Classic Staysail Schooner for sale in Denmark for £53,000

12 m
Engine Make
Volvo Penta
3.7 m
Engine Model
Draft Max
1.7 m
Engine Count
Hull Material
Boat Type
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About this Classic Staysail Schooner

Staysail schooner known as a Lello 38 and built in Cape Town in 1990. Sailed extensively through the north and south Atlantic, Baltic Sea and the Arctic and has many thousands of blue water miles logged. Immensely strong construction using strip plank Afromosia overlaid with Makore and resorcinol glued. Staysail schooner rig makes handling her very easy. 7 berths in a comfortable interior including 2 doubles. New Volvo diesel fitted 2005, recent rig and sails. Comfortable and capable offshore yacht in fine condition.

Builder: Dickinson Marine, Capetown, S. Africa
Designer: Brian Lello
Keel: Full

LOA: 48 ft 6 in
Beam: 12 ft 3 in
LWL: 32 ft 0 in
Length on Deck: 37 ft 9 in
Minimum Draft: 5 ft 6 in
Maximum Draft: 5 ft 6 in

Total Power: 40 HP

Engine 1:
Engine Brand: Volvo Penta
Year Built: 2005
Engine Model: MD204
Engine Type: Inboard
Engine/Fuel Type: Diesel
Propeller: 3 blade propeller
Drive Type: Direct Drive
Engine Power: 40 HP

Fresh Water Tanks: 5 (22)
Fuel Tanks: 3 (30)

Number of single berths: 3
Number of double berths: 2
Number of cabins: 3
Number of heads: 1
Number of bathrooms: 1

Radar Detector
Navigation center - Simrad NSS navigator
Autopilot - Tillerpilot
Depthsounder - Clipper
VHF - Northstar Explorer DSC VHF


Outside Equipment/Extras
Total Liferaft Capacity: 6

Cockpit cover
Spray hood

Full specification

Wooden Ships Comments
Built by Dickinson Marine of Cape Town and launched in 1990, the lines are a Lello 38 from a designer called Brian Lello. The first owner used the boat as a long distance cruising home and completed around 12,000Nm, eventually finishing his sailing career with her in the UK. Bought by the present owner through Wooden Ships in 2003, she was sailed to the Baltic where she has been based ever since and from there has completed another 8,000Nm of successful cruising including a circumnavigation of Scandinavia through Russia and a crossing of the Barents Sea.

In her past she has sailed both north and south Atlantic, the Caribbean, the Mediterranean, northern Europe, the Baltic Sea and polar regions, proving herself to be an excellent long distance ocean cruising boat, very easily handled with comfortable space above and below decks.

The quality and strength of her build is second to none and a glance at the scantlings of her hull indicate a yacht built to take on the worlds oceans. The majority of the hull is Afromosia which is a very durable and strong hard wood. In recent years she has always been wintered inside where she is well protected and any necessary work can be carried out.

The decision to let go of a boat as good as this was not taken lightly and it is only because of changes in lifestyle that she is being sold, the owners are purchasing a larger vessel better suited for permanent live aboard in the cold Swedish climate.

Length Overall 48'6"
Length on Deck 37'9"
Length Waterline 32'
Beam 12'3"
Draft 5'6"
Sail Area 1084sqft
Air draft 46'


Built of 1 1/8" strip plank Afromosia edge glued and fastened with bronze nails, overlaid with 2 skins of mahogany and an outer layer of Makore. This is all resorcinol glued and fastened to the frames at 6" centres with bronze screws. Frames are 4"x3" laminated oak at 22" centres with laminated Afromosia frames of the same scantlings in between.

The keel, stem, stern posts, floors and deadwoods are all of Afromosia.

Solid sawn 3" Afromosia floors side bolted to the frames with bronze bolts.

3 ton external iron ballast keel held with hot zinc sprayed iron bolts. 500lb of internal trimming ballast.

Bilge stringer and beam shelf of 5"x1 3/4" Larch. The beam shelf is doubled from the stem to midships.

Afromosia is a very durable and dense hardwood with great rot resistance and was chosen for the construction of this boat to ensure the longevity of her sailing life.

Decks and cockpit
Yacht laid teak deck screwed and glued over a marine plywood sub deck. A low bulwark all round set on stanchions with a varnished capping rail. Low stainless stanchions and guard wires.

Deep self draining cockpit with laid teak thwarts at deck level and tiller steering. The cockpit has a recent professionally hand-made white canvas cover with Perspex windows that is used as a shelter in port when required.

Bridge deck before the companion hatch with a spray hood over.

Coachroof with varnished Afromosia coamings and a sheathed plywood coachroof deck. Varnished handrails along the full length with a butterfly skylight aft of the mast and a forehatch.

Bermudan staysail schooner rig on keel stepped alloy spars.

Main mast has a wooden slab reefing boom with 2 pairs of spreaders. Stainless steel rigging to internal stainless chain plates. Single standing backstay.

Foremast with single spreaders. Inner and outer forestay. The inner takes the staysail on hanks, the outer has roller furling for the jib. foremast has running backstays to support the lower section of the mast.

All sails in Tan Dacron by Sobstad.
Mainsail Fully battened with 3 reef points.
Main Staysail Battened with reefs
Fore Staysail Battened with reefs
Storm Jib

2 pairs of Anderson Stainless steel sheet winches mounted on the cockpit coamings
Mainmast has a pair of self tailing winches
Foremast has a single non self tailing winch


Volvo Penta MD204 3cyl marine diesel rated at 40hp fitted new in 2005.

Stainless steel shaft to centreline 3 blade bronze propeller.

500l of fresh water in five separate tanks

400l of diesel in 3 separately filled tanks giving 1000Nm range.

5 x 12 volt heavy duty batteries for domestics and engine starting. Charged in the following ways:
Engine Alternator
Shore power and battery charger
Rutland 913 wind charger
40 watt solar panel (not connected)


7 berths with two double cabins and a deep pilot berth in the saloon, plus 2 saloon settee berths. port side settee berth can convert to a double.

Companion steps down into the saloon with an access door to the aft cabin to port and a large storage area to starboard under the cockpit.

Galley to port and chart desk to starboard, forward of the chart desk is a heads compartment.

The main saloon has a centreline drop leaf table with settee berths either side, the port side can convert to a double if necessary. There is also a very safe and comfortable pilot berth to port under the deck head. Ample storage, shelving and hand holds around the saloon. Diesel fired hot air heating system throughout the boat.

Doorway to starboard going forward with a double berth to port and storage to starboard including a hanging locker. Anchor locker right in the bow.

Manual sea toilet which pumps directly overboard. Hand basin with hot and cold pressurised water. Wet hanging locker for oil skins.

U-shaped galley with a gimballed 4 burner Plastimo gas stove with oven and grill. Twin stainless sinks drain directly overboard with hot and cold pressurised water plus a foot pump for salt water. Hot water from an engine heated calorifier or electric water heater when on shore power. 12 volt Isotherm fridge set under the new formica work surface. Ample storage in and around the galley.


Steering compass
Rigel handbearing compass
Clipper Echosounder
Tillerpilot Windvane
Simrad NSS navigator with UK and Europe charts
Garmin AIS
Garmin GPS 76
Northstar Explorer DSC VHF with additional hand set
ICOM M802 MF DSC Transceiver with PTC-IIpro Pactor modem and automatic tuner (Rec. Aerial on insulated backstay) (fitted 2010)

Viking 6 man liferaft new in 2014
Radar reflector
2x horseshoe life buoys with MOB lights
1x Danbuoy
Heaving line
Full automatic VHF DSC and MF emergency radio giving position

12 volt electric bilge pump
Whale manual bilge pump

Ground tackle
45lb CQR with 200' of 10mm galvanised chain
Spare 45lb CQR with leaded rope
70lb Danforth
Kedge anchor

Brig inflatable dinghy with oars, new 2011
8 large fenders + canal board
Domestic equipment, tools and spares
Webasto Air TOp 200 ST hot air heating system, fitted 2014
Hot and cold pressurised cockpit shower


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