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Lawley 59 ft Motor Yacht 1918/2017 - Sold



Lawley 59 ft Motor Yacht 1918/2017

Designer Fred D Lawley
Builder George Lawley
Date 1918
Length overall 58 ft 9 in / 17.9 m
Length deck 58 ft 9 in / 17.9 m
Length waterline 0 ft 0 in / 0 m
Beam 12 ft 4 in / 3.76 m
Draft 3 ft 11 in / 1.19 m
Displacement 0 Tonnes
Construction Carvel double planking on oak frames
Engine Caterpillar D333 140 HP Diesel
Location United Kingdom
Price Sold

These details are provisional and may be amended



Fred Lawley’s role as designer and specifier was no sinecure but based on a formal education and sound apprenticeship also as a builder. His yachts are noted for combining his thorough understanding of modern practice with careful attention to the detail of materials and sound methods of construction. Although few of his sailing yachts achieved racing success, they were much admired for their beauty of line, excellence of finish, sea going qualities and comfort.

CARINA, formerly OLD GLORY, is one such lovely wooden motor yacht with beautiful lines culminating in a canoe transom with a graceful sweep. The interior is simple, largely original, with elegant touches and fixtures. Under the ownership of her current hands-on custodian - one of the most experienced and respected yacht restorers of the classic yacht revival era - CARINA has enjoyed significant upgrading in recent years, raising the bar - both structurally and cosmetically - to her original glory.



George Lawley Build No. 875

CARINA was designed by Fred Lawley and built in 1918, possibly as SEAFARER II, by the famous family boat yard business founded by his grandfather George - by then in Dorchester, Massachusetts - for one LH Spaulding. From the 1920s she was named OLD GLORY.

In 1923 she was sold to G.B. Kimball, under whose ownership the Henry B. Nevins yard at City Island, New York, designed and built the current wheelhouse. She was sold on to Allan Hirsch 1925, to Henry W Lloyd in 1926, and in 1930 to legendary racing yachtsman Robert N. Bavier Sr.

More happily after that flurry of ownerships, she was bought in 1939 by George P. Bonell as a replacement for his Herreshoff motor yacht COMFORT which had been wrecked in the Great New England Hurricane of 1938. Bonnell was one of the founders of the Cruising Club of America. Under his ownership, for 40 plus years OLD GLORY ventured to Nova Scotia, twice to Greenland and south to Bermuda then to the Windward and Leeward Islands. When not on away trips, she apparently spent most of her time between New York, Nantucket and Boston.

In 1980 she was sold to Edgar B Caffrey and was Chesapeake Bay based, then sold on to William R Skinner in 1991, who raised a family aboard in the Newport to Boston area.

Her present owner changed it to CARINA on buying her in 2006.

Some 75% of her structure and planking is original and her interior has been substantially retained save for making both heads bigger with some nice cabinetry / bulkhead rework very sympathetically and without detriment to her character The main mast is now deck stepped and shorter than original, all deck hatches and the windlass / hardware accord with the 1918 drawings.



Hull construction is double 1 1/8th inch fir outer planking and back fastened 3/8th inch inner cedar planking to steam bent 2 x 2 inch white oak frames to circa 13 inch centres. The garboard, broad strake and two planks above are single plank fir; 1 ½ inch. Every fourth frame is a sawn double futtock, bolted. Plank to frame fastening is by copper rivet and bronze # 14 wood screws, floor timber and double futtock bolting with 5/16th inch bronze carriage bolts. Cap rail covering boards are c 6 inch wide mahogany and are painted in a mahogany color.
- Shallow white oak keel
- Hull to deck clamps are 3 ½ x 2 ¼ inch white oak fastened with bronze screws
- White oak rub rails run full length both sides, white with 1 in half round bronze striker bar
- Solid bronze rudder and rudder post, new pintle bearing
- Steering system is quadrant and wire rope cable system through sheaves to cog drive at base of helm shaft in the engine space
- 8 x 6 inch bronze opening port holes each side; water tight when properly closed


Deck and superstructure

- Long flush fore deck leads to large pilot house saloon mid deck and shorter flush aft deck
- Decks are 1¼ inch fir planking covered with a Dynel or buff painted non slip canvas
- 2 x varnished butterfly hatches on the fore deck
- 1 x Small butterfly hatch on aft deck
- Additional raised varnished mahogany hatches with glass ports on both fore and aft decks
- Cabin house windows all plate glass
- Middle fore window opens upon a flip out
- Side and aft pocket windows raise and lower
- Exterior seating with good size storage lockers below, for e and aft the cabin
- Fore deck seating houses propane bottles, which are well vented.


Accommodation and domestic equipment

The interior has mahogany bulk heads painted with brightly varnished mahogany trims and doors throughout. The soles through out are original plank/wood covered with carpeting. Ventilation comes from two dorades on top of the pilot house; one with a blower, the other free flowing

The deck house saloon offering clear views all round, is beautifully appointed with the helm and traditional brass compass amidships and a working navigation table top area to port. There is a mahogany wet bar in the starboard aft corner and bench seating to port with Tiffany stained glass sconces all around.

Down companionway steps forward to starboard is the working galley. This has a custom built 4 burner propane hob with a Magic Chef oven, stand up fridge and single stainless steel basin with hot and cold running water.

Forward is the very large main saloon with settees both sides and a table midway. The bulkhead walls are raised mahogany panels, top half painted and bottom half varnished with a chair rail all round. There are 3 varnished cabinets and numerous Tiffany wall sconces.

Forward is the owner’s state room with a large berth to port and mahogany drawers under. To starboard is a long cushioned seat with storage below. There is also a mahogany dresser and mirror set in.

In the bow is the forward head appointed with brass fixtures, brightly varnished trim pieces with basin and H&C running water, Raritan electric WC, mirror and shower with a teak grate on the floor.

Coming aft through the deckhouse and down companionway steps amidships the aft state room has two large berths on both sides with varnished fascia and drawers for storage below. Good light is provided by butterfly hatch and ports. Bulkheads are varnished / painted.

Aft of the state room to port is a large head appointed with brass fixtures, brightly varnished trim pieces with Raritan electric WC, basin with H&C, painted panelling, a varnished vanity, good ventilation and light also from hatch and ports.

The aft steering gear / utility compartment is large with a lot of storage space and two pipe cots. There is also a 120 V fridge / freezer.


Deck equipment and ground tackle

- Stanchions on the foredeck are bronze and life lines are coated 1x 19 wire
- Iron cast stanchions with a mahogany cap rail run fore and aft P&S
- Bronze deck hardware; cleats and bollards
- Spruce mast with single spreaders carries lights and flags forward of pilot house saloon
- Tabernacle allows mast to raise and lower
- 1x 19 rigging wire shrouds
- Bronze chain plates to hull sides
- Kalhenburg style horns,
- Open array Furuno radar
- Manual swing search light
- Running / navigation lights with boards
- Large 12” search light manual turn and direct
- Small wooden dory on wood chocks mounted on aft deck
- 2 x Manual davits for raising and lowering the dory
- Anchor bow roller raised on a bow davit specially made to handle anchor rode
- Original manual bronze capstan windlass
- 1 x 30 lb Danforth anchor
- 1 x 40 lb Danforth anchor
- 1 x 60 lb kedge anchor
- 1 x 100 lb storm kedge
- 50 ft 3/8th inch anchor chain, 300 ft 5/8th inch 3 strand anchor rode


Mechanical electrical and tankage

- The sound insulated engine room accessed through the pilot house saloon sole is smartly laid out and very serviceable with good access to all machinery.
- Caterpillar D333 140 HP Diesel engine
- Caterpillar gear ratio 3.99: 1
- Dual Racor fuel filters, Plumbed into the fuel manifold.
- Manual Morse / Teleflex cable dual shift and throttle control
- Fresh water cooling system with heat exchange for raw water
- External sea strainer on raw water thru hull inlet to clear glass Graco strainer by sea valve.
- Exhaust system exits to Vernalift horizontal exhaust pot at the transom
- 4 blade 30 in bronze propeller new 2010, customized to boat by H&H propeller Salem MA
- Old 3 blade bronze propeller carried as a spare
- Prop shaft is 2 in bronze on 2 new pillow bearings
- Cutlass bearing new 2010
- 5 KW 120 V Westerbeke generator
- 1 x Crown Marine converter ,
- Heart Freedom inverter / charger
- New 80 A alternator.
- 3 x small Bass Style DC panels
- Volt and ammeters.
- 120 V 30 A shore power cord Cole Hersey AC source switch and Bass panel at helm
- Batteries
- 2 x Steel fuel tanks, port and stbd carrying 90 gallons each
- 2 x 10 lb aluminum Propane tanks.
- 1 x 100 gallon copper fresh water tank
- Stainless steel hot water tank
- Jabsco Flo jet pump to Jabsco accumulator tank


Navigation communications and electronics

- Icom VHF
- Furuno 24 mile open array radar
- 6 x compasses
- Ritchie Standard marine power damp depth sounder in brass casing
- Pioneer super tuner stereo system with 2 x speakers in Deck house saloon
- Nav lights



- 8 x Type II adult PFDs
- 4 x Throwable PFD cushions
- 3 x Kidd 2.5 lb dry chemical fire extinguishers
- Kidd 3851 2lb
- Kidd Fyre watch Halon in engine room
- Bell and hand held horn
- Kalhenburg triple horn trumpets on pilot house
- 2 x Rule 1500 bilge pump and alarm with float switches, the aft pump has high water alarm - located at helm station
- 2 x Olin Flare gun kits
- Large West marine first aid kit



- 8 x Type II adult PFDs
- 4 x Throwable PFD cushions
- 3 x Kidd 2.5 lb dry chemical fire extinguishers
- Kidd 3851 2lb
- Kidd Fyre watch Halon in engine room
- Bell and hand held horn
- Kalhenburg triple horn trumpets on pilot house
- 2 x Rule 1500 bilge pump and alarm with float switches, the aft pump has high water alarm - located at helm station
- 2 x Olin Flare gun kits
- Large West marine first aid kit



The exterior hull has had 40% of the hull sides reefed out and splined with fir. After the splining, the hull sides were planed fair and then board sanded fair, primed and painted, sanded down spot primed and completely repainted in a semi-gloss white finish.

New white oak floor timbers have been installed towards the aft end of the boat in the steering gear compartment, stiffening an area quite stressed with propeller and rudder action.

Refit of the middle section of the vessel, from the owner’s cabin forward to the galley mid aft, in the form of furniture and water tank removal, installation of new frames new floor timbers and all associated fasteners was undertaken in the mid 90s.

In 2006, in the aft cabin / lazarette, a dozen port and starboard steamed and sawn oak frames were removed and replaced from the horn timber / keel to waterline using 12 to 1 glued scarves and bronze wood screw fastened.

The stem was recently stripped to bare wood checked out, reprimed and repainted. From the stem down the bow to the flat of the keel is a 1’ x ½” half round bronze striker bar, for good protection.


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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