Wooden ships comments on this Twin screw motor yacht
This interesting boat was designed by Alan Pape and built under his personal supervision in his yard in Looe, Cornwall for the present owner in 1971.
In the past 42 years she has cruised regularly to the Scillies, the Channel Islands and the Brittany coasts, in the early days with wife and 4 small children, latterly just the doctor and his wife.
In 2009 he had new engines fitted but sadly deteriorating health has meant that she has not been used since and has spent the past 3 years ashore in the yard.
She is beginning to look tired and certainly will need some hard work before she is recommissioned but she is complete, fully equipped, just as she came ashore the last time but now with brand new engines.
The hull design is conventional with a long keel, a full buoyant mid-ships section and a transom stern with the rudder hung underneath. The stem is raked and the bow flared to throw the water clear of the forward wheel-house.
The relationship to the local Cornish motor fishing boats is obvious with the marked sheer and forward wheel-house set into the fore deck. The wheel-house has a compact deck saloon leaving a huge open after deck with high, safe bulwarks all round and fitted with large, flush, opening hatches over the engines below. You could fit a pot hauler on the side, ship a few pots and easily be mistaken even close up for one of the local Looe crabbers!
The hull is double planked in 2 skins of iroko, inner skin 3/8”, outer skin 7/8” laid diagonally and all through fastened with thousands of copper nails and roves. This is a method of construction perfected during the War for this yard’s Admiralty work and producing a very strong, light, flexible and water-tight hull with none of the problems often associated with a planked hull.
The hull is then framed out with 4” x 1 ½” sawn oak frames forward and massive 4” x 4” sawn frames through midships to aft adding enormous strength and allowing her to cruise safely at 9 knts.
The deck is built the same double skinned way as the hull but finished with fore and aft straight laid scrubbed iroko planking joggled in to the cover-boards forward.
The aft deck is also laid in fore and aft scrubbed iroko planks, the seams caulked and payed with butyl rubber with a 2’6” bulwark all round carried on massive oak stanchion posts with huge grown oak knees in the after corners and heavy varnished iroko capping armoured with bronze rubbing strips.
Flap scuppers allow any water to drain clear.
Gas bottle locker in the forward stbd corner contains a pair of 5kg gas bottles.
Step down over the bulwarks each side in the forward corners.
The wheel-house is framed in solid varnished iroko and stepped into the raised fore deck.
4-section windscreen forward, the outer two sections opening, the window in front of the helm fitted with a wiper.
Windows across the back and each side,
Full height glazed door aft stbd onto the after deck.
The aft deck has 2 large flush-set hatches immediately aft of the wheel-house which hinge open to reveal the engines.
Further brass-strip trimmed hatch covers down the centre-line open to access stowage below, steering mechanism etc.
The centre passageway sole boards in the wheel-house open to reveal the batteries and extensive stowage.
A varnished mast is stepped in a galvanised tabernacle against the wheel-house after face with a pair of galvanised shrouds each side and a boom which can be rigged as a derrick.
The mast carries steaming light, masthead tri-colour, radar and radar reflector and ariels.
Port and stbd nav lights in light boxes mounted on the wheel-house roof with grab rails each side and gps ariels, pair of life buoys, spot-light and vents.
Steering on low pressure hydraulics with a chrome-rimmed traditional teak spoked wheel to a galvanised steel-plate balanced rudder, the heel stepped in a massive galvanised steel shoe extension to the oak keel.
New engines installed in 2009 with run-in hours on the clocks only.
Main engine on centre-line Beta Marine B75 HE 69bhp @2600rpm naturally aspirated 4-cylinder in line, fresh water cooled with heat exchanger. Flexibly mounted on massive oak engine beds.
Close coupled to a ZF25A down angle hydraulic gear-box, 2:1 reduction
Wing Engine:Beta Marine B43HE 43bhp @ 2800rpm naturally aspirated 3-cylinder in line, fresh water cooled with heat exchanger. Flexibly mounted on massive oak engine beds.
Close coupled to a TM345A Down-angle hydraulic 2:1 reduction gear-box.
Both engines are fitted with the De Luxe model control panels.
Both engines fitted with the up-grade 100amp belt driven alternators.
Both engines fitted with new sea-water intakes and valves and new water-cooled exhausts exiting through the transom via new stainless steel skin fittings.
110 galls diesel carried in one large stainless steel tank under the aft deck.
80 galls in flexible tank under the saloon cabin sole.
Hand pump supply to the galley sink.
Steadying sail on the boom.
Accommodation. 6 berths
Forward cabin with 4 berths, 2 each side up and down.
The lower berths are fitted with lockers below in varnished mahogany joinery.
The upper berths have varnished mahogany bunk-boards.
Exposed, white painted ships sides.
Varnished hardwood bulkheads.
Cork lined sole boards.
Door in the forward bulkhead to the heads compartment.
Lavac sea toilet on a centre-line plinth.
Anchor chain and stowage beyond forward.
Steps from the sleeping cabin up to the deck saloon.
Helm position to stbd of the hatch with full engine instrumentation and helmsman’s seat.
Chart desk to port of the hatch
Galley down the stbd side aft of the helmsman’s seat with stainless steel sink/drainer + smart stainless steel 2-burner, grill and oven fixed gas cooker with deep fiddle rail in the aft corner by the door.
To port a dinette arrangement. The table drops to make a good-sized double berth.
6’2” head-room all through the accommodation
Simpson Lawrence binnacle compass
Chart plotter GPS
4-man life raft
Avon 10’ inflatable dinghy
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