57ft. MFV TRAWLER YACHT, spacious liveaboard vessel in idyllic Algarve location – Lying: PORTUGAL


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

Successful liveaboard situated in a peaceful cove on the Algarve with private beach.

Boat Details

Overall Length: 57ft (16.24m)
Waterline: 50ft. (15m)
Beam: 18ft (5.27m)
Draught: 7ft. (2.20m)
Displacement: 43 Tons
Engine: 240hp Gardner 8L3B
Berths: 10
Sail: n/a
Designer: Admiralty
Builder: Porthleven Shipyard
Year Built: 1968
Location: Portugal

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



In our opinion, therefore, the subject vessel was found at the time of the survey in generally  good  structurally and mechanically seaworthy 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

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

In France, on the 8th 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

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.


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 shipworm 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 a 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 hairline 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 lockdown 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 a 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 the 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 the 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 fore cabins 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 the emergency tiller…


The rudder is post hung with all bearings in fair condition with minimal movement. Internally no signs of any leaks in the 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 the 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 echo pilot , 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.


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.

GUIDE PRICE: £69,000