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1924 Ernest Collins River Cruiser Yacht - £22,500


Lying : Norfolk Broads - Viewing strictly by appointment through Topsail

Ernest Collins River Cruiser Yacht

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General Specification

Designer : Ernest Collins of Wroxham
Builder : Ernest Collins of Wroxham
LOA : 11.89m (39ft 0in)
LOD : 9.75m (32ft 0in)
Beam : 2.9m (9ft 6in)
Draft : 1.27m (4ft 2in)
Keel : Fin


Rigging & Sails

Mechanical & Electrical




Owned by the current family for in excess of 20 years, this beautiful, and very well known, traditional River Cruiser Class Broads yacht is now offered for sale as the owners have taken the incredibly hard decision to down-size. With an enviable racing record, she is equally well suited to family cruising. A much loved and truly versatile Broads yacht that will without doubt bring huge amounts of pleasure to her new owner.

MOORING: Subject to negotiation, a mooring buoy on Barton Broad could be available to the purchaser for at least part of the 2021 season.

Owner's Remarks

A much-loved classic in lovely condition and a real head-turner. She is exciting to sail, with an enviable racing record. Yet she is equally suited to cruising 2-up, with comfortable accommodation and all sail and engine controls accessible from the cockpit.

Without exception, the many, many people who've taken her helm have been astonished at how responsive, balanced and well-behaved she is. She rewards you with an exciting sail in almost all but the quietest conditions. She can be sailed comfortably with 2 crew, with the mainsheet taken forwards to the cockpit. To race, she ideally needs 4 crew to get the best out of her and sail to her handicap, all of them having plenty to keep them occupied! In this respect, she's a great team boat. All the sail controls are routed to the cockpit, especially important when sailing 2 up - there is no need for anyone to leave the cockpit when under sail.

The spacious well and cabin provide plenty of room, not just for day-to-day use, but partying! Her hospitality record was set at her first regatta with us - cooking for, and feeding, 15 people - under cover! In better weather, the large aft deck and well provide plenty of outdoor space for socialising. The gooseneck is extended, allowing it to be raised before fitting the awning, giving 6ft headroom under the sail. When we fitted her out 20+ years ago, a double bunk was high on the list of priorities. This was achieved with a pull-out on the starboard side, leaving a walkway past it. The extra cushion makes a fine backrest during the day and provides stowage for bedding behind. The electrical system provides the convenience of LED cabin lighting, although the oil lamps still add ambience (and some heat in colder weather!). The USB charging points are very convenient indeed and the solar controller lets you know the battery state. The cooker is very efficient and, on multiple occasions, has cooked for groups of 10+.

To any potential buyer who feels the rigging is too complicated, about half of it can quickly and easily be dispensed with if the booming out gear is removed. It could be argued it's there to maintain her original equipment. Or to gain an advantage while racing. In truth, it's main purpose is to give all crew plenty of toys to play with if we're racing 4 up!


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