Caracole: 26ft. HARRISON BUTLER ‘Bogle Design’ BERMUDIAN CUTTER – Lying: SOLENT – SOLD

::::: SOLD – November 2017 :::::

26ft. BERMUDIAN CUTTER designed by Dr. T Harrison Butler and built in 1934 by Harry Feltham, Portsmouth, Hampshire for Edward Cox of Brighton


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A comfortable, attractive and weatherly cruising yacht with proven capabilities.

The Bogle Design was first drawn by Dr. Harrison Butler in 1933 for the Little Ship Club designing competition and is named after THB’s daughter-in-law, actress Joan Bogle Hickson, who in later years achieved world wide acclaim playing Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple.

The design was a great success and resulted in quite a number of Bogle’s being built during the 1930’s.

Caracole was built by the well respected Feltham of Portsmouth boatyard for Edward Cox of Brighton, a member of the Sussex Yacht Club and Little Ship Club.  Edward owned Caracole until 1950 when she was sold to Leslie Coggin of Marlborough.  In the early 1960’s Lt. Col. H V Rose of Revel Stoke House, Noss Mayo bought  Caracole and cruised from his Plymouth mooring as a member of the Royal Western Yacht Club of England.

In the late 1960’s the well known yachtsman Charles Rayner became the fourth owner.  Charles sailed extensively from his Bristol Channel Pill mooring and was a familiar sight at local sailing gatherings. In the 1970’s Charles set sail to the Med. where  Caracole remained for some time. During the 1980’s R Matthews of Totton owned the vessel keeping her on the Hamble.  In new ownership in the 1990’s  Caracole once more sailed in the Bristol Channel and West Country.

Recent owners have included Flag Officers of the Harrison Butler Association.
Six yachts are known to have been built to this design. The Bogle is designed on the Metacentric Principal of hull balance and has proven to be an almost perfectly balanced hull which in simple terms means that she will continue to sail in a straight line at any angle of heel. We know many yachts will try to round up in every gust and become heavy on the helm in stronger winds. HB’s metacentric design are not like this. They are a joy to sail, light on the helm, they stand up well to their canvas, are dry and buoyant and their extensive voyaging has proven their capabilities.


Long keel, classic Harrison Butler wine glass transom stern with transom hung rudder, round bilge, spoon bow and sweet HB sheer.
Extended longer coach roof forward of the mast, giving good headroom below following the Harrison Butler design Peradventure.
Carvel planked pitch-pine hull caulked and payed, copper fastened to steam bent oak timbers at 6 inch centres on an oak back-bone.
Long external 1.8 ton lead ballast keel, new bronze keel bolts in 1989, last drawn in April 2005.
Ferrous strap floors re-galvanised May 2009.
New bronze skin fittings May 2009.
Yacht laid teak deck and coach roof deck, varnished teak cabin coamings with bronze port-lights. Teak rubbing strakes and toe-rails.
Stainless steel pulpit, push-pit and stanchions with twin guard wires.

Bermudian Cutter rig on keel stepped, varnished, solid pine mast setting 355 sq.ft plain sail.
Single spreaders.
Twin standing back-stays to the quarters.
Stainless-steel rigging replaced in Nov 2005 by Allspars of Plymouth.
External galvanised steel chain plates. regalvanised 2011
Varnished boom sheets with modern blocks, single tail, jammer on the lower block to a stainless steel horse across the aft deck.
Two cockpit sheet winches.
Mast halyard winch.
Sails by Chris Scanes of Topsham in 2003. Jib on Wykeham-Martin No 3 furling gear.
18hp Yanmar 2GM Diesel Engine. Reconditioned and fitted 2015.
Rigid mounted to substantial engine beds.
New two-blade propeller in 2015.
New shaft and coupling 2010.
New 33 litre fuel tank in 2003.
Audible alarms.
Delphi 105a/h domestic battery.
Red Flash 700 -12 volt 17a/h engine start battery.
3 gang 701 switch square including 50 A VSR cluster.
240 volt shore-power with Victron Energy IP22 charger.


Four berths in two cabins.
Forward cabin with two single berths with infill to make a double. Half athwartships bulkhead with starboard locker and Baby Blake heads to port, overhauled in 2004.
Saloon cabin with settee/berths to port and starboard, drop-leaf table, lockers and shelves, Taylors stove.
Polish teak joinery, white enamel bulkheads and deckhead, blue upholstery, new in 2005.
Cane locker lids above the settees.
Galley to starboard with stainless steel sink unit with hand pump from flexible fresh water tank fitted in 2010. Taylors paraffin cooker, Pantry and crockery lockers.
Chart table and navigation area to port with Cobra DSC VHF radio with external water-proof speakers and emergency antenna. Garmin 128 GPS, Raymarine ST60 Tridata Log, Compass.



Whale Gusher Titan bilge pump.
Rule 1100 bilge pump with float switch.
Traditional life buoy.
Lofran Royal windlass.
35lb Plough Anchor with 50 m chain.
35lb Fisherman’s Anchor and warp.
Fenders and mooring warps


Classic Yacht Brokerage have known  Caracole for nearly thirty years having sold her for the two previous owners.  In recent years she has been the subject of much expenditure in knowledgeable and dedicated ownership and an active participant in classic yacht regattas and Harrison Butler Association Meets.

Caracole is now lying afloat on her Solent mooring ready for the next chapter of her interesting sailing career. Certainly one of the best HB designed yachts available on the market today.
The thriving 150 strong Harrison Butler Association provides a platform for HB owners and associates to enjoy the social side of sailing, technical support and access to the historical HBA archive.

Guide: SOLD
Lying: Solent
Viewing: By arrangement through CLASSIC YACHT BROKERAGE