battery charger connected to installed shore power system.

2 x manual bilge pumps.  1 x Whale SuperSub auto electric bilge pump.

2 x water tanks with total capacity of 180 litres.



6 berths including a double in the forward cabin, 2 saloon settee berths, saloon pilot berth and a quarter berth.


Forward Cabin:

Two single berths, located outboard to port and starboard

Access to chain locker forward of berths with storage shelf units outboard of access to port and starboard

Single triangular seat between bunks forward

Standing room between bunks aft

Drawer and locker storage beneath aft end of bunks.

Hanging locker with counter top above aft of bunks, outboard to port and starboard



To port at forward end of saloon

Aft facing manual marine toilet located inboard forward

Porcelain wash hand basin mounted outboard, aft.

Vanity lockers outboard and forward of wash hand basin



Dresser style storage unit forward to starboard, opposite heads. Lockers outboard, above counter top with drawers beneath.

Centrally mounted, double drop lead saloon table, storage within central section of table, accessible from forward and aft end of table.

Bench settees top port and starboard. Back rests folding outboard to increase bunk width when required. Backrests can also lift to provide access to storage shelfs.

Pilot berths above and outboard of port settee.

Counter top outboard of starboard settee with shelf above and locker aft.

Locker doors fitted to settee bases to provide access to storage space without lifting cushions



Located to starboard side of companionway.

Gimbal mounted Wallas cooker forward

Compact working area around cooker with section between cooker and sink fitted with drain.

Worktop sections outboard lifting to provide access to storage space beneath galley

Stainless steel sink aft with drying board outboard of sink


Quarter Berth / Nav Station:

Located to port side of companionway

Bunk extends aft beneath cockpit.

Forward end of bunk can be fitted with removable bench seat to provide sheltered seat for watch keeping.

Removable chart table fitting over forward end of quarter berth



Plastimo steering compass

B&G Network QUAD display for depth and log

B&G Network

Wind Close Hauled – B&G Network TACK wind

Raymarine C80 chart plotter

Furuno radar

Walker 6310 VHF

Iridium Sailor Satellite phone


KIM MOB rescue system



Stainless steel Manson anchor with stainless steel anchor chain

Lofrans Cayman 88 electric windlass




Bunk and berth cushions

Galley Stove – Wallas Safe Flame diesel cooker, two burner hob with oven, Gimbal mounted

Stainless steel sink

Mixer tap

Manually operated fresh water tap

Toilet – Baby Blakes manual marine toilet (new ceramic bowl and seat fitted 2009)

Wash hand basin

Manually pumped cold water tap

Wallas Nautic 40D diesel fired marine heater (2009) with outlets in saloon and forward cabin

2 x gimballed cabin paraffin lamps


Primary Winches – 2x Gibb 52, two-speed winches

Secondary Winches – 2x SL single speed winches

Main Sheet Winch – 1x SL single speed winch

Main Mast Winches – 1x Captive wire, single speed winch. 1x Gibb two speed winch

Mizzen Mast Winch – 1x Single speed winch

Genoa – White Dacron, roller reefing. Owen Sails

Mainsail – White Dacron, slab reefing. Ratsey

Mizzen – White Dacron, slab reefing. Ratsey

Mizzen Staysail – Ratsey

Spinnaker – Ratsey

Mainsail Cover

Mizzen Cover




These particulars have been prepared in good faith from information provided by the Vendors and are intended as a guide, Wooden Ships cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. The Purchaser should instruct his agent or surveyor to validate all details as necessary and satisfy himself with the condition of the vessel and its equipment.