Balanced Lug Sail (Dayboats) at Hunters Yard

Traditional Wooden Balanced Lugs

3 yachts are available:
Brown Bess – Nene One Design – 1940s
Woodcut I – 1932
Woodcut II – 1930

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Please contact us on 01692 678263 during office hours, or email us

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Lug Sail Half Decker Specifications


Brown Bess is particularly stable and easy to sail. She is also a favourite of our customers who may wish to sail single handed or who may have limited sailing experience.

• Single Sail – Sail Area: 190 sq ft
• Balanced Lug Rigged
• LOA 20’
• Beam: 6’ 3”
• Draft: 2’ 6”
• Fixed Keel
• Oars and Camping Awning
• Seats 3-4 people


Woodcuts I & II

These lovely Half-Deckers were built by the Hunter Family and are ideal for solo sailor, those wishing to refresh their sailing skills, and beginners.

• Single Sail Sail Area: 190 sq ft
• Balanced Lug Rigged
• LOA 18’
• Beam: 6’ 2”
• Draft: 2’6”
• Fixed Keel
• Oars and Camping Awning
• Seats 3-4 people

All yachts are supplied with awnings making them suitable for Yamping! Buoyancy aids provided

Did you know?

Brown Bess is a Middle Nene One Design and was built in the late 1940`s by Percival in Horning.

She was originally Gunter rigged with a small Stuart Turner engine. Donated to Hunter’s Yard in 1968, she underwent a major re-fit, which involved changing to a balanced lug rig to match the Woodcuts.

She was then completely rebuilt at the Yard in 1986-87 using the old hull as a pattern – only the keel was kept. She was planked in iroko.

Did you know?

Woodcut I was built by Percy Hunter himself and closely resembled the half-deckers Sunrise and Sunset which were built at Applegates Boatyard during his time there. She was Percy Hunter’s favourite boat.

Woodcut was completely rebuilt by Ian Grapes in 2001-2003 using iroko for the planks.

Woodcut 2 was built by Cyril Hunter in 1938 and is 4 inches longer

The origin of their name is thought to have come about by using two separate things and putting them together. The first half was possibly an extension of the Womack Water theme used for the Wood Class yachts and the second half might have been inspired by the dyke which the Hunters often referred to as `The Cut`; hence the name Woodcut. Woodcut I was completed in 1932 and Woodcut II in 1938.