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A 1935 TRADITIONAL MOTOR-CRUISER designed and built by Water Craft Ltd. of East Molesey, Surrey


Boat Details

Overall Length: 30ft
Waterline: 29ft 4ins
Beam: 10ft 6ins
Draught: 2ft 8ins
Displacement: 11 Tons TM
Engine: 50hp
Berths: 4
Sail: n/a
Designer: Water Craft Ltd
Builder: Water Craft, East Molesey
Year Built: 1935
Location: Worcestershire


Grenadier was built by Watercraft of East Molesey, in 1935.  Her hull is a shallow vee, hard chined design with a long straight keel.  The upper works comprise of a flush foredeck with a break a third of the way aft, the lower side and aft decks encompass an enclosed wheelhouse amidships and a raised coach roof aft.

The hull is close seam planked in carvel fashion and the transom double diagonal planked, all copper fastened to steam bent oak timbers and frames. The bottom is planked with larch while the topsides are planked variously with pitched pine, mahogany and iroko.

Grenadier has been in the same family since 1951 when she was purchased from John Bushnell Ltd at Wargrave-on-Thames having been used previously by them as a holiday hire cruiser.  She is believed to have been requisitioned for use on the Thames during WW11. She has been extensively used by the current owners and has cruised around the Bristol Channel as far as Padstow and Milford Haven. She has the pedigree for long distance or coastal cruising or alternatively be used as a live aboard.

Two fixed bunks on port and starboard with storage drawers underneath. Chain locker in bow.  Access to hull underneath. Portholes on port and starboard with a clear Perspex hatch overhead.  12 Volt Electric lighting.

On the starboard side is a self contained Heads compartment with a “”œBlake”” sea toilet with overboard discharge, with the potential for a shower if required.  Shelved storage space

The Galley is situated on the port side between the fore cabin and the wheelhouse and contains an LPG (Propane) gas cooker, which is piped to the gas bottle mounted eternally on deck behind the deck-breaks fed with copper pipe. A Gas/240/12V Sibir fridge is sited beneath cooker. A sink is fitted into a wood unit with storage underneath and adjacent with discharge via a gate valve, fresh water pump in mounted underneath the galley sole.

The wheelhouse gives access to the fore cabin and galley and aft gives access to the galley and aft cabin. There are two side entrance doors to the side decks.  A raised cover and flooring in removable sections give access to the engine room. The main steering position is to port along with the associated gauges and switches.
A compass, VHF radio, log and depth sounder and clock are fitted in the wheel house; lighting is by 12 volt overhead light. A Seafarer radar is fitted but whilst was working when last used at sea its current status is unknown

Containing three single berths, port, starboard and athwartships with storage under and over side bunks.  Side bunks serve as settee seating to dining table.  Windows to side and opening hatch at rear.
Beneath aft bunk is water tank and steering gear.  This compartment also stores additional rope and cordage, and a spare anchor.

Ventilation is provided by the following: – forward hatch, two fore cabin vents, one vent to the engine room, opening windows and hatch in aft cabin and opening ports holes.

A small signals mast on wheelhouse roof supports the VHF antenna, radar dome and alloy dinghy lift spar and winch.
Mooring Cleats, Stem head fittings, Cleats, Fairleads, a manual anchor winch is mounted on the fore deck. Along with a set of navigation lights


Engine: BMC 2.2 Litre 4 Cylinder Diesel, of nominal 50 HP connected to Borg-Warner AS7-710 “”Velvet Drive’ gear box with 2:1 reduction driving a three bladed propeller on a 1 1/8″” stainless steel shaft running in Cutlass bearing in “”I”” bracket and Flexible Drive couplings, gear box and throttle control is mounted at the helm position.

Cooling: Cooling is close circuit using Bowman heat exchangers with raw water being expelled through the exhaust.

3 mild stainless steel fuel tanks totaling approx 70 gallons are mounted outboard of the engine on port and starboard sides and are filled through the decks.  The engine feeds from the port tank and fuel is transfer pumped between the tanks.  Fuel and return pipes are all copper.
Fuel burn rate is approx 1.25 gallons per hour.

Generally all of the electrics are 12 volt from the engine mounted generator.

There is a single copper Fresh Water tank under the stern bunk holding approx 30 gallons filled via the stern hatch through a filler on the tank.  The supply is fed to the taps by an electric pump which keeps the system under low pressure; all of the fresh water pipes are of food quality plastic and/or copper.  A calorifier is installed in galley for hot water from engine/240V.

Compass (Sestral Moore)                                (Wheel house)
Autohelm Auto pilot                                           (Wheel house)
Seafarer Digital Depth Sounder                      (Wheel House)
Seafarer Speed Log                                          (Wheel House)
Seafarer VHF Radio                                          (Wheel House)
Seafarer Radar                                                  (Wheel House)

Manual anchor winch.  Anchor Chain 100ft Nominal of 5/16″” is carried in the chain locker.
1 off Fisherman Anchor mounted on Fore Deck.
1 off Stockless Anchor mounted on the Fore Deck.
1 off Fisherman Kedge Anchor located in the stern locker.
Sea-Legs for standing in drying harbours are included.

1 automatic electric bilge pump fitted forward of engine with float switch, 1 manual electric bilge pump is fitted forward.

Fire extinguishers are placed at strategic points around the yacht.
Two Life Buoys

A set of stem to stern winter covers with supporting woodwork are included.


An extremely original vintage motor-cruiser in the same family ownership for over sixty-three years. Offered in good order throughout and ready for the season. Classic Yacht Brokerage have known Grenadier for well over thirty years and recommend an early inspection. Opportunities to buy a vessel of this type are becoming pretty rare.

GUIDE: Sold …..
VIEWING: Through the brokers