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Newbridge Venturer 22

Brief details


Newbridge Yachts, Chard, Somerset

A compact trailer-sailer with good accommodation for her size, the Venturer makes a good small coastal or estuary cruiser, and is small enough to be trailed if required, though with her hull configuration is better craned on and off the trailer. The lifting keel version has a centreboard inside a shallow stub fin keel. Most boats sold however were bilge-keelers, as illustrated here. As with all trailer-sailers, the presence or otherwise of a trailer, and its condition, has a significant effect on value.


22' 1"

Sail area

248 sq ft main and genoa


18' 1"




7' 10"




2' 3 bilge keels, 3' 8" fin keel or 2' 2" to 3' 8" lifting keel




2,750 lbs


various outboards


1,160 lbs bilge keels, 1,100 lbs fin or 1,165 lbs lifting keel


typically 6 - 8

Keel type

Twin bilge keels and skeg-hung rudder (most common), also fin and lifting keel versions built

Through the 1970s and 80s Newbridge Boats, later known as NB Yachts, were based first in Bridport and later in Chard, and built a number of small yachts, the first of which were the low elegant Corribee 21s and the heavier, chunkier Virgo Voyager 23s.

Although both were popular, the market market soon demanded more interior space than could be squeezed into the elegant little hull of the Corribee, and the Voyagers were too big and heavy for easy trailing, so Bill Dixon (designer of many large Moodys) was commissioned to design two trailer-sailers for the company. The results were the smaller Navigator, and the larger Venturer 22.

These had modern high-volume hulls, with the visual effect of high topsides and substantial cabin tops disguised by styling stripes of paintwork. The end result is to pack a lot of accommodation into a small trailable hull. These boats were built to take outboards in wells in the cockpit, although a few have been modified to fit a small diesel.

Fin keels and centreboards were offered as options, but the vast majority of Navigators and Venturers built were the bilge keel versions.

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A two-berth version was also offered, this being internally similar except for not having the overlapping forward berths seen above, making the cabin seem larger.

Photographs Yachtsnet

The saloon has a vee-double berth forward, raised so that the narrow end of the saloon settees can extend under it, providing a total of four berths. Aft there is a small galley to port, with a removable stowage box/worktop forward of the cooker.

The heads compartment is to starboard, with a zipped canvas "door". The heads here is a Porta Potti chemical toilet, though marine WCs can also be fitted.

A fold-down chart table is mounted on the bulkhead forming the forward side of the heads compartment. There is room on the bulkhead to mount instruments if required.

The hull and keel configuration mean that launching direct from the trailer is not possible unless you immerse the wheels.

The disadvantages of parking a trailer-sailer under trees....

The outboard is mounted in a well in the port side of the cockpit, with remote controls for throttle and gears.

Photos courtesy of owner

Brochure photo from Newbridge Yachts

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