Twisters are magical boats to sail. Light on the helm, close winded and relatively fast. They are generally much loved by their owners who tend to own them for many years and lavish considerable sums on maintenance and improvements. The most common reason for sale is 'advancing years' on the part of the owner.
See what Twisters are currently for sale. You can now list your Twister for sale (NB, a charge applies) by using our online sales listing form.
If you're looking for equipment for sale then try looking on our dicussion board.
If you are seeking a real ‘Classic’ that is guaranteed to turn heads, sails like a witch, is easily handled and will look after you in a blow then read on:
The first Twisters were all built in wood and there were variations in that whilst nearly all had straight coachroofs, a few had a low doghouse.
Most have stood the test of time very well and the traditional wooden interior has an atmosphere that is quite special.
If you are thinking of buying then the best advice is to engage a surveyor who specialises in wooden yachts.
All the mouldings were made by the Tyler Boat Company. Tyler’s were one of the pioneers of GRP construction and very well regarded in their field.
In the early days of GRP construction there was no such thing as building down to a price or weight. This certainly resulted in all Twisters being very strongly built; as a result of which they have stood up well to the test of time. The hull thickness is at least twice that of a considerably larger modern 'production boat.'
Tylers hulls do not seem to have been particularly prone to osmosis and only one really bad case has ever come to our notice. But do remember that any surveyor, being mindful of his indemnity insurance, will probably manage to find some trace somewhere! The majority of boats will have been epoxied by now anyway.
Whilst the hull and deck mouldings are particularly robust occasional problems have occurred with rudders either where water has got in or where there may be signs of the two halves of the moulding separating in the area of the stock.. Both problems are soluble rather than terminal!
The original Uphams completed yachts utilised a very adequate deck mounted fabricated steel mast step to span the two main bulkheads and spread the load.
A few home builders and professional yards underestimated the loads involved and did not make adequate provision. Most should have been sorted by now but if there isn’t an adequate looking mast step check for deformation.
Composite yachts, where the coachroof and cockpit were constructed in timber, are arguably the best looking but they need to be maintained. Check for signs of leakage which if left will lead to rot and expensive repairs.
Twisters are light on the helm and will, with the helm lashed, ably sail themselves to windward. The long keel means that they maintain their track without continuous effort on the helm and they are well-suited for both vane and electric self-steering.
Most early Twisters were fitted with petrol engines (no problem if properly maintained and operated) but all have since been re-powered with diesels in the 10-20hp range.
Gas installation in the galley
Original gas installations with the bottle in the galley locker are a no-no as far as insurers are concerned and again most boats have been retro-fitted to acceptable standards.
We'll be listing Twisters for sale on this page, so check back regularly to see what's available. You are welcome to join the Association before you actually purchase your Twister. The [Members only] Archive is interesting reading.