New Guide Price – 27ft. SILVERS ‘MAPLE-LEAF CLASS’ MOTOR-CRUISER, built 1921 – A PERIOD GEM – Lying: Scotland


Boat Details

Overall Length: 27ft 6ins
Waterline: 27ft
Beam: 8ft
Draught: 2ft 7ins
Displacement: 6 Tons T M
Engine: 15hp Kelvin Petrol/Paraffin (original engine)
Berths: Two/Four Berths
Sail: Steadying Rig
Designer: John Bain
Builder: Silvers of Rosneath
Year Built: 1921
Location: Scotland

ZAIDA was built in 1921 by Silvers of Rosneath for A C Forrest of Glasgow to John Bain’s Maple-Leaf Class Motor-Cruiser design. First of the class was MAPLE LEAF built in 1919, subsequently, six vessels were built to this design ZAIDA being the last and of slightly larger dimensions overall. The only other surviving example, SILVER FOAM is currently in Holland.
A C Forrest was a member of the Royal Clyde Yacht Club, Royal Cruising Club and Royal Largs Yacht Club. He cruised the Western Isles in ZAIDA until the late 1930s selling the vessel to R Gordon Paterson of Beach House, Dunoon. In 1947 Richard Simpson of Undercliff, Hunter’s Quay, Argyll became the next registered owner, selling to Robert Donald of Balrobert, Inverness in 1950. A few years later ZAIDA was sold to Alex Aitkenhead of The Oval, Glasgow who kept her for over four decades. In the current ownership, ZAIDA has been kept in as near original condition as possible, still cruising the same waters for nearly a century.

Double diagonal Red-Pine planked hull, all copper fastened with Pine stringers and frames. Honduras mahogany sheer planks, dog-house, cockpit and brightwork. Vertical stem with attractive flared bows, radius transom stern, hard-chine bilges, long keel and three quarter break-deck design.

BERGIUS KELVIN E4 15hp, four-cylinder petrol/paraffin engine. Direct drive gearbox.

Original accommodation layout with saloon offering settee berths to port and starboard with Pullman style back panels. Forward heads compartment with original Simpson Lawrence marine wc. Ceramic washbasin, chain locker. Galley to aft saloon quarter with pantry lockers and drawers. Quarter berths and access to wheelhouse having sliding hatch and door to large aft cockpit with seating to three sides. Original brass wheel helm to port, side mounted and original forward and reverse, chain driven gear to starboard. Full aft canopy with standing headroom.



Over the years Classic Yacht Brokerage have sold many John Bain/Silvers classics but ZAIDA is undoubtedly the most original and charming. A real period gem offering motor-cruising from a bygone era of nearly a century ago. A wonderful boat for pottering about the islands, family picnics, weekends aboard and fishing. Viewing recommended.

GUIDE: £28,000 (new guide price – 28th November 2018)

LYING: Scotland – Ashore for the Winter

VIEWING: Through the brokers – CLASSIC YACHTS – 01905-356482