Previous names

  • 1915 - 1922 sakkara
  • 1922 - 2020 sylvia 2
Certificate no 3654
Status Registered


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


Builder Beazley and Kemp, Itchen
Built in 1915
Hull material Wood
Rig Ketch
Number of decks 1
Number of masts 2
Propulsion Motor
Number of engines 1
Primary engine type Diesel
Boiler type
Boilermaker None


Breadth: Beam
0.50 feet (0.15 m)
Air Draft
7.00 feet (2.13 m)
Length: Overall
49.50 feet (15.09 m)
Tonnage: Gross


Sylvia 2 was built on the Itchen by Beazley and Kemp in 1915. She was called Sakkara at first but registered in 1922 as Sylvia 2. Her first owner, William John Dowding, passed her on to Edward Claude Maby in in 1924 who remained her owner until, in 1957, the Williams family of Weymouth bought her. "Pop" Williams lived on her at, and sailed her out of, Weymouth for the next 30 years but was persuaded to sell her on following a fall and a period in hospital - following which his family were reluctant to allow him to move back on board. Her current owner bought her from them in 1986 as an upgrade to accommodate our growing family; Having sailed her round to Dartmouth we pulled her up on a slip and began the necessary works. These included, at that time, replacement of half of her keelson and deepening of the keel, new garboards and 15 % of underwater hull planking, replacement and repair or sistering of about 75 % of her ribs, new floors and keel bolts and new engine beds.

There was then, for Sylvia, a gap of some 25 years, during which time she was mothballed. Work started on her again in December of 2018 and have since then completed repairs to both hull and deck; it is planned that she will return to the water within the next couple of months. Her original fittings and interior  are still owned  the restoration will take her back to her original spec other than the installation of a new engine - type yet to be decided.

Key dates

  • 1915

     Built on the Itchen by Beazley and Kemp

  • 1915

    Names Sakkara at first but registered in 1922 as Sylvia 2

  • 1924

    New owner

  • 1940's

    During the war she was left on a mud berth somewhere on the south coast with her bungs out so that she could not be used by invasion forces.

  • 1957

    New owner

  • 1986

    Bought by her current owners

  • 2018

    Restoration work began

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