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57ft. MFV TRAWLER YACHT - Lying: PORTUGAL - £69,000

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A 57ft. TRADITIONAL TRAWLER YACHT,originally designed by Trinity House and built by in 1968 by Porthleven Shipyard Ltd. of Helston, Cornwall

57ft. MFV TRAWLER YACHT - Lying: PORTUGAL - £69,000
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Overall Length: 57ft (16.24m) :: Waterline: 50ft. (15m) :: Beam: 18ft (5.27m) :: Draught: 7ft. (2.20m) :: Displacement: 43 Tons

Engine: 240hp Gardner 8L3B :: Designer: Admiralty :: Builder: Porthleven Shipyard :: Location: PORTUGAL

Sail: n/a :: Berths: Ten :: Year: 1968 :: Price: £69,000

Broker's Details:

A substantial MFV style long-range Motor Yacht, the following report dated 18th May 2009 for information only.




This document is a General Condition Report for insurance on the Grassholm A 56 FT loa x Pilot boat built in about 1970 for Trinity house in Teak on oak with 10 berths in 4 cabins.

On the 8th  May 2009 at Isle De Oleron France  carried out by the undersigned and is a statement of the factual condition of the vessel as seen at the time of the survey and any opinions expressed are given in good faith based on those observed facts. The vessel was not fully opened up for the survey and this restricted access to many areas of the structure and its equipment. The vessel, as inspected, was found to be very well built and well maintained using good marine quality materials and good boat building practices. The overall structure was found generally sound although full examination was limited at the time of the survey due to the presence of internal fittings, permanent ceilings and linings. The survey was also restricted in respect of boxed in and inaccessible spaces of the vessel's structure and no comment can be made or guarantee given on such spaces.

The general condition of the vessel as seen both above and below deck suggested that she had been well looked after the overall structure was found sound. The machinery and all engine ancillaries such as exhaust ,gearbox are not part of survey.

The survey was also restricted in respect of boxed in and inaccessible spaces of the vessel’s structure and no comment can be made or guarantee given on such spaces.

N.B. This Report does not constitute a Formal Safety Assessment of either the vessel or its crew.


1. Gas system is to be checked by a competent gas engineer.



In our opinion, therefore, the subject vessel was found at the time of the survey in generally  good  structurally and mechanically sea worthy condition, an insurable risk under the Institute of London Underwriters Yacht Clauses  for use within the sea areas laid down by European Directive (94/25/EC) dated 16th June, 1994 class

Offshore MCA Categories-A. See Annex 1 to this Report hereunder.

The vessel has been well looked after and is well equipped. She could be coded under the MCA MGN 280 as a commercial vessel carrying 2 crew and 12 passengers. With minor alterations to the accommodation and subject to a coding survey she could be coded to Category O unrestricted service .


This is to confirm that it is our considered opinion that, on an ‘as is – where is’ basis, if placed and kept in sound and seaworthy condition, charter free and free of registered encumbrances and maritime liens and any charges, taxes, mortgages and other debts whatsoever, given a willing buyer and seller on the usual sale agreement, the vessel has a current open market value in the region of £125,000.00.

(One hundred and twenty five  thousand pounds)

This letter is given in good faith as a statement of opinion on the facts available to us from the usual sources at the time of our survey and is based on known average retail sales achieved by vessels of similar type and size in the United Kingdom but any person wishing to rely on this letter should make their own enquiries as to the validity of those facts and sources. Forced sale value would be less.

The value given above should not be confused with the replacement value, which may be considerably higher, particularly in the case of rare or unusual vessels.


8th May 2009


This is to confirm that, at your request, in accordance with our Standard Contract of Employment and Codes of Practice laid down by the International Institute of Marine Surveying and in accordance with the Health and Safety at Work Act and subject to the conditions obtaining at the time, the undersigned attended the:-


In France on the 8 Th May 2009  and there effected, without the vessel being fully opened up for survey, a General Condition Survey of the hull, machinery, rig and service systems for insurance purposes

This work was carried out in accordance with the following:-

a)    Our Standard Contract of Employment.

b)   The Code of Practice for Small Craft Surveys published by the International Institute for Marine Surveying.

c)    BMIF Terms and conditions.

Type of Vessel.

The vessel was an x  Trinity house pilot boat built in 1970 of Teak on Oak framing with a Gardener 8LB shaft drive Diesel engine and has 7 berths in 4 cabins.


The vessel was laid out from forward to aft as follows:-   2 twin berth  cabins plus 2 berth cabin forward. Upper saloon with wheelhouse, galley and a dinette which converts to a double  berth with twin berth cabin aft

Principal Dimensions.

These were provided by the owner:-

Length  Overall                                                          57 ft  0 ins

Beam                                                                          18 ft 0 ins

Draught                                                                        7 ft 0 ins

Displacement 50 mt


It was estimated by the owner that the vessel had a sea speed at full power of 12 knots.


O/N  336673 Not current.

Builders and Date of Build.

Porthleven Shipyard Cornwall to MCA Class V111a.

a. Material of Construction.

The vessel was carvel Teak planking on Oak framing with a Teak laid deck and Aluminium superstructure.

b. Details of Construction.

Carvel teak planking 2 ins thick with flat planks in way of wooden bilge keels. Substantial Oak framing at 12 ins centres. We were advised that the planking was screwed using Brass screws with teak plugs. Teak laid deck.



General Statement on the Condition of the Survey.

The vessel was found in commission as a pleasure craft.

Within the limits of the access available the following was found:-

There was reasonably good internal access to the main structure but the linings, machinery, tanks, rudder, stern gear and other normally installed equipment and similar permanently fitted items were in situ and this restricted access to the internal surfaces of the hull and deck in way thereby preventing detailed examination in these areas and we cannot be sure that these areas are free from defect.

The Reason for the Survey.

We were instructed by phone to issue a Letter of Opinion of her open market value for  insurance only.

The Scope of the Survey.

The normal survey for pre-purchase, insurance, mortgage or other reasons carried out by the staff of this Company provides an opinion only on the structural and mechanical condition of the vessel.   This applies to all reasonably accessible and visible aspects of the vessel

We have not inspected woodwork, metalwork or other parts of the vessel which were encapsulated, covered, unexposed or inaccessible for what ever reason nor on areas or in spaces not presented clearly visible, for example behind ceilings or linings, beneath fixed cabin soles or floors etc. unless these were accessible through normally portable* or readily accessible* locker lids, hatch covers, traps or similar access points and, therefore this Report does not provide an opinion on the condition of such parts.   No dismantling of the structure other than the removal of such normally portable or readily accessible hatches was undertaken.   Spaces where access was clearly restricted are noted within the Report.

This Report should not be taken, therefore, to preclude completely the existence of defects, isolated damage or deterioration  to  the hull below the coating on the hull and  areas concealed by such ceilings, linings, cabin soles or floors, paints, fillers, lack of access or by any other means.   No parts of the vessel were dismantled and no bolts or other fittings removed for inspection.

Unless noted otherwise, the vessel’s systems and equipment generally appeared to have been fabricated from materials suitable for use in the marine environment, installed in compliance with commonly accepted marine industry practice and appropriate to the vessel’s usual expected service.

The vessel was not tested for transverse or longitudinal metacentric stability or reserve buoyancy nor were her down flooding characteristics investigated except where specially noted in this Report.

This Report, therefore, gives no warranty regarding the transverse stability of the vessel or the fitness of the design for the intended purpose and must not be taken to imply that the vessel has sufficient stability or buoyancy for such intended purpose. It should be clearly understood that is the Owner’s responsibility to ensure that basic stability information is placed on board the vessel and understood and that she is never overloaded. Your attention is also drawn to the fact that the transverse metacentric stability of the vessel and, therefore her seaworthiness varies with both the payload and the weight distribution. It was not possible to ascertain the maximum allowable load for the vessel.

We were advised that the Client’s intended purpose for the vessel was pleasure cruising


External Hull Examination.

The stem and stem band, gripe, keel and deadwood, sternpost were all examined, hammer and prick tested and found in generally good condition with no sign of gribble attack or deterioration by other marine borers.   There was also no sign of the heart of the wood weeping indicating the presence of ship worm or any damp patches indicating soft areas.

The bottom and topside planking including the bilge was hammer and prick tested all over using an engineer's 1 kg ball pein hammer and both an 450 mm and a 100 mm pricker at an average spacing of not more than 150 mm and was found  to be sound .   The plank seams appeared to be tight and smooth.

Judging from the solid resonance of the planking under the hammer test the planking appeared to be in good condition.   There was no obvious sign of degrading of the fastenings and all the plugs to the fastenings were secure.   The hooded ends were hammer tested and found sound with no evidence of shrinkage or deterioration of the stopping over the fastenings.   In the circumstances removal of the hood end fastenings was not considered to be necessary.   The garboard strake each side was specially examined and was in good condition. The wooden fendering to the shell planking was also in good condition.


Cast iron ballast keel with steel banding all in good condition. Keel bolts appear sound and there were no water witness marks indicating wasting of the bolts. As with rest of the vessel the banding is substantial.

Skin Fittings and Seacocks.

Heads outlet/inlet, Engine raw water outlet/inlet. 3 x bilge pump outlets and fire pump suction.

All were hammer tested and checked and found to be in good condition and recently serviced. Check for leaks on launching.

Deck and Superstructure.

The deck was of teak in good condition with Aluminium superstructure also in good sound condition.

Deck Equipment.

The vessel was fitted with a number of mooring cleats.  Each item was also hammer tested and found in good condition, with no sign of hair line cracking or metal fatigue, structurally secure and without undue rope wear. Manual Anchor winch working

Where the above items were bolted through the deck the backing plates were specially examined and found of adequate size and area, in good condition and with no sign of the highly loaded items pulling through.

Guard and Grab Rails.

The vessel was fitted with the original Pilot Boat inner grab rails and bulwark rails all in good condition.

Doors, Hatches and Companionways.

All hatches and access doors were secure and lockable and fitted with lock down or wedge handles as appropriate.   They also appeared (where appropriate) to be strong enough to withstand the point load of a normal human being’s weight and the load to be expected from water in the sea areas for which the vessel was apparently designed.

The hatches and similar openings were of such a size and placed in such a position that it was considered that they would allow easy escape from the accommodation in the event of fire and would not be likely to allow serious down flooding of the vessel.

This latter point took into account the angles of heel or roll likely to be expected in the sea areas for which the vessel appeared to be classed. Watertight doors to engine room and deck with watertight bulkheads forward and aft.


The vessel was fitted with engine room and accommodation ventilators.   These were examined as far as practical and found generally in good condition and well secured.

Internal Hull Examination.

The vessel was subdivided into the following compartments:- All headlinings and internal mouldings in good condition with limited access to hull planking and the bilge –apart from engine room and aft cabin.

Deck Saloon.

Dinette to port with galley forward to port with gas cooker - four hobs, grill and oven plus a fridge with built in freezer compartment. Doors to weather deck.


Chart table is by the helm and the radar  with good visibility and helm seat.

Forward Cabin

2 x forecabins with twin berths.

Master Cabin

Shower and Toilet Compartment

Engine Room

Soft Furnishings.

The soft furnishings were examined and found in good order.

Windows and Scuttles.

The windows are toughened glass all in good order.

Steering Gear.

The vessel was fitted with a manual steering gear in good condition with emergency tiller...


The rudder is post hung with all bearings in fair condition with minimal movement. Internally no signs of any leaks in area of rudder trunking –monitor for leaking.

Stern gland prop and shaft

4Bladed prop in good condition.

Stern gland stainless steel, where visible, in good condition but condition of shaft internally cannot be commented upon.

Ground Tackle

Bruce 15 kilo  with 8 mm chain 20 metres long – length not checked . Kedge anchor with rope.

Adequate for boat and cruising range.


Main Engine.

Beta Marine 2009 fresh water cooled 28 hp Diesel was being fitted at time of survey

Fuel Tank and Fuel System.

The vessel had a stainless steel  fuel tank of about 80 litres volume . The tank was not filled up and it was not possible to check fully its oil tight integrity and this is not guaranteed.

There was, however, no obvious signs of leakage at any of the joints or fittings nor was there any sign of loose oil or sludge in the bilge area.   It was not possible to open the tank and inspect the interior.   Access to the back of back and bottom of the tank was also restricted and we cannot be sure of the condition of this area and this is not guaranteed.

Navigation systems.

Plastimo Compass. Feruno radar. NASA wind and direction. Two  depth sounders  Garmin and echopilot , Lowrance chart plotter , VHF DSC all working . Blipper radar reflector.

Mechanical self steering to wheel and wind vane self steering. All in good condition


Fresh Water Tank .

Stainless steel 150 litres. In good condition

Liquid Petroleum Gas Installation.

To standards when fitted-fit gas alarm.

Electrical Installation.

Appears in good condition. 12 v and shore power with earth trip.

a. Batteries.

3 x 110.ah.

c. Master Switch

The vessel was fitted with a switch of the selector/disconnector type as close to the battery box as practical, on the positive line, easily accessible and with the position clearly marked.

d. Navigation Lights.

All working.

e. Internal Lighting and Power Sockets.

12 v system working. 240 v system not checked.


Zinc correctly bonded new.


Bilge Pump.

The vessel was fitted with 1 hand operated and one electric  bilge pumps - working.

Fire Extinguishers.

2 x 0.7 kg dry powder 6a 34 b c . Fire blanket.

Life Saving Appliances.

Horseshoe lifebuoy. Flares.

(From the Official Journal of the European Union).

Category Definitions.

A.            OCEAN: Vessels designed for extended voyages where conditions may exceed wind force 8 (Beaufort Scale) and significant wave heights of 4 metres and above may be experienced and vessels largely self sufficient.

B.            OFFSHORE: Vessels designed for offshore voyages where conditions up to, and including, wind force 8 (Beaufort Scale) and significant wave heights up to, and including, 4 metres may be experienced.

C.            INSHORE: Vessels designed for voyages in coastal waters, large bays, estuaries, lakes and rivers where conditions up to, and including, wind force 6 (Beaufort Scale) and significant wave heights up to, and including, 2 metres may be experienced.

D.            SHELTERED WATERS: Vessels designed for voyages on small lakes, rivers and canals where conditions up to, and including, wind force 4 (Beaufort Scale) and significant wave heights up to, and including, 0.5 metres may be experienced.




In accordance with ISO 10088 (E):-

Readily accessible or normally portable means - capable of being reached for operation, inspection or maintenance without removal of any craft structure or use of any tools or removal of any item of portable equipment stowed in places intended for the storage of portable equipment such as lockers, drawers or shelves.

Accessible means - capable of being reached for inspection, removal or maintenance without removal of permanent craft structure.   Hatch covers are not regarded as permanent craft structure in this sense even if tools such as spanners, wrenches or screwdrivers are needed to open them.   Hatches for the inspection or maintenance of fuel tanks may be covered by uncut carpet, provided that all tank fittings can be inspected or maintained through other openings.

Opened up for survey means all lockers emptied, all portable hatches lifted or taken down, all loose ballast lifted and removed from the vessel, all bilges pumped dry and cleaned and the anchor cable flaked out on the hard stand or dock bottom.

In accordance with BS EN MA 101:-

Sanitation system means - a system comprising equipment designed for installation on board a vessel to receive, retain, treat or discharge sewage and equipment using any process to treat such sewage.

Sewage means - human body wastes and the wastes from toilets intended to receive or treat human body wastes.

In accordance with the RoSPA Handbook:-

Efficient in relation to a piece of structure, fitting, piece of equipment or material means that all reasonable and practicable measures have been taken to ensure that it is suitable for the purpose(s) for which it is intended to be used.

Watertight means capable of preventing the passage of water in any direction and, in accordance with ISO 11812 and 12216 . Weathertight means that, in any sea condition, water will not penetrate into the vessel.

Weathertight Openings are openings with a permanently available means of closure that:-

  1. Comply with the requirements of ISO 12216 for watertightness and
  2. When closed, still permit the safe continuous operation of the vessel, engine(s) and steering systems.

Appeared indicates that a close up examination or test of the particular system, component or item so described was not possible due to constraints placed upon the Surveyor (e.g. no power available, inability to remove panels, lack of cooling water or a specific requirement not to conduct destructive tests).

Serviceable or adequate means considered by the Surveyor at the time to be sufficient for a specific requirement or service.

Fit for intended use means fit for the stated use intended by the person instructing the survey.

The condition of items other than steel was assessed one the following scale:-

  1. Excellent condition means new or like new.
  2. Good condition means nearly new with only minor or cosmetic defects noted.
  3. Fair condition denotes that the item, component or system was found functional but will require minor repairs and will also require to be frequently monitored.
  4. Poor condition means that the item, component or system was found non functional and will require replacement or renewal within a specified time.



A substantial Admiralty commissioned MFV built for Trinity House. Successfully converted to a robust, sea-worthy trawler yacht offering good accommodation with the benefit of 240hp Gardner Diesel Engine.

Spring 2017 haul out and re-paint.

Exterior photographs - April 2017

GUIDE PRICE: £69,000