Bandit of Mersea

Price: £1.00
Year Built: 1964
Construction: Wood
Builder: Cardnells of Maylandsea
Sail Number: 288Y
Mooring: Tidemill Yacht Harbour , Woodbridge, Suffolk

Same ownership for 50 years. Much loved. She is priced for the right owner with a passion for restoration to bring Bandit back to her former glory. The 2nd wooden Twister ever built (launched 1964) and the 1st at Cardnells of Maylandsea. Sailed to overall EAORA champion in 1965 (following Twister of Mersea in 1964 campaigned by Kim Holman) thus proving the brilliance of his design. She is featured in a book '3 Boys in a Boat' written by David Brook her owner at that time. She has campaigned at the Suffolk Yacht Harbour Classic regatta and is a well known East coast yacht. If interested please contact Simon on 07866 559 249 to discuss further. See below for further details.

Contact Number: 07866 559 249
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Rig Details:
Bermudan sloop built of Honduran mahogany on an oak frame with teak fittings and copper fastened throughout. The mast and rigging are original to the best of my knowledge. The pictures above were taken in April 2023. It is known that there is rot around the chain plates. There may well be more that I am unaware of. A full inspection will be required by any prospective purchaser. She is a long term project.

Sail Wardrobe:
Heavy duty sails made by Parker Sails
Main and furling genoa
Profurl system
Two spinnakers

Beta marine BZ482 diesel 13.5hp (New Aug 2004 approx 60 hours only)
Engine hasn’t been used in over a year so will require servicing. Was previously fully operational and reliable.

Fuel Capacity:

Most likely needs replacement / updating.

Anchors, Chains & Warps:
CQR.5 fathoms chain, warps, kedge

Self Steering:


Safety Equipment:
None that I am aware of

Instruments & Electronics:
Raytheon SL72 Radar August 2000
Depth sounder
VHF radio

Accommodation Layout:
4 berth plus pilot berth

General Inventory Items:

Other Details:
The price reflects the true value of her condition. My Father is unable to continue his ownership. His deteriorating health has contributed to her decline. Please be aware that this is a long term project and not for the faint hearted. She requires a massive amount of work to bring her up to spec. However she will reward with a quick turn of speed, agile manners and heavy seas durability. In her time she was one of the fastest Twisters on the water. It is the family's wish that she is found a home to the right person who can recreate those halcyon days.