‘Wood’ class cabin yachts

The Wood class sailing yacht is a three berth, high-peak gaff rigged yacht. Externally she looks similar to the Hustler Class, but has a smaller mainsail with the mast stepped further forward to give more cabin space. Surprisingly, they are four or five inches shorter than the two berthed Hustler.

There are five Wood class boats called Wood Sorrel (1933), Wood Violet (1934), Wood Rose (1935), Wood Avens (1947) and Wood Anemone (1949). They are around 24 feet in length with a beam of 7 feet 6 inches and a mast height of 22 feet.

Wood class 1930's three berth cabin yachts

Wood class 1930's three berth cabin yachts

The layout (from stem to stern) comprises a small forepeak with storage space for the mud weight (used instead of an anchor), some rope for mooring, and for the overnight awning. Next comes the mast in its pivoted tabernacle so that it can be lowered for passing under bridges. Then the main cabin with its lowering cabin roof. The front portion of this contains the ‘heads’ and the single quarter berth. The after section, forming the main body of the cabin, is the sleeping accommodation of two single bunks with underneath storage drawers. The open cockpit is next which also functions as a galley when not being used to sail her. Finally the counter provides a flat area of deck at the stern and houses the tiller and rudder stock.

The boats were designed to sail well on the Norfolk Broads where the water is flat and you can get surrounded by trees on some stretches. They were also designed to render themselves safe in the hands of inexperienced helms. This means, in technical terms, that they have a lot of ‘weather helm’. In practical terms that means that if you let go of the tiller she will always turn up into the wind and come to a halt.

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