wooden ships

+44(0)1803 833899


wooden ships

49′ Alan Buchanan Bermudan Yawl


A superb bermudan yawl designed by Allan Buchanan, built by Mashfords of Plymouth to Lloyds 100A1 standard. Remarkably she was kept in class until 2004. Major professional refit between 2018 and 2022 preparing her long distance family cruising. All teak planking, teak decks and teak superstructure. 8 berths in total. Very elegant and nicely maintained yacht, a capable and long legged cruising boat that is really the epitome of the classic yacht.

Boat Details

Overall Length: 49'
Waterline: 35'
Beam: 12'
Draught: 6'9"
Engine: Perkins 4.236
Berths: 8
Sail: Bermudan Yawl
Designer: Alan Buchanan
Builder: Mashfords of Plymouth
Year Built: 1962
Location: Cornwall

49′ Alan Buchanan Bermudan Yawl

49’ Alan Buchanan bermudan yawl built by Mashords of Plymouth to Lloyds100A1 in 1962.

Now in only her 3rd ownership, she was kept in Lloyds classification until 2004 when a lack of a qualified surveyor near her then home port made classification unrealistically expensive.  She is an extraordinarily well built boat using top class materials and is a testament to the skills and quality of workmanship at Mashfords Shipyard.

Bought by the present owners in 2018, she was taken to Gweek Quay, Falmouth and underwent a major professional refit to put the boat back into top condition in readiness for some planned long distance sailing.  A full list of the work done can be seen below.

She has proved to be an excellent family cruising yacht, easily sailed single handed if required with the aid of her modern autopilot, roller furling headsail and numerous self tailing winches.

The cutter headed yawl rig allows for a great variety of sail combinations making her a versatile and capable yacht.

With stunning good looks and great performance, this long legged capable vessel is the epitome of the classic yacht.


Length on Deck               49’

Length Waterline            35’

Beam                                 12’

Draft                                  6’9”

Sail Area                           1200sqfft

Thames Tonnage            23TM


2018-2022 Refit

  • Ballast keel removed, bolts checked and rebidded
  • Majority of galvanised trap floors removed, re-galvanised ad replaced with new bolts
  • New engine beds
  • Teak deck raked out and re-caulked
  • Teak deck partly re-fastened
  • Topside splines replaced
  • Engine removed, stripped and refurbished
  • Cocpit refurbished
  • All new upholstery
  • New electronics
  • New plumbing
  • Galley rebuilt
  • Various new sails
  • New standing rigging on main mast
  • New ProFurl roller furling headsail system



Carvel planked in Burma teak, all copper rivet fastened to oak frames.  Topsides re-splined.

Sawn oak frames with 3 steamed oak intermediate timbers.

External lead ballast keel, fastened with bronze bolts.  Keel removed and rebedded and bolts checked in the recent refit.

Heavy galvanised steel strap floors across the centreline on every frame.  Many of these removed and re-galvanised in the recent refit with all new bolts.

Solid swept teak deck fastened with bronze screws to the oak deck beams.  Deck totally re-caulked and payed, partly re-fastened in recent refit.

Varnished teak king planks, covering boards and toe rails.

Coachroof with a raised dog house aft.  Varnished teak coamings with chromed bronze windows.  Sheathed plywood coachroof deck with a teak butterfly skylight.

Varnished teak forehatch.  Varnished teak dorade boxes with polished bronze vents.

Self draining cockpit with varnished teak coamings and scrubbed teak thwarts.  Bridge deck to the companion hatch.  Teak cockpit sole grating.

Wheel steering on a Mathway pedestal with rod and gear connections.

Aft deck has a teak lazarette hatch.



Bermudan cutter headed yawl rig on painted alloy masts.

Keel stepped main mast with twin spreaders.  Stainless steel standing rigging with bronze rigging screws to internal iron chain plates.  Standing rigging all new in 2019 and 2020.

Painted alloy main boom with slab reefing that is easy to operate.

Main mast running backstays are dyneema and tensioned with a cockpit winch.

Mizzen mast is stepped on the horn timber. Single spreaders with 3 stainless steel shrouds per side.  Running back stays on bronze levers.  Slab reefing alloy mizzen boom.

Profurl roller furling headsail system new in 2020.  Inner forestay is removable when not required.

Pair of Lewmar 50 self tailing cockpit sheet winches

Pair of Lewmar 58 self tailing cockpit sheet winches

Pair of original non-self tailing cockpit sheet winches

4 x main mast winches including Lewmar 16ST, Lewmar 40ST and 2 original bronze winches

Pair of Lewmar 40ST winches on the coachroof for running rigging

Yankee (2019), Staysail (2019), Mainsail, mizzen (2019) plus storm jib (2019) and spinnaker.



Perkins 4.236 4cyl 70hp fresh water cooled diesel engine.

Engine stripped and rebuilt in recent refit.  New engine beds installed.

Hurth gearbox to a centreline Darglow Featherstream 4 blade bronze propeller gives 6.5 knots cruising speed.

Stainless steel fuel tank under the cockpit sole, total capacity of approximately 230 litres.

Hydraulic engine driven pump to power the anchor windlass.

Twin alternators for battery charging.

2 x 110ah batteries for engine starting.  2 x 110ah batteries for domestics.  Single 110ah battery to run the fridge.

3 x galvanised steel water tanks with a total capacity of 450 litres.



8 berths with headroom of 6’9” in the saloon and 6’1” in the doghouse.

Steps down from the companion hatch into the doghouse with a safe quarter berth either side under the side decks.

Large varnished mahogany chart desk sits offset to port, below which is access to the engine.  Electric panels, engine panel and electronic navigation instruments above the chart desk.

Starboard side steps down into the main cabin with the galley to port.

Galley has an ENO 2 burner gas stove with oven and grill.  Stainless steel fridge set under the deck head on the starboard side.  Single stainless steel sink with pressurised hot and cold water plus a manual pump feed.  Good storage space around the galley with multiple lockers, plus a top access rubbish bin hidden under the counter.

Half height bulkheads with vertical grab rails separate off the main saloon.  Comfortable settee berth either side with a pilot berth outboard under the side decks.  Lee boards on the pilot berths.  Centreline varnished teak saloon table on gimbals.

Starboard side passage going forward with heads compartment to port with a hanging locker to starboard.

Heads compartment has a Jabsco manual sea toilet which discharges directly overboard.  Corian hand basin with pressurised hot and cold water.

The forecabin has 2 single berths with storage beneath.  Forehatch above with a ladder up the bulkhead.  Forepeak accessed through a hatch forward to access the chain locker and a large storage space.



Sestrel steering compass

Raymarine Axiom Pro chartplotter/radar

Raymarine Quantum radar scanner

I50 depth and speed

I60 wind indicator



ICOM IC-M910 hand held VHF

Full flag locker


RescueMe EPIRB

Ocean Safety six person life raft with hydrostatic release


2 x horse shoe buoys with lights

2 x automatic engine space fire extinguishers

3 cabin fire extinguishers

Fire blanket

Rule auto electric bilge pump

Whale double action manual bilge pump

Echomax Active target enhancer

Emergency tiller

Fog horn

Coastal flare pack


60lb CQR anchor with 70m of 3/8” galvanised chain

Kedge anchor

Torkmaster hydraulic anchor windlass

Mooring warps



Stirling battery management system

Stirling sine wave inverter

Galvanic isolator

3 x ARFLX solar panels and Photonic regulator

Mathway steering system

Water and fuel tank indicators

2 x engine alternators

5 x 110ah 12 volt batteries

Stirling 240 volt battery charger


ENO 2 burner gas stove with oven and grill

Hot water HotPot calorifier


Jabsco marine sea toilet

Corian hand basin in the heads

Osmosea New 12S50 water maker

2 x gas bottles

Cockpit table

Bengco stainless steel charcoal cabin heater


Hatch and skylight covers

Windlass cover

Cockpit cover/awning

Cockpit cushions

3 x bronze dorade vents

2.7m Seago inflatable dinghy with 2 pairs of oars

Mariner 3.5hp 4 stroke outboard engine

Boat hook

2 x buckets

10 litre jerry can


Pair of Lewmar 50 self tailing cockpit sheet winches

Pair of Lewmar 58 self tailing cockpit sheet winches

Pair of original non-self tailing cockpit sheet winches

4 x main mast winches including Lewmar 16ST, Lewmar 40ST and 2 original bronze winches

2 x original bronze winches on mizzen mast

Pair of Lewmar 40ST winches on the coachroof for running rigging


Yankee No.1 (2019) by SKB Sails

Yankee No.2

Staysail (2019) by SKB Sails

Staysail No.2

Mizzen (2019) by SKB Sails

Storm jib (2019) by SKB Sails


Mainsail cover

Mizzen sail cover

ProFurl roller furling headsail system (2020)

2 x alloy spinnaker poles




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.