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SOLD – 24ft. CLASSIC WILSON MOTOR-CRUISER – 1946 – Excellent Example – Lying: Southern Broads

Boat Details

Overall Length: 24ft
Waterline: 22ft
Beam: 7ft 4ins
Draught: 3ft
Displacement: 5 Tons TM
Engine: 30hp Perkins Perama Diesel
Berths: Two Berths
Sail: n/a
Designer: George Wilson
Builder: George Wilson Ltd. Sunbury on Thames
Year Built: 1946
Location: Southern Broads


GOLDEN COCKEREL is one of a series of motor cruisers designed and built by George Wilson Ltd of Sunbury on Thames in 1946. Wilson’s have an established reputation for attractive and well-built cruisers during the 1940s, 50s and 60s with most notably the Swan series. During the 1950s GOLDEN COCKEREL was owned by Miss R Phelps of Devonshire Close, London W1. She sold the boat to a close neighbour and most likely friend in Devonshire Close a Mrs J Woolcombe OBE who stationed GOLDEN COCKEREL at Horning on the Norfolk Broads. In 1966 Mr H Carter of Norwich bought the boat continuing to cruise the Norfolk rivers. Under various owner GOLDEN COCKEREL has remained on the Southern Broads an ideal location as with the canopy and screen folded down her air draft is such she can access the Northern Broads and negotiate the infamous Potter Heigham Bridge. GOLDEN COCKEREL would also be a capable estuary or coastal cruiser and very suitable for the non-tidal River Thames.

Traditional carvel construction, mahogany planking all copper fastened to steam bent oak timbers. Oak centreline. Sheathed decks, mahogany coachroof coamings and cockpit. Many original deck fittings and hardware. Round bilges, transom stern, slightly raked straight stem and fine entry forward making her easily driven in a seaway.

Original interior offering spacious saloon with standing headroom having settee berths to port and starboard. Forward heads compartment to starboard with Jabsco marine wc. Fore cabin with chain locker, ample stowage space and the possibility of an additional small berth. Galley to port aft quarter of the saloon with Taylors cooker. Sink unit with pantry and crockery lockers below. Starboard side cabin entrance with useful corner locker. Generous cockpit with locker seating and table. Helm position to port side. Large stern lazarette housing the fuel tanks. Full folding canopy.

30hp PERKINS PERAMA 3 cylinder diesel engine with Hurth gearbox. To be fully serviced in December 2020.

Stowable boarding ladder to hang on the transom
Stowable table in the cockpit.
Brass binnacle compass, Autohelm Tridata.
Two 110 ah batteries.
Brand new cockpit cover never been on the boat made in blue acrylic. (would have cost £1,000)
Folding windscreens
Stainless Steel diesel tank
Webasto diesel blown air heater.
Taylor’s cooker and oven with stainless steel paraffin pressurized tank.
Jabsco domestic water pump supplying galley tap.
Manual deck anchor winch.
Stayed Mast with a brass bell, VHF aerial and mast light  (no boom but the fitting is there for one to which a steadying sail would have been fitted)
Fenders, warps, life ring (sign-written),  boat-hook, mop and ensign on staff.
Short shaft British Seagull Outboard


An excellent and now quite rare, Thames built motor cruiser ideal for weekends or holidays afloat, with both inland and coastal waters capability. Offered in full commission with only a few end of season cosmetic jobs required to make GOLDEN COCKEREL a very smart head-turning cruiser.


GUIDE: SOLD – August 2021

LYING: Norfolk Broads


DISCLAIMER: Classic Yacht Brokerage offer the details and photographs of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee the accuracy of this information or images or warrant the condition of the vessel, machinery or rig.  Buyers should instruct their representative, agents or their surveyors to investigate such details as the buyer requires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.