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Sold – 24ft. YACHTING WORLD FIVE-TONNER SLOOP – 1947 – Good Example – Lying: Cornwall



Boat Details

Overall Length: 24ft 7ins
Waterline: 20ft 9ins
Beam: 7ft 9ins
Draught: 4ft 6ins
Displacement: 5 Tons TM
Engine: 13.5hp Beta Diesel Engine
Berths: Three Berths
Sail: Bermudian Sloop Rig
Designer: Robert Clark
Builder: W King & Sons, Burnham on Crouch
Year Built: 1947
Location: Cornwall

ZIRCON is believed to be the prototype YW Five-Tonner, commissioned by the editor of Yachting World Magazine, Group Captain Haylock in 1947 and featured in YW in November 1947. Designed by the renowned naval architect Robert Clark and built by W King & Son at Burnham -on-Crouch, Essex. In the mid 1950s Major-General A W Lee CB MC and family bought the vessel and named her CRIZON and interesting re-arrangement of the original name. She was stationed in Dartmouth and was in their ownership until the late 1970s when purchased by I F Wheatcroft and moved to Newton Ferrers near their home. The present owners bought the vessel in 1997 during which time ZIRCON has taken part in all the classic rallies in Plymouth, winning the Concours d’ Elegance in 2003, in Fowey winning Class 3 in 2004, and many Falmouth Regattas. ZIRCON has featured in article in Classic Boat Magazine. Maintained annually by C Toms & Sons, boat builders in Polruan, Cornwall, ZIRCON is a well cared for example of these weatherly cruising yachts and only offered for sale due to the advancing age of the owners.

Traditional interior with two settee berths and a quarter berth. Galley and Heads.

Sloop rigged with a bumpkin. Rigging renewed in 2020.

Inventory includes:-
Winter cover
Full set of sails by Penrose, Falmouth
Mainsail and cockpit covers.
Roller reefing genoa.
2 original bronze sheet winches
Beta 13.5 bhp diesel engine, serviced annually.
Jabsco marine toilet.
ICOM vhf marine transceiver (IC-421)
Flares and rockets
Lifebuoy and light
Safety cord and Recovery ladder
GPS navigation MAP192C
WHALE bilge pump
Inventory (by arrangement) can include:-
Zodiac dinghy
Outboard Motor


A well maintained Yachting World Five-Tonner in full commission and ready to sail. ZIRCON is a traditional Bermudian Sloop offering coastal and off-shore cruising capabilities with a proven sea-kindly design. A very reasonable means of getting afloat, offered at a sensible price. Viewing recommended. More photographs to follow.

GUIDE: SOLD – Similar Yachts Required

LYING: Cornwall


DISCLAIMER: Classic Yacht Brokerage offer the details and photographs of this vessel in good faith as a guide but cannot guarantee the accuracy of this information or images, or warrant the condition of the vessel, machinery or rig. Buyers should instruct their representative, agents or their surveyors to investigate such details as the buyer requires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.