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O M Watts 53 ft TS Motor Sailer 1933 - Sold



O M Watts 53 ft TS Motor Sailer 1933

Designer Captain O M Watts
Builder James Taylor Bates, Chertsey
Date 1933
Length overall 56 ft 1 in / 17.1 m
Length deck 56 ft 1 in / 17.1 m
Length waterline 54 ft 9 in / 16.7 m
Beam 12 ft 0 in / 3.66 m
Draft 4 ft 7 in / 1.4 m
Displacement 26 Tonnes
Construction Teak planking on oak frames
Engine 2 x 75 HP Ford 4 cylinder diesels
Location Spain
Price Sold

These details are provisional and may be amended



MAUDALRIC was built in 1933 for Sir Richard Costain and his brother Alan - thus combining their names with that of their mother Maud. With a large area of clear deck space, well appointed with teak furniture; ideal for alfresco dining and entertaining she is an extremely comfortable and spacious motor yacht - greatly admired wherever she goes - equally happy on the open sea as on the inland waterways of Europe. Actually this is a remarkable yacht with as much of a sailing dimension as her motoring capabilities and moreover very easily handled by just two people; just what has enabled her owners to make the most of all their Mediterranean cruising in style and comfort.


Navigation communications and electronics

- Garmin GPS
- Garmin GPS color plotter
- Navtex
- Autohelm bidata / depth and log
- Fixed and portable VHF radios



- New life raft 2011 for 6 persons
- 2nd life raft for 4 persons
- Life jackets for 10 persons
- 6 x fire extinguishers
- Gas alarm
- 3 x Electric bilge pumps
- Mechanical pump
- Complete set of safety fireworks


Restoration and refit

From 1995 - 2000
- New deck
- New wheelhouse
- All skylights and hatches renovated and glass replaced with toughened glass
- New teak hand rails, toe rails, upper and lower rubbing strakes fitted
- Both masts refurbished
- Brand new engines and hydraulic bow thruster installed
- New hydraulic pump fitted in 1999
- All plumbing, wiring, lighting and pumps replaced
- Central heating, calorifier and Mikuni diesel boiler fitted
- Galley and two shower / head compartments completely reconstructed with new fittings

From 2007 to 2009
- Hull and deck back to bare wood inside and out completely repainted and re varnished
- New interior sole, leather seats
- Electric WC
- New hydraulic helm steering
- New motor exhaust and complete motors and hydraulics refurbished
- Rig modified for easy sail handling



- Burma teak hull planking on oak frames
- Deck completely renewed in 1998 with glass cloth epoxy surface on 20 mm marine ply
- Deck insulated on underside with 25 mm polyurethane foam and finished with 6 mm ply
- Wheelhouse as deck
- Skylight and hatches in Burma teak



From her launch in 1933 and for nearly 30 years MAUDALRIC was registered in Glasgow. During WW II she was commandeered by the Admiralty; the records showing her stationed at Bridport for patrol duties along the south coast. Apparently she was armed with a machine gun mounted on the foredeck. In 1962 she was sold to Sir Dudley Herbert Cunliffe resident in Jersey. Registered there some 5 years later she was sold in 1967 to Sir Gordon Albert Wolsey in Ireland who took care and refitted her during his 13 years of ownership. In 1980 she was sold to Ridge Investments Limited also of Jersey and again in 1989 to another company in Alresford, Hampshire. In November 1993 Mr John Scouler Stark a professional engineer bought her and started a complete refit in order to adapt the boat for sailing in cooperation with the Tabarly family. In 2004 Mr Stark moved to Canada and Christine Tabarly registered the boat for sailing in the South Mediterranean. For this purpose she was completely refitted from 1995 to 2000, details of which and a subsequent refit are in the relevant section below.

MAUDALRIC has done the inland waterway trip from the Mediterranean to the Solent via Lyon, Paris and Le Havre - twice from South to North and once in the other direction. In July 2000 she went to Brest via the Channel Islands and Ushant and took part in the four yearly Classic Boat Festival in which s he was chosen as one of 30 boats out of 2,500 to take part in the ‘Parade Navale’. She then moved on to the Douarnenez festival continuing south to Bordeaux and thence through the Canal du Midi to Marseillan in Langedoc. From 2005 to 2009 she has been mainly sailing from France to Ibiza and around the Balearic Islands from her berth there and is now in Alicante, Spain.


Accommodation and domestic equipment

Spacious teak wheelhouse with seating both sides

- Charming spiral staircase leads aft down to a passageway with galley to port and head to starboard
- Head fully refitted in 2008 with Blake Lavac WC, antique type washbasin and shower

Galley completely refitted 2008
- Stainless steel 4 burner gas hob
- Micro wave oven / grill
- Stainless steel double sink
- Water cooled compressor driven fridge
- A passageway leads aft to

Mahogany panelled saloon with L shaped seating, convertible to double berth
- Sideboard
- Large dining table and writing desk

Owners cabin aft of the saloon
- 2 x berths
- Dressing table and hanging cupboards

Forward cabins
- From the wheelhouse another staircase leads forward to
- Two berth cabin which in turn leads to a further two berth cabin
- Forward of this is a head compartment with new electric WC, shower and wash-basin


Rig spars & sails

- Schooner rig with main sail, stay sail and jib


Deck layout, equipment and ground tackle

- Outside steering position with engine and navigation instrumentation
- Hydraulic anchor winch and remote control
- Pair of teak seat units with padded tops
- Pair of teak rope boxes on foredeck
- Teak folding boarding ladder
- Teak passarelle
- Duarry 220 Dinghy 2008 + Yamaha 2 T
- 2 x AKG 27 Kg anchors; 60 m chain for one 50 m rope the other


Mechanical, electrical and tankage

- Engine room directly beneath wheelhouse
- Full standing room small workshop with workbench and vice immediately forward of engine room
- 75 HP Ford engines new in 1999 with PRM gearboxes 2 :1 reduction run 607 hours
- Max.Speed: 10.5 Knots
- Cruising Speed: 9 Knots
- 2.5 litres fuel consumption per engine at cruising speed
- Port engine drives 20 HP hydraulic pump for 12 in dia bow propeller and anchor winch
- Starboard engine drives a 24 V alternator which charges 4 x 100 Ah batteries
- VDO logic combi engine monitoring
- Adverc voltage regulation system for ship’s service power
- Each engine has own HD 12 V starting battery
- Water heating by Mikuni diesel boiler, starboard engine and 240 V immersion heater
- Service batteries are charged by a shore power 50 A three stage charger
- Portable petrol generator for emergency battery charging
- 24 / 240 Volt Inverter
- 2 x Steel fuel tanks 400 litres each
- Resin 1,000 litre fresh water tank
- Plastic 150 litre holding tank new 2008


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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