Miller Fifer 31 Ketch Rigged

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Boat REF# 226167
LOA 9.45m (31'0")
Year 1958
Construction Wood carvel
Underwater profile Long keel
Berths 5
Engine 1 x Diesel 85hp, Ford Lehman (unknown year)
Lying Penryn

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  • Contact Chris Fuller
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Extra Details

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Designer J.Miller
Builder J.Miller
Lying Penryn
Discounts available from our Preferred Partners
Fuel capacity 400.0 ltr (88.0 G) Total - 1 Tanks
Water capacity 300.0 ltr (66.0 G) Total - 1 Tanks


Engine 1 x Diesel 85hp
Engine make and model Ford Lehman (unknown year)
Engine Hours Not Recorded
Engine Cooled Indirect
Steering Wheel
Drive Shaft
Fuel consumption (approx) Not Recorded

Engine Fully Serviced in 2014


LOA 9.45m (31'0")
LWL 8.84m (29'0")
Beam 3.11m (10'2")
Draft Min 1.22m (4'0")
Draft Max 1.22m (4'0")
Displacement 10,000kg (22,050.0lbs)
Headroom 1.83m (6'0")
Storage On mooring


10% discount on rigging

Ketch rigged Wood spars (unknown year) with stainless steel standing rigging (2006)


Discounts available from our Preferred Partners
Mainsail - (unknown year)
Headsail - Hank on (unknown year)
Other sails Mizzen Sail (unknown year)

All sails are traditional tan.

Running rigging and sheets were replaced in 2014

Electrical Systems

12 volt, 2 batteries charged by: engine, shore power ctec m200 Smart Charger


10% discount on ultrasonic antifouling
Construction Wood carvel
Underwater profile Long keel
Finish Paint finish


Total # of berths 5
No. of double berths 2
No. of single berths 1
Cabin(s) 2
Heads 1 heads (Sea Toilet)
Cooker tick
Grill tick
Oven tick
Sink tick
Cabin heating tick
Pressurised water system tick

Cabin Heating is provided by a Reflecks drip fed diesel cabin heater with new standalone 50 litre stainless tank which comfortably heats the whole boat.

Coach Roof fully refurbished in 2014

Jabsco manual sea toilet serviced in 2015

2 burner gas cooker

Nav Equipment

Compass tick
VHF DSC radio tick
GPS tick
Navigation lights tick
Echo sounder tick

DSC VHF Radio - 2014 Cobra
Echo Sounder - Seafarer 700
GPS - Garmin

Deck Gear

Sail cover tick
Warps tick
Fenders tick
Boathook tick
Beaching legs tick

2 sheet winches
2 anchors
(Bruce and Fishermans (spare))
40.00m (131'3") of chain

Safety Equipment

10% Discount on courses
Life jackets tick
Boarding ladder tick

2 bilge pumps (1 manual / 1 Electric)

Both electric and manual Bilge pumps are by Whale

Broker's Comments

This Fifer stands apart from others I have seen - She is an excellent example of a rare ketch rigged Miller Fifer. Built by James N Miller in 1958 at St Monans in Fife she was the first of the Miller Fifer Motorsailers to be built for the Olympia Boat Show so differs from the rest as she is Larch on sawn Oak (the others being Mahogany planking on Oak).

She has been owned and restored by a professional wooden boat builder since 2010 during which time he has had an all new wheelhouse rebuilt to the same design as the original but in far more durable Iroko (rather than Mahogany), new Iroko cockpit, new forward hatch, (laid teak with down light), new coachroof which has been glassed and repainted, all metalwork has been re-galvanised, teak deck repaired or replaced, and all outside trim and woodwork renewed with either Iroko or Oak.

Inside all the matresses are new and have been recovered and the cooker is only about a year old.

Overall I would say that Royal Fifer is in excellent condition and a lovely exaple of an original Miller Fifer Motorsailer. For anyone who likes classic wooden boats this is a MUST SEE as she can only really be appreciated by viewing.

Additionally, the owners will include the first 6 months mooring fees in the price of the boat.

These boat details are subject to contract.
Note: Offers on the asking price may be considered.

Disclaimer The particulars detailed herein are intended to give a fair description of the vessel but their accuracy cannot be guaranteed. These particulars are not and shall not form part of any offer or contract for the sale of the vessel and are supplied on the understanding that all negotiations shall be through Boatshed, who act as agents for the vendor. The vendor is not selling in the course of a business unless otherwise stated. The prospective purchaser is strongly recommended to check the particulars and, where considered appropriate, at his own expense, to employ qualified agents to carry out structural and/or mechanical and/or electrical surveys and inspections in order to assess the actual condition of the vessel before purchase.

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