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Hamble One Design

Boat Details

Make: Hamble One Design

Builder: Luke & Co 

Year: 1913

Boat Location: Chelmsford, Essex

Price: Off Market 

Length:  18 ft 0 inch

Beam: 5 ft 0 inch

Draft: 3 ft 0 inch

Hull Material:  Wood


One of the very rare Hamble One Design gaffers which were designed and built in 1913 by Luke & Co Boat Company on the Hamble River (just upstream of the Royal Southern Yacht Club). It is believed that only 6 were built before the First World War and here is one of them which currently has no name, but at some point was named Alert by her previous owner in West Country.

In the early 2000’s she was saved from a beach in Suffolk and spent the next 20 years in a barn being restored, a new mahogany transom was fitted, new keelson and several planks along with a new spars (she still has her original gaff).

This year (2021) she found her way to a classic boatyard on the East Coast where she was the subject to some much needed love and care, seams were calked, some new planking, new floors, varnish and paint.


Built from Oregon Pine on Elm frames, at 18ft she the Hamble One Design is the perfect day boat, or even gaffer racer, now awaiting her new chapter and without question she is a very important part of maritime history.

Works 2021 


Completely re-caulked with cotton and putty

Two new planks

Repair to ply deck

Needle gun and 2 pac of the keel

Paint throughout

New sole floor bearers and new wooden larch sole

Gusher pump rebuilt

Repairs to rudder



New mast and boom (some time in 2010, never used) 

Original gaff boom 

New rigging 




Set of canvas sails which were new from the previous owner and never been used 

New cockpit cover (2021)


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.

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