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Fred Shepherd 40 ft Bermudan Cutter 1919



Fred Shepherd 40 ft Bermudan Cutter 1919

Designer Fred Shepherd
Builder Beazley & Kemp
Date 1919
Length overall 49 ft 6 in / 15.1 m
Length deck 40 ft 0 in / 12.2 m
Length waterline 32 ft 5 in / 9.87 m
Beam 9 ft 8 in / 2.95 m
Draft 6 ft 5 in / 1.95 m
Displacement 8.6 Tonnes
Construction Mahogany planking on oak frames
Engine Volvo Penta 4 cyl 50 HP Diesel
Location Netherlands
Price EUR 175,000

These details are provisional and may be amended



Fred Shepherd’s board always imbued the best of the English pre war designs; beautiful of course, capable at sea and so natural in their element when sailing. It is hard to criticise the treatment given to ALINE IV by her current owner who rescued her in 2002 and has rendered her a fast yet easy to sail vintage yacht to his and his family’s full enjoyment - just as much as that of her first owner almost a century ago!



ALINE IV was originally designed in 1913 for a family with 5 boys all of whom were to serve their country in the First World War. Remarkably they all returned and the building proceeded for ALINE IV to be launched in 1919. The first owners lived in Woodbridge on the river Deben, were she was kept on a mooring. Fast forward to 1987 when she was bought by Kai Kollen in 1987 in Mallorca, and who sold her subsequently in 1994 to her current owner.

Apparently while in Spain during the sixties, she had sailed to Mallorca. The previous owner kept her in there some 15 years; afloat at the Palma Yacht Club. Kai Kollen notes the original gaff rig had been replaced with a Bermudan rig after the war but without reinforcing the hull. When he bought her he considered she was in a fit enough state to sail her back to mainland Spain but that the Bay of Biscay would have been too much for her at that time so had her transported lorry to Holland.

She spent 2 years with a professional boat builder who achieved a fine exterior finish. With Kai she even sailed to Woodbridge, her original home port. Kai knew however that a lot more work and money was needed to restore ALINE IV properly – and that was beyond my means. He was very glad therefore to have met the current owner, “who fell in love with her and did a great job to have her restored to the pristine condition she is in now. One can discuss the authenticity of the restoration, but on deck anyway she looks very original. I hope she finds a good new owner as she nears her 100 years!”

The current owner has made contact with former owners and he is now in possession of the original hand drawn plans, the steering compass and the former “golden” mast-top.



- Carvel mahogany planking on oak frames
- Hull epoxy sheathed after 3 years in boat shed
- New teak deck planking over ply sub deck
- Burma teak cockpit coaming and trunk cabin
- Mahogany interior joinery


Accommodation and domestic equipment

- From bridge deck of cockpit coaming sliding hatch in trunk cabin roof
- Companionway steps onto engine box on centreline
- The interior is all new; built and fitted in 2008 but in period style.
- 2 x Single quarter berths aft
- 2 x Chart tables; one each side
- Saloon area forward
- 2 x Single seats to port
- Table
- Large single / small double settee berth stbd
- Cabinetry to port
- Camping cooker in drawer and small sink with bronze hand pump to stbd
- Flag locker and bookcase on centreline
- Head compartment to stbd with Blake WC and pump
- Access to port fwd to focsle
- 2 x Single / Large double berth
- Sheet etc stowage


Rig, spars and sails

- Rig design by Dykstra naval architects
- Sitka spruce hollow mast new 2013 and boom new 2012
- Sitka spruce bowsprit new 2015
- 3 x Meissner bronze halyard etc winches on mast and boom
- Stainless steel standing rigging new 2013
- Dynema backstay and part of running stays

Sails by Hagoort Netherlands

- Main 2013 reported perfect condition
- Jib 2013 reported perfect condition
- Flying jib 2012 reported perfect condition
- Staysail 2013 reported perfect condition
- Code 0 2013 reported perfect condition


Deck layout equipment and ground tackle

From aft
- Varnished teak coverboards and toe rail
- Bronze fairleads each side on counter
- Bronze mushroom vent
- Bronze and teak mainsheet blocks
- Varnished teak cockpit coaming surrounding all
- 2 x Lewmar 48 ST bronze winches mounted on low teak blocks outboard for yankee
- 2 x Lewmar 40 ST bronze winches mounted on low teak blocks outboard for staysail
- Engine control in cockpit
- Seating with 4 lockers for stowage under
- Bridge deck
- Low trunk cabin with teak hand rails each side and hatch sliding fwd
- Butterfly hatch
- Bronze Highfield levers for running backstays
- 2 x New teak blocks each side for working jib and yankee
- Bronze staysail tracks each side
- Forehatch
- Bronze and raw teak mooring cleat on varnished kingplank


Mechanical electrical and tankage

- Volvo Penta 4 cyl 50 HP Diesel
- Kobalt engine control
- 2 x Batteries
- Stainless fuel tank 40 L fitted by mast
- Flexible plastic fresh water container 30 L



- Original Steering Compass
- Masthead light only



- Manual bilge pump in cockpit
- Fire extinguisher
- Flares


Restoration / refit 2002 et seq

There must have been refits in the past but not much information on them is available. The current owner bought ALINE IV in a poor state aiming to restore her as a comfortable cruiser. Thus she was almost totally rebuilt in 2002
- 45 % New planks
- 70 % New ribs
- 100 % New deck and deck beams
- 2010 Fitted with the new Brasker hollow wood mast



- IRC 2015
- Lloyd’s register 1922 & 1980


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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