The PBO Project Boat story

Work started on the Secret 20 kit boat back in 2016 when Practical Boat Owner magazine was situated in Poole. A relocation and some changes in personnel the following year stopped construction until October 2018 when the completed hull was donated to Oarsome Chance.

Harvey (named in honour of one of Oarsome’s valued volunteers) is being finished to an exceptional standard led by Oarsome's own professional boat builders, Jon Carver and Jesse Doyle (scroll down for more detail about Harvey and the boat's spec).

The readers of PBO magazine have been following Harvey’s progress with interest, in detailed articles over four issues of the magazine, with PBO’s writers describing every step along the way – you can read the articles here:

July issue

Summer issue

August issue

September issue

With thanks

The Project Boat build has been made possible by generous in-kind donations from the following partners: B&G, Contender Sails, Solar Technology International, Wessex Resins, Torqeedo, Robbins Timber, Harken, EP Barrus, Racetec, MAA, ATR Systems and Tecsew.

See below for some examples of other Secret 20 boats and pictures taken during Harvey's constrction at our Gosport workshop and scroll down for full spec and auction sale terms:

All about Harvey

The Secret 20 is a unique, classic-style performance weekender described as a racing gaff cutter. Designed by Derek Ellard, who grew up on the east coast of the UK (but is now based in Australia), the Secret 20 has a straight stem, graceful counter stern and rakish rig, as a homage to the 19th Century archetypal English gaff cutter - what Ellard describes as ‘a near perfect expression of hull and rig’.

Harvey's spec

Click here to read the full spec from the boat’s designer

The boat will be fitted with the following brand new equipment:

  • A Torqeedo Travel 1103 C electric outboard motor
  • 68Ah Lithium-ion phosphate battery from Lifos
  • B&G wind and depth instruments

Bespoke finishing

Harvey will be returned to our workshop after the Boat Show and the end of the auction, where the buyer can advise some finishing detail by our fully trained boatbuilders. The new owner will be able to choose the colour scheme for the interior and cockpit cushions, which will be made in our Canvas Works social enterprise onsite. Harvey will be equipped with a full inventory to go to sea.

Timetable for Harvey's completion:

  • Hull, deck, interior and sparrs and paint system will be completed end September 2019
  • CE inspection, tests and certification will be carried out in December 2019
  • Sails completed February 2020
  • Official launch date April 2020
  • Harvey will recieve free winter storage Sept 2019 - April 2020

Harvey has been independently valued at £19k - £21k (Imperial International Yacht Brokers) - see the full valuation here: Imperial valuation doc

Payment terms:

A winning bid at the end of the PBO Project Boat Secret 20 auction lot will secure ownership of Harvey, along with a payment of a 10% deposit. A further 50% to be paid by end December 2019 and the remaining 40% on completion of the boat (expected April 2020). A sale agreement will be signed to this effect by all parties at the close of the auction.

Harvey will be on display at the Southampton Boat Show, 13 – 22 Sept, along with members of the Oarsome Chance team, so you can check out the progress of the build.


Tel: 02392 504492

Email: [email protected]

PBO Project Boat auction


The PBO Project Boat auction is now open.

You can visit the online auction page here: