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G L Watson Spey Class 40 ft Motor Sailer 1965



G L Watson Spey Class 40 ft Motor Sailer 1965

Designer G L Watson
Builder Jones Buckie, Banffshire
Date 1965
Length overall 40 ft 0 in / 12.2 m
Length deck 40 ft 0 in / 12.2 m
Length waterline 0 ft 0 in / 0 m
Beam 12 ft 6 in / 3.8 m
Draft 5 ft 7 in / 1.7 m
Displacement 18 Tonnes
Construction Carvel mixed planking, oak frames
Engine Kelvin R4 Diesel 60 BHP
Location United Kingdom
Price GBP 58,500

These details are provisional and may be amended



SPEY BEAM was built in 1965 and was the last 40 foot Spey class motor sailer of the original design by G L Watson & Co of Glasgow. She has had an extensive refit and has enjoyed almost continuous use. She can sleep 7 people in comfort with 2 heads and a shower. The very economical Kelvin diesel engine consumes only ½ a gallon per hour at cruising speed of 8 knots through the water and range thus of up to 1,600 miles on engine alone, increased therefore if motor sailing.

It would be easy for a yacht of this style and these dimensions to seem clumsy, yet the designer has succeeded in creating a very handsome vessel as much at home in the wilder waters of the Scottish West Coast as she could be in a French canal or the Med – with an elegance redolent of the best of her era.



From her original launching SPEY BEAM voyaged extensively, mainly in Scottish as well as Norwegian waters and apparently also to the Med via the French canals until her current, only her second owner bought her more than 35 years ago for the enjoyment of himself and his family to this day



Round bilge form and well raked slightly rounded stem cruiser stern of single thickness carvel 1 ½ inch larch planking below the WL and mahogany above on 2 ½ inch sided grown oak frames, 6 inch moulded at keel, 4 ½ inch at bilge and 3 ½ inch at deck spaced at 15 inch centres. Her gunwale is 7 x 2 inch and bilge stringer 5 x 2 inch. Longitudinal framing, keel, hog, stem, sternpost and deadwoods are of oak. The keel has an external ballast section of c 2 ¼ tons. The main decks and over cabin trunks are 1 ½ inch thick Burma teak planking, caulked – and beaded underside. The wheelhouse has been replaced; sides and top of ply on teak framing.


Accommodation and domestic equipment

Access to the wheelhouse is from the deck either side. The helm position is to port with single settee berths with cream water resistant cushions either side in the saloon area abaft with drop leaf table between. Four hatches in the saloon floor give good access to the engine bay

Steps down lead to the aft cabin. This has 2 berths with ample drawer stowage furnished in Honduras mahogany with sapele veneers and its own head compartment with Simpson Lawrence manual bronze WC and hand basin.

Forward up to the wheelhouse through the saloon and down the companionway offset to starboard leads to the Formica lined galley to port with Talisman 112 B oven and 4 hobs, fridge and sink and opposite a further head with Simpson Lawrence original WC and shower with new stainless steel tray.

The fore cabin has V berths with ample stowage below and an additional drop down Pulman berth above and to port. It is lit by 4 ports, 2 of which open, a deck head and 2 reading lights


Rig, spars and sails

- Sloop rig with c 450 Square ft sail area
- Columbian pine mast with single swept back oak spreaders and new teak truck
- Columbian pine boom
- Varnished Columbian pine jib boom
- Galvanised spar fittings
- Bronze halyard winch
- Bronze traveller for self tacking jib over trunk cabin
- Tufnol blocks
- Sheets to teak cleats on cabin sides
- Main sail
- Jib and storm jib


Deck equipment and ground tackle

- Teak coverboards and deck furniture
- Steel mast tabernacle
- 2 x galvanised deck cleats at foredeck
- 2 x galvanised stern cleats
- Teak handrails all round Saloon cabin top
- 2 x chrome dorade vents
- 2 x sliding hatches over deck house
- Ash boathook with bronze ramshead end
- Searchlight
- Teak boarding ladder kept aft side trunk cabin
- Bosun’s chair
- Deck wash point (run from engine) in fwd rope box and hose
- Avon Redcrest dinghy, 2.4 HP Jet Marine outboard and pair of varnished oars
- Mobiloil special anchor windlass
- 2 x CQR anchors and chain
- Sea anchor
- Bespoke winter covers


Mechanical electrical systems and tankage

- Kelvin R4 Diesel 60 BHP cruising speed 8 knots at 900 rpm
- Morse engine controls
- Alternator rebuilt 2009
- Starter motor rebuilt 1985
- Helm steering in wheelhouse
- Bronze external steering position aft
- 2 Banks each of 4 x 6 V batteries, switchable for domestic / engine start or both
- Wynn window wiper and control
- 2 x Original deck head lights
- Vaillant gas water heating
- Webasto cabin heating with outlets to saloon, galley, fore and aft cabins
- 2 x Wing fuel tanks - total 200 gallons
- 2 x Fresh water tanks - total 200 gallons


Navigation communications and electronics

- Pinta autohelm
- Furuno GPS
- B&G Depth sounder
- Simpson Lawrence clock and barometer
- Sailor SP MF radio
- Sailor Compact VHF RT 2048



- 1 x 6 person life raft in casing on teak deck blocks, new 2009
- 2 x Horseshoe safety rings on teak blocks
- 3 x Fire extinguishers; helm, galley and saloon


These particulars have been prepared from information provided by the vendors and are intended as a general guide. The purchaser should confirm details of concern to them by survey or engineers inspection. The purchaser should also ensure that the purchase contract properly reflects their concerns and specifies details on which they wish to rely.


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