PLEASE NOTE: Boat is located in Morlaix, France. For some reason ebay.co.uk will not let me enter the location as France.
“Gooney Bird” is a largely original, classic wooden bluewater cruiser straight out of the pages of Hiscock and the Pardeys. In fact she is featured in Eric Hiscock’s “Cruising under Sail” under “Some noteable yachts”.
She is a Lone Gull 2 design – more information here:
Designed by Maurice Griffiths for his own use the Lone Gull 2 is often said to be his favourite design. This particular vessel was substantially overbuilt from the original scantlings including being double planked. We have the original letters on board from Mr Griffiths approving the design changes. The set of original plans are also on board.
Long keeled, she is rigged as a cutter. Her shallow 1m draft allows her into many creeks and anchorages denied deeper boats while substantial bilge plates allow her to dry out on the beach for a scrape and a barbecue.
Gooney Bird was built in 1971 by Charles Whippy and Sons for the then harbourmaster of Fiji, Captain John Harrison, who sailed her extensively around the Pacific islands over a period of 7 years. She was then sold to a family who continued to sail that area until 1987 when she started an epic voyage back to the UK which took 6 years. During that time the only gear failure was a broken shackle on the bob stay. She weathered 5 cyclones including one off the coast of India and came through all of them unscathed. She is an eminently seaworthy cruising boat.
Once back in the UK she remained with the same family in loving ownership for over 30 years only being sold on after her skipper passed away.
Due to circumstances her new owner sadly was unable to fulfil his plans with her and she was left on the hard for 5 years until we came across her.
We spent a year refitting her before putting her back in the water in 2015. We then spent four very happy years living aboard finally ending up in Morlaix, Brittany where she now lies.
GB’s hull is built from the finest Fijian hardwoods from ancient forests making it exceptionally resistant to rot. In addition the interior of the hull has been treated regularly since new with linseed oil and kerosene meaning she is well ‘pickled’. When we bought her all the small areas of rot found (mainly in the plywood deck) were cut out and professionally replaced. We also repaired any broken frames we found. She has a very dry hull with no leaks in the deck.
We love this boat and had the best time of our lives with her. We are only selling as we want a new challenge so have bought a much bigger old classic in Kenya which we need to collect as soon as possible.
Carvel built with double planking of Fijian kauri (dakua) ¾” to 1” thickness over steam-bent 1 3/16” Fijian vesi frames at 8” centers. All copper fastened.
Vesi long keel sheathed in FRP with a cast iron ballast keel.
Bilge keels in wood sheathed with FRP.
Deck is FRP sheathed 14mm plywood.
Cutter rigged with twin forestays and twin back stays. All headsails are hanked on with bronze hanks. The main has a double ended mainsheet and is roller boom reefed.
2 x halyard winches at mast
2 x bronze headsail winches
2 x bronze mainsheet winches
Galvanised rigging of unknown year. We had the rigging checked during the 2015 refit and declared fine. It has been treated annually with linseed oil and paraffin and is now almost ‘rod’ like, no stray strands. Were I keeping GB I would probably replace all except the forestays with pre-stretched Dyneema and deadeyes. Would look very ‘shippy’ plus it would be great to keep a coil onboard for at anchor repairs. Galvanised bottlescrews and chainplates.
Baggywrinkles need replacing – made up and onboard ready, not fitted in case the new owner wants to replace the wire.
Wooden mast and boom. Mast was unstepped during 2015 refit, taken back to bare wood and then coated first with several applications of CPES epoxy and then several coats of aluminium paint. Single wooden spreaders.
Sail wardrobe consisting of:
Mainsail – good condition
Genoa – good condition
Jib – good condition
Staysail – good condition
Storm jib (barely used condition)
Storm trysail (barely used condition)
Lazy bones (IPS) (fair condition, needs a clean!)
Substantial aluminium spinnaker pole
Extra staysail – good condition (bought to experiment with twin headsails downwind but not used)
Singer sewing machine on board
Original Lister SR2 aircooled 10HP engine with Lister marine gearbox. Can be handstarted. This engine has never let us down or failed to start either with the key or hand cranking.
Fuel is kept in the lazarette in 4 x 20 Litre metal jerry cans (2015) then transferred via a 10 litre plastic can to the 10 litre day tank on the engine. Portable diesel filter for filling cans plus filter on engine (replaced 2018).
It is a reliable and extremely simple engine with the benefit of no water cooling and associated pump/seacocks/impeller etc (GB has NO seacocks below the waterline) and no fuel pump or other ancillaries to go wrong.
Two lever morse controls in cockpit.
35lb original CQR with 25m galvanised chain spliced to 50m 18mm Octoplait (octo new 2017)
25lb original CQR rigged in ‘ready to go’ position on stern capping rail with chain leader and floating line.
35lb Danforth stored on deck
35lb Admiralty stored in cockpit locker
Manual windlass with ratchet and handbrake, chain gypsy and drum for warp
Aries windvane, stripped and serviced with new bearings and control lines (2018)
Storm drogue. 50m 18mm Octoplait line (2017) in cockpit locker.
Maestral 6 2.7m Hypalon inflatable tender. Wooden transom, floor and inflatable keel. Great tender in excellent condition. Maybe a little too big but as we lived at anchor great for ferrying diesel and water.
Seagull 40 featherweight outboard. Completely rebuilt 2016 with addition of standard 40 gearbox for a little extra power. Lovely, simple little outboard.
New Plastimo Olympus main compass (2019)
Fenders/warps – plenty of spare lines on board.
Wooden boom gallows.
The accommodation is largely original with the forecabin given over to sail storage and a chemical heads.
Her raised deck means that she is surprisingly roomy inside for a 28’ boat. Full headroom for me at 6′ under the doghouse (chart table and galley) going to around 5′ 10″ under the beams moving forward.
Very cosy main cabin with seats either side of dropleaf table. Starboard side ‘L’ seat converts to a double which is the main berth.
We loved it over a V-berth as no noise at anchor plus you’re right next to the toasty charcoal heater and can watch telly in bed on the chartplotter tablet! Being offset the berth can stay up without restricting fore and aft access and the cabin table acts as a lee cloth on a starboard tack.
The galley to port is again all original with a sink with manual pumped cold water from the 35 and 15 gallon stainless tanks.
The cooker is the original Primus. Great cooker with no dangerous gas on board! It is showing it’s age though and we were looking down the line to replace it with a 2-burner Origo or similar. Plenty of spares onboard though and you could keep it going for years.
Plenty of storage for food/pots etc and stainless plates and bowls left onboard.
Lots of workspace with large surface above engine. Large chart table to starboard. With lots of locker space below.
Spacious self draining cockpit with bridge deck housing compass and internal locker below. Large lazarette and massive cockpit lockers to port and starboard.
Electrical & Navigation Equipment
2 x 105Ah sealed gel house batteries (2015) No separate engine start battery as can be hand started (though never failed to start on the key in our ownership!)
Alternator bench-tested, serviced and engine wiring replaced (2016)
Lynx 2020 Windows tablet PC (2016) running OpenCPN.
FindMyHarbour charts for all of UK, France, Spain and Portugal.
All new LED interior lights (2015)
All new LED navigation lights including NASA tricolour/anchor at masthead (2015)
NASA Navtex (2016).
NASA Clipper Duet (Log/Depth) (2015)
NASA Clipper Wind Indicator (2015)
NASA BM-1 Battery Monitor (2015)
1 x 50w & 1 x 30w solar panels on doghouse roof (2015)
Victron smart solar charge controller (2015)
Extra 100w panel stored under berth for placement at anchor (2015)
Plastimo 4 men liferaft in valise, service certificate until 3/2019
Offshore flare pack, good til 12/2020
Webbing jacklines to strong points with backplates (2015)
Man overboard drogue, buoy and light.
3 x Fire Extinguishers (2015)
1 x Fire Blanket (2015)
2 x Automatic bilge pumps (2015)
1 x Whale manual bilge pump
Clip on points in cockpit
Pilot books covering from the South coast of the UK down to Portugal
New paper charts covering Brittany plus older charts covering the UK South coast.
Entire cabin sole replaced (2016)
Charcoal heater in main cabin (2015)
Paraffin lantern in main cabin.
Power tools (sanders, jigsaw, heat gun).
Plenty of spare shackles etc.
Spare white oak and copper nails/roves for any future frame repairs.
USB charging torch
Books including World Cruising Routes, Hiscock, Pardeys etc.
GB currently on Part 3 SSR
As with any boat there are always bits that need attention. We have factored these into what we feel is a very realistic starting price with no reserve.
The Lister currently has a fault common to these engines where over time diesel leaks into the sump when running. To remedy this the injectors need to be pulled, serviced and reseated. There is a top end gasket set on board to replace at the same time.
To be clear the engine still runs with the above fault, however a close eye needs to be kept on the oil level and the oil needs to be drained/replaced more frequently. Frequent oil changes are a must with this age engine.
The port genoa traveller snapped in half due a combination of it only being screwed down and rot in the wooden toerail. The rot was cut out and repaired but the traveller needs replacing. I bolted the remaining half and the starboard traveller down so it can still be sailed as is.
The chart table and engine cover need a varnish as they double up as my workbench.
The tender need new rowlocks fitting.
We replaced all the perspex in the main cabin windows (10) and had new exterior frames made at the same time (2016) but unfortunately 4 of these have since developed cracks. It is either due to us buying poor quality perspex or possibly not allowing enough ‘play’ in the size to take account of the movement of the hull in a seaway. It could also be due to overtightening of the bolts. The perspex will need replacing but a simple enough job as we renewed all the bolts at the same time.
As mentioned earlier the standing rigging is of unknown age and a prudent skipper would want to replace it at some point. I wouldn’t hesitate to take it back across the channel or sail a season here in Brittany as is, especially with the backup of having twin fore and aft stays.
When we bought GB the mainsail had rotted out and a sailmaker friend of ours found his Father’s old mainsail under his loft which near enough fitted perfectly. He altered it to fit for us and it has performed great for us since. I am a terrible sailor but still get 6 knots no problem with this sail but wanted to make clear it is not original to the boat.
There is excessive play in the cutlass bearing and this would need to be replaced at some point. Again, has not stopped us using the boat but something to be aware of.
The lifelines while serviceable are stainless covered in white plastic. I would replace these were I keeping her.
The interior seat cushions could do with replacing.
The main halyard is new (2016). The rest of the running rigging is old but perfectly serviceable and oversized.
There is also no VHF radio onboard although there is a working mast head antenna and 12v ready to fit above the chart table.
Some people may be put off by the chemical porta-potti heads, there is plenty of room to fit a standard heads but we prefer having as few holes in the hull as possible. Also counts as a holding tank if you are heading to the Med. We lived aboard for 4 years without an issue.
We’ve tried to be absolutely 100% honest in the description and really would like to see Gooney Bird go to a good home with someone who will sail and use her.
To be clear, this is a classic 50 year old wooden boat that will need someone prepared to look after her. However she is a solidly built, seaworthy cruising boat that will last at least another 50 years no problem with the right maintenance. We keep most exterior wooden surfaces painted which keeps the wood protected and the maintenance down. She is a very simple boat which leaves little to go wrong.
She’s not going to win any races but she can be surprisingly fast, especially off the wind with a clean hull. She does not heel excessively or roll horribly downwind (possibly due to the bilge plates). Maurice Griffiths commented that his Lone Gull 2 was his wife’s favourite boat as she never got seasick on it, a fact we can testify to also.
She would make a great cruising home for a ‘manly’ singlehander or a close couple, or a great ‘youtube’ boat for those looking to liveaboard and vlog as she has character in spades.
Equally she would be a fantastic holiday boat situated as she is in one of the most beautiful and rewarding cruising grounds around. The marina here in Morlaix is one of the cheapest in Europe at 1200 Euros for a years berth. Tucked up behind a lock in the town center she can be left safely winters and sailed summers as many Brits do here. Being bilge keeled she is perfect for sneaking into the ‘secret anchorages of Brittany’ (copy on board).
She is rigged and ready to sail immediately. Just add some provisions and off you go.
The starting price is what we paid for her which given the work we put in and the additions made will mean someone will hopefully get a bargain. We are also open to serious offers near the starting price.
She can be viewed at anytime during the auction. There are regular trains from Paris airports and other French cities to Morlaix and there are also ferries from the South coast to Roscoff, St Malo and Cherbourg.
Any other questions please feel free to contact us. As per eBay’s rules I have not listed my phone number but it is available on the ‘Contact Seller’ page.
She was a very happy home for us and we will miss her.
If you bid then you are bidding to buy. Full payment within 48 hours of auction ending by UK bank transfer only, NO PAYPAL. We will complete, scan and email an MCA Bill of Sale to the new owner. Our boat is advertised elsewhere and as such we reserve the right to withdraw the auction should a sale occur.
Current Price: £5000.00
This Classic Wooden Bluewater Cruiser – Lone Gull 2. Not A Project. No Reserve boat is located in Falmouth, TR11 2TD and is being sold on eBay by darha86.