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Sold – 37ft. VINTAGE MOTOR YACHT, built 1923, full commission – Lying: River Trent



Boat Details

Overall Length: 37ft
Waterline: 35ft
Beam: 11ft
Draught: 3ft
Displacement: 17 Tons T M
Engine: 65hp Coventry Diesel Engine
Berths: Four Berths in two cabins
Sail: n/a
Designer: William Hayward
Builder: Hayward Boat Builders, Essex
Year Built: 1923
Location: Nottinghamshire


JUMBO was designed and built by William Hayward of Leigh on Sea, Essex in 1923 for Frederick Ramuz of San Remo Parade, Westcliffe on Sea, reputedly town Mayor at the time. In 1927 John (Jack) Maltby of Slinfold, Sussex purchased JUMBO keeping her on the East Coast. In 1932 he also bought an 18ft Brightlingsea One Design which he called JUMBO TOO. Jack owned JUMBO until the mid-1960s when Norman Cleare of Brightlingsea became the next registered owner. He re-engined the boat in 1968.

During Jack’s ownership, JUMBO took part in motor cruiser racers, winning the London to Cowes race in 1937 at an average speed of 7.5 knots. The photographs, visitors book and cased gold winners medallion from the Royal Motor Boat Club being sold with the boat. During the war years, JUMBO was requisitioned for use by the Navy as a minesweeper tender in the Harwich, Great Yarmouth area for degaussing duties.

During the late 1970s and 80s G H Foreman bought JUMBO keeping her on a mooring at Ramsholt. The current owner bought the vessel some 18 years ago and has, over the years carefully maintained and preserved JUMBO in as original condition as possible.

Pitchpine hull, copper fastened to steam bent oak timbers. Oak centreline and deck structure. Ballast keel. Teak sheer planks, cockpit, skylights and brightwork. Sheathed pine decks.
Straight vertical stem, wide transom stern, round bilges, three-quarter break deck with inset port lights to the topsides.

Largely original interior with dual access from aft cockpit with central helm position and controls. Locker seating with fuel tank and water tank. Galley to starboard with inset stainless steel sink unit having built-in calorifier under. To port navigation area and between engine casing with useful worktop/sideboard. Taylors paraffin cooker on stand. Fridge. Large skylight above. Saloon with settee berths to port and starboard, lockers and original panelling. Saloon skylight. Faversham solid fuel stove. Central door to fo’c’sle with two berths, fore hatch, sail stowage. Heads compartment to starboard with fully restored Baby Blake marine WC. Pantry to port side.

65hp Super Charged COVENTRY DIESEL ENGINE, two-stroke, fitted 1947. Spare engine included.

Electric anchor windlass.

75ft. chain, Plough Anchor & Fishermans Type Anchor.

27ft. Timber mast, timber gaff and boom. Foresail and mainsail.

An extensive amount of traditional gear to be sold with JUMBO


Once a familiar sight on our coasts and rivers motor-yachts like JUMBO have now become quite rare, especially those which retain their original period style and appearance. The open helm popular with hardy sailing types of the 1920s-30s and with space forward for a paid hand or two. JUMBO retains much of the charm and character of those halcyon pre-war summers, spent pottering along the South and East Coast of England and competing in motor-cruiser club events.

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GUIDE: SOLD – July 2019 – Similar ‘CLASSICS’ required for registered clients

LYING: River Trent