Built in Paignton by Louis Gale as a day launch, this elegant yacht had a major rebuild in present ownership and was re-launched in 2007. A fantastic concept for a yacht with a large open aft cockpit with plenty of seating, and accommodation forward with settee berths, a heads and a galley. New Nanni diesel engines in 2007, all new systems and electrics plus a large amount of structural work. A delightful and different yacht ideal for day trips and weekend coastal cruising.
Contact: Richard Gregson. 01803 833899. 07886 081657
Wooden Ships Comments
32' twin engine motor launch designed by W.E. Forster and built by Louis Gale of Paignton, Devon in 1936. Designed as a coastal runabout she spent much of her early life berthed in Brixham harbour, no doubt being used to run across to Torquay on a fine afternoon and around the coast to Dartmouth when the weather was right.
The present owners purchased the boat in 2005 and completed a major refit which saw her re-launched in 2007. This refit included a new oak keel, new garboards, new engines and all associated gear including engine beds, plus a large amount of internal work such as a new galley and a new cockpit.
This boat offers a lot with her cosy accommodation allowing comfortable overnight and weekend stays, and with her large cockpit which is ideal for making the most of the summer sun. Unusually for a motor yacht of this size she has twin engines which affords a great deal of security when coastal cruising.
Length Overall 32'4"
Planked in close grained larch all copper rivet fastened to steam bent oak timbers of 30mm x 25mm at 20cm centres.
Oak keel with grown oak floors and bronze keel bolts, last drawn in 2006. The boat has no ballast.
Her unusual and very pretty shape has a large beam at the transom with a sharp turn to the bilge, narrowing all the way towards the high bow with its large flare to throw the waves away.
Decks and cockpit
The hull is split roughly 50/50 between open cockpit and covered area. The deck is straight laid T&G pine sheathed with epoxy cloth and finished with cream deck paint. Small side decks and an aft deck in laid teak.
The cockpit is deep and safe, and although not self draining it has a cover to keep the rain out.
The engines are in separate engine boxes in the cockpit made of sheathed plywood with scrubbed teak lids. There is comfortable seating around the aft end of the cockpit with cushions and a varnished teak cockpit table. All joinery around the seating areas is in varnished teak.
Wheel steering on manual hydraulics to bronze spade rudders with a newly constructed helm position at the forward end of the cockpit. A varnished teak console takes the helm, Morse levers, engine instruments and navigation gear.
The small coachroof helps to increase headroom below without encroaching on the aesthetics of the hull. Varnished teak coamings with 3 chromed bronze portholes per side and a sheathed T&G pine coachroof deck. Sliding varnished teak entrance hatch offset to starboard with a centreline teak fore hatch
Pair of Nanni 5.280HE 5cyl 64hp naturally aspirated diesels installed new in 2006. Currently approximately 250 hours each.
TechnoDrive TM345A 2:1 hydraulic gearboxes with a pair of single lever Morse controls. Stainless shafts to 4 blade 19"x20" bronze propellers supported with bronze P brackets.
Cruising speed of 10 knots with 14 knots max speed.
The complete engine installation was all new in 2006 including engines, shafts, stern tubes and props.
2 x 220l plastic Vetus fuel tanks, one each side in the aft cockpit lockers.
1 x 100l plastic water tank under the aft deck.
2 x 140ah batteries, new in 2014, for engine starting and domestic. Charging from engine alternator or through the Victron 20amp charger when connected to shore power. Fully installed shore power system.
2 berths available by using the settee's. Although not originally designed for this the interior is easily adapted for overnight stays.
A simply arranged saloon with a settee berth either side and 5'8" headroom. Galley to starboard and heads to port with separating door as you enter the cabin.
Scrubbed teak cabin sole boards with gloss white hull sides and varnished teak finish. Full length settee berths which can create a very large double if necessary.
A partial bulkhead at the forward end of the settee's with storage shelves beyond and the anchor locker.
Galley is fitted under the side deck to starboard at the aft of the cabin. Single stainless steel sink with electric pumped hot and cold fresh water which drains directly overboard. 2 burner Origo 3000 meths stove pulls out on a shelf with drawers and cupboards below. Sizeable work surface space with ample storage. 12 volt ice box in aft cockpit locker.
Separate heads compartment with a Blakes Victory sea toilet which pumps into a 30l holding tank or directly over board.
There is a shower in the cockpit with pressurised hot and cold water, the hot water coming from a 25l engine calorifier.
Sestrel bronze steering compass
Raymarine ST40 log and sounder
Raymarine 240E DSC VHF
Raymarine autopilot S1G
Raystar 125 GPS
Raymarine C80 chart plotter
4 x lifejackets
16kg Delta anchor
10m of 10mm chain and 50m of 14mm Octoplait warp
Fore hatch cover
2 Southford Road