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Scottish fishing boat

Wooden ships comments on this Scottish fishing boat


Traditional, possibly MacPherson Campbell.

Scottish fishing boat


Weatherheads of Cockenzie near Edinburgh.



Launched 1949



Conventional plank on frame construction typical of Scottish fishing boats.

Approx 2” larch planking.

6” x 4” sawn oak frames at approx 14” centres in single futtocks with oak cleats spiked on across the futtock butts.

All fastened with galvanised rose head boat nails. Partly refastened.

Oak back bone.

Approx 10 tons pig iron ballast with some concrete  midships from new to flush through the fish hold.

Deck in straight-laid pine, approx 1.1/2” thick, caulked and payed with pitch. The fore deck is raised by about 10”.

Frames taken up through the coverboards to form the stanchion posts to carry the 14” bulwark and capping rail.

In a first stage of conversion by Weatherheads a steel casing has been built over the mid-ships area approx 2’6” high from the wheel-house forward to the step in the deck.

Wheel-house built in the first stage conversion  in angle-iron steel frame clad with plywood.

Hydraulic steering to a steel plate rudder. Traditional spoked teak wheel.



Former yacht mast, varnished stepped in a steel tabernacle on the fore deck.

Galvanised wire stays with stainless steel rigging screws and galvanised fore stay.

Additional varnished pole on deck ready to be made into a boom.

Original small mast in steel with steel supports mounted on the wheel-house roof takes signal flags and arials.



Kelvin T4 120hp 4-cylinder diesel.

Fresh water cooled with heat exchanger.

7knts @ 4000rpm cruising speed at approx 2 litres per hour.

9knts max.

Kelvin 3:1 hydraulic gear-box.

Hydraulic pump belt driven off the front end of the engine to power the windlass and the hydraulic auto-pilot.

2 x steel fuel tanks in the engine room.

4 x 12v batteries in 2 banks of 2 – domestic and engine start.

Battery charging from engine driven alternator and solar panel on deck.

12v and 24v circuits



The vessel is largely unconverted. There are 4 berth forward in what was the original crew cabin.

The midships are, former fish hold, has a floor in loose boards and 6’6” head-room under the steel casing.

Access to the wheel-house by the aft door.

Access to the hold by a companionway in the fwd stbd corner of the wheel-house.

Access to the engine room by a steel hatch against the wheel-house aft or through the bulkhead door from the hold.

Sea toilet in the midships area.

Insulated hot water cylinder with calorifier coil heated from the engine cooling water, plumbing in place to the hand basin forward by the  sea toilet. A new water circulating pump is required.

2 x 45 gall plastic water barrels, either side of the engine room.




Hummingbird digital sounder


Plotter with charts for the W Coast of Scotland

VHF radio

Life raft (Service date August 2012 expired)

2 x fire extinguishers, one in the wheel-house, one in the engine room

Hydraulic windlass on the fore deck

40kg Bruce anchor

5 mooring warps

8 fenders.



Registered on the Historic Ships Register

Various papers held relating to her fishing days including a photo of the vessel with a torpedo on the deck.

Hauled out ashore and under cover between February and April 2012 when the hull was stripped to bare wood, all under water seams raked out and recaulked.

Hull repainted and anti-fouled.

Any loose butts refastened with 5” galvanised boat nails.

Sea-cocks professionally removed, stripped and repacked.


It is not often these days we see a largely unconverted Scottish fishing boat for sale – the decommissioning grants saw to that.

This boat needs a lot of work to get her back to sound and fully sea-worthy condition, the major and obvious job being the replacement of the deck and most of the deck beams and stanchion posts. Despite that, she is used regularly by the owner for short trips round the bay.

The old Kelvin engine is a beauty and will no doubt run for years with basic maintenance and the hull appears to be tight from below though there are holes in the deck with work in progress.


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.

Steam launch

Wooden ships comments on this Steam launch

This wonderful steam launch, built in Sweden between 2005 and 2010, has only had 2 seasons in the water, wintered under cover in a shed and can be considered as a new boat in new but in fully trialed and proven condition.

Steam launch

The story of this fine steam launch began about 2005 when the Swedish owners came across a few small steam boats on the Gota Canal.

In the autumn of 2005 Bernt Breding, maker of the B2 steam engines and boilers sent a drawing to the owners of an 1892 steam launch designed by Harald Olsson of Vanersborg.

A new hull to this design was commissioned from Lars Qvist from Kungslena Cabinet Makers, the first boat to be built to this vintage design.

This very sweet classic steam launch design has a straight full length keel, a straight stem and a short counter stern with good freeboard.


The Hull

The construction uses the epoxy resin saturation method with Oregon pine strip planking, edge glued and coated inside and out with resin and glass cloth.

Steam bent oak timbers added after the hull skin construction with close-spaced transverse oak floors in the bottom which also form the supports for the cabin sole.

The sheer is emphasised by a deep bulwark plank painted red cut with waterways to drain the narrow side decks, varnished capping above with bronze capped rubbing strake below with gilded carving at the bow.

After very careful filling and fairing, the hull was painted externally with a linseed oil based paint and varnished on the inside.

The superstructure is built to an equally traditional design to give shelter over most of the length of the boat and standing head-room all through. Built in African and S American mahogany  with large opening windows down each side to give plenty of light to the interior and excellent all round visibility, one doorway each side for side entry and all finished in 12 coats of Tonkinoise varnish.

The cabin roof is built of Siberian larch on oak beams, covered with canvas in the old way with varnished moulded mahogany margin boards round the edges, again soaked in Tonkinoise varnished oil. A sliding hatch at the after end allows ease of access through the after doors.

Twin, gull-wing lifting hatches at the forward end allow ease of access through the forward doors.

A traditional opening sky-light over the after end of the cabin roof with a pair of opening hatches midships.

Large classic spot-light on the roof forward end.

Nav lights in light boxes on the forward corners.

Bow mooring lines pass either over the stemhead fitted with magnificent polished bronze chain rollers or through bronze fairleads in the gunnel to heavy duty bronze bollards each side of the fore deck.

Spurling pipe on deck for the chain rising from the chain locker below.

All windows are in bevel-edged toughened glass.

All fittings are in bronze supplied by Davey & Co of London or Toplicht of Hamburg. Other unobtainable fittings were custom made in Sweden.

Blakes bronze sea-cocks.



Hydraulic wheel mechanism to a ram on the rudder stock under the aft deck.

Stainless steel rudder mounted vertically in a stainless steel shoe extension to the keel.

The wheel has two positions in the cabin, either on the starboard side forward or against the forward bulkhead to starboard.


The Cabin

Steps up aft to twin glazed double doors open to the  Oregon pine laid deck over the counter. Sampson post takes the lines. Spurling pipe to take aft anchoring chain.

Below the counter the space is open to the cabin behind the steps and contains the hydraulic steering ram on the rudder stock.


At the forward end, steps up to deck with two glazed doors open to fore deck laid in Oregon pine on oak deck beams and finished in Tonkinoise varnish.


Seating in the after compartment of the cabin down both sides built as removable benches on mahogany spindle legs with loose, buttoned cushions.

The seat backs are formed in varnished mahogany slats with roll-round top edges.


At the forward end of the starboard seating is the panelled mahogany heads compartment with a new Porta Potti portable chemical toilet and polished stainless steel bowl hand basin set in a mahogany corner unit.

2-door locker below.

Shelf above.

Brass pillar and rail guards.

Sea water from a hand pump, waste drains overboard.


Opposite the heads compartment to port is a varnished mahogany panelled part bulkhead, sideboard in the cupboard, corner cupboard above.

A double folding panelled mahogany door closes off the compartment.



Forward cabin compartment with 2 fold-down button seats each side.

Steps up forward with twin glazed doors to the fore deck.

Engine and boiler in the midde of the forward compartment, all visible from the after cabin with the door open.

Head-room in forward part of the cabin                    1900mm  (6’3”)

Head-room in after part of the cabin                         1860  (6’1”)


Electrolux spirit stove.

The top surface of the boiler is also good for boiling a kettle or frying the bacon and eggs.

12v refridgerator



B2 Anga 10hp 2-cyl high pressure steam engine driving a centre-line 50cm x 1m bronze prop.

The engine is mounted above the prop shaft which is carried in plummer blocks and belt driven from the engine.

B2 Anga wood fired 35kw 90 litre boiler.

The boiler holds 90 litres fresh water and is topped up from the outside by a mechanical piston pump driven off the shaft. A vertical handle operates this water flow when required.

A manual stand-by pump is fitted in case of pump failure or if the boiler has to be topped up when the engine is not running.

Birch is used as fuel and is stowed under the fore deck.

70kg birch (or 3 Ikea blue bags) gives 8 nautical miles steaming.

The stowage spaces can accommodate some  35 Ikea blue bags full of logs cut to the size of the bag which is also the size of the fire box, perfect for the job!

Coal can be used as well.  A combination of some coal and some wood has been found to be efficient.


3 x 12v 96 amp/hr batteries secured below the cabin sole.

Shore power charging with a battery charger.

All switch gear on a switch board by the helm.

Nav lights each have a dedicated motor-cycle type battery.


The engine installation is in perfect, almost new condition, always visible by the helmsman, all controls easily reached. A wire mesh security cover protects the belt drive mechanism.
Typically, the engine cylinders and the boiler are clad in varnished hardwood.

All copper and bronze pipes and parts are polished.

The boiler is fuelled from the forward face.

The boiler flue runs vertically through the cabin roof.

Extensive range tools, oils, greases etc.


An exceptionally fine example of a classic steam boat but a new construction built to a very high standard with wonderful attanetion to detail and beautifully presented in as new condition, ready to steam away.


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.

Day Cruiser

Wooden ships comments on this Day cruiser

A fascinating and most unusual boat built to a very high standard, all varnished teak with a cabin, a separate heads compartment, a galley and a large cock-pit aft.

The general configuration is of a long keeled boat, slightly raked stem, beautifully flared bow sections, transom stern, single engine with a centre-line prop. Originally fitted with an auxiliary wing engine as well, now removed.

Helm position well forward with a 3-pane windscreen, the small middle section opens with chromed stays.

The midships cabin area is covered with a fixed roof with nicely radiuused corners.

A unique sliding roof section covers the forward area over the helm, closing up to the windscreen forward and sliding aft on bronze runners outside the fixed section.

Cabin top sheathed and painted, varnished teak cabin sides fitted with attractive oval windows. Varnished steam bent deck beams in the sliding section, heavier varnished beams in the fixed section.

The fore deck is laid in teak.

The side decks are formed by wide varnished teak cover-boards to create a substantial gunnel.


Large cock-pit aft. The fixed cabin top coamings sweep exquisitely down aft to form the cock-pit comaings, edged in bronze D-section. Varnished teak aft deck.

Seat boxes either side with a loose thwart across the stern and access to a stern locker. Small box lockers in each forward corner.

Varnished T&G boards form the bulkhead to the cabin with the fixed roof overhanging the cock-pit to give some shelter. Full height double doors to the cabin.

The engine is sensibly placed aft under a varnished box in the middle of the cock-pit thus reducing engine noise etc in the cabin and affording total all round access.


The boat had a major refit in 2008 after sale to the present owner by Wooden Ships.

Day Cruiser


Carvel planked in ¾” teak all copper fastened to steam bent Canadian rock elm timbers on an oak back-bone.

The planking is tight-seamed with no caulking, a construction method requiring the highest skills.

Examination on purchased revealed that water penetration under the canvas sheathing had rotted part of the yellow pine roof structure, the cock-pit sole bearers were soft and there was some deterioration of some of the rock elm steam bent timbers wqhere the sole boards were in contact.


2008 refit;      12 steam bent oak timbers replaced

                       New cock-pit sole bearers

                       New galvanised keel band.

                       Aft deck lifted, one deck beam replaced and the deck relaid.

                       Bilges scraped and repainted.

                       Complete rewire, new batteries and switchgear

                       Cabin tops rebuilt in T&G southern yellow pine, epoxy glass sheathed externally                                to replace the original canvas, painted inside.

                       New laminated glass in the windows.

                       New polished stainless steel window frames


                       All seacocks replaced with new skin fittings and Hattersley bronze valves.



The hull is finished varnished inside and out.

Substantial bronze rudder hangings on the transom, the rudder heel sitting in a bronze skeg fitting.

Short bronze tiller with cables to a traditional spoked teak wheel.

Double chain roller bronze stemhead fitting.

Bronze cleats and fairleads

Hatch on the fore deck with heavy bronze hinges and bronze-framed light.

The centre part of the triple windscreen opens.

Teak grab rails on the cabin top.

Large 10’ long aft cock-pit with seat lockers each side, deep coamings above, scrubbed teak gratings.

Bronze deck fittings.




Volvo 3000 MD11D 25hp 2-cylinder raw water cooled diesel with less than 50 hours running from new. Installed in the 2008 refit on rubber mounts on substantial oak engine beds.

Ideal for a launch like this, this slow revving engine  has decompressors and a hand start facility in case of electrical failure. Originally bought 20 years ago for another boat and never used this engine is as new.

Machinery refit in 2008 refit.

                                   All new fuel lines and filters

                                   New fuel tank

                                   New prop shaft

                                   New engine controls

                                   Totally rewired with new batteries and switchgear


Approx 15gall new cylindrical polyprop fuel tank under aft deck.

12v engine start battery, new 2007

12v domestic services battery new 2011

Belt driven alternator above the flywheel



Fore peak stowage,  steps inside to deck hatch over.

Forward bulkhead below the windscreen formed by vertical T&G varnished teak boards with twin central doors

Helm position with traditional teak spoked wheel to port, cables to the tiller arm on the rudder head over the aft deck.
Athwartship bench seat with removeable middle section to allow through passage. Raised, flat foot rest surface each side.

The roof above is a sliding section which can be easily opened in fine weather.

Seating down the port side with a double drop-lead table.

                                    New upholstery by Jeckells in 2008

Galley down the stbd side with rectangular stainless steel sink, bronze Patay hand pump for fresh water supply, sink drains overboard.

                                    Plastimo 2-burner gas cooker, new 2007.

                                    New work-surface 2007

Heads compartment in the after stbd corner with full height panelled door.

            Blake Victory sea toilet, chromed and looks like new!

Double doors in the bulkhead to the aft cock-pit.

6’ head-room in the cabin.

Scrubbed teak sole boards

Water  40 litre black polyprop water tank under the port settee berth in the cabin with a filler on the side deck midships.

 Gas  Gas bottle in a sealed plastic container in the stbd forward corner cock-pit box, drains overboard.




Navigation                 Steering compass

Garmin GPS

Silva sounder, new 2006

Nav lights. New bronze bi-colour over the windscreen. All round white on                                    a 2’ mast on the cabin top.


Ground tackle.         SL Delta anchor and warp, new 2007


Safety gear                2 x fire extinguishers

                                   Fire blanket

Henderson Mk6 manual bilge pump – new 2007

Whale 2v bilge pump on float switch – new 2011

Life buoy


Deck gear                  All-over fitted cock-pit cover by Jeckells

                                   Warps and fenders.

Stainless steel stern boarding ladder





Hurricane Wake first appears in the April 1939 edition of Yachting Monthly where it is noted “Lukes of Hamble are building to a Fred Shepherd design a 26’ day cruiser, now partly planked”.

Shepherd was one of the best known and respected marine architects in his day with many notable sailing and motor yachts from his board. He had a long career working in his London Piccadilly offices from the early 1900’s to his retirement in 1939 and living to the grand old age of 104.  Hurricane Wake was one of his last designs and he seems to have had fun with this one.

Lloyds Register notes her in 1939 as Hurricane.

She appears on the British Shipping Register July 1946 renamed Hurricane Wake. There is no evidence of war service.

Her Certificate of Registry shows various owners on the South coast over the next 30 years.

Her original Gray petrol engines, 40hp main engine and 16hp wing engine, were replaced with a diesel engine in 1965.

A change of ownership in 1974 brought her to Porthleven in Cornwall where she was berthed in the drying harbour for many years.

Apart from the change in engine, Hurricane Wake remained virtually original but by 2007 when she was bought by the present owner she was in need of a face lift.

The present owner carried out significant work as detailed above and she is once again and exceptionally attractive, unusual and very interesting boat. Surveyed prior to relaunch in June 2008, copy available.

The surveyor comments:

“Well built to a very high standard originally and she has had a considerable amount of time and money spent on her since to bring her up to as new condition.

Thanks to the considerable amount of work done there are virtually no defects.”


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.

G.L. Watson TSDY

Wooden ships comments on this G.L Watson TSDY


G.L. Watson

 G.L. Watson TSDY


Camper and Nicholson






1 9/16” Burma teak planking on close spaced galvanised steel frames.  Solid yacht laid teak deck.  Aluminium wheelhouse



Twin 5LW 78hp Gardner marine diesels installed from new.  Very economical engines give 7 knots cruising,9 knots max.  2200Nm range

Beta Marine 34Kva diesel generator

Hydraulic bow and stern thrusters




7 berths in 4 cabins below decks.

Spacious owners cabin, 2 guest cabins and crew quarters forward.

Deck saloon and galley in the superstructure.


An incredible motor yacht with few comparable vessels afloat, she will take her crew anywhere the wish to voyage in comfort and style.  The original twin Gardners are very economical, reliable and quiet, while modern updates to the engineering and electrical systems mean the boat has all the mod cons you could wish for.  She was built no expense spared to Lloyds100A1, and this tells, now 50 years after her launch, she is still in great condition and ready to go voyaging.


Full specification and more photos coming soon.


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.

Admiralty Fast Seagoing Motorboat

Wooden ships comments on this Admiralty Fast Seagoing Motorboat

designed as a development of the Admiralty pinnace with some 350 vessels built in total.  The order for her build was placed by the Admiralty with Watercraft Ltd, Surrey, in March 1941 along with two other identical boats, her official number being 4195.  She left the yard in September 1942 under the command of Fleet Air Arm personnel and was subsequently allocated to RNAS Condor, Arbroath as a North Sea transfer vessel.

She was eventually sold out of service in 1948 to the Scottish Institute of Seaweed Research who renamed her ‘Asco’ and used the boat until 1956.  After this she had a series of private owners, the first of whom was Richard Wilkins who took her to Falmouth and had her converted into a smart motor yacht and used her to entertain wealthy guests from the Royal Cornwall Yacht Club.  In 1972 she was bought by a local fisherman who used her for charter trips to go Shark fishing out of Falmouth.  Latterly she was laid up in the Gloucester & Sharpness canal, where she was bought by the current owners in 1999 and restored to be the fantastic vessel she now is.

Admiralty Fast Seagoing Motorboat

Hard chine planing hull with a straight stem, flared bow and a wide low transom.



Conventional construction with double diagonal mahogany through fastened with copper rivets.

Lightweight sawn mahogany framing and stringers, screw fastened to the hull.

Sawn wooden frames and full length wooden keel with bronze keel bolts, last drawn 2005.


Double diagonal planked deck, through fastened with copper rivets. Covered in marine plywood and epoxy sheathed.  Finished in grey non-slip deck paint.


Solid wood coachroof coaming with plywood coachroof deck.  Bronze oval port holes in the coamings.

The whole superstructure is sheathed in epoxy glass cloth and finished in grey paint.


Spacious deck with minimal deck fittings.  Galvanised fairleads and galvanised admiralty style clest on the fore deck.  Tork Master hydraulic windlass on the centre line.

Wide side decks with small scrubbed teak toe rail set just in from the deck edge.


Midships wheelhouse with port and starboard side entrance doors and hatches.  Low coachroof extending forrard of this.  Step in the deck aft of the wheelhouse with large aft coachroof extending nearly to the transom.

Radar and search light on the wheelhouse roof.

High galvanised stanchions around the aft deck with rope guard wires.  Galvanised cleats and fairleads on the aft deck with hatch into rudder flat and storage area.  Access to steering gear through lazarette.


Dinghy chocks on aft coachroof with contemporary admiralty 10’ clinker dinghy, complete with cover.


Small varnished mast, keel stepped, on the aft coachroof to carry small derrick crane for lifting the dinghy.

Mast stripped and re varnished 2011.

Galvanised wire standing rigging, new 2005, to external galvanised chainplates on the coachroof coamings.

Small encapsulated wire winch fixed to the mast to lift the boom crane.


Accommodation                      6 berths

Steps down from port and starboard side entrances into wheelhouse.

Centre line spoked wooden wheel with large varnished panelled dash containing engine instruments and controls.  The whole wheel house interior has been rebuilt in the last 10 years and finished in varnished marine plywood with iroko and cedar trim.

Hatch offset to port at forrard end of wheel house with access to main accommodation.  Steps down into saloon with port and starboard settee berths, full standing headroom.  Centre line saloon table and large panelled cupboard on aft bulkhead containing electric panels.

Aft port corner of saloon has built in wet room/heads with Blakes sea toilet.

Aft starboard corner contains ‘switchboard’ room with majority of the electric systems.

Forward bulkhead of saloon has a hatch at waist level with steps up giving access to forrard areas.  Through the hatch and steps down into the galley, set to port.

Single stainless steel galley sink with overboard gravity drain set in a scrubbed teak work surface.

Gimballed 2 burner Origo spirit stove with oven and grill.  Ample storage cupboards.

Hot and cold pumped water to galley sink from 500L tank below the cabin sole.

Heads to starboard opposite galley with Blakes Lavac sea toilet.  Shower and basin in heads with pumped hot and cold water.

Forward into main cabin which retains main period features, including a pair of ‘new’ original pipe cot berths.

4 berths in the cabin including the 2 drop down pipe cots.  Full standing headroom and plenty of light.  Galvanised ladder to the forehatch on the centre line.

Small opening hatch with hinged doors in the forrard bulkhead of the cabin gives access to anchor locker.

The main accommodation areas of the boat are light and spacious with plenty of headroom.

Webasto heating system connected to radiators throughout the boat.

Aft of the wheelhouse is a large unconverted space, currently containing a makeshift cabin.  This is accessed via a hatch on the port side aft of the wheel house.  This a large space, compromised only by the lack of headroom.  This could be overcome by increasing the size of the hatch that the dinghy currently sits on and making it into a skylight.  There is potential for a large owners cabin with a separate heads in this aft space.



3 Perkins 6354 6cyl diesel engines.


Port and starboard engines:  turbo charged perkins 6354 with borg warner hydraulic gearboxes.  Single lever controls


Centre line engine:   normally aspirated Perkins 6354 with 500D PRM gearbox.  Single lever controls.

Long steel shafts to 3 blade bronze propellers gives 10 knots cruising, 14 knots max speed.

2 x 500L steel diesel tanks port and starboard in the engine room. Easily accessible primary fuel filters with water separators for each engine.

24volt electrics with dedicated engine starting and separate domestic battery banks.

Very smart engine room with all cabling contained in ducting, all fuel lines securely held and flame resistant insulation all round.




Silva compass

Raymarine A65 plotter/log/sounder

Furuno Radar


9 assorted fire extinguishers


35kg CQR anchor

25kg CQR anchor

Bruce kedge anchor

70m 3/8” chain

70m 10mm warp


10’ clinker dinghy

5hp Mariner outboard

Warps and fenders


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.

63′ Scottish MFV

Wooden ships comments on this 63′ Scottish MFV

Built by Forbes of Sandhaven, Scotland in 1968.

63′ Scottish MFV

Traditional Scottish design with canoe stern. She has a very marked sheer forward giving a high, dry bow for steep northern seas.

Planked in larch
fastened with galvanised iron boat nails to heavy sawn oak frames.

Sheer strake and 2 planks below + bilge strake are in iroko.

Spacious, clear, columbian pine laid deck
, caulked and payed with pitch. High bulwarks all round on close spaced oak stanchions, heavy capping rail and cavil bar, all painted with painted cover boards.


Midships hatch to the hold approx 6’ x 4’ with heavy timber coamings and steel checker plate lift-off lid fitted with an opening hatchway.

New Lewmar, flush-deck hatch on the port side deck in way of the wheel-house over the heads below.

Fore hatch currently removed from rebuild leaving a 2’6” square aperture port side forward.

Steel wheel-house
with mess cabin behind. Stern access door.


Hydraulic steering to steel plate rudder.


Kelvin TS8 8-cylinder turbo charged diesel produces 320hp at 1000rpm.

8knts at 800rpm.

1800 galls fuel in 2 steel tanks in the engine room.

240v diesel generator.

New engine start batteries on 24v circuits.

200 galls water tank forward.

63′ Scottish MFV

The net and trawl handling gear have been removed from the deck leaving the fish hold and the wheel-house. The aft cabin has been very nicely fitted out with a double berth, heads and shower and a wood burning stove.

Fitting out of the hold is nearing completion with 3 sleeping cabins, bathroom with a full sized bath, comfortable seating area, galley with Belfast sink, slate work surfaces, Raeburn and gas cooker.



GPS plotter

2 x VHF radios

life raft



CQR and 2 fisherman anchors

80 meters ¾” chain

Hydraulic trawl winch on fore deck

Mooring warps.


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.

43′ Fred Parker twin screw motor yacht

Wooden ships comments on this 43′ Fred Parker twin screw motor yacht

Length on deck                    43’6”

Lwl                                         42’8”

Beam                                     12’

Draft                                      4’9”

Tonnage:                               23TM

Designed by Fred Parker, built by Moodys in 1963/4

A most attractive motor yacht with transom stern and wonderfully flared bow sections with a break in the deck midships and a most useful big deep cock-pit aft.

Planked in teak on close spaced laminated oak timbers in continuous lengths right round the hull, all copper fastened. Two pairs of engine beds, 5 meters long contribute to the strength of the centre-line hull structure.

Lead ballast keel.  Heavy oak floors.

Solid scrubbed teak deck, yacht laid to a king plank. Very spacious fore deck with fore hatch in the middle, step down each side in way of the front of the superstructure with easily negotiated side decks back to a deep varnished teak cock-pit against the transom. Guard railings all round with part capping rails in varnished teak.

Varnished teak superstructure incorporating the wheel-house set in the raised fore deck with a coach-roof aft recently laid in scrubbed teak with grab rails each side and sliding hatch aft from the cock-pit to the aft cabin., the wheel-house sides extending aft to form “wings” each side giving a sheltered area behind the wheel-house for sun-bathing, fold-down flap seat inside the wings each side.

Sliding door each side of the wheel-house/deck saloon, opening windows aft, 3 part windscreen forward each with a wiper.

Wheel steering on Mathway rod and gear system to twin bronze spade rudders.

Pair of chromed vents and chromed search-light on the roof together with a raked varnished mast carrying the lights and the radar dome on a pole.

The cock-pit aft is very deep, all varnished teak with teak gratings and seat/lockers each side, fitted cover. Inflatable dinghy carried on the after coach-roof deck. Seat lockers each side, gas bottle in the stbd locker, heating unit in the port locker, hot water calorifier under the cock-pit sole.

43′ Fred Parker twin screw motor yacht

New engines were fitted in 2000 giving her 8knots cruising at 1800rpm and easily handled.

2 x Cummins 4b 72hp 4-cyl diesels with Twin Disc hydraulic boxes, Kobelt single lever controls.

New heavy stainless steel shafts, stern tubes on bronze A-brackets.

New 3-blade bronze props fitted at the same time as the new engines.

Amazingly, the engine beds appear to extend more than 5 meters inside below the sole boards effectively spreading the loads and adding strength to the hull, the engines rubber mounted with flexible couplings.

Drip trays fitted under the engines.

Auto engine-room fire extinguishers.

Both engines fitted with new Separ Duplex fuel filters in pairs with quick-swop valve and glass bowls.

All new fuel lines.

Engine alternators rebuilt 2014.

The engines are painted white in an immaculate, white, clean  engine room, effectively sound-proofed.


120 gall steel fuel tanks fitted each side of the engine room.


4 x 12v batteries in two banks in a beautifully made wooden box with stainless steel clips and hinges at the aft end of the engine room.

2 x 12v batteries forward for the QL 12v bow-thruster under the fore cabin sole.

Alternators on each engine through Mastervolt charger and shore power connection.

The port engine also charges the bow thrusters batteries.




Accommodation:                5 berths in 3 cabins.


V-berths in fore cabin, drawers under and small drawer unit between. Chains through a galvanised hawse pipe to stowage under forward.

Centre passageway, heads compartment to port with Blake sea toilet and hand basin, all fitted out in white formica with mahogany trim.  Both sea toilets have been rebuilt and rechromed 2008.

Galley opposite to stbd with single rectangular s/s sink, drains over board, pressurised water.

Fridge under wide work surface.

2-burner gas cooker/oven.

New Microwave oven recessed into bulkhead above work surface.

All fitted out in original speckled formica and immaculately clean and crisp.


Centre-line steps up to the deck saloon/wheel-house.

Seating in the after corners each side of the aft cabin entrance, upholstered in blue vinyl. Varnished teak drop leaf table with fiddles off-set to stbd.

Roof section opens as a “sun-roof” – wonderful in warm weather! Also allows removal of engines.

Helm position to port with traditional wheel fitted with chromed rim on Mathway rod and link steering with helm indicator, instrument console in front, comfortable, padded helmsman’s chair. Drawers and cupboards with drinks cabinet to stbd.

All varnished teak interior, varnished spruce deck beams, overhead chart stowage between the beams and search-light control handle.

Centre-line steps down aft to passageway through to the aft cabin.

Single berth cabin to stbd with sliding door.

Heads compartment to port with Blake sea toilet and basin in a unit, (drains overboard).

Shower in a separate compartment alongside. The heads and shower compartments are fitted out in the original floral formica – a nice period touch, no doubt the choice of the original owner’s wife! All shower plumbing replaced 2014.

Aft cabin with generous stbd double berth, dressing table, cupboards and drawers to port. This compartment is fitted out in oak joinery with oak bulkheads, all expertly re-veneered recently to as new condition.  Full length mirror on the bulkhead.

Steps up to a door and sliding hatch to the aft cock-pit.

6’ head-room all through the yacht. Varnished teak sole boards.


Eberspacher diesel-fired hot air cabin heating and water heater installed in the port cock-pit locker.  Serviced 2014

Calorifier tank  under the cock-pit sole connected to Eberspacher heater and 240v shore power.  Larger capacity calorifier fitted new in 2014.

140 gall fresh water tank in the engine room with pressurised water supply to sinks and shower.


Sestral Major steering compass

Simrad echo sounder.

Simrad log.


Garmin MAP450

Simrad AP26 auto-pilot.

Koden radar.

HH Radio


CQR anchor on stemhead roller,

CQR kedge anchor.

New 2009 SL electric windlass,  60m chain.

Life raft, serviced to 2014

2 named life-buoys.

Fire extinguishers.

Search-light on wheel-house roof.

8’ Zodiac inflatable dinghy with Yamaha 5hp outboard engine with internal and external tank.

New blue fabric cock-pit and fore hatch covers 2009.

New manual bilge pump.

New Gulper shower pump.

Eberspacher Hot water and hot air cabin heating

Volvo bow thrusters with dedicated battery forward.

Mobitronics Controller battery management system.

1.5Kw inverter with 13 amp plugs through the boat

Mastervolt battery charger.

Honda EU20i  suitcase petrol portable 240v generator 2009.

New coated guard wires fitted 2009

Anti-theft device fitted to both deck fuel fillers 2009

New carpets and curtains 2010

Topsides repainted 2010



This is a top quality yacht from one of England’s best known designers of the period and built by one of our most famous yards to the highest standards.

She has had new engines fitted, a very professional job in an immaculately clean engine room.

Her accommodation is almost totally original and in excellent condition making her a very comfortable boat for a couple with occasional guests in the separate forward cabin with it’s own heads and the single berth guest cabin.,

In 2007 she was been burnt off to bare wood and repainted above and below water-line.

All teak bright work stripped and revarnished.

Regular, careful maintenance has guaranteed her continued excellent condition.

Inspected and found in really first class condition, very clean, no clutter and ready to sail.

2013 survey available.


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.











G L Watson TSMY

Wooden ships comments on this G L Watson TSMY

TSMY Designed by G.L. Watson

Built by James Miller & Sons, St Monance, Scotland,  1952.

G L Watson TSMY

The vessel was built for a Mr Gunter of Torridon, Scotland and she was built to fit into his boathouse. He sold her in 1960 to Dr Cowan from Renfrewshire who kept her at Dumbarton on the Clyde. She remained with him for nearly 50 years until sold on his death in 2009.

The next owner gave her a thorough refit and kept her on the Clyde for 2 years when she was sold to the present owner and came south to Devon.

The design shows a long straight keel with long external iron ballast keel allowing her to take the ground without damage, a beautifully flared bow and a transom stern.

She has a midships wheel-house with shallow coach-roof forward over the forward cabin and a coach-roof aft over the saloon cabin with a step in the deck each side.


Planked in 1” mahogany all copper and bronze fastened to 3” x 2” sawn oak frames at 12” centres on an oak back-bone. This is a very heavy construction for the size of the vessel making her a robust sea-boat designed and built for the seas round the north of Scotland.

Much of the internal face of the hull is varnished behind the joinery.

The topsides are exceptionally fair and painted in an off-white enamel with a gold cove line round the gunnel and a blue boot top.
Long external iron ballast keel, galvanised keel bolts. Oak floors doubled to the frames across the back-bone give a very strong construction. Several lead trimming ballast pigs in the bilge.


The deck is straight laid in teak, caulked and payed and now painted between varnished  teak coverboards and deep toe rails on heavy section oak deck beams with steel toe rods to inhibit the common problems of over-caulking a laid deck.

Twin chain roller galvanised steel stemhead fitting. The stbd roller has been extended to carry the anchor and chain away from the hull to avoid damage.

Forward mooring lines made off to the manual windlass.

After mooring lines to teak bar and bronze cleats each side on the aft deck.

Chromed bronze fairleads forward and aft.

Midships bollard to take springs etc.

Otherwise, exceptionally clear and uncluttered decks.

Galvanised steel pulpit and nicely designed cast steel stanchions with twin guard wires.


Varnished teak wheel-house midships with three window windscreen, a sliding door each side, a shallow coach-roof forward over the fore cabin and a coach-roof aft over the after cabin.

The wheel-house was originally built with a windscreen and a hard roof over the helm position leaving open back and sides which have since been filled in to make a totally enclosed wheel-house, warmed by the engines with a slightly athletic entrance each side.


The coamings are varnished teak with small oval windows in the forward coach-roof and a modern sky-light on the deck above and teak grab rails in chromed mounts; oval chromed bronze framed fixed windows in the after coach-roof coamings.

The decks on both coach-roofs are laid in 1” T&G pine boards as was usual, sheathed in either canvas as was traditional or, at this date, possibly glass and resin.

New stainless steel mast tabernacle on the after coach-roof against the wheel-house aft window with a traditional copper vent each side. Varnished teak sliding hatch to the after cabin/cock-pit entrance. Rectangular windows in chromed bronze frames.


Lovely deep cock-pit aft with varnished teak coamings, teak gratings in a lead-lined draining well. Locker lids to stowage under the side decks and under the scrubbed teak locker seats.


T&G varnished teak bulkhead to the cabin with double doors and sliding hatch over.



Twin Perkins P3 31.5hp 3-cylinder diesel engines installed new in 2006 with new shafts and bearings. Fresh water cooled with heat exchanger exhaust manifolds. Oil coolers. Filters on the sea water intakes. Sound deadening around the engines.

Single lever controls to conventional stern gear drive and 3-blade bronze props on bronze brackets.

New stainless steel fuel tanks fitted in 2006.


Accommodation.  4 berths.

The accommodation is divided into 3 parts – the two berth fore cabin and galley forward, the midships helm position with the engines and the aft cabin/saloon.

V-berths in the fore cabin, coach-roof over. Lockers and drawers under the berths.

Full height lockers each side aft with varnished mahogany panelled doors against the after T&G bulkhead.

White painted T&G fwd bulkhead to chain locker in the bows. Varnished mahogany slatts to the ship’s sides, white painted deck-head, original dark varnished mahogany joinery and teak sole boards. Modern ventilation hatch above.

Passage aft past the varnished locker doors each side to twin varnished mahogany doors and 2 steps up to the wheel-house.


A bench each side over the engines forms full length seating with full access under to the engines. Helm forward to port with teak spoked wheel, chains and cables to a single rudder.

Modern engine and electrical panels.

Sliding door each side to deck.

Midships steps down aft.

Port  galley with modern stainless steel sink/drainer, mixer tap, original manual fresh water tap and mahogany joinery.

Heads compartment opposite with modern Jabsco sea toilet and porcelain hand basin.

Aft through to the after cabin with port and stbd settee berths, lockers behind and under all in original mahogany joinery. Original double drop-leaf table.

Double doors aft and step up to the cock-pit.





Navigational Aids


Cobra marine DSC VHF  radio

NASAC  Target Depth sounder

NASDA Target Speed / Log

Clock & Barometer


Ground Tackle.


Simpson  Lawrence  manual windlass.

35lb  CQR anchor

100ft of chain.


General Equipment.


Warps  Fenders & boat hook

Cockpit cover (2005)

Stainless steel side boarding steps (refurbished 2010)

Navigation lights

Galvanised steel pushpit /gaurdrail.

Wooden mast in tabernacle & varnished boom

Eberspacher hot air heating.



Safety tackle


2 x electric bilge pumps with float switches.

1 x electric bilge pump with dedicated battery( charged by solar panel)

3  x fire extinguishers

Fire blanket

Horseshoe  Lifebuoy





Plastimo 2 burner gas cooker & grill

Stainless steel sink /draining board

Gas bottle


Jabsco marine sea toilet.

Porcelain hand basin.


A nice quality motor yacht, good pedigree, very convenient size with almost new engines, presented in nice clean condition, good paint finish, reasonable condition varnish, a boat of great character with a marvellous feel to her, lying S Wales.


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.

Osborne twin screw motor yacht

Wooden ships comments on this Osborne twin screw motor yacht

, designed and built by Osbornes of Littlehampton in 1962.


A semi planing, hard chine hull form with long keel. This hull form presents lower drag and greater stability in a cross sea than a conventional round bilge design.

Radiused transom stern with fold-up boarding platform. High freeboard.

The vessel carries her beam almost the full length of the hull to give remarkable internal volume for her dimensions.

The vessel has a top speed of 12knts, the allure of a gun boat and she really does go.

The vessel was owned in Salcombe for some years having been bought on the Isle of Wight and regularly cruised the south coast and Britanny.

Sold by Wooden Ships to the present Australian/English ownership in 2006, she had a thorough refit to prepare her for her new very active life. Since then she has cruised along the south coast and up the east coast, across to Holland and Germany and round the western and German Baltic. She then went into the European canal system where she explored extensively for several years before returning to Devon in August 2011 and being laid up ashore for sale.

This has been an extraordinarily successful boat in the hands of both the previous and current owners, the boat has always performed perfectly in all weathers at sea and on inland waters.

At sea she has a max speed of 12knts and will cruise comfortably at 10knts even in lumpy conditions with 8.5knts as her most economical speed. She has a remarkably gentle, stable motion in open waters and in inland waters has provided an ideal cruising home for long periods.

At 1500rpm with both engines she will do 8.5knts with a consumption of 1.5litres per mile per engine.

On the inland waters, 1500rpm gives her 6.5knts making her very economical.

Osborne twin screw motor yacht


Double diagonally planked mahogany
hull skin with calico and white lead between. A recent core removed for a new hull fitting revealed the timber in perfect condition and is on display on board to reassure those sceptics who have concerns over this method of construction which gives greater strength for weight than conventional carvel planking and a totally water-tight hull.

The two mahogany layers are through copper riveted at close intervals and the whole fastened to web ribs in the flat surface topsides with steam bent timbers in the slightly rounded bottom sections.

The long oak keel
forms an elongated fin aft to assure directional stability, cutting away in line with the props and just enough to protect the props should the vessel lie aground.


Twin small bronze spade rudders on rod and gear steering from the teak spoked wheel.

In the 2006 refit all bronze through hull fittings removed and checked.

Steps fitted up the transom with a fold-up bathing platform.


The deck is built in teak on a marine ply sub deck. In previous ownership, occasional leaks were a  nuisance and in the 2006 refit after purchase by the present owner the deck and superstructure were sensibly covered in epoxy glass. While this may offend the purist, it has the net effect of making the boat totally water-tight, reducing maintenance and ensuring a long life by keeping the water out.

The superstructure has a centre bridge position with excellent all round visibility. An aft casing covers the aft cabin, immediately forward of the bridge is the coach-roof over the saloon cabin stepping down to the forward coach-roof over the fore cabin.

This leaves a fore deck with ample space to work, quite narrow side decks yet still very adequate to allow fore and aft passage and a good aft deck to work the stern lines.

Railings all round on stainless steel stanchions with teak capping and grab rails along the superstructure ensure security on deck.

Stanchions removed for the sheathing and replaced with new bolts and pads

In the refit, 11 new alloy hatches were fitted to the deck and coach-roof deck to give extra ventilation

The midships bridge position is accessed from each side, stepping down onto a box/seat step in the cock-pit. Drop in wash board each side.

The cock-pit sole is at a lower level than the main deck, teak laid with two large lifting hatches to give excellent access to the engine bay below.

In the refit, the wheel-house roof was extended aft to cover the cock-pit, an acrylic window fitted down onto the after coach-roof and ingenious acrylic fold-away removeable windows to close off the side entrances. With all closed down, only minimal heat is required even in the winter to keep the boat snug. Being Aussies, the usual source of cabin heating is the portable BBQ!


Traditional teak spoked wheel to port with the control console and engine Morse controls.

A comfortable helmsman’s seat on a raised platform stowage box.

Chart desk to stbd.

The original drop-leaf mahogany saloon table is now fitted in the cock-pit with seating for 6 making it the most popular living area on the boat

Fold down mast on the saloon cabin coach-roof.

Folding crane on the aft deck to lift a dinghy out of the water onto the roof.

Twin, handed, GM 4-cyl 120hp 2-stroke diesels with GM hydraulic gear-boxes on long timber engine beds, sited under the cock-pit sole with excellent all round access.

Conventional shaft drive to 3-blade bronze props carried on bronze A brackets

These are believed to be the original engines, their performance is quite remarkable, total lack of vibration, very acceptable noise levels that allow normal conversion in the wheel-house and all very clean with drip trays under the engines.

Exhaust outlets in the transom fitted with elbow pipes to give muffled exhaust exit just under the waterline.



850 litres of diesel in 4 tanks.            In the refit the original steel fuel tanks in the engine bay were replaced with 3 rigid plastic fuel tanks allowing visual check of levels, 150 litre tanks each side with a central 300 litre tank and the original 250 litres steel reserve fuel tank forward under the fore cabin sole.

The tanks are inter-linked through a valve chest allowing both engines to draw from all tanks as required.

Gravity feed to the engines from the wing tanks.

2 x 12v transfer pumps.

Max speed 12knts

Cruising speed 9knts

On in inland waterways, 8.5knts with both engines running at 1500rpm gives 1.5litres per mile per engine.

1500rpm on one engine gives 6.5knts on inland waterways.


The batteries are sited between the engine beds, low down on the centre-line with a lid to form

the step down into the engine bay.

2 x 12v engine start batteries

2 x 12v domestic batteries new 2011.

Sterling smart battery charging with 240v shore power connection.

Parallel switch allows charging batteries when running on either engine only.

1000Watt 12v – 240v invertor.



6 berths.

Forward cabin with port and stbd berths reaching forward under the fore deck with an infill to

form a large comfortable berth taking advantage of the width forward. Good standing head-

room under the fore end of the coach-roof.

Porcelain hand basin with cupboard under against the bulkhead to stbd.


Bulkhead door to the athwartships galley.

To starboard, stainless steel sink and drainer against the bulkhead with:

New stainless steel 2-burner grill and oven gas cooker, fixed with fiddle rails.   

To port, a work surface with shelves/cupboard on the bulkheads and

New 12v fridge under.

New gas instant water heater on the fwd bulkhead supplies galley and heads compartment.

Port bulkhead opened to form a serving hatch into the saloon which has transformed the galley opening it to the saloon.

Webber gas BBQ

Gas alarm and auto-shut-off.

2 x 11kg propane gas bottles in sealed locker aft, vented overboard with remote shut-off in the saloon cabin.


Bulkhead central door to the saloon cabin. Seating to port:

Seating altered to convert to double berth with privacy curtain         


Heads compartment in the after port corner with sea toilet, porcelain hand basin on a varnished mahogany locker and shower. Teak grating over shower tray.                                                                                             

The saloon cabin table is currently carried in the wheelhouse area. Pair of matching arm chairs. Lockers under the stbd side deck. Desk and bulkhead booze cupboard in the after stbd corner. Half height locker in the forward stbd corner.

This saloon cabin is a light, airey cabin with a feeling of open space, good visibility out of the windows all round all of which have been refitted and are water-tight.


Steps up to the wheel-house.

Lifting centre-line sections to access the engine space below.

Wheel in the forward port corner with comfortable helmsman’s seat gives good all-round visibility.

Chart desk to stbd.

Seating down the stbd side. The saloon table is usually carried here as the wheel-house makes a very good living area in warm climates.

Wheel-house roof extended aft to cover the whole area with removeable side panels and after panels in Perspex.

Dinghy stows on the roof with robot derrick arm on the aft deck to lift it on board.

Center-line entrance aft and steps down to the aft cabin with generous port and stbd berths.

Heads compartment in the forward stbd corner with sea toilet, porcelain hand basin and shower, drains into a shower tray with auto-pump out overboard.

Hanging locker in the forward port corner, good stowage in drawers under the berths and lockers under the side decks.

Large lazarette aft with generous stowage.




Coursemaster auto-pilot (new 2009)

VHF radio

Brookes and Gatehouse sounder

Horn (new 2010)




Ground tackle

Lofrans Tiger 12v windlass,(new 207)

2 x 30lb CQR anchors

1 x 15lb Admiralty pattern anchor

30 meters 3/8” galvanised chain

50 meters nylon warp


Safety equipment

MOB retrieval sling

6 x inflatable life jackets (new 2007)

Life buoy

Stern boarding platform and transom steps

Stripper rope cutters on the shafts

1 x 240v submersible crash pump, (new 2006 unused)

2 x 12v bilge pumps



Deck equipment.


4 x 25 meter mooring lines.

Ample fenders and assorted warps.


Owner comment:

Sona has travelled many miles in the 5 years we have owned her. She has proved ideal. She is easily handled in close situations, is dry below and provides traditional spaciousness. She has been reliable and economical to maintain. In short an ideal vessel for coastal and inland exploration. A number of passages have been single handed.

Wooden Ships comment:

The owners are no longer able to spend time on board in UK so she really has to find a new owner this winter. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with us.


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.