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1958 Classic Wooden Twin Screw Motor Yacht for sale. Carole Ann is a four berth, centre wheelhouse motor cruiser of round bilge design,Planked double diagonal fashion of teak on oak timbers. Built in 1958 by Graham Bunn of Wroxham to an R M (Rip) Martin design. Originally built for the famous entertainer George Formby and named Lady Beryl II after his wife. It has been in its present ownership for 23 years and has been cared for regardless of cost. Presently moored in London, so viewing by arrangement. Mooring may be available in London. This is a very unique boat and must be seen to be appreciated.
Designed and built for the Great George Formby actor and entertainer she was originally called Lady Beryl 2 after George’s formidable wife Beryl.
Based on a Norfolk Broads Cruiser she was twin screw and built for the sea. However, on her maiden voyage the story goes that Mrs Formby did not enjoy it so it returned to the broads and was used as a holiday boat.
Beryl died in 1960 and a few months later just as George was about to marry his new young bride, he died and as part of his estate the boat was put on the market in 1961.
It was reported in the press to have been sold to a mystery buyer however the Lloyds register shows this to have been Mr. George Brown.
In the Seventies the boat was used as it was intended entering various sea events like the Heineken Amsterdam rally and made various sea and channel crossings.
The current owners bought her from their good friends Phil Ryan and Eunice Mountjoy in 1988 on the agreement she would be loved and looked after as they would have. Philip Ryan, a local boat builder, unfortunately died in 1999 and the boat remains a reminder of how Philip would have liked it to have been remodelled.
Since 1988 she has been a frequent visitor to Messer’s Michael Dennets & Co, and for over 20 years, Steven Dennet has worked with his team to bring her up to a current condition which is pretty close to completion but as with all wooden boats, is a never ending quest.
The Revamp began firstly by removing the steadying mast and levelling the rear cabin roof with teak decking. This allowed the installation of a flying bridge complete with screen and helmsman station which was something Phil had always felt the boat was crying out for.
On the interior forward we replaced her hip bath with a wet room and revamped her tired main bedroom which has a full sized double bed, wardrobe and dressing table all in lavish Cherry wood.
The central wheelhouse has been kept as it was so to speak with the floor being replaced and a general tidying up of the equipment and re-varnishing and painting of the roof.
Astern, she has had a similar modernising with the galley being given a more open plan layout with new built-in cupboards in solid mahogany.
The rear of the cabin has had the sides re-panelled in oak and various cupboards re-vamped with a modern bar and TV cabinet in-stalled in order not to spoil the overall look of the interior.
More recently all the teak decks forward and aft have been completely replaced and the whole boat repainted and re-varnished. She has her original 130 BHP Perkins SM6 Engines which were re-built some 10 years ago and has a top speed of 9.5 knots cruising at 7 knots.
In 2012 ‘Carole Ann of Hamble’ was added to the National Register of Historic Vessels.
She remains a joy to own..
Builders Graham Bunn (Wroxham)
Country of Origin UK
Length 39 ft (11.89m)
Beam 10ft (3.05m)
Draft 3ft (0.91m)
Air Draft 8ft (2.44m)
Net Tonnage 11.42
Gross Tonnage 18.77
Engines Perkins SM6 6cyl 130hp Diesels
Fresh Water Capacity 150 Gallons
Fuel Capacity 100 Gallons
Fuel Consumption 3 litres per hour.
Constructed to a very high specification in double diagonal teak, 2" planks Copper fastened.
Oak Stem, keel and frames.
Iron Keel of approx 2 tons.
Main hull stringers collected into bronze brackets in the fore peak.
Steering gear - Twin Bronze Rudders and bronze operating gear.
Bilge Pumps 1 x Electric.
See photos to appreciate the full interior layout.
Cabins 2 plus wheelhouse
Heads 1 with Holding Tank
Eberspacher Warm Air Heating and Electric radiators.
Pressurised Water System
Water heating, Calorifier and Immersion Heater
Anchor with manual winch.
50m Anchor chain
Shepperton Marina Mooring Offer
We are pleased to be able to offer discounted moorings for the first year at Shepperton Marina for all boats purchased through our Boat Showrooms brokerage office. For this boat, an annual (non-residential) mooring if paid in advance would be £4374.00 including VAT and the discount, saving £486.00! Power (240v) is via a pre-payment card for the electric pod if required.
The company offers the detail of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.
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