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Admiralty Harbour Launch 53' Post 1955

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Boat REF# 135552
Sold / Unavailable
LOA 16.00m (52'6")
Year 1958
Construction Wood carvel
Underwater profile Full-displacement
Engine 1 x Diesel 150hp, Foden FD6 Mk2 (unknown year)
Lying North Lowestoft


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Extra Details

Designer Fairlie Yacht Slip Co, Ayrshire
Builder AM Dickie & Sons Ltd, Bangor.
Lying North Lowestoft
Fuel capacity 456.0 ltr (100.3 G) Total - 2 Tanks
Water capacity 182.0 ltr (40.0 G) Total - 1 Tanks
Last survey 16/07/2011


Engine 1 x Diesel 150hp
Engine make and model Foden FD6 Mk2 (unknown year)
Engine Hours engine1:   Unrecorded
Engine Cooled Direct
Steering Wheel
Drive Shaft
Prop(s) 3 blade
Fuel consumption (approx) 8.0 ltr (1.8 G) /hour At Cruising Speed
Cruising speed (approx) 8 knots
Max speed (approx) 9 knots

Engine serviced by Rolls Royce and is silky smooth.


LOA 16.00m (52'6")
LWL 15.77m (51'9")
Beam 3.91m (12'10")
Draft Min 1.68m (5'6")
Draft Max 1.68m (5'6")
Airdraft 4.32m (14'2")
Displacement 22,857kg (50,399.9lbs)
Headroom 1.83m (6'0")
Storage On mooring

Electrical Systems

12 volt, 4 batteries charged by: engine


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Construction Wood carvel
Underwater profile Full-displacement
Finish Paint finish

Wood carvel double-diagonal construction using teak on oak frames with copper-sheathing to the hull, all in good condition.


Cabin(s) 2
Cooker tick
Grill tick
Oven tick
Sink tick
Manual water system tick

Apart from a solid fuel Aga in the forward cabin, the interior is completely bare.
A second gas cooker is installed in the wheelhouse, ideal for a skippers brew!

0 burner solid cooker

Nav Equipment

Compass tick
Navigation lights tick

Deck Gear

Manual Simpson Lawrence windlass
2 anchors
30.00m (98'5") of chain

Safety Equipment

10% Discount on courses

4 bilge pumps (1 manual / 3 Electric)

Broker's Comments

These iconic Admiralty Harbour Launches have been servicing fleet operations since as early as 1882, initially steam driven and later, diesel powered.
With the advent of WW2, a further 90 updated diesel launches were commissioned to Fairlies design and built by 13 different UK boatyards.
Built in 1958, this example spent her working lift around Portsmouth until passing into private ownership in 1986.
She is in very good overall condition and is a blank canvas for her new owner.
Call Steve to arrange you viewing aboard this historic craft.
These boat details are subject to contract.
Note: Offers on the asking price may be considered.

This Admiralty Harbour Launch 53' Post 1955 has been personally photographed and viewed by Steve Edington of Boatshed Suffolk. Click here for contact details.
The particulars herein are intended to give a fair description of the vessel but are not guaranteed as accurate. They shall not form part of any offer or contract for the sale of the vessel. The prospective purchaser is recommended to independently check the particulars. The vendor is not selling in the course of a business unless otherwise stated. Personal property is excluded from the sale of the vessel unless specifically included in the listing specifications above or in a Purchase Contract. Personal property may be equipment or gear not permanently attached to the vessel including but not limited to: artwork, entertainment equipment, fishing equipment, TV receivers, recreational equipment, kayaks, tools, and personal appliances. Photos that may incidentally depict owners' personal property do not convey that such items are included in the sale of the vessel unless specifically listed herein.

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