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70ft. CLASSIC MOTOR-YACHT designed by Jack Laurent-Giles for A A  Hall Esq and built in 1948 by R A Newman of Poole, Dorset

Boat Details

Overall Length: 70ft
Waterline: 65ft
Beam: 14ft
Draught: 4ft 6ins
Displacement: 33 Tons Net
Engine: Twin 225hp TI Perkins Sabre Diesels
Berths: Accommodation for Seven
Sail: Steadying Rig
Designer: Jack Laurent-Giles
Builder: Newmans of Poole
Year Built: 1948
Location: Malta


Woodpecker was designed by the legendary Jack Laurent-Giles for A A Hall Esq. of West Port Lodge, Cricket St. Thomas, Somerset and built in 1948 by the well known yacht yard of R A Newman of Poole, Dorset. Woodpecker remained in the Hall family until the late 1960s, ownership transferring to Major T A Hall of Chislehampton House, Stadhampton, Oxfordshire in 1963. Eric & Sybil Farmer from Solihull became the next registered owners before selling her to Mr & Mrs R Vernon of Little Hampden Lodge, Great Missenden. The Vernons being members of the Royal Solent Y C, Royal Naval Sailing Association and R N V R. Under the next new ownership she was stationed in Wootton Creek, Isle of Wight whereas previously she had remained in Poole from the time of building. In the 1980s and 90s Woodpecker was available for charter on the East Coast of the United States. Later under new French ownership she was moved to France where a meticulous restoration began in 1999. A two year complete re-fit at Chantier Naval de Sanary les Baux brought Woodpecker to an exemplary finish. In the present ownership further work has been undertaken to exacting standards including a new swept teak-laid deck in 2016 at Manoel Island Shipyard in Malta.

Woodpecker is constructed of  Honduras Mahogany, double diagonally planked and finished with glass sheathing painted in Royal Blue Awlgrip enamel. External brightwork re-finished in 2016 with up to ten coats of Epifanes varnish. Gunwales, and exterior superstructure finished in Oyster White Awlgrip enamel. New teak laid decks fitted in 2016. Varnished teak hatches, cappings and trim maintain a traditional classic look.

Comfortable, re-fitted accommodation for seven guests which includes one double and five single berths, three heads compartments with the benefit of Webasto central heating and air conditioned deck saloon/wheelhouse.

Wheel House/Deckhouse with central helm seat, spoked ships wheel, engine instrumentation, all navigation equipment. Access to Chart Room and Engine Room.
Chart Room / Deck Saloon with cushioned seating providing a generous single berth. Barometer, clock and full sized chart table and further navigation electronics.
Spacious Lower Saloon with teak and mahogany joinery. Comfortable settees to port and starboard, drop-leaf dining table seats up to eight, flat screen TV, deck skylight and opening port lights, picture and reading lights.
Well Equipped Galley having a gimballed Eno gas cooker with four burner hob and oven. Bosch dishwasher, Moulinex microwave, two fridges, stainless steel sink unit with mixer tap. Large storage, pantry and crockery lockers.
Twin Guest Cabin with two large single berths having drawers below, hanging and locker space, opening port lights and companionway via fore deck hatch.
Starboard heads/shower compartment with Tecma Automatic WC, shower and wash basin.
Port heads / shower compartment with Jabsco manual WC, shower and washbasin, locker.
Aft owners ensuite stateroom having shower room to starboard with Tecma Automatic WC, shower and wash basin. Large double berth, settee and desk. Skylight, Candy washing machine, wardrobe and extensive storage, polished oak cabin sole.

TWIN PERKINS SABRE 225hp TI DIESEL ENGINES, installed new in 2001. About 180 engine hours only. Three blade bronze propellers. Twin semi-balanced rudders. Cruising speed approximately 12 knots, maximum design speed 13.5 knots.
Aquafax Series 100 bow thruster, new in 2001 with dedicated power pack.

Two 1,000 litre stainless steel fresh water tanks, new 2001 and fresh water maker
Two 1,000 litre stainless steel diesel fuel tanks. 8 litres per hour for both engines @ 1,4000rpm at 7.6 knots.

Cruising at 10.5 knots on both engines, consumption figures from Perkins show 2000 revs consuming 45 litres per hour which would give a 466 mile range.  At 9.4 knots on one engine @ 1900 rpm, consumption goes down to 20 litres per hour and range doubled to 940 miles.
On a recent trial, one engine @ 1400 rpm achieving 7+ knots consumed approx 8 litres per hour and a range therefore of 1,750 miles.


Raytheon R41 Radar
Geonav 11 Flash GPS/Plotter
Furuno GP31 GPS Navigator
Furuno RD30 Multi-Display
Simrad Robertson AP20 Auto Pilot
Garmin 120 XL GPS
Autohelm Depth/Speed/Wind Direction
Life Raft
Opacmare hydraulic passarelle
Avon Jet RIB tender (under 10 hours use)
Period Searchlights
Dorade Vents
Spruce Mast and boom with Steadying Sail
Full Sun Awnings for Fore and Aft Decks
Full Winter Covers
Original Hyland hydraulic anchor windlass
Exterior teak dining table seats eight
Large cushioned teak sunbathing platform
Bank of domestic and engine batteries new in May 2016
Lister Petter Generator 10 kva, new in 2001.
C-tek Auxiliary battery charger, new in 2016
Quick Auto battery charger 24 volt, new 2016
240 volt shore power supply
Deck shower
Fresh water maker


An exquisite and beautiful classic motor-yacht from the hand of an exceptional naval architect and yacht designer. Having the benefit of no expense spared total refit in 2001 and subsequent upgrades by a dedicated and knowledgeable owner. Spacious and elegantly proportioned accommodation ideal for entertaining, holidays afloat or exploring the Med. Easily managed by a crew of two and with low maintenance hull ideal for a hot climate.
Woodpecker can be remarkably economical and is capable of cruising well over 1,000 miles on one refuel.
Viewing highly recommended. Seriously for sale.
Contact us for more information, additional photographs or to arrange an appointment to view.

Guide: SOLD
Part exchange would be considered for a smaller boat or pre 1940 classic car.
The deepwater port of Grand Harbour Marina, managed by Camper & Nicholsons International, is right at the heart of Malta and an ideal gateway to the popular cruising grounds of the Mediterranean.  The marina’s waterfront has a backdrop of watchtowers, monuments, archways and ancient merchant houses as well as plenty of amenities, restaurants, bars, shops and the island’s Maritime Museum.
Viewing: Through the brokers – CLASSIC YACHT BROKERAGE – Tel: 01242-228595 – 01905-356482 or info@classicyachtbrokerage.co.uk”