1920 Ernest Woods Half Decker

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1920 Ernest Woods Half Decker
1920 Ernest Woods Half Decker
1920 Ernest Woods Half Decker
1920 Ernest Woods Half Decker
1920 Ernest Woods Half Decker

General Specification

5.49m  (18ft 0in)
Beam :
1.83m  (6ft 0in)
Draft min:
0.84m (2ft 9in)
Displacement :
Keel :


  • Wood construction
  • Built by Ernest Woods at Cantley, Norfolk
  • Believed to be one of three half deckers built to same design; Avocet and Mayflower (lugsail) being the other two
  • Total length including bowsprit 6.1m (20ft)
  • Bowsprit lengthened to resolve weather helm problems
  • Bright varnished (12 coats) Mahogany on Oak
  • Recent extensive restoration including hull, mast and spars (stripped back to bare wood, ribs and planks replaced as required, all seams re-caulked)
  • Original lifting keel (for access to wet sheds at Hickling) replaced with fixed keel 2001 due to extensive rot
  • New rudder 2002
  • Wintered ashore for last 10+ years
  • Last surveyed 1996

Mechanical & Electrical

  • No engine

Rigging & Sails

  • Gaff rig
  • Original light weight hollow spars
  • Mainsail
  • 2 x jibs
  • Cruising sail area 230sqft
  • Racing sail area 260sqft


  • Road trailer (unbraked)
  • Cover
  • Warps
  • Mud weight
  • Paddle


This beautiful half decker has been maintained to a high standard and is believed to have had only five owners from new. She is understood to sail well, especially in light airs. Currently lying afloat.


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