The Bangor S-Class Archive

In recent years Saunterer spent time up for sale in the West Country, appearing in one yard or other, only to disappear for a while before popping up for sale again in some new location. Eventually she was rescued by Nick and Sophie Bubb.

In 2014, having done a large amount of work on this historic small ship, Nick and Sophie decided that with a new baby and new job they had not time enough to finish her, so once more Saunterer is up for sale.


Nick says ‘she is mid-refit, so plenty of work to do but nothing insurmountable or requiring a professional. All the materials are there and any further expense beyond time to get her sailing would be minimal. We also have a whole workshop full of wood, fasteners and other materials for all the remaining repairs.

‘The sale includes a Beta engine with only 130 hours use and an incredible twin axle road trailer plated to seven tonnes with the facility to add air brakes.  The trailer is relatively new, in excellent working order with a spare wheel and capable of carrying a much larger boat. Originally built for the Marines to move some of their landing craft, we acquired it a few years ago and had uprights constructed which are removable making this a fantastic multipurpose bit of kit.


‘The hull is sound with no significant problems and she is incredibly strongly built, but a few ribs could do with replacing although not essential. We have rebuilt the coachroof (frames and planking) which has now been glassed with epoxy. We are in the middle of rebuilding the foredeck and replacing a few beams. The rest of the deck is sound.


‘The mast is a beautiful wooden spar which we have stripped and checked over, and repaired a few small cracks along the grain and then begun varnishing. She needs putting back together but we have all the parts.’

Interested would-be S-Class owners can find her for sale on Apollo Duck.