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Buchanan 37 ft Sloop 1961 - Sold



Buchanan 37 ft Sloop 1961

Designer Alan Buchanan
Builder R J Prior & Son Burnham
Date 1961
Length overall 37 ft 5 in / 11.4 m
Length deck 37 ft 5 in / 11.4 m
Length waterline 25 ft 11 in / 7.9 m
Beam 8 ft 10 in / 2.7 m
Draft 6 ft 3 in / 1.9 m
Displacement 6.7 Tonnes
Construction Afromosia & mahogany on Canadian rock elm frames
Engine Volvo MD204040 HP Diesel
Location United Kingdom
Price Sold

These details are provisional and may be amended



In 1960 Alan Buchanan was persuaded to design a yacht very similar to his own, also to be built by Priors, for a friend. SINBAD was the result and she proved even faster than his own! A recent former owner, an experienced yachtsman, had her interior sympathetically and cleverly reworked: he replaced her sails and focused on all areas to make her a very usable family cruiser as well as potent classic racer – and succeeded. Under her current ownership SINBAD has wintered in recent years at the Elephant boatyard, who have carried out regular work and maintenance, and in 2012 also fitted a new teak deck.



- Engine complete overall
- Heat exchanger end caps; impeller; flexible couplings
- New raw water Vetus filter
- Replaced rubber element mounts
- New tides marine seal assembly
- Checked and adjusted shaft alignment; rope cutter service
- All brightwork back to wood and re-varnished
- Topsides sanded and repainted
- Mast repainted
- All running rigging renewed
- New kicking strap arrangement
- New stainless steel reefing hooks
- All standing rigging new
- All seacocks serviced or renewed; all bolts changed
- All new covers
- Baby Blake WC parts renewed
- Mast and deck lights to LED
- Jib roller gear taken apart and fully services
- All winches stripped to individual parts; fully serviced
- 2 x New bilge pumps; new switches
- New solar panel; changed wiring
- USB plug fitted

Already in good condition on acquisition by her current owner, SINBAD’s existing deck however did need replacing. A new teak deck was laid in 2012 by The Elephant Boatyard. She has been equipped at this time with a new stainless steel pulpit, new bow anchor rollers, a new brass-framed portlight at the fore end of the trunk cabin, and a new brass rudder shoe.



SINBAD is one of only two - then state of the art - racing yachts built to this design. She and her near sister TAITSING proved to be very fast and finely balanced, but in one main respect they differed: with the advantage of a masthead rig, SINBAD could make greater speed over her ¾ rigged near sister.

On her maiden voyage, delivery from the Prior yard in Essex to North Wales, she entered the Round the Island Race and won. Subsequently, from 1988 to 1992 under the ownership of Kathy Kilbey, SINBAD OF ABERSOCH was actively campaigned in RORC Ocean Racing events, including winning her class in the 1989 Fastnet Race. At that time there were only a handful of 1960s Class ll racing yachts in a competitive enough state to race, the most successful of which was the Jacksons' SUNSTONE, a Sparkman & Stevens wooden yacht which usually arrived well ahead of everyone else, including many of the then modern plastic fleet of Sigma 38s etc.

She then became more of a family boat, cruising in Scottish, home and north French waters for several years before being sold in 1985 – only to be bought back again a few years later by the same owner – then more recently sold again to be sailed mainly in the Solent.



- 7/8 in/ 21mm Afromosia and mahogany planking
- Canadian rock elm bent timbers
- Main keel, stem, stern post and horn timber of iroko
- Mahogany rudder
- Hardwood main deck beams and carlins
- Teak comings
- Teak decks (2012)
- Cast one pour lead keel
- Teak and holly cabin sole
- Newer trunk cabin


Deck equipment and ground tackle

- Tiller steering
- 2 x Lewmar self tailing sheet winches
- 2 x Lewmar Non-self tailing sheet winches
- Dorade vents and boxes over coach roof either side of mast
- Deck hot and cold shower stbd by cockpit
- Lewmar electric windlass for chain and warp; remote control
- CQR anchor with 66 ft/ 20 m chain and 100 ft/ 30 m warp


Accommodation and domestic equipment

From the lazarette aft to long cockpit, with removable generous folding table, the bridge deck leads to the sliding hatch companionway steps down over the engine casing to the main cabin. This has teak trimmed cedar and fir wood joinery imbuing a warm ambience with white painted deck head for good light. Passing by the galley and navigation area half bulkheads reveal.
- Saloon with settee berth to port
- Converts to double if required using the twisting top table
- Stowage shelves and lockers outboard and below
- Bulkhead opening forward leads to the head
- Baby Blake WC with doorway to port
- Fore cabin with V-berths; stowage under
- Open hanging locker to starboard
- Chain locker forward
Coming aft through the saloon
- Single settee berth to port, stowage under and outboard
- Half bulkheads and grab rails

- Galley on stbd side
- Wallas Marine Safeflame Ceramic 100 paraffin grill
- Stainless steel sink
- Pressure system hot and cold water; electric sink pump-out
- Isotherm top loading fridge with stowage around and below
- Generous Navigation area with large chart table
- Clock and Barometer
- Drawers under and locker to port
- Quarter berth stbd aft


Rig, spars, sails and canvaswork

- Aluminium alloy mast and new standing rigging in stainless steel
- Main boom silver spruce
- Lazy Jacks
- Halyard winches
- Standing rigging new 2021
- Running rigging new 2021
- Stainless steel fixed pigstick top of mast for burgee

- Genoa (North Sails 2008)
- Jib (Ratsey) furling
- Fully battened mainsail (North Sails 2008)
- Asymmetric (North Sails 2008)

- Main hatch cover
- Forward hatch cover
- Lazarette cover
- Tiller cover
- New full boom cover


Mechanical, electrical and tankage

- Volvo MD2040 40 HP Diesel (overhauled 2021)
- Folding prop (2015)

- Rewired in previous ownership
- Mastervolt BTM III battery monitor
- 2 x L110 type domestic batteries (under port settee)
- 1 x Engine battery (starboard)
- Solar panel (2021 - and wiring)

- Stainless steel fuel tank under cockpit
- Stainless steel water tank under cabin sole
- Pressure water system with pump


Navigation, electronics and communications

- Steering compass
- Garmin map 550 GPS
- Tacktick Full set of wind speed depth; 4 displays on deck and 1 below
- Linked into GPS plotter Course and speed over ground
- Raymarine Smart Pilot auto pilot (hidden on deck)
- Dual depth transducer
- Tack tick Micronet remote

- Icom VHF Marine IC –M505
- Sony CD player



- 2 Kg powder fire extinguishers (in hanging locker)
- Emergency tiller
- 2 x Automatic bilge pumps (2021)
- LED Mast navigation lights (2021)
- LED Pulpit bi-colour nave light (2021)
- LED Pushpit stern light
- Life buoy



- Ensign pole
- Winch handles


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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