Motor yachts

50′ Admiralty MFV

(REF: 17887)


  • Designer: Traditional
  • Builder: Admiralty
  • Year: 1944
  • Location: Devon
  • Length on deck: 49'10"
  • Beam: 15'4"
  • Draft: 6'6"

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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”


Planked in larch on sawn oak frames fastened with galvanised boat nails.

The frames are set in pairs and made up of futtocks, through bolted with galvanised bolts.

Grown oak floors across the centreline.  No external ballast keel but a new steel full length shoe has been fitted, weighing over 1 ton.

Keel bolts checked or replaced as necessary in 2012.

Internal ballast made of iron and concrete in the bilges as is common with this type of boats.

The deck is made up of the original straight laid pine deck which was overlaid with 2 layers of plywood and sheathed with glass fibre.  It is finished with non-slip rubber mat for a low maintenance and practical finish.

High bulwark all round on all new stanchions mounted through the cover board and side bolted to the frames.

New bulwark planking and heavy capping rail.

Wheelhouse fitted in previous ownership by Tuffs boatyard o the Thames.  Made of a teak frame and 2 layers of plywood, sheathed externally in glass fibre.

Wheelhouse roof extends over the side decks to give shelter.  Wheelhouse roof is very solid and would be capable of taking storage racks for canoes etc.


Small rig mainly as steadying sail but capable of giving a small amount of propulsion with the right wind.

Gaff ketch rig on deck stepped masts in tabernacles.

Mizzen mast new and stepped in 2018.  Varnished wooden booms and gaffs.

Stainless steel standing rigging to external chain plates. Rigging all new in the last 3 years.

Jib and mizzen in terylene.  Mainsail in canvas.


Foden FD6 Mk1 105hp 6 cyl supercharged diesel.  Supercharged 2 stroke design and very common in boats of this age and type.

Below is a link to the history of the Foden FD6 engine with lots of detail:

Stainless steel shaft to centreline fixed 3 blade bronze propeller.  Cruising speed of 7 knots, max speed 10 knots.

New stainless fuel tanks, one each side in the engine room and total of 300 litres capacity.  Both tanks have individual water separator fuel filters and can be isolated from each other so as not to contaminate the other tank.

Northern Lights 6Kva diesel generator installed in the engine room.  Refurbished and professionally installed in 2016.

4 x domestic batteries, total of 420ah supplying the 24 volt system.

2 x engine start batteries giving 24 volts.

Dedicated generator start battery.

Charged from engine alternator or through the 240 volt 40 amp battery charger powered by generator or shore power.  All batteries new in 2016.

240 volt plugs throughout the ship.  Domestic systems on 24 volt.

3 x electric bilge pumps and one engine driven bilge pump.  Whale Gusher manual bilge pump.

Wheel steering with manual hydraulics.  Steering ram rebuilt in 2023.


Total of 7 berths in 4 cabins including 2 double cabins, a single cabin and a twin cabin.

Headroom in the deckhouse of 6’2”.  Below decks headroom between 5’11” and 6’2”.

Entry to the wheelhouse with 3 side doors.

Galley at the aft end with a 4 burner Spinflo gas stove with oven and grill.  Stainless sink with pressurised cold water.  Lots of storage cupboards, shelves and work top space.

Saloon set to port with U-shaped seating around a table and a side board on the starboard side.

The bridge is raised slightly compared to the rest of the deck saloon to give better visibility.  Centreline wheel steering, doors either side by the helm.  Large chart desk just aft of the wheel.

Companion steps  into the aft cabin in aft starboard corner of deck house.  Aft cabin has good headroom with a futon type berth fitted that folds up to be a settee and drops down into a double berth.  Access into lazarette to view steering system.

Companion steps going below to the main accommodation are on the centreline.

Below decks there is a double cabin to port with a 4’ double berth.  Single cabin to starboard and a large twin cabin right forward.  Berths are all full length with comfortable custom made mattresses.

Each cabin has ample storage space with lockers and drawer units.

Heads compartment to port with a Jabsco sea toilet that discharges into a black water holding tank.  Shower with pressurised hot and cold water.  Hot water from a 240v on demand heater unit.



Danforth steering compass

Echopilot sounder

DSC VHF Nexus NX2000

Radar JRC 1000 Mk 11

Navman chart plotter Tracker 5500

Vetus rudder indicator

Navigation lights

Clock and barometer

Hand bearing compass


Safety Equipment

Avon 4 person life raft

3 lifebuoy rings

Inshore flares

6 x fire extinguishers + fire blanket

3 x auto electric bilge pumps

1 x engine driven salvage pump

1 x Whale Gusher manual bilge pump

Gas alarm

Radar reflector

Emergency tiller

Deck lights

Fog horn

Windscreen wipers

Safety axe


Ground Tackle and mooring

24 volt Electric windlass

CQR main anchor with ample chain

Very large Danforth anchor

Fishermans kedge anchor

Mooring warps

11 x large fenders


Other Equipment

GRP tender

Shore power cable

Various deck brushes and buckets

2 x boarding ladders



Custom made berth pocket sprung mattresses

All bedding

Redring M56 240 volt water heater

Jabsco sea toilet

Various 240 volt cabin heaters

240 volt 1800W Daewoo wood effect cabin heater

Spinflo 4 burner gas stove with oven and grill

2 x 6kg propane gas bottles

Electric kettle

Galley extractor fan

Engel portable fridge

Aqua filter

Deck saloon oil lamp



3 x 110ah domestic batteries

1 x 90ah domestic battery

2 x 90ah engine start batteries

1 x generator start battery

Newmar HDM 220-24-40amp battery charger

Various spares

Various tools

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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.