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Starling Burgess Bermudan cutter Pre-Owned Woodenships, Sailing Yachts, UK Boats

United Kingdom


Starling Burgess Bermudan cutter Designed by Starling Burgess in the USA and built by Julius Peterson of New York in 1934. The design was essentially based on the Itchen Ferry working boats with several developments that eventually led to Binker being built. The first owner and designer wanted a boat that could be easily sailed by himself and his teenage son with good windward performance yet easily handled. She proved to be fast, comfortable and sea kindly as well as having very attractive lines. Uffa Fox wrote a detailed account of the boat and was full of praise for her. Bought by the present professional shipwright owners in 2008 in a very bad state with the intention of completing a total rebuild. The boat was launched in 2015 and was written about extensively in Classic Boat in July 2016. Since her launch she has been sailed from Scotland to Devon and up to the Orkneys via the Caledonian Canal and proved herself to be a great sea boat with looks to attract attention everywhere she goes. The rebuild involved replacement of much of the planking and structural timbers, a new deck, new interior, new rig and all new machinery and systems. The work has been done to a very high professional standard and she is now completely finished and ready to be cruised and raced by a new owner. The present owners are relocating and reluctantly need to sell so someone will now benefit from the vast amount of hard work that has been put into her. A true classic yacht with plenty of pedigree in first class condition. 2015 survey available. Length on Deck 40′ Length Waterline 30′ Beam 10′ Draft 6’2″ Displacement 9.9 tons

Starling Burgess Bermudan cutter



Planked in a mixture of Cedar, Mahogany and Larch.

All bronze screwed fastened to steam bent oak timbers, many of which are new.

Sawn wooden floors, all new, side fastened to the frames.

External 3.5 ton lead ballast keel with new stainless steel keel bolts. 800kg of internal lead trimming ballast.

Yacht laid Afromosia deck glued over a marine plywood subdeck. Deck and deck beams all new in the rebuild.

Varnished teak coachroof coamings with bronze portholes. Coachroof deck made of T&G Iroko and sheathed externally.

Self draining cockpit well. Seating at deck level with a varnished teak coaming round. Tiller steering.


Bermudan cutter rig on a keel stepped hollow wooden mast. Hollow varnished boom and staysail boom with a solid varnished bowsprit. Staysail boom and spinnaker pole new in refit

Stainless steel standing rigging, new 2015, to external stainless chain plates.

Single standing backstay with dyneema running backstays. Hanked on jib with boomed staysail.

Full wardrobe of sails from 2015/2016

All bronze Lewmar self tailing winches.


Beta Marine B20 20hp 3 cylinder marine diesel installed new in 2015, approximately 300 hours,

Single lever controls to offset 3 blade feathering Darglow propeller. Cruising speed of 6 knots.

200 litre stainless steel fuel tank aft.

3 x 12 volt gel batteries for engine starting and domestics. Charged from engine alternator or through 240v charger with installed shore power system.

Manual and electric bilge pumps.




4 berths including 2 quarter berths and 2 saloon settee berths.

Step down over the raised engine box with a high level quarter berth either side. Galley to starboard and chart desk to port.

Galley has a GNEspace 3 burner gas stove with oven and grill. Single stainless sink with manually pumped fresh water. The top of the engine box is used for extra work space for the galley.

Chart desk faces outboard with a lifting lid and storage below.

Half height bulkheads separate off the main saloon with full length settee berth either side and centreline dropleaf table. Storage shelves behind and below the settees.  Original butterfly skylight above the saloon.

Moving forward past the mast is a heads compartment to port with a Lavac sea toilet and hand basin with manually pumped fresh water.

The forepeak is given over totally to storage with large sail bins either side and a 12v fridge box. Chain locker right forward.

Full specification and details available upon request


Designer:     Starling Burgess                    Length on deck: 40'

Builder:        Julius Peterson, New York     Beam: 10'

Year:             1934                                       Draft: 6'2"

Location      Gloucester



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