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Albert Strange 33 ft Gaff Yawl 1937



Albert Strange 33 ft Gaff Yawl 1937

Designer Albert Strange
Builder E L Woods Norfolk
Date 1937
Length overall 37 ft 1 in / 11.3 m
Length deck 32 ft 10 in / 10 m
Length waterline 24 ft 11 in / 7.6 m
Beam 7 ft 7 in / 2.3 m
Draft 5 ft 3 in / 1.6 m
Displacement 6 Tonnes
Construction Carvel teak and iroko planking on rock elm frames
Engine Westerbeke 12 C Two Diesel 2005
Location USA
Price GBP 25,000
Vat VAT Not Paid

These details are provisional and may be amended



This yacht’s flowing lines, strong sheer and elegant counter are typical of her designer Albert Strange. As a well known artist he had transformed his skills into designing small yachts at a time when there were a lot of large ones - and he was demonstrably capable of converting an excellent sense of shape and form into really practical boats. SEA HARMONY indeed – need we say more ?



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In 1917 the Suffling Brothers HJ and NR of Great Yarmouth, asked Albert Strange to work up the design of a small cruising yawl. Before his death that year Strange had drawn the lines and sail plan for the 29 ft VENTURE, which was built by A. Wooden at Oulton Broad in 1920. The next year they had Ernest Woods at Cantley expand the Venture lines and build CHARM 33 ft. NR Suffling wrote up their first cruise in CHARM for Yachting Monthly. In 1925 Mr Woods, still at Cantley, built an even larger CHARM II at 40 ft. In 1937, NA Suffling, son of one of the brothers, had Ernest Woods now at Horning build SEA HARMONY, going back to 33 ft. While the Sufflings owned these boats they sailed out of Great Yarmouth, Norfolk.

Following SEA HARMONY’s sale by N A Suffling’s widow, she was kept at Chichester and cruised by a couple holidaying, mostly on the French coast until 1974. In 1974 she was bought by two young Americans who renewed all her rigging to cross the Atlantic the following Spring with another brother to make a crew of 3. After cruising the Caribbean and then the US East Coast, she was sold at Boston and for the next ten years sailed out of Maine, cruising as far south as Florida. Sold to a couple who kept her at Newport, RI, she was then cruised to the Bahamas before being sold again and going into a short period of relative inactivity, though generally kept wet, not always rigged and seldom sailed.

The current owner having just sold his previous boat bought SEA HARMONY in 1999, as soon as he became aware of her - on a mooring in Salem Harbour looking forlorn but with a For Sale sign. She took some cleaning up, but her excellent design, construction and materials were most evident and have proven themselves since. He has cruised her from Long Island Sound to Maine, keeping her in Marblehead. Repairs have been made as called for in survey including at least 6 planks renewed as well as engine replacement in 2005 and deck canvas with new toe rail, Sampson post and trim in 2011.



- Teak and Iroko and other tropical hardwood planking
- Copper riveted to steam bent 7/8th x 2 inch rock elm frames
- Frames at 5 to 7 inch centres on a Greenheart backbone
- Wrought Iron floors
- Lead Ballast outside
- Deck canvassed in 2011 over splined 1 ¼ inch Douglas fir planks on oak beams
- Douglas fir clamps
- Exterior bronze chain plates
- White oak rudder blade with bronze shaft, tube, hardware and tiller head all new 2011
- Oak tiller
- Locust Sampsom post new 2011
- Teak trunk and cockpit bulkheads
- Mahogany frame and panel bulkheads below
- Teak cabin sole


Accommodation and domestic equipment

- Hanging locker
- Stowage to starboard below companionway
- Wood burning Shipmate 1011 cook stove to port
- Galley cabinet with water pump forward of stove
- Water tank under port berth
- Chart table to Starboard
- Settee berths port and starboard
- Lockers outboard with fiddled shelves above
- Fiddled storage below
- Locker through bulkhead
- Berth to starboard
- Berth to port
- Corridor fwd to focsle


Rig spars and sails

- Gaff topsail rig, Bermudan mizzen,
- Spruce pole main mast
- Sitka Mizzen mast new 2010
- Spliced wire rigging, bronze turnbuckles
- English oak bowsprit
- Mizzen sheeted to counter corners

- Full suit of sails from Downs Sails in 2008 to comply with the original sail plan drawing
- Jib
- Club fore staysail
- Main sail
- Topsail
- Mizzen
- Wood shell blocks


Deck equipment and ground tackle

- Merriman cleats on cockpit coaming for running rigging
- Belaying pins on mast bands and shrouds for halyards
- 35 lb and 25 lb yachtsman anchors and 15 lb Danforth
- Nylon anchor lines each with 30 ft chain to anchor shackles
- Dock lines


Mechanical, electrical and tankage

- Westerbeke 12C 2 Diesel engine turning a 3 blade prop, engine and all systems new 2005
- 12 gallon plastic fuel tank
- 2 x Battery systems with ACR
- Battery charger
- Electric cabin lights over galley and chart table
- Golden Rod heater
- Shore power connection with outlets for battery charger and heaters


Navigation communications and electronics

- Electric navigation lights
- Uniden VHF radio
- Garmin 4 inch chart plotter
- Ritchie compass in box



- Flares and Personal flotation devices
- Flat fenders double as throwable devices


These particulars have been prepared from information provided by the vendors and are intended as a general guide. The purchaser should confirm details of concern to them by survey or engineers inspection. The purchaser should also ensure that the purchase contract properly reflects their concerns and specifies details on which they wish to rely.


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