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Sold – 40ft. SEABORNE TWIN-SCREW MOTOR YACHT – built 1965 – Lying: River Thames



Boat Details

Overall Length: 40ft.
Waterline: 36ft 6ins
Beam: 10ft 6ins
Draught: 4ft
Displacement: 16 Tons T M
Engine: Pair 85hp Ford Diesel Engines
Berths: Four Berths in two cabins
Sail: Ketch Rig sets 250 sq.ft
Designer: John Bain
Builder: Seaborne Yacht Company
Year Built: 1965
Location: Shepperton


John Bain, following his retirement as director from Silvers of Rosneath continued free-lance yacht designing for a number of boatyards and special commissions. From the late 1950s, John produced a number of sea-going motor yacht designs known as the Seaborne 35 and Seaborne 40 series. These able vessels include all the characteristics of the famous Silver built boats however with more modern styling and optional ketch rig.

NODENS was built in 1965 for G W Crook of Staunton Corse, Gloucestershire. He required a capable motor-yacht to keep at the Severn Motor Yacht Club and for cruising in the Severn Estuary and Bristol Channel. NODENS was built only two miles downstream of the SMYC by Seaborne Yacht Company, Court Meadow, Kempsey owned by Eric Seaborne with yard manager and boat builder Jim Preen.

During the late 1970s and 80s, NODENS was owned by Lt. Cmdr. G W Sudlow R D of Mendip Farm, Shepton Mallett. He was a member of the Royal Yacht Squadron at Cowes. In later ownership, NODENS was moved on to the non-tidal, River Thames near Henley.

Traditional carvel construction, Burma teak underwater planking and mahogany topside planking all copper fastened to steam bent oak timbers with intermediate sawn oak frames. Teak laid deck with marine ply subdeck. Varnished mahogany superstructure and brightwork. Original deck hardware and stanchions. Long straight ballast keel, radius transom stern, flared moulded bow and round bilges.

Spacious, light and well laid-out interior with original mahogany joinery throughout.

AFT STATEROOM: Twin berths to port and starboard, central dressing chest of drawers. Hanging wardrobe. ENSUITE HEADS COMPARTMENT with marine WC.

Lobby with useful storage to starboard steps up to:

DECK SALOON: Fitted settees to port and starboard, folding table. Ample space for loose chairs and for socialising. Helm position to portside with console and controls. Navigation gear and compass. Original Sailor radio set. Sliding side deck doors and steps forward down to:

GALLEY: (port side) with fitted pantry and crockery lockers, stainless steel sink unit, cooker, fridge.


FORE CABIN: Single berths to port and starboard with ample room for bunk berths to be fitted if required.

PAIR 85hp FORD ‘New Holland’ DIESEL ENGINES – fitted new circa 1985.

Two recently fitted VETUS, fully insulated fuel tanks.

Original main and mizzen masts available.


A sturdy, well-built classic motor yacht from the famous John Bain stable. A much more affordable option than the similar-sized Silver Leaf. An excellent choice for long-distance cruising, exploring the French Canals or living aboard. Good recent survey report available.

Boat Safety Certificate to 2022.

GUIDE: Sold – 15th June 2020

LYING: River Thames

VIEWING: Through Classic Yacht Brokerage