Dawn Wind of Kirribilli




Is a wooden yacht built in NSW in 1965 . It is an example of a classic yacht designed by WA naval architect Len Randell and built by Les and Barry Steel on Lake Macquarie NSW.



The boat was designed as a 33ft fast cruiser by Len Randell. He was the primary yacht designer and naval architect in WA for many years. Dawn Wind represents an excellent example of his design output. It is a classic long keel yacht of strong construction with a seaworthy hull shape and elegant overhangs. The boat builders Les and Barry Steel were brothers working in a small family boatytard and Dawn Wind representing one of only 17 craft built by the Steels over a period of 35 years. The boat building family from their small output built other classic yachts including SIMBA, an example of the slightly bigger Lion Class design ,but also three Sydney to Hobart yacht race winners RANI, RIVAL and STRUEN MARIE. Some of these boats are now on the Australian register of Historic Vessels. As such DAWN WIND of Kirribilli is a rare example from a boatyard with a proven pedigree as builders of boats that have become classics.





Oregon planking.Spotted Gum laminate frames with fastenings of copper nails and roves.Plywood deck covered with teak laid. Cabin side are teak cabin top. Interior is of teak trim, veneer plywood, laminex and ash trim. Deck beams are out of Oregon 2 1/4 “ x 1 1/2 “ at 13 1/2 “ centres .Lead keel is through bolted with keel bolts. Cockpit is plywood painted and together with varnished exterior wood all in fair condition. The lead keel weighs 5100 lbs ( 2300kg) providing great stability








DAWN WIND was launched on Lake Macquarie N.S.W in October 1965. The first owners are understood to be Milas & Marjorie Sutton who won a number of races in the early 1970’s.



On the 11th of November 1976 the boat was sold to JF & JM Bottomley. The boat was entered into the registry of small ships at the Sydney Customs House Register immediately upon the boat being purchased. The Bottonley's carried on racing DAWN WIND extensively on Sydney harbour during their ownership and amongst their wins was coming first in the RSYS Extras race in 1978.



The Bottomleys sold the boat on the 26th of February 1985 to a Mr J.R. Devers who registered the boat with the Customs Department in Brisbane. It appears that his ownership of DAWN WIND was short lived and that he sold the boat the next year to the Kelman family.



A few years later Mr James Kelman sailed the boat to England, sailing the boat the western route via the Suez Canal to the Mediterranean and eventually to the United Kingdom. Here the boat was registered in London on the British Registry of Ships.



The current owner purchased DAWN WIND OF KIRRIBILLI from Mr Kelman in October 2007. It has remained in regular use sailing and during this period the boat has been in regular use initially in English waters, since which Dawn Wind has been part of an adventure sailing the Nort Sea, English Channel, Bay of Biscay, The Atlantic, Straigths of Gibraltar, Ballearic Sea, Tyrrhenian Sea, Straights of Messina, The Adriatic, The Gulf of Korinth, Aegian Sea, The Dardannelles, Sea of Marmara, The Bosphorus and the Aegian Sea. Now with a sailing dream fulfilled the current owner is looking for a new custodian for Dawn Wind . An Australian buyer would be ideal. Perhaps who might enjoy discovering the Mediteranean with a view of taking Dawn Wind back home to Australia. Currently the boat lies in Corfu.





Price: $75.000 AUD


Model: 33ft Fast Cruiser constructed by Steel Bros Lake Macquerie


Designer: Len Randell


Year: Launched 31st October 1965


Length: 10.0m


Beam: 2.88


Draft: 1.76


Displacement: 10.4 tonnes


Berths: 4


Hull: Mono


Certificate of British Registry Number: 301717


Registered: British Ships Registry London


Engine: Powerful Beta Marine 38HP installed 2009 with Lewmar stepless engine control . Engine hours 1200


Fuel Tank: Stainless Steel 150 litre capacity


Navigation: 12 channel Garmin


Radio: VHF radio Motorola


CD player, radio, loudspeaker system


Batteries: 2x starter 1x storage battery


Galley: Nelson gasoven with 4 ring hob,sink, pantry and storage lockers, folding saloon table


Heads: Jabsco manually operated WC


Anchor: Galvanised of steel plough type



Bilge pump: 1x electric 1x manual


Deck gear: 2x winches


Safety equipment: 1x Seago 4 man liferaft, 1x dan bouy marker, 1x EBIRB fast finder GPS Personal Locator Beacon, 1x coastal distress kit, 2x horseshoe buoyancy aids


Cool boxes : 2x 25litre cool boxes situated below chart table


Covers: Sail cover, 1x bow deck cover, 1x cabin and aft cover


Sails Masted Sloop: Mainsale 304 square feet, No 1 gib 200 sq ft, storm gib 63 sq ft


Wind generator : Model Aero


Transponder; installed below wind generator


Depth sounder, wind speed indicator, log: Raymarine






Other equipment: Ships compass, First Aid Kit, tool box, heavy duty bolt croppers, 2x life jackets,

fenders x 6


Insurance:Covering Mediterranean Waters Plus Atlantic Coast of Spain and Portugal current premium

$ 500 AUD approx



Contact details of Vendor who resides in th UK






44+1362 667178






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