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Twin engine Maclean motor yacht - SOLD

  • Designer: Hugh McLean
  • Builder: Hugh McLean
  • Year: 1936
  • Location Devon
  • Length on deck: 36'
  • Beam: 9'4"
  • Draft: 3'9"
  • Tonnage(TM): 11TM


REF: 5741

Full Specification

Wooden ships comments on this Twin engine Maclean motor yacht

designed and built by Hugh McLean & Sons, Glasgow in 1936.                               Part 1 Registered

Registered on the National Register of Historic Vessels.

Length on deck                                   36’

Lwl                                                      34’

Beam                                                   9’4”

Draft                                                   3’9”

Thames tonnage                                  11TM

A Classic motor yacht of the period typical of many at the time but sadly few have survived.

This one was bought by the present owner in 1986 in Southampton. A survey at the time revealed several defective planks and a number of cracked steam bent timbers, all of which is standard for this type and age of vessel.

The superstructure was already at that time stated to be mahogany ply and pine with a grp scrim over so had already been changed from the original.

Photos of the original superstructure configuration are available.

The hull shape is a very conventional long keeled yacht with a straight stem and transom stern.

The hull is carvel planked in pitch-pine on an oak back-bone. Frames are grown oak at approx   3’ 6”centres with 4 x steam bent timbers between.

Long external iron ballast keel.Twin engine Maclean motor yacht

The deck appears to be the original t&g pine deck which would have probably been canvas sheathed as was the way at the time, now canvas removed and the pine overlaid with a thin layer of marine ply, probably ¼ “ and then overlaid again with a layer of either epoxy and glass cloth or GRP and glass scrim, all of which makes a very strong and totally water-tight deck.

Varnished mahogany cover-board down the middle of the fore deck.

Traditional glazed mahogany sky-light midships with protective bars, fitted with smart new cover.

Stainless steel pulpit. Galvanised steel stanchions all round the fore deck with twin guard wires.

The superstructure is obviously of more recent build and different from the original as seen in several photos which show a long coach-roof, pilot house and large aft cock-pit.

The present superstructure is built of a pine frame with plywood panels, it appears to be strong, water-tight and has proved to be strong and sea-worthy for many years past of extensive cruising.

Nav lights and grab rails on the wheel-house roof.


Twin BMC Commander 4-cyl naturally aspirated fresh water cooled 42hp engines.

The engines are located under the wheel-house floor with good all round access.

Conventional shaft drive.


Gaff ketch rig on wooden masts stepped in steel shoes. Main mast mast band with pins takes the halyards.

Leathered gaff saddle.

Galvanised rigging wires with rigging screws to external galvanised chain plates.

Main sail, mizzen and headsail all in red terylene and seen in very respectable condition.

Tufnol blocks.


4 berths.

Aft cabin with large double berth, Standing head-room

Centre-line steps up to wheel-house, door each side, wheel forward port.

Stbd off–set steps down to the saloon cabin. Settee berth each side. Solid fuel stove against the aft bulkhead. The bulkheads are panelled in varnished pine. Pine joinery. Standing head-room.

Stbd off-set doorway in the forward bulkhead to the galley. Stbd stainless steel sink, with gas water heater over on the bulkhead.

Smart 2-burner grill and oven gimballed gas cooker to port with oak work surface either side.

Dooway to port forward to the heads in the fore peak. Blake sea toiler to port, sink in a work surface to stbd.

Pressurised water supply from approx 30 gall galvanised water tank in the lazarette.

Steel fuel tanks either side of the engines, approx 30 galls each.


Sestral steering compass.

VHF radio

Lowrance plotter

Raymarine sounder and log


Danforth anchor


Manual windlass


Various other items of cruising equipment


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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