Sailing yachts

Converted MFV

(REF: 17884)


  • Designer: Traditional
  • Builder: Galmpton Quay, Brixham
  • Year: 1959
  • Location: Devon
  • Length on deck: 42'
  • Beam: 14'6"
  • Draft: 5'

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Wooden Ships Comments on this Converted MFV

Built in Galmpton near Dartmouth in 1959 as one of a pair of identical fishing boats built for a Brixham fishing family.  She was based in Salcombe for many years and fished commercially until retirement and was bought by the present owner.

The conversion was spread over several years with a new larger wheelhouse added and a raised foredeck put on to give a large sleeping cabin forward.  The aft deck was covered by a stainless frame and canvas to give a superb sheltered outdoor seating area.

Re-engined in 2014 with a 170hp Volvo Penta, she will now cruise happily at 9 knots.

Although not a luxury motor yacht, she is a pretty and very seaworthy converted MFV with comfortable sleeping accommodation for 4 people, huge deck space and a large wheelhouse.  Used mainly for coastal hops in the summer and exploring local ports and regattas, she has been a lot of fun but now requires a new home.


Length on deck            42′

Length Waterline        40′

Beam                           14’6″

Draft                            5′

Converted MFV



Conventionally planked in 2″ pitch-pine, fastened to heavy sawn and grown oak frames at 18″ centres with copper nails and bronze screws on an oak back-bone.

3 tons iron ballast in the bilge.

Steering  by traditional wheel and chains to a quadrant on the aft deck over the rudder below.

The deck is laid in afromosia, one of the durable hard-woods, traditionally caulked and payed and now painted.

The fore deck is raised to gunnel level to give head-room in the forward cabin, laid in scrubbed iroko with the entrance hatch to the cabin below.

A short coach-roof extends forward in front of the wheel-house which lifts to give access to the engine room.  Can also be accessed through a small deck hatch in the coachroof.

Coach-roof and wheel-house vertically planked in iroko with sheathed ply roof.

Attractive and spacious aft deck with table and chairs and a custom made tent over with widows.




2 masts carry usual lights etc.



Volvo D7 170hp 6-cylinder diesel installed in 2014. This is a 2009 engine, rebuilt by Caley Marine, Inverness prior to being fitted in this boat.

Very economical 2gph @ 8knts

ZF gear-box with single lever Morse controls. Conventional drive to 4 blade prop.

240v diesel generator.

2 large capacity batteries

2007 100 gallon aluminium fuel tank.

New stern gear, prop, rudder bearing and sea-cocks  in 2008.



4 berths.

The vessel is divided into 2 areas below deck with a bulkhead approx midships.  Aft of this bulkhead is the engine room extending back to the stern post.

Forward of the bulkhead is a cabin with 2 double berths, one each side of the central companionway from the raised deck above.

Forward bulkhead to the fore peak with a sea-toilet and small stainless steel hand basin.

Galley along the port side of the wheel house with 2-burner gas cooker.

Athwartships bunk across the back of the wheel-house.




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.