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52ft BROOKE-MARINE MOTOR-YACHT Offering Orient Express Style


A 1929 TWIN-SCREW MOTOR YACHT designed and built by J W Brookes of Lowestoft, Suffolk for Nigel Lee-Guinness of Cobham, Surrey


Boat Details

Overall Length: 52ft (15.85m)
Waterline: 50ft
Beam: 11ft (3.35m)
Draught: 3ft 6ins (1.07m)
Displacement: 16.62 Registered Tons
Engine: Twin 115hp Cummins Diesel Engines
Berths: Six Berths in Three Cabins
Sail: Steading sail
Designer: J W Brookes
Builder: Brooke Marine, Lowestoft
Year Built: 1929
Location: Middlesex


St Joan is a 52ft (15.85m) fast coastal cruiser built in 1929 by JW Brooke & Co Ltd of Lowestoft for Nigel Lee-Guinness who was the brother of Ken Guinness, the then famous racing driver. She is constructed from Canadian Redwood, on Steamed Oak and Elm frames and timbers, and the decks are varnished Pitched Pine. A full history and also a book about her restoration is included.

She is powered by two 115hp Cummins diesel engines and has a 5KVA generator, which were all new and installed during the major refit and restoration project between 1990 and 1995. Her maximum speed is 13 knots, with an economical cruising speed of 10 knots.

She was returned almost to the original internal layout with sympathetic adjustments to make her even more elegant and with modern equipment in the galley (including a microwave) and in the wheelhouse. State of the art Raymarine navigation/auto-pilot and DSC radio equipment was installed in 2003.

St Joan is included in The National Registry of Historic Vessels, in recognition of her active service during WW II, when she was based at Holyhead as an Air Sea Rescue Launch from 1940 to 1948, after which she was again bought back into private ownership.

She won the Penton Hook Trophy at the Thames Traditional Boat Rally at Henley in 2003 for Best Restoration to Original Design, and was also Runner Up for Best Presentation of Boat and Crew and she has continued to be maintained to very high standards.

Since June 2003, St Joan has held a License for Boat Hire issued by the Port of London Authority (currently to June 2016) for up to 12 passengers and is inspected annually for compliance with the Small Passenger Boat Regulations.

St Joan took part in the recreation of Lord Nelson’s funeral procession on the River Thames in 2005 and also in the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Pageant in 2012.

Currently berthed on the River Thames.

List of owners

1929 “”“ N Guinness
1934 “”“ P Christie
1936 “”“ F Hayworth
1937 “”“ Major Frey
1940 “”“ Air Sea Rescue Service (Ministry of War & Transport)
1948 “”“ H Fletcher
1951 – R Hyett
1975 “”“ J Watt
1980 “”“ J Reyner
1987 “”“ D Smith
1990 “”“ Frogmore Developments
1996 “”“ D Taylor
2003 “”“ T Goodhead

ST JOAN “”“ Particulars

Date of Construction “”“ 1929
Builder – J W Brookes & Co of Lowestoft
Materials “”“ Canadian Redwood on Steamed Canadian Elm and English Oak, Pitch Pine Decks and Mahogany superstructure

Dimensions “”“ Length   – 52ft (15.85m)
Beam      – 11ft (3.35m)
Draught “”“ 3ft 6in (1.07m)

Mechanical “”“ Twin 115hp Cummins 6 cylinder diesel engines. (Approx 2300hrs each)
5KVA Onan generator

Fuel capacity    “”“ 900 Litres
Water capacity “”“ 545 Litres
Accommodation “”“
Six berths in three cabin areas. Forward heads with shower and wash basin leading off the Main Cabin which comprises a double berth, wardrobe, draws and dressing table.
The central wheelhouse has a central helm position with full engine and navigation instrumentation and access to the engines/generator below.
The Galley is complete with 4 ring gas hob and oven/grille, microwave, electric fridge, double sink and generous cupboard storage.
Mid-ships heads with shower and wash basin.
Main Saloon with bench seating on the port side. The dining table with three dining chairs comfortably seats 8 and drops down to convert to a double berth. Electric fridge and very generous cupboard storage.
Two Rear Single Berth Cabins with each comprising wardrobe, draws, wash basin and under bunk storage.
Aft Cockpit with bench seating, gas locker, two storage lockers, warp bins.
Inventory “”“
2 toilets (electric flush) connected to 2 holding tanks
2 shower units
Gas hob (4 ring), oven & grille
2 electric refrigerators
Microwave oven
5KVA Onan Generator
Battery charging management system
240 volt shore power
2 Mikuni diesel heaters
Pressurised water system
2 calorifiers with immersion heaters
Original steering compass
Depth sounder
Colour Chart Plotter “”“ charts updated 2015
Yeoman paper charter plotter
Auto Pilot
DSC Radio
Original Search Light
Original Ships Clock
2 Original custom made light fittings
Fire extinguishers
6 man life raft
4 Original Life Buoys (for display)
Life buoys and emergency floating lights
40m Emergency throw line
Ships history in bespoke archive box.
2 x 60lb anchors “”“ anchor chain on electric winch
Various fenders and warps
Crockery, glasses and cutlery (12 place settings)


This is an extremely rare opportunity to acquire one Englands finest motor-yachts built by the highly respected Brooke Marine on the East Coast.

St Joan has been the subject of much care and expenditure over many decades and represents an Orient Express style of a bygone era.

A purchaser has the option to acquire an on-going charter business as St Joan is coded for inland charter.
Contact us for more information or an appointment to view.
Interior photographs dated 14th July 2017

GUIDE: £155,000 VAT PAID
LYING: River Thames