Sailing yachts

Miller Fifer Motor Sailer

(REF: 19007)


  • Designer: Miller, James
  • Builder: Millers of St Monans
  • Year: 1967
  • Location: Scotland
  • Length on deck: 33'
  • Beam: 10'7"
  • Draft: 4'
  • Tonnage: 13TM

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Wooden Ships Comments on this Miller Fifer Motor Sailer

Designed and built by Millers of St Monans in 1967.

Millers of St Monans were a prolific yard, known for building sturdy fishing vessels for the North Sea, but they also produced a large number of yachts.  The Miller Fifer became famous for their strength and capability at sea, a fishing boat hull but with a more refined finish and nice interior of varnished mahogany.  They came in a range of sizes between 26′ and 45′ but the 33′ version such as this boat was the most common and popular size as it offered spacious accommodation while still being easy to handle by 2 people.

The history of this boat is well documented and she has been sold by Wooden Ships on a number of occasions.  Currently she is in need of cosmetic attention externally but a recent survey reports her to be generally sound.  Machinery and systems are all in good working order and she is capable of being sailed away.

With 7 berths including a double, large wheelhouse and deep sheltered aft cockpit she is a fine cruising vessel for our waters with our unpredictable climate.  Her large engine gives 7 knots of economical cruising speed and with an easily managed rig there is enough sail to aid the engine and get you home if necessary.

2017 survey report available.

Length on Deck                 33′

Length Waterline             30’11”

Beam                                    10’7″

Draft                                      4′




Carvel planked in Larch below the water line, mahogany above.  All fastened with galvanised iron boat nails to heavy grown oak frames.

Hull sheathed from new with Cascover below the waterline.

Oak back bone with oak floors across the centreline

Internal ballast under the cabin sole.

Yacht laid teak deck over a marine plywood sub deck.  step in the deck midships to give a raised forward section and therefore more headroom below.

Mahogany coachroof coamings, all painted externally, with bronze portholes

Mahogany wheelhouse aft, also painted externally, with full height doors from the aft cockpit.

Deep safe self draining cockpit aft  with seat lockers either side and high painted coamings for protection.




Bermudan ketch rig on deck stepped varnished wooden masts in stainless steel tabernacles.

Stainless steel standing rigging to internal chain plates mounted through the cover boards.

Mainsail, jib and mizzen sail.

Slab reefing main and mizzen, hanked on jib to the forestay.




Parsons 70hp 4cyl fresh water cooled diesel, based on the standard Ford engine.

Parsons 3:1 gear box with single lever control and stainless shaft to a centreline 3 blade bronze propeller

7 knots cruising speed at 1800rpm.

100 gallons of diesel in 2 painted steel fuel tanks one either side of the engine.

60 gallon galvanised steel water tank under cockpit sole.

3 x 12 volt batteries for engine starting and domestics charged from engine alternator or 240v charger.  Installed shore power system.




7 berths with good headroom throughout.  Nice varnished mahogany joinery throughout.

Full height door in from the cockpit to the wheel house with starboard side helm position and port side crew seat.

Centre doorway down into the cabin with heads compartment to port and galley to starboard.

Heads has a manual sea toilet with porcelain hand basin with pressurised hot and cold water.

Galley has a 2 burner Vanessa Flavel gas stove with oven and grill, single stainless sink with pressurised hot and cold water and storage drawers below.  12 volt fridge under crew seat in the wheelhouse.

Main saloon with dinette seating to starboard with a table that can be lowered to create a double berth.  Single settee berth to port.  cabin heater in the forward bulkhead.

Centreline door into the forecabin with twin V-berths and lockers under.  Canvas pipe cots either side above.  Very nice original mahogany joinery.





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.