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Saracen of Wight

A classic 7 Ton Masthead Sloop
Designed and built 1960 by David Cheverton at Cowes Isle of Wight, England,
under supervision of Lloyd's Register of Shipping.
SSR No. 154009


L.O.A. 27ft 3in
L.W.L 20ft 6in
BEAM 8ft 2in
DRAFT 4ft 3in
SAIL AREA 305 sq. ft.
Main 168 sq. ft.
Working Jib 126 sq. ft.
Genoa 248 sq. ft.

Stem and Keel Selected laminated African Mahogany
Floors Mahogany 2" thick, spaced 24" centres
Transom 1 1/2" thick African Mahogany
Deadwood African Mahogany
Planking 7/8" thick African Mahogany strip, edge-glued and fastened
Frames Laminated African Mahogany, 2 1/2" x 1 1/4"
Shelves 4" x 1 3/8" Spruce
Deck Beams African Mahogany: 2 1/2" x 1 1/4"
Coachroof Beams & Coamings African Mahogany
Deck and Coachroof 3/8" marine Plywood GRP sheathed (1998)
Interior Joinery African Mahogany and Mahogany ply
Mast Hollow Silver Spruce
Boom Solid Spruce
Ballast Keel Fine grain cast iron, approximately 3560lbs
Standing Rigging 6mm 1 x 19 Stainless (2000)
Main, Furling Genoa both as new

W.C. Jabsco marine toilet
Bilge Pumps Electic and manual
Freshwater 13 Gallons tank, with piping to galley and heads. Hot water calorifier from engine and shore power.
Cooking Stove Stainless steel twin burner and grill (1998)
Windlass Electric with remote control (2013)
Anchor 25lb CQR (1998)
Chain 30m x 8mm
Engine Beta Marine BZ482 13.5 hp (1998)
Instruments and electronics Silva Compass
Icom M421 VHF/DSC
Nasa GPS Repeater and Echo Sounder
Simrad TP10 Tiller Pilot


CRUSADER is the outcome of many years' experience with yachts of this type. The result is a fine seaworthy hull with good permanent accommodation for four adults yet simple enough to be sailed single-handed. The 21st CRUSADER was completed in November, 1961.

With her simple masthead rig CRUSADER is very EASILY HANDLED. There are no runners to be set up when tacking or gybing and anyone who has sailed a dingy, will be able to take command of CRUSADER with complete confidence.

Although the emphasis is mainly on cruising comfort, CRUSADER is descended from a family of successful racing yachts and can do well in local handicap events.

CRUSADER'S hull is built by the glued-seam strip-planked method, a system widely used in Scandinavia and the USA. There are no caulked seams to open up and mar the topside enamel, and, given normal wear and tear the paint work will retain its condition for several seasons.

DECK LAYOUT is simple and functional. The side decks are wide enough for easy passage to and fro without detracting from the internal accommodation.

Forward there is a rugged galvanised steel stemhead fitting with chain roller. An electric windlass is bolted through the deck with reinforcing pad beneath running from stem to the forward end of the coach-roof. Galvanised-steel chain plates are fitted through the deck and bolted to structural members below. The stout backstay fitting is attached to the transom and fastened through the stern knee. The heel of the hollow spruce mast is stepped in a galvanised steel cup on the coach roof, the thrust being absorbed by two stout oak pillars in unit with a plywood bulkhead and distributed through one of the mainframes. Wire standing and running rigging is stainless steel, halyards. Oak halyard cleats are secured to the mast in convenient positions. Sheet leads are fitted for the furling headsail. The entire deck and coach roof surfaces are glass sheathed.

CRUSADER'S deep COCKPIT is 6ft. long, giving ample seating for the helmsman and entire crew at sea and there is very good stowage space in cockpit lockers.

ACCOMMODATION is divided into three separate cabins, fo'c'sle, saloon, and toilet compartment. There is permanent sleeping accommodation for four and when in harbour the six-foot cockpit seats provide two additional berths if required. All four berths are fitted with 4in. thick foam mattresses. Led lighting is fitted throughout with additional strip lights in the galley area.

The FO'C'SLE is laid out with two permanent 6ft. berths with stowage under and lockers it the head of each berth. At the fore end of the berths is the chain locker beneath.

The TOILET COMPARTMENT is situated to starbord between the fo'c'sle and saloon and is fitted with a Jabsco w.c. and hot and cold shower outlet. To port is a large hanging wardrobe. The compartment doors are arranged so that when not in use, both the w.c. and the wardrobe can be completely isolated, giving free passage through the vessel.

The large SALOON is fitted with two 6ft.7in. settee berths, the extreme aft ends of which run under the galley. Stowage is provided under the settees, while at the back of each berth is a range of shelved lockers which also form a comfortable backrest. The folding saloon table is mounted on a Lagun leg allowing complete flexibility of position.

The GALLEY, which consists of two sideboards built over the aftermost end of each berth is covered with Formica and is fitted with a two-burner & grill stove to port and a stainless steel basin to starboard. Fresh hot and cold water is supplied by an electric pump from a 13-gallon galvanised steel water tank.

SARACEN of WIGHT was purchased in 1996 and ".. was found to be well constructed originally with high quality materials and workmanship", and although generally still in a sound condition work was required to restore her to her original condition. Under the surveyor's direction a complete refit was carried out during 1997/1998. The work included:

New GRP sheathed marine plywood deck
New Beta 13.5 diesel engine
New stainless steel standing rigging and halyards
New instrumentation: log, speed and fluxgate compass
New stainless steel two burner and grill calor gas cooker
Hull stripped back to bare wood, primed and repainted
Interior stripped and varnished or painted
Mast stripped and varnished.
Since then, she has been well maintained and updated including new sails, electrics, water systems, and anchor windlass.

Saracen had been reasonably well cared for and it has been possible to restore her to near original condition but with the benefits of modern glues, paint finishes and materials. Her classic character, both internally and externally, has been preserved and she is now ready for her next 40 years' of family sailing. As with all classic long keeled yachts, she is a delight to handle on one's own, extremely safe for a family, and is no slouch in a breeze with a few experienced hands on board. For someone willing to spend a little time to care for a part of our sea faring heritage, Saracen is an ideal safe, comfortable cruiser capable of some exciting handicap racing.

She is currently lying Dartmouth ashore at Noss Shipyard.

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