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A 1965 John Bain designed Bermudian Sloop Rigged Motor-Sailer built by Newmans of Poole, Dorset.


Boat Details

Overall Length: 35'5" (10.75m)
Waterline: 32' (9.69m)
Beam: 11' (3.33m)
Draught: 4'8" (1.45m)
Displacement: 16 Tons TM
Engine: 56hp Parsons Pike, four cylinder diesel engine
Berths: 6
Sail: 490 sq. ft. Bermudian masthead sloop rig
Designer: John Bain
Builder: Newmans of Poole, Dorset
Year Built: 1965
Location: Gloucestershire

Designed by the famous marine architect and former director of Clyde based Silvers. John Bain has a good reputation for fine motor yachts and for the series of “Miss Silver Class” motor sailers.  “Cantara” is an enlarged and improved version of this class and offers roomy accommodation having a full width saloon coachroof allowing good standing headroom below and good foreward deck space for sail changing. The centre cockpit with a doghouse in the Hillyard style has the advantage of two helm positions and gives access to the aft stateroom.

Carvel mahogany planking on heavy sawn oak frames with two steam bent intermediate timbers, copper fastened.  Massive wooden floors.  Substantial deck construction with sheathed marine-ply decks with stainless steel deck stanchions, pulpit and pushpit.  Varnished mahogany coach roof with bronze ports and teak fitted cockpit. Long external ballast keel with new bolts in 1992.
Masthead rig with a recent new varnished timber mast by Tommi Nielsen, deck stepped with stainless-steel standing rigging.
Roller reefing main with Furlex roller furling headsail. Large genoa, jib and mainsail. Lewmar self tailing sheet winches.

Parsons Pike 56hp diesel engine beneath the cockpit sole gives about 8 knots. Re-built in 1989. Parsons gearbox re-built in 1990. Engine serviced recently. New shaft and propeller in 1991. Three 12 volt batteries. 100 gallons fuel capacity in two stainless steel tanks. 50 gallons freshwater capacity in two stainless steel tanks.


Sail stowage, lockers, shelves, and forehatch.


Port and starboard upholstered settee berths with lift up backs  giving two additional”Pullman’ type berths. Mahogany drop leaf cabin table.

Galley Area:

Gas cooker, stainless steel sink unit with 240 volt water heater over.  Pressurised water system.
Ample pantry and crockery lockers.  Gas fridge.

Heads Compartment:

Situated to starboard with sea toilet and ceramic washbasin.


Helm position to port with upholstered helmsman’s chair, engine console and controls. Kent

clear-view screen. Built-in locker seats. Aft canopy cover and second raised helm.

Aft Stateroom:

Generous berths to port and starboard, hanging lockers, fitted drawers and ensuite marine heads.


Steering compass, sounder, auto-pilot, VHF, log.

Tender in stern davits. Life jackets, warps and fenders.

Brokers Note:

The sale of “Cantara’ offers a buyer a good opportunity to purchase a well built and designed motor-sailer at a much reduced price due to a motivated seller and the fact that the vessel now requires a good cosmetic re-fit. Additionally repairs amidships will be require where freshwater has been running down from the decks and several of the plank top edges have deteriorated.  Good survey in 2004.  Boat safety cert. to July 2013.

Guide Price: SOLD

Viewing: By prior appointment with the agents on, Tel: 01905-356482

Lying: Afloat Gloucestershire