Very pretty little wooden classic, built on the Isle of Wight. The current owner has maintained her to a very high standard, and she presents very well, definitely not a project in any shape or form. She features four berths, good headroom and plenty of period charm.
The Cheverton Crusader class was designed by David Cheverton in response to a request by a local Cowes dentist, David Ramsden who wanted a family cruising yacht that was larger than the little Caravel class. He wanted two separate cabin areas of the boat and an enclosed heads compartment in order to give his family a comfortable cruising yacht. The Crusader is exactly that, a comfortable boat capable of good passage times with a decent amount of internal space for extended periods aboard. The high coachroof gives good headroom throughout and all 4 berths are 6’ or more and a decent width.
The construction methods employed by David Cheverton meant his boats could be built on a small production line arrangement, reducing costs and speeding the time from order to delivery. Strip plank construction is a quick and easy way of building a boat and the advent of epoxy glues meant it was strong and reliable as well. Rather than sheathing the hulls as we do now, they were simply painted with a thin epoxy resin which soaked into the timber in order to protect it. The other bonus of this construction is the lack of frames required so there is more internal space for any given dimensions compared to a conventionally built boat, so although the beam of the Crusader is not huge, every inch of it used so the saloon feels very spacious and comfortable.
There were about 50 Crusaders built in total which makes her a very successful design and they have been proven over the years as super little cruising yachts. This yacht has had a major refit in present ownership with virtually no expense spared, but unfortunately ill health has forced the owner to move away from sailing all together. Every inch of this boat has been inspected with all major works carried out as necessary. She is very clean, smart and tidy and has to be one of the best examples around of this nice little yachts.
Yanmar 2GMF15 18hp, 2 cyl diesel Approx 1985.
Yanmar gearbox, rebuilt 2011.
Centreline 3 blade bronze propeller .
2 x 12v Bosch batteries.
Charged from engine alternator and through charger on shore power connection.
Boat completely rewired 2013.
3-pin Electric domestic sockets throughout
Seadog battey tester
Battery isolator switch
Four berths laid out in forward 'V' berth and two converted berths in saloon
Lots of headroom throughout the spacious saloon which is a key feature of these cleverly designed yachts.
Entrance to the main cabin through a sliding hatch with tall double hatch doors. Galley area split between port and starboard at the aft end of saloon. Electronics, VHF and switchboard is to starboard.
Full length settee berths each side with deep shelves and lockers behind and lockers underneath.
CD player with speakers
Plastimo gimballed 2 burner stove.
Stainless Steel sink to starboard with hand pumped fresh water.
Heads compartment to starboard forward of the saloon.
Jabsco sea toilet pumps directly overboard, all new installation.
Hand basin pulls out from under the deckhead and drains into the heads.
Non slip decking
Midships and aft cleats
Autohelm Seatalk depth/speed log
Chrome superstructure vents
Two Lewmar 16's
Two unknown -roughly the same size
Masthead Bermudan sloop rig on a varnished spruce deck-stepped mast.
Slab reefing varnished boom
varnished spinnaker pole.
Stainless steel rigging new in 2003 with s/s terminals and rigging screws to galvanised internal chainplates.
Single standing backstay
Twin lower shrouds and a single cap shroud over single spreaders.
Roller furling headsail.
Danform Corsair compass, chrome binnacle
Bidata autohelm sounder/log
ICOM ICM503 VHF. New aerial and cable ’13.
New masthead windex vane.
4 Fire Extinguishers
Manual bilge pump
Bursledon Bridge, Bursledon
Southampton, Hampshire SO31 8AZ