Sailing yachts

50′ Converted MFV

(REF: 17887)


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

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Wooden Ships Comments on this 50′ Converted MFV

Built for the admiralty although not much is known of her career.  She potentially worked out of Malta for a time, probably as a harbour supply vessel or local patrols.

Bought by the present owners in 2010 and almost totally rebuilt in the years since.  All new topside planking, lots of new frames, rebuilt deck, new bulwark.  Engine refitted and engine room totally rebuilt including all new systems.

This is one of nicest and smartest MFV type yachts we have seen in a long time and now just needs the finishing touches to what has been a very thorough rebuild.

Soild, sound and very smart.



Planked in larch on sawn oak frames in pairs, through bolted with galvanise bolts.  Fastened with galvanised boat nails.

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 recently overlaid with 2 layers of plywood and sheathed with glass fibre

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 a great place for sun bathing.




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.

Galvanised standing rigging to external chain plates.

Jib and mizzen in terylene.  Mainsail in canvas and yet to be adjusted to fit.



Foden FD6 MkI 100hp 6 cyl diesel.  Supercharged 2 stroke design and very common in boats of this time and type.

Stainless steel shaft to centreline fixed 3 blade bronze propeller.

New stainless fuel tanks, one each side in the engine room and total of 300 litres capacity.

Northern Lights 5Kva diesel generator installed in the engine room.  Refurbished and professionally installed in 2016.

4 x domestic batteries, 2 engine start batteries.  Charged from engine alternator, generator or through shore power.  All batteries new in 2016.

240 volt plugs throughout the ship.  Domestics on a mix of 12 volt and 24 volt.

3 electric bilge pumps and one engine driven bilge pump.

Wheel steering with manual hydraulics.

Fresh water 100 gallons in 2 tanks.




Accommodation is split between the wheelhouse, forward below decks and the aft cabin.

Total of 5 berths in 3 cabins with the option to convert the aft cabin to give more berths.

Entry to the wheelhouse with 3 side doors.  Galley at the aft end with a 4 burner gas stove with oven and grill.  Stainless sink with pressurised hot and 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.

Steps going below on the centreline.  The helm position is set slightly higher than the rest of the wheelhouse to give better visibility.  Centreline wheel steering, doors either side by the helm.  Large chart desk just aft of the wheel.

Below decks there is a double cabin, single cabin and a large twin cabin right forward.  Berths are all full length with comfortable mattresses.

Heads compartment to port with a Jabsco sea toilet connected to a black tank.  Shower with pressurised hot and cold water.

Aft cabin accessed via a companionway in the aft port corner of the wheelhouse.  The aft cabin is currently used for storage and has not been converted.  It could easily be finished with a large double berth or two single berths depending on the requirements of the new owner.


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