33ft. McBRYDE TWIN-SCREW MOTOR YACHT – BLADE
BLADE was commissioned in 1938 by Sydney Kirkham who was the Managing Director of the Hippodrome Theatre in Sheffield and she was launched in the Spring of 1939. Rather than allowing his new yacht to fall into the hands of the Admiralty to be used in the impending war, Mr Kirkham took her through the canals to Liverpool, then on to the Isle of Man where he registered her as a fishing boat, so she did not go to Dunkirk.
Her second owner was Dick Smart who did much of BLADE’s maintenance. He purchased BLADE in 1953 and kept her on the River Trent at Nottingham until 1997 when she was sold to Frank Spencer. He changed her original Morris petrol/paraffin engines for diesels in 1999. Mrs Bryony Hebson bought BLADE in 2007, keeping her at Woodbridge on the River Deben in Suffolk.
Throughout, BLADE has always had conscientious owners who have taken care to maintain the vessel well and she remains in good, original condition. Her fifth and current owners bought BLADE in 2019 and continue to keep her on a swinging mooring in Suffolk.
Recent Work by Robertson’s Boatyard, Woodbridge.
Repair 3 broken timbers in after cabin, laminate new and clench with copper nails
Replace all bronze screws in hood ends and along garboards with new
Reinforce attachment of stub tiller to rudder stock
Replace engine cooling skin fittings and sea clocks
Replace quadrant around skylight
Replace cutlass bearings
Replace anodes and associated electrical connections to gearboxes
Replace quadrant on after face of after cabin
Carvel pitch-pine hull planking, copper fastened to steam bent oak timbers. Oak centre-line and sawn oak floors. Oregon pine decks sheathed with tempered board. Teak and mahogany varnished superstructure, hatches, skylight and brightwork. Plumb stem, long keel, round bilges and flat transom with slight tumblehome.
Traditional, period accommodation with original mahogany panelling and doors. 12 volt lighting throughout and additional oil lamps in the saloon.
SALOON: 10ft x 9ft with port and starboard settee berths having new water tanks beneath, skylight, drop leaf cabin table with drawer, drinks locker, hanging locker, shelves, and door opening forward to:
GALLEY: 7ft 6ins x 4ft Taylors 030 paraffin cooking stove, sink with drainer, electric cool box, racks and lockers, work tops with pantry lockers below, h and c taps and hand pump. Fore hatch. Access to large forepeak locker.
AFT STATE ROOM: 6ft min x 5ft min extending under side decks and aft deck. Berths to port and starboard. Port lights, aft hatch. Door to:
HEADS COMPARTMENT: Blake Victory marine wc, wash basin h&c, mirror, shelving and hanging locker.
WHEELHOUSE: With port helm position, controls and instrumentation. Binnacle Compass. Side deck doors. Access beneath sole to:
PAIR 35hp BETA BV1305 DIESEL ENGINES (1999) 589/602 approx engine hours (August 2022)
Cruising speed 6 knots maximum speed about 8 knots, 16 inch, three blade propeller. Engines serviced 22/12/21. Calorifier, 240 volt immersion heater. New fresh water pump 2022. 2 x 100 litres fresh water capacity. 2 x 100 litres fuel capacity.
2 x CQR anchors, 35 and 25 lbs
Simpson Lawrence manual windlass, 2 handles
Mainmast in tabernacle with flag halyards, steaming light
Mizzen mast (new 2021) with new VHF aerial with internal cable, halyards. Boom with topping lift and steadying sail.
On wheelhouse roof – P and S navigation lights with mahogany screens, GPS aerial, solar panel. Boathook, deck scrubber
2 sets of covers – one over wheelhouse and after cabin for summer use, one complete set of
winter covers including A-frames and ridge poles
Red Ensign and staff
Mooring warps and fenders (stowed in forepeak)
lroko, two section boarding/swimming ladder (new)
Crockery and cutlery
Galley equipment including mains electricity double hob and kettle
Benches to sides
John Lilley & Sons magnetic compass and brass binnacle
Standard Horizon VHF (2022), Lowrance echo sounder 6, Garmin 128 GPS
Teak folding table (for dining in wheelhouse)
Matting for wheelhouse sole
2 x fire extinguishers + Firetrace automatic extinguisher in engine room installed 2020
A particularly attractive and appealing traditional 1930s motor-yacht offered for sale in good order following completed recommendations from a November 2021 survey report. A eminently usable classic boat with the benefit of modern diesel engines. BLADE is ideal for coastal and estuary cruising or for use on inland waterways. Spring 2023 haul-out and re-paint ready for the season.
LYING: East Coast
VIEWING: Through CLASSIC YACHT BROKERAGE, ISLE OF WIGHT
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