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Watson 47 Ex Lifeboat

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Boat REF# 25115
removed from sale
Length 14.00m (45'11")
Year 1939
Construction Wood
Underwater profile Long Keel
Sleeping berths 6
Engine 2 x diesel 68hp, Ford Baracuda (1978)
Lying Cardiff


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Extra Details

Designer Watson
Builder Alexander Robertson & Sons Ltd, Sandbank
Lying Cardiff
Discounts available from our Preferred Partners
Fuel capacity 1,270.0 ltr (279.4 USG) Total - 2 Tanks
Last survey 01/01/2007


Engine 2 x diesel 68hp
Engine make and model Ford Baracuda (1978)
Engine Hours Not Recorded
Engine Cooled Indirect
Steering wheel
Drive shaft
Prop(s) Shaft
Fuel consumption (approx) 13.0 ltr (2.9 USG) /hour At Cruising Speed
Cruising speed (approx) 7.5 knots
Max speed (approx) 8.5 knots

Engines installed by RNLI 1978.


10% Discount on Boat Insurance
Length 14.00m (45'11")
LWL 13.40m (44'0")
Beam 3.80m (12'6")
Draft Min 0.90m (2'11")
Draft Max 1.20m (3'11")
Displacement 20,000kg (44,100.0lbs)
Headroom 1.80m (5'11")


10% discount on rigging

Gaff rigged Peter Rundel Wood spars (1986) with Galvanised standing rigging (1986)


New Sails Upgrade?
Reefing mainsail Garland - Slab (1986)
Headsail - (1986)

Electrical Systems

24 volt, 2 batteries charged by: engine, generator


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

Double diagonal construction. Has a boat saftey certificate issued 2 years ago.


Total # of berths 6
No. of single berths 6
Cabin(s) 2
Heads 1 heads

Nav Equipment

Compass tick
Radar tick
VHF tick
GPS tick
Clock tick
Barometer tick
Navigation lights tick
Depth sounder tick

Deck Gear

Sail cover tick
Sprayhood tick
Cockpit cover tick
Rode tick
Fenders tick
Boathook tick

2 anchors
(Fishermans and Plough)
30.00m (98'5") of chain
130.00m (426'6") of rode

Safety Equipment

10% Discount on courses
Life buoys tick
Searchlight tick
Horn tick
Emergency steering tick

4 bilge pumps (0 manual / 0 electric)

Fire fighting equipment. 4 engine driven bilge pumps.

Broker's Comments

An opportunity to own a true RNLI classic!
The Watson 46 is a much loved old girl and a famous type in the proud history of the RNLI. This one has been lovingly owned and cared for. She benefits from the addition of a gaff rig for off wind sailing and although she might not win you any trophies around the cans in your local club races she should take you safely wherever it is you want to go, slowly! She will also attract the lion's share of admiring glances wherever you drop your mud hook!
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This Watson 47 Ex Lifeboat has been personally photographed and viewed by Keith 07968 375172 of Boatshed Wales. 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.