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Sold – 38ft. ‘GOOD HOPE’ CLASS BERMUDIAN KETCH – Maurice Griffiths – 1971 – Lying: Dorset


A 1971 ‘GOOD HOPE’ KETCH designed by Maurice Griffiths and built by Whisstock Boatyard Ltd. Woodbridge, Suffolk


Boat Details

Overall Length: 38ft 6ins
Waterline: 30ft 4ins
Beam: 11ft
Draught: 4ft 3ins
Displacement: 16 Tons T M
Engine: 47hp Yanmar Diesel
Berths: Five Berths in Three Cabins
Sail: Bermudian Ketch
Designer: Maurice Griffiths
Builder: Whisstock of Woodbridge
Year Built: 1971
Location: Portland


Maurice Griffiths was a great influence in post-war yachting and as editor of Yachting Monthly for many years, he persuaded numerous people to take up yachting at that time. In his designs, he took much of his inspiration from the East Coast working boats built for those shoal waters but was also influenced by some American designs.

Maurice is certainly most well known for his smaller shoal draft designs which appealed to the growing number of new yachtsmen at the time. His designs were built in quite large numbers by the small East Coast boatyards and several designs were aimed at the home builder.

Maurice describes in his book Little Ships & Shoal-Waters the evolution of the ‘Good Hope’ design which was produced immediately after his retirement from Yachting Monthly for a sailing friend.

The ‘Good Hope’ is one of his larger design, Maurice talks of three being built in the late 1960s followed by two in 1971, Cinnamon Lady built by Rossiters of Christchurch for a local clergyman and Matapan built for the Barclay family.

The yachts were very well received and proved to be good sea boats so he went on to modify the design for Ferro-cement construction which proved popular in South Africa and Australia. The design features a long straight keel which carries the external ballast keel right up to underneath the mast with a slightly cut-away forefoot up to the stem and an overhanging transom stern.

Matapan was built in 1971 for Mr C E S & Mrs M I M Barclay of Whittingham Hall, Fressingfield, Suffolk. After the launch at Woodbridge, the vessel was initially stationed at Aldeburgh and later Levington after the Barclays move to Oakley House, Diss in 1979. The family continued to own Matapan throughout the 1980s. The current owners purchased the vessel on the East Coast in 1996, where a five-year re-fit began prior to an extensive Mediterranean cruise. Matapan was re-launched in 2003 with a new engine, sails, rigging and deck gear together with a modernised interior yet retaining the original character and style. An extensive live-aboard cruise to the Med proved the vessel to comfortable and safe resulting in an extended stay in Fethiye, Turkey.


Full, round bilge gives plenty of hull stability without an excessive draft as well as a good width of cabin sole. The rudder is hung on the sternpost under the counter overhang. Carvel iroko planked hull on steamed oak timbers and frames, copper fastened.

On deck, Matapan has a centre cockpit which allows a separate aft cabin under its own aft coach-roof. The forward coach-roof reaches from the cockpit to forward of the mainmast leaving generous side decks and a clear foredeck.

The accommodation for five in three cabins offers a separate double owners state-room aft with storage and hanging locker. The forward cabin has a V berth with storage below, fore-hatch and sail locker. Spacious saloon with settees to port and starboard and a pilot berth to port. Drop leaf table, TV and stereo sound system with iPod docking station. Dickinson diesel heater. Heads compartment with Jabsco marine WC, wash-basin and shower. Hanging locker and shelving opposite the heads compartment. Full-sized chart table to starboard with storage below. Re-fitted galley with double sink, two-burner Force 10 cooker with oven and grill. Solar-powered fridge. Companionway up to centre-cockpit with wheel shelter, lockers and access below to engine room.

47hp Yanmar TCE diesel engine (2003), shaft driving a three-bladed propeller. 70-gallon stainless steel fuel tank. Hona EU1i Generator. 60 gallon fresh-water supply with a pressurised system. 20-litre water heater.

Cutter Ketch Rig sets about 626 square feet sail area. Alloy masts and spars. In mast reefing, roller reefing head-sails. Lewmar self-tailing winches. Stainless steel standing rigging.

Dolphin Sails, West Mersea (2003)
Mainsail, yankee, staysail, mizzen, mizzen staysail, cruising shute


Radio Icom IC-M401
Hand-held Icom IC-M31 Radio
Sangean ATS 909 Radio Receiver
Nasa Target HF3 Radio SW Receiver
Garmin 152 GPS
Standard Horizon CP1000C Chart-Plotter
Nasa Clipper Navtex
Raymarine ST60 Wind Indicator
Raymarine ST60 Tridata Depth/Speed Log
B & G Auto-Pilot
Siva Star Nav Repeater
Avon Rover 260 Dinghy
Suzuki DT2.2 OB Motor
JVC KD-DV5000 Radio / CD/ DVD Player
Sharp Aquos LCD TV
CQR Anchor, Spade Anchor, Fortress Kedge Anchor
Electric Windlass
Full Winter Cover (new June 2020) with PVC skirts, Cockpit Cover, Sun Awnings
Manual and Electric Bilge Pumps, Four Fire Extinguishers, Automatic Fire Extinguisher, Life Sling, Horse-Shoe Buoy, Self-Steering Gear, Life Jackets, Harnesses, Flares, Jackstays.
Seago Four Person Life Raft


An extremely well built and designed cruising ketch offering well planned, re-fitted accommodation ideal for extended cruising or living aboard.  MATAPAN has been the subject of much expenditure over the years and has recently been painted and antifouled and afloat at Portland.

Sold to the present owners by Classic Yacht Brokerage. Owners retiring from sailing so serious offers considered.

Lying: Afloat South Coast


Viewing: Through the agents: CLASSIC YACHT BROKERAGE,
Tel: +44 (0)1905-356482 / 07949-095075 / info@classicyachtbrokerage.co.uk