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The following information and photographs are displayed as a service to anyone researching yacht types. HOWEVER THE PHOTOGRAPHS AND TEXT ARE COVERED BY COPYRIGHT, AND MAY NOT BE REPRODUCED WITHOUT THE PERMISSION OF YACHTSNET LTD. Details and photographs are normally based on one specific yacht, but could be a compilation. No reliance should be placed on other yachts of the same class being identical.  Where common variations exist, we have endeavoured to indicate this in these archive details.

Buchanan Spartan

Brief details



The Alan Buchanan 'Spartan' design is a very pretty small cruiser built by a number of boatyards in the 1950's. Almost all Spartans are carvel planked, but several clinker-built boats were also built by one yard.


24' 6"

Sail area

not known


19' 8"




6' 6"




4' 0"




3 tons


Stuart Turner


1.7 tons



Keel type

Long fin, external iron ballast keel

The Spartan is a small traditional cruising yacht with exceptionally pretty lines. With two berths, plus a small cooker and a Baby Blake toilet in the forepeak, she has a cosy and traditional cabin.

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Interior of a very original carvel-built Spartan, still with canvas-covered planked decks

Although we have a copy of the lines plans from her date of building, these do not show the sail area or exact displacement and ballast figures. However she is reported to sail very well, and clearly has quite a high sail area for her size.


The original engine is still in the carvel-built yacht shown: this is a Stuart Turner single-cylinder petrol engine

Below are some photos of one of the few clinker-built Spartans - this example has been redecked, and a new coachroof fitted, in marine ply.

Below: another of the clinker-built Spartans, this one a Mk II
built by Priors in 1956. Photo from the owner in Italy

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