Builder: Ashton and Kilner
Boat Location: Yarmouth, Isle of Wight, UK
Length: 34 ft
Length on Deck: 26 ft
Beam: 9 ft
Draft: 5 ft 6 inch
Hull Material: Wood
Lone Wolf was built in 1905 by Ashton and Kilner to a design believed to be drawn at the yard. With a length overall of 34ft and 26ft on deck, Lone Wolf is a charming classic which oozes character in all forms from her early 1900’s design, newly redesigned interior, and the abundance of history in the files.
The maintenance schedule which has been place since the early 1980s with her current owners has meant that Lone Wolf sits very proud and in excellent fettle. Work has included replacing planks, new cockpit floors, new engine and much more. A new mast in 1989 put gave her a new lease of life for lots of cruising, it is noted that Lone Wolf had a short stint trying out the more modern Bermudian mast!
Having been a regular at nearly all the Gaff events on the Southcoast in the past 40 years, Lone Wolf has got a reputation of being the perfect host for drinks. Now it’s time for her current owners to hand her over to new and enthusiastic custodians.
Can be found in Yarmouth Harbour, Isle of Wight.
Nothing other than a name is known about her first owner but much is written about the cruises of her second owner Henry Carson and his sister Beryl. They bought the boat in 1911 and cruised her around the Solent and down the West Country. In 1912 they sailed up to the Baltic to Copenhagen. The trip is recorded in the CA Bulletin and an original log.
In May 1913 they returned and sailed her up to Russia at Kronstadt before returning to Cowes on September 23rd. They met Erskine Childers in Kalmar on July 29th. Both Carson and Childers record the meeting in their logs. Carson won the CA's Love Cup in 1912 and 1913 for their cruise and the RCC's Romola Cup in 1913. In October 1919 they sailed from Cowes to Le Havre, taking the boat down the French Canals to the Mediterranean arriving in January 1920. Carson then sailed the boat to Sete and took her through the Canal du Midi to Bordeaux. From there in August 1920 he and Beryl sailed the boat back to England. This trip is described in 6 Yachting Monthly articles published in 1921 and 1922. They sold the boat in January 1922.
After Carson she had three owners in quick succession but in 1932 she was bought by Joseph Mew, a brewer on the Isle of Wight. He sailed her in the early Round the Island Races. A Beken photograph survives from this time.
In 1939 she was sold and taken to the East Coast. In 1950 she was converted to Bermudan at Dan Web and Feesey, then bought by Edgar Traylen in 1960. Whilst on the slip being fitted out she was recognised by Carson's daughter and this is how her history came to light. Traylen kept her on the Walton Backwaters for 20 years before selling her to Richard Barnard who converted her back to a gaff cutter using the Bermudan mast. However the rig was not powerful and the boat needed a good breeze to get her going.
Pat and Dick Dawson bought her in 1983 and sailed her back to the South Coast. She leaked a lot on this trip, resulting in a three year refit In 1989 the Dawsons replaced the rig based on the dimensions of her original rig recorded in her 1911 log. In their ownership she has cruised the south coast of England from Ramsgate to the Helford river in Cornwall, across the Channel to Normandy, the Channel Islands and the North Brittany coast.
History kindly supplied by the Dawson's
Painting of hull and antifouling - 2023
Mast varnished and unstepped - 2022 (this has been done every three years with her current owners)
Engine Service - 2022
Accommodation that can found aboard Lone Wolf is the masterpiece of her current owners, whom since 1983 have worked on the refurbishment and design layout to allow a very well thought-out space.
Comfortably sleeping four, in the two saloon bunks and the for-peak berth.
Galley can be found to port which has ample stowage :
- Flavel Vanessa 2 burner gas stove with oven and grill
- Washing bowl sink with manually pumped fresh water
- Cool box opposite the galley
The forepeak houses the baby Blakes manual heads which has been neatly designed to hide away when not in use.
Heating is provided from a Taylors 069D paraffin cabin heater.
3 x 12 volt batteries charged from the engine alternator
Standard Horizon CP180 chart plotter
Raymarine ST60 Tridata speed/depth
ICOM IC-M59 VHf radio
Standard Horizon HX270E Handheld VHF radio
Walker trailing log
Sestrel steering compass
SKB Sails Mainsail (1998)
Sander Sails no 1 Jib (2021)
SKB Sails no 2 Jib (1998)
Richardson Sails no 1 staysail (1990s)
Ratsey no 2 staysail (1989)
Hood no 3 stay sail (2010)
Ratsey Topsail (1989)
SKB Sails Spinnaker (2000)
Working sail area of 530qsft (605sqft with topsail)
Douglas fir mast - Noble Mast (1989)
Douglas fir slab reefing boom - (1989)
Spruce running pole
Aluminium topsail pole
Stainless steel standing rigging (2010)
Bronze rigging screws to external bronze chain plates
Wyckeham Martin furling system on the jib
Dyneema running back stays on tackles
1 x auto electric bilge pump
2 x manual bilge pumps
Yanmar 3GM 27hp 3cyl diesel installed in 2001
Centreline fixed 3 blade bronze propeller
1.5 - 2 Litres an hour with a 5 Knots cruising speed and max speed of 7 knots
60 litre stainless steel fuel tank under the cockpit sole
200 litre plastic water tank under the saloon cabin sole
4 x cockpit winches
2 x mast winches
35lb CQR anchor with 60m of 8mm chain
25lb CQR anchor with 5m of 8mm chain + warp
Manual Moyle anchor windlass - seized
coachroof hatch cover
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.