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A 1992 DRASCOMBE PETERBOAT designed by John Watkinson and built by boatbuilder John Kerr of Llandysul, West Wales

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Overall Length: 16ft 6ins (5m) :: Waterline: 13ft :: Beam: 5ft 9ins (1.7m) :: Draught: Centre-board :: Displacement: 150 kg

Engine: 4hp Johnstone OB Motor :: Designer: John Watkinson :: Builder: John Kerr :: Location: Dorset

Sail: 120 sq. ft. :: Berths: n/a :: Year: 1992 :: Price: £3,950

Broker's Details:


The first 5m Drascombe Peterboat was built in 1973 to a design by John Watkinson. John was responsible for a range of successful shoal-draught day-sailer / pocket cruiser designs initially of timber construction and later available as GRP moulded hulls, all with the Drascombe prefix.

The 5m Peterboat was only available in timber, with around ten examples built professionally.

The design is ideal for inshore and estuary sailing or for more adventurous voyaging in the hands of experienced sailors. An ideal day-sailer for trailer sailing with family and friends or single handed sailing.

The Peterboat has a galvanized pivoting 28lb (13kg) centreplate to add ballast and a stern hung folding rudder. The rig consists of a simple standing lugsail and jib on a stayed mast. A feature of the vessel is an engine well on the port side which allows an outboard motor to be kept permanently mounted but out of sight, so not spoiling the boats lines.

A tabernacle enables the mast to be quickly raised and lowered and the vessel is easily trailed by most cars. The vessel's size permits winter storage in most single garages.

Helena was built in 1992 by master boatbuilder John Kerr of Llandysul, West Wales of glued lapstrake construction with varnished mahogany gunwhales, thwarts and coamings.

4hp Johnstone 2 stroke outboard motor (serviced) external fuel tank

Anchor, chain and warps

Anchor Rode bag

Oars, paddle, boat hook, fender, buckets, ensign


Road trailer, trailer strap, spare wheel, lighting board

Boat cover


The 5m Peterboat is an attractive double-ended day-sailer offering good sailing performance and ideal for family boating and exploring in true Swallows & Amazon style. Carefully maintained in 'as new' condition by the current owner and ready to sail. Viewing recommended. Offered at a third of current building cost.


LYING: Dorset

VIEWING: Through the agents CLASSIC YACHT BROKERAGE 01905-356482