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Ocean 60 (1979) for sale in Portishead, United Kingdom

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Adventure Wales, an 18.17m Ocean 60 schooner built in 1979 by Southern Ocean Shipyard, is currently for sale in Portishead, UK. This vessel, renowned for its performance and adventure pedigree, has circumnavigated the world and completed 12 transatlantic crossings, earning accolades such as First in Class twice in the Round the Island Race. Accommodating up to 14 people, it features a 4-berth cabin at the bow, four 2-berth cabins, and a single stern berth. Equipped with a comprehensive galley, spacious saloon, two bathrooms, and updated mechanical and rigging systems, Adventure Wales is ready for new voyages, though some maintenance tasks are recommended.

General information
Ocean 60
Used sail boat for sale
Name of boat
Adventure Wales
Length overall
18.17 metres
4.67 metres
2.52 metres
Portishead, United Kingdom

About this Ocean 60


Adventure Wales is a 60-foot schooner built in 1979 by Southern Ocean Shipyard. She's been with the same owner until 2017, when she was bought by the Challenge Wales charity.

Adventure Wales has successfully circumnavigated the world and undertaken no fewer than 12 transatlantic crossings. She has won First in Class in Round the Island Race (twice) and she's also been participating in the Tall Ships Races in the past.

Adventure Wales can accommodate up to 14 people. For Cruise voyages she can accommodate 13 comfortably with the saloon berth making up the 14th berth'

The vessel has one 4-berth cabin at the bow of the boat, four 2-berth cabins and one single berth at the stern for a crew person. The berths are large and comfortable  with storage.

She is equipped with a galley (including a 5 burner hob), saloon, two bathrooms (toilet/shower) and safety systems. The galley/saloon area has windows around it, enabling those inside to see outside at all times. This makes the time in the galley and saloon much brighter &  more pleasant 




Ford New Holland 1995

HP/Kw                                                75kw/100hp – Last Serviced Feb 2022, Last run December 2022

Drive:                                                 Shaft Drive

Prop:                                                  3 blade fixed prop and shaft alternator

Generator:                                        Northern Light Generator – M673 3.5 KVA


24v Leisure Battery’s 220AH (2x Banks of 4)

2x 12V Engine Start Batteries

1x Generator Start Battery

240V Shorepower

2x Sterling Battery Chargers

1x dedicated charger for generator battery

Victron Battery Monitor


Rigging & Sails

Masthead Ketch

Standing Rigging replaced 2018

Reckman Roller furling on Forestay

New Boom on Main 2019
New Boom on foresail 2019

3 reefs to Mainsail with Slab Reefing  New 2019. Original Mainsail available from dry storage in Penarth and in fair condition
New foresail with 3 reefs. Original foresail available from dry storage in Penarth, fair condition
Furling Yankee no.2 (Barely Used)
Furling YankeeNo.1 (Good but used)
Asymmetric Spinnaker with snuffer(2014)
Symmetric Spinnaker (Barely Used)
Golly Wobber (Good but old)


Sailor Sat Comms with communicatons/nav computer

Raymarine i60 wind & 2x i70 multifunction displays (2014)

Raymarine 9” C95 Helm Chartplotter (2014)

Icom MC-M323G DSC Fixed VHF

Icom M801E SSB MF/HF Transceiver

Rimrad Radar 10” LCD

Class B AIS - Digital Yacht AIT1000

Navtex ICS Nav6



Vetus Gas Alarm

Emergency Tiller

3x Auto Bilge Pumps with Alarms

1x Manual Pump

Smoke, heat and carbon monoxide sensors are onboard but not commissioned



Hella LED – Bi Light, Stern & Steaming (2015)

LOPO LED – Mast head Tri colour & Anchor Light (2015)

White LED Cabin Lights

Red night light
NUC Lights
Signal Lamp
Deck Floodlights foremast & main mast


Stern cockpit with Wheel

4x Various Winch Handles

10x Various Fenders

3.5m Inflatable Fender in Cradles (Slight Leak on Starboard sponsor)

Bimini (Frame in Penarth & Fabric onboard but never rigged)

Cockpit Cushions – Various

75ILB CQR Anchor with 100mx10mm Chain

65ILB Bruce Anchor

Lofrans Windlass with remote controls
Spinnaker pole




Name :                                               Adventure Wales

Make/Model:                                   Ocean 60

LOA :                                                  17.13m

Draft :                                                2.52m

Beam :                                               4.67m

Build:                                                  1979

Weight:                                              29 Tons

Water Tank:                                     1800l 

Diesel Tank:                                      1800l + 3 fwd tanks adding approx 2000L




Fin Keel with Iron Ballast

Osmosis Treatment 2008 with coppercoat

Standard Antifouling applied over coppercoat last done 2022

The hull is hand-laid solid fiberglass reinforced with transverse floors as well as two foam-cored longitudinal stringers running the full length of the hull on both port and starboard sides. Laminate thickness ranges from approximately 1-1/2″ at the keel to 3/8″ at the sheer. The deck also is solid laminate, reinforced with foam-cored transverse and longitudinal stringers. High stress deck areas (mooring cleats, hatch openings, mast partners, etc) are reinforced with mahogany plywood coring and additional laminate thickness. Some areas are reinforced by aluminum plate (cockpit winches, turning blocks, steering pedestal, bow platform). The keel is external cast iron, faired with fiberglass laminate, and secured through substantial keel floors and backing plates with twelve one-inch bolts. Both the spars are keel stepped.




13 Berths (1x 4, 4x 2 1x 1)


2x Manual Head include wet room

Grey & Black water holding Tanks



Gas Hob – 5 burners with Gas Oven (2019)

Large Open Top Fridge ( new compressor, circulation pump and chilling plates 2018

Diesel Heater – available awaiting refit

PVC Saloon Cushions

PVC Cushion on Bunks


Maintenance Reccomendations

Recent Maintenance
Stern Gland replaced 2017
Extensively Rewired 2020/21

Maintenance Recommendations

Not sailed since December 2022

Section of soft deck to repair

Rudder is wet, needs investigation

Keel Sheave failed on bottom of keel and trailing edge – Investigation and repair required

Delamination of hull around trailing edge of keel – Investigation & repair required Inside & Out

Engine & Bilge needs clean and servicelast run in December 2022

Cutlass bearing to replace

Seacocks are old and need Investigation before launch.

Storm Jib /staysail )

Bimini Frame is large and stored in Penarth

Sold as seen ashore


Contact Information

Southern Ocean Shipyards 60 Under Sail
On paper the Ocean 60 sounds like an antiquated schooner character boat from the 1970’s and early 1980’s. But closer inspection reveals what can be aptly called a modern, racing schooner, eminently suitable for long-distance cruising with her sea kindly qualities and simple rig. The legendary British manufacturer Southern Ocean Shipyards – with the unfortunate acronym SOS – opened shop at their Poole, England yard (near Southhampton on the south coast) in the mid 1960’s. The first production boat off the line was a 53-foot Van De Stadt design in 1967. In the 1970’s, they produced about 25 hulls of the Ocean 71 which was lofted directly from Van De Stadt’s famous Stormvogel yacht, the first ocean maxi. In the late 1970’s, Southern Ocean produced smaller racers including a 36-footer by J. de Ridder and the 30 Contention by Doug Peterson. According to brokerage records the Ocean 60’s were built between 1980 and 1982. After which, the yard produced 62-foot Van De Stadt and 80-foot Peterson designs until around 1985.

For a full, detailed specification with additional photographs and direct contact details for the listing office visit our website

The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.

Unless otherwise stated on the specification sheet the following presumptions are made
Sail drive and shaft seals are more than 5 years of age
Fuel and gas hoses and regulators are over 5 years old
Standing rigging and sails are more than 10 years old

NOTE - Please ring our offices prior to visiting, as the boat may be unavailable for viewing or located at a different marina.

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1 x Ford New Holland
Fuel capacity
1,800 litres
Number of cabins

The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.

Broker/Dealer Information

boatpoint at Portishead Marina

Portishead Marina. Newfoundland Way Portishead,
BS20 7DF
United Kingdom
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