Motor yachts

McBryde Twin Screw Motor Yacht

(REF: 29626)


  • Designer: William McBryde
  • Builder: Smith Brothers of Goole
  • Year: 1939
  • Location: Suffolk
  • Length on deck: 33'
  • Beam: 9'6"
  • Draft: 3'6"
  • Tonnage: 11TM

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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


  • Carvel planked in pitch pine all copper rivet fastened to steam bent oak timbers.
  • Oak stem and backbone with sawn oak floors across the centreline.
  • External cast iron ballast keel fastened with iron keel bolts.  Internal iron trimming ballast.
  • Straight laid T&G deck planking screw fastened to oak deck beams.  The deck has been overlaid with marine plywood which is finished with non-slip deck paint.  Painted toe rails and covering boards.
  • Varnished mahogany wheelhouse with a T&G pine wheelhouse roof overlaid with painted plywood and sheathed in glass cloth.
  • Transom hung rudder.  Wheel steering with cables to the tiller under the aft deck.


  • 2 small masts with a steadying sail aft.
  • Varnished pine masts deck stepped in painted steel tabernacles.
  • New mizzen mast in 2021.
  • Stainless steel standing rigging to external galvanised or bronze chain plates.
  • The main mast carries lights and flag halyards.  The mizzen has a steadying sail which is sheeted to the aft deck.


  • Twin Beta Marine 35hp 4cyl diesel engines installed new in 2000.  Approximately 600hrs.
  • Twin lever controls to fixed 3 blade 16” bronze propellers give 6 knots cruising speed.
  • 2 x painted steel fuel tanks with total capacity of 200 litres.
  • 2 x 85ah engine start batteries and 2 x 110ah domestic batteries.  All new in 2022.
  • Charged via the engine alternators or the Victron Blue Smart IP22 battery charger when connected to shore power.
  • 2 x 100 litre water tanks under the saloon settee berths.


  • 4 berths in 2 cabins.  Much nice original mahogany joinery.
  • Port and starboard doors into the wheelhouse.  Port side helm position with instrumentation.  Sole boards lift to access the engines below.
  • Starboard offset companionway going aft into the aft cabin with 2 single berths and mahogany joinery between.
  • Heads compartment to port in the aft cabin.  Blakes Victory manual sea toilet discharges directly overboard.  Hand basin with hot and cold pressurised water.
  • Starboard offset companionway from the wheelhouse down into the main saloon.  Settee berth either side.  Varnished mahogany dropleaf table with skylight above.  Mahogany joinery forward giving lockers and shelf storage.
  • Mahogany door going forward into the galley.  U shaped galley spanning the full breadth of the hull with a Taylors 030 paraffin stove to starboard and a stainless sink with hot and cold pressurised water to port.  Good amount of work top space and locker storage.
  • Forepeak accessed by a small hatch provides storage space.


  • John Lilley & Sons steering compass
  • Lowrance echo sounder 6
  • Standard Horizon DSC VHF (2022)
  • Garmin 128 GPS


  • 2 x fire extinguishers
  • Fire blanket
  • Auto fire extinguisher in engine space (2020)
  • Horse shoe life buoy


  • 35lbs CQR anchor with 5/16” chain
  • 25lbs CQR anchor
  • Simpson Lawrence manual windlass
  • Mooring warps
  • Fenders


  • Bunk and berth cushions
  • Galley equipment
  • 240 volt double hob
  • Folding teak table for wheelhouse
  • Cabin paraffin lamps
  • Internal 12 volt lighting
  • Blake Victory manual sea toilet
  • Taylors 030 galley stove


  • 4 x 12 volt batteries
  • Solar panel
  • Victron battery charger
  • Engine spares


  • Mizzen sail
  • Boat hook
  • Deck brush
  • Iroko boarding/swim ladder in 2 sections (new)
  • Full all over winter cover with a frame
  • Summer covers for superstructure
  • Hatch covers
  • Ensign and staff

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