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Eugene Cornu 40 Classic Cruiser / Racer

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Boat REF# 125721
removed from sale
Length 12.19m (40'0")
Year 1961
Construction Wood
Underwater profile Long Keel
Sleeping berths 6
Engine 1 x diesel 0hp, Mercedes (unknown year)
Lying Langkawi


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Extra Details

Designer Eugene Cornu
Builder C.N. Vandernortte Nantes
Lying Langkawi
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Fuel capacity 100.0 ltr (22.0 USG) Total - 1 Tanks
Water capacity 250.0 ltr (55.0 USG) Total - 1 Tanks


Engine 1 x diesel 0hp
Engine make and model Mercedes (unknown year)
Engine Hours Not Recorded
Engine Cooled Direct
Steering wheel
Drive shaft
Prop(s) 3 Blade Fixed
Fuel consumption (approx) 3.0 ltr (0.7 USG) /hour At Cruising Speed
Cruising speed (approx) 5 knots

Mercedes OM Engine , Fully serviced 2009.
Hydraulic Steering.
Two spare propellers.
All new switches on fuse panel.


Length 12.19m (40'0")
LWL 10.50m (34'5")
Beam 3.50m (11'6")
Draft Min 1.62m (5'4")
Draft Max 1.62m (5'4")
Displacement 7,800kg (17,199.0lbs)
Headroom 1.80m (5'11")
Storage In water


Crusader Sails - 10% discount on rigging and spars!

Cutter rigged Isomat Aluminium spars (unknown year) with Stainless Steel standing rigging (2009)


New Sails Upgrade?
Reefing mainsail - Slab (unknown year)
Headsail - Furling (unknown year)

New Wooden spreaders.
Full locker of sails, plus spares, all old but serviceable.

Electrical Systems

12 volt,


10% discount on ultrasonic antifouling
Construction Wood
Underwater profile Long Keel
Finish Paint finish

She was built to Eugene Cornu plans by Vandernotte shipyard in Nantes, France in 1961.
Eugene Cornu (1903-1987) designed the plans for many pleasure boats, renowned for both their elegance and strength. In the world of yachting, "Cornu" became a common name. The 1950s and 1960s saw the development of recreational boating, several drawings of E. Cornu gave birth to types of boats, manufactured in series like the famous "Beluga".
She is a cruiser/racer design.
The Vandernotte yard was also famous in this time for producing quality workmanship.
Other boats of this Cornu/Vandernotte combination include”Lady Mone” and “Rose Noire II” which are both listed as National heritage in France.
She was originally built for the “Societe Civile de voile et courses croisieres” in Paris who registered her home port as Algiers. She has her original papers !
She was then purchased in 1968 by Phillipe Barbier-Bouvet and Michel Bernadet who sailed her in the Med for 20 years.
She then spent a short time in Turkey before changing hands again to Gerhard Richert and Monique Van der Post who sailed her as “REMIS” for 19 years across the atlantic and the pacific, eventually arriving in Langkawi island, Malaysia.
Her present owner and restorer purchased her in Dec 2008 and returned her name to her original.

Hull -Traditional carvel, canoe stern, planked in
Honduras Mahogany

Marine ply on mahogany beams epoxy/dynal over.
6ft headroom throughout.
Original bronze sheet winches.
Center cockpit design.

She was slipped and pressure washed.
The planking looked to be fairly sound but when the anti-fouling was removed, some planks were found to have worm damage,these planks were replaced.
All of the original caulking was removed and the fastenings inspected.
The majority of fastenings were good but a few were replaced.
The topsides were stripped of paint and the old sponson removed.
A small amount of rot was present along the top edge of the top plank so some cap pieces were fitted.
She was re-caulked traditionally with oakum then the seams payed with 3M below the waterline.
The stem had a slight bit of damage from a bump some time ago and a new piece was scarfed in and bolted through.
The keel bolts were inspected and were sound.
The original canvas over plywood decks were completely removed and replaced with marine ply with epoxy dynal over.
All of the deck beams and bench shelf were found to be in excellent condition throughout.
The cabin sides and top were completely stripped and all portholes removed.
Some rot was found in the main cabin top where fresh water had been allowed to get in under the canvas. These planks were replaced and the whole top refastened and epoxy dynalled over.
The cabin sides (previously painted) were brought back to bare mahogany and varnished.
We were able to repair and save the original mahogany cockpit hatch plus the mahogany cockpit storage covers and all the other hatches were remade with Burmese teak.
All the sponsons, toe rails, handrails and trim were replaced new with Burmese teak, as well as the compass binnacle.
The interior was still original but very tired.
Because of it’s great design, down to the old brass hinges and ice chest, all the mahogany woodwork inside was revarnished with a traditional satin finish to keep in line with its old world charm.
The mast was removed and inspected then re-stepped.
New timber spreaders were made and all standing and running rigging replaced with new.
Half the timber cabin sole is original, the rest has been replaced with new.


Total # of berths 6
No. of double berths 1
No. of single berths 4
Cabin(s) 2
Sink 1
Heads 1 heads (Manual)
Stove tick
Broiler tick
Cooler tick
Drapes tick
Manual water system tick

Separate forward and Aft cabin plus saloon berths.
Original icebox under chart table, reglassed 2009.
New Gas two burner and grill.

2 burner propane Stove

Nav Equipment

Compass tick
GPS tick
Chart plotter tick
Barometer tick
Navigation lights tick
Depth sounder tick

Deck Gear

Sail cover tick
Bimini tick
Fenders tick
Boathook tick
Swim Ladder tick

2 halyard winches
3 sheet winches
Manual Goiot windlass
3 anchors
(Brittany / Danforth / Dreadnaught)
100.00m (328'1") of chain
Goiot Anchor winch manual, horizontal, chain gypsy with rope capstan, fully overhauled 2009.
New 316 Stainless pulpit, original pushpit,
staunchions and lifelines provided but not fitted (as they spoil her classic lines).

Safety Equipment

Life jackets tick
Safety harnesses tick

2 bilge pumps (1 manual / 1 electric)

Broker's Comments

An opportunity to own a real classic yacht, this Eugene Cornu designed Cutter has just been completely restored, originally built by C.N. Vandernortte, Nantes, France in 1961 she retains most of her original features.
The owners Say
"The restoration has been a labour of love.
We first saw her for sale in Langkawi, Malaysia and recognized straight away from her classic lines that she was special.
We were due for a holiday after Mike worked for two and a half years as Head Shipwright on the Cariad restoration project however she needed work straight away so we delayed our cruising and set about spending the next twelve months restoring her.
It became obvious very quickly from both inspection and research that she was a real thoroughbred !
The builders technique and workmanship and the fact that she had been kept so original made it a pleasure to repair the few problems she had in the hull, incurred by her long service over many ocean miles.
Vandernottes selection of the finest mahogany also helped to keep her so well for so long.
When we removed all the original canvas and plywood decks, the deck beams, bench shelf and carlin were in such good condition that you could still get a splinter from the top edge of them.
Another big part of her charm is in her original mahogany fit-out with all of her brass and bronze fixtures.
Overall it was a treat to work on her throughout because it is so rare today to find a wooden boat that has not been tampered with along the way.
Her original integrity has carried her through!"

For more information on this and other great boats for sale in Phuket, Koh Samui Thailand & Langkawi, please contact the Asia yacht sales team.

These boat details are subject to contract.

Note: Price is now firm following A huge reduction.

This Eugene Cornu 40 Classic Cruiser / Racer has been personally photographed and viewed by Alan of Boatshed Phuket. Click here for contact details.
Disclaimer The particulars detailed herein are intended to give a fair description of the vessel but their accuracy cannot be guaranteed. These particulars are not and shall not form part of any offer or contract for the sale of the vessel and are supplied on the understanding that all negotiations shall be through Boatshed, who act as agents for the vendor. The vendor is not selling in the course of a business unless otherwise stated. The prospective purchaser is strongly recommended to check the particulars and, where considered appropriate, at his own expense, to employ qualified agents to carry out structural and/or mechanical and/or electrical surveys and inspections in order to assess the actual condition of the vessel before purchase.