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Medical Officers Cutter

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Boat REF# 5111
Sold / Unavailable
LOA 29.86m (98'0")
Year 1966
Construction Steel
Underwater profile Full-displacement
Berths 25
Lying Kent


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Extra Details

Designer James Pollock & Co
Builder James Pollock & Co
Lying Kent


The original main engine is the five cylinder Ruston ATXM rated at 655 SHP at 400rpm. This engine has completed 12,800 hours since new and is generally operated at a maximum of 310rpm. This engine is direct injection air start.

A Gardner marine engine (not a converted vehicle engine) with extended crankshaft, iron sump, model 6LXB is fitted as a wing engine to port, with the Gardner mechanical gearbox. This engine is at present set to the continuous marine rating of 125shp at 1500rpm. In addition it provides 24v DC power bilge, fire and salvage pump services. The mechanical gearbox is fitted to permit the wing engine propellor to be locked in position when this is required.
The diesel fuel capacity is eleven tons, in the existing double bottom tanks, settling and gravity day tank. Fresh water capacity is some 15 tons. Space is available for the carriage of considerable extra fuel and water. An early model water maker is aboard but now remains unused.

Extreme range, at economical speed, is 3500 n. miles. Fuel consumption at the most economical speed, 7 knots, is found to be 5 to 7 imp. gallons per hour. At 11 knots double this.


LOA 29.86m (98'0")
LWL 26.51m (87'0")
Beam 6.40m (21'0")
Draft Min 2.90m (9'6")
Displacement 127,671kg (281,514.6lbs)
Headroom 2.00m (6'7")


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The ship is rigged for and carries a Bermudian mizzen sail, a mizzen staysail and foresail. These purely auxiliary sails both steady the ship and considerably reduce fuel consumption. Salis are not effective “to windward”.


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Construction Steel
Underwater profile Full-displacement
Finish Paint finish

The hull is in low carbon steel, five strakes per side, 0.38”, 0.26”, 0.26”, 0.26” and 0.30”, and is fastened with 5/8” mild steel rivets. A 6” x 1” bar keelson extends the length of the ship, protects the propeller and forms the lower rudder support. The ship regularly takes the ground. The hull scantlings will be recognised as heavy. Recent ultrasonic testing indicates minimal erosion.

There are four watertight transverse bulkheads, with watertight doors. The diesel fuel capacity is eleven tons, in the existing double bottom tanks, settling and gravity day tank. Fresh water capacity is some 15 tons. Space is available for the carriage of considerable extra fuel and water. An early model water maker is aboard but now remains unused.


Total # of berths 25
Cabin(s) 10
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Saloon (originally the Medical Officer’s consulting room). Re-furnished in 1998. Including:- Two nine foot settee/berths, dining table to seat ten people, an anthracite burning stove and sideboard.

“Medical Officer’s cabin”, with berth, desk, drawers and with a large compartment with sliding doors now used for major food stores.

“Master’s cabin”, single berth, desk and wardrobe.

“Officers” WC with shower and washbasin.

Galley includes:- Butane gas stove, oven, sink with fresh and salt water supply and refrigerator.

Deck cabin to starboard with two berths.

After cabins, originally the “hospital”. Three berths in two compartments, separate WC.

A bar, with basin, running water, liquor stowage and cabinet serves the awning covered after deck hospitality area.

Portside is a WC with washbasin and shower. Portside is a general storeroom for tools and deck gear.

Below, forward, is a crew mess fitted out with three berths plus two settee/berths, table, and two large stowage cabinets.

Astern of the crew mess are two smaller cabins, one with two berths, one with three.

A storeroom, used for food stores, is equipped with a large well-insulated icebox.

Aft, two double berth cabins are either side of a wide passageway with an accommodation ladder to the after deck. Each has a cupboard and hanging wardrobe.

1 off Single phase arc welding set, 150 amp
2 off Wheel bench grinder
1 off Small bench lathe
1 off Bench drill press
1 off Propane gas cooker, with oven
1 off Rechargeable 12v electric portable drill
1 off Double insulated 230v deep freeze – requiring some eight hours AC supply
only, per day
1 off Gas/electric refrigerator
2 off Boats with outboard motors.
1 off 230v electric portable high pressure washer/cleaner
A comprehensive set of hand tools
Portable electric tools, grinder, drills and a jigsaw
Liferaft and lifejackets

Nav Equipment

Furuno 40 mile radar
Raytheon12 mile radar.
Two off VHF radio telephones, with extension speakers to deck area.
Auto Pilot, 24v, with manual steering by hand held selector portable to the bridge wings.
Magellan GPS with electronic chart overlay and cassettes for British Isles areas.

Deck Gear

A gasoline powered portable fire/salvage pump and a 3.5kw 230/110v AC generator are carried, both air-cooled.
A two-speed hand operated winch of 1000 kilos capacity is mounted on the port side upper deck such that it can operate derricks or anchor.

Broker's Comments

Built in 1966 by James Pollock and Co., Faversham, Kent UK for the city of London Port Health Authority, designated as “Medical Officers Cutter”.

The original intention was for this vessel to meet incoming passenger liners at the North Foreland, to conduct health checks, to remove casualties and to give the shipping health clearance inwards. In point of fact she was very little used and was effectively laid up after some nine years service. In 1982 she was purchased by her present owners, laid up again until, in 1997, she commenced conversion to a private yacht. This involved no major structural work. Two double cabins aft replace a storeroom. Certain hospital installations, such as the marble slab, were replaced by the after bar.

Comments aded by Mike Booth (March 2007) She has recently donated some of her engine parts to her sister ship and may now be more suitable as a house boat. The owner might accept offers along these lines. Please call to discuss

Note: Offers on the asking price may be considered.

This Medical Officers Cutter has been personally photographed and viewed by Mike Booth of Boatshed Essex. 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.

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