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SoleBay Wooden Motor Sailer

  • Manufacturer:
  • Location: Dover Marina
  • Year: 1965
  • LOA: 35'" (10.67m)
  • Beam: 10' 0'' (3.05m)
  • Berths: 4
  • Draft:
  • Keel: Long
  • ID no.: 12410
  • Engine Make: Iveco
  • Drive Type:
  • Fuel Type: diesel

Broker Remarks

Lots of Pictures which show a beautifully kept and cared for wooden treasure! - Pitch pine on oak frames with mahogany superstructure, epoxy sheathed ply decks (new 1996-7) Long keel configuration with transom hung rudder and Iron as balast set into the keel. New keel Bolts 1996-7 British Registered -357422, Owners information Vega of Garth was one of the last of the gaff rigged 35ft ft. Sole Bay class to be built. She was built in 1965 by Gordon Armstrong in Scarborough to a high specification for a Liverpool barrister, who kept her from 1965 to 1991 at Garth, next to Bangor, on the Menai Straits in N Wales. Gordon Armstrong is not a well known yacht builder but he had an excellent reputation as a builder of fine fishing boats for use on the Yorkshire coast and the few yachts he did build (before handing over the yard to John Ley, principally known for his Scarborough One Design) were very successful and have lasted well. The attached extract from a Yachting World annual of the 1960's shows details of the yacht "Golden Eye" from which the Sole Bay class was developed by the designer, J Francis Jones. Vega is virtually identical to Golden Eye save the position of the helm The aft WC compartment has been changed to the port side. In 1991 Vega was sold out of Garth to the south coast of England, where the next owner somewhat neglected her. The present owner bought her in a poor state in 1996 and took her by road to Pembrokeshire where he undertook a major refit. The hull was in remarkably good condition but the deck and wheelhouse were rotten and had to be replaced. A new ply and epoxy sheathed deck was fitted and a new coach-roof and wheelhouse were constructed out of mahogany with laminated oak beams. Many hull fastenings were renewed as were all the keel bolts. A new Iveco/Ford 60 HP engine was fitted with new s/s prop shaft , s/s fuel tanks, filters and piping. All electric wiring was renewed and new batteries fitted, an engine calorifier was fitted together with a pressurized h & c water system and all new navigation instruments were installed. A new solid fuel stove was fitted in place of an old diesel cabin heater and a new Taylors paraffin cooker fitted. In 2005 an outside steering position was added and a new Vetus hydraulic steering system installed The present owner has sailed Vega in the Irish Sea, the South and East coasts of England and in 2004 undertook a long summer trip in the French canals. The Sole Bay class have a reputation as being excellent sea boats and with a relatively shallow draft (and with its main mast in a tabernacle) Vega is well able to explore the European inland waterways.


4 berths in 2 cabins , 2 heads, one aft one forward, Hot and cold pressurised water,shower in focsle, engine water heated and 240v immersion heater in calorifier, Standing headroom in aft cabin, wheel house and forward cabin, Saloon heating via solid fuel stove, Galley has taylors parafin stove. ( No gas )

Mechanical and Rigging

Inveco 60 Hp 4cyl Diesel (1999)PRM gearbox,with SS shaft and 3 bladed prop.Fuel consumption 0.75 gallons per hour @ 5-6 kts Fuel Capacity 80 gallons in 2 ss tanks ( new 1998) Water capacity 80 gallons in 2 ss tanks ( new 1998) ELECTRICAL 2 batteries, 120Amp/Hr & 130Amp/hr, charged by engine alternator, 240v shore power supply, Gaff rigged ketch with wooden spars and red/tan sails, mainsail 1980 ish, mizzen 2000, No 1 and genoa age un-known. Rigging is mainly galvanised wire with mizzen standing rigging in Stainless steel.


Simrad DSC VHF- 2004, Depth sounder1999,Koden Radar1999,Garmin gps 1999, Simrad autopilot 1999, Nasa Windspeed 2004,Sestrel Major compass 1999,406Mhz EPIRB.Clock & Barometer 2 manual Henderson Bilge pumps, 1 electric, Main& Mizzen sail Covers, winter cover, 2 anchors : danforth 35Lb, Cqr 35 Lb, 45m of 3/8 chain, Simson Lawrence Hydraulic windlass, Various warps & Fenders, XM 4 person liferaft certified to May 07, Inflatable Avon Redcrest tender 1990,1 danbuoy, 2 lifebuoys.

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