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“Dawning Light II”

Gaff cutter, built in 1987 by Benfleet Boat Co. – based on a 1936 Reg Freeman Design

With Quality Road Trailer




The smell of varnish hits you as soon as you come close to this stunningly beautiful 22ft 6”, traditional (but relatively young) weekender.

“Dawning Light II” really is something special – and her current owner, after bringing her up to the outstanding condition she is offered in, has recently added a high quality twin axle road trailer to make her a tremendously usable little yacht that will draw massive admiration wherever she goes….and certainly challenges the argument that “they don’t build them like they used to”.


Length on Deck  22’ 6” (with bowsprit retracted), LOA 30’, LWL 18’ 6”. Beam 7’ 6”, Draft 3’ 3”

Displacement approx. 2.5 Tons (towing weight with trailer estimated in region of 3 tons)

The hull is Cold Moulded from four layers of epoxy glued mahogany, while the deck is sheathed and epoxied marine plywood.

The keel is lead with silicon bronze bolts with internal ballast comprising of lead and iron.

Her lines are based on a 1934 Reg Freeman designed boat which was built by Johnson & Jago, but “Dawning Light II” built by the Benfleet Boat Company in 1987, has the addition of the counter stern which really adds to her elegance.

Her heavy construction, high ballast ratio long keel design offers sea-kindly performance with a comfortable motion – and her powerful rig and sail-plan make her a real passage maker at up to 6 knots.

Sails & Spars;

Mainsail - Windward Sails 1991, Mainsail Cover 1991

No 1 Jib Windward Sails 1991, No 2 Jib Windward Sails 1991, No 3 Jib Windward Sails 1991

Working Staysail Windward Sails 1991, Working Staysail (Cream) Southwest Sails 1998.

Large Staysail Windward Sails 1991, Topsail 1991, Mainsail has slab reefing

Mainmast and Bowsprit Oregon Pine.

Gaff and Boom in Spruce. 

Standing Rigging Stainless steel. Running Rigging Terylene


Engine; Tohatsu 4 stroke 6 hp "Sail Power" outboard with 12v lighting circuit. 2015 model. Mounted in a well

Trailer; Twin axle galvanised road trailer, serviced in April 2016.

Equipment; 15 lb Danforth anchor with 90ft of chain, 4 x fenders, various mooring warps, single burner Origo spirit cooker, Ritchie Explorer Compass, Navico Echo Sounder, Navico VHF Radio, navigation lights, Blakes sea toilet, manual bilge pump, brass clock, 2 x brass oil lamps (electric lights also in cabin), 2 x cockpit seat cushions (as new).


Wonderfully cosy and charming cabin – with 2 full berths and seating headroom (4’ 6”) (I can’t in good conscience say that you could squeeze another 2 in, even children, this is a 2 berth boat).

The cabin is impeccable – with “as new” upholstery”, and sumptuous varnish and gloss-work throughout. Aft of the cabin on the starboard side is a small chart-table, and the sea toilet is concealed between the berths.

Viewing highly recommended – and be ready to fall head-over-heels in love….







PLEASE NOTE: PLEASE NOTE: This boat is a trade sale - sold as seen.

Purchasers and prospective purchasers are advised that there are no guarantees or warranties implied or offered. We strongly recommend that independent professional marine surveyors and/or engineers be engaged to check the boat, its systems and its inventory (including any trailer) prior to purchase. After purchase there are no remedies for any faults found. . Preston Marine Services Ltd. cannot make comments or assurances about any trailer that may be apparently included in the inventory of any of the boats we are handling as brokers as being in road worthy condition. Any trailer apparently included as part of a boat’s inventory should only be considered to be a yard or launching trailer unless otherwise stated.