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Electron Blue


….. SOLD – July 2013 …..

A 1960 BELMORE SLOOP designed by John Illingworth / Angus Primrose and built by Burne’s Shipyard Ltd. Bosham, West Sussex for Portsmouth Naval College.


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Designed by John Illingworth and Angus Primrose, Electron Blue achieved great success in the 1960’s & 1970’s racing under the flag of the Royal Navy, Portsmouth Naval College. Entering the Around Britain Race, Sydney Hobart, Bermuda Cup and numerous Fasnets, not to mention many Solent races.

Built to the Belmore Class design and launched as Electron of Portsea , sail number 1168, she remained in Royal Navy ownership until the mid 1970’s. The second owners, Bernard Cadd of Deal, Kent and M R Davies of Tunbridge Wells renamed her Electron of Hythe , keeping the vessel on a mooring at Rye.

In the current ownership a program of refitting has been completed, recent work, in the last year includes a new oak and iroko rudder, new electronics, complete hull re-paint, re-varnished coachroof, interior re-paint, replacement running rigging, four new leisure batteries.

2009 /10

New Chart table, galley and chart table lights, complete new sole coverings, gas locker door, new three blade propeller, first aid kit, fire blanket, drinking water filter, extra gas bottle, two coats of antifouling, engine service, hull re-paint, decks re-painted, all sea cocks checked, dash controls moved to cockpit.

2008 / 09

JVC Radio / CD and speakers, carbon monoxide / gas detector, dodgers, four winch covers, forward hatch cover, windlass cover, reefing lines, Whale automatic bilge pump, Dan Buoy, horse shoe buoy, extra electric panel, cockpit foot light, cockpit cushions, tiller handle, tiller cover, all new internal upholstery, extra 12 volt power points, Wave Line inflatable dinghy, outboard motor rail bracket, genoa, Garmin gps, CQR anchor, 30m anchor chain and warp, several mooring warps, four fenders, three fire extinguishers, Whale manual bilge pump, mahogany cabin trim, complete interior and exterior re-paint , teak companion way handles, perspex companionway door.

2003 / 08

Yanmar 3GM Diesel Engine, gearbox and stern gear. Chain plate & fixings, keel bolts, deck coamings, exterior cabin teak, companionway hatch, cockpit timber, refurbish rudder and mounts, centralised engine from original wing mounted position, companionway steps, refit galley, saloon settees and cupboards, standing rigging, four self-tailing winches, diesel tank, fresh water tank, heads, sink and units, ply deck and fibre-glass sheathing, Furlex headsail reefing, Nasa Clipper cockpit instruments, two boom reefing winches, Flavel gimballed cooker installed.

Electron Blue is of traditional carvel construction, mahogany planked and copper fastened to steam bent oak timbers and frames. Sheathed marine ply decks with varnished teak cabin coamings and cockpit. Raked stem with shallow forefoot, transom stern and long deep keel. 10ft overhangs making a short waterline for overall length giving a good RORC rating for the1960 racing rule as championed by John Illingworth from the early 1950’s.
Traditional interior with main saloon having two settee berths, port and starboard. Pilot berth aft quarter. Foreward cabin with two berths. Port side aft galley and chart table to starboard. Heads compartment.


Mainsail, spinnaker, asymmetenoaric spinnaker, foresail, working foresail, trisail, genoa, four winch covers, windlass cover, forehatch cover, dodgers, tiller cover, manual windlass, six fenders, boat hook, two gas bottles, many warps, CQR anchor, 20m of 8mm chain, 15m of 10mm chain, 20m warp, four fire extinguishers, Garmin GPS, Naa Clipper wind speed, depth sounder, log, full boat cover, binnacle compass, JVC CD / radio, Flavel two burner gas stove with oven and grill, electric and manual Whale bilge pumps, ICOM VHF radio, two man Waveline dinghy, cutlery, crockery, saucepans, two spinnaker poles, cockpit cover, Yanmar handbook and manual, four batteries, water hose and reel, several winch handles, Blake toilet (new 2007) gas detector, spare propeller, cockpit cushions, fire blanket, first aid kit, kettle, brass clock and barometer, original oil lamp, picture of Electron.


A particularly fine racing yacht with a long history of well documented racing successes. Considerable expenditure in the last ten years has brought the vessel up to modern day standards either for cruising or racing. Offered at a very reasonable figure, viewing is highly recommended.

LYING: Cornwall