wooden ships

+44(0)1803 833899


wooden ships

Sold – 30ft. TRADITIONAL KETCH MOTOR-SAILER – 1934 – Lying: South-Coast



Boat Details

Overall Length: 30ft on deck, 36ft over spars
Waterline: 30ft
Beam: 10ft
Draught: 4ft
Displacement: 7.34 Tons
Engine: 27hp Watermota Diesel
Berths: Four Berths in two cabins
Sail: Ketch Rig
Designer: Traditional Manx
Builder: Watterson & Neakle, Peel
Year Built: 1934
Location: South Coast


CAIR VIE is a beautiful wooden traditional ketch, originally a herring drifter or ‘Nobby’ built in Peel, Isle of Man by Watterson and Neakle in 1934. Commissioned and worked by Levi Greggor, the last Admiral of the Herring Fleet and prominent Peel character of his time being actively involved in the Peel Lifeboat and fishing industry. Originally crewed by three using both lines and nets. CAIR VIE has varnished mahogany cabin coamings, a long keel and is double-ended with a canoe stern and straight stem. Converted to a motor yacht in 1952, she has a Bermudian cutter rig on varnished masts and spars, originally she would have had a lugsail on main and mizzen. She’s fully fitted out and equipped, proven over the years and is currently in use on the South Coast of England. CAIR VIE translates from Manx as ‘fair winds’ but is best understood as ‘bon voyage’!

36’ including bowsprit. 30’ on deck. 10’ beam. 4ft draught
Long ballast keel double-ended / canoe stern, straight stem
Carvel 1 ¼” larch planking, bottom 3 planks replaced in mahogany, copper fastened
Steamed oak, 8” spacing
non-ferrous, copper nails
Ply, painted
Coach-roof coamings: Mahogany, varnished, aluminium framed windows.
Coach-roof deck: Ply painted or covered in a non-slip mat
Ballast: External ballast: keel iron
Internal ballast: iron and lead
Cock-pit: dog house and sprayhood
Steering: wheel with an emergency tiller Wheel system: cables
Deck fittings: Bronze and stainless Stem head fitting: Galv
Chain rollers and windlass
Masthead cutter ketch: Bermudian
Masts: deck-stepped, wood, main built, mizzen solid, varnished
Booms: Wood, slab reefing, varnished

Sails, tan in colour terylene:

Main, 3 slab reefs

Genoa, roller furling

Staysail, doubles as storm jib


Ruggerini (Watermota) 27hp twin cylinder diesel engine

91-litre polyethene fuel tank, new 2011

Main anchor, 45lbs genuine CQR, 80m chain

Kedge anchor 35lbs CQR

Simpson Lawrence winch

Steering Compass, Henry Browne & Sons, Ocean model


Handheld VHF, Swiftech M-198

GPS, Garmin 126

Echo sounder, Seafarer 700 with a repeater in the wheelhouse

Solar panel battery charger

Plastimo 4 man liferaft, serviced March 2013

Avon inflatable tender with oars

Pilot gas detector

Walker ‘Knotmaster’ MkIII trailing log

Plastimo hob, grill and oven, gas safety certificate 2013

Sea toilet, Jabsco

Water tank, flexible Plastimo 100 litres

Warps and fenders


An attractive and convenient sized former Manx MFV ideally converted to a sturdy motor-sailer. A characterful little ship ready to sail and in commission for 2020 season. New images dated May 30th 2020. Seriously for sale with offers considered.

GUIDE: Sold – August 2020

LYING: South-Coast