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48′ Rampart Motor Yacht


Elegant Rampart 48 motor yacht in need of some refit work. Fresh water ingress appears to have caused soft in the upper planking of the top sides and will need further investigation. Perkins P6 75hp diesels giv e8 knots cruising speed. 7 berths in 3 cabins. Aft saloon opening into the aft cockpit, an unusual design feature. Nice big yacht for sensible money.


Boat Details

Overall Length: 48'
Waterline: 44'3"
Beam: 11'9"
Draught: 4'6"
Engine: Twin Perkins P6 75hp
Berths: 7
Designer: Horace Desty
Builder: Rampart Boat Building Co.
Year Built: 1960
Location: Berkshire

48′ Rampart Motor Yacht For Sale

Rampart 48 twin screw motor yacht built by the Rampart Boat Building Co. In 1960 to a design by Horace Desty.

Ramparts were a successful yard that grew up out of the desire for elegant motor yachts in a booming economy.  Ramparts and others catered for this with attractive well built vessels offering separate sleeping cabins, more than one heads compartment and plenty of entertaining space.

This example is a handy 48’ and has an attractive aft cockpit accessed from the main saloon which is aft of the wheelhouse.  This is a slightly different concept of design compared to many other boats of the period which traditionally had the owners accommodation back aft, but by having a saloon joining the aft cockpit makes for an attractive cruising boat.

Sadly some neglect in the previous ownership means fresh water ingress has caused soft timber in the topside planking, with some frame heads and short sections of beam shelf affected.  It is advised a buyer engages a qualified surveyor to uncover the exact extent of the refit work required.

The boat is being offered for sensible money to take into account the refit work needed.  She is afloat and mobile under her own power.  There is a marina nearby with a suitable travel hoist to lift her out of the water and lorry access to enable road transport to the buyers chosen destination.


Length on Deck                      14.63m / 48’

Length Waterline                   13.5m / 44’3”

Beam                                       3.59m / 11’9”

Draft                                       1.37m / 4’6”



Carvel planked in mahogany all copper rivet fastened to steam bent oak timbers.

Solid straight laid teak decks, caulked and payed.

Original painted galvanised stanchions with a wooden capping rail.

Varnished mahogany wheelhouse and superstructure with GRP sheathed T&G coachroof decks.



2 x Perkins P6 75hp 6cyl diesel engines installed new in 1960.

Fresh water cooled engines that seem to be running well and have obviously been maintained in recent years.

Self Changing Gears gearboxes to fixed 3 blade bronze propellers.  8 knots cruising speed.

900 litres of diesel in a single tank.

8 x 12 volt 120ah batteries charged from the engine alternators or through the shore power system with a 240 volt battery charger.

Wheel steering with an inside and outside helm position.

Domestic hot water with a calorifier off the port engine.



7 berths in 3 cabins.

Port side companionway into the wheelhouse with helm to port and a single settee berth to starboard.

Steps down going forward.   At the bottom of the companionway is a heads compartment to starboard with an electric sea toilet that discharges directly overboard.  Opposite to port is a hand basin with hot and cold pressurised water.

Forward into the master cabin with a large single berth either side.

Forward again into the forecabin with 2 single berths to starboard and a manual sea toilet to port.

Going aft from the wheelhouse down into the galley.  To starboard is a Flavel Wayferer 2 burner gas stove with a large worktop.  To port is a stainless sink with hot and cold pressurised water and a 12 volt under counter fridge.

Aft saloon cabin which has a single settee berth either side, nice original joinery and a varnished mahogany dropleaf saloon table.



Steering compass

Raymarine Dragonfly-5 GPS

Autohelm depth sounder

Koden radar

Pinta autopilot


Auto electric bilge pump

Whale Gusher 25 manual bilge pump

8 x 120ah 12 volt batteries

Galvanic isolator

12v-24v converter

240 volt battery charger


Bunk and berth cushions

Flavel Wayfarer gas cooker

12 volt fridge

Calorifier for domestic hot water

Jabsco manual sea toilet

Jabsco electric sea toilet


2 x life rings

Aft cockpit tent/cover

Mooring warps


Simpson Lawrence manual anchor windlass

Danforth anchor with chain





These particulars have been prepared in good faith from information provided by the Vendors and are intended as a guide, Wooden Ships cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. The Purchaser should instruct his agent or surveyor to validate all details as necessary and satisfy himself with the condition of the vessel and its equipment.