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McGruers of Clynder Cruiser Racer 8


Fantastically well presented 8m Cruiser Racer


Lying: Argyll, United Kingdom

General Information

Manufacturer/ModelMcGruers of Clynder Cruiser Racer 8
DesignerOlin Stephens
Sale StatusUnderoffer
LyingArgyll, United Kingdom


Hull ConstructionCarvel Mahogany Planking
Keel TypeFull keel


EngineYanmar 2GM20F (1989) 19hp Two cylinder, naturally aspirated, indirectly cooled Single lever controls
Fuel Capacity77l


Drinking Water Capacity145l


Fantastically well presented classic Cruiser Racer 8m from the board of Olin Stephens and built by the famous McGruer of Clynder. In the same family ownership since 1990, only her second owners since her build.
Commissioned by her original owner, a Glasgow based industrialist, NAN of GARE was from the boards of the Sparkman and Stephens design office with Olin Stephens personally personal involvement. She was built in the famous McGruer of Clynder yard, designers and builder of many of the other Cruiser Racer 8’s built at the time.
While her lines and appearance differ from the other McGruer’s built CR8’s she is built to the same high standards with the same attention to detail; still evident today. With a focus very much on maintaining comfort while delivering a rewarding performance under sail NAN of GARE features a composite construction with galvanised steel and timber framing. On deck in place of solid timber fittings and plinths found on other CR8’s she sports high-quality stainless steel fittings all bespoke fabrications for this very special CR8. Below decks comfortable accommodation in a traditional style with an attention to detail evident throughout offering 6 berths in total with a sizable dedicated heads compartment.
In the current family ownership since 1990, only her second owners since her launch NAN of GARE is a unique piece of maritime history. Annually wintered ashore under her custom cover she has been fastidiously maintained and sympathetically upgraded throughout the current ownership. Part of the family she is reluctantly offered for sale with a comprehensive inventory, highlights of which include:

Carvel, mahogany planked hull

Oak and galvanised steel frames fixed with copper nails and stainless steel bolts
Marine deck ply, sheathed with Cascover.
Underwater hull stripped back to bare timber and primed winter 2020/21
Topsides freshly painted for 2021 season
Bright work above deck re-varnished for 2021 season
Lead keel with stainless steel keel bolts
Yanmar 2GM20F marine diesel engine
Stainless steel water and fuel tanks
B&G Instrumentation
Baby Blake marine toilet, fully overhauled 2019
Diesel fired, blown air cabin heating
Comprehensive sail wardrobe
Electric windlass
A comprehensive selection of technical drawings from the time of her build, including many of the custom built fittings.

Currently wintering ashore the owner is in the process of re-commissioning NAN of GARE for the 2021 season. Works will be completed and the boat launched as and when restrictions permit. On file we hold a large selection of additional images all available upon request.


Hull Construction:

Carvel mahogany planked
Oak timers, copper clenched.
Galvanised steel frames fastened with stainless steel bolts
Galvanised steel strap floors
Mahogany stringers
Spruce beam shelf.
Galvanised steel ring frame in way of mast.
Topsides flatted back and painted with single part gloss annually.
Underwater hull stripped back to bare timber winter 2020/21
Yacht wintered ashore under cover annually.
Deck & Superstructure Construction:
Deck beams of spruce.
9/16” Marine plywood decks.
Cascover sheathed decks, painted with non-slip deck paint.
Teak superstructure and cockpit coamings
Varnished teak toerail running the length of the deck edge
Lead ballast keel
Stainless steel keelbolts.
Keel bolt drawn last drawn in 1990.
Laminated mahogany rudder
Rudder laminated around a stainless steel stock and structural frame
Cast bronze heel fitting.


Engine & gearbox:

Yanmar 2GM20F (1989)
Two cylinder, naturally aspirated, indirectly cooled
Single lever controls
Tacho in cockpit
Kanzaki reversing marine gearbox
Maintenance & Performance:
Engine serviced annually
Cruising speed 5kts
Propulsion & Steering:
Stainless steel prop shaft
Three blade bronze prop
Stainless steel tiller with mahogany handle


Voltage systems:

12VDC onboard power
Battery Banks:
Engine Battery – 12VDC, 100Ah, lead-acid. (2018)
Domestic Battery – 12VDC, 120AH, lead-acid. (2018)
55amp engine driven
Battery Monitor:
Smartguage Monitor


Fresh Water:

Manually pumped cold water only system
Manual faucets in galley and heads.
Bilge Pumps:
Manual bilge pump x2
One in cockpit and one in main saloon



Single fuel tank
Stainless steel tank
Approximate capacity 77ltr / 17gal
Fresh Water:
Single water tank
Stainless steel tank
Approximate capacity 145ltr / 32gal
Tank Gauge:
Tank tender gauge for diesel tanks


On Deck:

Depth – B&G Network
Log – B&G Network
Magnetic Compass – Suunto, mounted port and starboard side of companionway.
Communications Equipment:

Icom M323G DSC VHF (2019)



Gimbal mounted gas stove, two burner and oven
Stainless sink
Manually pumped cold water faucet
Baby Blake manual marine toilet, stripped, re-chromed and serviced 2019
Wash hand basin
Manually pumped cold water faucet
Mikuni diesel-fired blown air system
Outlets in saloon and forward.
Thermostatic cabin controller.
12VDC lighting under deck head
Radio/CD head unit
Two speakers in saloon


Summary of Accommodation:

Two single berths in forward cabin.
Dedicated heads compartment.
Saloon with three occasional berths.
Nav Station and quarter berth.
Accommodation Finish:
Joinery work of mahogany veneered plywood with solid mahogany trims finished with a satin varnish
Mahogany planked soleboards finished in a satin varnish
Bulkhead and worktops in galley finished with a formica veneer
Spruce slats on hull sides in way of bunks
Deckhead painted out with a satin off-white paint
Description of Accommodation from Forward:

Forward Cabin:

Two single berths on port and starboard sides.
‘Trotter’ boxes extending bunk length into fo'c'sle forward.
Small trinket drawers above aft end of bunks aft.
Overhead storage locker above bunks forward.
Small seat with vinyl covered cushion between berths forward.
Storage drawers beneath bunks forward.
Open cave locker type storage beneath bunks aft.
Hanging locker aft of starboard bunk.
Fo’c’sle accessed through bulkhead forward, containing chain bin and providing access inside hull forward to stem.
Large opening deck hatch on gas struts.
Located aft of forward cabin to port.
Dedicated compartment with locking door.
Manual marine toilet outboard aft.
Countertop with inset wash handbasin forward.
Bulkhead mounted mirror.
Vanity lockers outboard.
Hanging locker opposite heads door to starboard.
Bench settees port and starboard.
Double droplead saloon table-mounted centrally.
Bookshelves outboard overhead with doored lockers forward and aft on both sides.
Settee backs fold down to create bunks port and starboard, both bunks fitted with lee straps.
Bunk base on port side slides out to create additional berth when required.
Bin type storage beneath port bunk.
Located to starboard of companionway.
Gimbal mounted gas cooker with crash bar mounted outboard forward.
Worktop with inset stainless steel sink aft.
Top loading locker beneath worktop outboard.
Storage locker outboard of worktop, extended with top companionway step at same level.
Shaped mug storage rack outboard of cooker.
Lockers beneath cooker and worktop.
Storage locker space extending aft along starboard quarter from galley.
Navigation Station:
Located to port of companionway
Chart table extending outboard, navigator uses while standing
Chart storage within top of table.
Selection of drawers below table with cave locker beneath drawers forward.
Quarter berth extending aft from nav station along port quarter.



Keel stepped, single spreader masthead sloop.
Anodised alloy mast and spars
Varnished, shaped spruce spreaders
Short boom for IOR handicap available.
Stainless steel standing rigging 1x19.
Full standing rigging replaced 2006, forestay replaced 2017.
Harken roller reefing gear on forestay.
Slab reefing mainsail with external mast track for luff slides
Mechanical backstay adjuster
2x Spinnaker poles
Lazyjacks for mainsail
Stainless steel, pin stop genoa tracks with custom made rotating fairlead genoa cars.
IOR boom mainsail track and car forward of companionway on coachroof.
Conventional, as designed mainsheet track at aft end of cockpit.
Primary Winches – 2x Barient 28 stainless steel, two speed.
Secondary Winches – 2x Barient 26, alloy, two speed.
Mainsheet Winch – 1x Barient 20, two speed. (mounted on coachroof to port of companionway for use with IOR boom)
Mast Winches – 2x Barient 22 stainless steel, two speed. 1x Single speed winch. 1x Captive winch for Genoa wire halyard.
Mainsail – white Dacron, slab reefing with two reefs. (2006)
Mainsail – IOR boom. White dacron, slab reefing.
Genoa – 115% White Dacron, roller reefing genoa, white UV strip (2017)
Genoa – 140% white dacron, roller reefing genoa, hardly used (2018)
Spinnaker – x2
Storm Jib
Double roller stainless steel stemhead fitting.
Stainless steel pulpit and pushpit rails
Deck mounted stainless steel stanchions supporting double tier plastic coated guardwires.
Stainless steel, cross hatched plate to protect deck on centreline forward.
Single alloy mooring cleat on foredeck
Electric anchor windlass aft of cleat.
Teak deck chocks port and starboard for stowing spinnaker poles.
Teak dorade boxes with stainless steel cowels outboard of through deck mast aperture.
Custom made stainless steel deck ring in way of mast aperture, with cleats and varnished teak stop water.
Varnished teak grabrails on outboard edges of aft section of coachroof, port and starboard.
Varnished teak cockpit coamings topped with stainless steel cope.
Primary and secondary winches mounted on custom made stainless steel mountings, straddling coamings.
Stainless steel tiller extending to forward end of cockpit.
Mainsheet spanning cockpit at aft end.
Lazarette locker accessed via deck hatch at aft end of cockpit.
Self-draining gas locker housing 2x 4.5kg gas bottles aft of cockpit.
Anchoring & Mooring:
35lb CQR, 30 fathom chain rode
45lb CQR
SL Electric low profile windlass, new motor fitted 2019, foot button control on foredeck, power up only.
Selection of warps
Selection of fenders
Canvas Work:
Sprayhood – Blue. 2012
Mainsail cover – Blue 2012
Boom tent
Forehatch cover
Winter cover and scaffolding frame available by separate negotiation.

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
Low level navigation lights
Life saving:
2x Horseshoe buoy

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.

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