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A 1969 TWIN-SCREW RAMPART MOTOR-YACHT designed by Horace Desty and built by the Rampart Boat-Building Company, Swanwick Shore, Southampton


Boat Details

Overall Length: 51ft 6ins
Waterline: 48ft
Beam: 12ft
Draught: 4ft
Displacement: 21 Tons TM
Engine: Twin 115hp Perkins Diesel Engines
Berths: 6
Sail: Steading Sail
Designer: Horace Desty
Builder: Rampart Boat Building Company
Year Built: 1969
Location: East Sussex

Specification of vessel for sale

Vessel name: Malabar III
Type/class: classic, wooden motor yacht
Registration under Part 3 (SSR)      Number: SSR136681
Builder: Rampart Boat Building Company
Designer: Horace Desty    Year of Build: 1969
Length Over all: 51’6″   Length on deck: 48′      Length water-line: DK
Beam: 12′; Draft: 4’1″    Hull profile: round bilge
Hull construction.
Planking:      Type of wood: Iroko        Thickness: 1″ Carvel
Frames:        Type of wood: Canadian rock elm;  Grown/sawn/steamed/laminated: ?
Size and spacing: 1.5″ x 1″ x 6″
Fastenings:   Ferrous/non-ferrous:              copper nails & roves
Deck:          Teak then painted with Kiwi Grip
Coach-roof coamings:   Type of wood: believed to be teak   Varnished        Port holes: bronze forward.
Other windows: aluminium
Coach-roof deck:  Ply, sheathed with canvas and painted with Kiwi Grip
Ballast:           External ballast keel – iron                Weight:
Internal ballast –          iron – forward                 Weight:
Floors:            Wood
Keel bolts:      Bronze        Date last drawn: N/A
Cock-pit:        Self-draining.  n/a                           Bridge deck yes
Steering:         wheel    Wheel system:      Cables
Deck fittings:  Galvanised       Stemhead fitting:  Galvanised      Chain rollers: galvanised
Steadying sail only
Mast/s:             deck stepped     Wood      Solid    Varnished
Boom/s:             Wood               Varnished
Standing rigging:    galvanised wire.
Rigging screws:       stainless steel
Chain plates:            external       galv
Back-stays:     N/A
Sails. Steadying sail only: possibly original: condition not known as in storage
Engine/s          Make: Perkins         Type: 6354       HP: 115   No. of Cyl: 6; Year: 1969
Gearboxes      Make: Borg Warner          Type    twin lever controls
Fuel                 Diesel                           Location:   Centre-line
Propeller/s     offset                               No. of blades: 3
Speed:             Cruising: 8kn            Max:10-11kn              Consumption: 3-4 gph total
Fuel tank/s:    Capacity: 250 gals;          Material: steel          Location: amidships
Engine start:  Electric
Gauges:           Rev counter/tachometers, oil pressure, temp, gearbox oil pressure, ammeters,
Batteries:         Number: 2 domestic + 2 engine            Location: engine room, amidships;
Shore power : ancient domestic meter        Battery charging: Mastervolt
Electrics:          24v & 240v
Generator:       Make: Fairyman                KVA: 4                  diesel           Location: lazarette astern
Manual Bilge Pumps No. 1                                Electric Bilge Pumps No. 1
Notes on machinery, work done etc

  • 1999: engine exhaust manifolds replaced; cutlass bearings replaced; starboard shaft straightened, automatic bilge pump fitted
  • Ongoing: serviced at regular intervals


Compass:                    Sestrel            Deck saloon control centre
Sounder:                      B & G
Log:                            SumLog              thru’hull.
Radios;                       Sailor VHF, Horizon hand held VHF/DSC
Radar:                        None
Auto-pilot:                   Pinta – original
GPS:                          Phillips
Chart Plotter:               None
Life raft: on hire from NW Marine            No of Persons: 14
Life jackets:   16        Life buoys:  horse-shoe          Danbuoy: none
Flares:                       Coded kit                                           Fire extinguishers: 8
Anchor/s: 2                Type: Danforth           Weight: 50lb approx
Windlass:                   electric – Francis
Chain:                                    Length: 200′                           Size:    3/8″ galv
Winter cradle/trailer:                        Covers: original, overall canvas cover available but in storage so condition unknown
Mooring warps: fore & aft + 2 springs                   Fenders: 8
No of Berths:      7                                                          Head-room:   fwd/midships – 6′
Heads:            2 Sea toilets                   Waste tank: n/a
Shower & basin/s:  Location: 1 shower in Bathroom (no bath!)  Drain overboard
Hot water system:  yes   Heat source: engine/elect/ Elec pressure pump
Water tanks:   2       Capacity: 400 gals?              Location: Lazarette astern                 Material: steel
Galley cooker:         Make: smev?                   Gas             Gimballed no
Galley sink:             s/s /other               Drain overboard
Cabin heater:           Hot air/diesel: Webasto fitted 2000 and totally refurbished 2010?
4 outlets

Notable features:

As the third Rampart 48 commissioned by a Mr Smith, it has several unique features: direct access via companion way from upper bridge to Deck Saloon (most have to access deck saloon via side entrance),

  • By pushing the forward loo and basin forward, the Stateroom is much enlarged
  • Malabar is a “special joinery edition” with veneered wooden materials throughout as well as more doors than the average boarding house all of which shut immaculately after 46 years
  • the second owner, a Mr Tonks, had much joinery done by Berthon in addition to having a  second mast erected (presumably to turn it into a “motor sailer”.) I have removed the mast but left the more attractive elements of interior joinery.
  • I have retained as many of the original features that I can where sensible such as the art deco light fittings and the luxury spirits drinks containers. But, I have also created a “proper”   double bed in the Stateroom; erected a proper TV aerial and partially installed hi-fi.
  • the soft furnishings were replaced in March 2016
  • teak decks: they always leak! The previous owner, Mr Tonks, had the seams re-done and then painted over. Now, several people have remarked how lovely it would be to see the original teak decking. Of course it would. But teak decks on 40+ year old vessels LEAK. In 1999 my surveyor said that the paint must come off and the decks returned to their original state. No. I decided, not just because it was going to be my home that I didn’t want leaks. So, I’ve studiously looked after them and  they are regularly coated with Kiwi Grip which is a  marvellous plastic, non slip paint.
  • Brightwork: has to be varnished.

The transom needs cosmetic refurbishment

  • foc’sle deck hatch needs replacing
  • King plank needs cosmetic refurbishment
  • stateroom lantern light needs replacing
  • Davits need removing
  • Window seals in Deck Saloon need replacing
  • some aluminium windows need refurbishment
  • Starboard engine tacho drive needs replacing
  • hot water cylinder thermostat needs replacing
  • Hi-fi needs completing
  • Electric loo to be purchased and installed forward
  • Galley needs a refit: all working at present but could do with new hob and fridge
  • Lazarette: generator needs new parts (obtained) fitting + redecorating
  • ENGINES: full service now due

Originally commissioned by Mr Smith as Sydina III in 1969 and name changed to Malabar III by Mr Tonks on purchase in approx 1988

  • Neither of previous owners went very far – when I purchased her in 1999 recorded engine hours were 250 (in 30 years, hence engine refurb then.) EHs now 607
  • 2012 extensive refit of equipment for NFDC license – engine fire system, passenger seating, life buoys, rafts and jackets, gangplank for easy boarding, complete engine & gearbox service
  • Extensive cruising with happy passengers in Solent on day charter.