Wooden ships comments on this G L Watson TSMY
TSMY Designed by G.L. Watson
Built by James Miller & Sons, St Monance, Scotland, 1952.
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.
Cobra marine DSC VHF radio
NASAC Target Depth sounder
NASDA Target Speed / Log
Clock & Barometer
Simpson Lawrence manual windlass.
35lb CQR anchor
100ft of chain.
Warps Fenders & boat hook
Cockpit cover (2005)
Stainless steel side boarding steps (refurbished 2010)
Galvanised steel pushpit /gaurdrail.
Wooden mast in tabernacle & varnished boom
Eberspacher hot air heating.
2 x electric bilge pumps with float switches.
1 x electric bilge pump with dedicated battery( charged by solar panel)
3 x fire extinguishers
Plastimo 2 burner gas cooker & grill
Stainless steel sink /draining board
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.
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