BUCHANAN Brabant Steel Sloop

16,950 Tax Exempt | Location: Falmouth, Cornwall


  • Model Brabant Steel Sloop
  • Year 1964
  • LOA 30ft/9m
  • Class Sailing Cruiser
  • Hull Steel
  • Keel Long Keel
  • Rig Sloop
  • Engine Single Diesel
  • Drive Shaft Drives
  • Layout Aft Cockpit
  • Berths 4
  • Cabins 2
  • Ancasta Ref 32953
  • Name Pipedream


An extremely capable 30 ft steel long keel “Brabant” sloop, designed by Alan Buchanan and built by Howdens Shipyard at Goole in 1964. Pipedream is a seriously capable vessel set up for long distance cruising. The current owner completed a two year single handed North Atlantic circuit in July 2017 with the previous owner also completing a North Atlantic circuit. “Pipedream” is an outstanding sea boat with a proven track record and is now looking for a new owner to continue her adventure.


Designed by Alan Buchanan and built by Howdens Shipyard at Goole in 1964

Re-built 2006-11:
Hull plating between keel and waterline renewed - All seams welded by Lloyds coded welder. New plate grit plasted to white metal
Epoxy coated - skimmed with epoxy and filler to give minimum of 1mm coating over all weld caps
Hull insulated with 25mm Celotex tiles and lined with 3mm ply on battens attached to the frames
Cockpit replaced and shortened (lengthened cabin and aft end raised to give full standing headroom)
Flat cabin sole in galley and chart table

Long keel with cutaway forefoot
Beaching legs: Scots pine, bolted through chain plates

LOA: 30' (9.14m)
LWL: 27'6" (8.38m)
Beam: 8'6" (2.59m)
Draft: 4'6" (1.37m)
Displacement: 8 tonnes laden
Ballast: 4.5 tonnes scrap steel in concrete


The mast is deck stepped and all halyards are external with a spare for each in addition to signal halyards.
When not in use a whisker pole is permanently rigged on a short track on the mast and clips to a ring on the stem head thus forming a secure hand hold and lifeline clip-on.
The Genoa is stowed on a roller furler.
The main is slab reefed in lazyjacks, having three reefs external to the boom.

Mainsail: Owen Sails (Scotland) 2015 (20,000 miles)
Genoa: Kemp Sails (England) 2014 (22,000 miles)
Spare Sails: Main and Genoa 1974
Storm Gib: Kemp Sails 2014 (unused)
Sprayhood dodger: Owen Sails (Scotland) 2014
Sail Cover: Aleos Sails, Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, 2016

Primary Winches: 2 x Lewmar 30 ST dual speed
Mast Winches: 2 x Harken 16 ST



The accommodation comprises a 2 berth forward cabin with a removable centre infill.
Aft of that is a heads compartment to port with Lavac sea toilet, and a hanging locker to starboard.
Going aft again is the 2 berth main cabin with a drop leaf table that seats four. Food stowage is under the bunks and there are shelves for clothes stowage behind the settee backs with shelves and lockers above.
The forward bulkhead is taken up with trotter boxes each side with one drawer and a shelf over each and bookshelves above.
Aft of the bunks and in the same compartment is the galley to port and the chart table to starboard.
The chart table takes a full size Admiralty chart folded once and has stowage in a drawer beneath the navigation area. Beneath the chart table is a compartment for two batteries the wind generator / solar cell regulator and 240V inverter. Outboard of the batteries is a space for tools and spares.

The galley has a two burner Plastimo Pacific 2500 (2011) gas cooker including oven, with pan stowage outboard of that and a two bowl sink. Crockery is stowed in shelves above the work surface and vegetables in trays beneath.
6kg Propane (British) 6kg Butane (European) 10lb Butane (US) plus regulators
Under the galley sole is the 33 gallon fresh water tank on top of which is stowage for beer or other cans.
All lights in the accommodation are LED lamps.


Yanmar 1GM10 Diesel 550 hours
Fuel Capacity - 10 gallons
Max speed under power- 5 knots
Cruising speed - 3.5 knots

Heater - 2 kW Eberspacher hot air. 2017
Water Capacity - 33 gallons
Holding tank - 30 litres bespoke (not installed)

Batteries - Lucas 110AH deep discharge 2013.
100 AH Ponta Delgada, Azores 2017
Wind Generator - Aerogen 3
Invertor - 240v 300W
Battery Charger - Ctek M300 smart charger

Windvane steering - Aries
Manually operated windlass (refurbished in 2014)


Raymarine a65 Chart Plotter 2015
AIS - Class B Digital Yacht
Radar Transponder - Sea-Me
VHFM-Tech with keypad mic
Hand held VHF - Entel submersible
Compass - Sestrel
Echo sounder - Nasa
Log- Nasa and Walkers with spare spinner

Beaching legsScots pine, bolted through chain plates
Ropes - Lots
Dinghy - Seago 2.6m (2010)
Dinghy Anchor - Folding with 3m chain (used as drogue and sounding line)
Outboard Motor - Seagull Featherweight 1974

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