1926 Harrison Butler Cyclone design gaff yawl with 10hp Yanmar diesel engine. Little Kingfisher is one of Dr Harrison Butlers early 'pocket cruiser' designs, with his trademark and unmistakable sweet lines and good sailing performance. Well maintained and restored in previous ownerships , Little Kingfisher is in full sailing commission on the South Coast and ready to enjoy for carefree sailing days and weekends afloat. With her relatively shallow draught she is also ideal for estuaries and rivers or coastal cruising.
The Cyclone Design dates from 1919 and is a development of Harrison Butler’s early design Seagull published in 1912. LITTLE KINGFISHER is one of only a small number of yachts built to this successful design by A H Watty Boatbuilder in Fowey in 1926. Before the war, John Carter was a registered owner stationing the yacht in Itchenor. From 1947 to 1951 Major-General Sir Horace Roome KCIE CB CBE MC owned LITTLE KINGFISHER mooring her in Yarmouth, Isle of Wight. During the 1950s Major D S Sole and later A E Bloomfield became registered owners keeping the yacht in Cowes and Woodbridge respectively. More recent owners include Richard Best, 1975, John Birchall 1994 and Dan & Hannah Matthews daughter of sailor, writer and broadcaster Tom Cunliffe. The present owners bought LITTLE KINGFISHER in 2017 and completed all the recommendations from a full survey in February that year. Previously LITTLE KINGFISHER was restored by boatbuilder Paul Drake in the years leading up to 2009 on the East Coast.
Carvel pitch-pine planked hull on sawn oak frames and intermediate steamed timbers, copper nail and rove fastened.
Teak laid decks, varnished teak coachroof coamings and cockpit, teak and mahogany brightwork.
Spoon bow, long 1.25-ton ballast keel, transom stern and round bilges.
Internal lead trimming ballast.
Bilge pump replaced in August 2017
Plough Anchor with 6mm chain
Wooden boat hook
Bespoke cover (bought for £2,500 2 years ago); plus Spare cover; and Wooden bin
Traditional below decks accommodation with full-size port and starboard settee berths, solid fuel stove.
Galley to port with Thetford two-burner gas cooker with grill having a fold-down cover.
Hanging locker to starboard.
Jabsco marine WC forward with casing and lid.
Forward additional berths and sail stowage
Two oil lamps
Currently rigged as a yawl with a total sail area of about 280 sq.ft.
Gaff Cutter rig also drawn by the designer sets 317 sq.ft. Spruce pole main mast, keel stepped, mizzen mast deck stepped. Spruce gaff and booms.
Sail wardrobe includes: Mainsail; Staysail; Jib; Mizzen sail. Wykeham Martin type furling gear.
10hp YANMAR DIESEL ENGINE 1GM10 last serviced June 2019.
Oil filter changed November 2019.
Starting battery replaced in September 2019.
Two 80 AH batteries.
12-volt cabin lighting
ICOM M421 VHF radio
Anti-fouled August 2020;
Decayed timber replaced June 2019;
Rig removal and replacement incl. varnishing & mast headlight & wiring April 2018;
Cutlass bearing replaced April 2018