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Sold – 28ft. MOTOR-CRUISER SHIPS LIFEBOAT – 1942 – Teak hull – Project – Lying: North Yorkshire

Boat Details

Overall Length: 28ft
Waterline: 28ft
Beam: 9ft
Draught: 2ft 6ins
Displacement: 8 Tons Thames Measurement
Engine: 48hp BMC Diesel
Berths: Four Berths in two cabins
Sail: n/a
Designer: Board of Trade
Builder: G R W Ltd.
Year Built: 1942
Location: North Yorkshire


ANNETOR was built in 1942 as a standard Board of Trade ship’s lifeboat by G R W Ltd. Garden Reach Workshops Ltd. was founded in Calcutta in 1884 and are still trading today. They built many large naval ship and commercial ships over a long history. The design was that of the standard P & O Line, White Star Line and merchant ships of the period, featuring a double ended hull. The teak built ship’s boat most often used in warm climes and the tropics. Little is know of ANNETOR’S early history however she has been in the same family ownership some 50 years and was a much loved family boat. She was last afloat some 20 years ago and has been laid up under cover since.

Converted ships lifeboats were once a familiar sight on inland and coastal waters. They invariably displayed the imagination of the converter creating a characterful motor-cruiser or in some cases a capable sailing yacht. In the 1950 and 60s many of the Bristol Channel yacht clubs had class races for converted lifeboats. Sadly they are now particularly rare and worth preserving as part of our maritime history. Suggested reading: Naval Conversions by C H Evans – Lifeboats and their Conversions – C Tyrrell Lewis and Practical Conversions – Michael Verney.

ANNETOR is of lapstrake teak construction, copper fastened to steam bent oak timbers. The conversion offers fore and aft cabins with a centre wheelhouse. Fittings from the original 1950s conversion.

Late 1950s 48hp BMC Commander Diesel (currently not running)


A great summer project for all the family to get involved with, an economical and enjoyable means of getting afloat.

Photographs – April 2021

GUIDE: Sold – October 2022

LYING: North Yorkshire


DISCLAIMER: Classic Yacht Brokerage offer the details and photographs of this vessel in good faith as a guide 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.