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Bulla 11

..... SOLD - March 2014 .....

A 1970 KETCH MOTOR SAILER designed and built by Gerald Pearn, Looe, Cornwall

Bulla 11
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Overall Length: 31ft :: Waterline: 27ft 5ins. :: Beam: 10ft :: Draught: 3ft 6ins :: Displacement: 9 Tons TM

Engine: 50hp Thornycroft diesel :: Designer: Traditional :: Builder: Gerald Pearn :: Location: West Sussex

Sail: Ketch Rig sets 400 sq. ft. :: Berths: Four Berths :: Year: 1970 :: Price: £29,850

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An attractive, well presented motor-sailer derived from the lines of the local Cornish fishing boats and built by Gerald Pearn, boat builder of Morval, Looe, Cornwall in 1970.

First changed hands in about 1983 after some twelve years with the first owner and continued in second ownership for some twenty-three years until sold to the present Sussex owner in 2006.

The second owner was a retired Master Mariner and fitted the boat out for research work with the Plymouth Marine College as well as for family leisure use. In the present ownership the boat has been well maintained and is now presented in good condition, ready for immediate use.

The design features a long straight keel, a full round midships section, a transom stern, raked straight stem with transom hung rudder.

Below, Bulla 11 has twin berths forward with infill to make a double berth, a midships saloon cabin with port and starboard settee berths, a heads compartment in the starboard aft corner and a galley in the after port corner. Large cockpit aft with the engine fully accessible under a low step box in the middle.

Bermudian ketch rig sets approx 400sq’ of sail on masts which are easily lowered and removed without the need of a crane.

Carvel planked in iroko, traditionally tight seamed in the Cornish way with no caulking, on close spaced Canadian rock elm steam bent timbers, all fastened with copper nails and roves. Pine stringers and beam shelf. Iroko back-bone with massive oak floors across the centre-line.

Steel shoe along the bottom of the long iroko keel adds ballast weight and protects the keel when grounding. Quantity of internal lead trimming ballast.

Yacht-laid deck in solid iroko, caulked and payed. The coach-roof is built with varnished iroko coamings, having four opening bronze port holes each side and one forward. The coamings extend aft to form the cockpit coamings. The coach-roof deck is laid in ply on substantial pine beams, sheathed with epoxy and glass cloth and painted white. Pair of bronze mushroom vents.

Wheel-shelter with two forward windows, side windows, bronze nav lights on the roof corners, grab rails on the roof, 6’6” head-room. Removeable chart table.

Large deep safe cock-pit with seating down each side and across the after end. Stowage under the side decks. Bronze capped oak sampson posts in the after corners take the stern lines. Slatted scrubbed teak seating each side. Teak grating at the helm.

Traditional spoked teak wheel in the forward port corner of the dog-house with chain and cable to a short, under-deck tiller arm on the external rudder stock.

Thornycroft 50hp four cylinder naturally aspirated, fresh water cooled diesel engine on heavy timber beds on the centre-line to conventional shaft drive and 3-blade bronze centre-line propeller. Cruising speed about 7knots @ 2000rpm uses less than one gallon per hour. Panel in the cockpit sole aft lifts to access the 35 gall stainless steel fuel tank and filters. 2 x 12v batteries.

Bermudian ketch rig setting approx 400 sq. ft. sail on varnished masts mounted in galvanised tabernacles, the main on the coach-roof, the mizzen against the after cock-pit bulkhead. Stainless steel standing rigging. Boomed, loose-footed, slab reefed mainsail,  2002 New hanked staysail by Lucas Sails, 2009, Jib, Ghoster 1993, Storm jib, Trisail. Sheet winch either side of the cock-pit.

Traditional style accommodation offering four berths in two cabins.

V berths in the fore peak with insert to make a double berth. Fore hatch over. Storage below bunks.

New stainless steel hawse pipe forward from the new Lofrans windlass.

Centre arched bulkhead doorway to the saloon cabin.

Port and starboard settee berths. Double drop-leaf mahogany table between. Shelves. Locker on the forward bulkhead. Stowage under the settees.

Heads compartment with door in the after starboard corner with Jabsco sea toilet.

Galley in the aft port corner with Pacific stainless steel 2-burner grill and oven gas cooker, solid mounted against the bulkhead with deep moveable fiddles. Stainless steel sink and drainer. Pantry and crockery lockers under the sink.

Off-set starboard step up and sliding door to the cock-pit.


Bosun Grid compass

Furuno GPS Navigator

Autohelm 3000

Echopilot forward-looking sonar – new 2007

Garmin echosounder/fishfinder – new 2007


Portable chart table

25 lb CQR anchor

56 lb Admiralty pattern anchor

Folding kedge anchor

30 fathoms galvanised chain

25 fathoms leaded anchor rode

Kedge warp

Lofrans manual windlass, with stainless steel plate and hawse under – New 2010

Bronze sampson post on fore deck – new 2010

4 man Seago liferaft in valise – new 2006

Dan buoy with horseshoe lifebuoy and light

12v bilge pump

Whale manual bilge pump

Radar  reflector

12v searchlight

3 fire extinguishers

Fire blanket

Manual foghorn

Inflatable dinghy and oars

Galvanised emergency tiller

Beaching legs

Boarding ladder


Warps and fenders

Heaving line

Cock-pit cover

Cock-pit awning – new 2007

Cock-pit cushions – new 2007

2  5 gallon fuel containers

Filtered fuelling funnel

Various engine spares, including spare alternator

Galley gear

Gas bottle and spare.


An extremely well presented and maintained motor-sailer offering spacious and light accommodation with a generous aft cockpit ideal for socialising, fishing, sunbathing or family picnics. Useful and efficient, optional ketch rig.


LYING: West Sussex

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