Winden 1964 (No 643)

Arriving at her new home on the Crinan Canal in Scotland 2020


Winden is a Rampart 32 built by The Rampart Boatbuilding Co Ltd in Southampton in 1964 – Design no. 328G, Boat no. 643, Designer: John Desty.

She is a displacement twin screw motor yacht with drop-sheer from a raised foredeck and open backed wheelhouse, raked straight stem, round bilges, and a transom stern.

David Roberts & Caroline Leask, who lived in South Oxfordshire, became custodians of Winden in July 2012, taking over from the previous owner Andrew Smith. Andrew had kept Winden on the south coast before bringing her to Bray Marina on the River Thames which remained her base until moving to Scotland in 2020. Previously she had been based on the Menai Straits then at Conwy in North Wales from about 1985 when she was acquired by Alan Trevelwyn Jones. She then passed to Andrew Smith circa 2007 when she was transported to Southsea. Her early history has yet to be established but she seems to have spent most of her life as a sea boat, including voyages to the Isle of Man and several summer cruises to Scotland.

Winden 1964, Boat no. 643
LOA: 32ft / 9.75m
LWL: 29′ 8″ / 9.04m
Beam: 9′ 5″ / 2.87m
Draught: 2′ 9″ / 0.84m
Air draught : with mast up: 20′ 3.5″ / 6.18m : with mast stepped on wheelhouse roof: 8′ 4.5″ / 2.55m : with mast removed: 7′ 8″ / 2.33m
Displacement: 6.5 tons
Construction: round bilged carvel mahogany & iroko on steam-bent oak frames; mahogany ply interior
Engines: twin screw, formerly Perkins 4-cylinder diesel 4.107, 48hp, now replaced (2013) with two Yanmar 4JH5E
Transmission: ZF Marine Propulsion Systems, ZF Padova S.r.l., Italy (Hurth Marine Transmission) – Model ZF 30 M gear box (both engines)
Fuel tank (painted stainless steel) capacity 229.5 litres, 50.5 UK gallons
Water tank (identical to fuel tank) capacity 229.5 litres, 50.5 UK gallons
Berths: 4
Underwater profile: full displacement
Headroom: 6′ 2″ / 1.88m
Bow anchor (Danforth): 30m nylon, 9m chain = total length 39m.
Stern anchor (Bruce): 38m leaded nylon.