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LOA 29.20m 96' 0"
LOD 19.93m 65' 5"
LWL 17.26m 56' 7"
Beam 5.50m 18' 1"
Draft 2.80m 9' 3"
Air Draft 23.50m 77' 1"
Hull Oak on Oak
Deck Iroko
Engines Ford New Holland - Genesis 675 - Series 40
Generator Fischer Panda 9.2 Kva
Radar Raymarine digital 24"
Year Built 1945
Last RefitIt's a wooden ship!
BuilderRhoose shipyard
Where builtGhent, Belgium
Official number720094
Net tons50.75 NT
Fuel tanksStainless steel
Fuel capacity2500 litres 550 gallons
Fresh water tanksStainless steel
Fresh water capacity1700 litres 377 gallons
Gray water tankStainless steel
Gray water capacity400 litres 88 gallons
Black water tankStainless steel
Black water capacity400 litres 88 gallons
Electrical240 VAC, 110 VAC, 24 VDC, 12 VDC
Stove galleyCannon 4-burner with oven, grill, propane
Deep freeze12.0 cubic foot eutectic plate stainless lined, 24v dc / 240v ac
Refrigerator6.7 cubic foot eutectic plate stainless steel lined, 240 volt
SteeringKolbelt Hydraulic Twin Cyclinder
RigTop Sail Schooner
MastsDouglas Fir
Sail area374.2 Sq.m. 4027 Sq.ft.


The Johanna Lucretia was built in 1945 at the Rhoose shipyard in Ghent, Belguim.

Although originally built as a fishing vessel she was never used for this purpose and laid as a completed hull and deck for a number of years before being sold in 1952. She was then converted and completed in 1954 for recreational use by her new owner and sailed Dutch waters from her home port of Enkhuizen in the Netherlands.

In 1989 there was a change of ownership to a British citizen who registered Johanna as a national vessel with Plymouth as her home port. In 1991/1992 she was refitted at T Nielsen & Co. Ltd. in Gloucester UK to her present configuration and was used for sail training and private charter from Gibraltar, The Caribbean and the East coast of the USA.

In 2001 she changed ownership again and for reasons unknown lay abandoned in Gloucester Docks UK.

In 2008 she was arrested by British Waterways for non payment of licenses and mooring dues and subsequently sold to her present owner.

2008/2009 Restoration
vessel-1After a six year abandonment it was obvious Johanna was in need of a major overhaul.

The initial attention was on the leaking decks so the complete rig was removed and a cover made to totally protect the ship. Deck seams were racked out and left open for a couple of weeks to dry and then re-payed and pitched.

The next major task was the rig. The masts were laid out in a work barge and every thing was dismantled and inspected. It was soon apparent that the standing and running rigging had to be replaced completely. This being the fourth ship that I have rigged it was not the a daunting task it appeared to be. The masts were taken back to bare timber and 14 coats of vanish applied. The sails were sent off to be professionally cleaned and inspected. After cleaning there were just a few minor repairs necessary.

vessel-2While rigging work was underway we were dry docked jet washed, inspected and surveyed. Amazingly only one plank required replacing. Whilst in dock the propeller shaft was pulled and checked for wear to bearings. Below the waterline work was complete.

After re-floating our attention was on the main engine and generator and after checking compression it was clear that the engine was in fine condition. After reassembly she started on the seconded turn of the key and ran beautifully. Next was a spin around the docks, things were not so good. An increase in engine oil pressure blew a high pressure hose and our joy ride was cut short! Alongside again and all oil hoses replaced.

Now with our new rigging and reconditioned spars, a fine running engine it was time to hit the high seas!!

2009/2010 Restoration

The first sailing season saw horrendous weather and a return to the ship yard. It was time to upgrade the electronic navigation equipment and associated systems.