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Fred Parker Motor Yacht


A very spacious and comfortable motor yacht designed by Fred Parker and built by Nunn Bros. in 1959. Completely rebuilt between 2013-2017, major hull repairs, new deck. rebuilt interior, all new systems and new machinery. Finished to an exceptionally high level with acute attention to detail, this is an exceptionally special boat which is ready to go in every sense. Fully equipped with a long up to date inventory. 6 berths in 2 cabins including a double in the saloon. Iveco 150hp diesel new in 2017 gives 6-7 knots cruising speed. It is not often a boat can be described as truly turn key as is the case with this magnificent yacht.

Boat Details

Overall Length: 42'
Beam: 13' 6"
Draught: 3' 11"
Displacement: 15245 Kg
Engine: Iveco 150hp
Berths: 6
Designer: Fred Parker
Builder: Nunn Bros Woodbridge
Year Built: 1959
Location: Scotland

Classic Yacht Brokerage Comments on this Fred Parker Motor Yacht

Designed by Fred Parker and built by Nunn Bros. of Woodbridge in 1959 to Lloyds 100A1 standard.

Bought by the present owners in 2013, they started a major refit that would last until 2017, covering every facet of the boat and her systems.  Full details of the refit work are below, but in summary the hull was rebuilt, new decks laid, interior removed and refitted with much new joinery and complete new systems and machinery.

The attention to detail found on this yacht is astounding, accomplished with the keen eye of owner and boat builder who both desired to create a very special yacht.  She was awarded Runner Up prize in the Classic Boat awards 2019.

Since her launch in 2017 she has been kept on the west coast of Scotland and has been cruised extensively each summer around the Highlands and islands.  She has spent every winter in a custom built tent where the owner has lavished care and attention on the boat, keeping her up to the exceptional standard they desire.

The volume and space on this yacht is hard to portray in photos.  She has a very generous beam and freeboard which both combine to give a distinct feeling of space and comfort.  With a large aft cockpit, double doors into the wheelhouse and a large saloon she has a vast amount of living space.  With 6’6” headroom through most of the boat there are few people who will struggle to be comfortable in this yacht.  Her large fore cabin gives 3 single berths plus there is a good sized double berth in the saloon which could be made more private if desired.  Cabin heating, hot water and 240v power supply make this yacht a real home from home to cruise in comfort whatever the weather.

She has proved herself as an excellent sea boat as well, cruising economically at 6-7 knots and never giving any cause for concern regardless of the weather.  The bow thruster fitted in the refit helps with handling in close quarter situations and there is excellent all round visibility from the helm.  A discreet CCTV camera on the forward mast aids the helms person in tight confines.

This is a superbly presented and very well maintained cruising motor yacht with a detailed recent refit history.  There are very few truly turn key boats on the market and this is without doubt one of those yachts.

Offered for sale in full sea going condition with a large inventory of equipment.

2023 insurance survey available.

Owners Comments

We fell in love with Fortuna II when we first saw her moored in Exeter canal basin, although it was clear that much work was needed to bring her back to life. We enjoyed working with Charlie Hussey at Baltic wharf and the whole process of restoring Fortuna II to a very high standard. Fortuna II featured in Classic Boat Magazine in October 2018 and in spring 2019 when she was awarded Runner Up in the Classic Boat Awards for restoration of the year of a motor vessel over 40ft.

Fortuna II has enabled us to cruise the West of Scotland and the Hebrides in comfort and style each summer for the last six years. She has taken us to many remote anchorages and the pilot house has allowed us to view the scenery and wildlife at close quarters in comfort. She has ample storage space for fuel, water and supplies to enable extended cruising.  She is safe and seaworthy on passage and comfortable at anchor even in foul weather. We feel that she would be ideal for another couple or family.  Fortuna II is a real head turner where ever we go and is great in classic regattas.  Alternatively, she would make a wonderful mothership to classic yacht racing with ample room for entertaining.

We have maintained her meticulously and stored ashore under cover each winter.  Having enjoyed Fortuna II for the last eleven years, we feel the time has come for us to move on to new adventures.


Refit 2013 – 2017


  • Repairs to 45 frame heads
  • Rebuild stem top end of stem post
  • Extensive re-planking of topsides including completely new sheer strake port and starboard, approximately 300’
  • Replace bulwark stanchions
  • Replace upper section of transom
  • Replace oak samson posts
  • Replace upper section of rubbing strake
  • Repairs to numerous deck beams on forward and aft decks
  • Hull splined above the waterline
  • Cast iron ballast keel refurbished and refitted with new galvanised keel bolts
  • Brass portholes stripped and restored
  • Design and fitting bow-thruster tunnel for Vetus bow-thruster


Deck and Superstructure:

  • New cedar deck planking laid bow to stern
  • Epoxy-coated marine plywood overdeck, sheathed with epoxy stitched cloth laminate to maintain canvas like appearance
  • Replacement of pilothouse roof in same fashion as deck
  • New galvanised chainplates for main mast
  • New design and fitting of bronze chainplates to pilothouse for mizzen mast
  • New teak toe rails
  • All deck fittings and stanchions replaced in bronze
  • Design and fitting of stem head fitting for Rocna anchor
  • Under deck tensioners to support Rocna fitting
  • Rebuilding of cockpit floor
  • Rebuild deck step structures
  • Repairs to tops of pilothouse sides
  • Pilothouse stripped out and fully re-built with custom made seating and table to starboard side, custom made helm seat and chart table, custom made curved dashboard
  • Galley stripped out and fully re-built
  • Heads stripped out and fully re-built
  • Fo’c’sle stripped out and original joinery work restored with addition of locker to house bow thruster


Engine and Systems:

  • New engine installed
  • New propshaft and propeller installed
  • New hydraulic steering and new Wills Ridley Hydraulic pump
  • New Fuel and water tanks installed
  • Full re-plumbing of all systems
  • Full re-wiring of 24VDC, 230VAC and 12VDC systems
  • Solar panel charging system


Masts, rigging and sails:

  • New Douglas Fir mizzen mast
  • Replaced all standing and running rigging
  • New guard rails and bronze stanchions
  • New sails and sail covers
  • New cockpit cover and hatch covers


Painting and Varnishing:

  • Hull and superstructure stripped back and faired
  • Topsides full recoating system using traditional marine paints
  • Full traditional varnishing of all teak
  • Decks painted in nonslip paint

More details of the rebuild can be seen on the blog of the shipwright Charlie Hussey:https://marinecarpentry.com/restoration/fortuna-ii-fred-parker-motor-yacht/




Carvel planked in pitch pine all copper rivet fastened to steam bent timbers.

Timbers are doubled below the waterline, an original build feature to add strength.

Oak centreline structure with Canadian Rock Elm floors across the centreline.

External iron ballast keel with new galvanised keel bolts.

Internal trimming ballast of lead ingots.

Marked flare to the forward hull shape.  4 bronze portlights each side.

Bronze plate rudder supported by the skeg below.  Manual hydraulic wheel steering system.

Decks and cockpit

Straight laid T&G cedar planking fastened to the deck beams, overlaid with marine plywood then sheathed with epoxy glass cloth for a durable low maintenance finish.

Step in the deck midships to increase headroom through the forward sections of the hull.

Varnished teak king plank down the centreline.

Varnished teak covering boards and toe rail.  Period bronze stanchions with stainless guard wires.

Aft cockpit with varnished teak coamings, sheltered by the overhang of the wheelhouse roof.  Scrubbed teak thwarts and laid teak cockpit sole.  Hatch into aft bilge area with access to stern gland.

Double varnished teak doors into the wheelhouse.


Wheelhouse in varnished teak with aluminium framed windows.

Wheelhouse roof of similar construction to the deck with varnished teak grab rails and bronze dorade vents.

Inside helm position with excellent visibility all round.  Wheel steering with a Wills Ridley hydraulic system.



Small Bermudan ketch rig aids the yacht with a free wind.


Varnished wooden deck stepped masts sat in tabernacles for easy lowering.

Varnished wooden booms.

Standing rigging

Stainless steel standing rigging new in 2017.  Internal galvanised chain plates for the main, new in 2017.  External bronze chain plates for the mizzen secured to the side of the wheelhouse, new 2017.

Running rigging

All new in 2017.  Classic braid on braid in buff colour.


Mizzen, mainsail and jib in cream terylene new from James Lawrence Sails in 2017.




Iveco N67/150 6cyl 150hp diesel engine installed new in 2017.

Naturally aspirated engine with 870hrs.  Serviced spring 2024

PRM 500 hydraulic gearbox with stainless shaft and traditional grease stern gland.  New cutlass bearing 2023.

4 blade bronze propeller gives 6-7 knots cruising speed @ 1500rpm using 1 litre/nautical mile.

Bespoke dashboard with chrome VDO gauges.

Bow thruster

Vetus 24 volt bow thruster fitted during the refit.


2 x moulded plastic fuel tanks with total capacity of 900 litres.

2 x moulded plastic water tanks with total capacity of 420 litres

Moulded plastic black water holding tank of 166 litres.

All tanks have analogue level gauges in the wheelhouse.

Batteries and Charging

Domestic – 4 x 165ah AGM batteries giving 24v supply

Engine start – 2 x 12v AGM batteries wired for 24v.  New 2024.

Bow thruster/windlass – 2 x 12v AGM batteries giving 24v supply

80 amp engine alternator with Sterling 4-step regulator charges all batteries.

Shore power system with Victron Skylla-I 80 amp battery charger.

2 x T110F 100W solar panels on the wheelhouse roof with Epever MPPT 20 amp solar regulator plus a remote display.

Victron Phoenix 800W inverter giving 240v power from the batteries with sockets in the saloon.

2 x Victron Orion DC-DC 20 amp 12v converters

Bilge pumps

Engine driven salvage pump with remote operated clutch

Whale Gusher 25 manual bilge pump.

2 x auto electric bilge pumps

Domestic systems

Calorifier for domestic hot water heated by the engine or a 240v immersion coil.




6 berths in 2 cabins including 3 single berths in forecabin, a double in the saloon and a single saloon settee berth.

Bunks are all 6’3” or 6’6” in length (1.9m – 1.98m)


Wheelhouse – 6’6” (1.98m)

Saloon – 6’6” (1.98m)

Fore cabin – 6’6” (1.98m)

Heads – 6’3” (1.90m)

Interior description

Stunning interior that was completely removed during the refit and replaced with all new systems and much new joinery.

The attention to detail is superb with custom made oak backing plates to the light switches and the specially made seating and table in the wheelhouse.

Beautifully appointed, light and airy with a terrific feeling of space due to the generous beam and freeboard of the hull.

All LED lighting throughout using bronze light fittings from Davey & Co.

Double teak doors from the cockpit into the wheelhouse.  To starboard is a full length hanging wet locker and immediately forward of this is a small dinette style seating area, custom made during the refit.

Helm position to port with custom made seat and a chart desk aft of this facing outboard.

Sole from oiled teak with lifting hatches into the engine space.

Double door companionway down into the saloon

Steps down into the saloon which has oiled oak sole boards.  Galley to starboard.

L-shaped settee to port that can be converted into a double berth.

Oak saloon table can be moved depending on which seating area is being used.

Heads compartment forward on the port side.

Single settee berth to starboard forward of the galley.

Single sliding door through the forward bulkhead into the fore cabin.  Spacious fore cabin with teak joinery giving 3 single berths, ample storage and good sole space to move around.

Chain locker right in the bows.


Baby Blake manual sea toilet discharges either directly overboard or into a holding tank.  Stainless hand basin and full height shower with hot and cold pressurised water.  Shower drains into a waste tank.


Linear galley on the starboard side.  Wallas diesel fired 2 burner hob + a Wallas diesel built in oven.  Isotherm 24v fridge unit.  Single stainless steel sink with hot and cold pressurised water.  Ample work top space and storage.

The Wallas hob has a hood to utilise the hob as a cabin heater.




Sestrel steering compass

Simrad IS40 tridata sounder/log

Simrad NSS12 MFD chart plotter

Simrad Halo 4G radome scanner on the mizzen mast (2021)

Simrad R35 DSC VHF

Simrad NAIS400 AIS transceiver

Clock and barometer

Forward facing Dolphin Marine CCTV camera connected to Simrad display



Horse shoe lifebuoy

Fire extinguishers

Engine room auto fire extinguisher

Engine driven salvage pump with remote operated clutch

Whale Gusher 25 manual bilge pump.

2 x auto electric bilge pumps

Emergency tiller

Francis Parabolic chromed search light

Fiam air horn

Rope cutter on shaft


Ground tackle and mooring

35lg Rocna anchor with 80m x 10mm chain

Lofrans Project 1500 24v windlass with button controls on foredeck

Mooring warps


2 x 4m canvas fender skirts



Bunk and berth cushions

Hot water colorifier tank

Wallas 2 burner diesel hob

Wallas diesel oven

Isotherm fridge

Baby Blake sea toilet

Air circulation hood on Wallas hob to provide cabin heating


Sails and rigging

Mainsail – Cream terylene traditional style sail. James Lawrence Sails (2017)

Mizzen – Cream terylene traditional style sail. James Lawrence Sails (2017)

Jib – Cream terylene traditional style sail. James Lawrence Sails (2017)

Mainsail cover

Mizzen cover

Lewmar winch on aft deck



Domestic – 4 x 165ah AGM batteries giving 24v supply

Engine start – 2 x 12v AGM batteries wired for 24v.  New 2024

Bow thruster/windlass – 2 x 12v AGM batteries giving 24v supply

80 amp engine alternator with Sterling 4-step regulator charges all batteries

Shore power system with Victron Skylla-I 80 amp battery charger

2 x T110F 100W solar panels with Epever MPPT 20 amp solar regulator plus a remote display

Victron Phoenix 800W inverter giving 240v power from the batteries with sockets in the saloon

2 x Victron Orion DC-DC 20amp 12v converters

Blue Sea Systems DC and AC power monitors

Wills Ridley hydraulic steering system

Shore power cable

Duplex Racor twin fuel filters



Cockpit Cover – Tonneau style cover with large window panel aft

Varnished wooden boarding ladder