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Majessa

A 1939 TWIN-SCREW MOTOR-YACHT designed by Arthur Comben and built by Staniland Boatbuilders, Thorne, Yorkshire

Majessa
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Overall Length: 38ft 6ins :: Waterline: 36ft :: Beam: 10ft :: Draught: 3ft 6ins :: Displacement: 14 Tons TM

Engine: Twin 65hp BMC Diesels :: Designer: Arthur Comben :: Builder: Staniland & Co. Ltd :: Location: Worcestershire

Sail: Auxiliary Ketch Rig :: Berths: Six :: Year: 1939 / 1947 :: Price: £45,000

Broker's Details:

HISTORY & DESCRIPTION:

Majessa is one of only two of the 38ft 6ins size Gentleman's Motor-Yachts of a series designed by Arthur Comben during the 1930's to a traditional break-deck style, having a sunken central wheelhouse and owner's stateroom aft.

Majessa, yard number 199 was first commissioned in 1939 but not completed and launched in Thorne until 1947. In April 1949 she was the subject of a dedicated article in the North Sea Yachtsman Magazine.

Majessa's first registered owner in 1947 was William Spowage of Woolaton Vale. John Aharlow of Worksop became her second owner in 1954 followed three years later by Godfrey Holmes Ltd. of Lincoln and a few months later by William Fieldsend of Sheffield. In 1960 Harry Harrop of Rotherham acquired the vessel and kept her on the River Ouse. Stanley Quintell of Bradford became the next registered owner in 1968 followed by Paul Moore (RN) of Beverley in 1986. He transported Majessa out to Gibraltar where the next owner was Anthony Gordon in 1987. Back on the River Thames in 1989 Colin Kidd bought Majessa followed shortly after by David Clarke of Romsley who moved the vessel on to the River Avon at Tewkesbury. In the ownership of David Cadman in 1992 Majessa spent a few years on Lake Winderemere before being restored on the South Coast. Majessa once more returned to familiar waters on the non tidal River Severn and Avon at Pershore in 2005 in the present ownership.

Carvel 1.25 inch larch planking on steamed oak timbers all copper fastened. Pine decks, overlaid with marine ply with professionally laid 9mm Marine Deck 2000 deck finish fitted in 1983. Varnished teak wheelhouse, aft cabin coamings, hatches, skylights and covering boards.

Extremely original mahogany fitted accommodation with Webasto heating throughout.  12 volt electric lighting, fitted carpets and recent sage green velvet upholstery.

FORE CABIN:

Berths to port & starboard with lockers under. Fore hatch, port lights, chain locker, brass bulkhead lights and panelled door to:

FULL WIDTH GALLEY:

Nelson two burner gas cooker with oven and grill, fridge, mahogany china racks, ceramic tiled work tops, round stainless steel sink unit, mahogany cup racks, pantry and crockery lockers. Skylight and folding mahogany doors to:

SALOON:

Upholstered berths to port and starboard with drawers under. Sideboard with cupboard above. Engraved Majessa mirror, hanging locker, folding mahogany table, skylight, brass oil lamps, book rack, four opening port lights. Steps up to:

WHEELHOUSE:

Port helm position, console and folding seat. Two further folding seats, carriage style opening side windows and side deck doors, brass binnacle compass, large chrome clock and barometer. Cruiser depth sounder, VHF radio, signal flag locker, laid sole with brass edging opening to:

ENGINE ROOM:

Housing a pair of 1983 65hp BMC Commodore 2.5 litre diesel engines with PRM 160 hydraulic gearboxes. Fresh/Sea water cooled with Bowman heat exchangers. Three bladed bronze 20inch propellers. 240 volt shore power and 12 volt electrics. New sacrifical anodes.  Calorifier installed in the engine bay.

AFT LOBBY:

Fitted vanitory unit to starboard with inset wash basin and lockers below. Door to:

HEADS COMPARTMENT:

Electric heads with holding tank.

AFT STATEROOM:

Upholstered double berth to port. Settee to starboard with lockers and drawers above, four opening port lights and central skylight. Access to stern lazarette housing two fuel tanks.

ON DECK:

Simpson Lawrence oil-bath type anchor windlass and chain. Francis search light, boat hooks. Pair of warp lockers. Twin gas bottle stowage on aft deck. Dinghy davits. Main and mizzen masts. Full deck stanchions with varnished rail.

BROKERS NOTE:

Classic Yacht Brokerage have know Majessa for well over twenty years having sold her for the two previous owners in 1993 and 2005. Traditional motor-yachts like Majessa have become extremly rare and sought-after in recent years particularly those built by a well respected yard such as Staniland.

A good opportunity to purchase a well maintained and very original vessel, a real head turner and pleasure to own.  Full antifoul, hull re-paint and varnish in June 2012 prior to the 50th Anniversary River Avon Celebrations with cosmetic improvements Summer 2013.

GUIDE: £45,000

LYING: Worcestershire

VIEWING: Through the sole broker, CLASSIC YACHT BROKERAGE