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Sold – 40ft OSBORNE MOTOR-YACHT – Lying River Thames

::::: SOLD – October 2017 :::::

40ft. TWIN-SCREW MOTOR-YACHT designed by C W Burnard of Itchenor and built by Willam Osborne Ltd. Arun Shipyard, Littlehampton in 1938 for Colonel O H Bayldon of the Royal Thames and Royal Motor Yacht Clubs

Boat Details

Overall Length: 40ft
Waterline: 37ft 4ins
Beam: 10ft
Draught: 3ft
Displacement: 14 Tons TM
Engine: Pair 110hp Volvo AQ31A Diesel Engines
Berths: Seven Berths in three cabins
Sail: n/a
Designer: C W Burnard
Builder: William Osborne Ltd
Year Built: 1938
Location: River Thames


RAMILLE was built for Colonel O H Bayldon in 1938 to a design by C W Burnard of Itchenor. The brief was to design a modern motor-yacht for continental cruising over many months and RAMILLE incorporated many quite novel features for the time, including automatic steering, forward observation cockpit and gas powered domestic equipment. As such RAMILLE was featured in the April 1938 copy of The Motor Boat Magazine.

Carvel mahogany planked hull, copper fastened to steam bent oak timbers. underwater hull laminated with two layers of 4mm marine plywood, stainless steel stapled to original planking and epoxy sheathed finished having timber bilge rail. Round bilge design with full, long keel, raked straight stem and elliptical transom stern.

Accommodation for seven in three cabins.
Forward Owners Stateroom with double berth to port, electric heads to starboard, sky-light and escape hatch to forward cockpit.
Deck Saloon with seating to the rear which could converts to additional berths. Helm position to port. Access to Lower Saloon having dinette converting to double berth, single settee berth and access to rear lobby.
Galley fiited with sink, cooker and pantry lockers.
Heads Compartment.

Enclosed engine casings and access to Rear Cockpit with gas bottle locker to the portside.
Forward Cockpit with deck access.
Pair 110hp VOLVO AQ31A DIESEL ENGINES fitted around 1980, giving a maximum speed of about 13 knots and cruising speed of 10 knots. Both engines have recently been checked over by a marine engineer and are in running order.


RAMILLE has been out of commission now for a good few years in a marina berth on the upper reaches of the River Thames and is being sold as a restoration project.
This is a great opportunity to acquire a good sized classic motor-yacht ideal as a live-aboard or for extended cruising.
Owner supplied images dated 17th September 2017

LYING: River Thames
info@classicyachtbrokerage.co.uk / 01905-356482