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Fred Parker Motor Yacht

Wooden Ships Comments on this Fred Parker Motor Yacht

Designed by Fred Parker and built by Nunn Bros. of Woodbridge in 1959 to Lloyds 100A1 standard.

Bought by the present owners in 2013, they started a major refit that would last until 2017, covering every facet of the boat and her systems.  Full details of the refit work are below, but in summary the hull was rebuilt, new decks laid, interior removed and refitted with much new joinery and complete new systems and machinery.

The attention to detail found on this yacht is astounding, accomplished with the keen eye of owner and boat builder who both desired to create a very special yacht.  She was awarded Runner Up prize in the Classic Boat awards 2019.

Since her launch in 2017 she has been kept on the west coast of Scotland and has been cruised extensively each summer around the Highlands and islands.  She has spent every winter in a custom built tent where the owner has lavished care and attention on the boat, keeping her up to the exceptional standard they desire.

The volume and space on this yacht is hard to portray in photos.  She has a very generous beam and freeboard which both combine to give a distinct feeling of space and comfort.  With a large aft cockpit, double doors into the wheelhouse and a large saloon she has a vast amount of living space.  With 6’6” headroom through most of the boat there are few people who will struggle to be comfortable in this yacht.  Her large fore cabin gives 3 single berths plus there is a good sized double berth in the saloon which could be made more private if desired.  Cabin heating, hot water and 240v power supply make this yacht a real home from home to cruise in comfort whatever the weather.

She has proved herself as an excellent sea boat as well, cruising economically at 6-7 knots and never giving any cause for concern regardless of the weather.  The bow thruster fitted in the refit helps with handling in close quarter situations and there is excellent all round visibility from the helm.  A discreet CCTV camera on the forward mast aids the helms person in tight confines.

This is a superbly presented and very well maintained cruising motor yacht with a detailed recent refit history.  There are very few truly turn key boats on the market and this is without doubt one of those yachts.

Offered for sale in full sea going condition with a large inventory of equipment.

2023 insurance survey available.


Length on Deck                    42’

Beam                                      13’5”

Draft                                       3’11”

Displacement                        11609lbs /15245kg


Photo Credits:  Underway photos by Nigel Sharp

Owners Comments

We fell in love with Fortuna II when we first saw her moored in Exeter canal basin, although it was clear that much work was needed to bring her back to life. We enjoyed working with Charlie Hussey at Baltic wharf and the whole process of restoring Fortuna II to a very high standard. Fortuna II featured in Classic Boat Magazine in October 2018 and in spring 2019 when she was awarded Runner Up in the Classic Boat Awards for restoration of the year of a motor vessel over 40ft.

Fortuna II has enabled us to cruise the West of Scotland and the Hebrides in comfort and style each summer for the last six years. She has taken us to many remote anchorages and the pilot house has allowed us to view the scenery and wildlife at close quarters in comfort. She has ample storage space for fuel, water and supplies to enable extended cruising.  She is safe and seaworthy on passage and comfortable at anchor even in foul weather. We feel that she would be ideal for another couple or family.  Fortuna II is a real head turner where ever we go and is great in classic regattas.  Alternatively, she would make a wonderful mothership to classic yacht racing with ample room for entertaining.

We have maintained her meticulously and stored ashore under cover each winter.  Having enjoyed Fortuna II for the last eleven years, we feel the time has come for us to move on to new adventures.


Refit 2013 – 2017


  • Repairs to 45 frame heads
  • Rebuild stem top end of stem post
  • Extensive re-planking of topsides including completely new sheer strake port and starboard, approximately 300’
  • Replace bulwark stanchions
  • Replace upper section of transom
  • Replace oak samson posts
  • Replace upper section of rubbing strake
  • Repairs to numerous deck beams on forward and aft decks
  • Hull splined above the waterline
  • Cast iron ballast keel refurbished and refitted with new galvanised keel bolts
  • Brass portholes stripped and restored
  • Design and fitting bow-thruster tunnel for Vetus bow-thruster

Deck and Superstructure:

  • New cedar deck planking laid bow to stern
  • Epoxy-coated marine plywood overdeck, sheathed with epoxy stitched cloth laminate to maintain canvas like appearance
  • Replacement of pilothouse roof in same fashion as deck
  • New galvanised chainplates for main mast
  • New design and fitting of bronze chainplates to pilothouse for mizzen mast
  • New teak toe rails
  • All deck fittings and stanchions replaced in bronze
  • Design and fitting of stem head fitting for Rocna anchor
  • Under deck tensioners to support Rocna fitting
  • Rebuilding of cockpit floor
  • Rebuild deck step structures
  • Repairs to tops of pilothouse sides
  • Pilothouse stripped out and fully re-built with custom made seating and table to starboard side, custom made helm seat and chart table, custom made curved dashboard
  • Galley stripped out and fully re-built
  • Heads stripped out and fully re-built
  • Fo’c’sle stripped out and original joinery work restored with addition of locker to house bow thruster

Engine and Systems:

  • New engine installed
  • New propshaft and propeller installed
  • New hydraulic steering and new Wills Ridley Hydraulic pump
  • New Fuel and water tanks installed
  • Full re-plumbing of all systems
  • Full re-wiring of 24VDC, 230VAC and 12VDC systems
  • Solar panel charging system

Masts, rigging and sails:

  • New Douglas Fir mizzen mast
  • Replaced all standing and running rigging
  • New guard rails and bronze stanchions
  • New sails and sail covers
  • New cockpit cover and hatch covers

Painting and Varnishing:

  • Hull and superstructure stripped back and faired
  • Topsides full recoating system using traditional marine paints
  • Full traditional varnishing of all teak
  • Decks painted in nonslip paint

More details of the rebuild can be seen on the blog of the shipwright Charlie Hussey:

Grand Banks 42

Wooden Ships Comments on this Grand Banks 42

Grand Banks 42 built by American Marine, Singapore in 1971.

Hard chine semi displacement hull with twin Ford Lehman diesels gives good cruising speed enabling the boat cover good distance.

The Grand Banks name has become known for quality no nonsense boats that provide lots of space, comfort and good sea keeping capability.

Some work is required to the superstructure and bulwarks.

Recent survey available.


Length on Deck                          42’7”

Beam                                            13’7”

Draft                                             4’2”

Camper and Nicholson Motor Launch

Wooden Ships Comments on this Camper and Nicholson Motor Launch

Built in 1917 by Camper and Nicholson, this elegant motor launch has all the hallmarks of her era and is a simply stunning motor yacht.

Rebuilt by the Leopoldo Shipyard, Lake Como, between 2007-2010.

After arriving in the Mediterannean in the 1940’s she has had a varied history including being used as a coral fishing boat in Sardinia complete with hyperbaric chamber, and in 1976 she was a luxury transfer vessel for club Med guests and also featured in a notable French film.

In 2007 a major professional rebuild commenced under the current owners with no expense spared.  The hull was stripped bare inside and out, any necessary hull repairs completed and a complete new deck structure fitted.  All systems, machinery and equipment have been replaced to subtly introduce the modern world without destroying her patina.

A superb and unique motor yacht full of history, pedigree and class.


Length on deck                          10.5m / 34’5”

Beam                                            2.5m / 8’2”

Liverpool Class RNLB

Wooden Ships Comments on this Liverpool Class RNLB

Liverpool Class RNLB built by Groves & Guttridge Ltd, Cowes, in 1939.

She served as the lifeboat for Cloughey, Co. Down with a well documented service record.

After being sold out of the RNLI in 1966, she was used as a private motor launch.

Between 2010 and 2012 she underwent a major restoration in the hands of Nelsons Boats, a yard specialising in lifeboats.  She was put back as close as possible to her original service condition by sourcing as many original parts, features and fittings as possible.  She was re-engined with an almost new Ford 4D.  The hull was found to be in excellent condition with no structural repairs required during the refit period.

This vessel is a living and working piece of maritime history in excellent condition, very capable and tough with legendary sea keeping qualities.  She is not equipped with the luxuries of a modern yacht and as such offers a different type of boating but she does it with style.  Complete with forward tent offering a dry cabin with 2 berths when required.

This is not a project boat, she will be launched fully serviced and ready to go.  The owner can deliver her to anywhere on the Clyde as part of the sale.

The boat is on the National Register of Historic Ships and is eligible to fly their dedicated ensign.

This is a remarkable boat with many original features and fittings.  Clean survey from 2021 available.

Length on Deck                          35’6”

Beam                                            10’2”

Draft                                             3’3”

30′ Norfolk Broads Motor Cruiser

Wooden Ships Comments on this 30′ Norfolk Broads Motor Cruiser

30’ Norfolk Broads Motor Cruiser built by Acle in 1931.

Launched as a hire boat on the Broads, references to her have been found in the original Blakes catalogue Holidays Afloat.

Major rebuild by the current shipwright owner between 2010 and 2015.  Worked included the following:

  • New transom and stern knee
  • All new steamed oak timbers
  • Various new sections of planking, approx. 120’
  • New decks, beamshelf and deck beams
  • New stem
  • New aft coachroof
  • Replacement Bukh engine fitted
  • New tanks for water, fuel and waste
  • All new electrical and plumbing systems

Professionally completed refit that has been well documented.  The boat has been nicely maintained since that time.  Currently has a Boat Safety Certificate valid until July 2024.


Length on Deck                          30’

Length Waterline                       29’6”

Beam                                            9’

Draft                                             2’3”

Air Draft                                      6’6”

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”