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McGruer 34 ft Sloop 1975



McGruer 34 ft Sloop 1975

Designer George McGruer
Builder McGruer & Co Ltd Clynder
Date 1975
Length overall 34 ft 3 in / 10.44 m
Length deck 34 ft 3 in / 10.44 m
Length waterline 23 ft 11 in / 7.3 m
Beam 9 ft 6 in / 2.9 m
Draft 5 ft 7 in / 1.7 m
Displacement 7 Tonnes
Construction Mahogany planking on laminated frames
Engine Bukh 2 cyl Diesel
Location United Kingdom
Price GBP 40,000

These details are provisional and may be amended



TALISKER is near the end of a long line of traditionally built long keel auxiliary sloops with curved raked bow and raked transom stern, full length sheer line, long single level coach house and aft cockpit emanating from the board and shipyard run by 3 generations of the of McGruer family. She’s quite recognisable as such and benefits from the experience gained over so many years in producing sea friendly yachts, with very manageable rigs and she is well laid out below for cruising in some comfort.



TALISKER has enjoyed four ownerships including that of the current owner. The first was Colin Tindall from 1975 who had commissioned her. Colin told her current owner he had sold the boat to Hartley – later Lord Shawcross noted barrister and lead prosecutor at the Nuremberg War Trials. He had sailed with a captain on board as by then he was quite elderly. The third owner was Dr Nick Whyatt resident at Lacock in Wiltshire, who bought her in 1990 and regularly sailed to France and Spain with his wife Anne. The current owner bought TALISKER from Dr Whyatt in 2005.


Design and construction

- Curved laminated stem, full length shear line curved, raked transom stern
- Mahogany hull planking seamed with butt splines
- Laminated frames with 9 inch deep floors at each frame
- External cast iron keel secured with through bolts
- Shaped timber blade rudder
- Teak laid deck with caulked seams glued to plywood sub deck
- Varnished solid timber king and margin planks
- Teak toe rail all round thickened across transom
- Mahogany coach house / trunk cabin supported on solid carlings


Accommodation and domestic equipment

- Access from cockpit aft with and sliding hatch over and washboard
- Down over engine compartment to worktop with removable steps
- Removable step panel and worktop aft centre to engine compartment
- Lifting sole boards to access bilges

Navigation area aft to port
- Chart table worktop with chart stowage under
- Lockers and instruments / electric panels outboard and aft
- Open bin lockers under
- Battery locker under aft

Galley area aft stbd
- Plastimo Neptune 2000 gimballed 2 burner hob, grill and oven
- L shaped worktop aft with lifting panels to bin locker outboard
- Stainless steel sink inboard with mixer tap and hand pump
- Crockery racks outboard
- Lockers and drawers under aft
- Small hatch aft with access to gas bottles

- U shaped settee berth to port
- Long settee berth with trotter box stbd
- Drop leaf table between on entreline
- Lockers over and outboard seat backs
- Book cases each side
- Open access to forecabin forward (S).
- Wallas 1300 paraffin cabin heater
- Doorway forward

Head compartment
- Bronze opening port light
- Formica lined aft bulkhead, inboard casings, shelf and worktops.
- Original ceramic Blake marine WC with manual pump on shelf outboard
- Worktop with wash basin and locker under aft
- Stainless steel wash basin with hot and cold mixer tap
- Lockers over outboard
- Mirror and light over aft
- Hinged timber door, doubles with forecabin

Fore cabin
- 2 x opening ports
- Single berths Vee berths with infill
- Bin lockers and drawers under and locker under forward centre
- Hanging locker aft stbd
- Bulkhead steps to skylight hatch over aft
- Varnished exposed timber
- White painted deck head
- 2 x Reading lamps
- Opening in bulkhead fwd to fore peak
- Anchor chain, warps, tools and spares stored


Rig, spars and sails

- Kemp Masts Ltd gold aluminium alloy single spreader mast and boom
- 7 mm 1 x 19 stainless wire with swage ends to eyes over, turnbuckles under with ‘T’ bolt and toggles
- Selden Furlex roller reefing forestay
- Stainless steel flat bar shroud plates
- Spinnaker pole tracks on mast leading edge
- 2 x Lewmar 16 halyard winches
- Raytheon radar scanner on bracket
- Internal halyards with wire and plaited running rigging

- Mainsail with three reefs by Penrose Falmouth 2003
- Genoa by Sanders UV bank renewed in 2004
- Furling jib
- Spinnaker
- Storm sail


Deck layout, equipment and ground tackle

From aft
- Stern light centre
- Ensign staff socket
- Backstay
- 4 post stainless steel push pit round aft
- Stanchions and 2 x stainless steel guard wires to fwd P&S
- Bronze open fairleads each side on taffrail
- Alloy lazarette lifting hatch on aft deck
- Stowage for fenders, oars, anchor and chain, dingy outboard bracket, pump, warps and spares
- Auto pilot tiller bracket
- Laminated timber tiller with stainless steel hinge
- 3 x Tufnol main sheet blocks on chocks
- Bronze and teak mooring cleats each side
- Recessed, self draining cockpit with seating at deck level both sides and aft
- Vanished timber raised coamings all round
- Seating with hinged lids to lockers below
- Hinged access in aft cockpit casing to lazarette
- Morse engine control stbd
- Manual bilge pump casing
- Varnished teak grating demountable table
- Lifting 2-part grid sole boards sole under
- Trunk cabin bulkhead with Nav instrument repeaters and windlass control
- Electric socket and louvered vent to port
- Sestrel bulkhead compass stbd
- 2 x Lewmar 40 twin speed ST primary genoa winches
- 2 x Lewmar 28 twin speed ST secondary jib furler winches
- Bronze jib / genoa tracks and cars on toe rail each side
- Raised trunk cabin with curved raked front, sides and well cambered roof
- Varnished sides with 2 x fixed windows and bronze framed opening port lights
- Sheathed and painted coach roof
- Sliding hatch over aft
- Varnished teak hand rails along each side
- Spray rail across aft with spray hood
- Chromed vents each side
- Lewmar alloy skylight hatch forward over saloon
- Saloon heater vent port
- Mast forward collared on coach roof stepped to keel
- Lewmar alloy skylight hatch over fore cabin
- Alloy spinnaker pole in chocks stbd
- Boarding ladder
- Lofrans Kobra KB002317 12 V windlass drum and gypsy with 2 x covered foot switches
- 2 x chromed bronze mooring cleats
- Stainless steel stem head fittings P&S both with nylon rollers
- Rocna 15 anchor on bow roller 9 mm galvanised chain through to anchor under bow
- Stainless steel forestay chain plate extending down stem
- Pulpit with A frame stanchions P&S
- Bi-colour nav. light forward


Mechanical electrical and tankage

- Bukh two cylinder, naturally aspirated, raw water cooled Diesel engine
- Stainless steel shaft to 16 inch dia 2 blade propeller on cutlass bearing
- Alternator
- Calorifier to Jabsco hot water accumulator
- 2 x HD batteries; one engine one domestic
- 2 way master battery switch by chart table
- Mobitronics twin charger
- Electric lights aft P&S and on underside coach roof aft stbd
- Pilot gas monitoring board
- 2 x Seaworld switchboards
- Additional switchboard
- Windlass master switch
- Shore power
- Small paraffin drum in head lower aft locker
- Steel c 18 gallon / 80 litre fuel tank
- 3 x Stainless steel fresh water tanks c 44 gallons / 200 litres total
- 2 x 4.5kg butane bottles in stbd cockpit locker


Navigation, communications and electronics

- Autohelm ST4000 +
- Furuno Navtex NX 300 display
- Raymarine wind, speed and log
- Raymarine ST604 depth sounder
- Furuno GP-31 GPS Navigator
- Raymarine GPS display swings out to enable viewing from cockpit or saloon
- Raytheon R10X Rasterscan radar display
- Icom IC-M 411 DSC VHF new
- Icom IC-M3 hand held VHF
- Radio cassette
- Autopilot fluxgate compass
- Ships clock and barometer in saloon



- Rule 360 GPH auto electric bilge pump
- Manual bilge pump
- 2kg powder fire extinguisher in cradle
- Named lifebuoys in cradles and MOB lights on push pit
- Lifelines running fore and aft on coach roof
- Gillie Firth Mk3 radar reflector


Refit and equipment renewals

Refit works and equipment enhancements in current ownership; details here providing chronology for much of the equipment inventory above

- New upholstery from Glasgow company servicing liners – March 2006
- New splines in hull planking

- New Perspex windows and frames
- New engine exhaust system and sea water pump
- New Lewmar self tailing winch and block for foresail
- New track and track runners on port and starboard

- Engine remounted on new bushes, new injector pump
- Topsides taken back to wood, seams filled and varnished 6 coats

- New Wallas 1300 paraffin cabin heater and fittings
- New coastal flare pack
- Water tanks cleaned and all plastic water pipes replaced

- New spray hood made by Owen sails
- New 3D Superlight 270 dinghy

- Wiring upgraded
- New Raymarine navigation instruments and plotter
- New instrument panel made in wood
- New low energy lights in saloon
- New VHF radio
- New Rocna main anchor
- New 80 litre stainless steel fuel tank with inspection hatch
- New Varta 12 volt battery

-New calorifier and pump
-Lazyjacks fitted
-New FE 36 Auto fire extinguisher for engine comp

-New Ocean Standard 4C liferaft and new frame on stern

Every year
Sails maintained by Owen sails


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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