Rose Rambler

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Design No. 452

Built for:  Humphrey D.E  Barton
Builder:  Porter & Haylett, Wroxham, England
Date designed: 1963

Class – Hull Number  Rambler Class No. 1

Principal Design Data

L.O.A:  35’ 3”  (10.74 m)
Datum:  27’ 6”  ( 8.38 m)
Beam Max:  9’ 9″  ( 2.97 m)
Draft: 4′ 9”  ( 1.45 m)
Displacement tons: 8.13
T.M.: 11.7 tons

Ballast ratio: 40.5%
Sail Area: 550 sq. ft
Rig: Bermudan cutter

Between 1960 and 1962 Humphrey Barton voyaged more than 15,400 miles twice across the Atlantic visiting 184 different places in his 38’ Cutter Rose of York.  She had been designed by Laurent Giles and built at John Tyrrell for Lt. Col Birch ten years earlier. In an article released by the Partners in 1963 the author asserts that the amount of planning that went into the design of Rose Rambler draws heavily upon the experience gained by Humphrey when he cruised Rose of York. The ‘new Rose’ is built by Porter & Haylett who were responsible for the Peter Duck Class.

Rambler Class was described as a powerful cruising yacht of character. Although having moderate draft she is more of a sailing vessel than Peter Duck…Giles’ text goes much further ‘Rose Rambler is a cruising yacht and makes no concessions to racing’. Indeed, her first few years of cruising were based on a planned itinerary through the French waterways to Marseilles and on to the Balearics for a refit in Ibiza. Gibraltar, the Canary Islands and on to Trinidad. Then cruising north through the Windward Islands, Jamaica and the Yucatan Passage, Key West and Miami and then via the Intracoastal waterway 1200 miles to Cape May and New York. ‘With her moderate draft, comfortable accommodation and space below decks, good sailing qualities coupled with lively speed under the urge of her Perkins diesel, (she) is particularly well suited for this inland waterway and ocean cruising’. It is clear to see then that although Humphrey’s experiences with Rose of York may have influenced the designers thinking, very little of her design characteristics have been replicated in Rose Rambler.


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Individual Drawing Copies

Please download and print the drawings list for Rose Rambler, Individual plan copies cost $85.00 which includes standard airmail. Please contact us using the link for information on how to order.

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Study Notes

14 page A4 format colour booklet containing many small scale drawings and photographs as well as technical data and an abridged specifications of Rose Rambler and the Rambler class.

Model Plans

Full set of Stock Building Plans

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A replica of Rose Rambler can be constructed from the original 1946 drawings, or if preferred using strip plank construction for which full construction, rigging and outfit drawings will be provided.

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