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1929 William Fife 8 Meter

Hansville, Washington


SULAIRE is an International 8-meter, designed and built by William Fife III and launched in 1929.  She spent only a couple of years racing in Scotland before she came to the US.  There are records of her racing in Marblehead and Toronto under several different names and owners.  Her current owner has had her for 35 years and has recently completed a full restoration.

Although almost all of SULAIR’s planking and framing were in perfect condition and remain origonal, her iron floors were all replaced with cast bronze, a new cold-molded wood/epoxy deck was built, the interior and cockpit were restored to original specifications, and all surfaces both inside and out were refinished.     

SULAIRE has two masts: A newly-built hollow teardrop wooden mast copied from the original Fife mast, and a modern aluminum mast set up for racing.  Once the rudder is hung and a few final latches are installed, she is ready to be launched and resume her racing illustrious career.

Meanwhile, in her purpose-built storage shed on the Pacific Northwest coast of the US, SULAIR’s tight seam planking is remarkably stable with only minimal cracking of her paint after years in the shop.  No sun ever hits her, and the climate is ideal for preserving boats of this type.



         Hull Planking:  Original tight seamed carvel mahogany. 

         Interior:  All varnished, minimal accommodations per class rule

         Frames:  On seven-inch centers.  Every third fame is a larger, grown/sawn oak frame                                       with Rock Elm bent frames between.   All bent frames are original, and roughly half                           the sawn frames have been replaced with Locust.

         Floors:  New cast bronze

         Deck: Cold molded cedar - underside sprung to sheer and v-matched as original   

         Cabin Top: Cold-molded cedar / mahogany

         Traditional Wood Mast:  Excellent condition, Teardrop shaped, hollow Oregon Pine.                               Matches original section/specification but short of rule measurement by a few inches.                       Original Fife iron hardware replaced with chromed bronze.  Rigging old. 

         Modern Aluminum Mast:  Excellent condition, measured to rule.  New stainless rigging,                        Imron coating over epoxy primer

         Sails:  Dacron main older but usable, No. 1 genoa lightly used 3.5 oz. Norlam, 3/4 oz.                                   spinnaker lightly used.  Piles of older sails of varying condition.

         Winches:  Main: 3 speed Lewmar, Main sheet: 2 speed Barlow, Trimming: 2 speed Barlow,                                Running backs:  2 speed Anderson self tailing.



W S Yacht Brokers is pleased to assist you in the purchase of this vessel. This boat is centrally listed by Artisan Boatworks Inc..

Basic Boat Info

Boat Name: SULAIRE
Make: William Fife
Model: 8 Meter
Year: 1929
Condition: Used
Category: Sail
Builder: William Fife
Designer: William Fife
Construction: Wood
Keel Type: Full Keel


Length: 47 ft / 14.33 m
Length Overall: 47 ft / 14.33 m
Waterline Length: 30'6 ft / 9.30 m
Beam: 8'8 ft / 2.64 m
Dry Weight: 18,000 lb


Boat Class: Antique and Classics, Racers

The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.

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