Prunella was designed and built by John Thornycroft & Co. of Hampton on Thames in 1938 for Francis Heron Muirhead of London.
Registered in London, Francis Muirhead kept Prunella until August 1981. He was a friend of Marconi and early radio and electrical equipment was reputedly tested aboard. Research is on-going in to Prunella’s role during the Second World War.
Prunella has been stationed on the East Coast for a good many years in the current ownership. She has made a very comfortable floating / cruising home.
Carvel teak hull on oak frames and timbers, teak and iroko laid decks on ply sub deck replaced in 2013 by IBTC. Varnished teak deck house and sheer planks, skylights, hatches and rails.
Stern post replaced and stern deck beams in 2013.
Extremely original interior with teak and mahogany joinery. Currently arranged for living aboard but with scope for additional cabin berths if required.
SALOON: 11ft x 8ft
Mahogany panelled, L shaped leather upholstered seating to port with storage lockers under. Further built-in lockers. Original light fittings, clock and barometer. Drop leaf table. Captain’s chairs. Athwartships bulkhead door to:
GALLEY 6ft x 6ft
Wallis diesel fired oven and hob. 240 volt fridge with freezer compartment. Two pantry / crockery lockers, and plate rack.
HEADS / SHOWER COMPARTMENT: 6ft x 6ft
Electric freshwater flush sea toilet, enclosed shower compartment. Top loading washing machine. Original light fitting.
OWNERS STATEROOM: 10ft x 8ft
Double bed, storage cupbards and drawers, shelving.
FORWARD GUEST CABIN: 11ft x 8ft max.
Two single berths, marine WC and wash basin.
DECK / WHEELHOUSE:
Sliding side deck doors, Mathway Ship Control Mechanical Steering Gear, controlling single rudder. Two Teleflex Telegraph Type engine controls, chart space, seating with lockers beneath, Kent Clear View Screen, helmsman’s seat, wheel steering and engine instrumentation.
Port access to:
TWIN 90hp RNR6 THORNYCROFT DIESELS, fitted new in 1960. Last serviced 2013. Cruising speed about 9 knots, 12 knots maximum. Fixed blade counter rotating propeller. Four fuel tanks about 80 gallons each. 240 volt shore power to Victron 2.5kw Smart Inverter. 24 volt Lister Generator, serviced 2012. Four lead acid double bank 24 volt batteries, 220 amp x four.
Fresh water capacity 150 gallons. Kabola central heating boiler, firing the radiators, domestic hot water supply with fully automated system, thermostat and timer.
Motor-yachts over 50ft have during the past few decades become extremely scarce and as such much sought-after. Prunella is a rare survivor from a bygone era and remains remarkably original in many respects. She offers spacious, comfortable accommodation ideal for extended family cruising, for exploring the inland waterways of Europe or as with the current owners a practical floating home. Offered at an extremely realistic guide price due to the owners decision to move ashore.
Guide Price: SOLD
Viewing: Through the brokers,
CLASSIC YACHT BROKERAGE -01905-356482 / 07949-095075