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New Guide Price: 25ft WATERBUG BERMUDIAN CUTTER – Harrison Butler/Upham – 1939 – Character Classic – Lying: East Sussex


Boat Details

Overall Length: 24ft 8ins
Waterline: 21ft 9ins
Beam: 8ft 5ins
Draught: 4ft 8ins
Displacement: 5.5 Tons
Engine: 10hp Bukh Diesel
Berths: Two Berths/Four
Sail: Bermudian Cutter Rig
Designer: Harrison Butler
Builder: Uphams of Brixham
Year Built: 1939
Location: Kent


Night Wind is Bermudian masthead cutter rig, carvel planked yacht built in 1939 as a one class design called the water bug. Adapted from an original design by Dr T. Harrison Butler, the Waterbug was developed by Uphams in the late 1930’s of which sixteen were built. Night Wind is the epitome of English built classic sailing yachts and is delightful to took at from all angles.

She is currently standing on the hard at Rye having not been sailed for some while. She has been well protected and her condition is not that much changed since her last re-fit in 2012. She benefits from an all timber mast and boom plus many original internal fixtures and fittings. She is need of a caring owner, someone who is prepared to put time into returning her to sailing glory. Website images dating from 26th April 2023, plus several archive photographs as indicated.
There is a considerable amount of information regarding the Waterbug and Night Wind on the website of the Harrison Butler Association.

Length overall (excl bowsprit) 24ft 8in
Length TM (from stemhead to rudder post) 24ft 8in
Waterline Length 21ft 9in
Beam 8ft 5in
Draft 4ft 8in
Depth (internal height from sheerline to top of keel) 5ft 6in
Gross Reg. Tonnage 5.53
Builder J W &A Upham, 1939
Designer – Attributed to – T Harrison Butler
Engine Stuart Turner 1 cyl Bukh DV10
Sail area 330ft
Accommodation and equipment:
2 Berths
2 cot berths

  • Blakes paraffin stove
  • Brass hand fresh water pump


Heads – Blakes original

  • Two cockpit lockers
  • Folding backstays
  • 2 X Tufnol winches
  • Various Tufnol blocks

Main Sail – tan
Outer Jib – tan
Inner jib – tan
Fixed GPS – Garman
Fixed VHF – Icom
Compass – Sestrel bulkhead

  • Lines
  • Fenders

GUIDE: £8,250

LYING: Rye, East Sussex


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