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TYPE Gaff Rigged Ketch
BUILDER Alexander Stephens & Sons
DESIGN Alfred Mylne
YEAR 1936
REBUILD 1993-1994 Complete rebuild,
Southampton Yacht Services
REFITS 1999 / 2009 / 2014
CLASSIFICATION Was MCA Compliant; not in class
CONSTRUCTION Teak Planking on Steel Frames
FLAG Maltese
ENGINES 1 x 238 Hp Volvo TMD102A Diesel
SPARS & RIGGING Harry Spencer of Cowes1994
SAILS Ratsey, Doyle & Hood
SAIL AREA 924 sqm
DISPLACEMENT 135 tons (half load)


LOA 36.50m / 119’7’’
LOD 32.00m / 105’
LWL 22.80m / 74’8’’
BEAM 6.09m / 20’
DRAFT 3.90m / 12’9’’


CRUISING SPEED 9 knots with 36 Luke automatic feathering propeller
10 knots with fixed propeller
FIXED CONSUMPTION 18 litres/hour
RANGE 1,600 nm approx.


ACCOMMODATION 6 x Guests in 3 cabins
CREW 7 x Crew members in 3 cabins
FUEL 3,200 litres / 845 US gallons
FRESH WATER 3,000 litres / 793 US gallons


The choice is yours whether to dine in the comfortable cockpit or at the deck dining-table, were you can shelter from the midday sun under a lofty awning or enjoy a picturesque al-fresco sunset. Or if you'd prefer, why not take dinner in the formal saloon where period crockery and silverware add a touch of history to the occasion.
THENDARA's three elegant state rooms accommodate up to six guests in true comfort and style, with plenty of room for all your holiday* belongings. Two cabins feature large double beds, while the third is fitted with two roomy single bunks, and each has its own private en suite with shower, basin and W.C.
There is an elegant dog house/navigation centre with two settees or occasional berths.
THENDARA accommodates up to 7 Crew members including the Captain’s Cabin, one twin crew cabin and foc’sle for four. There also is the crew bathroom with separate shower.
The galley is modern and features stainless steel and wood.


As with most of Mylne’s designs, the engine room is particularly spacious, and benefits from a steel bulkhead fore and aft. Unusually in a yacht of this vintage, there is room enough for all modern amenities and systems, including water maker, air conditioning units, pumps etc.
ENGINES 1 x 238 Hp Volvo TMD102A Diesel
ENGINES HOURS 5,965 hours (June 2017)
PROPELLERS 36’ Luke automatic feathering propeller (1997)
Spare 3-bladed fixed propeller
Shaft new 2009
GENERATORS 1 x Northern Light 24 kW (1994), taken out to
workshop and rebuilt (2005)
1 x Northern Light 12 kW (1994), rebuilt (2010)
GENERATOR HOURS 24 kW Generator: 7,661 hours (June 2017)
12 kW Generator: 7,714 hours (June 2017)
SHORE POWER 70 Amps / 240V
BATTERIES: 4 x Generator batteries
DOMESTIC Sonnenschein Gel (2009) 1,800 Amps/hour
MAIN ENGINE 2 x Main Engine batteries (2011)
CHARGERS 2 x Mastervolt battery chargers (100Amp/h each)
1 x 175 Amps (New 2006)
1 x Emergency battery
INVERTERS 1 x Mastervolt Inverter 24V/240V 5000W (2005)
A/C Condaria Central air-conditioning
WATER MAKER Seafresh H208A, 150 litres/hour (40 US gallons)
Membranes and HP piping (New 2010)
Boiler elements replaced 2010


All spars and standing rigging by Harry Spencer of Cowes
· Masts ,booms ,gaffs in Colombian Pine
· Ballooner pole and yards in spruce.
· Main mast lateral rigging + backstays in galvanized –Shrouds new 2010
· Main mast forestays (3) in stainless steel.
· Bowsprit in Spruce, Whisker Stays, Bobstay fitting in bronze, all new 2011
· Mizzen mast standing rigging in galvanized –good condition.
· The running rigging is constantly upgraded
MAIN SAIL 2 x Ratsey Mainsail (1994/2006)
1 x Incidences Racing Main (2010)
MIZZEN 2 x Mizzen (1994 & 2001)
1 x Incidences Racing Mizzen (2010)
TOPSAIL 1 x Ratsey Large working Topsail (1997)
1 x Ratsey working Topsail (1994)
STAYSAIL 1 x Ratsey Staysail (1994)
1 x Ratsey Staysail (1999)
1 x Doyle Racing Staysail (2001)
JIB 1 x Ratsey Jib (1999)
1 x Ratsey small Top-jib (1994)
1 x Ratsey large Top-jib (1999)
1 x Incidences Jib (2008)
1 x Doyle large light Top-jib (2001)
1 x Hood White large light Top-jib (1993)
BALLONER 1 x Ratsey Dacron Ballooner (1994)
1 x Doyle Nylon Ballooner (2000)
MAIN JACKYARD 1 x Ratsey Main Jackyard (1994)
1 x Incidences Main Jackyard Topsail (2010)
Jackyard for cruising main 2009
MIZZEN JACKYARD 1 x Ratsey Mizzen Jackyard (1994)
MIZZEN STAYSAIL 1 x Ratsey Mizzen Staysail (1994)
1 x Doyle Nylon Mizzen staysail (2000)


The only gaff-rigged yacht in the world to fly a jack yard topsail on both the main and the mizzen, Thendara's rig is as rare as it is authentic. Her only concession to modern materials is the use of Dacron in her sails and lines.
During her rebuild in 1993, traditional rigging expert, Harry Spencer of Cowes, constructed Columbian pine masts; gaffs and booms, and rigged them with galvanised steel wire that is virtually indistinguishable from the originals.
Southampton Yacht Services craftsmen went to extraordinary lengths to salvage and repair surviving fittings where possible, or re-cast new ones using the originals as patterns. The result is a highly original rig that also provides exceptional sailing performance in all conditions.
THENDARA's sturdy construction of teak planking on steel frames required some restoration during her rebuild; however an astonishing 70% of her hull is original. Sun damaged topsides were renewed and a brand new teak stern was created to repair a long forgotten crash. Steering problems required her warped wooden rudder to be substituted with steel, while some of the original steel deck fittings were substituted with new bronze replicas, and the original teak deck was replaced, using the more modern technique of a ply sub-deck for rigidity and water tightness. The original Thomas Reid anchor windlass was rebuilt using a hydraulic motor in place of the DC electric one, with the old steel drum ends recast in bronze.


ELECTRONIC COMPASS 1 x Electronic compass Alcyon (2000)
RADAR Furuno M1832 / 36nm
CHARTS Raymarine C120/W Chart Plotter
AIS overlayed or own screen (2010)
4 x MFD and 7 x Analogue repeaters
COMPUTER 1 x Navigation Computer
1 x Communication Computer


SATCOM Standard C Thrane & Thrane 3022C (2003)
Sailor MiniM Telephone system SP 4164 A
(Tel / Fax / Data) – (1999)
VHF VHF Thrane Sailor A1 VHF-DSC (2010)
2 x Mobile VHF ICOM
LANDLINE/INTERCOM GSM Cellular Sx5E (Tel / Fax / Data) – (2003)
MISCELLANEOUS Battery Monitor, barograph, barometer, fax


· All deck caulking was redone in 1999
· All deck fitting are in Bronze-Nickel-Alu cast from original design and patterns
· 4 x Maxwell Size 71 Bronze electric winches (Overhauled 2009)
· 2 Spare as above
· 5 x Lewmar Size 58 Bronze self- tailing winches
· 2 x Lewmar 77 three-speed electric, custom drums
· 1 x Large fisherman Anchor (250 kg) with 100 meters galvanized 22mm chain
· 1 x Danforth Anchor (70 kg) with 100 meters galvanized 16mm chain
· Custom passerelle in teak
· Hydraulic Windlass by Thomas Reid & Son 1936 – Rebuilt in 1994 & 1999 (1 x spare engine)
· 4 x Awnings for a full deck cover (2010)
· Deck and cockpit cushion (2010)
· Winter cover for all deck housing
· Custom teak dining table for amidships or cockpit
New teak wheel with bronze nave specially designed and built by Harry Spencer of Cowes (1999)


· 2 x Televisions / DVD
· CD / radio /cassettes player
· Speakers in saloon and doghouse and deck
· Separate stereo system in Owner’s cabin


· 1 x Professional fixed gas cooker with 4 burner +large oven stainless steel
· 1 x custom deep freezer 170 litres stainless steel
· 2 x Custom fridges 150 litres each, stainless steel
· 1 x Fridge for guest in saloon
· 1 x 24V DC fridge in crew mess
· Pressure water system
· 1 x U-Line ice-maker in saloon
· 1 x Microwave Panasonic combo
· 1 x Dishwashing machine Wash Rite stainless steel short cycle (2mn)
1 x Washing machine Siemens Semi-pro
1 x Dryer Asko 7005 Semi-pro


THENDARA complies with MCA regulation (category 2) Latest Certificate 2006, since then in private use only
· Gas locker on the deck – Alarmed 2010
· Gas alarm 2010
· Bilge alarms
· Smoke and fire detectors
· 1 x Bilge pump 2” 240V AC
· 2 x Bilge pumps 1” 24V DC
· 1x Fire pump 2 ‘’ 240V AC + 2 deck hoses
· 2 x Manual bilge pumps
· Man overboard pole
· 6 x Fire extinguishers
· Emergency tiller
· Pyrogen engine fire extinguishing system
· 2 x Life rings
· 2 x 10 man ’Extreme’ by Zodiac 2008
· Hydrostatic Release
· Hydrostatic Release
· Searchlights
· Signal flags
· 13 x Lifejackets new 2010 +3 lifejackets serviced 2010
· Flares – 10 x Harnesses – jackstays
· Thendara security manual


· 1 x Semi-rigid Zodiac Yachtline 380
· 1 x Yamaha 40 Hp outboard engine 4 stroke
· Tenders can be mounted outboard on davits or deck mounted on removable teak chocks
· 1 x Custom built cold moulded rowing/ sailing dinghy one design (1999)


In 1993, THENDARA was completely rebuilt by Southampton Yacht Services. Only the hull remains of the original build, all the rest was replaced. A full photographic documentation is available on request.
In early 1999 THENDARA went to Southampton for a second refit:
The main work was:
· New rudder made in steel (alloy) with a NACA1 profile
· New hinge and bearing system for rudder
· New quadrant and mechanical wheel system
· Complete deck re-caulking
· New propeller shaft and coupling system plus stern gland
· Complete mechanical and electrical services, controls of the ship.
· Rebuild of the crew quarters, technical improvements in galley
· New saloon “Edwardian” style, and modifications in Doghouse
· Modifications on deck to improve the racing configuration
· New Tenders, some new sails
· Complete overhaul of mast and spars
· Many modifications on masts and spar fittings
· New standing rigging for main mast + 2 new chain plates
· Strip and complete re-varnish for all the spars (18 coats)
· MCA requirements
2004 / 2005
Between 2004 and 2005, all steel work in the lower hull was ultra sounded under MCA supervision.
This included complete emptying, cleaning and epoxy treating of the bilges. In 2005, the engine was taken out, the engine room emptied and the hull sandblasted and epoxy treated. Several improvements were made.
2008 / 2009

In the winter of 2008/9, the hull was completely taken down to bare wood, sanded. Much other work detailed above was carried out, faired and treated, and a new Awlgrip system was applied.


THENDARA's story begins in 1936, when Sir Arthur Young, one of Scotland's leading yachtsmen, commissioned the legendary Alfred Mylne to design her. Built and launched the following year by the Clydeside yard of Alexander Stephen & Sons, she was an immediate success on the racing circuit, and went on to provide her owner and guests with many pleasurable years of cruising.
After Sir Young's death in the summer of 1949, THENDARA was sold and disappeared to Greece, and later Italy, where she slipped into decline. In 1993, a new owner commissioned Southampton Yacht Services to ship her from Italy to England, where a full refit was carried out. This restoration has seen her sail into the new century as a truly elegant example of living history.
When it comes to racing, THENDARA is a true thoroughbred, with an impressive history of successful competition.
After a flying start in 1937 when she won both her class and the overall prize at the Torbay Coronation Regatta, THENDARA continued to race extensively until World War Two. Following her re-launch, from 1994 until the present day, THENDARA has been the jewel of the Mediterranean fleets, frequently taking first place amongst serious competition in Antibes, Imperia, Porto Cervo, Monaco, Cannes, St Tropez.
In 1997 she won a prize as one of the only gaff-rigged classics to complete the gruelling Atlantic Challenge Cup, and in 2000 she was the darling of the Antigua Classic Regatta, winning her own division, the overall fleet and the "Boat International Concours d'Elegance" against such favourites as Endeavour, Mariette and Whitehawk. The following year she again showed her prowess with a first in the 2001 America's Cup jubilee of Cowes.
1996 Regates Royales Cannes 1st
1997 Atlantic Challenge Cup 1st gaff-rigged classic to finish 
2nd in Classic Division
3rd overall fleet (classic & modern)
1998 Regates Royales Cannes 2nd overall (1st gaff-rigged)
1998 Coupe du Yacht Club de France 1st overall fleet
1999 Regates Royales Cannes 2nd
1999 Voiles de St Tropez 2nd
2000 Antigua Classic Week 1st cumulated Class Vintage A,B,C
1st overall fleet
"Boat Intl Concours d'Elegance" Winner
2001 Cowes America's Cup jubilee 1st Vintage A
2001 Regates Royales Cannes 2nd
2001 Voiles de St Tropez 1st
2002 Regates Royales Cannes 2nd
2002 Voiles de St Tropez 2nd
2003 Regates Royales Cannes 2nd
2003 Voiles de St Tropez 2nd


THENDARA represents the ultimate in civilised cruising, with a level of comfort aboard rarely found on a classic yacht. The rig is much easier to handle than a gaff schooner of similar size, and with her large doghouse and conveniently placed cockpit, she is equally suited to family cruising and round the buoys racing. Due to the owner’s poor health in recent years, Thendara has hardly been used in the last four seasons, so much of the gear such as sails, running rigging, mechanical equipment and so on, is in ‘as new’ condition. All systems and the yacht herself have been correctly maintained during this period, and so with just a few days preparation, Thendara could once again be seen on the regatta circuit, or cruising the beautiful waters of the Mediterranean.

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