Sailing yachts

Souters Motor Yacht

(REF: 22568)


  • Designer: W.A. Souter and Son Ltd
  • Builder: Port Hamble Ltd
  • Year: 1968
  • Location: Hants
  • Length on deck: 39'
  • Beam: 13'4"
  • Draft: 3'
  • Tonnage: 23TM

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Wooden Ships Comments on this Souters Motor Yacht

Designed by W.A. Souter and Son Ltd, built by Clare Lallow Ltd of Cowes and fitted out by Port Hamble Ltd in 1968.

She has been in the present ownership for over 40 years, bought in 1978, and has been a superb family boat, lived aboard for several months a year and cruised around the south coast and northern Europe.

With a very generous beam and high freeboard this boat has a cavernous interior offering 8 berths and 2 heads plus lovely outside space for use in nice weather.

In 2015 the boat was re-engined at great expense with twin Yanmar 315hp diesels meaning she is now a super reliable boat with quite economic power.  The engines were fully serviced in October 2020.

She is a very original boat, her joinery is untouched since she left Port Hamble in 1968 and she has a comfortable and spacious feel to the interior.

A fine big boat, capable of 24 knots cruising speed, that will stand out from the crowd of plastic in the marina.


Length on Deck               39’

Beam                                 13’4”

Draft                                  3’

Thames Tonnage            23TM




Cold moulded diagonal Honduras mahogany, likely to be glued with resorcinol glue.

Sheathed externally from new with Cascover.  Mahogany chine rails and spray rails screwed and glued over the Cascover.

Lattice of longitudinal and athwartship plywood members in the bilge, bonded together in the corners with glass fibre tape.  This forms a very strong and rigid framework in the bilge providing stiffness for the hull as well as being strong mounts for the engines.

Marine plywood decks, sheathed in Glass fibre externally and finished in non-slip deck paint.  Aft deck over aft cabin and cockpit sole in straight laid teak over plywood.

Coachroof coamings made from mahogany.  Alloy framed windows with reinforced glass in the coamings and wheelhouse.

Self draining aft cockpit with doors from the aft cabin.  Teak laid sole and varnished mahogany thwarts that have large lockers under.




Twin Yanmar 315hp 6LPA-STP2 6cyl turbo charged marine diesels, installed new in 2015.  These are 4.1 litre 24 valve engines based on a Toyota engine.

Cruising speed of 24 knots.

Full service including new cambelts in October 2020.  Minimal running hours since installation.

Yanmar KMH-50A gearboxes with a 2.13:1 ratio.  Stainless shafts to handed 4 blade bronze propellers, new in 2016.  Shafts run through bronze P-brackets.

New stainless steel trim tabs fitted in 2015.

4 fuel tanks with link pipes.  Aft tank under the aft deck is a 100 gallon plywood tank bonded into the hull and sheathed internally.  This recently had a stainless inspection hatch installed and was totally cleaned and checked.  Engine room has a new plastic tank to starboard and an original sheathed plywood tank to port plus a Stainless tank forward.

2 x 120ah AGM domestic batteries and 2 x 110ah lead acid engine start batteries.  Both these banks are linked to provide 24 volt.  Charged from engine alternators.  C-tek 240 volt charger for use when on shore power.

Separate 12 volt battery for the anchor windlass located in chain locker forward.




8 berths including 3 doubles and 2 singles.

6’ headroom in the saloon.  6’8” headroom forward.

Joinery is mainly Sycamore and is all original.

Helm position on the bridge to port with a crew seat to starboard.  Great visibility all round from this high vantage point.

Steps down from the bridge into the main saloon.  Settee to starboard that folds out to a double berth.  Saloon table to port with L-shaped seating around it giving comfortable space for 6 people to eat.

Step down going forward with galley to starboard.  U-shaped galley for ease of use with a Thetford 2 burner gas stove with grill.  Below is a Sanyo 240v microwave combi oven.  Electrolux 24volt fridge with freezer compartment.  Single stainless sink with hot and cold pressurised water.  Ample work space and storage lockers.

Gas water heater above the galley supplying domestic hot water.

To port is a heads compartment with her original Baby Blake sea toilet in pink porcelain.  Matching pink hand basin and formica.  Shower with hot and cold pressurised water.

Heads can be accessed from the saloon or from the forward cabin making this an en-suite cabin.

Forward cabin has vast headroom with 2 single berths and anchor locker beyond.

Access to aft cabin via steps down on port side.  Full width cabin with a large double berth each side.

Heads compartment to starboard, similar to forward compartment, with pink Baby Blake, hand basin and shower.

Doors out of the aft cabin into the cockpit.



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