A New Development!

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Posted 29 September 2021

During the past 12 months or so we have become aware of Sadler and Starlight Yachts being offered for sale on multi-media sites, Apollo Duck and others, rather than through the usual Brokerage outlets.
This has presented a new opportunity for Buyers and many times we are approached by the Buyer to advise on yacht detail, available documentation, Survey findings and so on – for which we charge a small fee, depending on time involved.
A further development is that we are now increasingly involved in helping and advising for private sale between Seller and Buyer, then providing formal sale documents including Bill of Sale and other necessary formalities.
We are thus able to advise on Survey findings and Title documentation queries, as an effective intermediary.
Typically our fee for this is £400 to £500, cost split equally between Buyer and Vendor.
Our most recent involvement in this invaluable contribution has been with Moody yachts and Sigma of which we have a profound knowledge – resulting from my time with Marine Projects running Moody and Sigma yacht build.
We are certainly happy to discuss any variations on the above service – why not call Mike for a chat 07717 885435.

Heard Tosher 20 for sale

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Posted 16 September 2021


Supplied by Martin Heard of Gaffers and Luggers in 1996, Saunterer was built to a high specification by this specialist yard in Mylor, near Falmouth to the proven design specification based on the traditional Mevagissey Tosher, with the popular Volvo 2010 installed when new, providing up to 6.5 knots speed under power.
Saunterer was built as a 20′ dayboat and supplied new for the present owner, who has maintained her to a very high standard – always wintered ashore in a small barn on her custom-built trailer, which has never been in salt water.
Conventionally rigged as a gaff topsail cutter – all highly varnished Columbian pine spars and sails/rigging in exceptional condition.
All up weight at 3,500 kgm inc. trailer can be efficiently (and legally) towed by the popular Land Rover Discovery and Defender, also some Mitsubishi and Isuzu similar vehicles.
Owner is now retired and only selling for reasons of less time available, we consider Saunterer is probably the very best Tosher on the market and available at £11,900 or near offer.
Call Mike for more detail and his considered opinion, after nearly 40 years of enthusiastic gaffer ownership!
07717 885435.

Owner comments
A quarter-deck gaff cutter, with large cockpit area, built September 1994, by Martin Heard, Gaffers and Luggers, Tregatreath Boatyard, Mylor, Falmouth for myself, the present owner. The perfect family boat and yet, easily sailed single handed.
All in all, Saunterer is in exceptionally good condition. She was launched late in June of this year and is moored in the Milford Haven estuary in Pembrokeshire. She is now for sale because of a recent health problem and I am hopeful that she will be bought by someone who will value her, enjoy her and continue to give her plenty of tlc.

Click here for full Sales Specification plus all photos

New Arrival – Etap 21i (50% share)

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Posted 16 September 2021


Our latest prospect is the opportunity to purchase ½ share in a 2008 Etap 21i with shallow draft tandem keel based in Torquay Harbour on a permanent berth.
Currently with an enthusiastic owner, who has lavished care and affection on this yacht to bring her up to an impressive quality standard and fitted much new equipment.
Sails are all in excellent condition, with gennaker and Karver furler; new standing rig with Furlex 100s and all new running rig – fully set up for single-handed sailing, all reefing led aft.
Powered by a 2018 Yamaha 8hp, with electric start and remote control; electronics include chart plotter, VHF and autopilot.
Owner is now seeking a part-share owner to purchase half the boat and share berthing and running costs, as currently berthed in Torquay Outer Harbour.
This is an almost unique opportunity to part-share a well maintained and superbly set up yacht, built by an established brand name in Belgium and set up to a high standard by a knowledgeable and experienced owner.
Those who may be interested to call Mike for more detail – 07717 885435.
Link to yacht-
Click here for Sales Specification and photos


Deck Fittings

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Posted 9 September 2021

A brief update on the more difficult to source deck fittings may be helpful.

  1. Stanchion Bases – we now have available again the cast aluminium base for both the Sadler 32 and Sadler 34, three-hole fixing. The round sockets for 26 and 29 stanchions are also available. Stanchions do present a problem because there are many types, but if you have difficulty in sourcing these locally, then give me a call.
  2. Gooseneck pins – we modify gooseneck pin with spectacle type fairleads, (Rather than rams-horn hooks) where reefing lines aft are required. We can also advise on appropriate deck fittings and clutches and supply these if required.
  3. Forehatches – the older type Canpa hatch is no longer available and we can supply a special Gebo for this purpose, without a down-flange – this will fit pre-1987 hatch apertures. Suitable saloon hatches are also available from Gebo to suit. Can supply Lewmar if required.
  4. Deck organizer – as fitted on Sadlers was the three-sheave organizer by OH of Denmark. We now source these direct from original supplier, so that you can ‘piggy-back’ using two distance pieces.
  5. Rudder, skeg and heel fitting replacements for Sadler 32 and Sadler 34 – all available – details on request.
  6. Washboard barrel lock – these invariably deteriorate with age and particularly because many were supplied without non-ferrous interiors. We now supply a fully non-ferrous mechanism to suit existing hole as a direct replacement.
  7. Teak seating – replacements are now available as self-fit panels, solid teak with Sikaflex stripes and mitred corners forward and aft. We can supply this seating and sole panel for the range of Sadlers and also Starlight 35 and 39. Teak measures about 8mm for Sadlers when finished. Starlight seating and sole panel is about 9mm, although aft seat and transom pad are 6mm to provide for curvature.
  8. Tillers – these are laminated in mahogany and ash as direct replacements for the Sadler 32 and 34. We can also supply for Sadler 29.
  9. Equipment prices – being updated and we will list on our website later this year by December 2021, for all Sadler and Starlights – in the meantime prices on application.

New on to our brokerage list – Mojito (Trident 80)

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Posted 2 September 2021

Mojito is a most interesting yacht, built by Trident Marine to their exacting standards, with classic appearance, comfortable interior, splendid deck layout plus recent Beta 20.
All sailing gear and equipment is well-selected plus dinghy and outboard included – complete package £15k.

Tarka’s next mini adventure – a trip up the River Dart!

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Posted 2 September 2021


We have been busy in the yard working on a 29′ Delphia (built in Spain) and preparing her for delivery by road to Chatham.

Launch from Dartside Quay, Galmpton (opposite Dittisham) went without a hitch and boat was ready to go, with her freshly polished topsides and new antifoul glistening in the sunshine, Delphia looking very small in the 65-ton travel hoist!

The River dart was at its most beautiful, and powered by the well-behaved Volvo D120, Suzie and I soon completed the delivery, past Stoke Gabriel and Duncannon (where Ian Proctor lived in his retirement), to finally lift out at Baltic Wharf Boatyard in Totnes.

Next job is to lift to Andy’s transport (being Southwest Boat Transport) for final delivery to Chatham for the new owner

Deck Organisers

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Posted 2 September 2021

Additional leads for reefing pendants to come aft.
Most Sadlers built between 1981 and 1988 had winches fitted to the coachroof, but Barton stoppers to take only the halyards and topping lift. Sadly, during this period the clew reefing pendants were brought forward to boom stoppers at the gooseneck and the tack cringle was pulled down onto ‘rams horn’ hooks. This meant that when reefing the boat, the main halyard control was aft and the reefing pendants forward, which was a really unsatisfactory arrangement and unseamanlike.

A fair number of Sadlers have now been converted to bring the reefing pendants aft onto stoppers or clutches to the coach roof and this is the way it should be done. To bring back the reefing lines, several changes are required:

  • Replace the existing rams-horn hooks with spectacle type fairleads, which we can supply (owner to fit).
  • Extend the two clew pendants, so that they will go aft to clutches; fit two new tack pendants, also to go aft.
  • Fit additional deck organisers for these four pendants and also for the boom vang control line; leave mainsail foot outhaul line, where it is, at forward end of boom.
  • Provide additional deck organiser – now available is an exact duplicate of that currently fitted and you will be able to double-bank an additional 3 sheave deck organiser, both for port and starboard. This was the method used on Sadlers built from 1988 onwards and many have now been modified, using this method. We have now arranged to import this organiser from Denmark and it is available from MLY.
  • Additional clutches will be required which can be Barton as currently fitted. Simple jaw-type jammers can be used for the tack pendants, but clutches should be used for everything else.

By modifying your reefing arrangements, all sail controls can be handled from the cockpit. Putting in a reef is then more seamanlike and certainly quicker and safer, within the shelter of the cockpit and sprayhood.

“Sadler and Starlight Yachts Community” Facebook page

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Posted 20 August 2021

Lucas Yachting is excited as our Facebook page for the Community of Sadler and Starlight yacht owners continues to go from strength to strength. There are owners across the UK and further afield sharing ideas and talking all things Sadler and Starlight.

This group has been set up by Mike Lucas and Suzie Lees, probably the best authority in the UK on all things Sadler and Starlight, having worked on the production of models from 1989 until he set up Lucas Yachting. But don’t worry, this is not a sales site, simply an opportunity for the community of Sadler and Starlight yacht owners and users to share pictures, stories, experiences and of course to ask Mike or other members questions on the yachts.

In order to access the community page on Facebook please click on the link below and then once on the page please click the Join Group 

We look forward to speaking soon on this brand new platform.

Mast Rake

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Posted 5 August 2021

Written by Mike Lucas in 2004

Mast rake – Setting up for 1º and 2º
There have been a number of questions in the Forum regarding mast rake.
I have advised Atlantic Spars who are expert mast makers and riggers based here in Dartmouth that all Sadlers should be set up at about 1º rake. Starlights have always had more rake than this and were originally set up at about 2º, as specified by designer Stephen Jones.
An easy check of rake can be achieved by suspending a weight on the end of the main halyard, then measure the distance from aft face of mast to the halyard, just above deck level.
Rake can be set up as follows, by using the I measurement as used by sailmakers, this being the working height of mast as measured from sheer-line to top of genoa sheave:

  • Sadler 26: I = 9.45 m; 1º rake = 16 cm
  • Sadler 29: I = 11.43 m; 1º rake = 19 cm
  • Sadler 32: I = 12.11 m; 1º rake = 20 cm
  • Sadler 34: I = 13.05 m; 1º rake = 22 cm
  • Starlight 35: I = 13.72 m; 2º rake = 46 cm
  • Starlight 39: I = 15.24 m; 2º rake = 50 cm

The above figures assume mast is set up with a small amount of pre-bend. Do check this with your sailmaker/rigger and as a general guide, pre-bend should be about 1” for a Sadler 26 to 2” on a Sadler 34.
For a Starlight this will be about 2” for a 35 to 3” for a 39.

* Sadly Charlie Hutton of Atlantic Spars has now retired. However we still work closely with an excellent rigger, Dan Thursfield of Petersen Stainless Rigging, who was trained by Charlie.