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Wooden  MFV Admiralty built MFV 45

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Boat REF# 22415
Sold / Unavailable
LOA 15.30m (50'2")
Year 1945
Construction Wood carvel
Underwater profile Full-displacement
Berths 10
Engine 1 x Diesel 95hp, Gardner 5 L3 5-cyl (1955)
Lying South Devon


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Extra Details

Designer Admiralty
Builder Charles Pearson (Hull) Ltd
Lying South Devon
Fuel capacity 8,182.0 ltr (1,800.0 G) Total - 4 Tanks
Water capacity 7,272.8 ltr (1,600.0 G) Total - 4 Tanks
Last survey 17/05/2010


Engine 1 x Diesel 95hp
Engine make and model Gardner 5 L3 5-cyl (1955)
Engine Hours engine1:   2765
Engine Cooled Direct
Steering Wheel
Drive Shaft
Prop(s) 4 bladed fixed
Fuel consumption (approx) 6.8 ltr (1.5 G) /hour At Cruising Speed
Cruising speed (approx) 7 knots
Max speed (approx) 7.5 knots
Generator output 1.5KVA

Engine had major rebuild during 1980's; twin stuffing boxes; Honda petrol generator; small inverter;
12v, 24v, 120v and 240v system;
numerous engine spares


LOA 15.30m (50'2")
Beam 4.88m (16'0")
Draft Min 1.90m (6'3")
Draft Max 1.90m (6'3")
Airdraft 2.47m (8'1")
Displacement 28,957kg (63,850.2lbs)
Headroom 2.59m (8'6")
Storage In water


10% discount on rigging

Ketch rigged Wood spars (unknown year) with galvanised standing rigging (2000)


Discounts available from our Preferred Partners
Mainsail Not known - (unknown year)
Headsail - Furling (unknown year)
Other sails Mizzen (unknown year)
Storm jib (unknown year)

Electrical Systems

12 volt, 6 batteries charged by: engine, shore power, generator


Discounts available from our Preferred Partners
Construction Wood carvel
Underwater profile Full-displacement
Finish Paint finish

Major and extensive refit complete May 2010 with new planking on both port & starboard topsides
All new planking base coated with 2x coats vinygard
New steel shoe fitted to keel (with anodes) 2009/2010
Larch on oak with mahogany interior


Total # of berths 10
No. of double berths 1
No. of single berths 8
Cabin(s) 4
Handbasin 3
Shower 1
Heads 3 heads (Manual)
Cooker tick
Grill tick
Oven tick
Sink tick
Fridge tick
Carpet tick
Curtains tick
Cabin heating tick
Manual water system tick
Pressurised water system tick
Hot water system tick
Raw water wash tick

3x gas cylinders; Reflex diesel heating (with separate tank); Gas water heater

4 burner gas cooker

Nav Equipment

Compass tick
Speed tick
Log tick
Radar tick
VHF tick
GPS tick
Navtex tick
Stereo tick
Clock tick
Barometer tick
Navigation lights tick
Echo sounder tick

JRC 1000 radar; Streamline GPS; Oceanstar VHF; Various UK charts (regularly updated); Hand held VHF; Seafarer 5 depth

Deck Gear

Sail cover tick
Warps tick
Fenders tick
Boathook tick

Manual Simpson Lawrence windlass
5 anchors
(40lb CQR, 2 x 20lb CQR, Fishermans and Danforth)
Avon dinghy (unknown year)
Large amount of anchor chain;
6 x Admiralty boathooks

Safety Equipment

10% Discount on courses
LPG Detector tick
Liferaft tick
Life jackets tick
Life buoys tick
Searchlight tick
Horn tick
Boarding ladder tick
Emergency steering tick

3 bilge pumps (0 manual / 3 Electric)

6 x Lifebuoys; Fire fighting equipment; Engine driven bilge pump in addition to manual & electric (also switchable for saltwater deck washdown)

Broker's Comments

Boatshed Dartmouth are pleased to present a true classic Admiralty MFV.
Stepping onboard this Admiralty MFV and greeted warmly by the current owner I knew straight away this was no ordinary boat. The reluctant sale of this boat by the owner represents the opportunity to preserve and use a boat that is part of our British Royal Navy history. There are classics and classic boats – this is living history. Most importantly she has just finished an extensive refit under the supervision of a surveyor so she has the potential to last many more years yet.

There are just half a dozen or so of these Admiralty MFV’s left from perhaps 400 built. This particular example was built for the Royal Navy in 1944/45 to Admiralty specifications. She was sold out of service in 1948 and was then used for fishing out of Belfast until being converted into a Motor Yacht in 1965.

The layout suits living aboard perfectly with plenty of space but she is so economical to run she deserves to be cruised as well and the current owner asked that I refer to her as a ’cruising home’ which is exactly what she is. She is seaworthy, economical and comfortable and should be used to her full cruising extent. Making a steady 7.5 knots and using just 1.5 gallons an hour with plenty of fuel onboard there is the opportunity to cruise and explore almost where ever you’d like to go – in comfort.

You also have the opportunity to purchase something of a celebrity. She is much admired and is well known around the classic regattas where she has scooped numerous awards over the years. She was used for the hunt for the Loch Ness monster in Operation Deep Scan in 1987 and she even made an appearance in the 1988 comedy film "A Fish Called Wanda".

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

This Wooden MFV Admiralty built MFV 45 has been personally photographed and viewed by Paul Singer of Boatshed Dartmouth. 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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