HISTORY & DESCRIPTION:
This classic 1950s motor-sailer was designed by B P Miles of Poole for Eric Fox of Leicester and built by the well respected Dorset boatbuilders Sandbanks Yacht Company in 1953.
Eric Fox was a co-founder of the world-famous Fox’s Glacier Mints, based in Leicester. He named the vessel BRIN and kept her for four seasons in Poole Harbour before selling to Captain L W Cox MC of the Royal Motor Yacht Club, Poole in 1957. Captain Cox enlarged the Bermudian rig from the original 140 sq.ft to 390 sq.ft with a 39ft mast. He re-named the vessel MARKAB. Following his death in 1963 his son Len Cox (Cox & Haswell yacht designers) sold the boat in 1964 to Doctor Richard Dunnill. MARKAB remained based in Poole and was much enjoyed for family days out in the original configuration of a large aft cockpit and central, open-backed wheel shelter. MARKAB was sold to new owners in the 1980s and moved to Restronget Creek, Falmouth. An aft double cabin was constructed over the cockpit and the wheelhouse enclosed. The current owner bought MARKAB in 2005 and re-named her BELVEDERE, keeping the vessel on the River Trent navigation which has been her principal cruising ground these past fifteen years.
Carvel mahogany planked hull, copper fastened to steamed oak timbers at close centres. Swept teak laid decks. Mahogany superstructure and brightwork. Original deck fittings and hardware.
Raked straight stem with pronounced flare and high bow making her dry and buoyant in a seaway. Flat transom stern, long sweeping sheer with significant bulwarks, full round bilges and straight keel with skeg supporting the rudder base.
Aft coachroof and wheelhouse added in the 1980s to a professional standard which adds considerably to the accommodation. The vessel could be returned to the original configuration if required with the cockpit coamings still in place.
Interior fitted out principally in light oak panelling and joinery with mahogany cabin soles.
FORECABIN: Portside single berth, for-hatch, starboard side bench for storage access to forepeak/chain locker and athwartships bulkhead with a door opening to:
SALOON: Settee berth to starboard and dinette arrangement to port offering double and single berths.
GALLEY: to aft port quarter with Plastimo Neptune gas cooker, 240-volt fridge, stainless steel single drainer sink unit with pressurised water from two 70 gallon fresh water tanks. Pantry and crockery lockers. Four fire extinguishers.
Central steps up to:
WHEELHOUSE: Helm position to port with engine instrumentation and navigation geat to include Cobra MRF 55 EU VHF, Garmin GPS, Nasa Clipper Sounder, Nasa Clipper Log and JRC Radar (not connected)
Side deck doors and access to:
AFT STATEROOM: Generous double berth, storage and ensuite Heads Compartment: Chemical WC. Stowage locker to starboard.
56hp GARDNER four-cylinder 4LW DIESEL ENGINE, fitted new in 1950. Serviced in 2019. Cruising speed about 6 knots. 100-gallon fuel tank plus day tank. Three bladed propeller. Two batteries (2017) 240-volt shore-power.
BERMUDIAN RIG: Deck stepped 39ft aluminium mast, 15ft boom. Crusader sails, main and jib. Rig not currently set up as BELVEDERE is located on inland waterway.
Anchor Windlass and Plough anchor.
An attractive and appealing, sea-kindly motor-sailer of substantial design, ideal for coastal cruising, river or estuary use. Ample accommodation for extended living aboard, holidays or weekending. Vessels like BELVEDERE rarely come on to the market and we should recommend arranging an early inspection.
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