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William McBryde 56 ft Gaff Ketch 1952 - Sold



William McBryde 56 ft Gaff Ketch 1952

Designer W C McBryde
Builder Chantier Sibiril Carentec France
Date 1952
Length overall 62 ft 0 in / 18.9 m
Length deck 0 ft 0 in / 0 m
Length waterline 44 ft 7 in / 13.6 m
Beam 14 ft 1 in / 4.3 m
Draft 8 ft 10 in / 2.7 m
Displacement 45 Tonnes
Construction Carvel iroko planking on oak frames
Engine GM Detroit Series 53 150 HP Diesel
Location United Kingdom
Price Sold

These details are provisional and may be amended




Designed by W.G McBryde, YVES CHRISTIAN is a proper little ship drawn at a time when this was appreciated – sea kindly and comfortable she has plenty of beam, which with her firm sections and snug ketch rig make her very stiff - and she was originally designed for long sea trips and Mediterranean cruising. The sail plan moreover is split into 5 parts and shortening sail is a simply matter of lowering sail and not reefing !

Her current owners have attended with great attention and dedication to the period and detail of the boat’s structure, meaning that her systems and interior are impressive. This is a vessel with little left to do but perhaps prepare a passage plan for somewhere you have always wanted to go to, very confident she will look after you.


Historical notes

YVES CHRISTIAN was designed by a Scotsman and built in France for a French owner - purportedly President de Gaulle\'s finance minister and named after his two sons, Yves & Christian – there are still gun racks to be found under the table! On a practical note she was commissioned for making long passages and Mediterranean cruising. Much more recently she has been domiciled in UK West Country waters as a family boat and beautifully cared for in the meantime.



- Carvel iroko planking silicon bronze coach bolt fastened to oak frames
- Cast iron ballast keel
- Composite deck with ply sub deck rebated into full depth covering boards
- Swept teak top deck planking


Accommodation and domestic equipment

Generally the joinery below is of teak, superbly varnished except the forward cabin; mahogany
- Cockpit forward 2 steps down into pilot house
- Isolator panel and nav instruments fixed to bulkhead facing aft, cupboards below
- Leather upholstered sofa down port side drawer stowage under
- Folding table fixed to stbd side
- Full size chart table fwd to port with PC, waterproof keyboard and speakers in teak plinth
- Leather upholstered seat facing aft
- Access to engine by lifting pilot house sole

4 Companionway stairs down offset to stbd to main accommodation
- Owner’s cabin to port
- Double berth
- Copious shelves and stowage
- Opening port
- Large mirror
- Access to head compartment

Head with WC and shower to port with day head access and door to stbd guest cabin
- Techma auto electric WC
- Basin with hot and cold mixer
- Spacious shower
- Drying radiator
- Opening port
- Fine joinery and cupboards

Guest cabin to starboard
- Single berth and drawers under
- Large hanging locker
- Opening port

Corridor to full width bulkhead with door offset to stbd accesses saloon
- Beautiful teak joinery and many storage cupboards
- Settee to port with pilot berth above
- Settee to starboard converts to berth with storage behind
- Drop leaf dining table
- Butterfly hatch skylight over
- Alternative companionway access from the deck
- 2 x Opening ports
- 5 x Deck head lights
- Large reading light

Forward access by doorway in fwd bulkhead to galley
- Wallas diesel hob and Safeflame oven
- Beautifully carved plate and cup racks
- Substantial locker and cupboard stowage above and below
- Butterfly hatch skylight over
- 2 x Large top loading Fridgeboat fridge freezers
- Sink and mixer tap set in custom built work top
- Washing machine
- 2 x Opening ports

Forward accommodation cabin furnished in Honduras mahogany joinery
- 2 x single berths
- Locker and drawer space built in below berths
- 2 x Opening ports
- Hatch in deck head
- Head compartment with Techma auto WC and shower on centerline
- Access to chain locker


Rig spars and sails

- Spruce main mast Noble Spars
- Original mizzen mast
- Staysail boom
- 7 x 7 Stainless steel standing rigging
- Mizzen rigging recently renewed
- Mainly Schaeffer blocks for main sheet and running rigging
- Polyester HD sails
- Gaff main sail reported reasonable condition
- Mizzen sail reported reasonable condition
- Old staysail
- Roller furling jib McKillop Sails reported GC
- Ghoster and snuffer McKillop Sails reported GC


Deck layout, equipment and ground tackle

- 2 x Large teak mooring posts aft deck
- Stainless steel stanchions with teakhandrail
- Bronze fairleads on taffrail
- Large main sheet horse for mizzen
- Large teak box surrounding steering gear abaft cockpit
- Ship’s bell
- Lazarette under cockpit accessed by hatch therein
- 2 x Gibb 52 winches outboard of cockpit coamings
- 4 x Chromed vents over doghouse
- Stainless steel gallows for main boom
- Large teak locker at fore end of doghouse
- 2 x hatches; one each side
- Large buffered horse for main
- Booby hatch access to saloon
- 2 x Gibb 60 winches either side of hatch
- Butterfly hatch
- Main mast; steel pin racks either side
- 2 x large teak chests fwd of mast either side for stowing sheets and warps
- Horse for stay sail
- Butterfly hatch over galley
- Foredeck hatch over fore cabin
- Large hydraulic anchor windlass
- CQR anchor stowed on deckhead
- 2nd anchor in bow
- Comprehensive framed winter cover


Mechanical, electrical and tankage

- Detroit Series 53 Diesel housed under Pilot house sole
- Morse engine controls
- Engine instruments on doghouse aft bulkhead
- Hydraulic steering gear
- Kohler 5.6 KVA generator
- 240 V Shore power
- Diesel heating boiler under cockpit for hot water and thermo controlled radiators
- 2 x Deck head lights
- Reading light
- 12 x Cell 24 V 480 Ah port side batteries
- 12 x Cell 385 Ah batteries starboard
- Aquafresh AF400 AC water maker
- Marine tank monitor
- 4 x Stainless steel fresh water tanks 1,500 litres total
- 2 x Stainless steel diesel tanks 1,000 litres total


Navigation communications and electronics

- Sestrel steering compass
- Raymarine ST 60 Multi display Speed etc
- Raymarine RW 300 GPS
- B&G Network depth
- Furuno radar
- Icom ICM503 / DSC controller DS 100 VHF
- Icom ICM 700 SSB HF Transceiver



- 6 person Viking life raft
- Auto float switch bilge pump
- Electric gear pump
- Manual pump
- Manual stirrup pump
- 3 x 2 Kg powder extinguishers
- 1 x 2 Kg auto powder extinguisher in lazarette
- Fire alarm in galley
- 1 x 4 Kg Clean agent R236 Auto fire suppression unit for B&C class fires in engine room


Restoration and refit

Refitting has been meticulously carried out by the present owners since 2000 with no detail spared - it has been their objective to own a boat which was as good - if not better, than when she was new. Full details of the work carried out are available.


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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