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Jay Benford 'Badger' Dory Cutter
Under Contract

$39,900. CDN


File Number: SA5798

Listing Broker: Ernest Hamilton


Location: Nova Scotia

LOA: 34'

Beam: 11'

Draft: 4'6"

Displacement: 10,500#

2008 Benford ‘Badger’ Dory Cutter SA5798

$49,900. CDN


LOA: 34’ Beam: 11’ LWL: 28’ Draft: 4’6” Displacement: 10,500# Ballast: 4,000 #

DESIGNER: Jay Benford BUILDER: Davis

CONTRUCTION: Wood-Epoxy construction – Hull:  2 layers of 3/8” marine-grade Douglas Fir plywood; Deck: 2 layers of Okoume marine plywood. The hull and deck are  sheathed in epoxy with 11 oz. cloth. The fin keel is Ferro-Cement with iron shot ballast, steel armature, and epoxy sheathing per the designer specs;  outboard rudder; stern pulpit with double lifelines; boom gallows; 2 opening ports; 2 hatches; 3 Dorade vents; 8’ self-bailing cockpit; pale green topsides with red boottop and shear strake; pale green decks; copper bottom paint; tiller steering; Voyageur wind-vane steering gear; bow sprit with anchor rollers port and starboard.


The yacht sleeps 4 and has 6’2” headroom.

Double berth stateroom in the forepeak with sitting headroom; settee berths port and starboard in the main cabin with a drop-leaf table; galley aft to starboard with the chart table and enclosed head aft to port.

The Galley has a Taylors 2 burner kerosene stove with oven; 12 volt cooler-box; dual stainless steel sinks and generous counter and locker space.

The Head has a Chemical toilet and a sink w/ vanity.

The yacht is finished to a high standard in the Herreshoff style: painted bulkheads with solid Douglas Fir and Mahogany trim, cabinet doors and drawer faces finished bright; Douglas Fir cabin sole. She has a wood stove, hanging locker, chart table, 60 gallon fresh water capacity, via FanSpray bronze hand-pumps, and black fabric upholstery.

ENGINE: Torqeedo ‘Cruise 4.0’ electric outboard in a well (2011). The plans show that there is space for a Yanmar diesel.

ELECRICAL SYSTEMS: 48 volt DC system with a step-down for 12V DC lights and equipment. 48 volt shore-power charger; wind generator; 195 watt solar panel; 8 Surrette lead-acid batteries; selector switch; circuit breaker panel; 110 Volt AC shore-power with cord; cabin and navigation lights; lightning ground.

SAILS & RIGGING: Mainsail (240’), jib-topsail (235’) and Staysail (125’) all Tanbark by Michelle Stevens Sail Loft in 2008; jiffy reefing on the mainsail; 3 sail covers, 2 hatch covers; wooden spars: spruce main mast; pine boom; whisker pole; deck stepped mast; 5/16” SS standing rigging; 4 bronze Murray (handle on the bottom) sheet and halyard winches; topping lift; flag halyard; inclinometer.

ELECTRONICS: Standard Horizon VHF and GPS plotter; Ritchie compass; depth sounder.

GENERAL: 3 Bruce anchors with 100’ chain rode and 300’ of nylon rode; anchor windless; manual bilge pump; 6 dock lines and 4 fenders; 2 boat hooks; 2 fire extinguishers; life preserver; life ring; search light; horn; bell; cockpit cushions; swim ladder; screens; cockpit cover; clock & barometer; 3 kerosene lamps; dishes & cutlery; cradle; Life Sling.


BROKER’S COMMENT: This is a cutter-rigged version of the Benford ‘Badger’ design made famous by Pete & Annie Hill.  They voyaged extensively on Badger, including numerous Trans-Atlantic crossings, as reported in their books: Voyaging On A Small Income and Brazil and Beyond. The original Benford design called for the cutter rig employed here. The Hills had the designer produce a junk rig schooner sail plan. The listed vessel was built with the reinforcements to allow for a future junk rig conversion. Both the Hills and Jay Benford have inspected the listed yacht in early construction.

The yacht’s interior is simply stunning as the photos show. She is a unique and very capable yacht built by a knowledgeable owner.

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