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54ft MILLER TRAWLER YACHT – Quality Teak Interior – Associated with Ringo Starr


A 1949 TRAWLER YACHT designed by James Miller and built by Millers of St. Monance, Fife


Boat Details

Overall Length: 54ft. 6ins. (15.57m)
Waterline: 51ft
Beam: 17ft
Draught: 6ft 6ins
Displacement: 16.89 Registered Tons
Engine: 140hp Kelvin diesel
Berths: 6
Sail: None
Designer: James Miller
Builder: Millers of St. Monance
Year Built: 1949
Location: Ireland


Miller of St. Monance need little introduction as one of the most successful boatyards in the UK.

James Miller built many fishing boats at his yard in St Monance on the Fife coast, the largest over 70′. He also built some very fine yachts to various UK designer’s plans working from the 1930’s through to the sale of the yard and subsequent closure in the 1970’s.

The yard used their knowledge of the Scottish fishing boat, famous for it’s sea-worthiness, to produce a range of motor sailers, the Fifers, which became very popular and were built from the late 1950’s through to the end of the yard’s production.

The Fifers followed the lines of their working sisters having long keels, a powerful sheer, good freeboard and a signature canoe stern though some of the last boats built had transoms as a quicker build option.
Sizes varied from the little 26ft six tonners, the 28ft  nine tonners, the most popular 33ft twelve tonners and a few larger models close to 40ft, some with twin engines.

Arctic Moon, built in 1949 is of larch on oak construction with solid teak superstructure and pine deck. In the last few months the vessel has been re-fastened with galvanised boat nails. 2014 Survey report available.

She was built as an ring-netter, first owned by Matthew Sloan of Maiden, Ayrshire and fished on the Clyde out of Glasgow, number BA 369. In 1956, a poor year for Sottish fishing on the Clyde she went chasing herring to Dublin and fished under the number D100. Some years later she returned to trawl in Scotland and was de-commisioned in the 1970s. Professionally converted to a private yacht in 1990 to a particularly high standard.

140hp Kelvin T4 diesel engine, circa 1960. Last serviced 6th June 2014. Four blade propeller. Cruising speed about 9 knots. 2,000 litres fuel capacity in two tanks.  Four 12 volt batteries, new 2013. 240 volt shore power. 900 litres fresh water capacity in two tanks.

Traditional accommodation with quality solid teak joinery. Three separate cabins offering six / seven berths with electric and gas heating.

Fore Cabin: Two single bunks to port and single berth to starboard. Athwartships bulkhead with door to:
Owners Stateroom: Double berth to port, settee to starboard, lockers, and sideboard.
Bulkhead with door to:
Lobby with bathroom to port with hip bath, shower, wash basin and wc. Washing machine and storage to starboard.
Saloon with dinettee style seating to port with table, settee berth to starboard companionway up to:
Wheelhouse/ Deck Saloon: with galley area having seating for six and table. Gas hob and oven. Fridge, microwave, four fire extinguishers. Helm position to port with helm and pilot seat. Access to dedicated engine room.


Garmin Chart Plotter
Furono Radar
Garmin Auto Pilot
Brass Binnacle Compass
Two Anchors,
Deck Wash
Bathing Ladder
Three Bilge Pumps
Fender and Warps
Zodiak Tender


A substantial, confidence inspiring MFV style motor-yacht subject to upgrading over the years. Interesting history including once being owned by Ringo Star’s body guard! Professionally converted to a high standard throughout at considerable cost. Superb for long distance cruising in the Deny Val Baker style. 2014 survey. Extremely good value with offers considered.
Principal photograph – July 2016
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GUIDE PRICE: £45,000
LYING: Ireland
VIEWING: Through the brokers