Tectona 1928 Gaff Rigged Ketch

length 85ft | beam 18.5ft | draught 10.9ft | guest berths 12


Tectona is the second largest vessel in our fleet, loaned to us by the Tectona Trust. She is a solid Sail Training vessel, she is safe and fun to sail. With 2000 sq ft of canvas across 6 sails she keeps the crew busy!

She is equally well suited to group sailing as individual teenage sailing weeks and is particularly good as a platform for slightly older groups due to the size and weight of her rig and sails. She is the biggest of The Island Trust vessels and as such is great for larger groups needing lots of activity on deck.


Tectona is loaned by Tectona Trust to The Island Trust, who operate her. Tectona Trust use Tectona themselves for voyages helping people in Recovery from drug addiction.  Tectona was built in India in 1928 by local people and elephants who dragged huge teak trees to the beach to be chopped into planks. She was commissioned by a Major in the medical corps for use as a private yacht and was brought back to the UK, and over the next 30 years she changed hands and professions several times. She was used to ferry supplies and personnel in the Hebrides during WW2 and later as a charter yacht before she finally found her place in sail training.

In 1964 she was bought by the Plymouth School of Navigation and used as their training ship for the next 16 years. A huge number of the most senior mariners in Britain learned to sail on Tectona as cadets. Over the next 40 years, Tectona explored most of the north Atlantic and Mediterranean, with young people from all over Europe to sail and navigate her. In 2008 Tectona was brought back to Plymouth and since then has been taking young people from all walks of life on adventures around Britain.

Today she once again has connections with Plymouth University, with medical students taking part in her Recovery voyages, and the Plymouth University Tectona Business Challenge named after her.

Built solidly of teak, with many full-length 70 ft planks, she is one of the most seaworthy vessels ever built. Rigged as a gaff ketch, she is easy to handle and perfect for learning. She has a hand worked windlass for weighing the anchor. Her accommodation is in an open fo’c’sle style with 4 sets of bunk beds. There is one private cabin with bunk beds for two, and the remaining bunks are in the saloon. She has a lovely communal feeling!