West Solent One Design

Designed - H G May & H. Jacobs

Built - Berthon Boatyard, Lymington 1923 - 1933

LOA 34’ 6”  LWL 24’ 0” Beam 7’ 6” Draft 5’ 1 1/2"

Disp 4.4 tons. Sail Area 530 sq ft.

Elegant thoroughbred yachts, originally built as the "W Boats" as one of the first production cruiser racers, and adopted by a number of yacht clubs around the coast including Lymington, Torbay and Burnham. A total of 32 boats were originally built for the U.K. market. A further five were built and exported fo Argentina as the Los Indios Class, and one was built under licence in Bombay, India. They participated as a class in a number of regattas around the coast until the 50's whilst their distinctive classical lines sometimes earned them the nickname of "the little J-Class"

A resurgence in interest in the class in the 90s and early 00s, particularly around the East Coast, resulted in a number of boats being sympathetically restored to the early one design rules whilst using modern boatbuilding techniques to solve some of the fundamental structural problems of the original boats. Others are currently under restoration or awaiting new owners seeking projects. In 2010 the lovely new "Winnie Marie" W-39 was launched.

Something of a purist's boat with a big rig, running backstays and normally engineless, they offer a superb sailing experience in all conditions, and gather appreciative glances and comment as one of the most beautiful boats around, in whatever company. Whilst the current fleet is a bit scattered, a number regularly participate in regattas and local races, both in classic events or racing to IRC or local handicap amongst modern raceboats where, given the right conditions, they can carry away the silverware. Highlights of the season are the Levington Classic Regatta in June and Mersea Week in August.

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Interesting news about Querandi in Argentina. She is under restoration ....pictures, before and now!!


Vivacious is a thouroubred amongst classic racing yachts, one of the 30 built in the UK through the 1920s. She has been fully restored in recent years, but retaines much of her original hull and features. She is very sweet and light on the tiller, a deligt to sail.

The present owners have had memorable times sailing her on the East Coast, and also in the Netherland in 2012
where she was much admired.
Vivacious has been set up below and on deck for 2 handed cruising, as well as racing and the photographs show some of the features. There is a good galley and chart table, a booze locker (for the skipper) and a loo (for the mate), three berths, and one of the most useful additions, a spray hood when cruising.

For more details please see her photos and particulars page : "Vivacious Inventory"
Price : £45,000
contact : Ian Murdoch on 07751303681
email : w22vivacious@me.com



Natica has been racing in Cannes where she is kept and can be seen.
She is a racing boat. Fully restaured in 1997. She has an inboard engine.
For more details please see her photos and particulars page : "Natica inventory"
Price : € 85.000
Contact :
- Clement Rinaldi : clementrinaldi@hotmail.fr - +33 770740256
- F.Rouget : frouget@maisondefamille.fr


Another W Boat converted as a cruiser is now on the market : "JADE W 26" for details look at this link or https://www.facebook.com/JADEW26?ref=bookmarks

And for fun :

A You tube clip of Mischief.


"Mischief" W29. Crazy yachtsman just misses concrete ...
Great maneuvers from this yachtsman. Very daring & skilled to get through the gap between the concrete plinths.