Certificate no 2613
Status Registered


Function Leisure Craft
Subfunction Yacht
Location Rhu
Vessel type Yawl
Current use Private use
Available to hire No
Available for excursions No
Info required No


Builder Aldous Ltd, Brightlingsea
Built in 1914
Hull material
Rig Bermudan Yawl
Number of decks 1
Number of masts 2
Propulsion Motor
Number of engines 1
Primary engine type Diesel
Boiler type None
Boilermaker None


Length: Overall
40.30 feet (12.28 m)
Breadth: Beam
11.50 feet (3.51 m)
7.15 feet (2.18 m)
Air Draft
55.00 feet (16.76 m)
Tonnage: Gross



COOYA was built in 1914 as a topsail auxilliary gaff yawl by Aldous Ltd of Brightlingsea to a design by Linton Hope. She is constructed of Burma Teak on English Oak. Her current engine is a Perkins diesel model 704-30 installed in 2004.

In her long life COOYA has had seventeen owners, the first being Andrew McIlwraith, a Scottish shipowner. During the 1930s she gained some reputation as a racing boat. During much of  the Second World War she was laid up in a mud berth in the Hamble River and was cared for by Camper & Nicholsons. Post war she resumed her racing and cruising life.

With regular upgrading and maintenance the vessel remains in commission as an ocean going yacht and has sailed approximately 30,000 miles, visiting 30 countries on 5 continents in the last 10 years.




Key dates

  • 1919

    Sold to Alfred Henry John Hamilton RN of Dibden Manor, Hampshire

  • 1914

    Built as gaff yawl with Grays paraffin auxiliary motor by Aldous Ltd, Brightlingsea

  • 1921

    Sold to Captain Mellonie of Ipswich, Suffolk

  • 1926

    Sold to Mr David Christian Wardlaw of Leadenhall St, London

  • 1927

    Sold to Tom Hamilton Cockburn-Mercer of Folkstone, Kent

  • 1933

    Sold to Edmund Gore-Lloyd of Shepperton, Middlesex when she gained some reputation as a racing boat

  • 1937

    Sold to Guy de Courcy Glover of London

  • 1938

    Sold to George Beaumont Butler of Brentury, Bristol

  • 1939

    Sold to Camper & NicholsonsLtd of Gosport Hants

  • 1942

    Sold to George Edward Browne of Bourne End Bucks

  • 1946

    Sold to Edward Tyler of Chislehurst, Kent, where she again raced successfully winning the Janes Cup race from Medway Yacht Club to the Sandetti Lighthouse in 1952

  • 1950s

    Converted to Bermudian yawl with wheel steering and new teak coachroof forming deck saloon

  • 1952

    Her decks were fully fibreglassed, the first ever use of fibreglass on a yacht Edward Tyler founded the Tyler Boat Co, building the first ever fibreglass yacht, “Glass Slipper

  • 1960

    Sold to Percy and Barbara Foley of Salcombe, Devon

  • 1965

    Sold to William and Jane Carr of Downpatrick, N Ireland and moved to Strangford Loch

  • 1970s

    1950s coachroof strengthened and reduced in height and self draining cockpit fitted. Various other modifications for ocean sailing

  • 1973

    Sold to Colin Palmer and her present owner, Mike Yendell who took full ownership in 1976

  • 2004

    Major refit including new Perkins engine

  • 2004

    She carried out a 3,000 mile cruise from Scotland, around the Baltic before returning via the Kiel Canal

  • 2005

    Vessel sailed south to the Eastern Mediterranean, wintering in Antalya

  • 2006

    She cruised the Mediterranean, Aegean, Marmara and Black Sea coasts of Turkey to Poti then to Yalta and Sevastopol to winter in Koilada, Greece

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