1932 River Cruiser Class Broads Yacht - £26,000 Offers Invited!
Lying : Ashore Norfolk Broads - Viewing strictly by appointment through Topsail
LOA : 10.52m (34ft 6in)
LOD : 8.84m (29ft 0in)
Draft : 1.27m (4ft 2in)
- Wood carvel construction
- Modern Andrew Wolstenholme keel and rudder
- An outstanding deck repair will be completed prior to sale
- Will have rubbers and toe rails re-varnished and hull repainted and re-antifouled prior to sale
Rigging & Sails
- Bermudan Sloop rig
- Aluminium mast/spars (1994, Z-Spars of Ipswich)
- Mainsail (2016, Jeckells)
- #2 genoa (2016, Jeckells)
- #3 genoa
- #4 genoa
- #1 genoa
- RCC handicap 2%
Mechanical & Electrical
- 4hp Mercury Sailpower long shaft outboard motor
- 2 berths in 1 cabin
- No berth cushions
- No cooking facilities currently installed
- Sea toilet (no holding tank)
- Full overall cover
- Awning cover available, but requires attention
Further photos coming soon!
Achievement was built in the winter of 1932/33 for Albert Ames as a 25' racing boat. She was launched for Thurne regatta and raced with the owner and two professional hands. A successful first season saw winnings covering her build and she went on to be a long term established member of the racing fleet. With a little forewarning, she was hidden in a barn during the war, and was then lengthened to 29' on deck and fitted with an enormous (reported to be nearly 80') timber Bermudan rig. This collapsed towards the end of the season and she has since competed with a more modest 55' - originally timber, but latterly (since 1994) aluminium mast supplied by Z-Spars in Ipswich. The 1994 mast was damaged during a racing incident in 2014 and was replaced with a new custom built mast, installed in 2015, again from Z Spars.
Achievement's current suit of Jeckells sails were fitted in 2016 (mainsail and #2 Genoa) and have sailed the 2016 and 2017 seasons. Achievement was stored in a wet barn in 2018. She has a modern Andy Wolstenhome keel and rudder, with the lead cast into the forward lower quarter to aid overall trim. The sail wardrobe includes #3 and #4 genoas which balance well against the second and third reefs in the mainsail. We have not found the correct conditions in over 20 years of ownership for the #1, which we got with the boat and is too full to work well, other than in light airs reaching.
To sail, Achievement is well balanced and responds well to mainsheet control. She is light, points well and is easy to roll tack. We have sailed consistently with a crew of 4 (or 5 in strong winds).
It has been a privilege to be a part of Achievement's history and she has been in our ownership since 1996. Her name is on almost every yacht racing trophy on the Broadland racing circuit and we have enjoyed many happy days racing and socialising with the River Cruiser Class fleet. We purchased Achievement (instead of a house) before we were married, and our young children have grown up on board and on nearby shores, however their interests have diverged and it is no longer feasible to spend time together as a family if we continue to own and race Achievement - and she is a boat who truly deserves to be out racing. Achievement is now one of the smallest boats in the "fast fleet" but is usually found with the bigger yachts on the start line and holds her position to the first mark. In light airs it is not a surprise for her to lead the entire fleet from start to finish. We hope to find a new owner for Achievement who will continue to race and maintain her as she approaches her centenary.
An outstanding deck repair will be completed and she will be made ready (rubbers and toe rails varnished, hull paint and anti-foul) to be launched under the agreed price.
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2013 18101810 Achievement #11