Alan Buchanan designed Viking of Mersea and had her built by French
Brothers, Battlesbridge, Essex in 1960 for Rodney Hill and began her racing career in 1961. His aim was to build a racing boat that was also
comfortable for cruising. She has a long keel (bolts drawn two years ago, one replaced) with mahogany planked hull on Canadian rock elm hardwood framing with a fine entry bow and raked stern transom. A full rounded, tiller operated rudder is hung from both transom and keel pintles. The vessel is British registered with the same number which is carved into the forward bulkhead.She was a prototype for a class that Alan Buchanan was asked to design and was later to be called the East Coast One Design, which became an approved RORC class and still exists today. Alan and Rodney used Viking to work out the details for the production boat, which would meet the rules laid down by the RORC and which when it went into production was called the Viking 30, so in fact Viking is the class prototype and not herself a Viking 30. She is the only one built of clinker construction, all the Viking 30 production boats are of carvel construction. The RORC approved just two builders and these were French Brothers and Tucker Brown.She competed in the 1961 Fastnet
race and finished 10th in her class, apparently it was a pretty rough
passage with winds up to force 9. As a point of interest there was no Fastnet in 1962 as the race is held
biannually. However, in an article in Yachting World Alan Buchanan is
quoted as saying she has competed in many Each Coast Races and the
There are copies of an article
from Yachting Monthly December 1961 about her and also the blue
book showing her past owners.The original mast was damaged and was replaced by the previous owner with an aluminium mast from a catamaran with the sails altered to fit and is now cutter rigged. There is a new sea toilet never used. There are sails, sheets, anchor, new red berth cushions (the two on the boat need a clean), shackles, swivels, rope, fixings, stanchion posts and wire, life jackets, tools and many spares included. The chart table was extended and moved to face forward, there is a good stove fitted from a newer boat. The dividing wall fore of the mast in the cabin was altered to make the walk through more accessible. There is also a good inflatable dinghy / tender with seat and good rowing oars. There is also a brand new sail cover.She is moored in Conwy, North Wales, on the harbour wall with a pontoon mooring just behind her in the pictures which is paid until May 2020 and included in the sale. Work can be carried out where she sits on the wall; with electric hookup going to a meter and water taps for hoses etc. There are two local marinas, one next to the harbour in Conwy and one across the river in Deganwy which offer lift in/outs and hard standing as does the harbour itself but space and equipment are limited. A tow can be arranged and there is a local cruising club and water taxi service. Conwy has big tides so there is plenty of time where the water is out. Mooring is paid and included, the new buyer will have to pay May onwards.While obviously a project this boat has huge character and potential and will be great with a lot of TLC. The hull is in good solid condition and on the semi drying mooring on the wall she will float and settle with tides, with spring tides floating her several times over a few days. Being clinker after the first big tide the bilge pump will kick in more and over a couple of days it slows and she takes up well.The Bukh engine needs attention or replacing but
parts are still available.
I do know someone who has a Bukh DV10 for sale, garage stored for many years and very good condition for £1000 in Portsmouth whose details I shall pass on.
This is a boat that needs restoring and I’m looking for someone to take her on. A change in circumstances forces reluctant sale.Here she is when she was painted green on a swing mooring in 2016 (with wooden mast):https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vfhhCu1PqHQPlease feel free to ask any questions.The boat will be emptied before sale (all equipment and spares/tools/anything useful for the boat will be left)Cash on collection with 10% of final fee paid within 24 hours. All offers considered, Thank you for looking.
Current Price: £1000.00
This Alan Buchanan – ‘viking Of Mersea’, 1961 Classic Yacht, Cutter Rigged. Project boat is located in Conwy, LL32 8BB and is being sold on eBay by pacman5000000.