PLEASE read these advice sections first, especially the part about frauds & scams.


General advice to sellers:

To maximise your chance of selling please give prospective buyers as much information as possible. The more information you give the more likely you are to attract prospective buyers. Try to include at least one photo of the item, a full description, age and condition. You may also want to include payment and delivery terms. (If you need help with photos please contact UKWA).

Please remember that your advert will potentially reach a worldwide audience, not just UKWA members.

Frauds & Scams:

Classified advertising draws a lot of attention – both good and bad – and not just within the UKWA membership. Please be alert for potential signs of fraudulent intent, including:

  • being unaware that the item advertised is a boat or boat-related
  • telling you to “consider it sold already”
  • mobile phone text messages with links to view a part exchange
  • offering to put your advert on the front page of Google or some other website for a fee
  • a phone call from somebody pretending to be from your bank and referring to your recent purchase of an advert
  • offering to buy the boat (or item) without seeing it first
  • making excuses about why they can’t view it in person
  • wanting to pay by some unusual method
  • making excuses about being un-contactable by telephone or email
  • payment from a third party
  • over-payment of any kind; possibly combined with a request to refund a portion, or pay a ‘shipping agent’ on their behalf
  • asking you to log in to your account to view a listing; this is never necessary
  • unlikely or improbable interest; interest in a large ship may well come from the other side of the world, but interest in a sailing dinghy will not!

If it doesn’t sound right, feel right, or seems to good to be true – don’t continue with it. Google the name or email address of suspicious-sounding responders. Or at least check the list of known scammers (below).

If in doubt, even slightly, please contact UKWA for advice.

*** Please be aware of scams.  These are widespread and not specific to Wayfarers or our website.  They are not all the same – please beware ***

  • A partial list of known or likely scammers can be checked on this page (link opens in new tab).

Here is an account of one vendor’s experience:

“When the advert first appeared (on another website advertising boats) I received a phone call purporting to be from Boat Mart offering to include an advertisement at a reduced price. The caller clearly knew about dinghies, the Wayfarer in particular, and was very plausible on sailing matters. An online order was placed using my debit card in the usual way. Shortly after this I received a text from my bank, the Halifax, asking if I had authorised a payment to Western Union of £540.40. This attempted fraud was nipped in the bud and did not take place, but you may wish to be aware.

“There were a number of other attempted ‘scams’ related to the sale but in each case when I entered the email address on Google there were a number of people warning about the said email addresses. I mention this in passing as you may well be aware of the situation.”

UKWA's terms of business:
  • The UK Wayfarer Association welcomes adverts for Wayfarer dinghies and/or Wayfarer-related items ONLY, both Wanted and For Sale.
  • Advertising is free of charge for UKWA members. We are pleased to run Wayfarer-related adverts for non-members of UKWA, but there is a £25 charge for doing so. If you are a non UKWA member and wish to advertise, please contact Sarah Burgess;
  • Adverts for boats only are automatically included in the next edition of our full-colour magazine, Wayfarer News.
  • Adverts are clear to run for up to 12 months, when they will be automatically deleted. (If still for sale, items/boats can always be re-advertised by the owner). We do ask that adverts are removed as soon as boats/items are sold, to keep the list as up-to-date as possible.
  • Further Wayfarers for purchase may be available from Ian Porter at
Uploading photos:

To avoid frustration, before uploading any photos please note the following requirements:-

  • Up to four images may be uploaded per advert
  • Each image file should be at least 20 KB but not more than 3 MB
  • Each image should be between 200 and 1024 pixels (width) by 200 to 768 pixels (height). Larger photos will automatically be resized to be within these dimensions. Note that the max size is based on a 4:3 aspect ratio (landscape), and thumbnails will be square images cropped from the centre of your photos, so it’s best to shoot with this in mind.

We are constantly reviewing these requirements – please contact the web team if you wish to express an opinion.

Identification of boats:

All Wayfarers should have their boat number recorded on their hull. This is how a boat is identified. The number is either carved on the inside of the upstand of the transom (wooden boats) or on a metal plaque (usually, but not always, fixed to the aft slope of the centreboard case). This number should correspond to the number on the sails, but, if the numbers differ, it is the number on the boat which is the boat’s official number. A boat without a plaque/carved number may not officially be raced as a Wayfarer.

Potential purchasers (of wooden hulled boats in particular) should be aware that not all boats have been measured in the past. Also, some hulls that have been measured may subsequently have been altered and therefore may need to be re-measured and any alterations might need to be corrected. Boats are not permitted to race without a Measurement and Buoyancy Certificate (except in certain limited cases).


Please note that these are classified ads placed by private individuals, including both members and non-members of UKWA.

Placing a free advert is one of the many benefits of UKWA membership. However, non-members are invited to pay to place an advert, which can be done here.

All adverts must then be approved by the Class Secretary before they can go ‘live’.

Of course, non-members are very welcome to join the UKWA and enjoy all the benefits of membership, including being able to place their advert free of charge.

Wayfarer 316
Total views: 57
Price: £ 250.00
Beautiful wooden boat with masts, sails, spinnaker etc. Sitting in a garage but on a broken trailer. A winter project for someone. Was registered as ‘Viorne’ and sailed at Upper Thames Sailing Club for years. Needs to be sailed and...
W8686 "Bizarre"  Porters Built Woody
Total views: 62
Price: £ 4,500.00
Built 14.04.1989 Measurement Certificate Sovereign Combi Trailer 10" Wheels (Spare Trailer Wheel) Trailing Cover Rain and Sun Top of range Dinghy Cover Spare Centreboard Set up for Racing Successful racing career with lots of wins and medals Excellent condition for...
Jib (not Genoa) wanted.
Total views: 1
Price: £ 0.00
In at least reasonable condition, please....
spinny pole and sliding jib cleats to go on the front seat please, plus mk 1 mast and boom
Total views: 6
Price: £ 0.00
any help with sourcing these bits would be greatly appreciated...many thanks Ian...
W7658 Porter's Mark1 Woodie for sale
Total views: 253
Price: £ 4,950.00
Built in 1982 by Porters, wood epoxied from new. In very good condition. Successfully raced in former years and more recently cruised (including Outer Hebrides and the Baltic) Combi trailer/trolley, jockey wheel, spare trailer wheel (Sovereign Trailers split axle design...
Wooden boom x 2
Total views: 13
Price: £ 0.00
I have two wooden Wayfarer booms. They seem in good order. Free but collection only....
Wanted - Wayfarer mast
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Price: £ 0.00
Due to storm damage we require a mast in reasonable condition for a Mk2 Wayfarer. Location: Lyme Regis (Dorset)...
Selden silver mast
Total views: 70
Price: £ 700.00
As new 2019 Selden Wayfarer mast. All standing and running rigging. £950.00 new!! Location: Dereham (Norfolk)...
W5650 Wayfarer Dinghy for Sale
Total views: 448
Price: £ 2,250.00
My Wayfarer (sail no. W5650) is now for sale. It is currently located at Lochaber Yacht Club in Fort William. Sale only due to lack of use as now moved up to a small yacht. The dinghy has had all...
Wayfarer 8889
Total views: 65
Price: £ 0.00
Hello I’m searching for Wayfarer 8889. This was originally purchased as a kit from Porters bros circa 1988-89. It was sold circa 1997 I believe it had been at Hayling island sailing club at some point since. I’m keen to...
W2116 Mark 1 Composite in V Good condition with recent Main and Aeroluff Genoa and Spar
Total views: 166
Price: £ 2,500.00
Good condition Mark1 composite with nice wooden decks and rear seats. Recent (1year) Aeroluff spar and Genoa plus recent (1year) Mainsail. Older good condition sails included. Sitting on a Trailer/Trolley combi Full Length oars and many extras available Price negotiable...
W10761 Potel, Mk IV, Price Reduced
Total views: 546
Price: £ 7,500.00
Rigged for single handing/cruising. Twinned outhaul/16-1 kicker. Muscle box for rig tuning. Genoa adapted for reefing/furling with Harken furling drums, furling line led aft. All control lines reachable for crew/helm. Pinnell & Bax cruising sails, pale blue. Mainsail 2 reefing...
McNamara Wayfarer dinghy racing sails (genoa and mainsail)
Total views: 178
Price: £ 600.00
These sails were bought with the Plus S we got in 2018. They are pristine and look like they may have only been used once or twice. We are cruising the Wayfarer and are not going to seriously race, so...
Wooden mast, boom and spinnaker pole wanted
Total views: 17
Price: £ 150.00
I have an early Woodie and would love (for the sake of originality) to replace the aluminium spars with wooden items. New items are beyond my budget. But please contact me if you have any in good, usable condition or...
Looking for W665
Total views: 48
Price: £ 0.00
I’m trying to track down W665, mk 1 wooden, last known as “Phoenix”, if she still exists. She was registered with the class association up to 2004, but the trail has gone cold after that. She was owned and much...
Pre-cut boat tent kit
Total views: 255
Price: £ 295.00
Looking to buy a boat tent but don't want to pay £625 for a brand new one? Then you may consider sewing your own. I can provide all the pre-cut panels and everything else you need to sew it; zips,thread,...
Set of front benches for Mk1, Mk1a, Plus S
Total views: 76
Price: £ 30.00
Just finished refurbishing these Wayfarer benches. Beautiful and almost perfect condition, stripped and varnished in 2-pack. Will fit any Mk1 wooden, GRP or composite, Mk1a, etc. Location: Dereham (Norfolk)...
Centreboard pivot pin
Total views: 4
Price: £ 5.00
Do you have a centreboard pivot pin for a wayfarer? I'm restoring a Mark Plus S for my boys scout group. Most grateful for any help. Thanks Paul (Edinburgh, Scotland)...
W1757 Wooden Wayfarer - NB: this owner does not have email - please phone
Total views: 414
Price: £ 1,900.00
Is in absolute pristine condition. Road Trailer and a launching trailer. Both perfect. Mainsail and a jib. No spinnaker nor pole. Boat cover. Please call between 4:30 and 9:00pm Location: Rostrevor (N Ireland)...
Foils, benches and sails (updated 11/01/2019)
Total views: 147
Price: £ 0.00
I have some booms, used sails, benches f/ward and aft, I think a centreboard, I would need measurements to check, rudder stocks and blades, possibly tillers, one hatch cover (light blue, deep, so I think Mk2), a couple of older...
W2682 - good Wayfarer for sale
Total views: 355
Price: £ 2,200.00
Built 1971           Boat number:2682 Fibreglass body with wooden trim  all sails incl spinnaker etc  extra small jib as well Little used  in 10 recent years and always wintered under cover so in very good condition. Prepared to deliver in UK...