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Sold – 33ft. MILLER MFV KETCH MOTOR-SAILER – 1954 – Gardner Diesel – Lying: West Coast Scotland



Boat Details

Overall Length: 33ft 6ins (35ft overall)
Waterline: 30ft
Beam: 10ft 6ins
Draught: 4ft 7ins
Displacement: 7.51 Registered Tonnage
Engine: 48hp Gardner 4LW Diesel
Berths: Seven Berths in Three Cabins
Sail: Ketch Rig
Designer: James Miller
Builder: Millers of St Monance, Fife
Year Built: 1954
Location: West Coast Scotland


Miller of St. Monance needs little introduction as one of the most successful boatyards in the UK. James Miller built many fishing boats at his yard in St Monance on the Fife coast, the largest over 70′. He also built some very fine yachts to various UK designer’s plans working from the 1930s through to the sale of the yard and subsequent closure in the 1970s. The yard used their knowledge of the Scottish fishing boat, famous for it’s sea-worthiness, to produce a range of motor sailers, the Fifers, which became very popular and were built from the late 1950s through to the end of the yard’s production. The Fifers followed the lines of their working sisters having long keels, a powerful sheer, good freeboard and a signature canoe stern though some of the last boats built had transoms as a quicker build option. Sizes varied from the little 26ft six tonners, the 28ft nine tonners, the most popular 33ft twelve tonners and a few larger models close to 40ft, some with twin engines.

LYNSEY LASS was built as a North Sea commercial fishing vessel, by the world-renowned yard of James N Miller of St Monance in Fife in 1954. She was first registered in Berwick in 1955 (BK 002).
The hull is of larch planking (1 ¼”) on oak frames (5” x 3” sawn).
She was professionally converted to her present layout in 1967-69, and the engine was replaced by a Gardner 4LW at that time. 2:1 reduction to a fixed three-blade propeller.
She has been in the careful current ownership since 1982. Over this time, LYNSEY LASS has proven to be an extremely safe and reliable vessel having cruised extensively from Ireland to the west and north of Scotland on countless family holidays.

Cruising Speed 7.0 knots at approx. 2.5 gallons per hour
Freshwater 30 gallons
Fuel (diesel) 125 gallons

Layout – 3 double berths and a single in the wheelhouse. Fitted galley and head compartment with marine WC, with wash hand basin. The wheelhouse has a chart table to port and helm position with folding helmsman’s seat. Access is by the wheelhouse door from the stern deck with companionway to the saloon area. There is a forward hatch in the forepeak.

12 volt 160 ah battery dedicated to starter fed by a shaft-driven dynamo. 24-volt system (two 12 volt batteries) fed by 60 amp alternator supplies auxiliaries. Some 12-volt equipment is supplied by a 24/12 volt inverter.
Fuel tanks are stainless steel
Water tanks are flexible rubber.
Bow winch is Lofrans Tigre. 40 meters of anchor chain and a 35lb CQR.
Ketch rigged and a continuous guard rail everywhere except forward of the foremast.
Double sink Galley has gas cooker/oven.
Two gas bottles in the external locker.
Equipped with a 4 man life raft (out of test)
Two automatic bilge pumps and one whale manual pump.
VHF radio

Additional equipment includes a framework and tarpaulins for winter storage.
Professionally manufactured and purpose-built yard trailer/cradle. Constructed with galvanised steel and weighs 1 ½ tons. Designed for launching, recovering and storage. Can be dismantled for transport elsewhere.


Wheelhouse Ships compass – Sestral, mounted deckhead
VHF – ‘I Com’ with handset
Depth Sounder – Furuno monochrome fishfinder
EPIRB – McMurdo Max (purchased 2015)
Steering pump (hydraulic)
Radio cassette – Panasonic with two 8” Wharfedale speakers
GPS – MLR FX 312 (display faulty)
2 x AFFF fire extinguishers (still in green)
Emergency tiller

Saloon/Galley 1 x powder extinguisher (still in green)
1 x fire blanket
Flavel gas cooker (2 rings, grill, oven)
Twin sinks with H & C swivel tap
Quantity of crockery, cutlery, pots and pans, cooking equipment

Heads 1 x Lavac toilet
Wash hand basin with tap
Hand-held shower
Mirror and light

Deck Lofrans Tigre 24 v bow winch/windlass
1 x 35lb CQR with 45 m chain
NAV lights
Gas Locker – 2 x gas bottles with regulator
1 x 4 man Liferaft in valise (old and out of test)

Engine Room 1 x 24 v automatic bilge pump
1 x 12 v automatic bilge pump
1 x manual whale bilge pump
Mikuni diesel powered water heater with matrix for blown hot air round boat.
(this system installed but never commissioned)
Calorifier (HW tank) with 240 v shore power immerser
Potable water pump 24 v
12 v shaft-driven dynamo
24 v belt-driven alternator
12 v starter battery
24 v auxiliaries batteries (2 x 12 v)

2” Jabsco belt-driven bilge pump (needs replacement vacuum unit)
Frame & tarpaulins for wintering tent
Petrol pump and with hoses for the immediate post-launch period
Quantity of Whitworth/imperial spanners and sockets
Quantity of bulbs, fuses etc
Spars originally carrying sails


A substantial, weatherly little ship built for coastal and off-shore in the changeable conditions of the West Coast. Successfully converted to a purposeful motor sailer some fifty years ago and in current long ownership. A rugged and appealing MFV, a forerunner of the later Fifer range. Spring 2021 re-paint and repairs to the wheelhouse. Re-launched June 2021 and ready for the season.

GUIDE: Sold – October 2021

LYING: West Coast


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