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McBryde Twin Screw Motor Yacht

Wooden Ships Comments on this McBryde Twin Screw Motor Yacht

Designed by William McBryde and built by Smith Brothers of Goole in 1939.

She was built for Sydney Kirkham, the managing director of the Hippodrome Theatre in Sheffield.  She changed hands in 1953 and her second owner kept her until 1997.  In 1999 her third owner carried out various upgrades including the Beta diesel engines she has today.

In current ownership since 2019, she had a full survey carried out in November 2019 and a number of repairs and upgrades professionally completed throughout 2020/2021.  She is currently based on the River Deben in Suffolk and used for local cruising.

She is a very fine pre-war motor yacht full of original features and fittings but with the benefit of modern diesel engines and recent repairs.  2019 survey available on request.


Recent Repairs

  • Replaced all hood end and garboard bronze screw fastenings
  • 3 x new laminated timbers in aft cabin
  • Tiller attachment to rudder stock repaired
  • Engine seacocks replaced
  • Cutlass bearings replaced
  • New quadrants around superstructure and hatches
  • Replaced anodes and internal electrical connections


Length on Deck            33’

Length Waterline        32’

Beam                               9’6”

Draft                                3’6”

Thames tonnage           11TM

Converted Admiralty Motor Yacht

Wooden Ships Comments on this Converted Admiralty Motor Yacht

Built for the Ministry of Defence in 1943 by the British Power Boat Company as an RAF Rescue Boat.  She was delivered in 1945 but never entered active service.

Sold by the MOD in 1946 into private ownership and converted to private yacht at the Hampton Launch Works.  After many years on the Thames, she made her way to the Mediterranean where some reports suggest she spent time running cigarettes between north Africa and Europe.

After being laid up and neglected in Bristol docks, she was rebuilt by David Cockwell of the Underfall Yard, being re-launched in 2005.  The refit included much work to the hull, a new interior and refitted engines.  After being bought by the current owner in 2007, further work was done including al new wiring and many new systems in 2008.

More recently some soft wood was found in the hull on the port side, work was started in 2022 and much of the port quarter of the hull was re-planked with many new frames.  Some repairs were also needed on the starboard side, the copper sheathing underwater was replaced entirely and the interior received further improvements.

The boat is now in very smart condition and given all the recent work done, should be totally sound.  Unfortunately one of the gearboxes has developed a problem and needs to be replaced, the vessel is being sold with this known issue to be resolved by a buyer.


Length on Deck                          43’8”

Beam                                            10’8”

Draft                                             3’5”

Rampart 48 Motor Yacht

Wooden Ships Comments on this Rampart 48 Motor Yacht

Rampart 48 twin screw motor yacht built by the Rampart Boat Building co. In 1960 to a design by Horace Desty.

Ramparts were a successful yard that grew up out of the desire for elegant motor yachts in a booming economy.  Ramparts and others catered for this with attractive well built vessels offering separate sleeping cabins, more than one heads compartment and plenty of entertaining space.

This example is a handy 48’ and has an attractive aft cockpit accessed from the main saloon which is aft of the wheelhouse.  This is a slightly different concept of design compared to many other boats of the period which traditionally had the owners accommodation back aft, but by having a saloon joining the aft cockpit makes for an attractive cruising boat.

Sadly some neglect in the previous ownership means fresh water ingress has caused soft timber in the topside planking, with some frame heads and short sections of beam shelf affected.  It is advised a buyer engages a qualified surveyor to uncover the exact extent of the refit work required.

The boat is being offered for sensible money to take into account the refit work needed.  She is afloat and mobile under her own power.  There is a marina nearby with a suitable travel hoist to lift her out of the water and lorry access to enable road transport to the buyers chosen destination.


Length on Deck                      14.63m / 48’

Length Waterline                   13.5m / 44’3”

Beam                                       3.59m / 11’9”

Draft                                       1.37m / 4’6”

26′ Cabin Boat

Wooden Ships Comments on this 26′ Cabin Boat

Built by Charmans Boatyard of Bembridge in 1965, she would no doubt have been used around the Solent as a comfortable weekend boat.

A sturdy and safe motor yacht with a large aft cockpit, sheltered wheelhouse and simple accommodation forward giving a heads, galley and double berth.  This is perfect for weekend excursions and nights away, with the new aft cockpit cover creating a large sheltered space aft when staying aboard.

She has a brand new Thorneycroft 60hp engine which has only done 40hrs running and has been professionally maintained this year with all new paint and varnish work.


Length on Deck 26’

Beam                                    8’

Draft                                      3’

Fred Parker Twin Screw Motor Yacht

Wooden Ships Comments on this Fred Parker Twin Screw Motor Yacht

50’ Twin screw motor yacht designed by Fred Parker and built by Port Hamble Ltd in 1965.

Designed and built for the CEO of the Mars Corporation, he later sold her and commissioned and similar but larger yacht, also by Fred Parker and Port Hamble Ltd.

Known to have been seized by HM Revenue and Customs at some stage, she was kept by them and used for training on the river Hamble, including training of sniffer dogs to search vessels.

Sold back into private ownership she has been used for cruising around the West Country and English Channel.

A spacious and comfortable boat with up to 3 separate cabins and heads compartments plus a large deck saloon and ample deck space.

Her hull appears to be in very good condition which is not surprising as she is planked entirely in teak, a distinct advantage over many comparable motor yachts of the time which were built in mahogany.


Length on Deck                 49’6”

Beam                                    13’

Draft                                      3’9”

Clinker Cabin Cruiser

The history and original build of this boat are unknown.  She was bought by the current owner in a poor state and used extensively until the owner decided she was the right boat for them and started a major refit.  This work was completed in 2020.

The work included new raised topsides forward, new fore and aft decks, new wheelhouse and all new cockpit fit out.  The new Yanmar engine was fitted and all new systems throughout the boat.

She is a very practical boat with a large open cockpit, sheltered helm and 2 berth accommodation so she could make an ideal weekend boat for river and coast exploration.


Length                     21′

Beam                        8′

Draft                         2′

50′ Admiralty MFV

Wooden Ships Comments on this 50′ Admiralty MFV

Built for the admiralty although not much is known of her military career after her history files were lost in a fire during a refit.  She potentially worked out of Malta for a time, probably as a harbour supply vessel or local patrols.

Bought by the present owners in 2003 and almost totally rebuilt in the years since.  All new topside planking, lots of new frames, rebuilt deck, new bulwarks and stanchions completed in 2016.  Engine refitted and engine room totally rebuilt including all new systems.  The most recent work was completed in 2022 and involved a new stern post, some planking on the aft starboard quarter and new planks half the length of the hull on the port quarter.

An excellent boat for live aboard cruising with a spacious deck saloon/wheelhouse that offers a living space with panoramic views.  Below decks she has 4 sleeping cabins, 2 doubles, a single and a large twin plus a heads compartment with a shower.

He length at 50’ is not excessive which will keep berthing costs to a minimum, but due to her design and the deckhouse she still has ample space aboard.

A smart, clean and dry vessel in seemingly good order with a well documented refit history in recent years.

Length on Deck               49’10”

Length Waterline            45’

Beam                                 15’4”

Draft                                  6’6”

Edgar Cove Cabin Cruiser

Wooden Ships Comments on this Edgar Cove Cabin Cruiser

Classic cabin cruiser designed and built by Coves Boatyard in Salcombe for a local man in approximately 1972.

Designed for coastal and river exploration with a sheltered helm position and a small amount of accommodation forward with a couple of berths, heads and galley space.

More recently a canvas tent has been fitted that completely encloses the large aft cockpit making her a real all weather weekend boat.  Capable of coastal passages, her shallow draft also allows river and creek exploration.

Professionally maintained for her current long term owners, she underwent a major professional refit between 2000 and 20003 which included much refastening of the hull with some new steamed timbers, complete new varnished sheer strake, deck, wheelhouse and cockpit.  Since the refit she has been moored and used in Salcombe, wintered ashore in a barn every year and kept up to a very good standard.

Her Lister Petter engine was installed new in 2003 during the refit and has been professionally serviced and maintained ever since.

Length on Deck                 20’

Beam                                    8’

Draft                                      2’

Philip 50 Motor Yacht

Wooden Ships Comments on this Philips 50 Motor Yacht

Philips 50 motor yacht designed and built for Sir George White Bt. by Philip and Sons Ltd of Dartmouth in 1963.  Built to Lloyds 100A1 classification.

White Mouse II was the second of 6 boats built to this design, some differing slightly in their construction methods and deck layouts.

Purchased by the current owner in 2009, she was returned to her home port of Dartmouth where she has been based ever since.  A series of significant refits have been undertaken, most recently by Silvers Marine in 2019/2020, along with more general and diligent annual maintenance by a team of skilled local tradespersons.  This yacht has been exceptionally well cared for during the last 12 years and is now a shining example of British naval architecture and boat building from her period.

With 6 berths in 3 cabins, including 2 large doubles, plus 2 extra singles in the wheelhouse, she has a very spacious and comfortable interior.  The current interior layout and joinery was fitted in the early 1990’s during a major refit by the previous owner and is a modern yet sympathetic upgrade from her original layout, much more suited to modern cruising and the way motor yachts are used today.

A very comfortable, elegant and sophisticated motor yacht in nice condition with a well documented history of maintenance and refit in recent years.

Condition surveys from 2017 and 2019 with full records of work done after those reports.

Link below to the full article on this yacht in Motorboat and Yachting Magazine:


Length on deck                 52’10”

Length Overall                   55’

Length Waterline             47’

Beam                                    14’6”

Draft                                      4’3”

Displacement                    35 tonnes approx.

Thames Tonnage             40TM



Planked in mahogany with a layer of diagonal planking overlaid with a single skin of traditional fore and aft planking.  Between the layers is Kalico and white lead as was common for this type of construction commonly used for RNLI lifeboats of this period.

Total hull thickness is 40mm, just over 1.5”.

The 2 skins are fastened through with copper rivets, stiffened by 2” x 2” steamed Canadian Rock Elm timbers at 12” centres.

Fore and aft stringers are fastened with large copper rivets for added stiffness.

Major hull refit in 2019 including complete strip back to bare wood and repair of hull planking in various places as required.

Semi swept solid teak deck with varnished teak cover boards.  Secret nail fastened.  Deck re-caulked and payed in 2010.

Low bulwark all round on wooden stanchions with a varnished teak capping rail.

Painted galvanised stanchions with varnished teak capping.

Original varnished teak skylight, hatch and deck boxes on the foredeck.

Chromed bronze fairleads and bollard cleats.

Varnished teak coachroof coamings and wheelhouse with chrome framed windows and portlights.

Varnished teak sliding doors either side of the wheelhouse

Fore and aft coackroof decks laid in scrubbed teak over a marine plywood subdeck.




Twin Perkins 6.354 6cyl 105hp naturally aspirated diesel engines installed new in 1963.

Professionally maintained on a regular basis in present ownership.

Borg Warner Velvet Drive hydraulic gearboxes with stainless shafts to fixed 3 blade bronze propellers.  8 knots cruising speed

Hydraulic steering with twin bronze rudders.

2 x 12 volt battery bank for port engine 24 volt starting, 220ah.

4 x 12 volt batteries producing 24 volts for starboard engine starting and domestics, total 440ah

2 x 12 volt batteries producing 12 volts, total of 240ah

2 x 12 volt batteries for generator starting, total 170ah

Onan 14kva installed diesel generator with separate start batteries.

Victron Skylla 24 volt 75amp battery charger.  Victron Atlas 1200 watt inverter.

800 gallons of diesel in 2 steel tanks under the saloon sole.  Fuel filtration systems with flow meters.

Pair of Vosper Thornycroft Naiad stabilisers.

400 gallons of fresh water in galvanised steel tanks.




8 berths in total including double owners cabin aft, double guest cabin forward, twin cabin and 2 singles in the wheelhouse.

Large wheelhouse with central helm seat.  Large settee at aft end of wheelhouse with Pullman back to create 2 large single berths.  Table can be fitted in place to give comfortable seating for 7/8 people.

Starboard side steps going aft with large owners cabin across the full breadth of the hull.  Large double berth with vast storage space in lockers either side under side decks.

Ensuite heads compartment, shared with twin cabin, has a vacuum sea toilet which discharges directly overboard.  Hand basin and full height shower with pressurised hot and cold water.

Twin guest cabin to port with 2 large single berths with comfortable custom made mattresses.  Door giving access to en-suite heads compartment.

Starboard side steps down from wheelhouse into main saloon with comfortable L-shaped seating to port around a dropleaf saloon table.  Great visibility and light from large saloon windows.

Joinery along starboard side with various storage lockers including elegant drinks cabinet.

Central steps down to the galley which is largely open to the saloon making for a sociable atmosphere.

Galley has a Zanussi 4 ring electric hob top with stainless fiddle rails.  Panasonic inverter oven/microwave.  Built in 24 volt Frigoboat fridge.  Single deep stainless sink with pressurised hot and cold water.  Large custom quartz worktop with vast amount of storage space in and around the galley.

Starboard side heads compartment with vacuum sea toilet that discharges directly overboard.  Hand basin and full height shower with hot and cold pressurised water.

Centreline door into large forward cabin with a double berth and many storage lockers.  Door into the shared heads compartment.





Full specification and details available upon request





These particulars have been prepared in good faith from information provided by the Vendors and are intended as a guide, Wooden Ships cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. The Purchaser should instruct his agent or surveyor to validate all details as necessary and satisfy himself with the condition of the vessel and its equipment.



RNLB Barnett Class

Wooden Ships Comments on this RNLB Barnett Class

Ex RNLB Barnett Class, designed by James Barnett and built by Groves and Gutteridge of Cowes in 1956/57.

Sympathetically and carefully converted to provide comfortable accommodation making her a very capable, interesting and comfortable cruising motor yacht.

Serving with the RNLI from 1957 – 1986 in Weymouth and Galway Bay, she undertook nearly 400 service launches.  She then went on to work for a contractor for Trinity House, servicing navigation marks in the Bristol Channel, before being sold into private ownership for conversion.  She was rescued by the current owner lying on a beach in Lowestoft in 2002, no major alterations had been carried out and most of her original gear and equipment was still with the boat.  There started a steady and sympathetic conversion to create a practical and comfortable modern motor cruising yacht without losing the patina and history of her past.

The aft cockpit had been opened up giving a comfortable seating area, joined to the newly converted saloon aft of the wheelhouse with a fitted galley, heads and large double berth.  The wheelhouse remains largely original with her RNLI wheel and binnacle and access to the large engine room through a water tight door.  The forward cabin with separate access through the forehatch has been converted to a large twin berth cabin with separate heads compartment.

On deck she retains all her original features and fittings, including the huge Fishermans anchors used to secure the lifeboat and veer down on a wreck on the rocks, although these are not used they are kept on deck for originality

Her original Gardner 6LW engines are in superb condition and offer very economical cruising.

This is not just an old lifeboat, this is a comfortable cruising motor yacht with a rich history and pedigree, capable of going anywhere and a yacht that will open up a whole new world to her next owners.

Current undercover berth in Dartmouth available on long term basis subject to negotiation with owner of berthing facility.


Length on Deck                 52’

Length Overall                   52

Length Waterline             49’6”

Beam                                    14’

Draft                                      4’6”




Double diagonal mahogany planking with a layer of Calico and white lead between.  Copper rivet fastened through.  Total hull thickness of 1”.

Steamed oak frames of 3” x 1.75” at 10” centres.

Galvanised strap floors across the centreline providing a large amount of stiffness to the hull.

External iron ballast with bronze keel bolts.

Large section beam shelf and bilge stringer.  Galvanised hanging knee from the deck in way of  every frame.

Deck made from double diagonal mahogany similar to the hull.  Finished externally in Treadmaster non-slip deck sheeting.

Rivetted aluminium superstructure to original design, except for aft end which has been cut down to creat an aft cockpit.  Decks are clear with wide side decks.

Wooden toe rail all round on galvanised supports.  Galvanised stanchions with chain guard lines between.

Heavy duty cast bronze deck fittings including original bronze stemhead fitting.

Wheel steering with rod and gear connection to the rudder.  Modern autopilot system.




Twin Gardner 6LW 72hp 6 cylinder diesel engines installed new in 1957.

Gardner gearboxes with single lever Morse controls.  Bronze shafts to fixed 3 blade bronze propellers set in tunnels to protect the propellers.

7 knots cruising speed, 9 knots max at 12 litres/hour.  Safe working range of 600Nm

Total fuel capacity of 1100 litres in a stainless stank to port and plastic Tek Tank to starboard.

200 litres of fresh water in plastic tanks under the saloon.

4 x 12 volt domestic batteries under forecabin berth.  2 x 12 volt engine start batteries in the engine room.

Charged from engine alternators or through Stirling Power Pro Charge 50 amp 240 volt charger.  Installed shore power system.  Second stand by charger of 20 amps.

2500 watt petrol generator in the engine room.

2500w Stirling Power inverter running off domestic batteries.

Electric Side Power SP95Ti bow thrusters.

1 manual bilge pump and 2 engine driven bilge pumps.




4 berths including a large double in main saloon and 2 large single berths in forward cabin.

Forward cabin accessed via a riveted aluminium forehatch with steps down.  Spacious cabin with a large single berth either side, storage beneath the berths.

Centerline doorway going forward into a large heads compartment with a Jabsco manual sea toilet which discharges directly overboard.  Hand basin with manually pumped fresh water.

Side entrance doors into the wheelhouse with central helm position.  Watertight door forward into the large engine space.

Centreline steps down aft into main saloon which was converted to current arrangement by the present owner.

Very large double berth, part of which converts into a settee, is set to port and goes in under the wheelhouse sole.

Galley aft port side with a Plastimo Neptune 2500 twin burner stove with oven and grill.  Single stainless sink with hot and cold pressurised water plus good work space and storage beneath.  Microwave and 12 volt fridge set into joinery on starboard side.

Large amounts of storage space in lockers and drawers around the saloon, cleverly thought out to gain the most from the space.

Steps down to a heads compartment on starboard side under the wheelhouse with a Blakes Lavac sea toilet and hand basin.

Steps and doors going aft out into the aft cockpit with good seating and a canvas cover for poor weather.



Full specification and details available upon request





These particulars have been prepared in good faith from information provided by the Vendors and are intended as a guide, Wooden Ships cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. The Purchaser should instruct his agent or surveyor to validate all details as necessary and satisfy himself with the condition of the vessel and its equipment.