Certificate no 2667
Status Registered


Function Leisure Craft
Subfunction Yacht
Location Millbrook
Vessel type Cutter
Current use Ongoing conservation
Available to hire No
Available for excursions No
Info required No


Builder Berthon Boat Co Ltd, Lymington
Built in 1948
Hull material Wood
Rig Bermudan Cutter
Number of decks 1
Number of masts 1
Propulsion Motor
Number of engines 1
Primary engine type Inboard diesel
Boiler type None
Boilermaker None


Length: Overall
37.00 feet (11.28 m)
Breadth: Beam
9.00 feet (2.74 m)
5.00 feet (1.52 m)
Tonnage: Gross
Air Draft
To be confirmed


RELEASE is a Bermudan Cutter of mahogany carvel construction and has a Volvo Penta diesel engine. She was built in 1948/1949 by the Berthon Boat Co. of Lymington and is currently undergoing restoration in Cornwall.

On Christmas Day 1941 Duncan Campbell and Major Alan Mills were taken prisoner by the Japanese. During their captivity they designed a yacht to be built on their release which took place nearly four years later. The dream came true and the yacht was launched in time for the 1949 season, aptly christened RELEASE.

After a survey in 1989 the vessel was found to be suffering from neglect and underwent a big overhaul. Having been kept in good condition until 2002 she had two other owners who did not manage to keep the boat in a serviceable condition. In 2012 she was purchased by her present owner who has commenced her restoration.


Key dates

  • 1948/49

    Built by the Berthon Boat Co of Lymington

  • 1972

    Hull refastened by Winters Boatyard, Salcombe

  • 1985

    New Bukh inboard engine fitted

  • 1989

    Overhaul after survey found neglect

  • 2012

    Vessel bought by private owner after some years of neglect Conservation work commenced

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