Harrison Butler Cyclone II Bermudan cutter

Built 1929 by Anderson, Rigden & Perkins, the last boatyard in Whitstable, to a design by Dr T. Harrison Butler, sixty years in the ownership of the Russell family. Pitch pine on oak and elm frames with a cloth-covered wooden deck. She has lost her mast, engine, gearbox and bowsprit in a complicated rescue operation, but she has a full set of sails, boom, bumpkin, compass, barometer, clock, saloon cushions and galley.

Overall Length: 25ft 6in 7.77m Waterline: 22ft 6in 6.85m
Beam: 9ft 1in 2.76m Draught: 4ft 6in 1.37m
Displacement: 5890kg Designer: T. Harrison Butler MD

Ardglass was built in a famous Thames barge yard on the beach at Whitstable, Kent, between 1927 and 1929 for two hundred and forty pounds, wthout sails, for Mr Thomas Russell, gentleman, of Cold Ash, Berkshire. Registered August 1929. Inherited by Miss Agnes Russell in 1936. Miss Russell joined the newly reformed Womens Royal Naval Service in 1939, taught small boat handling to junior WRNS and served in the 1940 Dunkirk Evacuation. After the war she was harbourmaster at Newton Ferrers and became a noted teacher of sailing. In 1970 Ardglass was sold to Palatiano "Pat" Russell, owner of boatyards at Hythe and on the Beaulieu River. When he sold her in 1987, she had been sixty years in the family. She has recently been transported from her mooring at Northwich, Cheshire, to storage on the hard at the fully-equipped Douglas Boatyard, at Hesketh Bank, near Preston, Lancashire GB.

Ardglass is offered for a quick sale to ensure that she continues to get the care that has always known. She is a fine example of a Cyclone II, one of the rarer of the classic yachts designs of Dr. Thomas Harrison Butler, MA, DM(Oxon), FRCS (Eng-Honorary), AINA (Honorary) 1871 - 1945. He was an ophthalmologist, an amateur yachtsman, a self-taught yacht designer and a strong believer in the "metacentric shelf formula" to achieve good balance and handling under sail. The theory held that as a yacht heels under sail, its balance will depend on the immersed form of the hull, with different sections exerting varying degrees of buoyancy. Aft sections might be more buoyant than forward sections. Metacentric shelf analysis plots the shifts in the varying buoyancies as a net value to windward or leeward and served as a guide to achieving equal buoyancy in the dissimilar ends of a design. The work can now be done by computer, but when it was applied by the brain, hand and eye of Dr. Harrison Butler it produced famously sweet-handling boats, in the age of heavy weather helm. His most famous yachts were the 52 "Z" 4-tonners, which evolved from his Zyklon design.

Dr Thomas Harrison Butler

A sister Cyclone under way

The Cyclone specification

Ardglass has just been rescued by road transporters. She is lying at Hesketh Bank, Preston GB, where a crane for cost-effective onward road delivery is available.

GBP 4,000


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Please note: 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. Particulars 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 employ a qualified marine surveyor to undertake a survey and, if necessary, to undertake an engine test. Offered for sale subject to being unsold.