Yacht: Tern IV

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Tern IV

Claud Worth designed this yacht for himself and she now lies in the Channel Islands.   Written about in Claud Worth’s book ‘Yacht Navigation and Voyaging’ – Chapter XXXII  ‘Suspect that it is the same Tern IV that was sold by the Square Rig Shipping Co in Charleston (Cornwall) several years ago (2010)’.


“Roger and Joy Fothergill sailed her to St Thomas, USVI, in the early 1960’s and ran her as a very successful charter yacht until they retired and sold her in 1982. They sailed without engine throughout the British Virgin Islands and knew every anchorage. Rarely docking, all food, water, and supplies were ferried out by skiff, usually anchored off Red Hook, St Thomas.

She was later rigged as a gaff topsail cutter. While chartering with minimal crew, her main was “brailed” into the mainmast mostly to avoid hoisting on the halyard. Only one crew person was needed”. Information courtesy of Bill Stahl.

Designer: Claude Worth
Type of Boat:
Rig: Gaff Yawl
Year Built: 1924
Built By: Philip & Sons, Dartmouth, England
LOA m / ft: 18.9m / 62'
LOD m / ft:
LWL m / ft: 14.9m / 49'
Beam m / ft: 4.1m / 13'5"
Draft m / ft: 2.4m / 8'
Yard No:
Sail Stats
Construction: An oak keel, elm garboards, planking is of 1 3/4 teak. Oak frames. The boom 'was' 38 foot long. External ballast: 13 tons of lead. Internal ballast: 5 tons.

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