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Sparkman & Stephens 42 ft Yawl 1957 - Sold



Sparkman & Stephens 42 ft Yawl 1957

Designer Sparkman & Stephens
Builder McGruer & Co Ltd Clynder
Date 1957
Length overall 42 ft 4 in / 12.9 m
Length deck 42 ft 4 in / 12.9 m
Length waterline 29 ft 6 in / 9 m
Beam 11 ft 10 in / 3.6 m
Draft 4 ft 3 in / 1.3 m
Displacement 0 Tonnes
Construction Double hardwood planking on oak frames
Engine Mercedes Benz OM 636, 34HP 1969 Rebuild 1996
Location Canada
Price Sold

These details are provisional and may be amended




Inspired by ocean racing the success of FINISTERRE, Charles MacCulloch of Halifax had Sparkman and Stephens design FAIRWYN - then absolutely state of the art – to be built by McGruers of Clynder of the finest materials with no expense spared under the close supervision of Rod Stephens himself. She is essentially a larger version of FINISTERRE, three-time winner of the Newport to Bermuda race in the 1950s.

FAIRWYN’S 50 years could almost be described as a game of two halves; her first in youth as a successful racer, fondly remembered by many former crew members - and then in maturity as a comfortable, safe and versatile cruiser; ever displaying the style and qualities for which her designers and builder are so highly regarded.



Soon to become the Queen of the Halifax racing circuit, FAIRWYN gave good account of herself, racing extensively and notably winning the Prince of Wales Cup in 1959, for which the presentation was made by HM Queen Elizabeth II at the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron.

On acquiring her in 1982, the present owners took her to the West Coast and for the next 25 years or so cruised, rather than raced her over 50,000 miles in the waters of the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. Then she embarked for the North Cone and Central American coastal waters, cruising therein over some 8 years before returning to Halifax to celebrate her 50th birthday.

FAIRWYN has won a number of awards, plaques for some of which are displayed aboard, including Best Sailboat in Vancouver Wooden Boat Festival 1991 and 1st place for sail boats in the Madison Wooden Boat Festival, Louisiana 2005 among others.



- Originally double-planked African mahogany & red cedar, silicon bronze screws fastened
- Rebuilt in 1999 with overlapping double planking encapsulated with epoxy and glued
- This monocoque construction is screwed to the frames and is immensely strong
- Original double planking retained above the waterline
- Frames are 2 x 2 inch white oak on 10 inch centres
- White oak keel and stem
- The decks are fibreglass epoxy-covered marine mahogany marine ply re laid in 1989
- Teak superstructure
- Bronze lifting plate


Deck layout, equipment and ground tackle

From aft
- Stainless steel pushpit, rails forward with teak seat aft and mounting for dinghy outboard
- Bronze mooring cleats each side
- CQR anchor stowed over transom
- Fenders on aft deck
- 2 x Lazarette hatches aft on either side of the mizzen mast
- Mizzen mast, ship’s bell and boom
- Cockpit coamings aft and to sides rising to trunk cabin
- Conventional cockpit well with large lockers for sails, sheets, warps etc on either side
- Teak helm wheel in stainless steel console with compass binnacle and instruments
- Engine controls to side
- Teak seating each side lifting over large lockers below
- Demountable folding cockpit table
- 2 x Lewmar ST 2 speed primary sheet winches and cleats; one each side outboard
- Small locker to port for deck wash
- 2 x Lewmar ST 2 speed secondary winches forward
- Bronze foresail track on rail outboard each side
- Bridge deck fwd
-Trunk cabin with sliding hatch offset to stbd and repeaters in bulkhead aft
- Bronze framed portlights to side and forward
- Spray screen on substantial stainless steel tubular folding frame
- Bronze mainsheet track, winch and tackle over coach roof
- Teak hand rails each side on coach roof
- Lifting raised hatch over saloon
- Main mast
- Dorade vents each side and stack for cabin heater on trunk cabin
- Life raft mounting
- Raised lifting hatch in trunk forward
- Dorade vent fwd under protective frame
- 2 x Mooring cleats
- Anchor windlass
- Mushroom vent
- Forestay with roller reefing
- Pulpit over bow roller system

Ground and mooring tackle
- 66 lb Bruce, 44 lb Bruce, 45 lb CQR, 35 lb Fortress, 60 lb folding fisherman’s anchors:
- 300 feet of Schedule 40 5/16th inch chain
- 2 x 250 feet of 5/8th inch nylon with chain leaders
- Several hundred feet of assorted lines


Accommodation and domestic equipment

From the cockpit fwd sliding hatch and companionway steps down

Galley to port
- Stainless steel sink and draining board aft
- Gimballed stainless steel 3 burner hob and oven to port
- Stowage outboard and under

Navigation station to starboard
- Large chart table with stowage under lifting lid, drawers and outboard
- Pilot’s seat aft
- Navigation instruments
- Clock, barometer

Main saloon
-7 ft settee berths to port and starboard
- Demountable folding table amidships
- Lifting plate tackle and bar / bottle stowage at aft end
- Stowage and bookshelves etc outboard where pipe cots formerly
- Flare stowage forward
- Period oil lamps
- Cabin heater to port against forward bulkhead
- Corridor

Head compartment to port
- Manual WC and wash basin
- Large hanging locker opposite to stbd

Fore cabin
- Conventional 7 ft berths converging Vee
- Drawers for stowage under
- Hanging lockers on each side
- Large chain locker in the forepeak
- Small lockers on each side for miscellaneous items
- Large toolbox athwartships aft


Rig, spars sails and canvas

Yawl rig
- Sitka spruce spars
- 316 x 19 stainless steel standing rigging; main new 2008, mizzen new 2007
- Halyard winches on main and mizzen masts

Sails all new in 2006
- Main
- Roller furling genoa
- Mizzen
- Spinnaker
- Staysail
- Storm trysail, mizzen staysail, storm jib

- Spray screen, sail covers, hatch covers and dodgers


Mechanical electrical and tankage

- Mercedes Benz OM636, 4 cylinder diesel engine
- Amplepower 160 AH Alternator
- 2 x Siemens SP 75 2000Solar panels
- 3x PulseTech battery savers
- Ampair 100 wind generator 1993
- Mastervolt IVO Compact 12/25-3 230 V battery charger 2008
- 700 W inverter 2008
- 2 x 12 V Domestic battery banks linked
a) forward (one under each bunk) 2 x 6 V 262 Ah
b) aft in starboard cockpit locker, 2 x 6-volt 262 Ah
- 1 x 12 V 100 Ah engine starting battery in port cockpit locker
- Amplepower battery monitor system
- Emon II, SAR V-3, eliminator
- 1 x Mastervolt 110V /230 V automatic charger
- 3 burner Hillerange kerosene with oven
- Nova Kool fridge
- 1 x auto electric bilge pump mounted above the engine with alarm and manual switch
- 1 x auto electric bilge pump mounted under cabin sole near the companionway steps
- 1 x Edson O hand bilge pump at the helm
- Henderson manual pump in the galley
- Webasto diesel furnace heating throughout
- Fab All auxiliary kerosene heater for main cabin
- Water tank 280 litres
- Fuel tank 280 litres
- Large inventory of spare parts intended to make most of the installed equipment repairable


Navigation, communications and electronics

- Robertson AP200DL # 115 autopilot
- Furuno Navigator 32 GPS 2001
- Garmin 76 GPS 2006
- Micrologic ML-250 GPS
- Kenwood TKM-407 VHF
- Metz 3 db base loaded VHF Antenna
- Icom M-72 handheld VHF
- RayMarine DS400X depth Sounder / fish finder installed Dec 2002
- Data Marine International Offshore 3000 depth sounder: + repeater; new transducer 2014
- Data Marine Corinthian Log
- Data Marine Corinthian wind instruments rebuilt April, 2009
- Raytheon R10X radar
- Cybernet radio/cassette player
- Clarion radio / CD player
- SGC 2000 with auto tuner SGC 230 SSB radio1999
- Macintosh G4 iBook laptop computer
- IBM Think Pad A21m computer
- Smart Radio antenna splitter2008
- Electronic switchbox for computer
- PTC II e modem: 1999
- Furuno NAVTEX receiver 2003
- Smart Radio 161AIS receiver 2008
- Vesper Marine Watchmate AIS display 2008
- Hewlett Packard 460c Printer 2006
- Global Sat BU 353 mobile GPS receiver
- Waas GPS receiver 2008



- DBC 4-man offshore life raft
- Alden Marine Satfind 406 EPIRB
- MOB pole with attached safety light and life ring.
- Life sling



- 8 ft 6 Aquapro inflatable dinghy and outboard
- Additional equipment items in store including
- #1 Genoa in GC
- Mizzen spinnaker
- Mainsail - Old – Ratsey and Lapthorne
- Merriman ash cheeked blocks; numerous in excellent condition
- Full winter cover and original compass binnacle


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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