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Weatherheads Trawler Ex Rings Netter Conversion - Renovation Project

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Boat REF# 157461
Sold / Unavailable
LOA 16.46m (54'0")
Year 1949
Construction Wood carvel
Underwater profile Full-displacement
Engine 1 x Diesel 120hp, Kelvin T4 (1965)
Lying West Coast Of Scotland


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Extra Details

Designer Weatherheads
Builder Weatherheads Cockenzie
Lying West Coast Of Scotland
Fuel capacity 4,544.0 ltr (999.7 G) Total - 2 Tanks
Water capacity 408.0 ltr (89.8 G) Total - 2 Tanks


Engine 1 x Diesel 120hp
Engine make and model Kelvin T4 (1965)
Engine Hours Not Recorded
Engine Cooled Direct
Steering Wheel
Drive Shaft
Prop(s) 3 Blade Bronze
Fuel consumption (approx) 5.0 ltr (1.1 G) /hour At Cruising Speed

One Kelvin T4 diesel engine, shaft driven. The vessel was originally launched with a Kelvin K4 (88hp)and that was replaced in 1961 with the newer T4. The T4 has 4 cylinders and is 120hp. Electric starter and flick the two centre decompression levers and she fires up immediately. She is a smooth running engine and is attached to a Kelvin 3:1 hydraulic gearbox. The exhaust metalwork was replaced between the engine and outlet pipes.
The shaft and propellor are the original Kelvin.

Solar panel - Nov 2011


LOA 16.46m (54'0")
LWL 14.69m (48'2")
Beam 5.03m (16'6")
Draft Min 2.00m (6'7")
Draft Max 2.00m (6'7")
Airdraft 8.56m (28'1")
Headroom 1.80m (5'11")
Storage On mooring


10% discount on rigging

Wood spars (unknown year)


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With a useable mast and boom present, it would also be possible to add a modest sailing rig for conversion into a motor-sailer.

Electrical Systems

24 volt, 2 batteries charged by: engine, solar panels


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Construction Wood carvel
Underwater profile Full-displacement
Finish Paint finish

Being sold as a Renovation Project, this is an Ex Ring Netter Trawler originally built in 1949 by Weatherheads of Cockenzie as a herring fishing skiff. Her original Kelvin K4 engine was replaced by a 120hp T4 in 1961 and in 1991 she was retired from fishing when she was then converted by Weatherheads into a liveaboard motor yacht with a new wheelhouse and railings. A steel coachroof was installed in the late 90's to replace the wooden original which runs from the wheelhouse to forward of the saloon, this is awaiting lining. There is a hatch central forward on the coachroof and there is another hatch in the forward berths cabin. The engine room has a door in the central bulkhead and a laddered hatchway aft of the engine.

The hull was partially re-nailed and completely re-caulked and painted in 2012. Partially stripped, the renovation is currently ongoing with the front of the wheelhouse replaced in Jan 2013 and given new windows and framework. The deck has been damaged by fresh water over a period of five years and now requires either sanded/planed down and the edges replaced in areas. The foredeck woodwork is serviceable and the rib-heads also require either scarfed or replaced by pairing up with new wood.

Her hull is constructed of carvel planking, larch on oak and is very clean and was treated during the strip down in 2012. Painted with two coats of primer, two coats of gloss topside, two coats of oil based primer and anti fouled below the waterline, further pictures are available of the whole process which cost £2895. Zinc anodes were also replaced and all hull fittings were serviced too. The keel band is of heavy steel and is in excellent condition.

Last survey report 08/06/2011 ...with much of the advisory work being completed in March 2012.


Heads 1 heads (Sea Toilet)
Cooker tick
Sink tick
Pressurised water system tick
Hot water system tick

With lots of flexible open space below decks, she is currently stripped-out awaiting an internal conversion for liveaboard or other uses. The original four coffin-berth's in the forward cabin have been retained.

2 burner gas cooker

Nav Equipment

Compass tick
VHF tick
GPS tick
Chart plotter tick
Barometer tick
Navigation lights tick
Fish Finder tick
Echo sounder tick

Furuno GPS plotter
Hummingbird TCR Echo Sounder
VHF Radio
CCTV - Camera in engine room, monitor in wheelhouse

Deck Gear

Warps tick
Fenders tick
Boathook tick

Thomas Reid windlass
1 anchors
45.00m (147'8") of chain
Pioner 8 dinghy (unknown year)
(Hard Dinghy)

Safety Equipment

10% Discount on courses
Liferaft tick
Horn tick
Emergency steering tick

2 bilge pumps (2 manual / 0 Electric)

EPIRB battery replacement date: 18-05-2013

5 Person Liferaft - Out Of Date.
3 Fire Extinguishers.

Broker's Comments

This wooden trawler would provide a sound base for a DIY re-fit, possibly converting into a spacious liveaboard that would be at home anywhere.

This is a project for someone that has the time and inclination towards this type of vessel. She is currently being used and is capable of moving to any new location.

She is a registered Historic Ship and is therefore eligible for the financial services package that comes with that.

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

This Weatherheads Trawler Ex Rings Netter Conversion - Renovation Project has been personally photographed and viewed by Derek Armstrong of Boatshed Scotland. 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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