Drascombe Gig

Drascombe Gig

Due to ongoing overseas work commitments the current owners have decided to sell their well-known Drascombe Gig Tra Bhu which they have owned for the last 8 years.

Trá Bhuí is a 25’ long Drascombe Gig (no 69 (1994) built in Totnes, Devon by Honnor Marine (UK) Ltd.

The name Trá Bhuí, is Irish Gaelic (and possibly Scottish Gaelic) for - Yellow Strand or beach. It was named after a mile long beach near Sligo in Ireland where a previous owner lived.

Tra Bui which is stored indoors in a purpose built shed is in excellent condition and has been maintained and upgraded pretty much regardless of cost. Tra Bhui has not been in the water since completing a 1200km cruise around Greece in 2016.

Tra Bui has attended numerous Drascombe Association and International Rallies and completed a number of longer voyages including Denmark to Norway, the west coast of Spain and the above mentioned a 1200km cruise around Greece.

A very capable and superbly equipped boat Tra Bhui has been adapted to be sailed by two persons, but can be sailed by one with relative ease. It can still accommodate the 8 crew plus the helm if required though. Tra Bhui has been configured with safety in mind as she has completed a number of passages where she has been sailing on het open up to 25 miles from land.

With Tra Bhui comes a full length cockpit tent, bespokely manufactured by R&J Sails. The tent allows 4 adults to sleep comfortably on board.

Tra Bhui also features in a number of Youtube Videos which can be found simply by searching “The Voyages of Tra Bhui”.

Boat Specification


    • Yellow / White – polished finish – minor marking associated with use, but overall in excellent condition – deck beige – not painted – good condition
    • Recent new teak bilge rails
    • Fixed stainless steel boarding / rescue ladder.
    • Teak clad centre board housing.
    • Cockpit retrimmed with teak used extensively.
    • Twin stainless steel grab hoops that protect the instrument cluster from the main sheets
    • Cargo deck fitted – 4 deck hatches between the thwarts that allows a large amount of camping gear etc be carried safely and securely – can be easily removed if necessary
    • Fire extinguisher fitted in recessed housing
    • Gunwales and rubbing strips in excellent condition (teak) and kept well oiled.
    • Stainless steel rubbing plate fitted to gunwales adjacent to anchor
    • Full heavy duty boat cover manufactured by R&J sails for Tra Bui – very good condition
    • Heavy duty cockpit cover manufactured by R&J sails for Tra Bui – new – unused
    • Whale bilge pump
    • Kick up rudder

    Spars, sails and rigging:

      • Masts, yard arm, and associated spars all in good condition. Well maintained and coated in Epifanes varnish
      • Main mast – fixed to tabernacle to allow it to be raised / lowered by one person
      • Recent standing rigging (Churchouse boats)
      • Running rigging and fittings replaced and upgraded – all in very good / excellent condition
      • New stainless steel mainsheet horse
      • Sails – Complete new set of sails by R&J Sails 2015 –use for two seasons since purchased and look virtually as new still - Also new storm trysail – main - (R&J sails) never used
      • Holt track mounted adjustable fairleads
      • Plastimo 406S roller reefing system on jib – N.B. this is a proper roller reefing system and not simply a furling system.
      • Period Tufnol tailing winch fitted to allow the jib to be hand held by crew in windy conditions – winch used as a friction brake only


        • Honda 10Hp – electric start and remote charging (2010) just services and ready to go. 12V starter and charging battery
        • Stainless steel outboard security lock – prevents outboard being removed from boat
        • Recent new propeller
        • Bow mounted fuel tank to improve boat trim
        • Spare propeller and engine service kit

        Instruments / Electrics:

          • Housed in a bespoke centre board pod
          • Fixed VHF radio with GPS and DSC calling
          • NASA boat speed indicator
          • NASA wind direction indicator
          • Garmin Chart plotter / depth finder
          • Offshore fixed Compass
          • Mast head lights – LED Supernova – manufactured by NASA Marine
          • Mast head aerial
          • Mast head navigation and anchor lights
          • Mast head wind instruments – NASA Clipper 11
          • Autohelm – Raymarine ST2000 Tiller pilot – not included in sale but available by negotiation


          • Main anchor – with chain and long warp – all in good condition
          • 1 set of oars
          • Kedge anchor
          • Inflatable tender and oars – not included in sale but available by negotiation
          • Full length bespoke camping tent with stainless steel poles (manufactured by R&J sails – sleeps 4 adults (plus) excellent condition
          • Full heavy duty boat cover manufactured by R&J sails for Tra Bui – very good condition
          • Heavy duty cockpit cover manufactured by R&J sails for Tra Bui – new – unused
          • Radar reflector
          • Spinlock asymmetric tiller extension
          • Heavy duty stainless steel deck hatch locking bars
          • Safety harness anchor points (3 Number) for helm and crew


            • Break back trailer – manufactured to MOD specification by R M Trailers. The trailer has been specially adapted for Tra Bhui with the addition of a full swing cradle (new) and reconfigured trailer rollers (new). This means that it is not necessary to put the trailer brakes and bearings into the water. The trailer had new stub axles and sealed for life bearings fitted in 2016 (has done under 1000 miles since then) at a cost of over £600
            • New tyres – including spare

            Sale Price for all of above is £12,750.

            Tra Bhui is currently in Scotland. Delivery is possible to anywhere in the UK mainland for the cost of fuel and to anywhere in Ireland or Europe by other agreement.

            Price: £12,750

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