Sail Boleh

Sailing and sail training are widely recognised as effective ways of building individual self-confidence and the ability to work as part of a team.  The charitable aims of the Boleh Trust are to help adults and young people disadvantaged in some way to develop these skills and thereby enable them to participate in society as responsible individuals.

Sailing can also be very enjoyable, challenging and fulfilling, providing great opportunities for group recreation and team building.  With her unique design and history, Boleh is perfectly suited to deliver a sailing experience which will benefit individuals and organisations alike.

Boleh is a 40ft historic junk yacht built in Singapore by Malay shipwrights after World War II. Boleh (which means ‘can-do’ in Malay) was sailed to England by her owner and designer, Commander Robin Kilroy DSC in 1950. After an eventful life, Boleh arrived in Portsmouth on a low loader almost 10 years ago to start a lengthy restoration, financed by the Heritage Lottery Fund. Finally returned to the water in 2015, Boleh is a working heritage vessel based in Chichester Harbour.

A comfortable 16 tonnes with eye catching lines, generous accommodation and good deck space, Boleh is designed for ocean cruising with a fusion of Eastern and Western traditions. Boleh has a unique quadruped mast, a long keeled sea kindly hull teak decks and roomy living space with 8 berths and teak joinery. Restored to her 1949 layout, Boleh is fitted with 21st century systems and is MCA coded, Category 2 for 8 persons and Category 4 for 12 persons

This beautifully restored junk yacht now works with South Coast charities to sail disadvantaged young people and adults but Boleh is also available for commercial hire when her programme allows. If you would like to see the calendar of availability and enquire about booking Boleh, then please click on the button below.


General information

  • LOA 39’10”/12.1m
  • Beam 12’6”/3.82m
  • Draft 6’9”/2.06m
  • Displacement 16tons
  • Fuel tank 126ltrs
  • Auxiliary Propulsion Diesel electric
  • Electric motors 2 x LMC Marlin13kW
  • Diesel generator Beta Marine 3phase 23.1kw
  • Propellors 2 x Kiwiprop 430mm

Sails & Rig

  • Sliding Gunter yard
  • Mailsail
  • No 1 jib, 2 x No 1 Genoa
  • Spinnaker Storm trysail and jib


  • Raymarine e95 GPS/AIS multifunction display
  • VHF fixed and portable with DSC


  • 8 berths
  • Gas hob and microwave
  • Cold box
  • WC and shower

Upper Deck

  • Lewmar V1-6 windlass
  • Avon dinghy and outboard