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1905 "Dragonfly" 45' Bunn Edwardian Cruising Yacht - £20,000

Status : FOR SALE

Lying : Norfolk Broads - Viewing strictly by appointment through Topsail

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General Specification

Designer : Graham Bunn
Builder : Bunns of Wroxham
LOA : 13.72m (45ft 0in)
LWL : 11.73m (38ft 6in)
Beam : 3.32m (10ft 11in)
Draft : 1.07m (3ft 6in)
Maximum Draft : 1.45m (4ft 9in)
Air Draft : 1.83m (6ft 0in)
Keel : Drop


Rigging & Sails

Mechanical & Electrical




There are few sights at a Broadland regatta or when she is cruising on the rivers, to match the Edwardian cruising yacht Dragonfly under full sail driving through the water in a brisk wind. Over the years much has been written about the Norfolk Wherry, the single sailed trading barge of the Broads, and the Wherry Yacht which developed from it. However, little has been written about the large Edwardian Broads cruising yachts which were typically about 40' LOD and normally sailed by a paid skipper. They were built both for private owners and for various hire fleets and filled the gap between the Wherry Yachts and the smaller cruising yachts sailed by the owners/hirers. Today the only large Edwardian cruising yacht to survive in sailing order on Broadland waters is Dragonfly. Relatively unchanged since her launch in 1905; she was for the first time fitted with a diesel engine in 2002, even then, the engine was tucked away under the aft deck with a hydraulic drive to the folding propeller.

This stunning cruising yacht is gaff rigged with a bowsprit and topsail and has a total sail area of approximately 1000 square feet with the mainsheet being 195 feet in length! The mast with its lead counter weight is stepped in a tabernacle and raises and lowers with finger-tip control. Her hull is constructed of redwood pine planking on steamed and also sawn oak timbers. The steamed oak timbers, garboard planks, hog, and the deadwood were renewed in 1982/83 when the hull was extensively overhauled. Three Planks have been replaced this year 2023 and the hull is reportedly in good shape.

A beautifully spacious and original full mahogany interior of cabin sides, doors, panelled bulkheads, berths, lockers, doors and tables creates an air of luxury. There is ample living and storage space for extended cruising on the Norfolk Broads where she is sure to turn heads wherever she sails. Now reluctantly for sale with the owner retiring from sailing

FOREPEAK: Fitted with a fixed bunk to port and a pipe cot to starboard. A sliding bulkhead hatch leads to the companion way aft. A fore deck hatch allows the mast foot weights to swing up when the mast is lowered. Situated in the forepeak is a 50 litre capacity stainless steel fuel tank, and three batteries under the bunk for engine, lighting and bilge pump.

COMPANION WAY: Fitted with portable steps and a hatch to the dusk on the starboard side. There is an enclosed toilet to port. A gas oven is fitted below the steps to starboard under the side deck. Alongside the oven is a hand operated double diaphragm bilge pump. The companionway steps also serve as a boarding ladder when in position over the transom.

FORWARD CABIN: Fitted with two wide bunks with drawers below, also has a side table and wash basin. A 20 gallon stainless steel water tank is built-in under the starboard bunk. In the cabin top there is a large square hatch that can be raised for additional headroom. The forward cabin has both gas and electric lighting. There is a panelled mahogany door the leads to the aft cabin.

AFT CABIN: There are settee/bunks port and starboard with lockers below and behind. In the centre of the cabin is the drop keel casing with two cutlery drawers and a double drop leaf mahogany table mounted on top. In the cabin top there is a glazed butterfly hatch. The aft cabin has a double door with sliding hatch access to the cockpit. The aft cabin has both gas and electric lighting and a fresh water pump just inside the cockpit doors.

COCKPIT: Mahogany benches run full length with spacious lockers behind and below with drawers and further lockers at the aft end. The tiller is portable and in its place a mahogany table can be fitted. A portable gas hob and grill is stored in a locker below. Two sheet winches are positioned on the coamings.

AFT DECK: The mainsheet triple block is shackled to a shock absorbing deck fitting, through bolted to the keel. Aft of the mainsheet fitting is an engine access hatch with a smaller hatch alongside for the mainsheet hand. Just forward of the transom, two cylindrical stainless steel gas lockers are let into the deck with bronze lids.


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