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32ft. RAMPART MOTOR-YACHT, excellent restored example – Lying: South Coast


32ft. RAMPART THIRTY-TWO MOTOR-YACHT (yard number 624) designed by John Desty and built in 1962 for Rt. Hon. Lord Euan Geddes CBE (currently Deputy Speaker of the House of Lords) by Rampart Boat Building Company, Bittern Manor, Southampton


Boat Details

Overall Length: 32ft
Waterline: 29ft 6ins
Beam: 9ft 4ins
Draught: 2ft 9ins
Displacement: 11 Tons T M
Engine: 56hp Ford Diesel
Berths: 4
Sail: Steadying Rig
Designer: John Desty
Builder: Rampart Boatbuilding Company
Year Built: 1962
Location: South coast


The Rampart Boatbuilding Company needs little introduction as one of the most well-known motor-yacht yards in England. Established just after the First World War at Bitterne Manor, Southampton by George Desty the yard soon became famous for their range of production motor-yachts. Ramparts continued until the early 1980’s as one of the last South Coast yards to be still building wooden boats. The Rampart 32 with its stylish lines and generous well finished accommodation is a highly successful medium displacement vessel. Featuring traditional construction with good sea-keeping qualities proven over many years. The design is ideal for extended cruising or for exploring French waterways as undertaken in previous ownership.

POP WATTS, formerly NEUMARO was built for Rt. Hon. Lord Euan Michael Ross Geddes (named after a combination of Lord Geddes Christian names) in 1962 to a standard design. Lord & Lady Geddes kept NEUMARO on a Lymington mooring during their five-year ownership. In the late 1960s, the Rampart was sold to Oliver Watts of Milton, Portsmouth. He called the vessel POP WATTS and she remained in the Watts family for four decades, inherited from Oliver to Colin Watts. In more recent ownership the vessel has been fully refurbished to a high standard and is possibly one of the best examples of her type. Care was taken to retain the period charm and character and the result is an extremely original yet practical motor-yacht.

Carvel Mahogany planked hull, all copper fastened to steam bent Canadian Rock Elm timbers. T & G Pine decks, epoxy sheathed and painted. Long keel with internal trimming ballast, bilge keels, raked straight stem, round bilges and transom stern.
Spacious accommodation with varnished Mahogany joinery and white enamelled woodwork.
FORE CABIN: Two single or double berth with storage below. Fore-hatch. Access to the chain locker.
LOBBY: with door to starboard hanging/stowage locker.
HEADS COMPARTMENT: Situated to port with marine wc, wash-basin and generous shelving.
SALOON: Dinette to port converts to double berth. Side-board with TV, shelving.
GALLEY: Full length to starboard with concealed stainless steel sink unit, ample worktops with pantry and crockery lockers below, fridge, cooker and drawers.
WHEELSHELTER: Helm to port with engine instrumentation, access to engine casing housing the 56hp FORD DIESEL ENGINE. 240-volt shore-power. VHF Radio.
AFT COCKPIT: seating to three sides and removable canopy. Access to fuel and water tanks in aft lazarette.
Electric Windlass
Signals Mast
Stern Davits
Bathing Platform


A well maintained and presented classic motor-yacht, restored in the previous ownership.
Photos dated 10-11-2017

Personally inspected by Classic Yacht Brokerage
GUIDE: £30,000
LYING: South-Coast