Mary Gabriel

Mary Gabriel, Rother class lifeboat 37ft. coded for tripping. SOLD


Mary Gabriel 37-29 ON1000 is the 3rd Rother lifeboat to be built, she was on service in Hoylake from 1974-1990, then Rhyl from 1990-1992.

Powered by twin Ford Thornycroft 250 50hp engines, she cruises at 7kts and burns approx 2.5g an hour, with a top speed of around 8.5kts. A 24v system powers most of the boat’s electronics with the exception of 2 droppers to a 12v system.

She has had a few lucky owners in her time and has been well looked after.
She is fitted with a small galley in what was the survivors cabin. Fairly simple with a sink, worktop, hob and oven. Also a small bench seat with storage under.
Fwd cabin has more seats in a v shape.

The current owner bought her in 2016 from Chatham Museum,

Work done in winter months over last 4yrs include..

  • Completely stripped hull of paint/antifouling back to bare wood and started fresh…
  • Keel coolers have been removed, cleaned, new seals and sprayed…
  • All shaft seals replaced & new grease…
  • Newly machined stainless steel aft steering gear and rudder stock….
  • Deck walkways scraped/cleaned and resealed…
  • Stanchions blasted and resprayed…
  • New Head gasket and injectors stb engine…
  • Elec Breakers removed and cleaned…
  • New LED fwd deck light…

She is currently Coded for 12+2 if someone is looking to use her commercially. (Does not come with some coding requirements, eg; lifejackets) Furuno Radar.

  • 2 fixed icon VHF radios
  • Lowrance Gen7 touch chartplotter
  • Clipper depth/wind readings
  • Original fisherman’s anchor
  • Bruce anchor on deck and ready
  • Digital FM radio/stereo
  • Original drogue
  • Various Ropes & Fenders
  • Radar deflector

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