Humber Keel Sheffield Class

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£220,000.00 Reduced

18.74m (61'6")



Underwater profile


1 x Diesel 54hp, Gardner 4LW (1947)

South Devon

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Extra Details

Designer Richard Dunstons
Builder Claude Campling
Lying South Devon
Fuel capacity 250.0 ltr (55.0 G) Total - 2 Tanks
Water capacity 640.0 ltr (140.8 G) Total - 2 Tanks
Holding tank capacity 320.0 ltr (70.4 G) Total - 1 Tanks
Last survey 10/11/2008


Engine 1 x Diesel 54hp
Engine make and model Gardner 4LW (1947)
Engine Hours Engine1: 219.7
Engine Cooled Direct
Steering Tiller & Wheel
Drive Shaft
Prop(s) Three
Fuel consumption (approx) Not Recorded
Cruising speed (approx) 5.5 knots
Max speed (approx) 11 knots
Generator output 8.5KVA

The Gardner engine was totally refurbished and a larger than average weed box has been fitted.
There is a domestic stainless-steel water tank that can be coupled to the engine to supply hot water when the engine is engaged during a voyage.
Twin 250 gallon diesel tanks situated port and starboard keep the engine supplied. Diesel filler outlets are located on each side of the ship.


LOA 18.74m (61'6")
Beam 4.60m (15'1")
Draft Max 1.52m (5'0")
Displacement 32,000kg (70,560.0lbs)
Storage On mooring

Electrical Systems

12 volt, 6 batteries charged by: engine, wind generator, solar panels


Construction Steel
Underwater profile Full-displacement
Finish Paint finish

The conversion of the vessel has taken into account the present owners desire to make her not only a very comfortable live-aboard but also a sea worthy vessel as depicted by her bespoke fit out with top of the range materials with all furniture and fittings being ‘bolted’ and ‘fitted’ into place to allow for sea voyages.
A full documented record of every step of the conversion depicts all the many areas of work that are now covered by panelling.

Her steel coach roof incorporates six 12mm laminated glass roof lights with lockable steel shutters. Three of these are triple glazed for heat retention. The other three are winterized during the winter with king span pads.

She has a solas class B (deliberately downgraded from an A) life raft. Held in place by a stainless-steel carrier (this will need servicing for any long journey).
She has had extra centre bollards for ease of handling and these along with the man wire stanchions are maintenance free stainless steel.


Total # of berths 11
No. of double berths 2
No. of single berths 7
Cabin(s) 3
Handbasin 2
Shower 1
Heads 2 heads (Manual)
Oven tick
Sink tick
Fridge tick
Freezer tick
Cabin heating tick
Pressurised water system tick
Washing Machine tick

Her hull was purchased from Victor Waddington of Swinton as an empty shell, following a fifteen-year search for a strong straight hull worthy of conversion. Waddington’s had removed the strong beam and the many amendments they made to compensate for this made her one of the strongest vessels still afloat. The combings were gusseted, the side decks doubled, the bottom was over plated and eight internal steel supports were fitted along the length of the hold.

The current owners made the decision to have the turn of the bilge plated well in advance of future requirements.
She has been shot blasted internally to eradicate years of bitumen and was then sprayed with an inert polyurethane spray foam friendly undercoat. The polyurethane spray foam was professionally done, with extra thickness applied to all surfaces, including the engine room to deaden any engine noise during motoring.

Nav Equipment

Compass tick
Speed tick
VHF DSC radio tick
GPS tick
Clock tick
Barometer tick
Navigation lights tick
TV tick
Fish Finder tick

Deck Gear

Warps tick
Fenders tick
Boathook tick
Cockpit Enclosure tick

Manual not known windlass
1 anchors
30.00m (98'5") of chain

Safety Equipment

Liferaft tick

1 bilge pumps (0 manual / 1 Electric)

Broker's Comments

This Humber Keel has been lovingly converted to an exceptionally high standard during 20 years of current ownership. She originally served on the Humber and was built by Dunstans of Thorne for Hodgsons Tannery in 1945, although she was launched in 1946. All works commissioned and overseen by current owners (a former mechanical engineer) to the highest engineering standards. A stunning livaboard with some finishing touches left, so plenty of opportunity to make into your own home.

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

This Humber Keel Sheffield Class has been personally photographed and viewed by Jerry Harper of Boatshed Dartmouth. 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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