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Van de Stadt steel centreboard cutter


ashore Cornwall


Morvoren Seacraft, Penryn, Cornwall



Price reduced



39' 6"

Sail area


Brief details


36' 1"



Built originally with the intention of Arctic voyaging, this round-bilge steel centreboard cutter is very strongly built by a respected yard. The Van de Stadt designed hull has a similar lift keel design to a Southerly, and a deck/coachroof design taking elements from the Ovnis and a Vancouver 38. She has a nicely finished interior with 4 berths, with lots of stowage and tankage for extended cruising.


11' 6"


Forecabin & saloon


3' 8" to 9' 2"




14.64 tons gross


Yanmar 3JH diesel


Approx 3500 kg



Keel type

Fixed ballast plate on bottom plus lead centreboard

The round-bilge hull is in 5mm steel, with the deck and coachroof in 4mm steel, all with an epoxy base paint system with two-pack polyurethane finish. The centreboard was cast from the same mould as the Southerly 115 keel, but cast in lead instead of iron as used in Southerlys. The keel can also be locked either fully up or fully down. Apart from the lead centreboard, there is additional ballast in a Southerly-style keel plate.

On deck she has an Ovni-style mainsheet arch and a deep secure cockpit, with tiller steering, and a Cape Horn vane steering gear, as well as a Raymarine electric autopilot. She has up to date electronics and a good inventory including dinghy and outboard.

Steel centreboard cutter for sale

Yachtsnet photographs October 2013

Steel centreboard cutter for sale

Steel centreboard cutter for sale

The present owner has had the original rather spartan interior refitted by a shipwright, with most joinery in solid teak. She has a forecabin and aft cabin each with a double sized berth, and a heads compartment forward to starboard. The layout is geared towards longer-distance sailing, with lots of secure stowage.

Saloon headroom is 6' 3" maximum, dropping to 6' 0" in places. The forecabin vee-berth is 6' 3" long fore and aft, and there is 6' 2" headroom in the forecabin.

The chain locker is a deep moulded GRP bin with two access hatches, built into the bulkhead between forecabin and heads, thus bringing the substantial weight of the chain out of the bows. The chain locker drains to the shower sump.

When these photos were taken in early November 2013 there were some small trim pieces removed from around some ports and hatches: these have now been replaced.

There is a step down from the saloon to the passageway to the forecabin and heads,
with storage lockers and a front-opening fridge at the forward part of the galley.

Photographs November 2013

The berth in the aft cabin is 6' 4" long and the cabin has 6' 7" headroom

Above: The main engine is a 40 hp Yanmar diesel, with an aquadrive coupling to the propshaft, and driving a Maxprop feathering propeller.

Left: Under the cockpit to starboard is a 7 hp Kubota diesel powering a 55 amp alternator to allow battery charging without running the main engine.

The inner forestay is removable, and the staysail sheets to a self-tacking track.
Note the position of the electric anchor windlass above the near-midships chain locker.

To port, aft of the cockpit, is a second electric windlass and stern roller for a stern anchor.
The vane self-steering gear is a stainless steel Cape Horn, seen here without vane or paddle.

Photo below ashore June 2015

This is a very impressive long-distance cruiser, and although she was first built with high-latitudes cruising in mind, is actually well set up for warmer climes as well, with many opening hatches with built-in inner blinds and flyscreens, bimini, etc.

Equipment List:

Engine details

Yanmar 3JH 3-cylinder diesel, 40 bhp, freshwater cooled, run approx 750 hours

Fuel tank capacity

2 x 300 litre tanks


3-bladed Maxprop on shaft drive


4 x batteries total 440AH

Battery charging/electrics

Engine alternator with Sterling 4-step charger, shorepower Sterling battery charger, also Kubota 7hp diesel generator

Sails and deck equipment

Rig details

Kemp alloy spars and rod kicker. S/S standing rigging to be entirely renewed this winter before sale


SKB Sails, slab reefing


SKB Sails roller genoa

Genoa furling



SKB Sails


SKB Sails, sets on separate mast track

Storm jib

SKB Sails


SKB Sails cruising chute

Primary winches

2 x Lewmar ST50

Other winches

Lewmar ST30

Bower anchors

30 Kg CQR and 30 Kg Bruce, with 60 metres plus 90 metres of 10mm chain

Kedge anchors

Fortress FX23 with 30 metres 10mm chain

Anchor windlass

Lewmar electric windlass




Cape Horn stainless steel servo-paddle vane gear



Steering compass


Warps & fenders

8 warps and 4 fenders


Cockpit sprayhood and bimini

Navigation Equipment and instruments


Raymarine C90W 9" colour plotter


Raymarine ST50

Depth sounder

Raymarine ST50


Raymarine ST50

VHF radio

Icom IC-M59 Euro

Safety/emergency equipment

Bilge pumps

2 x bilge pumps with float switches


Cabin layout




Water tank capacity

370 litres, hot water from engine calorifier


Force 10 gas cooker, also microwave oven


Refrigerated coolbox







Seago 240 with folding wheels


Tohatsu 3.5 hp two-stroke


Various spares

These particulars are believed to be correct but cannot be guaranteed and are subject to confirmation by the purchaser subject to still being available.

For further information or to arrange a viewing,

please contact Yachtsnet on 01326-212234


The particulars detailed herein are intended to give a fair description of the vessel but their accuracy cannot be guaranteed. These particulars are not a part of any contract or offer, and are supplied on the understanding that all negotiations shall be conducted via Yachtsnet Ltd., who are acting as brokers for the vendor. The vendor is not selling in the course of business unless otherwise stated. The prospective purchaser is strongly recommended to check the particulars, and where appropriate, at his own expense, to employ qualified agents to carry out surveys, structural and/or mechanical & electrical checks or tests

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