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Sold: 11ft. BEMBRIDGE SCOW, built by Alan Coombes circa 1951, road trailer, ready to sail – LYING DEVON


::::: SOLD – February 2017 :::::

BEMBRIDGE SCOW ONE-DESIGN CLASS SAILING DINGHY, built by A A Coombes Boatbuilders Ltd. circa 1950


Boat Details

Overall Length: 11ft 4ins
Waterline: 9ft
Beam: 4ft 10ins
Draught: 1ft 6ins
Displacement: 400 lbs
Engine: n/a
Berths: n/a
Sail: Gunter Rig
Designer: West Wight Traditional
Builder: Alan Coombes
Year Built: 1950s
Location: Devon


The Bembridge One Design Scow is part of a generic group of West Wight sailing dinghies which originate from the Ise of Wight. The design dates back to 1920 with many early examples still sailing today. The Scow design quickly spread to yacht clubs in various harbours on the Isle of Wight and the South Coast. The Lymington Scow and Avon Scow from Christchurch being developments from the original class.

Alan Coombes set up a boatyard in Bembridge in 1951 and was joined by Peter Scott in 1956. After the Second World War, over two hundred Scows were built by the yard. In the 1980s a mould was taken from one of the original wooden boats and a GRP example was built. To date, nearly 250 GRP Scows have been built showing they have a timeless appeal and reliability.

Built by AA Coombes in the early 1950s this example is of traditional lapstrake construction, mahogany planked and copper-fastened having steam bent oak timbers.

Offering in ‘ready to sail condition’ with the benefit of a road trailer and fitted cover.

Lying: Devon

Guide: Sold – Similar boats required for brokerage

Viewing: By prior arrangement through CLASSIC YACHT BROKERAGE