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26ft HARRISON BUTLER SLOOP – 1933 – Dickies of Tarbert – Part Project – Lying: Dorset



Boat Details

Overall Length: 26ft 6ins
Waterline: 23ft
Beam: 8ft 3ins
Draught: 5ft 2ins
Displacement: 7 Tons T M
Engine: 24hp BUKH DIESEL (2017)
Berths: Four in Two Cabins
Sail: Bermudian Sloop Rig
Designer: Dr. T Harrison Butler
Builder: Dickies of Tarbert
Year Built: 1933
Location: Dorset


Built 1933 by Dickies of Tarbert, pitch pine on oak, this Harrison Butler sloop has been with the same owner since 1979.  There are 4 berths in the cabin and forward there is sail storage and the heads. The cockpit seats are storage for warps and lines, the aft cupboard houses the fuel tank. The bilge pump is under the port seat. There is a ‘Poppy’ charcoal burning stove forward in the cabin.

Previous owners include:

Philip & Heather MacGregor 1979 – 2022 Weymouth
Dr’s JO & Ellen EE Jarrett 1972-1979 Rhu; Ormidale
David Pearson 1968-1971 Gourock; Colintraive
John Duncan 1961-1967 Gourock
JC Walker 1958-1960 Glasgow
WR John 1954-1957 Glasgow
HN & J Constantine 1949-1952 Glasgow
EL A & G Reid 1939-1947 Glasgow
S & W M Lidell 1937- 1939 Greenock
James R Richmond 1933-1936 Greenock

Over winter 2016/17  Bukh DV24 Diesel Engine installed (engine costing about £3,000)

The decking has also been redone and the forward hatch renewed.

2018/19 new toilet was fitted and a cockpit cover made.

£12,057 spent in December 2017 on general over-haul of hull and new deck. Invoices for £591 June 2017 and £461 May 2018.


Life belt. Yellow

Life belt red/white


Spray hood Frame

Boom, spinnaker pole, boat hook, Helm x 2

Fenders 4 x white 1 x blue

Radar reflector

Plastimo rescue sling

Cover for main sail

Table (fixes to mast in cabin)

Solar panel

White sail battens

Steering compass

Echo sounder

Walker Log

Safety harness x 2

Mooring warps

Folding steps (hook under toe rail)

5 fire extinguishers

Fog horn


Spare light fitting/wire

2  metal Jerry cans and several plastic cans

New large water tank


Winch handle in cockpit and one in slot at base of mast

Berth Cushions x 4

Mast with spreaders and rigging and halyard


Single burner gimballed camping gas stove

Fire blanket




Working jib

Spitfire jib

Genoa jib

Storm jib

And sheets


An increasingly rare opportunity to acquire a remarkably original 1930s Harrison Butler sloop with many of the outstanding features associated with this talented designer. In current forty-three year ownership and subject to an extensive professional refit some five years ago. Laid up since 2018 GRAEALAN will require re-commissioning and is offered at a sensible guide price to reflect this. A wonderful coastal or long-distance cruising yacht with an active owners Association for social and on water meets.

Archive images afloat and more recent photographs ashore.

GUIDE: £4,000

LYING: Dorset


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.