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West Solent One Design Sloop No 23 1928



West Solent One Design Sloop No 23 1928

Designer H G May
Builder Berthon Boat Co Ltd
Date 1928
Length overall 34 ft 5 in / 10.5 m
Length deck 34 ft 5 in / 10.5 m
Length waterline 23 ft 11 in / 7.3 m
Beam 7 ft 7 in / 2.3 m
Draft 5 ft 4 in / 1.62 m
Displacement 4.8 Tonnes
Construction Spruce planking on oak frames
Engine Yanmar GM 10 2010
Location France
Price EUR 75,000

These details are provisional and may be amended



Tough but elegant – and perhaps a boat for the purist with their sizeable rigs, the West Solent One is moreover an enchantingly beautiful design and capable of winning at both classic events under CIM or IRC. A major restoration from 1993 fitted her for a new phase in her life, taking her from Europe to New Zealand and back again – to Cannes where she is regularly raced by her current owner.

Unusually for this class NATICA is fitted with an engine, enabling her to position herself for regattas, mindful of summer light winds in the Mediterranean as well as giving her a measure of flexibility for cruising.


Class history notes

Originally built as the "W Boats" these elegant thoroughbred yachts; one of the first production cruiser racers were adopted by a number of yacht clubs around the English coast including Lymington, Torbay and Burnham. A total of 32 boats were originally built for the UK. A further five were built and exported to Argentina as the Los Indios Class - and one was built under licence in Bombay. They have participated as a class in a number of regattas around the UK until the 50s whilst their distinctive classical lines sometimes earned them the nickname of "The little J-Class".

A resurgence of interest in the class in the 90s particularly around the East Coast of England resulted in a number of boats being restored sympathetically to the early one design rules but using modern boatbuilding techniques to solve some of the fundamental structural problems of the original boats. Some others are currently under restoration or awaiting new owners seeking projects. In 2010 the lovely new WINNIE MARIE W-39 was launched.

Whilst the current fleet is somewhat scattered, a number do regularly participate in regattas and local races, whether in classic events or racing to IRC - or local handicap amongst modern race boats where, given the right conditions, they can carry away the silverware. Highlights of their season are the Levington Classic Regatta in June and Mersea Week in August.

Fully restored from 1993 to 1995 by classic boat builder and restorer Philip Brookes in England NATICA was then shipped to New Zealand, where she was sailed in private ownership until she was subsequently bought by her current owner - who shipped her back in a container, arriving at Chantier Dettori at Seine sur Mer in September 2007.

NATICA is definitely a racing boat – kept in Cannes she can be seen racing there. Fully restored in 1997, she has an inboard engine.



- Spruce planking on oak frames 1997 2012
- Teak deck 1997
- Mahogany interior joinery


Deck layout, equipment and ground tackle

From aft
- Raw teak cover board and toe rail
- Bronze fairleads port and stbd
- Merriman and modern Antal jib blocks
- Tufnol main sheet blocks
- Bronze main sheet horse
- Bronze rudder head and hinged wooden tiller
- Bronze runner block
- Cockpit coamings
- Large lazarette access aft end of cockpit
- Raw teak bench seats
- Raw teak sole grating
- Engine control and instruments
- Antal rope clutches
- Harken main sheet jammers
- Bronze foresail tracks each side
- 2 x Lewmar 30 bronze primary sheet and halyard winches on pedestals outboard
- 2 x Lewmar 16 bronze secondary runner and spinnaker sheet winches on pedestals
- Teak cleats for sheets
- Antal halyard clutches port and stbd
- Varnished teak sliding hatch
- Butterfly skylight hatch
- Mast in leather boot
- Tufnol blocks at base
- Varnished raised teak hatch in fore deck
- Raw teak chocks each side for spinnaker poles
- Raw teak Sampson post
- Fortress anchor and 50 m chain
- CQR anchor and 50 m rope
- Bronze fairleads port and stbd
- Stainless steel and wood swimming ladder


Accommodation and domestic equipment

- Sliding hatch in coach roof access over engine casing to accommodation
- White and varnished deck head
- Teak table port and stbd
- Electric isolator panel
- Settee berths port and stbd
- Teak cabin sole
- Focsle for sail, sheet and anchor stowage


Rig, spars and sails

- Sloop rig
- Oregon pine mast with double spreader, diamond configuration and bronze fittings
- Sitka spruce boom with bronze fittings
- Alloy spinnaker pole
- Incidences cross-cut racing main sail 40 m² new 2012
- Racing genoa; new Europsails new 2015
- Genoa light
- Genoa medium
- Genoa large
- Jib N°2
- Spinnaker symmetrical N°1
- Spinnaker racing symmetrical N°2
- Spinnaker racing asymmetric 58M² new Europsails
- Various covers and awning


Mechanical electrical and tankage

- Yanmar GM10 inboard Diesel engine 2010 installed to design of Ribadeau Dumas
- 12V 55 Ah battery
- Aluminium 20 litre fuel tank


Navigation, communications and electronics

- Steering compass
- Tacktick TO33 wind instruments
- NKE log and speed



- Whale Gusher manual bilge pump


Restoration / refit

- Substantial restoration by Philip Brookes 1993 to 1995
- Refit 2014 including painting Chantier PASQUI Villefranche sur Mer
- Every year anti fouling applied


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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