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SOLD: 9ft. FAIREY DUCKLING SAILING DINGHY – 1950s – Exceptional condition – Lying: South Coast



Boat Details

Overall Length: 9ft
Waterline: 8ft
Beam: 4ft
Draught: 2ft 6ins dagger board
Displacement: n/a
Engine: n/a
Berths: n/a
Sail: Gunter Sloop Rig
Designer: Uffa Fox
Builder: Fairey Marine, Hamble
Year Built: Circa 1955
Location: South Coast


The Fairey Duckling, produced during the 1950s & 60s by Fairey Marine in Hamble is a iconic design by the legendary naval architect Uffa Fox. The Duckling dinghy was essentially a sailing or rowing tender produced by the hot moulded method of double diagonal laminates of glued Agba. This produces a vessel of great strength and as such, Ducklings became a familiar sight on many rivers, estuaries and harbours as they were built in relatively large numbers. Today the Duckling is much sought after as a traditional tender to a classic motor or sailing yacht, relatively rare and difficult to find in good condition.

This example, number 982 dating from the mid 1950s has been a tender to classic Fairey Huntsman Powerboat.  TUFTY has been refurbished with new rubbing strakes and gunwale in the past 12 months. The hull and interior re-finished with two part International varnish. Epoxy primed below the waterline ready for a topcoat.

Gowen Sails

Re-varnished timber mast and spars. Original Gunter sloop rig with bronze fittings.

Varnished daggerboard. Lifting rudder blade.

Oars & Rowlocks, two rowing positions

Road trailer and launching trolley. Lighting board.

Full fitted cover.


The Duckling Dinghy has become an iconic mid-century design and is as practical and usable as when first produced some 70 years ago. A stable and dependable dinghy for youngsters to learn to sail and a stylish addition to a classic yacht being relatively lightweight for lifting aboard or for putting on a car roof rack with the mast stowing inside the boat. In the current ownership for some 10 years and garage stored. Excellent example.

PRICE: SOLD – March 2023

LYING: South Coast


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.