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Dallimore 33 ft Cutter 1936



Dallimore 33 ft Cutter 1936

Designer Norman Dallimore
Builder Wm King & Sons Burnham
Date 1936
Length overall 38 ft 5 in / 11.7 m
Length deck 33 ft 6 in / 10.2 m
Length waterline 24 ft 11 in / 7.6 m
Beam 8 ft 6 in / 2.6 m
Draft 4 ft 11 in / 1.5 m
Displacement 7 Tonnes
Construction Pitch pine planking on rock elm frames
Engine Bukh DV 24ME 24 HP 2 cyl Diesel new 2009
Location Channel Islands
Price GBP 65,000

These details are provisional and may be amended



This 33 ft Cutter from the board of Norman Dallimore typifies her designer's work with her pretty sheer and graceful ends – SUSANNA is one of those boats that is so sweet on the eye it is difficult to pass comment and pick one element that makes her so special - perhaps it is this that has encouraged the last 2 ownerships to refine her structurally and cosmetically. Her current rig is now close to the original configuration again and boat is so unspoilt she seems to have an almost natural quality about her – without question this is a great example of a vintage yacht.


Historical and owners notes

Designed by Norman Dallimore is why she is so pretty and built by William King of Burnham on Crouch is why she’s structurally sound. SUSANNA has been fortunate to have always had owners fall for her charm and capability and consequently has had love and attention lavished on her throughout her 80 years. Some of her owners have been racing men, others more interested in cruising. SUSANNA is comfortable with either.

Reveille Farrell from Dungarvan, Southern Ireland and two others in 1957 sailed SUSANNA to Northern Spain as far as Vigo. In those days a passage across the Bay of Biscay and back was thought beyond the capacity of the average cruising yacht in a normal holiday period but this boat had no such qualms. On her return trip they were overtaken by a severe southwest gale and hoved to for 36 hours. Reveille wrote later that it would have been longer but they had run out of whiskey making the risks involved in heading into the Isles of Scilly a bit of a necessity.

SUSANNA also looked after her racing owners, notably John McConnell; repaying his investment and confidence in her by challenging the best including winning the ‘Irish Sea Race’ in 1964, first overall against stiff competition -Angus Primrose in GREEN HIGHLANDER and FABIUS skippered by Errol Bruce.

For 5 years she was American flagged before being bought by Alfred Abels who based her in Bristol and over 23 years cruised extensively in the western isles, Ireland, and Brittany often single handed well into his 70s.

Since the early 1990s she has been based along the south coast, Dartmouth and the Solent and now under the present ownership in Guernsey.

SUSANNA has looked after all her owners whether they raced or cruised. Whether fully crewed with family and dogs or single handed, her present owner does both and usually has a short cruise on his own across the Channel along the south coast and back to Guernsey in the early season. He says she is a joy, easy to sail and hasn’t given him any cause for concern over the last 6 years.



- Pitch pine planking, mostly full length, copper fastened to rock elm timbers
- Hood end screws right through and the garboards all replaced in previous ownership
- Massive grown oak floors with heavy beam shelf and stringers
- External lead ballast keel with bronze keel bolts - all bolts replaced between 2005 and 2009
- Solid yacht laid teak deck
- Re-caulked with cotton and paying with Sikaflex 2013 and new bronze screw fasteners
- Varnished teak coamings with bronze ports
- Comfortable and safe cockpit all varnished teak


Deck layout equipment and ground tackle

From aft
- Bronze fairleads at each quarter on transom, re-fitted 2016
- Bronze ensign staff socket
- Chromed 12 V electric socket
- Varnished teak toe rail
- Bronze mushroom vent on king plank
- Backstay fitting
- Bronze mooring cleats each side
- Sampson post
- Main sheet block fittings on deck
- Bronze and timber tiller
- Tank filler caps on deck port side
- Cockpit coamings aft and rising each side to trunk cabin
- Deep cockpit with bench seats over lockers and open lockers outboard each side
- Large wooden cleats for mainsail and access to lazarette in cockpit aft bulkhead
- Engine controls to port
- 2 x Bronze Lewmar 40 ST winches; one each on pedestals each side
- 2 x Bronze Lewmar 16 ST winches; one each on pedestals each side
- Backstay tensioning tackle to side decks outboard
- Trunk cabin with double opening doors and sliding hatch fwd
- Nav instruments on stbd trunk bulkhead
- 4 x Bronze ports in trunk cabin elevations each side
- Varnished teak handrails along coach roof each side
- Stainless steel framed folding spray hood 2013
- Inflatable dinghy stowed on coach roof fwd 2014
- Bronze foresail tracks and cars on deck outboard 2014
- Stainless steel fairleads with rollers in to rail each side 2013
- 2 x Bronze port lights in trunk fwd elevation
- Stainless steel cabin heater flue
- Single spreader mast and boom
- 2 x Bronze halyard winches
- Shrouds, chain plates 2005, board mounted navigation lights each side 2014
- Life raft under canvas cover
- Bronze mushroom vent
- Raised hatch with port light
- Lofrans ‘Tigress’ windlass with warping and chain drums 2015
- CQR anchor
- Bowsprit
- Staysail forestay
- Headsail forestay with roller reefer
- Telescopic beaching legs by the Yacht Leg Company 2011


Accommodation and domestic equipment

- Summary 2 x saloon settee berths and twin berths in the forepeak
- Warm interior mixture of rich pitch pine and teak joinery; much of it original
- White painted deck head contrasts with joinery and bulkheads
- Recent fitting out with new galley and chart table
- Access by double louvred doors, sliding hatch and companionway steps down
- 4 x Port lights each side and 2 ports forward provide ample light

Galley to port
- Single stainless sink with pressurised water in blue tiled work surface
- Supercool fridge with lift up lid returned for servicing 2017
- Plastimo Neptune 2000 Two burner gas hob with oven and grill
- Shelves outboard

Chart desk to stbd
- Ample space for a half chart
- Chart stowage in locker under chart desk
- Stowage on shelf under charts for life jackets etc
- Henderson hand bilge pump 2013 under life jacket shelf
- Shelves outboard
- Ships electric panel 2013, engine and navigation instruments in aft bulkhead

- Comfortable cushioned settee berths each side
- Stowage outboard
- Centreline drop leaf table, re-built 2013 with fiddled centre and holder for hand compass aft
- Oil lamp on port fwd bulkhead
- Brass clock and barometer above
- Bengco charcoal stove heater on forward bulkhead by mast 2011
- Substantial drinks cabinet and shelving for glasses fwd to stbd
- Doorway offset to stbd of mast forward

Head compartment to port rebuilt 2011
- Blakes Lavac manual sea toilet new 2011
- Shelving outboard
- Hanging locker to starboard

Fore cabin totally rebuilt 2011
- Curtained access
- Twin single vee berths forward
- Stowage below and in shelving fwd
- Chain locker fwd below
- Hatch in deck head to foredeck


Rig, spars and sails

- Fractional ¾ Bermudian Cutter rig put back to original sail plan in current ownership
- Keel stepped hollow Douglas fir mast by Noble Spars, stripped, re-varnished 2016
- 16 ft running pole, stowed up the mast with suitable mast and boom fittings; new 2016
- Stainless standing rigging to bronze chain plates all new 2005
- Furlex roller furling foresail
- Boomed staysail

Sails all new by Sanders Sails in 2013 / 2014
- Mainsail, gold quality, 3 reefs, tapered battens, approx 290 sq ft 2013
- Headsail, gold quality, approx 170 sq ft 2013
- Staysail, gold quality, approx 85sq ft 2014
- Spinnaker unknown
- Stackpack’ by Sanders on the mainsail 2016
- Acrylic cover over cockpit, re-proofed 2016
- Acrylic spray hood 2013


Mechanical electrical and tankage

- Bukh DV24ME 24 HP twin cylinder diesel on centreline installed new 2009
- Shaft and stern gland new 2013
- 3 bladed bronze propeller
- Adverc battery management system
- Mast wiring and lights new 2016
- Shore power with Victron charger 2016
- Stainless steel fuel tank 45 litres new 2016
- 3 x Tektank welded nylon water tanks 150 litres new 2011


Navigation, communications and electronics

- Sestrel Moore compass bought nearly new 2011
- Sestrel hand bearing compass
- Icom M421 waterproof VHF DSC radio2005
- Garmin chart plotter 700 series 2013
- Garmin 600 AIS Transceiver 2016
- Garmin GPS 152H (backup) 2013
- Raymarine ST60+ Tridata speed & depth including all bronze through hull fittings 2013
- Autohelm ST 400 2001, Ram returned for service 2013



- Avon mk 3 4 pax life raft size 2a canister, type E/RORC 1989; major service 2014
- 4 Life jackets
- Avon Redcrest dinghy 2014
- Numerous ropes including a 50 m Octoplait anchor line in water proof bag
- 6 x L2 fenders, all good condition
- Stainless steel safety wires along the deck
- Technisol twin channel gas alarm 2016
- Kidde carbon monoxide alarm 2016


Restoration / refit

In the previous ownership full surveys and recommendation of structural work was carried out including all new keel bolts, replacement of the garboard planks and all hood end fastenings, repairs to some cracked frames, all new rigging and chain plates and a new engine.

In the present very experienced ownership her rig has been altered and put back to near original with all new sails making her very well balanced and incredibly easy to handle.

The interior has had a major refit including a new galley and chart desk, largely re-painted and a reconfiguration of the forepeak to give more useable space.

Inside the counter (an often forgotten area) has been stripped out, re-painted, new wooden slats fitted and new stainless steel fuel tank and pipe work.

Most systems and electrics have all been upgraded and replaced in recent years. The deck has also been re-caulked with cotton, re-payed with Sikaflex and re-fastened with larger bronze screws.

In recent years every inch of the boat has been looked at and repaired or replaced if necessary.

A list of the work done over the last 6 to 8 years is available.


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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