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Sold – 32ft. RAMPART MOTOR CRUISER – 1972 – Good Example – Lying: River Thames

A 1972 TWIN-SCREW MOTOR CRUISER designed by John Desty and built by the Rampart Boatbuilding Co. Ltd. of Southampton

Boat Details

Overall Length: 32ft
Waterline: 29ft
Beam: 10ft. 3ins
Draught: 3ft
Displacement: 11 Tons T M
Engine: Pair 48hp Perkins Diesel Engines
Berths: Four Berths in two cabins
Sail: n/a
Designer: George Desty
Builder: Rampart Boat Building Company, Southampton
Year Built: 1972
Location: River Thames


The Rampart Boatbuilding Company needs little introduction as one of the most well-known motor-yacht yards in England. Established just after the First World War at Bitterne Manor, Southampton by George Desty the yard soon became famous for their range of production motor-yachts. Ramparts continued until the early 1980s as one of the last South Coast yards to be still building wooden boats. The Rampart 32 with its stylish lines and generous well finished accommodation is a highly successful medium displacement vessel of traditional construction with great sea-keeping qualities proven over many years in both UK and foreign waters.  The design is ideal for extended cruising, exploring the Dutch or French waterways as undertaken in previous ownership.

Carvel iroko planked hull copper fastened to rock elm timbers.  Mahogany marine-ply decks, epoxy sheathed and painted. Long keel with internal trimming ballast, raked straight stem, round bilges and transom stern.

Twin Perkins 4107 four-cylinder diesels driving handed three-bladed bronze props through 2:1 reduction gearboxes and stainless steel shafts. Stbd engine fully rebuilt 1999; new cutlass bearing to port, 2011; both engines are on the button, smoke-free, with excellent oil pressure. Fully serviced with new filters, drive belts and raw water pump impellers, July 2010; fresh oil and coolant at the same time and a further oil change, November 2010. Stainless steel fuel tanks, approx 45 gallons each, port and starboard serving each engine via shut off valves and glass bowled water separator/ filters.

Spare filters and impellers stored under tool tray in port helmsman’s side footbox. Spurs rope cutters to both props.

Engine survey by A J Marine in January 2012. Pre-heater fitted to both engines, oil change November 2013. Further full service and oil change 2018, to include replacement filters port and starboard, replacement port drive belt, rebuilt port raw water pump, replacement starboard raw water impeller (port raw water impeller replaced 2020).  Couplings to gearbox checked cleaned and refitted 2019


Two heavy-duty starter batteries (2005 and 2018) and two deep cycle service batteries (2010 and 2020), all housed in leak-proof boxes beneath the cockpit sole. Charging by recent high-output alternators on each engine (port side 2020); 240-volt smart charger for use when shore power is available. Inlet and cable for shore power Domestic lighting via dome light in the wheelhouse, 2 brass deckhead lights and two fluorescent lights in the saloon and 4 switched bulkhead lights serving the foc’sle, galley and heads. Socket for portable searchlight (included) in wheelhouse; further two sockets in saloon. Wheelhouse windscreen wipers port and starboard. Much of the wiring replaced/ overhauled, 2011 and 2019.

Ground tackle and mooring:

15kg Bruce anchor and 15 fathoms of 8mm chain; anchor stowed in chocks on foredeck or in custom stem head fitting; large galvanised bow roller; Cayman 88 electric windlass with foot switches; two heavy-duty mooring bitts on the foredeck; numerous deck cleats and fairleads; twin sampson posts at rear of cockpit. 4 large fenders; various mooring warps in useful lengths stowed in cockpit lockers or stbd navigator’s seat foot box.


Mushroom vents at bow and stern; two stainless steel solar vents over galley and heads; further solar vent over saloon. large cowl vent over foc’sle and two more at after end of saloon, all mounted on varnished mahogany Dorade boxes (all-new, 2011) Further internal ventilation via grill vents to forepeak, heads and hanging locker to ensure proper through ventilation of the interior.

Safety Equipment:

Coastal flare pack (2010). Electric horn on coachroof (2019) and further

pressurised air horn. Navigation lights. Steaming light and mast headlight mounted on the mast. Stainless steel pulpit, galvanised stanchions and stainless steel guard wires port and starboard. Horseshoe lifebuoy. Two electric bilge pumps, one manual/automatic, one manual backup (both new, 2011); manual bilge pump beneath cockpit sole. Gas detector and bilge sensor (new 2011) (CO2). Automatic dry powder fire extinguishers in each engine compartment; two dry powder fire extinguishers and fire blanket in cockpit and saloon (new, 2011). Swiftech VHF radio and cockpit speaker.


Garmin Echomap Chartplotter 2018; Raytheon S72 7″” LCD Pathfinder radar with 18″” Radome. Ritchie Explorer steering Compass. Autohelm hand bearing compass. Elderly and largely redundant Autohelm ST5000 Plus Power autopilot with ST50 steering compass and ST50 Tridata speed distance and depth.Traditional Walker log.

Domestic equipment:

Pressurised hot and cold water from 2 x 50 gallon, approx. stainless steel water tanks beneath bench seat in cockpit piped to galley and heads via engine calorifier/240 volt water heater under port saloon bunk. All new chrome taps and stainless steel sink, 2011. Jabasco manual toilet, 2016, discharging to sea or to holding tank; seacocks serviced 2011; 50-litre black holding tank for use on inland waterways or in Europe under foredeck. Eberspacher D3LC diesel heater under starboard saloon bunk fed from starboard fuel tank via fuel shut off valve; thermostatic control unit and warm air outlets to forecabin, saloon and cockpit/wheelhouse. Plastimo 2 burner hob, oven and grill gas cooker; vented gas locker under starboard side deck in wheelhouse; all hoses replaced 2020. Electric cool box 2016 Pots and pans, etc; crockery, etc for four, all-new 2011. Folding table for saloon/cockpit stows flat against heads bulkhead when not in use. New 2011 custom built stowage for all of the above. Stereo cassette radio and speakers (new 2011). Digital TV aerial and booster. Traditional gimballed brass oil lamps, clock and barometer.

General Inventory:

Full cockpit cover on stainless steel hoop with zipped clear side and back panels (2016); second heavy-duty cover for winter use. Ensign staff. Two boathooks in chocks on coachroof. Varnished, mast carrying lights and TV aerial folds flat when required. Davits on transom, demountable for winter storage; these easily carry a 2.6m inflatable and 2.3 hp outboard (not included). Deck scrubber and bucket. Beaching legs (new, 2011) stow under cockpit sole. Double boarding step. Tailored winter cover and strongback, by Jeckells 2019

Summary of recent work:

Following several years, under previous ownership, exploring the French inland waterways, including four Channel crossings, the entire deck and coachroof area was stripped back, repaired as necessary and epoxy sheathed. This work was carried out to a very high standard in 2007 by Harold Hayles Boatyard at Yarmouth on The Isle Of Wight and included new window seals all round

From May, 2010, a subsequent owner carried out the following further work:

External Work:

Fit a varnished beading around coachroof and wheelhouse edges to define the coachroof edge.

Strip and prepare all brightwork; prime and apply five coats of Coelan

Make and fit chocks for boathooks, dinghy oars, lifebuoy and anchor, all finished bright.

Prepare and re-paint coachroof/wheelhouse coamings in white.

Prepare and re-paint all deck and coachroof top areas in grey non-slip.

Sand back topsides and apply two coats undercoat and two coats white enamel.

Scrape back old antifoul, apply underwater primer, and re-antifoul.

Make and fit varnished beaching legs.

Fit heavy duty mooring bits to foredeck.

Fit davits to transom for dinghy stowage.

Fit new stainless steel grab handles to wheelhouse sides and back.

Internal Work:

Accommodation areas:

Remove iron trimming ballast from for’d area of bilge; clean off and re-paint.

Pressure wash entire bilge area, including beneath cockpit sole, sand and re-paint with grey bilge paint.

Re-fit ballast.

Sand back and re-paint locker internals and under-berth areas.

Sand back or strip all varnished trim, bulkheads, locker doors, deck beams, etc and re-varnish.

Sand back and prepare coachroof coamings, bunk fronts, engine boxes deckheads, etc, undercoat and paint in white enamel.

Make new galley top with storage wells beneath; cover this and all other work/locker/engine box tops in burr walnut Formica edged in solid oak with new varnished iroko fiddles.

Make new deep fiddled fronts for book/storage shelves outboard of saloon berths.

Make, fit and finish sliding doors and cave locker fronts for foc’sle.

Make, fit and finish in grey non-slip all new floors, including cockpit sole.

Make, fit and finish storage racks for mugs and containers, galley oddments, under- side-deck crockery stowage, glass and bottle storage, tool and navigation rack and radio/TV cabinet.

Strip and re-upholster all bunk cushions and seat backs.

Make new scatter cushions and saloon curtains.

Fit and re-wire new lights, etc.

Wheelhouse/cockpit area:

Strip, prepare, undercoat and re-paint in white enamel internal coamings and deckhead.

Sand and re-varnish rear bench seat, deck beams and trim.

Prepare locker facings, etc, undercoat and paint in light grey enamel.

Make, fit and finish footboxes for tools/engine spares and mooring warps; these form a step ahead of the helmsman’s and navigator’s seat.

Make, fit and finish demountable seat supports for helmsman and navigator.

Fit new seats to the above.

Make and upholster new full-width cushion for cockpit bench seat.

Mechanical and electrical:

Full service to both engines.

De-grease and repaint.

Overhaul or replace and re-organise all engine wiring, including new master switch panel.

Double-up engine bay soundproofing where possible.

Strip down instrument panel and make a new one; re-assemble; fit replacement rev counter cable to starboard engine and new temp. gauges port and starboard.

In Current Ownership since 2014 and in addition to matters shown above:

New mahogany steps Port and Starboard into cockpit 2016. Complete external repaint, hull, topsides, deck and cabin sides, 2016. New BSS to 2020, to include all necessary fuel pipes and hoses to then-current BSS standard.

Stripped and renewed deck paint to the wheelhouse, cabin top and decks (2 coats) 2018.

Pressure washed and antifouled 2019; brightwork rubbed down and renewed (three coats) 2019.


Jomalou has been lightly cruised on the Upper Thames and Tideway in recent years. We have loved our ownership but changes in our living and working arrangements dictate that a new custodian must be found.

Boat Safety Certificate renewed 2020 to 2024 with all associated work.

One of the last traditional motor-cruiser to be built by Ramparts incorporating up-dated styling and revisions to their original successful design.  Offered in good condition throughout and undoubtedly the best example of her size available on the market.  As noted above, Jomalou has been the subject of an extensive re-fit and is only available due to a change in the owner’s commitments. Sold by Classic Yacht Brokerage on three previous occasions and highly recommended
Located in Central London very suitable as a pied-a-terre, weekend retreat or for more extended holidays afloat or coastal cruising.
Guide: Sold – August 2021
Viewing: Through the sole agents’ CLASSIC YACHT BROKERAGE: Tel: 01905-356482 
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