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Buchanan 41, Capella of Kent

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Capella of Kent is a Buchanan 41 sloop built as a 14 Ton Ocean Racer / Cruiser in 1964 by Sutton and Wiggins Ltd., of Great Wakering, Essex. The design is by Alan Buchanan and is related to Vashti, and Othona, a near sister to Capella. 

Construction is Burmese Teak planking on Canadian Rock Elm (CRE) timbers with heavier frames in way of mast and deck openings laminated from dry Oak or CRE. All Floors, hanging knees and lodging knees are stainless steel - manufactured by the commissioning owner's company. Deck beams and carlins are Iroko, coachroof beams are Oak and laminated Spruce. Decks are Teak laid on marine ply, bronze screw fastened. Cabin sides and cockpit coamings are Burma Teak, Cabin top is Marine ply Cascover sheathed. The Keel is Lead, keel bolts Crotorite Z Bronze.

The Yacht was built to Lloyds 100A1 class under special survey and monitored by the Naval Architect, Alan Buchanan, as she was being built.

Buchanan, Capella of Kent - Approximate Dimensions

Length Overall  42ft 9ins 13m
Length on Deck  41ft 5ins  12.62m
Waterline Length  28ft 8ins 8.74m
Beam  10ft 4ins 3.15m
Draft  6ft 5ins 1.96m
Sail Area    
Displacement  9.01 tons 9154kg
Ballast 3.69 tons 3750kg


British Part One - (Lapsed) on Blue Book!


2 x good 2m berths in the forepeak
Heads to port, hanging locker to starboard
Settee berths either side of saloon with pipe-cot pilot berths outboard
Forward facing Navigation table to port
Galley with cooker and sink to starboard
Quarter berths aft, port and starboard
Excellent headroom throughout
Excellent stowage throughout.

Rig, Sails and Spars

Mast-head Sloop rig
Keel stepped Mast
2 x spinnaker poles
Aluminium alloy spars
Stainless Steel standing rigging
Furling Genoa

Selden Furlex headsail reefing
Many spare headsails (with hanks)
Storm jib

Original winches by H&M engineering

Deck Equipment


35lb plough Bower anchor on "a serious lot" of chain - believed 30 fathoms.
Manual anchor windlass


25lb plough Kedge anchor on chain and warp
Plastimo steering compass
Deck mop
Boat hook
Ensign / staff
Anchor ball

General Equipment


2 x clock and barometers

Berth Cushions

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Gimballed saloon table 
Baby Blake Sea Toilet
Stainless steel fold away wash basin in heads
Gimballed 2-hob gas cooker with grill and oven
Pots, Pans & Cutlery included

NB: Gas bottle not stored in overboard draining gas locker 

Hand pumped fresh water to heads and galley


Perkins 4.107 4-cylinder diesel engine
Thames Marine Hydraulic Gearbox 
3-blade Bronze propeller


Water - 50 Gallons - stainless steel
Diesel - 28 gallons stainless steel

Electrics / Electronics

2 x ~ 110 AH12Volt batteries 


Engine instrumentation and switch panel


Garmin GPSmap 182c Chart plotter
XM DSC VHF radio telephone (not yet interfaced to GPS)


Brooks and Gatehouse (B&G) Dual station echo sounder
B&G Homer heron Radio Direction Finder (obsolete but interesting!) 


B&G Speedo 
Autohelm Wind speed and direction indicator

Safety Gear


2 1/2" Whale brass bilge pump
Emergency tiller
6-man life raft (next service due 2.4.2013)


Radar reflector
Engine driven bilge pump
2 x lifebelts
Fire extinguishers
First aid kit


Original British Registration Blue Book
Original build Specification - from Alan H. Buchanan - Naval Architect
Bill of Sale to current ownership
Bill of Sale to new owner

Shore Gear

Avon Redcrest inflatable dinghy
Johnson 3-hp Outboard 

Launching Trolley

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For further details or to arrange to view, please contact Adrian  Espin at: - Eastern Yachts 
19 Colne Road, Brightlingsea, Essex, CO7 0DL  Tel: 01206 305 996  or +44 1206 305 996   

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