Ebbtide 33 'Gladys May'

long keel heavy displacement cruiser

£ 15,000

Ebbtide 33

 Currently ashore:

     Port Dinorwic
     Y Felinheli
     North Wales

Designed by Alan Pape and built by Oceancraft of Wadebridge (1985) for the current owner.

Multichine steel construction; low aspect cutter rig; long keel, heavy displacement cruiser.

Flush deck, high topsides, giving 6’ headroom below, this is a long-distance cruiser which has circumnavigated and has been extensively sailed double- and single-handed.

Currently ashore at Port Dinorwic, North Wales with berthing paid up to January 2022.

Gladys May first crossed the Atlantic in 1985, has sailed in the Baltic to St Petersburg, and circumnavigated between 1994 and 2003. She inspired confidence in the Roaring Forties and with cruising chute copes with light airs. With some work she will make a superb boat for offshore voyaging and should interest you if you are looking for a strong and seakindly steel vessel at a reasonable price.

Contact us at l.watson007@btinternet.com or 07790 076412 if you have any queries or to arrange a viewing.



Hull, keel, and dimensions

Structural design approved by Lloyds and built to their standard by Oceancraft of Wadebridge Cornwall.

Steel hull completed October 1984, steel Lloyds grade A thickness 5mm below waterline and 4mm above.

Exterior hull and topsides sandblasted 2003. Jotun paint system.

Below waterline Jotun Etch primer, Jotun Epoxy coal tar.

Topsides Jotun Jotamastic, then Jotun 2-pack polyurethane.

Treadmaster non-slip (grey) on deck.


  LOA 10.06m  (33’0”)
  LWL   8.00m  (26’3”)
  Beam   3.10m  (10’2”)
  Draft   1.50m  (4’11”)
  Headroom   1.83m  (6’)
  Displacement   8.06t   (7.93 tons)
  Engine Perkins 4.108M 42hp diesel



5 berths in saloon and forepeak, including pilot berth.

Fitted out by Westerly Yachts in solid and veneered mahogany, mahogany floor throughout.

Main cabin with companionway to cockpit.

To Port: navigation seat (Henderson Mk V manual bilge pump below) and half-size chart table with chart stowage below, wet locker for oilskins.

To Starboard: galley with sink (not plumbed), insulated coolbox, Taylors 030 brass and cast iron paraffin stove (2 top rings with 3rd oven burner).

Water locker beneath floor.

Step down:

To Port: single bunk with stowage below, and above 2 lockers and 2 open shelves, forward to two hanging lockers.

To Starboard to U-shaped settee berth around table, which can be converted to double berth, and above that pilot berth with stowage lockers below all berths.

Heads with basin (not plumbed), Baby Blake WC, lockers, teak grating floor, generous storage lockers.

Double or 2 single v-berths in forepeak, anchor chain locker behind forward bulkhead.

Cockpit seating is sheltered and deep, with large easy-draining cockpit drains. Lazarette plus generous double depth lockers to port and starboard. Henderson Mk V manual bilge pump. Sestrel Moore compass mounted over main companionway. Mainsheet on bridgedeck. Tiller steering.

Ebbtide 33 layout

Sails and spars

Mast with dedicated storm trysail track, and main boom
Aluminium genoa pole
All-stainless Rigging (renewed 2009)
Fully battened slab reefing mainsail (Quantum Sails)
Stackpack with lazyjacks for ease of handling
Furlex Cruising Furler with 110% genoa and UV strip (2016)
Hanked-on staysail
Also included hanked-on working jib, No. 1 genoa, No. 2 genoa, storm jib
Storm trysail
Cruising chute with snuffer



Engine and electrical

Perkins 4.108M 42Hp Diesel Engine
Hurth Gearbox (replaced 2006)
2 x Trojan Deep Cycle Batteries (100 Ah each)
1 x Cranking Battery
Sterling Marine Smart Multistage Battery Charger



Navigation and VHF equipment

VHF radio (masthead aerial) Echo sounder
SSB receiver
Sestrel Moore Compass

Ebbtide 33 sail plan


4-man liferaft in valise (always stored below)

Horseshoe ring lifebuoy

1 x Fire extinguisher

2 x Manual bilge pumps

Other Equipment

Aries Self-steering
Autohelm 3000 Tiller-mount self-steering
Avon inflatable dinghy with outboard mounting bracket
Simpson-Lawrence Manual Anchor Windlass
Anchors (4): 45lbs CQR-type, 25lbs CQR, 60lbs FOB, 5lbs Flying Fluke
Chain: 25 fathoms
Mooring ropes (little used)
Sprayhood and dodgers
2 large and 2 medium heavy-duty fenders, 2 smaller fenders
Various spares and minor equipment
Various worldwide paper charts, pilot books and cruising guides are available by separate negotiation.



Gladys May is a very capable boat in reasonable condition for her age. We have arrived at a realistic price taking the following into account:

She requires welding to one portlight and in the cockpit. Also the deck area at the inner forestay.

Topsides and deck were repainted in 2016. Coachroof paint needs to be recoated.

The mainsail is old and no longer perfectly shaped but can provide plenty more cruising.

We opted to use jerry cans stored in a below-floor water locker. There is no plumbing to the galley or heads taps.

We have mentioned these considerations so as not to waste your time if you expected a perfect boat at this price.

Contact us at l.watson007@btinternet.com or 07790 076412 if you have any queries or to arrange a viewing.