New Listing: 52ft: ‘SOLWAY MAID’ FIFE RACING YACHT – built 1938, restored 2013 – Lying: Malta


Boat Details

Overall Length: 52ft 6ins
Waterline: 35ft
Beam: 10ft 9ins
Draught: 7ft 6ins
Displacement: 21 Tins T M
Engine: 44hp YANMAR Diesel
Berths: Four Berths in two cabins
Sail: 1,200 sq.ft masthead sloop
Designer: William Fife
Builder: Fairlie Shipyard
Year Built: 1938
Location: Malta


The legendary genius William Fife needs no introduction in the classic yacht world as probably the last designer to combine both stunningly beautiful lines with tremendous racing capabilities. SOLWAY MAID was the last true Fife from the Fairlie yard built by master craftsmen under the watchful eye of William Fife 111.

William Fife (junior) 1857-1944 was the third generation of Scottish boat builders and designs. William inherited a rich legacy from his father in 1902 but soon established his own reputation as a top designer of over 600 yachts including two Americas Cup contenders. He adopted the Chinese dragon as his trademark and his yachts are still easily recognised by this symbol.

Construction of SOLWAY MAID began in 1938, completed in 1940 she was laid up for the duration until 1945. Her original owner was the well-known yachtsman F Ivan Carr of Carlisle where he ran a successful flour mill. Ivan sailed SOLWAY MAID extensively in Scottish waters until his death in 1974, whereupon Marjorie Carr retained ownership until 1988. An extensive two-year refit was completed in 2013 and SOLWAY MAID returned to the Med. racing circuit where she is a formidable competitor. The refit included restoration of the hull and decks, rig, engine and interior. 90% of the composite timber and stainless steel frames were replaced.

MASTHEAD BERMUDIAN RIG – sets 1,200 sq.ft plain sail.
15 Dacron sails-
Two Mainsails,
Small, Medium & Large Staysails,
Small, Medium & Large Yankee,
MPS Sail,
Small, Medium & Large Spinnakers
Storm Jib,

44hp YANMAR DIESEL (re-built 2013)

12 & 220 volt electrics. Generator.

Traditional interior with Mahogany joinery offering five berths in two cabins.

Fore Cabin with single berth, sail stowage.

Heads compartment with electric wc.

Saloon with dinette/double berth to port, two quarter berths. Navigation area, charcoal stove.

Galley with cooker, fridge, sink and pantry lockers.

Navigation Gear: Original steering compass, Garmin Sounder, Garmin Radar, VHF, AIS, Chart Plotter .


The iconic SOLWAY MAID, famous throughout the classic boat world and with a proven racing pedigree stretching back over nearly 80 years. An all to rare opportunity to purchase this stunning yacht the very last of the great Fife’s and offered in outstanding condition.

Contact us for more information or arrangements to view.

LYING: Malta

GUIDE: £395,000

VIEWING: Classic Yacht Brokerage 01905-356482 /