Varne Folkboat - GBR597 'Minke'

Lying Portishead, Bristol, UK

Rigged for competitive racing and shorthanded offshore cruising: roller reefing foresail with double slab reef mainsail.

For Sale - £ 6,995 GBP

Year Built: 1983. In the previous owner's care since 2001. Selling due to purchase of a larger boat.

‘Minke’ is a competitive boat with a good Solent ‘cruiser class’ race history. She has also been fitted out as a ‘pocket cruiser’, suitable for shorthanded weekend and offshore sailing. She is little used and dry sailed / raced and comes with a road trailer for easy storage, launching and towing for re-location. Currently lying ashore in Portishead, Bristol she can be trailered to any new location as required. For a full inventory and further photographs of the beautiful original teak fit-out below please contact the owner. She is Part II registered and is sold with clear title ready for competitive racing, or for extended coastal cruising. The engine, uprated from the original has less than 100 hours.

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Minke Yacht FB597


  • LOA: 7.46m (24'6”)
  • Beam: 2.29m (7'6")
  • Draft: 1.22m (4'0")
  • Displacement: 2,235kg (4,925lbs)
  • Headroom: 1.68m (5'6")
  • Engine: Beta Marine (2011)

Sails & Mast:

  • Z – Spars, deck stepped, single spreader racing mast, inc. upper jumper-strut and Gibb ‘6’ winches (1 x reefing and 1 x halyard)
  • Z – Spars boom w/first and second slab reefing points loaded
  • Spinnaker pole
  • Pulpit, pushpit and s/s guard rail stanchions and wires
  • Mainsheet traveller track
  • Outer jib tracks and 2 x cars
  • Inner jib tracks and 2 x cars
  • 2 x Lewmar ‘8’ single speed winches
  • 4 x camcleat rope jammers
  • Dolphin Sails - Cruising main, jib storm jib and spinnaker
  • Quantum Sails - Racing main and jib


  • Engine New 2011 - Beta Marine 10 (very few engine hours)
  • Drive: 3 bladed propeller
  • Fuel: Single on-board Diesel tank

Navigation and Other Equipment

  • Autohelm 1000 autopilot
  • Clipper speed and depth instruments
  • Sea voice RT550 VHF
  • Smart GPS antenna
  • Solar panels
  • Engine/domestic batteries w/isolator switch
  • Nav lights, steaming light, deck flood and tricolour lights
  • Internal Lights: Yes
  • Teak fold-out saloon table
  • Green velvet upholstery
  • Raske & Van der Meyde RM69 marine toilet
  • Origo 3000, galley alcohol stove
  • s/s galley sink
  • 120 litre freshwater flexi-tank (mounded forward)
  • Electric and manual water pumps and taps
  • Brass barometer
  • Emerald JHS gelback carpeting
  • Sprayhood, dodgers and sail cover fitted 2015
  • 2 x anchors, warps and fenders
  • Swim/boarding ladder
  • Full winter top cover
  • Road / storage trailer

Other Notes:

Meeting stringent Folkboat class rules, with a slightly larger Alan Buchanan designed superstructure and solid construction, the Varne Folkboat was a quick success, with early customers coming from Holland and Scandanavia

The owner recommends that, had he not bought a larger boat, he would perform the following maintenance: fitting flexiteek deck, polishing above the waterline, replacing headlinings and an interior lighting/switch panel upgrade.

Click here to contact us if you're interested and we will pass your enquiry to the present owner.


Click here to contact us if you're interested and we will pass your enquiry to the present owner.