A 1972 TWIN-SCREW MOTOR CRUISER designed by John Desty and built by the Rampart Boatbuilding Co. Ltd. of Southampton


Boat Details

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The Rampart Boatbuilding Company needs little introduction as one of the most well known motor-yacht yards in England. Established just after the First World War at Bitterne Manor, Southampton by George Desty the yard soon became famous for their range of production motor-yachts. Ramparts continued until the early 1980’s as one of the last South Coast yards to be still building wooden boats. The Rampart 32 with its stylish lines and generous well finished accommodation is a highly successful medium displacement vessel of traditional construction with great sea-keeping qualities proven over many years in both UK and foreign waters.  The design is ideal for extended cruising, exploring the Dutch or French waterways as undertaken in previous ownership.

Carvel iroko planked hull copper fastened to rock elm timbers.  Mahogany marine-ply decks, epoxy sheathed and painted. Long keel with internal trimming ballast, raked straight stem, round bilges and transom stern.

Twin Perkins 4107 four cylinder diesels driving handed three bladed bronze props through 2:1 reduction gearboxes and stainless steel shafts. Stbd engine fully rebuilt 1999; new cutlass bearing to port, 2011; both engines are on the button, smoke free, with excellent oil pressure. Fully serviced with new filters, drive belts and raw water pump impellers, July 2010; fresh oil and coolant at the same time and a further oil change, November,2010. Stainless steel fuel tanks, approx 45 gallons each, port and starboard serving each engine via shut off valves and glass bowled water seperator/ filters.
Spare filters and impellers stored under tool tray in port helmsman’s side footbox. Spurs rope cutters to both props.
Engine survey by A J Marine in January 2012. Pre-heater fitted to both engines, oil change November 2013.
Two heavy duty starter batteries (2005) and two deep cycle service batteries (2010), all housed in leak-proof boxes beneath cockpit sole. Charging by recent high-output alternators on each engine; 240 volt smart charger for use when shore power is available. Domestic lighting via dome light in wheelhouse, 2 brass deckhead lights and two fluorescent lights in the saloon and 4 switched bulkhead lights serving the foc’sle, galley and heads. Socket for portable searchlight (included) in wheelhouse; further two sockets in saloon.Wheelhouse windscreen wipers port and starboard. Much of the wiring replaced/ overhauled, 2011.
Ground tackle and mooring:
15kg Bruce anchor and 15 fathoms of 8mm chain; anchor stowed in chocks on foredeck or in custom stemhead fitting; large galvanised bow roller; Cayman 88 electric windlass with foot switches; two heavy duty mooring bitts on foredeck; numerous deck cleats and fairleads; twin sampson posts at rear of cockpit. 4 large fenders; various mooring warps in useful lengths stowed in cockpit lockers or stbd navigator’s seat foot box.
Mushroom vents at bow and stern; two stainless steel solar vents over galley and heads; further solar vent over saloon. large cowl vent over foc’sle and two more at after end of saloon, all mounted on varnished mahogany Dorade boxes (all new, 2011) Further internal ventilation via grill vents to forepeak, heads and hanging locker to ensure proper through ventilation of the interior.
Safety Equipment:
Coastal flare pack (2010). Electric horn on coachroof (2011) and further
pressurised air horn. Navigation lights. Steaming light and mast head light mounted on mast. Stainless steel pulpit, galvanised stanchions and stainless steel guard wires port and starboard. Horseshoe lifebuoy. Two electric bilge pumps, one manual/automatic, one manual backup (both new, 2011); manual bilge pump beneath cockpit sole. Gas detector and bilge sensor(new 2011). Automatic dry powder fire extinguishers in each engine compartment; two dry powder fire extinguishers and fire blanket in cockpit and saloon (new, 2011). Swiftech VHF radio and cockpit speaker.
Autohelm ST5000 Plus Power autopilot with ST 50 steering compass; ST50 Tridata, speed, distance and temperature; Autohelm Navcentre 300 with ST50 Plus Navcentre;C maps covering Channel West, Central and East, Medway and Thames. Raytheon S72 7″” LCD Pathfinder radar with 18″” Radome. Autohelm personal compass.
Domestic equipment:
Pressurised hot and cold water from 2 x 50 gallon, approx. stainless steel water tanks beneath bench seat in cockpit piped to galley and heads via engine calorifier/240 volt water heater under port saloon bunk. All new chrome taps and stainless steel sink, 2011. Par Brydon manual toilet, serviced with new seal kit, 2011, discharging to se; seacocks serviced 2011; 50 litre black holding tank for use on inland waterways or in Europe under foredeck, currently disconnected. Eberspacher D3LC diesel heater under starboard saloon bunk fed from starboard fuel tank via fuel shut off valve; thermostatic control unit and warm air outlets to forecabin, saloon and cockpit/wheelhouse.Plastimo 2 burner hob, oven and grill gas cooker; vented gas locker under starboard side deck in wheelhouse; rubber hoses replaced 2010. Pots and pans, etc; crockery, etc for four, all new 2011. Folding table for saloon/cockpit stows flat against heads bulkhead when not in use. New 2011 custom built stowage for all of the above. Stereo cassette radio and speakers(new 2011). Digital TV ariel and booster.
General Inventory:
Full cockpit cover on stainless steel hoop with zipped clear side and back panels; second heavy duty cover for winter use. Ensign and staff. Two boathooks in chocks on coachroof. Varnished , mast carrying lights and TV ariel folds flat when required. Davits on transom, demountable for winter storage; these easily carry a 2.6m inflatable and 2.3 hp outboard (not included). Deck scrubber and bucket. Beaching legs(new, 2011) stow under cockpit sole. Double boarding step.
Summary of recent work:
Following several years, under previous ownership, exploring the French inland waterways, including four Channel crossings, the entire deck and coachroof area was stripped back, repaired as necessary and epoxy sheathed. This work was carried out to a very high standard in 2007 by Harold Hayles Boatyard at Yarmouth on The Isle Of Wight and included new window seals all round.
Since purchased by the current owners in May, 2010, they have sought to build on this by carrying out the following, in addition to the work mentioned in the inventory, above:
External Work:
Fit a varnished beading around coachroof and wheelhouse edges to define the coachroof edge.
Strip and prepare all brightwork; prime and apply five coats of Coelan
Make and fit chocks for boathooks, dinghy oars, lifebuoy and anchor, all finished bright.
Prepare and re-paint coachroof/wheelhouse coamings in white.
Prepare and re-paint all deck and coachroof top areas in grey non-slip.
Sand back topsides and apply two coats undercoat and two coats white enamel.
Scrape back old antifoul, apply underwater primer, and re-antifoul.
Make and fit varnished beaching legs.
Fit heavy duty mooring bits to foredeck.
Fit davits to transom for dinghy stowage.
Fit new stainless steel grab handles to wheelhouse sides and back.
Internal Work:
Accommodation areas:
Remove iron trimming ballast from for’d area of bilge; clean off and re-paint.
Pressure wash entire bilge area, including beneath cockpit sole, sand and re-paint with grey bilge paint.
Re-fit ballast.
Sand back and re-paint locker internals and under-berth areas.
Sand back or strip all varnished trim, bulkheads, locker doors, deck beams, etc and re-varnish.
Sand back and prepare coachroof coamings, bunk fronts, engine boxes deckheads, etc, undercoat and paint in white enamel.
Make new galley top with storage wells beneath; cover this and all other work/locker/engine box tops in burr walnut formica edged in solid oak with new varnished iroko fiddles.
Make new deep fiddled fronts for book/storage shelves outboard of saloon berths.
Make, fit and finish sliding doors and cave locker fronts fo foc’sle.
Make, fit and finish in grey non- slip all new floors, including cockpit sole.
Make, fit and finish storage racks for mugs and containers, galley oddments, under- side-deck crockery stowage, glass and bottle storage, tool and navigation rack and radio/TV cabinet.
Strip and re-upholster all bunk cushions and seat backs.
Make new scatter cushions and saloon curtains.
Fit and re-wire new lights, etc.
Wheelhouse/cockpit area:
Strip, prepare, undercoat and re-paint in white enamel internal coamings and deckhead.
Sand and re-varnish rear bench seat, deck beams and trim.
Prepare locker facings, etc, undercoat and paint in light grey enamel.
Make, fit and finish footboxes for tools/engine spares and mooring warps; these form a step ahead of the helmsman’s and navigator’s seat.
Make, fit and finish demountable seat supports for helmsman and navigator.
Fit new seats to the above.
Make and upholster new full-width cushion for cockpit bench seat.
Mechanical and electrical:
Full service to both engines.
De-grease and repaint.
Overhaul or replace and re-organise all engine wiring, including new master switch panel.
Double-up engine bay sound proofing where possible.
Strip down instrument panel and make a new one; re-assemble; fit replacement rev counter cable to starboard engine and new temp. gauges port and starboard.
BSS Certificate to 2016.
One of the last traditional motor-cruiser to be built by Ramparts incorporating up-dated styling and revisions to the original successful design.  Offered in exemplary condition throughout and undoubtedly the best example of her size available on the market.  As noted above, Jomalou has been the subject of an extensive re-fit and is only available due to the owners sailing commitments. Sold by Classic Yacht Brokerage on two previous occasions.
Located in Central London an ideal pied-a-terre.
Guide: SOLD
Viewing: Through the sole brokers: Tel: 01905-356482 / 07949-095075