2010 Classic Safe Harbour 12
Sale Pending






20.25 ft (6.1m)



'Ethel Rose' is a beautiful and capable bespoke daysailer, developed from a design by B.B. Crowninshield, one of the most respected designers from America's Golden Age of wooden yacht design. Professionally crafted to the highest standards and inspired by her owner's love of Spirit Yachts, she uses modern strip-planked epoxy construction techniques and an updated underwater profile to create a true modern classic. Looking and performing like a baby J-Class, with sparkling performance well suited to competitive racing, she is still easily manageable for short-handed sailing on a pleasant day thanks to her simple cockpit layout. A unique opportunity for a classic enthusiast who wants a premium quality yet low maintenance wooden yacht, maybe something more exclusive or stylish than a Rustler 24 or Rebel 16, and at a fraction of the current build cost (likely £70k+). Her professional boatbuilder owner has maintained her himself. Viewing by appointment only through our Essex office (01621) 785600



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Basic Boat Information




Safe Harbour 12


B.B. Crowninshield / P. Fisher









Keel Type

Fin Keel



20 ft

Length Overall

20.25 ft

Waterline Length

12.25 ft


5.33 ft

Max Draft

3.17 ft


960 kg


439 kg


Electrical Systems
  • 2 x 12v Domestic batteries
Sails & Spars Fractional rigged sloop. Z-Spars anodised aluminium mast and boom. Spinnaker pole. Stainless steel standing rigging. Mast lowering kit for easy lowering and stepping of the mast. Terylene running rigging. Mainsheet traveller. 2 x Halyard winches. Slab reefing mainsail. Hanked headsails.
  • Mainsail, two Jibs, and spinnaker  -  Lonton and Gray  -  all in very good condition
Deck Equipment
  • Plough anchor with chain and warp
  • Mainsail and cockpit covers
  • Removable outboard bracket with concealed mounts
  • 4 x Warps
  • 4 x Fenders
Navigation Equipment
  • NASA depth sounder
Additional Equipment
  • Custom-built Digby galvanised road trailer (brakes currently removed as used as a yard trailer, but easily reinstated for road use)
Construction The Safe Harbour 12 is a development of a design by B.B. Crowninshield, one of the most respected designers from America's Golden Age of wooden yacht design. Paul Fisher, of Selway Fisher Design, updated the original design for the 'Dark Harbour 12' to take advantage of modern construction techniques and optimised her underwater profile, whilst still retaining the charm and stylish lines of the original design. 'Ethel Rose' has been built to an exceptionally high standard using top quality materials by her master shipwright owner. The hull is constructed of Cedar strip 16 x 35mm planks laid on 12mm Bruynzeel marine ply (Lloyds specification 04/00407) and Iroko frames, then covered in two layers of multiaxial fibreglass cloth (first 292gm, second 86gm), followed by four coats of Nautix high build epoxy, and finished off with four coats of two-pack marine paint. Her decks are premium quality 7.5 x 45mm teak planks epoxy bonded to Bruynzeel 6mm marine ply subdecks, with complementing Sapele and Iroko seats, cappings, upstand, and finishing details. A Thurton Foundry cast lead fin keel is substantially attached with six 18mm A4 stainless steel keel bolts with 6mm stainless steel plates. All deck fittings and fixings are high-grade stainless steel, professionally custom fabricated where necessary. She is finished off with an Ash tiller steering a spade rudder, modified from the original design to improve handling and general behaviour both under sail and when maneuvering. During the build 'Ethel Rose' was regularly inspected by a marine surveyor, with a final report raised in May 2010 for insurance purposes stating that she had clearly been "a labour of love" and that her builder had "strived for absolute perfection in every stage and detail, no matter how small". Although now over ten years old, she has been lightly used with short seasons, and always wintered ashore undercover. She has been maintained to a very high standard and remains in excellent condition, and in our opinion, this is a rare opportunity to acquire a unique and charming day sailer that will turn heads everywhere she goes! Available by separate negotiation
  • Johnson 3.3hp two-stroke outboard engine
Disclaimer The company normally acts as brokers for the vendor who unless otherwise stated, is not selling in the course of a business. Whilst every care has been taken in the preparation of these particulars the correctness is not guaranteed and they are intended as a guide only and do not constitute a part of any contract. A prospective buyer is strongly advised to check these particulars and where appropriate and at his own expense to employ a qualified marine surveyor to carry out a survey and/or to have an engine trial conducted which if conducted by us shall not imply any liability on our part. General note on safety equipment: Any safety equipment such as liferaft, fire extinguishers and flares etc., are usually personal to the current owner(s) and if being left on board as part of the sale of a used vessel, may require routine servicing, replacement, or changing to meet a new owner’s specific needs.


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