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1896 Whites of Cowes Solent One-Design

$218,239 Listed price: £105,000 Lymington , United Kingdom
Make Whites of Cowes
Model Solent One-Design
Year 1896
Condition Used
Price £105,000
Type Sail
Class Antique and Classic
Length 12.5 m
Fuel Type Diesel
Hull Material Wood
Location Lymington , United Kingdom
Tax Status Tax Not Applicable
LOA 12.65 m
Length at Water Line 7.7 m
Beam 2.39 m
Max Draft 1.75 m
Keel Type enums.keel-type.kt-full
Displacement 16537 lb
Engine Type Inboard
Engine Make Yanmar
Engine Model 1GM
Fuel Type Diesel
Engine Year 2001
Power 10 hp
Drive Type Direct Drive
Propeller Type 3 Blade
Designer Whites of Cowes
Builder J Samuel White
Fuel Tanks 1 x 25 litres
Fresh Water Tanks 1
Holding Tanks 1


Refit just completed and is ready for this season.

'Rosenn' is the last existing Solent One Design still racing on the Solent. 23 were built between 1896 & 1897 for members of the Royal Yacht Squadron and the Island Sailing Club. Built at Whites of Cowes and constructed from pitch-pine on oak frames with a lead keel.

Roseen benefits from an extensive refit in 2010 when she was striped to bare wood inside and out, epoxied and filled with epoxy putty, sheathed outside only to the waterline with bi-axial glass cloth. Then filled and faired, spray painted in Awlgrip Oyster White.

Her original spars are constructed from Oregin Pine and have been lovingly kept, the varnish certainly ‘gleams’. Rosenn’s extensive sail wardrobe will allow you to enter into any classic boat race. Powered by a 10hp Yanmar 1GM diesel engine with an approximate fuel consumption of under one litre per hour.

The interior aboard Rosenn is very basic for racing; sail locker forward of the mast separated from the cabin by a bulkhead with entrance. The cabin has twin berths with upholstery, to starboard aft there is a navigation table, draws and locker beneath. On the port side there is a galley, with sink and storage, the stove and gas bottle have been removed for racing.

This is an opportunity to obtain part of maritime history with a great racing record, viewing is highly recommended for any classic boat lover…

2012/2013 refit:

New Sitka Spruce Mast, boom and gaff

New stainless steel and running rigging

Wood work re varnished

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Spars and Rigging

The spars are original Oregon Pine.  They are rigged with stainless steel standing rigging (checked annually) and with modern cordage for halyards, sheets and lines.


Sails – all Dacron:

Mainsail and Jackyard Topsail by James Lawrence 2004 – slab reefing

Jib and staysail on 2010 furlers by Sanders Sails 2011

Genoa by Sanders Sails 2010

 Nylon Asymmetric spinnaker by Elvstrom 2010


  • Mainsail cover by Sanders 2010


  • Compass
  • Log and echo sounder


  • 10hp Yanmar 1GM diesel (2001) raw water cooled is serviced regularly
  • Shaft drives a fixed three bladed, offset bronze propeller (2011)
  • .Electrical system has two 12-volt batteries charged by the engine

Ground Tackle and Mooring

  • CQR anchor, chain and nylon warp
  • Mooring lines.

2012/2013 Refit

  • New Sitka Spruce Mast, boom and gaff
  • New stainless steel and running rigging
  • Wood work re varnished


The Solent One-Design is 25ft 3in on the waterline, 32ft 2in between the ends, and 41ft 6in overall. Her beam is 7ft 10in and she draws 5ft 9in with a displacement of 7.38 tons.  Cutter rigged with a gaff mainsail and jackyard topsail, she now sports a light genoa for use in winds under ten knots, and, in line with her original sail plan, an asymmetric spinnaker.  The Solent One-Design was the first ever one-design class.


Nicolle Associates offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.

  • VAT is not applicable on this vessel.
  • As always photographs do not do justice viewing is highly recommended.
  • This boat is lying in Lymington, Hampshire.
  • © 2014 Nicolle Associates