Designer: Johan Anker
Builder: Anker & Jensen Yard
Model: 6 Metre
Boat Location: Cowes, Isle of Wight, UK
Price: £39,000 VAT Paid
Length: 36 ft 8 in
Beam: 6 ft 1 in
Hull Material: Wood
ABU – GBR 32 was designed and built by Johan Anker and his yard in 1931 for his own personal use. In her early life ABU won Gold Cup twice and the One Ton Cup.
In 2003 she was the subject of a long restoration by her then owner, and previous president of the 6 Metre Class, Tim Street. In ABU’s current ownership, since 2011, she has enjoyed an ongoing maintenance schedule keeping her in both excellent condition but also ensuring that she is in up to date race trim. With the help from The Elephant Boat Yard, Robbe and Berking, and design input from Ian Howlett, ABU is presented in ready to race condition.
ABU comes complete with all the equipment you would expect to see from a well campaigned 6 Metre; travel and dock covers, custom built yard/shipping cradle which fits into a 40ft container and much more.
Currently lying afloat in Cowes and available to view at short notice.
Photo Credit: Fiona Brown
ABU was designed by Johan Anker, built in 1931 in his yard Anker and Jensen, Norway. Johan was an important yacht designer of the 1900’s, designing many famous yachts. Most notably, Johan designed the Dragon Keel Boat class which today is one of the largest keelboat racing fleet in the world, and is still built to his original design.
Johan Anker built ABU for his own personal use and went on to race her for the first year, winning the Scandinavain Gold Cup at Gothenberg, Sweeden. Anker then sold ABU to a respected helmsman, Magnus Konow who won both the Gold Cup and One Ton Cup in 1932. At some point in 1933 she relocated to Cowes, UK and sold to A.E Lees who raced her both in the Solent and Burnham on Crouch for a 2 years.
Like many of her wonderful classic counterparts, ABU was converted to a cruiser/racer in 1935. She has spent much of her life on the Hamble river, entering many handicap and offshore races with a sail number of 483.
In 2003, the very influential yachtsman and the man who singlehandedly built the 6 Metre class back up to what we know today, Tim Street, found ABU in a very sad state on the side of road in Tollesbury, Essex.
Tim purchased ABU and had her taken to Aldeburgh Boatyard (now Demon Yachts) for restoration fitting a new spruce deck to help keep her weight down and ensuring that she measured and floated on her original flotation marks. In 2010 she was completed and taken to the Europeans in Brunnen, coming 8th in the Classics and winning the August Ringvold Trophy for second-rule boats.
In 2011 ABU was purchased by her current owner and entered the next stage of her life. During the current ownership, she has been highly optimised and professionally maintained by both Elephant Boatyard or Robbe & Berking. New mast and sails were built with design input by Ian Howlett, underwater profiling was carried out in 2018 and ABU has raced at 6 Metre events for the last 10 years.
Details of the boat are also recorded on the 6 Metre Archives, which can be found HERE
1931 Winner Scandinavain Gold Cup at Gothenberg, Sweden
1932 Winner Gold Cup
1932 Winner One Ton Cup
2010 Winner August Ringvold Trophy
Underwater profiling (2018)
Desk re varnished by the Elephant Boatyard (2020)
Raymarine (former TacTic) electronics (wind speed, boat speed, water depth, compass, race master and additional display)
Two genoa 46 Harken winches
Two spinkaker 40 Harken winches
One mainsheet Pontos winch
Two runner Barlow 25 winches
Two halyard winches
Allspars aluminium mast and boom designed by Ian Howlett can be split for easy transport
Carbon spinnaker pole
Aluminium spare pole
North 3DL Mainsail
Doyle Dacron Mainsail
North 3DL No 1
North 3DL No 2
One Sails light No 1
Full transport cover
Full dock cover
Custom-built cradle for transport and yard work - fits into a 40ft container
Removable outboard engine bracket
Copy of original measurement certificate available
Measurement certificate. ABU floats to original marks
The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.