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Trawler Yacht

  • Designer: Traditional
  • Builder: JG Forbes, Sandhaven, Scotland.
  • Year: 1938
  • Location Cornwall
  • Length on deck: 59'
  • Beam: 18'
  • Draft: 8'
  • Tonnage(TM): 58 Disp


REF: 5599

Full Specification

Wooden Ships comments on this Trawler yacht

Quite simply the best of her kind we have ever seen.  Typical massive Scottish construction.  Dedicated engine room.   Will go absolutely anywhere, anytime, any weather in safety and comfort.

Former North Sea Herring Drifter built in 1938 by J G Forbes, Fraserburgh, Scotland.

ConstructionTrawler Yacht

  • Heavy Larch planking fastened with large galvanized spikes.
  • Planking 3” topsides, 2” bottom.  Oak frames, stem, stern post and keel with Elm garboard planking.
  • Straight stem and rounded cruiser stern.
  • Deck 2” Oregon Pine, caulked with Oakum and payed with SIS-440 thixotropic sealant (experience gained over the years using different sika type materials don’t last)
  • Bulwarks in 1 ½” Oregon pine and Iroko set on 4” square steel stanchions bolted and coach screwed into covering boards. Iroko Capping rail
  • Deck House in epoxied plywood set on on Keruing frames with Iroko T&G and trim.
  • Steel watertight bulkheads fore and aft of engine room and forward collision.


  • Gardner 6L3 Naturally Aspirated 6 cylinder diesel. 114HP @ 900 RPM (approx only 2000 hrs since rebuild in 1999), fresh water cooled
  • Gardner3UC manual reversing gears with 3:1 reduction. Controlled electro-hydraulically.
  • Generator Silent Fischer Panda 12kva DUO 1-phase and 3-phase (only 500hrs since new in 2004).
  • Heavy Duty 1 ½“ bronze Jabsco sea water impellor pump powered by main engine
  • 2nd Jabsco 1 ½”  bronze sea water impellor pump powered by main engine 24v clutched and connected  to strum box with separate valves to each watertight compartment for emergency bilge pumping and also connected to deck wash outlet. Can be easily connected as backup sea water cooling pump if so required.
  • Main Engine Driven 100A slow speed alternator by Leece-Neville.



  • 24v DC with 8×265 Ah 6v deep cycle tubular batteries, 4 x Domestic and 4 x Engine starting (batteries new in 2012).
  • 24 v distribution box in wheelhouse. All equipment separately isolated with Hagar MCBs.
  • 240v AC and 415v AC 3-phase distribution box in wheelhouse. All equipment separately isolated with Hagar MCBs.
  • All cabling in commercial grade fully tinned ships-wiring cable, oil and fire resistant.
  • Heavy duty DC commercial battery isolation switches with parallel switch.
  • Custom built ship to shore isolator in wheelhouse with Amp, Frequency and Volt meters.
  • Mastervolt 50A 3-step 24v battery charger and 2.5kw Sine-Wave Inverter combo, controlled digitally from wheelhouse.


  • 600 gallons / 3000 litres in 6mm steel tanks in engine room
  • 35 gallon day tank supplied electrically via 24v diesel transfer pump.


  • 1000 litres in heavy duty high strength advanced polyethylene by Tek-Tanks.
  • 50L Black-Water tank with heavy duty macerator (never used)


Ground Tackle and Winches

  • Muir VRC 4000 2-ton vertical 3-phase Anchor Winch and capstan with 24v control power lead to foredeck. Foot switches (not used).
  • 80m ½” chain.
  • 105kg CQR
  • 70kg CQR backup/kedge
  • Manual davit for general lifting



  • Large Admiralty compass in binnacle interfaced to auto pilot
  • Simrad C5140 C-MAP 15” Colour Chart Plotter / 48 mile Radar / Dual frequency Fish Finder interfaced to auto pilot
  • Furuno 12 mile CRT Radar
  • Raytheon Colour Fish Finder
  • Navitron NT9200 commercial grade auto-pilot interfaced to compass and GPS chart plotter
  • Wills Ridley 24v Electro-Hydraulic Auto-Pilot steering helm pump.

Steering Gear

  • Wills Ridley S5 Heavy Duty Commercial hydraulic  helm pump connected to original wooden ships wheel
  • Wills Ridley Hydraulic Rudder actuator
  • Wills Ridley Auto-Pilot helm pump (See Navigation)



Domestic Equipment

  • Kabola 19btu 24v diesel boiler provides all domestic hot water and central heating via radiators and matrix heaters throughout
  • Commercial grade 24v 13gpm high pressure domestic water pump
  • High Quality Electric Hob
  • Large Neff Convection Microwave combination oven
  • Bosh Fridge in galley and Liebherr fridge freezer in saloon
  • Washing machine and space for tumble dryer if needed.


  • Accommodation
  • Owner’s aft cabin  +  2 double and 1 single forward.  Office and studio could be converted back to double cabins.
  • From aft:  En-suite aft cabin.
  • Galley and dinette area.
  • 2 double cabins + 1 single forward + 2 heads/showers.  Office and studio.
  • Deck saloon.


History (see also NHRC information)

1938 – 1960

Blue Linnet (formerly Linnet’ BF464) was built in 1938 as a North Sea Herring Drifter. Soon after she was built she was requisitioned by the government to perform duties during the Second World War after which she continued fishing until 1960.


She was then sold to a private individual and converted to a motor yacht and renamed Blue Linnet. Linnet remained in the same ownership until 1995 until she was purchased by the present owner.

1995 – Present

Between 1995 and 1999 Linnet underwent a major rebuild by professional shipwrights in Galmpton, Devon. Topsides, frames, deck, bulwarks, wheelhouse were all replaced. The Gardner 6L3 engine was rebuilt by Hubbard Engineering of Brixham. New running gear comprising 3” stainless shaft with bronze inboard and outboard bearings by C&O Engineering, Newton Abbot. Phosphor Bronze 48” propeller rebuilt and balanced.  Interior entirely refitted with accommodation for eight in separate twin and double cabins. New electrics using tinned ships-wiring cable professionally installed. Commercial grade hydraulic steering system by Wills-Ridley of Penryn. Linnet was rebuilt with the intention to charter at Cat 0/1/2 with steel bulkheads fore and aft of engine room, steel collision bulkhead up forward and double thickness 2” marine ply bulkhead forward. A steel keel through bolted up through the floors and frames with 1” steel keel bolts. The keel is designed to be extended for conversion to sail if it should be required. Many photographs of the work undertaken and all receipts are available to prospective purchasers.

Linnet has been in the same ownership for the past 19 years, only the third owners since 1938. She has been a fully functional sea-going home and has been meticulously maintained including many improvements over the years. An extremely capable sea-going live-aboard or charter motor yacht that has travelled extensively throughout UK waters.



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.


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