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Sold – 42ft. TWIN-SCREW KETCH MOTOR-YACHT – 1960 – Teak Built – Part Project – Lying: North Yorkshire



Boat Details

Overall Length: 42ft
Waterline: 39ft
Beam: 11ft 10ins
Draught: 4ft 6ins
Displacement: 21 Tons T M
Engine: Pair 78hp Ford Parson Diesels ( fully re-built)
Berths: Six Berths in Three Cabins
Sail: Ketch steadying Rig sets 321 sq.ft
Designer: Frank Parsons MINA
Builder: Seacraft Ltd. Leigh-on-Sea
Year Built: 1960
Location: North Yorkshire


GIRL FRIEND was designed by Frank Parson MINA, resident naval architect at Seacraft & Co. Ltd. Leigh-On-Sea, Essex, where she was built in 1960 for F A Norton of St Clere’s Hall, Danby, Essex, registered in London, official number 301201.

In 1965 R L Carter of Wickford, Essex became the second owner keeping GIRL FRIEND locally at Bradwell on the Blackwater Estuary. GIRL FRIEND remained in his ownership for some twenty-five years before being bought in June 1991 by the current owner. The vessel was transported to the owners home and stored in an open barn where a meticulous restoration began lasting some fifteen years. Sadly due to the premature death of the owner the restoration of GIRL FRIEND was never completed. The interior has been re-fitted to an extremely high standard with great skill and practically everything is available to complete the project. Full photographic history of the restoration.

Teak planking on steam bent Oak timbers, copper fastened. Iron ballast keel.

Both engines rebuilt to pristine condition fully rebuilt and crack tested – not fitted
Pair 78hp Parson Ford Salamander, six-cylinder. New PRM 750 gearboxes, twin alternators. Engines as new, only been bench tested for a few hours.
New Diesel tanks made and fitted
New Water tanks built – not fitted
All decks and coachroofs have been replaced with marine ply and teak is available for re-decking.
Majority of the interior has been completely refurbished to a very high standard.
Teak bath fitted, two heads compartmnts to be finished, one complete Blake heads and one for parts.
Galley to be finished
Original Sails – for pattern only.
Included with the boat are all the original fittings, and many new ones purchased for GIRL FRIEND.


My husband always dreamed about sailing around the West Coast of Scotland in our retirement. After restoring a 34’ wooden motor yacht BARANNE, which we used on the River Ouse in York, taking 5 years to complete, we then decided to purchase GIRL FRIEND. We have spent many years lovingly working on her but sadly due to my husband passing away 5 years ago, I need to sell her to someone who can finish this restoration.


A great opportunity to buy a good quality, well designed, capable, sea-going motor-yacht with the benefit of two, virtually new diesel engines and a host of fittings, timber and gear to complete the project. Completion well within the scope of a capable non professional enthusiast or a first rate project for a commercial boatyard or shipwright. Motor yachts of this size have risen considerably in value during the past few years and GIRL FRIEND compares favourably with a similar sized Silverleaf motor-yacht.

GUIDE: SOLD – November 2021

LYING: North Yorkshire


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.