Drascombe Longboat for Sale – SOLD


1979 Drascombe Longboat, 21’9’’, John Watkinson design built by Honnor Marine in the U.K.

Good shape for a vintage boat. Comes with an EZ loader trailer, Honda 5 hp long-shaft, dodger, cockpit cover (2), and full hoop tent. She’s a gunter yawl rigged with a tabernacle for easy mast deployment.

I have decided to divide my camp-cruising between my 18’Poulsbo boat (power) and my new 14’ 8” Welsford SEI (sail/oar) which I will tow often. So I’m now selling my Longboat which has admirably served that combined duty for many years. Aging requires different solutions. Plus, I’m out of room and reluctantly need to give her up to a good home.

Asking price – $6,750.

The cost of a new Drascombe Longboat in the UK is 24,995 GBP

  • Overall length: 6.63m (21′ 9″)
  • Waterline length: 5.5m (18’0″)
  • Beam: 2.0m (6’7″)
  • Draft (c/plate up): 0.3m (1’0″)
  • Draft (c/plate down) : 1.27m (4’2″)
  • Sailing weight: 540kg (1,190lb)
  • Towing weight: 880kg (1,940lb)
  • Jib sail area: 5.2 sq.m (56 sq.ft)
  • Main sail area: 0.73 sq.m (94 sq.ft)
  • Mizzen sail area: 2.04sq.m (22 sq.ft)
  • Total sail area: 15.97 sq.m (172 sq.ft)
  • Recommended outboard (hp): 5 – 6hp (Long shaft)
  • Persons: 9

Further information: Small Craft Advisor Article

Owner reviewed Drascombe Longboat (Bob Miller)

I bought my 1st Drascombe Longboat in 1979 having been captivated by her sweet lines. I had read about the adventures of Webb Chiles crossing the Pacific in an open boat, the smaller Lugger. I was confident that a Drascombe would take me wherever I would want to go. So far, so good. I sold her in 1998 after moving on to a Fisher 25 motorsailer while living in Alaska.

I acquired my second one in 2006, after realizing that I missed the versatility of a trailerable and beachable boat, especially in the camp-cruising rich environment of the Salish Sea. She is not the perfect boat. I don’t think one exists. Or, I suppose it’s in the eye of the beholder. But, she’s close enough for me, after some modifications.

The Longboat is a 21’ 9” sliding gunter centerboard yawl (on deck without bumpkin) with a 6’ 7” beam. The sail area is 192 sq ft shared in three sails (jib, loose-footed main, and mizzen). She is well balanced and dry under sail. Her unburdened weight rated at 880 lbs is easy to tow.

The original Drascombe (Lugger) was built to make the designer’s young family feel safe on the water. They subsequently have completed some of the most epic small craft voyages on record. I still love her lines. I can take her where I want. She has followed me to various waters throughout my career in the Coast Guard: Southern California, San Francisco Bay, Southeast New England (Cape Cod and the Islands), Chesapeake Bay, Southeast Alaska, and now the Greater Salish Sea.

Over time I have made some modifications and adapted existing gear to make life simpler for single-handed camp cruising, without going too far afield. The 18 foot, 3 inch round solid spruce mast was beginning to feel a bit unwieldy to step each time I trailered. I added a fairly traditional wooden tabernacle where the mast pivots back on a through bolt. It rests in a crotch in my mizzen partner with shrouds and roller furling jib still attached. To raise the mast, I just push up and walk it forward, affix the roller furler on the bow and tighten the shrouds. I can tow it with no gear extending beyond the hull. It also provides a great ridge pole for holding a tarp for winter storage. I can’t be accused of being an organized packer.

Not too long ago, I became tired of stumbling over various dry bags and containers to get around the boat while on an extended cruise. Everything is now stowed in circular (forward) or rectangular (next to centerboard) water-tight containers. These will hold my standing weight and are all about the same height. They are all situated in front of the aft end of the centerboard. When covered they provide a serviceable “deck” to walk on or crawl across (with knee pads) to go forward while leaving a large cockpit to sail from. The cover I referred to is a split cockpit cover. I have long used a cockpit cover for temporary protection at mooring or on the trailer between cruises. I now have one that is in three pieces. The fore piece covers the well forward of my mainmast that holds my anchor and rode. The main cockpit is covered by two pieces that zip together. The front piece covers all the gear I just talked about. The back piece covers the rest of the open cockpit when moored or on the trailer. It has even doubled as a big bivy sack one night when I was too tired to put up the tent. I just crawled in the cockpit fastened it over me and slept the night away undisturbed.

I usually sleep under my tent. It is a commodious hoop tent that covers the cockpit mast to mast and gunwale to gunwale. It is held up by 4 PVC pipes in sleeves and is tied to each mast. It takes about 5 minutes to deploy. It is unrolled and rerolled while standing in the cockpit and stows on the side bench forward of the mast. It can be entered from either end and has extra view/ventilation flaps that have been added on both sides. It is a durable Sunbrella material with clear windows at each end. There is nothing like gazing up at an explosion of stars while wrapped in the comfort of a floating cocoon.

The Longboat can be anchored out, anchored close to shore to be retrieved, or beached. I carry a Rocna anchor with 20’ of chain and 200’ of ½” nylon line. I also carry a Danforth on an Anchor Buddy to ride just off the beach and can be moved in and out without hauling the anchor. She also beaches easily and rests virtually flat on the shore. I carry 2 Aere beach rollers under my side benches (they also provide additional flotation). I also carry another Danforth with 6’ of chain and 150’ of ⅜’ nylon line stowed in the lazarette.

She can be rowed (laboriously) from two rowing and one sculling station. The Drascombe Longboat is not the boat for everyone. She is slow and does not point as high as some to windward. Many feel the loose-footed main compromises performance. These drawbacks tend to make her stable and safe. She is a platform equally up to the challenge of a gaggle of grandkids or the solo contemplation of the mysteries of the universe. She is a superior camp cruiser and fits the bill for me.