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Express Pirate 17

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Boat REF# 206337
Sold / Unavailable
LOA 5.26m (17'3")
Year 1983
Construction GRP
Underwater profile Bilge keels
Berths 3
Engine 1 x petrol 2 stroke 5hp, Yamaha (unknown year)
Lying Medway kent


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Extra Details

Designer Ian Proctor
Builder Ryplas
Lying Medway kent
Fuel capacity 30.0 ltr (6.6 G) Total - 1 Tanks


Engine 1 x petrol 2 stroke 5hp
Engine make and model Yamaha (unknown year)
Engine Hours Not Recorded
Engine Cooled Direct
Steering Tiller
Drive outboard
Prop(s) 3 Bladed
Fuel consumption (approx) Not Recorded
Cruising speed (approx) 5 knots
Max speed (approx) 7 knots


LOA 5.26m (17'3")
LWL 4.57m (15'0")
Beam 2.07m (6'9")
Draft Min 0.69m (2'3")
Draft Max 0.69m (2'3")
Displacement 650kg (1,433.3lbs)


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Sloop rigged Aluminium spars (unknown year) with stainless steel standing rigging (unknown year)


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Mainsail - Slab (unknown year)
Headsail - Furling (unknown year)

Electrical Systems

12 volt, 1 batteries charged by:


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Construction GRP
Underwater profile Bilge keels
Finish Gelcoat finish

The 17 foot Pirate cruising boat was designed by Ian Proctor, famous for his classic dinghies the Wayfarer, Osprey, Gull, Wanderer, Topper, Bosun, Kestrel and Tempest, and the Nimrod trailer-sailer. The Pirate was one of Ian Proctor’s two designs for Rydgeway Marine, the other being the 19 foot Prelude. The Pirate was launched commercially in the early 1970s with optional fin keel or swinging drop keel. The Express Pirate was a later development built by Ryplas with a pair of encapsulated bilge keels and a substantial hardwood rudder, the boat being designed to take the ground in drying moorings. Some improvements over the original design included a king post to support the downwards thrust of the mast, Judging from sail registration numbers that have been observed in surviving examples of Pirate and Express Pirate, about 400 boats were produced in total over an approximate 10 year period, the majority being the Express version. Many boats are still in use today.


Total # of berths 3
No. of single berths 3
Cabin(s) 1
Carpet tick
Curtains tick
Non-Smokers tick

-New upholstery 2014
-New Headlinings 2014

Nav Equipment

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VHF tick
Stereo tick
Echo sounder tick

-Clipper Depth sounder
-Seafarer VHF Radio

Deck Gear

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Fenders tick
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1 anchors
3.5hp outboard, Seagull, Long Shaft (unknown year)

Broker's Comments

These boat details are subject to contract.
As the name would suggest this Pirate is a nippy sailing boat that will provide great adventures either for the single handed sailor or for a small family. She is a sure footed sailor with good lines too. You can move with ease around the deck and when you go below decks, you will be surprised at the amount of room there is.
Being bilge keel this one is perfect for drying moorings, as well as exploring the coastal rivers and for the more adventurous - the ocean wave.
Note: Offers on the asking price may be considered.

This Express Pirate 17 has been personally photographed and viewed by Jamie Nash of Boatshed Medway. 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 appropriate, at his own expense, to employ qualified agents to carry out surveys, structural and/or mechanical & electrical.

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