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Abeking & Rasmussen Windfall 30 Sq m Sloop 1937



Abeking & Rasmussen Windfall 30 Sq m Sloop 1937

Designer Abeking & Rasmussen
Builder Abeking & Rasmussen
Date 1937
Length overall 32 ft 0 in / 9.75 m
Length deck 32 ft 0 in / 9.75 m
Length waterline 21 ft 0 in / 6.4 m
Beam 7 ft 3 in / 2.2 m
Draft 4 ft 3 in / 1.3 m
Displacement 3.25 Tonnes
Construction Carvel mahogany planking on oak frames
Engine Lombardini 13 HP Diesel c 40 hrs
Location United Kingdom
Price GBP 56,000

These details are provisional and may be amended



Former German 30 Square Metre classic naval training yacht; one of the Windfalls; ERIDA has been substantially restored so that while retaining her construction characteristics and hull form, has been modernised to a significant degree making her a very easy to handle racing yacht. Since her restoration she has achieved some success with a number of race wins in classic and livery yacht events.



ERIDA – formerly ERDA launched as a Seefahrtkreuzer is one of the Windfall yachts from Germany, which prior to and during the Second World War were used by the Kriegsmarine and Luftwaffe for officer training and in particular, to hone the skills of their navigators. They earned their unusual name when, in 1945, around one hundred of these yachts were taken as spoils of war by the British forces – “liberated” and later included in the official reparations agreement. The British forces subsequently used most of the fleet of Windfall yachts for more than twenty years to introduce their own servicemen to the arts of offshore sailing. Over time the yachts have been released into private ownership and many have since been the subjects of painstaking restorations.

ERIDA herself entered private hands sooner than most; on Lloyds Register from 1950 to 1973 in the ownership of W M Read. He raced her in the Solent Racing Association Q Class and various events around Poole. She later competed around the Solent from 1995 to 2001 - eventually left to fall into disrepair, to be discovered by her current owner in a derelict condition riverside at Wareham and rescued. After some initial work in Poole, the boat was fully restored at the Clare Lallow boatyard in Cowes – re launching in 2009.



- Carvel mahogany planking on oak frames
- Oak deck beams
- Ply deck canvassed over
- Mahogany toe rail, coamings and hatch surrounds
- Utile interior lining battens
- Mixed hardwood and ply interior joinery
- Cabin sole Plywood with teak and holly splined veneer


Accommodation and domestic equipment

- Access from cockpit bridge deck by sliding hatch, platform and step over engine space
- Chart table to port with drawers under and nav instruments and VHF outboard
- Matching table and chest of drawers to stbd
- Open locker for tools and sundries in aft bulkhead
- 2 x Quarter berths aft
- Saloon forward
- 3 x Closed port lights in trunk cabin sides
- 2 x Single berths upholstered in blue leatherette
- Seat athwartships forward under fore deck hatch


Rig, spars and sails

- Bermuda sloop rig
- Alloy mast boom and spinnaker pole
- Stainless steel standing rigging
- Sixfold purchase Harken blocks adjustable backstay
- Harken roller furling headsail rig

Sails all in GC
- Dimension-Polyant laminated main sail 2009
- Dimension-Polyant laminated Jib 2009
- Both sails have white taffeta on each side for stability and longevity
- Masthead .75 oz spinnaker 2009
- Masthead .75oz asymmetric 2009
- Older fractional spinnaker for strong wind use
- Spare Dacron main sail


Deck layout equipment and ground tackle

From bow
- Stainless steel stemhead fitting
- 2 x Spinnaker pole retaining rings
- 2 x Stainless steel mooring cleats; one each side
- Framed Perspex skylight fore hatch
- Mast with spinlock sheet jammers and stainless steel pin rails
- Mahogany trunk cabin alloy hand rails each side on coach roof
- Stainless steel Genoa tracks and blocks alongside trunk cabin on deck
- Sliding hatch on stainless steel runners and wash boards
- 2 x Harken 2 speed ST halyard winches either side on coach roof
- Cockpit with coamings tapering down from trunk cabin
- Teak seating each side and across bridge deck
- Teak cockpit sole grating
- 2 x Harken 2 speed ST primary winches each side on stainless steel pedestals outboard
- Engine control to stbd
- Tiller steering
- Lazarette hatch with Perspex hinged cover
- Mainsheet horse and blocks
- Aft deck, stainless steel fairleads each side


Mechanical electrical and tankage

- Lombardini 13 HP Diesel engine; new in restoration c 40 hours
- Custom made Tek-Tank fuel tank
- Engine start battery
- Instrument battery


Navigation, communications and electronics

- Raymarine Log / wind / depth



- Manual bilge pump


Restoration and refit

The restoration was undertaken at Lallow’s boatyard in Cowes with the assistance of Corby Yachts who also designed a new IRC friendly sail plan. Full details can be made available on request.


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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