International Eight Meter for sale

Ardrossan, United Kingdom

£18,500 GBP

International Eight Meter
General information
International Eight Meter
Used sail boat for sale
£18,500 GBP
Name of boat
Length overall
12.20 metres
2.35 metres
1.50 metres
5,500 kg
Full Keel
Ardrossan, United Kingdom

About this International Eight Meter


Agate is an International Eight Metre built to Lloyds specification by Grenier le Marchand in le Havre in 1911 but in the UK since 1922.

Built for the Marquis de Cussy, who specified a boat to take heavy weather, she was designed by Gaston Grenier, who later designed the Olympic One Design for the 1924 Paris (Chariots of Fire) Olympics. She had a distinguished early racing career.

Honduras Mahogany planking on oak frames. Originally gaff rigged, she was altered to Bermudan rig in 1935, and converted for cruising in 1975. She has forepeak, forecabin, head, saloon, galley, two quarter berths, self-draining cockpit, and lazarette, so a maximum of six berths, but comfortably four.

Well maintained and with beautiful lines, her hull structure is possibly in the most original condition of any early First Rule Eight Metre still afloat, with all her original planking, nearly all her original frames, original mast (recently beautifully rebuilt), and original but shortened boom.





Volvo 2001 9HP single cylinder engine, offset shaft with 3-blade propeller


1 x Engine and 1x leisure batteries with 220A/h capacity,

Shore power,

Built-in intelligent battery charger and 1 KW inverter

Water System

Electric demand pumped fresh and salt water

Double sink with macerator pumped drain

Water heating via stove 


Fuel tank 40 litres = c. 60 hours motoring

Flexible water tank 150 litres

Mast Rigging and Sails

Mast and Spars 

Original wooden mast (recently beautifully rebuilt), and original but shortened boom.

Standing Rigging replace 2012 

Aluminum Spinnaker pole 

Furling Genoa 


3-reef main by Owen Sails in 2014 

Furling foresail by Owen Sails in 2014



2x Vintage single speed Genoa winches 

2x Vintage single speed halyard winches one with wire drum. 


She has forepeak, forecabin, head, saloon, galley, two quarter berths, self-draining cockpit, and lazarette, so a maximum of six berths, but comfortably four.

Wallas diesel hob – no gas on board

Waeco Coolfreeze CDF2 12v fridge/freezer 

2 sinks

Marine Toilet 

Diesel hot air

Woodwork is veneered Ply + Oak in Galley 

Upholstery is Maroon Chenille 



Vintage compass

Garmin 555 Colour plotter,

Swing bracket for a 10 inch tablet, 

Tacktick T033 Wind speed and direction 

NASA Depth sounder 

Simrad TP22 Tiller Pilot 

Standard Horizon GX-1700E VHF

McMurdo Fastfind 210 PLB

Mooring and Anchoring 

Quick Antares 1000W Electric windlass with wireless remote

Knox super high holding power anchor, 100m chain,

Danforth kedge anchor

8 Fenders and  4 warps 


Zodiac 4 Man inflatable dinghy.

Bison Electric outboard and Li-ion battery

Manual and electric bilge pumps with float switch

Seago 4 man life-raft (requires service),

Horn handheld 

Horseshoe Life-ring,

Self inflating Danbuoy

2x Fire extinguishers,

Fire Blanket 

Fire and CO detector

Radio CD player 

1 Kw Invertor 



Owners Website

Previous names  Nag, Sainte Anne II,  Gemma 

1911 built by A.Grenier le Marchand at le Havre, with yard number 759, sailmaker Mariole. Flush-decked gaff cutter with skylight and deep cockpit. Designed by Gaston Grenier, who later designed the Olympic One Design for the 1924 Paris Olympics (the Chariots of Fire’ Olympics)

Original name Nag, built for the Marquis de Cussy.

Received Lloyds rating certificate (7.997) at le Havre on 20-7-1911.

1914  name changed to Sainte Anne II, still owned by the Marquis de Cussy (probably when he retired a previous yacht owned by him also named “Sainte Anne”.)

1918  name changed to Gemma, owner V. Costantini, le Havre.

1922  owner B de Q Quincy, Fort Cottage, Aldeburgh.

1924  owners Exors of the late B. de Q. Quincy.

1925  owner Mrs G. F, Marshall, ‘Riverscourt’, Brundall, Norwich, kept at Aldeburgh. Sailmaker Sadler, 24, sail area 1109.

1933  owners Exors. of the late Mrs G. F, Marshall.

1934  owner J. T. E. Woolsey, 64a The Close, Norwich, kept at Lowestoft.

1935  altered from cutter (removed bowsprit and topsail, reduced boom by c. 2m.)

1945+ new cabin top, not current cabin.

1949  sailmaker Jeckells, 48.

1954  petrol motor, 1 cylinder, 4 BHP, Stuart Turner, 53, kept at Great Yarmouth.

1964  altered (1963) to Bermudian rig, then auxiliary yawl, official number 185687, sail maker Gowen 1963.

1967  owner Charles D. Pledger, Kedge Cottage, Heybridge Basin, Maldon, home port Weybridge Basin.

1971  owner Brian Wormald, Costaplente, Mill Lane, Acaster, Malbis, Yorks, home port Whitby.

1973  petrol motor 2 cylinder 12 BHP, R.C.A. Dolphine.

1975  owner Christopher P. Kitching, The Mill, Great Ayton, Middlesbrough, sail number 1890Y, home port Whitby. Converted for cruising with current deck, cabin and self-draining cockpit at Acaster Malbis boatyard near York.

1980  last Lloyds entry. Lloyds began charging for listing, so mainly active racers continued to register.

1985  new owner refurbished, kept initially on the Tees, eventually West Mersea.

1990  new owners ashore at West Mersea Marina being refurbished.

1991  River Roach, Pagelsham, Essex, Shuttleworth Moorings.

1993  Burnham on Crouch, Essex Marina.

1997  Burnham on Crouch, Burnham Yacht Harbour.

2003  Pin Mill, Ipswich, Suffolk, Pin Mill sailing club moorings.

1995  engine changed to Volvo 2001.

2010  current owner.

2011  moved to Ardrossan, Firth of Clyde.

2012  moved to RNCYC, Rhu, Firth of Clyde, new standing rigging.

2013  moved to Balvicar Bay, Seil, Oban.

2014  new Owen Sails, altered to furling foresail.

2015  name changed to Agate


Service History

Engine Self serviced annually 

2021 Aligned prop shaft and replaced engine exhaust hose section. 

2021 Replaced interior and exterior shaft logs 

2019 Rebuilt original mast after glue failure. 


  • Tender
  • Radio
  • Marine head
  • Cd player
  • Plotter
  • Battened mainsail
  • Inverter
  • Mainsail cover
  • Gps
  • Heating
  • Furling genoa
  • Wind speed and direction
  • Autopilot
  • Shore power inlet
  • Depthsounder
  • Spinnaker pole
  • Electric bilge pump
  • Vhf
  • Battery charger
  • Compass
  • Lazyjacks
  • Refrigerator
  • Manual bilge pump

In this case we are acting as brokers only.  The Vendor is not selling in the course of a business.  Whilst every care has been taken in their preparation, the correctness of these particulars is not guaranteed.  The particulars are intended only as a guide and they do not constitute a term of any contract.  A prospective buyer is strongly advised to check the particulars and where appropriate 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 carried out by us shall not imply any liability for such engine on our part.


Note to seller and purchaser:  If the boat you are selling or purchasing is registered, please ensure that the registration is completed after the sale of the boat.  If the purchaser wishes to cancel the registration is the duty of the seller to contact the Registry and inform them that the registration is to be cancelled.  If the purchaser wishes to continue with the registration, it is the duty of the purchaser to complete the relevant forms and post off the bill of sale to the Registrar.

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1 x Volvo MD
Fuel capacity
40 litres
Number of cabins
Number of berths
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Broker/Dealer Information

Sunbird International Yacht Sales

Mrs Andrea Martin
Clyde Marina
KA22 8DB
United Kingdom
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