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Sold – 30ft. HARRISON BUTLER BERMUDIAN CUTTER – 1934 – Rare Opportunity – Part Project – Lying: Birdham Pool

A 30ft BERMUDIAN CUTTER designed by Dr. T Harrison Butler (Askadil Design) and built by K R Skentelbery of Plymouth in 1934.

Boat Details

Overall Length: 29'6" plus bowsprit
Waterline: 25ft
Beam: 8'6"
Draught: 4'9"
Displacement: 8.5 Tons T M
Engine: Saab Diesel
Sail: 536 sq. ft. Masthead Cutter Rig
Designer: Dr T Harrison Butler
Builder: K R Skentelbery of Plymouth
Year Built: 1934
Location: West Sussex


On the market for only the second time in fifty years is ALEXA,  Ex: ENVYS a 8.5 ton TM Bermudian Cutter built to Harrison Butler’s Askadil design.  Constructed of first-class materials and with a high standard of workmanship this is indeed a rare opportunity to acquire one of the much coveted larger HB designed metacentric yachts.

When built in 1934  ALEXA was first owned by Dr. G A Gassman and later by Dr. W Brownlow-Smith.  After the war Lt. Col. Mitchell became owner selling her in 1958 to the well-known yachtsman Capt. C W McMullen DSC RN who changed the vessels original name from ENVYS to ALEXA in memory of his Aunt who financed the venture.  Mcmullen’s cruising adventures are recorded in the Royal Cruising Club Journals for which he was awarded the RCC Challenge Cup for an Eastabout Cruise of the United Kingdom in 1958.  In the early 1970’s Rear Admiral R S Warne CB CBE acquired the vessel together with the previous owners. ALEXA has been a registered British Ship since launching.

The Harrison Butler Association, with currently two hundred members world-wide is dedicated to yachts designed by Dr. Thomas Harrison Butler.  Full membership is available to owners or past owners of authentic boats and associate membership open to anyone with an interest in THB’s designs. Members meet throughout the year at the various classic boat events and for lunches, the AGM and a laying-up supper in September. The Journal of The Harrison Butler Association is published as a Year Book.

Burma teak hull on oak, copper fastened, lead keel, teak coachroof coamings, brightwork and rails. Re-laid original teak decks.

Traditional interior with teak joinery and white enamel paintwork. 10′ saloon with excellent headroom and two full length (6’2″ x 23″) settee berths to port and starboard with upholstered panelled backs with storage lockers behind.  Generous cabin sole with space for additional impromptu berth as intended by the designer.  Aft galley with Taylor’s two burner paraffin stove with oven.  Hinged side table, various shelves and pantry lockers. Fo’c’sle with single berth (6’4″ x 23″), pipecot (6′ x 17″) sail bin, stowage and forehatch. A good part of the joinery currently dismantled for painting of the interior.

Sabb diesel engine, low hours, recently completely re-furbished. Six gallon fuel tank.  Cruising speed 5 knots.  Recent new exhaust system, new propeller shaft and rudder fittings in silicon bronze.  12 volt battery.  30 gallons fresh water capacity (two tanks) Engine presently not fitted and in storage.

Keel stepped Sitka-Spruce hollow mast and Oregon-Pine spars.  Five sails, Jib, Staysail, Genoa, Yankee and Main Sail.


Kelvin Hughes VHF, Seafarer Sounder, Simpson-Lawrence windlass, CQR and Fisherman Type anchors with 50 metres nylon and 4 metres of chain. Beaching legs, two hand bilge pumps, fenders and warps, fitted winter cover, hatch covers, mainsail cover, capstan cover and cockpit tent cover, deck stanchions. Full inventory available.

All original fittings carefully removed, labelled and in dry storage.


ALEXA is without doubt a very special yacht indeed, wonderfully preserved in fine original condition and a capable and proven cruising vessel.  Previously owned and sailed by the former chairman of the Harrison Butler Association and his wife for the over forty years. The Askadil design was considered by THB to be his most successful design and combines all the most desirable features in a cruising yacht with beauty of line.
ALEXA is now ashore and part way through a re-fit. An excellent opportunity to purchase at a very reasonable sum one of the larger THB designs with straightforward work required to get her sailing.

Contact us for more information or an appointment to view. Archive images from previous ownership back in 2014. Current photographs dated 20th April 2021.

Lying: Ashore  –  West Sussex

GUIDE PRICE: Sold – March 2022

VIEWING: By appointment through CLASSIC YACHT BROKERAGE Tel: 01905-356482 

DISCLAIMER: Classic Yacht Brokerage offer the details and photographs of this vessel in good faith as a guide but cannot guarantee the accuracy of this information or images, or warrant the condition of the vessel, machinery or rig. Buyers should instruct their representative, agents or their surveyors to investigate such details as the buyer requires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.