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40′ Classic Gentleman’s Motor Yacht

  • Designer: Traditional
  • Builder: Heard and Mackenzie
  • Year: 1947
  • Location Falmouth
  • Length on deck: 40'
  • Beam: 14'6"
  • Draft: 5'6"


REF: 15693

Full Specification

Wooden Ships Comments on this 40′ Classic Gentleman’s Yacht

Built in 1947 in Buckie, Scotland by Heard and MacKenzie known for building commercial vessels since 1903. This ship differed in that she was purpose designed as a gentleman’s motor yacht for Mr Lea, a descendant of one of the founders of Lea and Perrins Worcestershire sauce.

She was cruised throughout her life before being bought by the present owner in 2015. He has embarked on an refit in the years since, tackling all major structural issues that were affecting the ship.

The refit was extensive but to summarise;  the top two strakes were completely replaced with the third strake partially replaced, all new stanchions with new capping rails and the wheelhouse was professionally overhauled.  The Gardener engine has been well maintained and both the engine and gearbox have been professionally overhauled. More detail is available on request.

This is a fantastic opportunity to acquire a purpose built motor yacht with lovely lines and an interesting history. The refit now needs finishing; interior still could do with refitting and updating and the onboard equipment such as electronics may need to be updated.

Soild and sound, there is a 2017 survey available.



Carvel planked above and below the waterline in 1.75″ larch on sawn oak frames in pairs and fastened with galvanised boat nails.  Top two planks either side recently replaced in Oak.

A full length timber keel, integral to the hull with ballast ingots of iron and internal concrete in the bilges.

The deck is made up of straight laid pitch pine on oak deck beams. The wheelhouse is constructed of sheathed plywood with mahogany cladding on steel coamings. The wheelhouse windows are mahogany framed with toughened glass.

High bulwark all round on all new stanchions mounted through the cover board and side bolted to the frames.

New bulwark planking and heavy capping rail.

Guard wires and stainless stanchions for increased safety.



Small rig mainly as steadying sail but capable of giving a small amount of propulsion with the right wind.

Gaff ketch rig on deck stepped masts in tabernacles.

Varnished wooden booms and gaffs.

Galvanised standing rigging to external chain plates.

Jib, mainsail and mizzen have been well used but are still in a fair condition.



Gardener 6LW 96hp 6 cylinder diesel with stainless steel shaft to a new in 2016, fixed 3 blade bronze propeller.  The engine was professionally overhauled and has had new head gaskets. Cutlass bearing has been recently replaced.

Two mild steel fuel tanks, one each side in the engine room and understood to have a total capacity of 1500 litres.

Four new 6v batteries are installed, charged from the engine alternator  or through shore power.

3 electric bilge pumps and one manual bilge pump fitted in the wheelhouse.

Wheel steering with two chain system to a steer quadrant.

Powered windlass on deck which has been overhauled and is in good condition. There is a 45lb CQR anchor.




Total of 6 berths with a good sized fore cabin.

Entry to the wheelhouse through a door on the starboard side.  Entering the wheelhouse, the helm position has good visibility all around and has all navigation and communication equipment arrayed by the wheel.

Aft of the helm position is a good sized seating area with windows all around and a refrigerator. A great place to sit when at anchor.

There is a large saloon below decks, forward of the wheelhouse, with significant storage. The saloon has seating wrapping around a table on the port side and more seating to starboard. There is a coal burner and diesel heating, perfect for keeping the crew warm and the boat dry.

Galley which previously has had a gas stove although currently does not have a stove installed.  Stainless sink with hot and cold water. Storage for plates and pots. Electrolux fridge in the wheelhouse.

Heads compartment with a Jabsco sea toilet.  Shower with pressurised hot and cold water. Additional heads in the aft cabin.


2017 survey 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.

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