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A 1958 BERMUDIAN SLOOP designed by Charles Nicholson and built by Sandbanks Yacht Co. Poole, Dorset


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Piculet was built by P B Miles of Sandbanks Yacht Company, Poole in 1958 to a Charles Nicholson design and adapted by Raymond Wall and is similar to the South Coast One Design.

Original launched as Tentative with a junk rig the vessel was the subject of a number of press articles and much photographed. The junk rig of limited success was replaced after a few years by a convential bermudian rig. Part one, UK registered, Piculet’s owner during the 1960’s was Kenneth Morgan a surveyor from Poole. Francis Langford, a master mariner from Falmouth acquired the vessel in 1969 selling in 1972 to Frederick Johnston of Coventry.  Arthur MacDonald-Spencer, an engineer from Herne Bay became the next registered owner. The current owner bought the vessel some four years ago and has cruised from a West Wales marina mooring.

Carvel built of Honduras Mahogany, copper fastened to steam bent Canadian Rock Elm timbers and oak frames, with galvanised steel strengthening sections fitted internally. Comprehensive inventory, having been prepared for an Azores passage which had to be cancelled.

20hp BETA diesel engine fitted new 2001. Technodrive 2 – 1 reduction gearbox. Fitted with heat exchanger.  Sump drain pump with factory fitted change-over valve to enable the gearbox oil to be drawn. Halyard marine Aquadrive fitted on an independant Stainless bulkhead. Custom stainless cradle to hold the engine. Custom stainless exhaust box (all taken out and new hoses fitted 2008). Two stainless fuel tanks linked together 6 & 9 galls. New exhaust seacock 2008. New batteries 2010. New fuel lift pump, 75amp alternator 2008. Approx 400 engine hours from new.  Professionally serviced May 2012.

Carvel planked in 3/4″” Honduras mahogany hull with 1 3/4″” moulded x 1 1/2″” grown oak frames with intermediate Canadian rock elm 1″” x 1 3/8″” timbers with copper fastenings supported by a 3 1/4″” x 1 1/4″” bilge stringer. The vessel is stiffened by galvanised welded steel rider knees. The deck is of two layers of Bruynzeel marine-plywood sheathed in grp woven rovings laid in West Marine epoxy

Port and starboard berth in main saloon with trotter boxes and lee cloths. Good dry stowage beneath.
There are two forepeak berths but these are currently used for stowage.
Ground tackle: Manson Supreme 11kg anchor (brand new, never used).
CQR type 35lb,
Fisherman 55lb,
S/S Bruce type 7.5kg.
S&L Windlass.
180ft of 5/16 plain chain.
90ft of 3/8 plain chain.
Very long emergency anchor warp.
Four galvanised yacht stands.
50mm Henderson manual bilge pump.
12v Rule auto pump (new, unfitted).
Hasler SP1 Wind Vane steering with 2 spare paddle rudders.
Raymarine 2000 Autohelm.
140w Solar panel.
Lavac WC.
Electrolux two burner gimballed spirit stove.
Taylor Blake paraffin heater.
40 gall water tank with Jabsco Aqua Filta.
Sprayhood/dodgers/sailcover new 2010.
Cockpit cover (there is a self draining cockpit – s/s with non return valve)
Mainsail – tan by Ratsey & Lapthorn. Excellent (slab or roller reefing).
Genoa – tan by Ratsey & Lapthorn. Excellent.
Working/Storm jib – white Ratsey & Lapthorn. Good.
Trisail – orange by Ratsey & Lapthorn. New, unused.
Cruising Shute – by Butler Verener North. Good.
Spinnaker – unknown make. Fair.
Two 2″ diam Alumimium Running/Spinnaker poles.
All rigging renewed 2000 and additional tang fitted to masthead to take another forestay for extra support, cruising shute etc.
Steering compass – Heath Marine Bosun Grid Unit plus Nordica Riviera Nordica with light (unfitted).
Hand bearing – Sestral Radiant mini compass.
GPS – Furuno. Garmin hand held with 12v lead.
Chart plotter – Digital Yacht 500 Series Smarterchart AIS Combo.
C Map (UK, Ireland & The Channel.
Radio – Sailor VHF with Commercial Ariel.
Seafarer Depth Sounder.
Large clock.
Log – Sumlog speed & distance.
Portland Plotter/ Weems & Plath GPS parallel rule/dividers.
Plastimo 4 man valise liferaft.
Firdal radar reflector.
Two lifejackets and harnesses.
Two life rings.
Bombard EX inflatable.
Emergency step ladder.
Bosuns Chair (ex coastguard).
3 fire extinguishers.
Fire blanket.
Spare tiller.
Anchor ball/steaming cone.
“Para Anchor Australia” sea anchor.
“Get Up” mast ladder (uses mast track, brand new).
Safety rail stanchions are hinged (allowing for movement without breakage).
A permanent halyard is kept rove from masthead to recover a lost main halyard or topping lift.
All cabin & deck level nav lights are LED.


An ideal weekend racer or cruising yacht. Piculet has been well maintained with an extensive inventory. Good 2010 survey report. Competitvely priced.

Lying: West Wales
Guide: £8,0000
Viewing: Through the brokers: CLASSIC YACHT BROKERAGE