A couple of years back, we picked up a 35 modified Charybdis MkII steel ketch, designed by Robert Tucker, home built by a blacksmith, and launched in 1978. At the time, we were imagining we would be doing a fair bit of offshore sailing, and this is the perfect boat for that; in terms of construction, its a real go anywhere boat. The boat had been moored in Poole for the previous thirty eight years. We bought her, had her hauled, surveyed, repainted and re-rigged. We took her over to Carentan in France, where she is now moored.
Our problem is that since we bought her, our circumstances have changed, and were not physically up to sailing anymore. : (
The good news is that she is massively strong, handles fabulously and looks really sleek. The bad news is that she has little to no plumbing aboard, and the electrical system is very rudimentary. However, if youve ever had to deal with someone elses ideas of brilliant boat system designs and repairs, you may prefer to install your own systems anyway
LOA: 35.5 ft (10.82m) (plus bowsprit)
Beam: 10 ft 8 / 3.3m
Draught: 5.5 ft / 1.7m
Displacement: 18,000 lbs / 8160 kg
The engine is a Lister SR4, four cylinder diesel, 30 horse - Clydesdales, not show ponies. It's one of the most reliable engines made. It is air cooled so you have no underwater fittings, no heat exchangers to clog up, or cylinder head warping or overheating. It is in excellent condition. As long as the fuel is not frozen or waxy Listers will start in all conditions. There's two 30 gallon (135L) steel fuel tanks. The gearbox is hydraulic in neutral and reverse gear but manual in forward gear, so if there was ever a problem, you can start the engine in gear to get you home. At the end of the gearbox is a 2:1 reduction gear which drives a 1 3/4 stainless steel shaft which is in turn in a stainless steel tube. It is of commercial fishing boat standards. She swings a 2 bladed, 19.5 propeller. There are lots of spare engine parts.
Structurally, the bottom of the keel is 3/4" thick, the keel is 6mm, hull is 4mm, chines are 5mm, decks are