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Pilot Boat 40

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Boat REF# 123466
Sold / Unavailable
LOA 12.40m (40'8")
Year 1928
Construction Wood carvel
Underwater profile Full-displacement
Berths 2
Engine 1 x Diesel 0hp, Ford 4 cyl (unknown year)
Lying South Dock Marina, residential mooring


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Extra Details

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Designer Thornycroft
Builder Thornycroft
Lying South Dock Marina, residential mooring
Discounts available from our Preferred Partners
Last survey 22/03/2010


Engine 1 x Diesel 0hp
Engine make and model Ford 4 cyl (unknown year)
Engine Hours Not Recorded
Engine Cooled Indirect
Steering Wheel
Drive Shaft
Fuel consumption (approx) Not Recorded

All 240v wiring is new, with new consumer unit fitted with 16 amp trips.
Part of the 12v wiring (below) has been replaced.


LOA 12.40m (40'8")
Beam 2.80m (9'2")
Draft Max 1.07m (3'6")
Storage On marina

Electrical Systems

240 volt,


10% discount on ultrasonic antifouling
Construction Wood carvel
Underwater profile Full-displacement
Finish Paint finish

Much recent work has been completed, following a surveyor's recommendations in 2010:
Aft deck, port and starboard side decks renewed, with new deck beams below.
Planking: parts removed and replaced where recommended.
Deck beams: a new section (forward of the skylight) has been scraphed in.
Keel has been fitted with mild steel plates.


Total # of berths 2
No. of double berths 1
Cabin(s) 1
Handbasin 1
Heads 1 heads (Manual)
Cooker tick
Sink tick
Fridge tick
Pressurised water system tick
Hot water system tick
Fresh water wash tick
Washing Machine tick
Dryer tick

Very bright & airy wheelhouse / saloon with 'U' shaped seating and a removable saloon table. Hatch in saloon floor leads to huge storage area below (via steps).

Amidships is the (new) galley area - also heads (with brand new toilet) and wash basin. There's a study / office area and masses of storage space including wardrobes and bookshelves - and even a 'secret' fold-away ironing board.

The forward cabin, also bright and spacious, has a large skylight and storage space beneath the bed.

4 burner Electric cooker

Nav Equipment

Compass tick
VHF tick

Deck Gear

Warps tick
Fenders tick

Simpson Lawrence windlass
1 anchors
(Danforth 30lb)
0.00m (0'0") of chain

Safety Equipment

10% Discount on courses
LPG Detector tick
Life jackets tick

2 bilge pumps (0 manual / 2 Electric)

Fire fighting equipment

Broker's Comments

This is a delightful classic liveaboard with a residential mooring in Central London. Step aboard and you know you’re aboard a true classic. Built by Thornycroft in 1928, this former pilot boat was built for speed but she’s now set up for a rather more tranquil existence.

There’s character in abundance, with some really clever modern design touches, the combination of which makes this a very desirable houseboat. The interior space is bright and welcoming with a fully glassed wheelhouse and a really cool saloon area. Unusually for a boat of this size, there’s masses of storage space, including wardrobes, bookshelves, lockers and a huge space below the aft deck.

However, the owner understands that some minor structural work is required and some planks will need replacing and the price of the boat has recently been reduced to reflect this. To describe this boat as a 'project boat' would be too harsh; it's nothing that can't be cured with some remedial work - and this is even less of a problem if the boat is to be used only as a liveaboard.

She comes with a transferable Central London residential mooring licence in one of London's most sought after marinas, which supports a lively social life and a real village atmosphere. These licences alone have been marketed for sums in excess of £30,000, which make the boat very good value indeed - you almost get a free boat! The marina is close to Canary Wharf and the City, so this could make a great pied-a-terre for a City worker (or couple of City workers!). For this sort of money, London living doesn’t get much better than this.

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

This Pilot Boat 40 has been personally photographed and viewed by Brian of Boatshed London. Click here for contact details.
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.