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GL Watson 55 ft MFV 1960 - Sold



GL Watson 55 ft MFV 1960

Designer G L Watson
Builder Jones Shipyard of Buckie
Date 1960
Length overall 60 ft 0 in / 18.3 m
Length deck 54 ft 9 in / 16.7 m
Length waterline 54 ft 2 in / 16.5 m
Beam 18 ft 4 in / 5.6 m
Draft 7 ft 3 in / 2.2 m
Displacement 55 Tonnes
Construction Pitch pine, teak, oak and mahogany
Engine Gardner 6L3 114 HP Diesel
Location United Kingdom
Price Sold

These details are provisional and may be amended



DAWN HUNTER is a remarkable vessel - robustly built to a GL Watson design – the maintenance regime she has enjoyed during her last 2 ownerships has left little to chance. The potential options for usage of this vessel are seriously exciting - a motor sailer with enough sail area to be an effective sailing boat is a rare thing. Her deck space is extensive and incredibly well protected; her interior finish and fit out is to a standard one would simply not expect on this style of vessel and with 3 double cabins and 11 berths in all DAWN HUNTER is an impressive motor yacht that could go almost anywhere. This is a vessel you feel you could spend a lot of time on with very few sacrifices.



DAWN HUNTER was built to the high standard required by the then Ministry of Fisheries specification by Jones of Buckie, past masters in the construction of such vessels. She was to serve initially as a fisheries research vessel. At one time owned by the proprietor of Belfast Marine, his successor had her rebuilt into a unique and World class motor sailer since when she has been professionally maintained and kept up to date.



- Pitch pine planking on oak frames
- Mahogany superstructure
- Teak laid decks
- Interior joinery rosewood, chestnut, oak and mahogany


Accommodation and domestic equipment

Deck saloon and Galley accessed from aft deck and wheelhouse
- Purple heart and chestnut joinery
- Polished table and seating for 9 persons
- Cream hide upholstery
- Galley with new electric hob
- Perkins diesel cooker and oven with hot water
- Microwave
- New fridge
- Hotpoint deep freeze
- Eberspacher heating system to all cabins

Forward to Wheelhouse
- Hardwood joinery; teak, mahogany, oak and chestnut
- Seaglaze toughened glass opening windows
- Navigation instruments as detailed
- Doors each side to side decks

Varnished teak steps down stbd side and corridor forward to master cabin
- Varnished joinery and white painted bulkheads
- Portside door to engine room

Master cabin
- Mahogany and cherry joinery, white bulkheads, varnished deck beams and blue carpet
- Butterfly hatch over
- Double berth with drawers and lockers under
- Sofa to stbd
- 4 x Deck head lights and 2 x reading lights
- 2 x Full length hanging lockers
- Doorway fwd to en suite pale blue head compartment
- New automatic electric WC
- Basin with hot and cold fresh water
- Large shower area with varnished teak grating sole
- Radiator
- Ample stowage
- Access to chain locker

Port cabin
- Mahogany joinery
- Double berth
- 2 x Lights in deck head
- 2 x Reading lights
- Dressing unit with drawers and light
- Full length hanging locker
- En suite white head compartment
- Blake manual WC
- Basin, hot and cold fresh mixer tap
- Shower area with varnished teak grating sole and further stowage
- Access to engine room

Starboard cabin
- Mahogany and chestnut joinery
- Double berth with drawers under
- 2 x Reading lights
- Deck head lights
- Full length hanging locker
- Stbd head compartment serves stbd guest and aft cabins
- New automatic electric WC
- Basin with hot and cold fresh water
- Shower area with varnished teak grating sole
- Ample stowage

Aft cabin
- Light oak joinery with Burgundy upholstery
- 5 x Pilot styl single berths
- 2 x Child berths under
- Mess style table with U shaped sofas
- Flat screen TV
- 9 x Deck head lights
- Access to aft deck out via deck head hatch
- Extensive and ample stowage


Rig, spars and sails

Cutter headed ketch rig with Proctor masts; custom in mast furling both main and mizzen
- Norseman stainless steel standing rigging
- Pro furl Genoa and stay sail furling
- Double spreader main mast stepped forward of wheel house
- Main sail sheeted via Lewmar traveller across cabin top to Meissner 58 winch

Sails total over 1,500 sq ft; say 140 sq m sail area, all by Jeckells
- Genoa 721 sq ft / 67 sq m
- Staysail 215 sq ft / 20 sq m
- Main 441 sq ft / 41 sq m
- Mizzen 13 sq m


Deck layout equipment and ground tackle

From aft
- Avon R3.41 RIB with 4 stroke Mariner 15 outboard on davits
- Simpson S 250 electric stainless steel davits
- Mainsheet for mizzen to taff rail
- Large raised varnished lazarette with detachable upholstery
- Bronze mooring fairleads in toe rail
- 2 x Barient ST winches for yankee 1 each side
- Large painted iron mooring cleats on teak chocks port and stbd
- Varnished teak stairway to cabin roof top
- Door into deck saloon
- Deck saloon and wheelhouse combined in fishing boat style
- Wide side decks with waist high bulwarks with varnished teak handrails
- 5 x Large varnished cleats mid deck for staysail
- Yankee jib cars fixed to badging on side of hull
- Staysail car through Tufnol blocks on fwd teak capping
- Wide varnished hand rails
- Fender baskets both sides
- Varnished cleat; 1 each side
- 2 x Barrels of mooring lines
- Raised butterfly hatch over forward cabin and head compartment
- 4 x Ventilators
- Titan 2,000 W electric anchor windlass
- 2 x Anchors; 1 on deck and 1 through hull
- 400 ft galvanised chain
- Bowsprit through varnished bitts with stainless steel fittings
- Large iron mooring cleats on varnished teak chocks each side
- Stainless steel Panama fairleads each side

Cabin top
- Stowage for teak and stainless steel boarding ladder
- Tracvision C3 satellite TV dome
- Search light

- 2 x Barient 36 primaries
- 2 x Arco 48 main sail
- 2 x Arco 44 main sail
- 1 x Meissner 58 main sheet
- 2 x Arco 40 mizzen
-1 x Enkes 22 ASC for mizzen


Mechanical electrical and tankage

- Gardner 6L3 114 HP @900 rpm Diesel recently fully rebuilt by Gardners; low hours
- 1,300 nm range motoring @ 3.5 gallons per hour @8.5 knots
- 3,150 nm range motor sailing at 1.5 gallons per hour
- Clutch and gearbox driven variable pitch propeller
- Work bench in engine room
- Complete set of professional snap-on tools
- All spares for engine service
- Wiels Ridley electro hydraulic steering
- Celtic 35 HP bow thruster controlled at wheelhouse
- Lombardini 3 cyl 240 V 13 KVA generator, recently serviced
- Transmotor A VC155 24 V 140 A alternator
- 2.4 KW inverter
- 50 A charger
- Electric water boiler
- Sight gauges for fuel and fresh water tanks in corridor fwd and engine room
- Main and auxiliary pressure water sets
- All deck head lights are now LED
- 4 x Mast spreader deck lights
- 550 gallons / 2,500 litres fuel
- 510 gallons / c 2,320 litres fresh water tanks
- 150 gallon black water tank with shore and sea pump out


Navigation, communications and electronics

- Robertson AP40 autopilot
- Furuno 1831 daylight radar
- Furuno GPS 1810 chart plotter
- Furuno GPS 32 unit
- Furuno FSV 667colour video sounder
- Raymarine wind instruments
- Sailor SSB T124 and R110 Tr / Rx
- Sailor RT144 VHF
- Icom MC-M58 VHF
- CCTV to engine room and aft deck
- Navtec Nav 4



- Engine room fire protection system
- Engine driven bilge pump
- Viking RDF 8 pers life raft in need of service
- 4 x Life rings


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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