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Johan Anker 52 ft Flush Deck Cutter 1937 - Sold



Johan Anker 52 ft Flush Deck Cutter 1937

Designer Johan Anker
Builder Anker & Jensen
Date 1937
Length overall 51 ft 10 in / 15.8 m
Length deck 51 ft 10 in / 15.8 m
Length waterline 36 ft 10 in / 11.23 m
Beam 10 ft 10 in / 3.3 m
Draft 8 ft 2 in / 2.5 m
Displacement 15 Tonnes
Construction Oregon pine on galvanised steel & wooden frames, oak backbone
Engine Yanmar 4JH4E diesel 54 HP 2006
Location United Kingdom
Price Sold

These details are provisional and may be amended




Johan Anker was an artist in yacht design greatly concerned with the beauty of lines - BOJAR is a boat of such breathtaking and effortless beauty; she genuinely lifts the human spirit and perhaps defining the term ‘classic yacht’. A ballast ratio at approximately 50 / 50 she is an extremely effective sailing boat. Rarely off the podium at any classic regatta – at the RYS Bicentenary Regatta BOJAR proved an equal match for icons DORADE and STORMY WEATHER.

In these days of restorations, it is rare to find a boat both so original and in such fine condition. With only a few owners throughout her life – the last but one for 28 years, the short Norwegian sailing seasons with winters in a boat shed will also have helped. BOJAR can be raced with family and friends or easily cruised by just two people - unusual for a yacht of this size and vintage. Highly recommended.


Historical notes

BOJAR was launched in 1937 as ILMEN V and was one of the last designs from the board of Johan Anker. She rates as a 10 metre class yacht, originally launched in 1937 as ILMEN V which was one of the last 90 square metre designs from the board of Johan Anker being built with similar dimensions to a F class 10 metre designed to cruise and race with the metre classes.

Anker’s reputation is in part due to his incredible success in International Rule designs, his creation of the iconic Dragon One Design - and of all the famous designers of his era, he was arguably the best helmsman. Anker often watched the offerings of Messrs Fife and Mylne cross the finish line behind him - This “feel” for a boat helped him create some of the fastest and most beautiful designs of any period.

BOJAR’s dimensions are similar to the 10 Metre class, but with the slightly greater beam, that her first owner Ludvig Swinndal had requested, in his quest for the perfect cruiser racer. In due course she passed to Ragnvald Jacobsen, re naming her BOJAR, and keeping her from 1941 to 1967. Jacobsen was also a talented helmsman, winning many regattas in the 5.5 and 6 Metre classes.


Construction and finish

BOJAR was built by Anker & Jensen of Oslo, one of the most prestigious yards in Scandinavia using materials and applying craftsmanship of the very highest quality.
- Oregon pine 30 mm planking on composite hot dip galvanized steel and wooden frames
- Oak keel, stem and stern post
- Elm steam bent ribs
- Teak deck
- Traditional bronze fittings
- Faired smooth topsides painted with Awlgrip


Racing notes

BOJAR had a long sailing career in Norway before joining the Solent based fleet of classic yachts in 2012.

In Cowes she has participated in the annual Panerai Cowes and Classic Week regattas showing impressive form, which led to an invitation to the RYS Bicentenary in 2015. This event saw BOJAR racing against STORMY WEATHER, DORADE, ARGYLL AND TOMAHAWK as well as 20 of the local English based classics including CETAWAYO, INFANTA, OPPOSITION AND WHOOPER. Fleet and class racing at these regattas saw BOJAR achieve some impressive results against more modern designs both inshore and in the offshore conditions experienced in the Round the Island classic regatta races. This racing programme has provided a spectacular series of photographs that evidence the success of the newly designed sail plans and IRC 0.973 rating optimisation without compromising the originality or integrity of the 1937 build.

SOLENT RACE RESULTS Summary stats 2012 - 2018

2018 - 1st place in 8/14 ( 57%) races, 1st or 2nd places in 11/14 (84%) races

2012 to 2018 - 1st place in 13/48 (27%) races and in top 3 places in 25/48 (52%) races

Round the Island Classic Yacht races - First in class in RYS Bicentennary Regatta and three third places in the three Panerai RTI events held between 2012 and 2016.



Fully certified weight and measurement certification of the IRC rating by pressure calibrated weighing plates supervised by the Lymington RORC rating office measurement team.

2018 IRC certificated measurement achieved 0.961 and a KLR of 0.957 close to the 2012 figures after design and implementation of a rating optimised original sail plan.


Refits 2014 – 2016

- Hull, deck, mast and interior professionally maintained by a skilled finisher
- Electronics, data integration by Greenham Marine
- Auto AIS lifejacket triggered MOB location facility by Greenham Marine
- Replacement batteries, power isolation and fuse system specified by Greenham Marine
- Mast and rig modification and maintenance by Ocean Rigging
- Purpose made three part deck and topsides cover for use afloat and ashore
- Regular lift schedule and winter lay up when required
- Berthed in a purpose built protected single access deep water marina berth
- Electronics systems replaced by Greenham Marine using B & G Zeus and Garmin master units
- Minor top spreader rig modification and enhanced upper shrouds using 7mm diform to stabilise the iconic Anker mast so as to use original mast head designed foresails and spinnakers.


Deck layout, equipment and ground tackle

From aft
- Bronze ensign staff and 2 x fairleads on toe rail
- Bronze stanchion sockets running fwd each side
- Dorade vent and box
- Bronze mooring cleat each side
- Bronze eyes in deck
- Tiller, timber
- Lazarette with 2 hinged covers
- Dual Highfield runner backstay levers with 2-1 purchase blocks for ease of use
- 1 x Bronze Lewmar 50 ST electric winch port side
- Cockpit with high coamings, grated teak sole, seating each side with cushions
- 4 x Bronze manual S T winches on pedestals outboard
- Double door and sliding hatch in doghouse
- Removable steering compass mounted on coach roof port side
- Dorade vents one each side fwd of coaming
- Butterfly skylight raised hatch on deck
- 2 x Bronze foresail tracks each side
- 2 x Bronze outer positioned deck car tracks for code zero sheets
- Butterfly skylight raised hatch on deck
- Mast
- Fore hatch
- Bronze mooring cleats each side
- Removable Maxwell electric bronze windlass with foot pedal operation
- Fortress and Danforth anchors, chain and rope stored under deck for racing
- Optional 20 kg Bruce bronze anchor
- Optional 60 m galvanized 10 mm chain for cruising
- Panama style fairleads each side
- Bow roller on stem


Accommodation and domestic equipment

- Summary accommodation for 6 - 7 people in 4 cabin areas
- Companionway and 3 steps down
- Elegant varnished mahogany deck beams and contrasting white deck head and bulkheads
- Teak and mahogany interior joinery
- Lighting throughout cabin areas

Galley to port
- ENO 3 burner gas hob and oven
- Stainless steel sink in worktop with hot and cold mixer
- Isotherm 3200 fridge
- Stowage ample outboard and under for utensils and crockery

Large chart table stbd
- Navigation instruments outboard
- Single pilot berth extending aft

Saloon with skylight over
- 2 x Single settee berths; one each side with stowage outboard and below
- Substantial drop leaf table dining table for 8 people
- Cabin heater by fwd bulkhead stbd
- Curtains reveal the corridor forward
- Hanging locker fwd to port

Head compartment stbd
- Manual WC
- China wash basin
- Cupboard stowage outboard

Fore cabin by way of mast
- Single berth to port, stowage under
- Double berth to starboard, stowage under
- Reading lamps over

- 2 x Single berths each side in Vee
- Substantial stowage below
- Chain locker and vents forward


Rig, spars and sails

Cutter rig
- Original wooden mast with three spreaders
- Removable Reckmann RS 2000 furler and manual reefing jib
- 3 x Bronze manual S T winches on mast
- Stainless steel round and Diform section rigging wires
- Dynema backstay and twin runners on adjustable Highfield levers
- Twin carbon spinnaker poles
- Jockey pole and wooden staysail pole
- Bronze boom fittings,
- Epoxy coated mast rings with halyard cleats
- 2 x pairs HD spinlock jammers

Racing sail wardrobe designed by Doyle UK using Stratis Technora
- Stratis Mainsail 775 sq ft / 72 sq m, 2 reefing points 2015
- Light No 1 Stratis jib 300 sq ft / 28 sq m 6-12 knots 2016
- Full size No 2 Stratis jib 280 sq ft / 26 sq m 12-18 knots 2016
- No 3 Stratis jib 258 sq ft / 24 sq m 18-24 knots 2015
- No 4 Stratis jib 197 sq ft sq ft / 18.3 sq m 24 + knots 2015
- A2 Asymmetric spinnaker 1,679 sq ft / 156 sq m 2015
- A4 Asymmetric spinnaker 1,571 sq ft / 146 sq m 2016
- S2 Spinnaker 1,292 sq ft / 120 sq m 2016
- Code zero 1,033 sq ft / 96 sq m 2015
- Spinnaker staysail 2016
- Doyles Cable-less maxi code zero on a KF1 Karver furler system 2018

Cruising sail wardrobe
- Main sail, Doyle 3DL good condition
- Cutter jib, Elvström good condition
- Mast head cutter jib overlapping, Dacron with hanks little used
- Yankee, masthead jib light Dacron
- Inner forestay furling jib Dacron little used
- Original cotton spinnaker Ratsey & Lapthorn - good condition 1932 listed


Mechanical electrical and tankage

- Yanmar 4JH4E 54 HP Diesel engine 2006
- ZF 25 hydraulic gear box transmission
- Featherstream auto rapid folding prop & enhanced single direct propeller shaft (2018)
- Mastervolt 230 V charger 30 A
- Mastervolt Masterlink BTM 1 battery monitor
- Twin Varta LFD 140 Ah sealed lead acetate domestic batteries new 2016
- Varta Blue E43 72 Ah 680 A engine start battery new 2016
- Electric freshwater system with filter
- Electric saltwater for galley
- Isotherm hot water 30 litres / 6 ½ gallons
- Ardic 1012 heater – water to air
- Dickinson Diesel heater
- Truma gas remote switch
- 230 litre / c 50 gallon freshwater tank
- 240 litre / c 53 gallon Diesel fuel tank
- 35 litre / c 8 gallon holding tank
- 1 x Mid size gas cylinder in vented box fwd port side of lazarette under cockpit


Navigation, communications and electronics

- B&G Zeus dual station chart plotter screens in companionway and by engine controls
- Tacktick wind instrument wireless mast head interfaced to B&G system
- Simrad IS 15 speed/depth interfaced to Garmin 527 chart plotter multi display in helm lazarette
- Simrad RS 87 VHF
- Simrad HT 50 hand held VHF
- Simrad AP 21 Autopilot electro hydraulic
- Sestrel steering compass
- Remote control fob accessing all instrument display data
- Raymarine AIS 650 Class B transceiver displaying lifejacket inflation triggered Ocean Signal Rescue MOB1 AIS devices
- Raymarine Maxi display speed/depth in main cockpit
- Lewmar 3 button windlass remote on Mainsheet



- Man overboard system with integrated DSC
- 15 x Isofit life jackets with indiv small AIS MOB 1 GPS position indicators
- These position indicators signal to the Zeus chart plotter
- Ocean Safety self inflatable and manually deployed Dan buoys and lines 2016
- Stainless steel stanchions, Dynema guard lines and harness lifelines
- 2 x Electric and 1 x manual bilge pumps



Image 2 by Ian Badley / PhotoSailing.co.uk


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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