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McGruer 40 ft Yawl 1962



McGruer 40 ft Yawl 1962

Designer James McGruer
Builder McGruer & Co Ltd Clynder
Date 1962
Length overall 40 ft 3 in / 12.28 m
Length deck 40 ft 3 in / 12.28 m
Length waterline 28 ft 0 in / 8.54 m
Beam 10 ft 6 in / 3.2 m
Draft 6 ft 6 in / 1.97 m
Displacement 8.7 Tonnes
Construction Mahogany and teak planking on mahogany frames
Engine Volvo Penta MD 2030
Location United Kingdom
Price GBP 70,000

These details are provisional and may be amended



ELONA has all the qualities of the McGruer fleet: elegance and toughness. She featured in the October 1995 issue of Classic Boat, and has been maintained since then to the same very high standards. Under previous ownership, she graced Channel Islands and French waters and punched well above her rating in the cruiser class racing in the Islands. More recently she has returned to 'home' cruising grounds - the beautiful west coast of Scotland. A recent significant price reduction reflects the fact that the main mast has been found to be in need of repair.


History notes

Commissioned by James Mowat a member of the Clyde Cruising Club and Royal Northern Yacht Club, the name ELONA combined those of his daughters Elspeth and Seona and was launched in June 1962. Out of the McGruer home port of Clynder she cruised the west coast and islands of Scotland. In 1971 she was bought by Tom Miller- Jones who moved her down to Burnham on Crouch. It was her next owner Roger Perrot, who was to put her through her competitive paces racing in and around the Channel Islands and France – also cruising. It is her current owners who brought her back to her Scottish waters origins.


Restoration / refit

The current owners carried out a programme of refurbishment and improvements in the first years of their ownership both to rectify defects and/or improve the vessel. All work was carried out to high standards with the involvement of a Clyde based firm of naval architects, one partner of which had worked at McGruer & Co., the original builders, so had a useful and relevant depth and breadth of knowledge for the tasks and assisted the decision making process in determining the details of the work in hand. Thus the work was carried out sympathetically and, where appropriate, also made use of current materials and methods to ensure ELONA was at least as good as when built. The main work is described below:

Winter 2007/08
- Removed the original gas cooker and accompanying gas installation
- Fitted Wallas gimballed diesel fired hob and oven unit

Winter 2008/09 Major structural refurbishment
- Sections of laminated frame to replace degraded frames in bilge scarfed into sound frames
- The galvanised mild steel floors removed, re-galvanised and reinstalled
- The floors bedded in mastic and fastened with new galvanised bolts
- These bolts fitted with thin wall plastic “top hat” insulators
- The original two-bladed fixed propeller replaced by a Flexofold folding three-blade propeller
- New stern gland fitted to the propeller shaft, replacing the worn out original.
- New stainless steel engine bed fabricated to replace the badly corroded mild steel original

Winter 2009/10
- The original deck teak removed leaving the ply sub deck in place
- The ply wood substrate was found substantially in good condition
- Sub deck refastened to house carlings and deck beams with “grip fast” nails, in pilot holes
- Any minor defects in the ply substrate repaired with epoxy resin mix
- New teak deck epoxy adhered over and new king plank and margin round the deckhouse
- Stainless steel tangs bolted to hull frames with new s s bolts replaced original chain plates
- Main backstay anchorage plates replaced in stainless steel
- New stainless steel bow roller assemblies secured to each side of the stem head
- New Whale hand bilge pump installed in cockpit
- New stainless steel stanchions and sockets fitted inside toe rail all round
- A gate installed port side to compliment the original starboard gate
- New wire safety lines fitted
- The port and starboard non original curved settees in the saloon removed
- Traditional settee/berths fitted returning the cabin to its original arrangement



- Carvel mahogany topsides
- Carvel teak below waterline
- Laminated mahogany frames - two bentwood frames between each pair
- Oak and Afromosia floors
- Teak laid deck planking over marine-ply sub deck
- Conventional long keel displacement hull form with a lead ballast keel
- Rudder hung full depth
- Mahogany doghouse framing
- Teak covering boards and toe-rail


Deck layout, equipment and ground tackle

Flush foredeck with lightly cambered side decks; the deck fittings mainly stainless steel

From aft
- Fairleads in toe rail each side over transom
- Raw teak and chromed mooring cleats each side
- Pushpit with varnished teak slatted seating with emergency tiller lashed under
- Chrome mushroom vent on centreline
- Varnished teak lifting hatch over large lazarette below
- Mahogany cockpit coamings aft and to sides to trunk cabin forward
- Mizzen mast, halyard winch, boom and radome aloft
- Deep cockpit with teak grating sole
- Side seats each side at deck level
- Helm wheel in compass binnacle incorporating mainsheet attaching point and boom crutch
- Mainsheet winch on forward side
- Lifting varnished seats over deep lockers forward in cockpit port and stbd
- Engine controls to port with engine “kill” control inside port cockpit locker
- 2 x Original secondary winches on pedestals outboard
- 2 x Gibb 52 primary winches on pedestals outboard
- Stylised McGruer dog house
- Double doors and sliding hatch in coach roof
- Elegant wooden instrument cluster over
- Traditional trunk cabin with slightly toed-in mahogany coamings
- Painted coach roof with teak handrails fore and aft each side
- Butterfly skylight hatch over saloon
- Mounting for life raft and stowage for the tender outboard motor
- 2 x Dorade vents
- Main mast, halyard winches and boom
- Butterfly skylight hatch over fore cabin
- Mountings for spinnaker pole stbd side deck
- Raw teak and ss mooring cleats each side
- Lofrans Tigress windlass on foredeck with foot control switches
- Fairleads each side
- Mushroom vent on centreline
- 20 kg Manson Supreme anchor with 65 m x 10 mm chain secured in stbd bow roller ready for use


Accommodation and domestic equipment

- 6 x Berths; 2 forecabin, 2 saloon settees, pilot berth outboard to port and 1 quarter berth to port
- Sliding hatch in coach roof and companionway steps down

Chart table to port
- Chart table designed to remove for access to the port quarter berth
- Elegant sideboard drawer storage and again stowage outboard
- Navigation instruments and comms (detailed in Nav section) above chart table
- Main battery isolator switch and bilge pump switch to stbd under the companionway steps
- Separate switch panel for navigation, cabin lights to port below engine start panel on aft bulkhead
- Dog house removeable bench seat to port provides shelter for crew close the cockpit

Galley to stbd
- Wallas model 87 D gimballed diesel hob and oven
- Stainless steel sink with pressurised hot & cold water
- Generous stowage space outboard for cooking utensils and crockery
- Sideboard to port, opposite the galley with drawers in lower half, cupboards above and outboard

- 2 x Settee berths; port and starboard
- Settee backs lift inboard to access stowage outboard and swing inboard providing width for the berth
- Pilot berth to port
- Large dining table amidships with stowage under central section
- Sideboard with stowage fwd of the starboard settee/berth
- Lighting by 12V LED lamps
- 2 x Paraffin lamps

Forward accommodation
- WC/Head compartment to port
- Baby Blake WC
- Howie white china washbasin
- Fine hanging lockers each side forward

Forward Cabin
- 2 x single berths in Vee configuration with LED reading lights
- Many infill drawers and locker space below
- Chain locker and some limited stowage fwd with 12 V LED light


Rig, spars and sails

Yawl rig
- McGruer rectangular section hollow spruce spars (re-varnished annually)
- Keel stepped double spreader main mast (her 2nd mast by McGruer & Co c2000)
- NB Main mast found to be in need of repair - reflected in significant price reduction
- Original McGruer main boom
- Through-deck keel-stepped original hollow McGruer mizzen mast
- Origina; McGruer mizzen boom
- Stainless steel standing rigging
- Selden 300 furling gear
- Duralumin spinnaker pole

- Furling genoa; Owen
- Mainsail; Ratsey
- Mizzen; Ratsey
- Mizzen staysail; Ratsey
- Spinnaker 2004; Ratsey with snuffer


Mechanical electrical and tankage

- Volvo Penta MD 2030
- 1 x 12 V Engine start / domestic battery
- 1 x 12 V Domestic battery
- Flexible solar panel for battery charge support
- Wallas Diesel warm air cabin heating
- Stainless steel Diesel fuel tank 20 gallons / 91 litres
- Stainless steel fresh water tank 48 gallons/ 218 litres


Navigation, communications and electronics

Instruments and comms
- Raymarine C80 GPS Plotter at chart table
- Furuno radar screen at chart table
- B&G Network quad on deck
- B&G network wind on deck
- B&G network tack on deck
- B&G Autopilot system
- Clock and barometer in saloon
- Steering compass on pedestal
- VHF radio
- Sailor Iridium satellite phone

- LED Lopolight navigation lights
- Masthead tricolour and white anchor light
- Steaming light on mainmast
- Port and starboard navigation lights on the pulpit and stern light on the push pit



- Avon 6 person life raft; hydrostatic release
- Manual override for the rule bilge pump
- Whale manual bilge pump



- Zodiac 2.9m tender
- Suzuki 4 stroke 6 HP outboard
- Fortress kedge anchor
- Warps and fenders


Picture acknowledgement

Images 2, 3, 4 and 5 by Kathy Mansfield


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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