Published: Wednesday, 05 May 2010
There are some boats that are so distinctive that to the average yachts person, it is difficult to be mistaken. The Fisher range of boats are of this ‘ilk’. Eventhough they fall within the standard lengths and proportions of most modern yachts, the designer’s pen came up with a different and yet eye catching design that is hard to better. The designer’s instructions were of course for a particular style of vessel and indeed, you won’t be lining up on anything other than a fun race at your local club, but when it comes to seaworthy designs and solid construction then these boats are at the head of the fleet. At Boatshed Medway we have a Fisher 34’ which is for sale. This Fisher 34’ is for sale at a price of £127,500 Fisher 34 . Log onto the website and you will find all the specification and 46 colour photos.

Built by Fairways Marine & Northshore Yachts the designs originated in the 1970’s from the Wyatt & Freeman partnership and they decided to reproduce a yacht that was based on a Northsea Trawler. You will see that the Boatshedmedway Fisher 34’ is presented to a high standard. The solid design is based upon the high bow /foredeck, canoe stern and the distinctive fully enclosed wheelhouse position. I always felt that the raised gunwhale was also a trademark of the Fishers. Our Fisher has few signs of excessive use and her exterior shows that she has been maintained by her current owner.

Within the wheelhouse the helm is of a traditional timber design and when you are at sea, you feel very safe within the confines. I also feel that the wheelhouse is a great asset during inclement weather when in the harbour. Cockpits are of little use on wet days and yet motorsailers are able to utilise this extra space and are in effect an extra cabin ! When you look at the ‘helm shot’ on the Boatshedmedway website you will see an extensive array of navigation and cockpit instruments. These include a chart plotter, fish finder and radar. So not that much more would required unless of course you are going ‘global’! Within the saloon, this Fisher 34’ has a thoughtfully designed galley which shows little sign of use and an accompanying saloon area and table. The timber fitout is complimentary. The heads area is compact but offers a standard size and layout for a vessel of this length. In the forepeak, you will find a cosy main double cabin with additional berths to the aft. In total, this Fisher 34’ has 6 berths (3 doubles in total). Whilst our Fisher comes as a Ketch, you will find other sloop rigged examples.

The underwater shots of this vessel show a clean and powerful profile. These are long keel vessels with cast iron ballast. The Fishers need a bit of power to get them going and this Fisher has a 65hp diesel and a static 3 bladed bronze propeller. Take a look at the engine shots and you will see that the ‘beast’ is easily accessible below the flooring . Whilst she is very much the motorsailer, she has a reasonable sail area and when the wind is on the beam, she can ‘pickup her skirts’ and start to tank along! In fact, in comparison with other yachts, her heavy ballast and long keel means that she can perhaps hold sail longer than others!

There are other versions including the Fisher 30’ and 37’ which are equally as popular. But I feel that the 34’ is about right for a small crew or even a single handed yachtsperson. Not too small, she should be good for long distance cruises and yet not so large that she is difficult to handle. If you are looking for the design of motorsailer that others have tried to emulate then the Fishers are that boat. For motorsailing, then you should view this Fisher 34’ which is for sale with brokers in kent & part of the Boatshed group). Tel:+44(0)7940583396