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Pinnace Fighting Vessel

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Boat REF# 205531
Sold / Unavailable
LOA 10.36m (34'0")
Year 1918
Construction Wood
Underwater profile Long keel
Berths 4
Engine 1 x Diesel 50hp, Yanmar TNV4 (2007)
Lying Medway kent


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Extra Details

Builder Portsmouth Royal Navy
Lying Medway kent
Fuel capacity 120.0 ltr (26.4 G) Total - 1 Tanks


Engine 1 x Diesel 50hp
Engine make and model Yanmar TNV4 (2007)
Engine Hours Not Recorded
Engine Cooled Indirect
Steering Wheel
Drive Shaft
Fuel consumption (approx) Not Recorded

New Yanmar engine installed in 2007.


LOA 10.36m (34'0")
Beam 2.74m (9'0")
Storage In water


10% discount on rigging

Wood spars (unknown year)


Discounts available from our Preferred Partners
Mainsail - (unknown year)

Electrical Systems

12 volt, 3 batteries charged by: engine


Discounts available from our Preferred Partners
Construction Wood
Underwater profile Long keel
Finish Paint finish

The History of this vessel is as follows;
1918 Built at Cowes as an inspection craft for the Grand Union Canal Company.
1929-1950 Used extensively by the Directors of the Company especially when the Company acquired an extra 250 miles of canals.
1939 Underwent an extensive refit.
1950 Transferred to British Waterways but only used occasionally.
1958 Underwent another extensive refit.
1970 Remained in poor condition at Bulbourne.
1974 Bought by Mr Michael Rabbet who took her out of the water at Buckby and moved her to Dedham where she was painstakingly restored and rebuilt.
1977 Relaunched at Grayton and cruised the canals with the Rabbet family.
1980 Sold to Oliver and Mary Turner.
1998 Included on the National Register of Historic Vessels.
2012 Vessel selected for Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Pageant on 3 June 2012.
2013 Brought by the current owner who is selling due to poor health.


Total # of berths 4
No. of double berths 1
No. of single berths 2
Handbasin 1
Shower 1
Heads 1 heads (Sea Toilet)
Cooker tick
Grill tick
Oven tick
Sink tick
Fridge tick
Cabin heating tick
Pressurised water system tick
Hot water system tick
Non-Smokers tick

2 burner gas cooker

Nav Equipment

Chart plotter tick

Deck Gear

Sail cover tick
Warps tick
Fenders tick
Boathook tick
Davits tick

Manual windlass
1 anchors
Wave line dinghy (unknown year)
3.3hp outboard, Mariner (unknown year)

Safety Equipment

10% Discount on courses

2 bilge pumps (1 manual / 1 Electric)

Broker's Comments

These boat details are subject to contract.
This beautiful vessel was the last canal inspection launch built in this country in 1928 and is one of only four remaining (three afloat). She was used extensively by the Directors of the Grand Junction Canal Co in the 1930s and 1940s and was transferred to British Waterways in 1950. Used by then sporadically, she was eventually left idle and neglected until 1970 when she was sold into private hands and extensively restored.
This beautiful vessel has had lots of love and money poured on her and now needs a new owner to keep her in her current condition.
Viewing highly recommended!
Note: Offers on the asking price may be considered.

This Pinnace Fighting Vessel has been personally photographed and viewed by Suzzanne McDonald of Boatshed Medway. 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 appropriate, at his own expense, to employ qualified agents to carry out surveys, structural and/or mechanical & electrical.

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