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A VICTORIAN GENTLEMAN’S RACING YACHT designed and built by William Brighton, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk in 1886


Boat Details

Overall Length: 40ft plus 8ft bowsprit
Waterline: 33ft
Beam: 9ft
Draught: 5ft
Displacement: 12 Tons
Engine: 40hp Ford Watermota
Berths: 6
Sail: Cutter Rig either Bermudian or Gaff
Designer: William Brighton
Builder: William Brighton
Year Built: 1886
Location: West Sussex


William Brighton was an established boat builder located in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk and probably most well known as builder of the famous Norfolk Wherry Albion. The Commodore of the Royal Norfolk & Suffolk Yacht club commission William to build Wanderer ll in 1886 to replace his previous yacht called Wanderer. Originally built with a small cabin and large open cockpit for day racing. Shortly after the turn of the Twentieth Century the cabin was raised and extended forward of the mast with a doghouse added later. These alterations were carried out in teak with oak beams.

Traditional carvel constructed hull with yellow-pine planking, one and a quarter inches thick on alternatively spaced grown oak and steamed frames. New external ballast keel cast in ferro-cement. Main deck replaced in 18mmm marine ply, sheathed with woven roving and polyester resin. Main deck beams and main cabin half beams with steel carlings along cabin coamings. New beam shelf to starboard side. Fitting of hanging and lodging knees in timber or steel.

Accommodation for six in three cabins. Attractive panelled saloon bulkhead and teak joinery. 12 volt lighting throughout with fluorescent saloon lights.
Fo’c’sle with two berths having centre infill to make a double berth.
Saloon with port and starboard settee berths.
Doghouse with two single berths.
Galley having gas stove with two burners, oven and grill. Sink unit with Whale freshwater pump.
Heads Compartment with Baby Blake WC.
Sail Stowage.

40hp FORD WATERMOTA Petrol Engine with 2:1 reduction gearbox driving a stainless steel shaft with three bladed propeller. Electric start with emergency hand-start option. Fresh water cooled with Bowman heat exchanger. 70 litres stainless steel fuel tank. Engine spares and tools. Two 12 volt batteries.

DECK STEPPED RIG either Bermudian or Gaff Cutter. Douglas Fir pole mast replaced 1983. Standing backstay, twin removable topmast forestays operated by lever and tackle. Shrouds on runners with Highfield levers. On board gear to raise and lower mast.

Mainsail 283 sq. ft (slab reefing)
Cruising Shute 1000 sq. ft.
Genoa 420 sq. ft.
Yankee 220 sq. ft.
Working Jib 200 sq. ft.
No 1 Jib 142 sq. ft.
Staysail 130 sq. ft.
Storm Jib 83 sq. ft.
Storm Staysail 65 sq. ft.
Main sail Cover
Full Winter Cover (2016)

Garmin GPS
Tillerpilot Autohelm
Echo Sounder
Husan 65 VHF Transmitter/Receiver
Steering Compass
Anchor Light
Bow Pulpit Light
Stern Light
12 Watt Solar Panel for batterry charging mounted on stern pulpit.
LED Masthead TriColour Light
Compass Light
LED Lighting for Chart Table
Simpson Lawrence Anchor Windlass
Bow Roller Fairlead
35lb CQR Anchor with 8mm chain and 18mm Multi-plait Nylon Warp
70lb Fisherman’s Anchor
Mooring Warps & Fenders
Life Buoy
Fire Extinguishers
Pair of Ships Legs
Radar Reflector
Two Aft Bilge Pumps (Patay and Whale Titan)
3.1 Metre Inflatable Tender with wooden sole
Four Spinlock XL jammers for headsail sheets with six headsail sheet leads
Self Draining Cockpit, tiller steering
Two Lewmar 30 Sheet Winches
Deck Stanchions


An exceedingly rare opportunity to acquire an historically significant Victorian Racing Yacht. A rare survivor from a bygone age and most probably the last of the long keeled racers of the 1880s. Successfully raced as described in the literature of the time such as Broadland Sport (1902) and the Badmington Library of Yachting (1894)

Wanderer ll has now been in the same ownership since 1963, an incredible fifty-four years, which speaks for itself as to the appeal of this veteran yacht. A vessel that will appeal to the true enthusiast who will enjoy pride of ownership as much as sailing. A much loved and enjoyed yacht for the last 130 years.

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