46ft. GAFF-RIGGED 9 METRE ‘R’ RACING YACHT – 1907 – Lying: Italy


Boat Details

Overall Length: 46ft on deck (52ft 6ins over spars)
Waterline: 32ft 6ins
Beam: 9ft 6ins
Draught: 6ft 7ins
Displacement: 11 Tons T M
Engine: 28hp Vetus Diesel
Berths: Six Berths in Two Cabins
Sail: Gaff Rig
Designer: Johan Anker
Builder: Anker & Jensen, Norway
Year Built: 1907
Location: Italy


PANDORA was built to a design by Johan Anker to the newly created ‘metre rule’ set in London in 1906. She is most likely the first yacht built to the rule at the Anker & Jensen yard in Norway of which eight 9 Metre R boat were built before the Great War. Scott Hansen from Oslo was one of her original owners keeping PANDORA until the 1930s when Thomas Schlytter bought her, he also kept her for many years. In the 1950s O W Band of Norway bought PANDORA changing her name to FRI.

During PANDORA’s history, there have been nine owners several who have kept her for around 30 years. Launched in February 1907 with a gaff rig which was altered to bermudian in the 1920s as fashions changed. In 2001 PANDORA’s original rig was reinstated and in 2019 her rig was overhauled together with a new suit of sails.

PANDORA was awarded a special prize for “Best sailing yacht” at Risør Wooden Boat Festival in 2007. A full history is available as well as archive photographs of the boat.

Carvel mahogany planked hull, copper fastened to grown oak frames and steam bent oak timbers. 3/8th-inch teak deck over marine ply, replaced in the mid-1980s. Teak brightwork, hatches, rails and cockpit.

The mostly original interior dating from 1907 with varnished mahogany joinery and Japanese hardwood with attractive panelling. Accommodation for six in two cabins.

Entering via the cockpit through double doors to the saloon with single settee berths to port and starboard having drop-leaf cabin table between. Aft to port and starboard are single quarter berths. Forward to port is the galley with a Techimpex gimballed two-burner gas hob and oven (new 2008) Fridge and brass sink to starboard, also with pantry and crockery lockers. Forward to port is the heads compartment – refitted from 2008 in the style of the original. A corridor leads forward to the fore cabin with single V berths and chain locker beyond.

28hp Vetus M3.28 three-cylinder diesel engine.
Bronze three-blade propeller and stainless steel shaft new 2008.
Electric cabling, fuse box, lamps new from 2006
Double battery bank
Start battery
Syrefast stainless-steel fuel tanks, 90 litre (2003)

Original style bronze windlass, new 2008
Bruce anchor with 50 metres galvanised 10mm chain
GPS / chart plotter / depth sounder, new 2010
Two separate electric bilge pump systems
Manual bilge pump new 2009


PANDORA is without a doubt an extremely special yacht and a rare survivor from the Edwardian era. Following an extensive overhaul during 2018/19 some Euro 200,000 was spent on a new mast, new standing and running rigging, full new sail wardrobe and cosmetic improvements PANDORA can continue to compete successfully on the Med Circuit with her contemporaries and successors. Seriously for sale and offered at an extremely realistic guide price.

GUIDE: Euro 90,000 plus vat (£75,000 1st March 2020)

LYING: San Remo


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