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SOLD – 32ft. KETCH MOTOR-SAILER – converted 1930s MFV – Lying: Southern Ireland


32ft. KETCH MOTOR-SAILER built circa 1930s as a Motor Fishing Vessel, converted by Old Court Boats, West Cork


A robustly built, traditional canoe stern MFV, well converted to a purposeful motor-sailer. Offered for sale at a reasonable price to take in to account some re-commissioning work now required. A great opportunity to purchase a conveniently sized vessel located in the beautiful West Cork area of Southern Ireland, in a traditional boatyard where fitting out work can be undertaken.


Boat Details

Overall Length: 32ft
Waterline: 29ft
Beam: 11ft
Draught: 5ft 6ins
Displacement: 12 Tons
Engine: 120hp Perkins Diesel
Berths: 2
Sail: Auxiliary Ketch Rig
Designer: Traditional MFV
Builder: Belfast, Northern Ireland
Year Built: 1930s
Location: Southern Ireland


CHANCER was most likely built in the 1930s in Belfast as a fishing boat but by the end of the 20th Century, she was being used by the Port Authority as a ‘Line Boat’, used in rough weather to bring mooring lines ashore from large vessels so they could winch themselves in. Auctioned in Belfast Docks,  she was bought by the Baltimore Harbour Master and transported to Southern Ireland. The current owners bought her some twenty years ago and had her re-fitted by Old Court Boats, Baltimore, Southern Ireland.

CHANCER has been laid-up ashore for over four years and now requires some re-commissioning.
The electrics and all equipment need testing, the main deck needs to be re-caulked and sealed, poop and stern decks have been done.
Traditionally built, Larch planked hull on Oak timbers, originally iron fastened. Re-fastened during conversion with galvanised mild steel. Larch and Iroko decks. The superstructure of Oak and marine-ply on an Ash frame.

Interior joinery with a mix of timbers fitted out for extended living aboard.
FORE-CABIN: Double berth, brass fore-deck hatch, portlight and access to –
SALOON: Full headroom, Charcoal stove with copper heat shield, two settee benches, skylight.
GALLEY: with small double sink unit, stainless steel Shipmate diesel cooker, gimballed with oven and two burners. Engine cover doubles as saloon table.
HEADS: Baby Blake marine wc (fully renovated and available to install) Victorian elm-wood butler’s sink as sit-in shower with handheld fitting over, portlight.
120hp PERKINS 6 CYLINDER DIESEL ENGINE with 2:1 reduction gearbox. Engine checked over and last running August 2017. Hydraulic steering. 240-volt shore-power. 12 & 24-volt electrics onboard with switched circuit breakers all labelled.
All Stainless steel tanks, fuel, fresh-water, grey and black water tanks.
WHEELHOUSE: Traditional spoked wheel, engine instrumentation. Morse control. Hinged Helmsman’s seat. VHF radio, Raytheon depth sounder, Navman GPS, Navman Plotter (not installed)
AFT COCKPIT: Access to the stern locker.
AUXILIARY KETCH RIG: Deck stepped masts. Gaff rigged main. Staysail. Rigging requires attention.


Manual Anchor Winch
CQR Anchor, galvanised chain
Admiralty Pattern Anchor

GUIDE: SOLD – June 2018
LYING: Southern Ireland