McGruer 40' Yawl

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The 40’ McGruer yawl ELONA was designed for a serial owner of McGruer designed and built yachts. Unlike other designs of the time she was; in the words of James McGruer, designed to be a ‘healthy, easily-handled, comfortable cruising yacht of handsome appearance’. With no consideration given to the measurement rules of the day the design has a natural flow resulting in longer overhangs, more balanced ends and a drier bow when compared to other designs which tended to feature pinched ends to maximise ratings. On deck she features the stylised ‘McGruer doghouse’ giving her that instantly recognisable McGruer silhouette.

With her current owners since 2007 ELONA has benefitted from significant ongoing investment throughout this ownership. Now reluctantly offered for sale due to ill health she is offered for sale with a comprehensive inventory including:

Extensive refitting 2008 – 2011
New teak deck laid 2010/11
New main mast and standing rigging installed 2022/23
Volvo Penta MD2030 marine diesel engine
Flex-o-Fold 3 blade, bronze folding propellor (2008)
New batteries fitted 2022
B&G Network autopilot system
B&G Network navigation instruments
Raymarine C80 Classic chart plotter
Furuno radar system
Wallas Safe Flame diesel cooker
Wallas Nautic 40D diesel fired marine heater (2009)
Lofrans Cayman 88 electric anchor windlass

Lying afloat on her berth at James Watt Dock Marina, Greenock the 40’ McGruers Yawl ELONA is available for immediate viewing by appointment.

Engine bearers removed and re-instated with new 2008/07
Keel tanks removed, cleaned and inspected before reinstatement 2008/07
Number of bent timbers within engine bay area replaced/repaired 2008/07
Pressurised water system installed with calorifier 2009
Wallas Nautic D40 heating system installed 2009
‘Modernised’ saloon dismantled and removed before saloon re-instated to as near original specifications as possible with port pilot berth re-instated 2009/10
Teak decking fully removed, sub deck inspected and repaired locally, new laid teak deck fitted 2010/11
Ballast keel to wood keel seam re-caulked
New custom-built hollow mast section, built to original McGruers specifications commissioned from Noble Masts 2021
New standing rigging 2022
New rig stepped and commissioned 2023


Hull Construction:
Afrormosia wood keel
Laminated Mahogany stem
Afrormosia sternpost and outreach
Laminated Mahogany frames
Oak steam bent timbers, two fitted between each laminated frame
Number of timbers replaced during 2007/08
Oregon Pine/Larch bilge stringer
Oak and Afrormosia wood floors
Carvel 1” Teak planking below the waterline
Carvel 11/32 Mahogany planking for topsides
Seams caulked and splined to finish
Topsides finished in white gloss paint
Underwater hull finished with black antifouling

Deck & Superstructure Construction:
Larch/Spruce/Douglas Fir beam shelf
Oak/Larch deck beams
Laminated Mahogany hanging knees
Plywood subdeck
Laid teak main deck, professionally re-decked in 2010
Doghouse framing in Mahogany
7/8” Mahogany boards to construct coachroof sides
Plywood coachroof top
Traditional Mahogany deck hatches
Mahogany cockpit
Plywood sole with teak decking to finish
Brightwork finished in gloss varnish
Coachroof top finished with white deck paint

Keel & Rudder:
Afrormosia wood keel
Lead ballast keel
Full depth pintle hung rudder


Volvo Penta MD2030 marine diesel engine
3 Cylinder, naturally aspirated, indirectly cooled
Mechanical reversing marine gearbox
Single lever morse type control

Maintenance & Performance:
Engine serviced autumn 2023
Cruising speed under engine 5kts

Propulsion & Steering:
Stainless steel propellor shaft
Flex-o-Fold 3 blade, bronze folding propellor (2008)
Cable driven wheel steering
Traditional spoked timber wheel

B&G Network Pilot system
B&G linear drive connected direct to quadrant


Voltage systems:
12VDC onboard power system
230VAC shore power system

Shore Power:
Extension lead to connect to power supply
Single 32amp connection socket in cockpit
RCD protected, hard wired system
UK 3 pin sockets, battery charger

Battery Banks:
Engine Battery – 1x 12VDC, lead acid (2022)
Domestic Battery - 1x 12VDC, lead acid (2022)

Single engine driven alternator

Battery Charger:
Cristec battery charger
230VAC – 12VDC, 10amp


Fresh Water:
Pressurised hot and cold water system
Mixer taps in galley
Manually pumped freshwater tap in galley and heads
Hot water provided from engine heated calorifier
Pressurised water system installed new in 2009

Bilge Pumps:
Manual bilge pump x2
Electric bilge pump – Whale SuperSub (2008)


Single diesel tank
Approximate capacity 100ltrs

Fresh Water:
Twin fresh water tanks.
Approximate total capacity 180ltrs


On Deck:
Depth/Speed/Log – B&G Network QUAD display
Wind – B&G Network WIND
Wind Close Hauled – B&G Network TACK
Magnetic Compass – Plastimo pedestal mounted compass

Below Decks:
Plotter – Raymarine C80 Classic
Radar – Furuno with mizzen mast mounted scanner

Communications Equipment:
VHF – Walker 6310
Satellite Phone – Iridium Sailor


Galley Stove – Wallas Safe Flame diesel cooker, two burner hob with oven, Gimbal mounted
Stainless steel sink
Mixer tap
Manually operated fresh water tap

Toilet – Baby Blakes manual marine toilet (new ceramic bowl and seat fitted 2009)
Wash hand basin
Manually pumped cold water tap

Wallas Nautic 40D diesel fired marine heater (2009)
Outlets in saloon and forward cabin

Bulkhead mounted in cabin and saloon
Overhead lighting in heads


Summary of Accommodation:
Double cabin forward
Saloon providing pilot berth and two occasional settee berths
Quarter berth / Nav Station

Accommodation Finish:
McGruer style interior detailing
All joinery work of Mahogany finished in a gloss varnish
Solid teak sole boards
Laminate finish to galley worktops
Hull sides finished with varnish where visible
Deckhead finished in white paint

Description of Accommodation from Forward:

Forward Cabin:
Two single berths, located outboard to port and starboard
Access to chain locker forward of berths with storage shelf units outboard of access to port and starboard
Single triangular seat between bunks forward
Standing room between bunks aft
Drawer and locker storage beneath aft end of bunks.
Hanging locker with counter top above aft of bunks, outboard to port and starboard

To port at forward end of saloon
Aft facing manual marine toilet located inboard forward
Porcelain wash hand basin mounted outboard, aft.
Vanity lockers outboard and forward of wash hand basin

Dresser style storage unit forward to starboard, opposite heads. Lockers outboard, above counter top with drawers beneath.
Centrally mounted, double drop lead saloon table, storage within central section of table, accessible from forward and aft end of table.
Bench settees top port and starboard. Back rests folding outboard to increase bunk width when required. Backrests can also lift to provide access to storage shelfs.
Pilot berths above and outboard of port settee.
Counter top outboard of starboard settee with shelf above and locker aft.
Locker doors fitted to settee bases to provide access to storage space without lifting cushions

Located to starboard side of companionway.
Gimbal mounted Wallas cooker forward
Compact working area around cooker with section between cooker and sink fitted with drain.
Worktop sections outboard lifting to provide access to storage space beneath galley
Stainless steel sink aft with drying board outboard of sink

Quarter Berth / Nav Station:
Located to port side of companionway
Bunk extends aft beneath cockpit.
Forward end of bunk can be fitted with removable bench seat to provide sheltered seat for watch keeping.
Removable chart table fitting over forward end of quarter berth


Keel stepped yawl rig
Both masts and spars of traditional timber construction.
New hollow section main mast fitted 2021, built by Noble Masts to the original McGruers specifications.
Stainless steel standing rigging
Main mast standing rigging all replaced 2022
Furlex roller reefing system fitted on forestay
Slab reefing mainsail
Slab reefing mizzen
Wire halyards for main and genoa halyards
Modern braid on braid type running rigging

Primary Winches – 2x Gibb 52, two-speed winches
Secondary Winches – 2x SL single speed winches
Main Sheet Winch – 1x SL single speed winch
Main Mast Winches – 1x Captive wire, single speed winch. 1x Gibb two speed winch
Mizzen Mast Winch – 1x Single speed winch

Genoa – White Dacron, roller reefing. Owen Sails
Mainsail – White Dacron, slab reefing. Ratsey
Mizzen – White Dacron, slab reefing. Ratsey
Mizzen Staysail – Ratsey
Spinnaker - Ratsey

Canvas Work:
Mainsail Cover
Mizzen Cover

Anchoring & Mooring:
Bower Anchor – Stainless steel Manson anchor on stainless steel chain rode
Electric Anchor Windlass – Lofrans Cayman 88 electric windlass, foot button controls on foredeck
Fenders – Selection
Mooring Warps - Selection

Double stainless steel bow roller
Stainless steel pulpit rail
Stainless steel deck mounted stanchions supporting double tier stainless steel guardwires
Guardwire gates in way of cockpit to port and starboard
Deck mounted mooring cleats forward, midships and aft
Deck ventilator to ventilate chain locker
Anchor windlass mounted centrally on foredeck
Deck hatch forward of mast
Dorade vents with stainless steel cowls outboard of mast to port and starboard
Swept hardwood grab rails running length of coachroof from mast aft
Deck hatch aft of mast
Hardwood liferaft storage chocks mounted on coachroof top at aft end
Hardwood instrument pod mounted on doghouse roof, forward of companionway
Primary and secondary winches mounted outboard of coamings to port and starboard
U-shaped seating wrapping around cockpit with pedestal located aft
Cockpit lockers beneath port and starboard cockpit seating.
Deck extending aft of cockpit to transom
Opening deck hatch immediately aft of cockpit
Stainless steel pushpit rail with in-built bench seating


General note on safety equipment: Any safety equipment such as liferafts, Epirbs, fire extinguishers and flares etc. are usually personal to the current owner(s) and if being left on-board as part of the sale of a used vessel may require routine servicing, replacement, or changing to meet a new owners specific needs.

Navigation Lights:
Masthead tri-colour and anchor light (LED Lopolight fitted 2011)
Steaming light
Navigation lights

Life saving:
KIM MOB rescue system
Webbing jackstays

In this case we are acting as brokers only.
The Owner is not selling in the course of a business. whilst every care has been taken in their preparation , the correctness of these particulars is not guaranteed. The Purchaser is strongly advised to check the particulars and where appropriate at their expense to employ a qualified Marine Surveyor to carry out a survey and/or to have an engine trial conducted which if conducted by us shall not imply any liability for such engine on our part.
This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice

Contact The Seller

General Information

James McGruer
New or used
United Kingdom


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Volvo Penta MD2030 marine diesel engine 29hp 3 Cylinder, naturally aspirated, indirectly cooled Mechanical reversing marine gearbox Single lever morse type control
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About The Seller

Mark Cameron Yachts

The Braes



United Kingdom

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