MARY GABRIEL, Rother class self-righting 37 ft lifeboat, coded for passenger tripping.
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 boats electronics with the exception of 2 droppers to 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, a syndicate of 4 have been looking after her as part of the floating 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
Various Ropes & Fenders