Former RNLI Humber boarding boat 240.
- Now fully restored to as near service condition.
- Twin Mariner outboards.
- Fully legal road trailer.
- Superb rare boat for the enthusiast.
Former RNLI Humber boarding boat 240.
Frederick and Emma, a 45 ft Watson motor sailing lifeboat built for Wick in Scotland 1921
Also served at Amble, Northumberland to 1950.
,STADATS’ CONVERTED WATSON CLASS LIFEBOAT
Built 1921 bv Saunders of Cowes
“Stadats”, built as Frederick and Emma in 1921 by Saunders, Cowes, Isle of Wight, served
firstly at Wick Lifeboat Station until 1938, her final “shout” at Wick was to assist downed
RAF Walrus L12237.
During January 1939 she arrived at Amble Lifeboat Station, the first lifeboat to be stationed
thereafter the reopening since the closure in L852; during her service at both stations she
saved a total of 94 lives, 37 while at Wick and 57 at Amble until end of service in 1952.
Bought, rebuilt, converted and maintained for over 50 years by a professional shipwright
“Stadats” regularly appeared at East Coast Gaffer events; she is in working order, however,
would benefit from some updating of the accommodation; she was surveyed on
Robertson’s slip in Woodbridge for winter maintenance and was reported as “sound”. She is
registered with National Historic Ships Cert No772.
Perkins S6M 100hp 6cyl diesel installed new 1965.
MR10A gearbox with single lever controls to large fixed pitch propeller in tunnel.
6 knots cruising speed, 10 knots max. 1 gallon/hr at cruising speed
100 gallon steel fuel tank under the cockpit sole.
60 gallon galvanised steel water tank under the cockpit sole.
4×12 volt domestic batteries; 2xL2 volt engine start batteries; engine alternator.
2 manual bilge pumps and engine driven bilge pump.
Good headroom throughout.
Maximum 7 berths with large double skippers’ cabin.
step down from cockpit into passageway offset to starboard past engine space.
Starboard pilot berth in the passageway under deck-head. Large chart desk and storage area
on top of the engine box.
Main saloon forward; single settee berth to starboard; double settee berth to port; dropleaf
saloon table in the centre.
Flavel 2 burner gas stove with oven and grill. Worksurface either side with stowage for
crockery with shelves above; gas-powered fridge under work surface.
Starboard side large work surface area with single stainless sink; manual freshwater pump.1
Forepeak stowage, bosun’s locker and single berth to port if required.
Skipper/s cabin port side of engine box accessed through a passage to port at the base of the
companionway steps; large double berth when folded down; full standing headroom.
Heads compartment at the entrance to skipper’s cabin; Jabsco sea toilet discharges directly
THIS VESSEL IS VERY REASONABLY PRICED DUE TO BEREAVEMENT AND IN VERY GOOD CONDITION.
ARUN, The prototype of this famous class of lifeboat. Built 1971, cold molded timber and epoxy construction hull, alloy superstructure.
Radar, GPS, usual radios etc.
Twin Caterpillar 3208 diesels.
Additional spare parts, propellers, shafts, fuel tanks.
More info to follow.
Twin Gardner 5LW diesels.
Modest conversion in forecabin, 2 bunk berths added and heads in forepeak, otherwiswe boat in original layout.
Aft cabin with electric galley, incl microwave and lpg powered generator.
Current owners have owned the vessel from the RNLI and cruised extensively UK waters.
Anne Allen. single engine 35ft Liverpool class lifeboat , the second of the Liverpool class motor lifeboats built and now the earliest in existence.
A very significant boat from the history of the RNLI and worthy of preservation.
Superb keel up restoration by present owner back to RNLI specs.
I have been privileged to see this restoration from start to finish and the quality of workmanship and materials used, are second to none.
Lister diesel engine, stripped and fully refurbished.
Full rig, spars and sails., mostly new by orignal makers Ratsey and Lapthorn.
This is a boat for the enthusiast, lots of maintenance but lots of joy.
full restoration article by her owner below.
Restoration of a Liverpool Motor Sailer
After years of dedicated restoration work by owner Terry Despicht, the former Skegness motor lifeboat Anne Allen (ex-ON-760) took to the water for the first time in 2015 having been completely renovated, and made a fine spectacle as she was sailed on the Wash, her original home waters. This historic lifeboat was the first motor boat to serve at Skegness, where she was on station from 1932 to 1953, and is now back to her best having been saved for the future by a dedicated owner. After a 21-year RNLI career, Anne Allen was sold out of service at the end of 1953, but is the only survivor of the eight lifeboats that served at Skegness prior to the current 12m Mersey Lincolnshire Poacher. One of only a handful of lifeboats built by Thornycroft, she was the second of 28 single-screw 35ft 6in Liverpool class lifeboats to be built, and is the oldest surviving boat of the class. The first, Oldham
(ON-750), was broken up at Hoylake in November 1955. During the 21 years that Anne Allen served Skegness, she was launched 120 times on service and is credited with saving 43 lives. Between 1939 and 1945 she was particularly busy, searching for crews of crashed aircraft as
Skegness was close to the many Bomber Command air bases in Lincolnshire and Norfolk. After her sale, she was acquired by the Cox family of Wells next the Sea, where she was adapted for whelking in the 1950s with all her side air cases and seats removed, her steering wheel moved aft to the aft end box bulkhead, and the open end of the canopy taken out to create extra deck space. She was based at Wells Next The Sea for 21 years before being bought by Stratton Long Marine, in Blakeney, and substantially altered to become an angling boat. The alterations saw the removal of the drop keel and casing, as well as the main decking and canopy, which was burnt, and she was renamed Golden Fleece II. In 1999 she was purchased by Terry Despicht and, although she only possessed a few of her original fittings, a complete restoration was planned. Terry explains: ‘This was partly motivated by the fact that my father had been a Wash fisherman until 1950, when Anne Allen was at Skegness, and had taken me at the tender age of four to ‘see the lifeboat’, a visit which left a lasting impression. I clearly recall looking round to see that no one was watching before I touched that gleaming hull.’ So, with plans for a restoration in place, enquiries were made regarding the sourcing of original parts. The first item to become available was the galvanised centreboard case, which was taken from Nellie and Charlie (ex- ON-764), the former Anstruther lifeboat then at Felixstowe Ferry. Although in a poor condition the plan was to use it as a pattern although subsequent developments dictated otherwise as an original brass one was sourced. Between 2002 and 2010 many more items were purchased, including some duplicates which have been put to good use on other Liverpools. Parts from the then derelict Morison Watson
(ex-ON-741), found in a field in Terregles, Dumfries, were retrieved and shared between Anne Allen and the 35ft 6in self-righter City of Nottingham (ex-ON-726). Annie Ronald and Isabella Forrest (ex-ON-792), one of eight of that Liverpool class that had been fitted with bronze underwater parts, was then acquired. Her canopy had been removed and, as the hull of Anne Allen was in much better condition, it was decided to use the major parts of
ON-792 to restore Anne Allen. Anne Allen’s original iron keel had lost 20 per cent due to rusting, so the bronze replacement from ON-792 was a bonus, although replacing a keel is not an easy task. The spars showed the scars of 66 years of use, so a lathe was constructed to turn them while square sheets of abrasive paper were used to bring them back to clean timber. A major challenge was the replacement of the belting, which still retained some of the original cork infill in parts, so the original cork-filled belting was replaced by a strip planked one to increase the strength and rigidity while also offering a chance to put the correct curve back into the port gunwale, which had lost its original shape. The belting was covered by modern red sail cloth material to replicate the original canvas.
The restoration started in early 2000 while she was still on a mooring in the Blakeney estuary with hours of paint stripping, a repetitive task interspersed with the removal of interior structures that had been added during the conversion to an angling boat. These included water tanks, rusty steel fuel tanks in the aft end box, and a hydraulic steering system that had replaced the original one. When Anne Allen was brought to Terry’s home in Sutterton in 2002, the anti foul and exterior paint were removed and the whole hull was allowed to breathe while being regularly sprayed with wood preservative. This spraying process took about ten minutes and prevented the hull timbers from drying out too much. Ten years later the hull was painted and to date the paint has adhered well. From the start of the restoration the construction of a new canopy been considered. Prior to the purchase of ON-792, a quantity of Honduras Mahogany had been bought with the intention of cladding a newly built canopy with an outer layer of this timber to replicate the original. Although a canopy came with ON-792 it had been removed by a jigsaw cut around its base and its original shape was distorted. The base sections of the canopy were temporarily fitted to Anne Allen’s deck and locked into position with temporary braces to guarantee it would fit when completed before being glued together. Considering that we were taking virtually everything from the hull of one
Liverpool and fitting it all into another Liverpool hull made four years earlier in a different boatyard, the similarities of the two boats were amazing. Once the outer skin of the canopy had been sanded back to bare wood, it was clear that the finish would not pass muster so in the end the Honduras mahogany was used here. Planks measuring 5mm by 100mm wide, and about 8ft in length, were cut. Getting the outer layer to replicate the pattern below was difficult, but was eventually achieved after much trial and error. The final stage was to open up the screw holes to replicate the original rivets, and drill dozens of others to match the original rivet hole pattern. Every metal part was grit blasted with the finest glass bead, then buffed and polished, before being cleaned twice with cellulose thinners. Three coats of Incralac were applied, which have withstood three years of weathering. When purchased in 1999, Anne Allen had a Perkins 4236 engine, but Terry wanted to replace it. Brought from Morison Watson was an old HW3M 36bhp Lister engine, which had been fitted in her. It was completely seized and had been under water at some time, but was a nice compromise between the original six-cylinder 35bhp Weyburn AE6 RNLI petrol
engine and the 67bhp Perkins. Getting the engine cleaned up was a considerable effort, with the cylinders being rebored, the crankshaft reground and many new parts fitted, but the end result was a power unit that looks very at home under the canopy. A retired Lister foreman commented: ‘You will have more power at your propeller with that Lister than they had with the AE6’. He also assured Terry that the smaller diameter original dry RNLI exhaust system would cope with the Lister’s exhaust.
The final major task was to replace the sails with a new set, to be made by
Ratsey and Lapthorn whose name appeared on two original Liverpool jibs Terry had come across. They were fitted and tried out in 2015. Considering that Anne Allen has a long straight keel, a small area of centre keel and a very moderate low aspect sail area meant mainly as a back up to the engine, Terry was pleased to find she goes about well and gybes effortlessly. At the end of the process, Terry said: ‘The restoration has taken many years, but to own and sail the oldest surviving Liverpool is a privilege. Having now completed much of the restoration, were I to be given unlimited funds with which to purchase any boat of my choice I would chose her.’
As Terry looks back over what he has achieved, he says, ‘A debt of gratitude must go to the skilled Thornycroft boatbuilders who built her at Platts Eyot, Hampton in 1932; to the Skegness RNLI crew members who looked after her so well for her first 21 years; and to the Cox family and Tikkie Taylor who preserved her for almost half a century between 1953 and 1999.’
For Sale. Formerly Buckie, Scotland Watson class lifeboat “Laura Moncur”.
WATSON 47’ Lifeboat “Laura Moncur” ON958 with “Solent SELF-RIGHTING conversion”
Forepeak: Heads and Sink, 8Kw Bow thruster. Electric bilge pump.
Survivors cabin/forward cabin: Bow thruster battery bank with split charger from engine banks. Two cot/wing bunks, original lockers, new auxiliary 24v electric panel. 240v socket. Electric bilge pumpsx2.
2x Dry powder and 1 CO2 Extinguisher.
Rope locker above with original anchor warp, and various mooring lines. 240v shore cable etc.
Engine room: with 2x 5lw Gardner engines, all original equipment and additional fuel cleaning system, 24v charger 20ampx3, 240v consumer unit and socket. Automatic dry powder extinguisher.
Wheelhouse: All original equipment plus 1x Dry powder and 1 CO2 Extinguisher. Digital engine temperature alarm. Seiwa SW-AP01 autohelm, Standard Horizon CP300 Plotter, Standard Horizon GX1100E VHF/DSC radio. Raytheon SL70RC+radar/plotter.
Aft cabin: laid out as per original with lockers and under deck storage. Calorifier 240v and from engine coolant system Fan heater engine driven. NMEA multiplexer, combiner, Sea Tracer AIS transducer, Navtex Nav4 weather printer/logger, Navman T5005 plotter. Display equipment MW and VHF radio’s, Dummy radar head unit, depth sounder. Small Galley area with sink, room for microwave and small canister gas hob. 1x Dry powder extinguisher and Fire blanket. 3x240v sockets 24v auxiliary panel, 4xbilge pumps. 24 & 12v cigar sockets, 5v usb and 19.5v charging system (Phone and laptop’s)
Fully restored over the last 5 years including some overplanking under engine room and tank spaces, all done by professional boat builders.
Formerly Dunlaoghaire (Kingstown, Ireland) and Lytham St Annes lifeboat
very rare survivor, 45 ft Watson single engined motor sailing lifeboat.
built 1919 and very much in original layout.
Currently fitted with Gardner engine.
Modest conversion needs attention.
Ideal for conversion back to original.
Must be sold soon.
OWNER PREPARED TO ACCEPT IDEAS FOR THE VESSELS FUTURE.
Mrs P Jopling
Built at Samuel White’s yard in 1957 as Pentland ON940 a 47ft. Watson , replacement station boat for Thurso.
Twin Gardner 5LW marine diesels.
After a refit and conversion to self righting in 1974 she became the Mumbles station boat until 1989, she ended her working career at Workington in 1991 and then was sold into private hands.
Major refit 2007 -2009 for extended cruising and long stays aboard, always maintained to a high standard and ready to go.
Fore peak- bow thruster,heads, hand basin, heated cloths locker,cabinet, hot air vent,240v lighting.extinguisher.
Fore cabin-2x wing bunks,1x cross bunk,original battery box 2 banks of 2,hot air vent, 4x240v sockets and lighting.extinguisher
Bosons locker-various lines and fenders,anchor warp, 1x30kg Bruce anchor and chain, 1x 30kg CQR anchor and chain, storage containers, extinguisher.
Engine room-much original kit, 2xGardner5lw, 12vbattery bank, 12vand24vcharger, inverter,240vdistribution panel , 4xsockets and tube lighting, calorifier, webasto gas oil hot air heater and vent.extiguishers.
Tank space-170lts gas oil for heating, 170lts fresh water with pressurised delivery, stowage lockers.
Rear shelter-galley area ,lockers ,electric cooker, fridge, microwave,sink and drainer,4x 240v sockets and lighting, chart table and stowage lockers,hot air vent,bench seating which converts to a double bed.extiguishers.
Tiller flap-stowage, Honda generator.
On deck-original fittings and equipment.
Francis W Wotherspoon of Paisley, 47 foot Watson class lifeboat, built for the Islay, Western isles, station 1959.
Twin Gardner 5LW marine diesels.
vessel largely original in internal and external layout.
Seriously for sale
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THIS VESSEL IS NOW SOLD Sept 2019
70 foot Clyde class former lifeboat now beautifully converted to tripping with accommodation for 12 passengers.
Gemini Explorer was the ex Clovelly lifeboat 70-003. Built in 1974 released from service 1989. Sold to Kent fisheries as a patrol boat then sold again in 2000.
In 2001-2002 she had an extensive re fit at Buckie Shipyard with 3 additional cabins and 11 berths being formed along with a new galley and re configuration of the saloon area.
I purchased her in late 2003 and in 2004 she again returned to Buckie for more extensive work. Bulwarks were raised forward to give a drier deck. Rear wings and an upper deck were constructed to allow a vast deck area above the saloon. All deck areas were coated with Jotun Armour anti slip paint. The main engine exhaust was converted to a dry system and the outlets were brought up to radar height within the main array. Oil fired central heating was installed throughout working through wet radiators and a un vented hot water tank fed by a new Kubola oil boiler. A Fischer Panda automatic 9kva gen. set was installed along with a large (1.4 Tonnes) 24volt battery bank in the aft steering compartment working through three number 3Kw Victron inverters giving 12 hours of ship power at full load capability “off generator”. A new gen. set 20 kV was installed to the Secondary Port Caterpillar engine. An Olex plotter system with sea scan was installed along with Simrad dual 50-200 Echo sounder both viewed through Neovo 15” flat screens in the wheelhouse. A Simrad RS87 Vhf Dual hail system was installed along with a new Simrad AP35 Autopilot. In the saloon a 26” Flatscreen tv was installed with a Simrad satellite dome fitted astern. Gel main engine start batteries were installed Port and Stb totally independent of the new system fitted aft.
She is slipped every two years re painted and any work required is done without compromise. Oil changes are done without fail to the main engines and secondary Port and Stb engines. In the 12 years I have had her she has never let us down and she is a true go anywhere vessel admired wherever she goes. She is basically a “Little Ship” and her built quality is immense. Her range is at present 1700 miles. But she has a huge under deck capacity to double that easily by utilising un-used oil and holding tanks. She is constructed of Corten steel and ultrasonics have shown that she has diminished by 0.1mm since her build. She is currently classed as a cat 2 workboat and is half way through her 5 year audit via Mecal. All documents and papers are in order and all handbooks covering all equipment on board are available. A full set of drawings, some fifty in number are also supplied showing the complete vessel detail at every point.
Below Deck from the Bow-Aft.
Double illuminated chain locker with hinged watertight doors. Haws pipes up to deck level with stud link galv anchor chain 50 fathoms a side to two Quarter tonne anchors. Fwd cabin has four single berths finished in mahogany and blue sidings with storage under each bunk. Twin lights 24v and 240 volt. Individual bunk lights. Central heating rad. Carpeted. 240v Sockets. Fresh air vent to deck. Emergency escape Hatch to Fwd Deck
Stb cabin has three Single bunks finished in mahogany and blue sidings with storage under each bunk. Twin lights 24v and 240 volt. Individual bunk lights. Central heating rad. Carpeted. 240v sockets. Fresh air vents. Hanging Wardrobes.
In passageway two single berths with curtains finished in mahogany and blue sidings with storage under each bunk. Twin lights 24 and 240 volt. Individual bunk lights. Central heating rad. 240v sockets. Carpeted. Fresh Air Vents. Hanging wardrobes.
Heads comprising of Mira shower, hand basin with mirror. Sea toilet to either holding tank or overboard. Finished in mahogany with blue sidings. Lights 24 volt. Central heating towel rail. Vinyl anti slip flooring. Escape watertight hatch to Stb engine room.
In passageway escape hatch to Prt engine room.
Stair flight ten steps up through watertight hatch with locking dogs to Galley level.
Opening window in passageway. Radiator in Passageway. Sliding door into Galley. Four ring double oven electric cooker with fiddles. Twin bowl stainless sink hot and cold water. Two Norfrost large fridge freezers. Two De Longi combi microwave ovens. Toaster and kettle. Lots of drawer and under unit storage. Opening window Stb and porthole with deadlight fwd. Extractor fan. Ample 240 v sockets. Twin 24v 240v lights. Vinyl anti slip flooring.
Up two steps to wheelhouse through watertight door with locking dogs.
Helm position with various switches and engine controls. Olex screen to Port and Sounder Screen to Stb. Two radar sets Raytheon 24 and Raytheon 41. Folding helm seat amidships. Wyn variable speed wipers with wash facility and ice facility. Window demister system. Compass above to binnacle on upper deck. Steering is by rigid shafts Mathway to autopilot in steering comp aft. Kab 514c Suspension Seat to Stb side. Radiator. VHF handset at helm position doubled up to Stb seating location. To rear helm position large chart table with three chart drawers. Night lights and GPS at various points. Large Radiator to Port side of carpeted passageway. To rear of Chart table elec. cupb with changeover system for shore power/secondary port/ secondary stb/to main. Small desk to Stb with full engine instrumentation aft with boiler controls and Fishcer Panda controls. Two computers with battery back ups under desk running the Olex and the Echo sounder systems. To Port large electric control panels 24v and 240 volt as well as main and secondary engine stop start alarm cancels etc. Fire alarms fitted to galley. Engine rooms. Aft accommodation. Intercom system to all areas of the vessel. Four opening windows. All windows are Beclawat 8mm toughened sliding.
Hatch down into Stb engine room eleven steps.
main engines twin pair GARDNER 8L3B 8cylinder inline marine diesels 23ohp each
good for 10knots cruising.
Headroom in engine rooms approx. 6’6” – 8’. Each engine room is fully independent by way of fuel supply, battery supply and can be switched to supply other engine room if required. Main fuel tanks under engines with day tanks worked through 24v pumps or hand pumps. At each side work benches and areas for storage in each engine room. Water pumps for fresh water in Stb room. Aft of main engines in Stb room is the Fischer Panda and the hot water cylinder as well as the central heating boiler. Intake and exhaust fans. Fixed air compressor above main engine. Fire fighting system above each engine and secondary engine. Watertight door through to Port engine room with similar layout. Secondary Cat engine working 20 kV generator and Gilkes pump for bilge and fire fighting purposes aft of main engine. Controls for bow thruster and steering motor work from hydraulic pumps from both port and stb engines. Aft mooring Dueer winch works from Port engine.
From wheelhouse going aft
sliding door allowing access into lower aft accommodation down steps 14 number. Aft heads with wc wash hand basin and shower to tank or overboard. Skippers cabin with double and single bed with desk and 24v and 240v lights and sockets. All finished in Mahogany. Aft to rear cabin with four single bunks with drawer storage under and hanging wardrobes, 24v and 240 v lights and sockets. All carpeted. Radiator. Watertight dogged hatch into aft steering compartment. With autopilot motor, steering motor and gear. Large 24 volt battery bank, 3 Victron 3kw inverters. storage for oils and paints. Escape hatch to rear deck. Electric heater and 24v and 240 v lighting and 240v sockets.
Back up Stairs to passageway aft two steps down into saloon.
All carpeted.Facing forward 26” tv screen with cd dvd and sky box. Hot water Jackson and worktop area with cutlery and crockery and glass storage under. Large table to seat twelve with seating fixed. Huge storage under seating for lifejackets and other associated gear. Two opening windows and one escape hatch / window to aft. Central heating rad to Stb. Various 240v sockets and lighting 24v and 240v. Finished in blue formica sidings and white ceiling panelling. Headroom 6’2”
Out through a six dog watertight door to Port side step down to deck. All handrails in stainless stanchions with heavy duty top wire rails. All round apart from raised bulwarks fwd and from wings to aft deck area. Solid double handrails here. Fuel fillers port and stb. Fire fighting hoses and outlets port and stb. Various watertight vents.
To fwd deck area. In front of galley accommodation is a set of three lidded watertight bins for gear stowage. Forward is the anchor winch twin drum twin chain with dogged clutches and rope drums port and stb. Haws pipe covers and covers for winch and winch control aft of winch.
Side decks are 1m wide. At aft area the Dueer mooring winch is situated.
To the rear of the accommodation eight steps to upper deck area.
Satellite dish aft with teak seating benches port and stb. Life raft situated aft Stb.(Hired). Gangway storage.
One step up onto wheelhouse roof with centre mast array and twin exhaust pipes in marine stainless. Various Aerials and gps antenna.
All in all when writing this from memory after having lived with this boat for 13 years. She will never let you down. An absolutely solid built vessel. Will be extremely sad when she goes. She has been used as a marine wildlife watching vessel. She has carried out commercial surveys for marine mammal research as well as wind farm sea mammal research. From Wick to Aberdeen and covering the Beartrice array as well. She carried out these works for four years on monthly week long voyages. She is well followed and has a Facebook page or view her on line at www.Geminiexplorer.co.uk This would make an ideal live aboard vessel by a couple to carry on and build up the client base working from her home port of Buckie which is an ideal wildlife watching base being accessible at all states of the tide.Or to be used as ago anywhere vessel. She has a dedicated band of followers who visit year after year. Ask to see the comments book just to see how popular she is around the world. She is a commercial vessel and as such fuel is duty free along with supplies etc 0 rated.
All in all she is a graceful lady built with great attention to detail and materials that have no compromise and the highest standards of construction have been used used throughout. She far exceeds Lyods A1 by way of build quality.
144 service launches and 44 lives saved is a fantastic pedigree. She is truly one of a kind.
While information is available on the vessel website please make all contact through the broker.