|Tax Status:||Tax Exempt|
Join the most exclusive motor yacht club in the world and take part in the 80th Anniversary return to Dunkirk in May 2020. Fully restored authenticated Little Ship, amazing history as a participant in Operation Dynamo skippered by Sir Laurence Oliviers brother.
HISTORY & DESCRIPTION:
MARSAYRU was built in 1937 by Timmer & Zoon, Delft for Charles Wyatt as a family pleasure yacht to be moored in Rochester. The boat is named after his wife Ruby and three daughters Sadie, Yvonne and Marjorie. In 1939 MARSAYRU was requisitioned by the Royal Navy as a personnel carrier and subsequently took part in Operation Dynamo in May/June 1940. She was skippered by no less than Sir Lawrence Oliviers brother and Cyril Coggins a marine engineer. They were both mentioned in dispatches and received a DSM and MBE. A full account of MARSAYRU’s involvement was documented at the time and altogether she rescued some 400 soldiers, a remarkable achievement.
After Dunkirk MARSAYRU continued in service recovering airmen in the Channel fitted with two 600hp Rolls Royce engines. After the war MARSAYRU was returned to Charles Wyatt together with a cheque for £1,500 He sold her soon afterwards due to the engine installation. In new ownership in 1947 MARSAYRU was re-engined, later BMC diesels installed in 1962 and the boat re-named BILLOWIN. In the 1980s her then owner Gareth Roe restored the original name. The Roe family enjoyed twenty years sailing from Ramsgate and the French Canals. In 2012 after being laid up in Brittany MARSAYRU was brought back to Margate and purchased by the current owners. A full restoration began to prepare the boat for the 75th anniversary 2015 return to Dunkirk. With two re-built Gardner 4LK engines installed and the hull re-plated and interior re-fitted MARSAYRYU participated with the other Little Ships in the historic return.
Plated 4mm riveted steel constructed hull and riveted steel frames. Bottom plating doubled in 2012/14 with 4mm steel plating to the turn of the bilge as signed off by specialist marine surveyors Anglo European Marine Ltd. New steel bilge keels. Steel-plated decks, mahogany wheelhouse, aft cabin coamings and brightwork. Round bilge design, long keel, raked stem and flared bows. Transom stern. Traditional three-quarter break deck design.
Pair fully re-conditioned 60hp GARDNER 4LK DIESEL ENGINES fitted in 2014 with PRM GEARBOXES, new propeller shafts. New VETUS 12-volt BOW THRUSTER.
Characterful, period style, spacious interior incorporating some original mahogany joinery, panelled doors and fittings. Fully foam insulated throughout behind hull ceiling.
FORWARD DOUBLE BERTH CABIN with upholstered berth, portlights.
SALOON with dinette/chart table to starboard, generous settee berths to port providing two berths if required, drawers beneath and tankage below the aft settee. Skylight, opening portlights, access to open plan –
GALLEY having built-in gas cooker, fridge, sink unit, pantry and crockery lockers with work surfaces above.
WHEELHOUSE, helm position to port with instrumentation and controls. Port and starboard side deck doors, crew seating and helm seat. Access down to –
AFT LOBBY, panelled door to starboard –
HEADS COMPARTMENT with flushing marine wc to holding tank. Submarine fold-down washbasin, stainless steel. Portside walk-in locker with ample space for the provision of a shower if required.
AFT STATEROOM, generous berths to port and starboard. Central locker/drawers.
A rare opportunity to purchase one of the larger sized Dunkirk Ships of steel construction, having been renovated/rebuilt from the keel up over a three year period by skilled and knowledgable craftsmen. In full commission and 90% completed with just a few finishing touches to make this a very practical and desirable motor-yacht. Proven to be a good sea boat and suitable for coastal, estuary or inland waterways cruising. Seriously for sale due to the owner’s ill health.
LYING: River Severn
VIEWING: Through CLASSIC YACHT BROKERAGE – 01905-356482
|Designer:||Timmer & Zoon|
|Builder:||Timmer & Zoon, Delft|
|No. of engines:||2|
|Engine model:||Gardner 4LK|
|Drive type:||Shaft drive|
|Cruising Speed:||9 Knots|
|Maximum Speed:||12 Knots|
|Length over all:||43'|
|Length of deck:||43'|
|Length at waterline:||41' 6"|
|Hull colour:||off white|
|Keel type:||Full Keel|
Important Note: The particulars / images of the vessels listed on this website are believed to be accurate but are not guaranteed, buyers should satisfy themselves regarding the same. No warranty is given as to the condition of vessel's hull, machinery and equipment / gear and an examination by a qualified marine surveyor is always recommended.
Note: Indicated location is approximate general area only.