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Christchurch Coot One Design


Christchurch Coot One Design that was built for local racing around Dorset where there was a significant fleet of these boats at one time. A substantial dinghy with fore and aft decks, complete with cover and road trailer












Boat Details

Overall Length: 14' 6"
Beam: 5' 4"
Sail: Bermudan Sloop
Designer: Charles Purbrook
Builder: Charles Purbrook
Year Built: 1937
Location: Lyme Regis

Classic Yacht Brokerage Comments on this Christchurch Coot One Design

Christchurch Coot One Design built in 1937 by Charles Purbrook in Christchurch.

In present ownership for 20 years, she had a major refit around 2008 where most of the bottom planking was replaced.

The Coot was conceived by Charles Purbrook in 1936 who wanted to design and built himself a dinghy.  The first boat was bought before she was finished and he was asked to build another.  Before long the design took off and Purbrook moved to a yard on the banks of the Avon in Christchurch.  The boat became a local one Design and was raced in good numbers in the local area.

These are solid, stable and capable boats with a good amount of internal space.  This boat comes with a road trailer and cover.  She has been in regular use with a recent week of sailing in Salcombe, Devon.


  • Clinker planked in mahogany all copper rivet fastened to steam bent oak timbers.
  • Plywood fore and aft decks with varnished mahogany coamings.
  • Mahogany centreboard case with a galvanised centreboard, raised with a reduction wheel.
  • Slatted sole boards.
  • Transom hung mahogany rudder.
  • Many original bronze fittings



  • Fractional Bermudan sloop on a keel stepped varnished wooden mast and boom.
  • Stainless steel standing rigging to external bronze chain plates.
  • Mainsail and jib.
  • Running rigging falls to bronze belay pins by the mast.
  • Mainsheet goes to a bronze horse across the transom.




  • Galvanised road trailer
  • All over cover
  • Rig with mainsail and jib
  • Rudder, tiller and centreplate
  • Vertical action bronze bilge pump
  • Fenders and warps3 x buoyancy bags