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Vancouver 32


afloat Hampshire


Pheon Yachts, Newhaven Sussex.






32' 0"

Sail area

734 sq ft

Brief details


27' 6"



Designed by Robert Harris of Vancouver, Canada, the Vancouver 32 is a traditional long-keeled passage maker, although with a great deal more interior space than many older long-keeled designs. The design is aimed squarely at long-distance cruising, and is much sought after for this purpose. This is an early but unusually lightly used Vancouver 32, for sale now only because of the long term owner's age.


10' 7"


Forecabin and saloon


4' 6"




14,513 lbs


Yanmar diesel


6,500 lbs



Keel type

Long keel with cutaway forefoot: encapsulated lead ballast in keel. Rudder supported by skeg and keel extension.


The Vancouver 32 was designed in 1980/81 as a larger version of the already successful Vancouver 27/28, which had established a serious reputation for seaworthiness.


Just over 60 Vancouver 32s were built in England from late 1981 to 1991, initially by Pheon Yachts. Pheon were taken over in 1986 by Northshore (who moulded the hulls for Pheon), and from then on UK boats were built entirely by Northshore. A few boats were also built by Ta Shing in Taiwan for the US market, but these appear to have a different pilothouse type deck moulding. Very early Pheon examples such as this yacht for sale had saildrives and a skeg to give additional support to the rudder, later ones had shaft drive and relied on the keel extension itself as rudder support.

They are very capable long-distance passage-makers, and many have made extensive cruises. Extended to 34 ft, the Vancouver 34 was until quite recently still in production by Northshore, the main difference between the two boats is that the stern is stretched on the 34 - the interior is very similar indeed on the Vancouver 32 and 34s.

Moored port - Vancouver 32 for sale

Yachtsnet photographs August 2020

Moored stern
Dried for scrub
Go to selected larger photos
Saloon - Vancouver 32 for sale

The GRP decks and coachroof were originally covered with panels of Treadmaster non-slip, but as this was getting tired the owner had Permateek synthetic teak decking fitted throughout in 2018


August 2020

Bow detail

The Vancouver 32 is cutter rigged, and this yacht also has a second removable inner forestay (Solent stay) that can be used for a twin headsail downwind rig if required.

Deck aft

Since these photos were taken in August 2020 the radar scanner has been removed from the mast and the old-type CRT radar display removed from the chart table.

Cockpit aft

The windvane self-steering

is a Hasler trim-tab type

Hasler vane gear
Moored starboard
Cockpit canopy

The cockpit "camper" cover was not fitted when Yachtsnet photos were taken.
The saloon berth infill section doubles as a cockpit table.

Cockpit table
Forecabin entrance

This yacht was originally fitted with two "pullman" single berths (one above the other) in the forecabin. It has been modified to a conventional vee-berth with infill arrangement, and a small removable set of steps placed in the entrance to the berth to aid access for a less young owner. The heads (photo below) is through the door in this photo.

August 2020

Saloon forward
Saloon table

Photo below: the saloon starboard side settee has an extension piece with cushions
to make the settee into a small double - but it is a really small double!

Saloon small double
Saloon aft
Chart table

The very deep quarterberth aft of the chart table has been fitted to be changeable
between a berth and a seat with back for the chart table

Chart table

In September 2020 the radar system was removed and a new AIS receiver fitted




This is an unusually lightly used example of these classic long-keel cruising yachts.
In the present ownership since 1997, she has only logged about 7,400 miles and been

wintered ashore every year. She has clearly been meticulously maintained
by her engineer owner, and is for sale now only because of advancing age.


Engine details

Yanmar 3JH3CE 3-cylinder diesel 40 bhp, freshwater cooled, with Yanmar SD40 Saildrive. Engine and gearbox new 2001, run 775 hours to date.

Fuel tank capacity

150 litres in S/S tank under cabin sole


16" x 10" pitch 3-bladed Radice aluminium prop on Saildrive


105AH Varta services battery and 75AH Yuasa engine start battery, both new 2017

Battery charging/electrics

Engine alternator, shorepower battery charger and 30 watt solar panel on coachroof.

Sails and deck equipment

Rig details

Alloy mast and boom with S/S standing rigging new November 2014. Cutter rig with additional "Solent" removable inner forestay with Wichard adjuster. Telescopic spinnaker pole stowed on mast used as genoa whisker pole.


Arun Sails, single line slab reefing with three reefs, tan, with lazyjacks and packamain cover, cover new 2015


Arun Sails No 1 jib, tan, with padded luff for furling/reefing and sacrificial strip on leech.

Jib furling

Harken ESP furler new November 2014


Arun Sails, tan

Other headsails

Arun sails Nos 2 and No 3 jibs, both hank on, tan, set on Solent stay

Storm jib

Jeckells Sails, white, sets on staysail stay.

Primary winches

2 x Lewmar 40 two-speed self-tailing

Secondary winches

4 x Gibb winches, two on cabin top and two on cockpit coaming.

Bower anchor

35 lb CQR with 47 metres chain, re-galvanised 2018

Kedge anchors

7.5 Kg Bruce with chain and warp

Anchor windlass

Simpson-Lawrence 2-speed manual windlass




Hasler trim tab vane gear


Autohelm ST4000 tiller pilot

Steering compass

Plastimo bulkhead compass

Warps & fenders

6 warps and 6 fender.


Dodgers, Sprayhood, full cockpit canopy with frame and windows, cockpit table. Also telescopic yacht legs model FA3 by Yacht Leg & Cradle Company.

Navigation Equipment and instruments


Garmin GPSMap 750 7" colour plotter

AIS receiver

NASA AIS3 receiver, displays on Garmin plotter - new 2020


Raytheon ST50

Depth sounder

Raytheon ST50


Raytheon ST50 with second close-hauled display

VHF radio

Icom M423G VHF radio with DSC - new 2017


NASA Target Navtex Pro

Safety/emergency equipment


McMurdo G5 EPIRB


Horseshoe with danbuoy and floating light. Also Lifesling recovery sling.


Seago 4-man canister type, serviced only to June 2020

Radar reflector

Firdell Blipper

Bilge pumps

2 x Henderson Mk 3 pumps


4 x dry powder fire extinguishers


Cabin layout

Forecabin, heads and saloon


max 6

Water tank capacity

2 x 150 litre tanks under saloon sole, aft tank has a Aquafilter carbon filter and footpump to galley sink. Hot water from 13 litre Hotpot calorifier.


Plastimo Neptune 2000 two-burner, grill and oven


43 litre coolbox with Isotherm GE80 refrigeration unit


Blakes Lavac with Henderson Mk 3 pump





Avon Redseal hypalon inflatable


Mariner 2 hp two-stroke


Steel shore storage cradle as seen in photo

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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