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Sold: 36ft ‘MONACO CLASS’ MORGAN-GILES EXPRESS CRUISER – 1961 – Part Project – Lying: Cheshire

Boat Details

Overall Length: 36ft
Waterline: 34ft
Beam: 11ft
Draught: 3ft
Displacement: 13.99 Tons Disp.
Engine: Pair 100hp Lister Diesel Engines
Berths: Four in Two Cabins
Sail: n/a
Designer: Michael Morgan-Giles
Builder: Morgan Giles Ltd.
Year Built: 1961
Location: Cheshire


Built in 1961 by Morgan Giles, the Monaco class were substantial and considered, at the time to be the equivalent to a Rolls Royce of the Sea. In the late 1950’s the yard work from the Admiralty declined. A replacement was needed and it was the brainchild of Michael Morgan-Giles that created the Monaco Cruiser. In his words; ‘a quality product was needed which could be built at prices the rich were prepared to pay and would capture the eye of the discerning’.

Out of these early ideas the Monaco Cruisers were built in sizes from initially 24ft up to 52ft as time went on. To prove the worth of these craft a number were entered into the Cowes-Torquay Offshore Power Boat races between 1961 and 1963 driven by Michael and his colleague Cdr. Parsons. In every International Off-shore Power Boat Race in which a standard Monaco was entered, she finished in immaculate condition, having achieved a class trophy.

The boats were hard-chine planing hulls, skimmed with marine plywood and it was at Francis Morgan-Giles direction that all the frames should be laminated rock elm. The smaller models were powered with twin Perkins or Lister diesel engines and the larger models had Caterpillar diesels. The early boats were 35 and 36 foot overall length and there were 16 in all. There were seven 38 footers, three 43 footers, three 48 footers and six 52 footers.

The first to be built, after an enquiry at the Boat Show was CORVIGLIA. This was a successful design but a new scheme was evolved with more beam and a raised foredeck and the Monaco was created. Many of the Monaco’s were shipped to the South of France and Italy where there was a flourishing market.

GOOSIGAN has been based in Port Leucate, South of France, returning to the UK in September 2015 and delivered to the owner’s house for a re-fit. She has been in the current ownership since 1979.


Wheelhouse with varnished teak interior
– Helm position to port
– Double seat to stbd

Down teak stepped companionway forward to:

Main saloon
– Joinery fitted with discreet drawer and locker stowage and a white deck head
– Deck head lights
– Reading lights
– Dining table seating for 6 offset to port
– Wide settee berth
– Small single berth stbd
– Stowage under

Fore cabin
– Wide Vee berths
– Stowage under
– 2 x Deep hanging lockers in aft bulkheads
– 2 x Opening ports
– Hatch to foredeck
– Access to chain locker forward

Aft through saloon to Main head stbd side
– Washbasin
– Shower with electric shower tray pump

Galley to the port side
– gas hob, oven and grill
– Fridge
– Stainless steel sink
– Cupboards, drawers and pan drawer

Up the companionway through the wheelhouse and down steps aft to:

Owners cabin
– 2 Wide berths
– Opening ports
– Reading lights and 1 x deck head light

Heads compartment en-suite forward on port side by companionway
– WC
– Washbasin with hot and cold taps

From aft

– stainless steel bathing platform with teak slats and drop down bathing ladder
– Wooden top rail
– Wooden hatch over lazarette
– Chromed fairleads and mooring cleats
– Large aft cockpit
– Wheel house
– Stainless steel stanchions and guardrails
– Stainless steel mast base on the pilothouse
– Wooden signal mast for anemometer, navigation lights etc
– Sliding windows in alloy frames
– Stainless steel hand rails
– Windscreen wipers
– Chromed bronze hinged fore-hatch
– windlass
– Stainless steel pulpit
– Stainless steel bow plate at the top of the stem
– Warps & fenders
– Cockpit cover

Owners Comments:

GOOSIGAN is lying under cover in Cheshire and represents a part finished restoration project. The last time the engines where run there was only a slight timing issue nothing more major than that.

There are also 2 spare engines, plus anchor’s, dinghy, generators, furnishings (cleaned) and varnished internal wooden fittings, equipment, oars etc included in the sale.  These are dry storage at the owners home

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.

GUIDE: Sold – August 2022

LYING: Cheshire

VIEWING: Through Classic Yacht Brokerage