Classic Cardnell Sloop for sale

Burnham-on-Crouch, United Kingdom

£10,000 GBP

Tax Paid / Included

Classic Cardnell Sloop
General information
Classic Cardnell Sloop
Used sail boat for sale
£10,000 GBP
Tax / VAT status
Paid / Included
Name of boat
G.E. Cardnell
Length overall
7.32 metres
2.13 metres
1.07 metres
2,500 kg
Full Keel
Burnham-on-Crouch, United Kingdom

About this Classic Cardnell Sloop



'Samphire' is a charming classic sloop, built by the highly regarded East coast shipwright G.E. Cardnell of Steeple in 1934. Her moderate draft and sea-kindly manner make her ideal for exploring shallower waters, whilst being easily handled thanks to her simple rig. She has been subject to a thorough four-year refit in 2012-2016,and she is presented in excellent all-round order ready for her next owner (2016 survey available) . Her impressive inventory includes hot water, a rebuilt engine, recent standing and running rigging, shore power and more. We would recommend an early viewing to avoid disappointment, and a 10m leasehold berth at Burnham Yacht Harbour is also available separately if required. 

Viewing by prior appointment only through the Essex office on (01621) 785600


The accommodation offers up to four berths in two cabins, with sitting headroom. Forepeak consisting of a twin V berth with marine toilet (new 2015) and stowage lockers beneath, and opening hatch to foredeck. Saloon with settee berths to port and starboard, with useful stowage areas. Galley aft to port equipped with an Origo single burner stainless steel spirit stove (new 2015), sink with hot and cold pressurised water supply (all new 2015) and useful stowage. Engine box to starboard with navigation gear above, useful for chart work. High quality blue upholstery (new 2015 inc cushion foam) throughout. All internal woodwork has been sympathetically restored whilst also updating the surprisingly spacious interior to increase comfort and practicality. Vintage lights have been updated and fitted with LED bulbs, and modern comforts like shore power and an inverter have been installed for convenience. 

Spars and Sails

Fractional rigged Bermudan sloop. Solid Spruce mast and boom. Stainless steel standing rigging (new 2016). Terylene running rigging (new 2016). Roller reefing mainsail. 2 x Sheet winches on coachroof. Halyard winch on mast.

  • Mainsail (excellent), spare mainsail, furling Jib (very good) and No.2 Jib

Electrical Systems

12v 110ah Battery charged via engine alternator. Shorepower system with power socket, immersion coil for water heating and Maypole 3.8a automatic battery charger with battery monitor. 2kw inverter with changeover switch. Full LED cabin lighting.

Mechanical Systems

Located in engine box to starboard, Lister Petter AC1 single cylinder 6hp air cooled diesel engine with variable electric ventilation system for cooling. Electric start. Belt drive to shaft with variable pitch propeller (including sailing position for reduced drag). Stainless steel 14L fuel tank. Stainless steel engine drip tray.

Although the current engine hours are showing at 1341 hours this is due to the meter being replaced with a second-hand gauge. The engine is believed to have only run for around 250hrs, has had a major overhaul as part of the refit and has only run for around 50hrs since. It appears in excellent cosmetic condition and the installation has clearly been carried out by an experienced engineer regardless of cost.

Deck Equipment

  • CQR type anchor with chain and warp
  • Kedge anchor with warp
  • Gunmetal deck fittings
  • Cockpit cover
  • Winter deck cover
  • Mooring warps and fenders

Navigation Equipment

  • Compass
  • Dataline speed and depth sounder
  • Dataline wind system (currently not working as masthead anemometer not installed)
  • Lowrance Globalmap 3500 GPS chart plotter
  • Autohelm tiller pilot

Safety Equipment

  • Fire extinguisher
  • Electric bilge pump with automatic switching
  • Manual bilge pump


'Samphire' is a Cardnell sloop, similar to Blackwater sloops, built by the highly regarded shipwright, G.E. Cardnell of Steeple in 1934. He later went on to form the renowned boat building company Cardnell Bros of Maylandsea with his two sons, famous for building MTB and other military craft during WWII, as well as many other high-quality leisure and commercial craft. White painted mahogany hull on oak frames. Mahogany cabinetry with paneled deckhead. Pitch pine decks covered with ply, woven rovings and epoxy. Long keel with tiller steering to transom and keel hung rudder. Varnished mahogany exterior brightwork.

The company normally acts as brokers for the vendor who unless otherwise stated is not selling in the course of a business. Whilst every care has been taken in the preparation of these particulars the correctness is not guaranteed and they are intended as a guide only and do not constitute a part of any contract. A prospective buyer is strongly advised to check these particulars and where appropriate and at his own expense to employ a qualified marine surveyor to carry out a survey and/or to have an engine trial conducted which if conducted by us shall not imply any liability on our part.

General note on safety equipment: Any safety equipment such as liferaft, fire extinguishers and flares etc., are usually personal to the current owner(s) and if being left on board as part of the sale of a used vessel, may require routine servicing, replacement, or changing to meet a new owner’s specific needs.

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1 x Lister Petter AC1
Fuel capacity
14 litres
Maximum speed
9 kph
Cruising speed
7 kph
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Broker/Dealer Information

Clarke & Carter - Essex

Mr Aaron French
Burnham Yacht Harbour
Burnham on Crouch
United Kingdom
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