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….. SOLD – March 2014 …..

A 1938 former RNLI WATSON LIFEBOAT ‘The City of Edinburgh’ designed by G L Watson & Co. and built by Alex Robertson & Sons of Sandbank, Argyll and professionally converted to a private motor-yacht


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The City of Edinburgh lifeboat went in to service in Wick on 1st November 1938 where she remained on active service until 1965. During this time the lifeboat was launched 134 times and saved 204 lives. After being re-engined by the RNLI in 1966 with the current 65hp Ford Parson’s six cylinder diesels she went on to be the relief boat for England and Northern Ireland before being taken out of service in July 1976.

The City of Edinburgh , re-named Saltire , after the Scottish Heraldic Symbol was professionally converted to a private motor-yacht with a sturdy aluminium superstructure in keeping with the original lifeboat style. The interior has been fitted out to a high standard with good insulation suitable as a liveaboard. Since 2004 the wiring, gas system and electronic equipment have been overhauled together with re-caulking of the decks. The engines have been re-conditioned, the starboard engine completely in recent months.

The traditional style accommodation offers six berths in three cabins.
Spacious Saloon: fixed double berth with two roote berths and drop-leaf table.
Large Galley: with two burner gas cooker with grill. Microwave, fridge. Seating area with drop-leaf table converts to generous single or small double berth.

Heads Compartment:
Wheelhouse: with fixed upholstered seating, removable chart table.
Engine Room: Housing the twin 65ph Ford Parson’s Barracuda diesel engines. Recent new batteries. New hot water tank with immersion heater. Cummins Onan 6MDKUB diesel generator.


Simrad Radar
GPS & Sonar
Forgen Wind Generator
Gas Detector
DSC Radio and Sailor VHF
Six Person Liferaft
Boat Safety Certificate


A well converted Watson Class lifeboat offering spacious well-planned cruising / liveaboard accommodation currently located on the beautiful West Coast of Scotland an ideal holiday destination. Saltire is suitable for sea cruising as well as on the Scottish Canals and European Inland Waterways. The air-draft can be restricted to 3 metres. Offered at a realistic price as some exterior cosmetic improvement required. Hauled out June 2013 for inspection and antifoul and hull repaint.

Guide: SOLD
Lying: Scotland
Viewing: Through the agents: CLASSIC YACHT BROKERAGE  01905-356482″