Custom Pilothouse Trawler 48ft Yacht Liveaboard

Spacious well proportioned MFV
£79,995.00 Reduced
  • Boat REF#  ·  331143
  • Length  ·  14.70m
  • Year  ·  1957
  • Construction  ·  Steel
  • Underwater profile  ·  Full-Displacement
  • Sleeping berths  ·  7
  • Engine  ·  2 x diesel 75hp, Handed Kelvin R4 4 cyl diesels (1968)
  • Lying  ·  Gosport
Boatshed Portsmouth
Boatshed Portsmouth
Samantha Cassell

Extra Details

Designer Alex Selleslagh
Builder Edward Van de Voorde, Antwerp
Lying Gosport
Fuel capacity 3,000.0 ltr (660.0 USG) Total - 2 Tanks
Water capacity 700.0 ltr (154.0 USG) Total - 1 Tanks
Holding tank capacity 550.0 ltr (121.0 USG) Total - 2 Tanks
Last survey 23/05/2023


Engine 2 x diesel 75hp
Engine make and model Handed Kelvin R4 4 cyl diesels (1968)
Engine Hours Not Recorded
Engine Cooled Indirect
Steering wheel
Drive shaft
Prop(s) three-blade, fixed
Fuel consumption (approx) 16.0 ltr (3.5 USG) /hour At Cruising Speed
Cruising speed (approx) 8 knots
Generator output 10.5KVA
Engine spares

Original Danish Tuxham 38 bhp 1-cylinder engines replaced with Kelvin 4- cylinder engines 75hp
- Variable pitch sterngear was replaced with fixed pitch propellers
- Interior substantially remodelled and refitted

Fuel consumption comes out consistently at just under 16 litres per hour at cruising speed which is 8 kts. That is at 1200 rpm on both engines. It is possible to run on one engine at 1200 revs which gives about 5.5 kts for half the consumption or to run at 800 rpm on both engines giving 5 kts for much reduced consumption (no exact figure).

230 V
- Markon 3.5 kVA alternator belt driven off stbd main engine - 4-Way change switchboard: Off/Shore/Panda/Markon
- 8 x circuits to all compartments - separate breaker switches
24 V
- Direct drive alternators on each main engine
- Stbd charges domestic batteries; port charges starter batteries - Domestic battery bank: 4 x US Battery XC 305HC 340 Ah 6 V
- Starter battery bank: 2 x Varta K7 115Ah 12 V
- Original switch and fuseboard for 24 V circuits serving all compartments - La Marche Constavolt A40 – 24 V– 40 A charger
- Fitted to La Marche CD 40 Charge Divider
- Automatically charges domestic and starter banks as required
- Battery charger for Panda and Honda outboard starter batteries
- Fischer Panda ‘Super Silent Technology' 10,000 PMS 50 Hz, 10.5 kVA (2015)
- Total hours 785
- Serviced May 2021 by Fischer Panda.

There are two separate systems – a 230v ‘mains’ system supplying standard shore type outlets around the boat (and the windlass) and supplied by either shore power, the PANDA generator or the MARKON alternator. The low power system is 24v and is supplied from 4 x 6v batteries charged from the main engines or from the ‘mains’ supplied battery charging system. The main engines have a separate bank of starter batteries, again 24v. The only 12v batteries are for starting the PANDA and for the HONDA outboard and they have their own charging arrangements.


Length 14.70m
LOD 14.53m
LWL 13.64m
Beam 4.29m
Draft Min 2.10m
Draft Max 2.10m
Displacement 46,000kg (101,430.0lbs)
Headroom 1.88m
Storage Ashore


Ketch rigged Wood spars () with Stainless Steel standing rigging ()


She can be sailed, but with limitations. Because of the relatively small size of the sails and the weight of the boat you probably need force 5 or more to get going well. Also she does not go very well to windward. Downwind in a good breeze is fine though.

- Bermudan ketch rig
- 2 x Spruce masts, each in deck mounted tabernacles - 2 x Spruce booms
- Main boom doubles as a derrick for lifting RIB
- Stainless steel standing rigging, rope running rigging
- Jib, mainsail and mizzen
- All tan coloured heavy duty Terylene with sail covers
- Tabernacle with small steel pin rail
- ComeUp DHC-1600 24v electric hoist winch for derrick - Stainless steel purchase wire and remote control
- For RIB launching/ recovery

Electrical Systems

12 / 24 volt battery, 240 volt generator, 240 shore power voltage, 6 batteries charged by: engine, shore power, generator Fischer Panda 10000_NE_PMS


Construction Steel
Underwater profile Full-Displacement
Finish Paint finish

1986/87 Hull taken back to bare metal inside and out and re-coated. Additional to that, in 2005 the entire underwater hull was shot blasted back to bare metal and recoated.

- Part-riveted and part-welded steel construction - Hull design features one continuous deck
- Raked, soft-nosed stem
- Cruiser stern
- Rounded bilges with bar keel
- The shell plating is 5 mm, except for the garboard strake of 7mm
- Siemens Martin steel with joggled and riveted seams and welded butts
- Transverse angle bar shell frames are riveted to the shell plating
- 16 x Sacrificial anodes by MG Duff bolted to welded studs on the shell plating (2023)
- Vessel subdivided by transverse steel bulkheads into a total of seven compartments


Total # of berths 7
No. of double berths 1
No. of single berths 5
Cabin(s) 2
Sink 2
Shower 2
Heads 2 heads (Electric)

4 burner propane Stove


Cabin heating
Manual water system
Pressurised water system
Hot water system

4 burner propane Stove

Deck Gear

Swim Platform
Swim Ladder
Instrument Covers

Electric windlass
2 anchors
(Byers (cast iron), Fortress FX37 kedge)
125.00m of chain
Avon 3.4m dinghy ()
15hp outboard, Honda, Short shaft ()
The main (Byers) anchor has 125m of heavy chain (weighing 550 kg) which is important security. The secondary Fortress anchor has 5m of chain and 100m of rode.

- Folding side accommodation ladder and swimming platform
- Passarelle with rigging equipment for Mediterranean mooring

There are full awnings which cover the entire deck providing much needed shade in warmer climes.

Nav Equipment

VHF DSC radio
Chart plotter
Navigation lights
AIS Receiver
Depth sounder

- Furuno Radar and Chart plotter NavNet VX2
- C-MAP NT Max Charts covering English Channel to Eastern Mediterranean
- Decca Pilot 150PC motor driving autopilot
- Simrad R135 Rudder Indicator
- Furuno Tri-Data F1-50 - Depth, Log, Temperature
- Furuno WAAS GP-32 GPS linked to plotter
- Garmin GPS 2 – Handheld linked to Garmin VHF
- Furuno Fax-30 Weatherfax interfaced to plotter
- Garmin AIS 600 active AIS transmitter and receiver
- Furuno AIS Interface IF-1500 interfaced to plotter
- Easy Splitter AIS / VHF aerial splitter
- Robertson (Simrad) AP35 Autopilot
- Raymarine ST40 Echo sounder
- Clipper Wind direction and speed indicator
- Garmin VHF 200i (DSC) radio
- Simrad RD 68 (DSC) radio
- ICOM IC M33 Handheld VHF radio

Safety Equipment

Fume detector
Life buoys

4 bilge pumps (2 manual / 2 electric)

Bilge Pumping
- Jabsco high capacity bilge pump directly driven off port main engine
- Inlet hose is long enough to reach sounding pipes in all compartments - This is the main flooding control pump
- Jabsco 24 V emergency portable pump rated 1,700 litres/hour
- Stowed in locker in owner’s cabin
- Henderson Mk V manual bilge pump in Engine room
- Henderson Chimp manual bilge pump in workshop area of aft lobby

Broker's Comments

Oh my golly gosh what a wonderful MFV trawler yacht!! She was built in 1957 at the yard of Edward Van de Voorde, on the River Scheldt at Antwerp, Belgium, for Belgian nobleman Vicomte Max Vilain XIIII. The designer, Alex Selleslagh, had a reputation for drawing stout steel yachts. She feels perfectly proportioned in every way and really feels like a little big ship and she looks the part. With her initial cruising grounds being Iceland now after the last decade cruising Atlantic Spain and Portugal, and the Mediterranean, she is now south coast UK and ready for more adventures.

She had a major refit in 1986-87 from her previous owner which is extremely well documented in a full refit log with numerous photographs of all parts and stages. Once this refit was complete the previous owner lived on board for five months of each year, transiting each year through the Caledonian Canal and cruising the west coast of Scotland.

1994, and she was brought south to Gosport. For the next 13 years she cruised the south coast of England and north and west coasts of France and the Channel Islands. During this period she was from time to time used as a guardship/mothership, including assisting a club rowing around the Isle of Wight and as a steward at the International Fleet Review in 2005.

In 2007 she was taken down the Atlantic coasts of Spain and Portugal to the Mediterranean where she remained until 2018. She returned to British waters in November 2018 onboard a specialist yacht transfer merchant vessel.

Onboard I loved everything from her lemon squeezer type deck prism lights to the vast open flat deck, the lovely solid wood interior and the huge super clean engine room. She comprises of an aft owners cabin, spacious saloon (which can convert to a double berth), 2 bunk forward cabin with two electric heads with shower, large galley and as mentioned a huge engine room. Outside a commanding wheelhouse, easy walk around deck forward, side and aft. I also like her side stairs passerelle which allows you to swim and then directly step out of the water - you can see this on a photo in the gallery.

Current owner comments:
"We have used her extensively over a 27 year period cruising in northern European waters followed by 12 seasons in the Mediterranean. During this period she has proved to be a safe, reliable and comfortable vessel which is capable of long distance passages combined with safe anchoring. These passages were made possible by a good endurance in terms of range and fresh water capacity. Her sea keeping qualities were necessarily tested on many occasions and she never let us down! She is strong, sound and fully ready for further extensive cruising."

These boat details are subject to contract.
Note: Offers on the asking price may be considered.

This Custom Pilothouse Trawler 48ft Yacht Liveaboard has been personally photographed and viewed by Samantha Cassell of Boatshed Portsmouth. Click here for contact details.

Owners FAQ's

How long have you owned the boat for?

27 Years

Why are you selling her?

Retiring from sailing

Where have you sailed her?

Down the North Sea, the full Channel coastline on both sides from Dover to Brittany, Northern Biscay ports, across Biscay to Spain, Portugal, Gibraltar, and every northern Mediterranean country from Spain to Montenegro plus Tunisia on the African side.

Where the particulars herein give details of a boat, whether new or used, they are intended to give a fair description of the vessel but are not guaranteed as accurate or complete. They shall not form part of any offer or contract for the sale of the vessel. The prospective purchaser is recommended to independently check the particulars and the vessel. The vendor is not selling in the course of a business unless otherwise stated. Personal property is excluded from the sale of the vessel unless specifically included in the listing specification above or in a purchase contract. Personal property may be equipment or gear not permanently attached to the vessel including but not limited to: artwork, entertainment equipment, fishing equipment, TV receivers, recreational equipment, kayaks, tools, and personal appliances. Photos that may incidentally depict owners' personal property do not convey that such items are included in the sale of the vessel unless such items are specifically listed herein. At all times, where the particulars herein give details of a new boat and/or a new boat to be supplied/built by a builder/manufacturer, or a boat to be chartered, via our introduction, we do not guarantee or assume responsibility for the accuracy or reliability of any information offered by third-party companies in respect thereof including without limitation new boat builders/manufacturers, charter companies and/or companies/businesses which are ‘Friends of Boatshed’. We shall not be responsible for, or party to, any transactions, contracts or agreements between you and such third-party providers of products or services and it is incumbent upon you to verify such details direct with such entities and contract with them at your sole discretion and on terms that you agree.

Comments 2

Please note this comments section is public. Please do not post your personal details here. To enquire about purchasing this boat, please contact the broker directly at Please read our commenting guidelines before posting.

Hi Gavin,

Thank you for your message we will DM you :)

samantha c2024-02-15 11:26:02

I love this Yacht
Can i ask the following please
What is the fuel consumption
With the weight how does she sail or is she more of a motor yacht
I am actually looking at a fornosa but i really love this
Please send whatever info you can or mor pics videos would ve appreciated
Im a serious buyer

Gavin W2024-02-15 11:24:27
You must be logged in to leave a comment.
Login or register for free