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White Brothers 60 FT Motor Yacht 1914/2015



White Brothers 60 FT Motor Yacht 1914/2015

Designer Herbert White
Builder White Brothers, Southampton
Date 1914
Length overall 60 ft 0 in / 18.29 m
Length deck 60 ft 0 in / 18.29 m
Length waterline 55 ft 0 in / 16.76 m
Beam 12 ft 0 in / 3.66 m
Draft 5 ft 0 in / 1.52 m
Displacement 28.5 Tonnes
Construction Carvel kauri planking on hardwood frames
Engine Gardner 6LX 6-cylinder 115 hp diesel
Location France
Price EUR 215,000

These details are provisional and may be amended




From the board of Herbert White and the Southampton yard White Brothers, despite her name - in recognition of her Kauri pine construction - KIWI was launched as a thoroughly English gentleman’s yacht: one of considerable style, but of manageable size. Her previous owner spent more than 20 years restoring and fitting her out to a very high standard. KIWI presents a rare opportunity to own a gorgeously authentic yet highly practical vintage motor yacht with unmistakable looks.



KIWI was designed with quite some flair by Hebert W White and built at his family’s Itchen River yard, Southampton - later the design and build birthplace of the famous “big Class racing cutter LULWORTH (ex TERPSICHORE). Her commissioning owner, Bromley, Kent-based commercial printer/ stationer and Royal Motor Yacht Club member Henry Griffith had some very specific requirements for his comforts and planned use, including a bath and the means of filling it with warm fresh water, long range fuel capacity, lowering masts for inland waterways, and bilge keels to allow her to dry out handily. KIWI’s original 60hp, 4-cylinder Parsons paraffin motor clipped her along at 9 knots under trials - more than the contract guarantee - yet in the right conditions she could, and still does, happily cruise under sail alone.

Griffith got only a season’s pleasure vessel use of her before first world war requisitioning by the British Government. But the story goes that she remained in the family, with Griffith’s son, Geoffrey, acting as 1st Officer. Between the two world wars, KIWI passed through the ownership of a number of gentlemen of means, including: Henry St. John Winkworth, whose west end London real estate agency still trades in fine property; Randal Vogan, best remembered locally nowadays as donor of Reigate’s much loved Priory Park and who re-engined her with a larger 6 cylinder Parsons; Birmingham brewing baronet Sir Henry Charles Holder; and Manchester architect Captain Vivian D. Pendleton who added a second 6 cylinder 'wing' engine, later removed.

KIWI’s second world war requisitioned duty resulted in her being stripped of all her original deck furniture, replaced by an admiralty pattern wheel house. Her war service - some involving salvage work - may have been on the west coast of Scotland as this is where she spent post-war years under the ownership through the late 1940s and 1950s of John Hamilton of Glasgow and Bearsden, followed by Clydeside ship broker and still remembered marine artist, Arthur H Turner. After 1960 the trail runs cold until rescue in the early 1990s from inland waters near Northwich in the north west of England followed by a long period of restoration to the manor born. In recent seasons her present owner has cruised KIWI in Mediterranean waters.

By the time a yacht reaches 100 years old it will have many tales to tell, and for sure many of KIWI’s are still to be uncovered. Wonderfully, she is still doing what she was commissioned and designed to do over a century after her birth, and is a pleasure to own and behold.

©2022 Iain McAllister/ Sandeman Yacht Company Ltd.



- Original kauri pine hull with teak trim and authentic deckhouses
- False keel removed and full length greenheart keel placed with new bolts
- Estimated 30% planking replaced with pitch pine under the water line and larch above
- Hull planking epoxy splined from keel up and refastened where needed
- All copper rivets hardened
- Oak main frames interspersed with elm timbers: circa 30% replaced
- Deadwoods refastened and engine bearers replaced
- Stringers, gunwales and beam shelves replaced with pitch pine
- Structural timbers copper clenched with inch copper round bar as original
- Horn timber and top section of stem renewed
- Stem and stern knee replaced
- Insulated steel forward bulkhead
- Insulated steel aft bulkhead

- 1 inch 19 ft long teak planking over 1 in marine ply bronze nailed and epoxied
- Sanded 2017
- Beams, carlins and all structural timber fastened as original inch bar copper clenched
- All coamings 1 to 2 inch solid teak also copper clenched through
- Covering boards 1 inch iroko
- Deck house 2 inch teak
- Skylights and companionway 1 inch teak



From aft
- Bronze mooring cleat and ensign jack socket for ensign and staff
- Cockpit with seating, steps and teak grating sole
- Aft deck house with double door access to main accommodation
- Bronze mounted teak hand rails each side over coach roof
- Butterfly skylight over main sleeping cabin
- Galvanised mainmast tabernacle
- Double doorway hatch with sliding top side lights and companionway steps down to saloon
- Butterfly hatch over saloon
- Hatchway to engine room with opening doors stbd and companionway steps down
- Teak deck casing strongly built to support funnel with opening sloping side vent doors
- All metal hot dipped galvanised funnel
- Teak deck house with rear door access and glazed to sides and forward
- Bronze helm wheel to hydraulic steering system
- Gear and throttle controls on traditional brass dashboard to engine
- Bench seating to port and aft with red and grey cushion fabrics (2016)
- Teak folding luncheon table stowed on bulkhead
- 230 V Power point
- Butterfly skylight over forward sleeping cabin
- Foremast in alvanised tabernacle
- Booby hatch access to forepeak
- 2 sets of davits hot dipped metal work finished to ISO 9001
- Lofrans Albatros 2000 W windlass with circuit breaker and isolator
- Bronze mooring bollards and fairleads
- 70 lbs (32 Kg) main anchor (2016)
- 100m 14mm galvanized chain (2016)
- 35 lbs (15 Kg) aft kedge anchor with 60m rope line
- Stanchions fitted with handrail



The accommodation below decks is in two cabin areas: a twin cabin forward accessible from the fore deck booby hatch, and the main cabin accessible from the cockpit aft and a deck companionway; the two areas separated by the large full height engine room more or less amidships.

Fore cabin
- Booby hatch with double doors, sliding hatch and companionway steps down to fore peak
- Fore peak chain locker
- Washing machine (230V-7 Kg)
- Sapele and teak door with traditional bronze fittings to sleeping cabin immediately aft
- Solid teak joinery panels and slatted ceilings; sapele sole
- Contrasting cream decor and deck head
- Butterfly skylight over
- Bronze framed opening port lights
- 2 x Mahogany sided teak trim single berths, pitch pine bed boards up & under to port
- 2 x Mahogany sided teak trim single berths, pitch pine bed boards up & under stbd
- 4 x Mattresses
- Cabin oil lamp
- 230 V Power point

Main accommodation
- American black walnut panelled joinery and bulkhead facings
- Contrasting white painted deck head
- Access from cockpit via double doors in aft deck house and companionway steps down
- Solid teak doors with bronze handles and traditional brass door fittings, locks etc
- Wardrobe lockers each side

Main sleeping cabin
- Large double berth fitted out in American Black Walnut with drawers under to port
- Opening bronze rimmed port lights
- Period brass oil lamp with glass shade
- 24 V Gimbals cabin light
- Skylight over
- Water radiator 1000 W
- Doorway fwd to head / shower and main saloon
- 230 V Power point

Galley and dining area to port
- Worktop over cupboards aft
- 1 x 230 V Fridge under (100 L)
- Double stainless steel sink with cupboards under and port lights above
- 3 x Burner gas hob with grill and oven
- 3 x 230 V Power points

Semi bulkhead to dinette
- Drop leaf dining table with seating to port with storage under
- 3 x 24 V Lamp fittings with glass and fittings on panels above to sides
- Sofa for 2-3 to stbd with port lights over with 2 speed 2000-4000W central heating blower under
- Water radiator on bulkhead 1800 W
- Cupboard with table top lamp aft to starboard

Door starboard aft to main head and shower compartment
- Manual WC
- Porcelain hand basin
- Shower
- Towel drying water radiator 700W



- Engine room with work bench and vice
- Gardner 6LX 6-cylinder 115 hp diesel
- Reconditioned by Walsh of Manchester
- Derated to 115 horse power at 1500 rpm
- Wheelhouse controls
- Circa 500 hours since reconditioning
- Spare starter motor
- Spare Jabsco raw water pump (2016)
- Hydraulic steering system

- 30 ft prop shaft in three steel sections; 316 stainless steel aft
- Glands in stern tube and bronze bush at inner part of stern tube
- Propeller and flexible coupling from shaft to box

- 24V Alternator
- 24V Gel engine battery in mahogany/ pitch pine box lined in rubber
- 6 KVA-3000rpm Single phase 230V generator (100 hours since new)

- Navigation lights, port, starboard, mast head, stern all traditional pattern
- LED anchor lights (2016)

Fuel system

The Gardner is normally gravity fed from the 50 liter day tank, itself refilled
by the 24V fuel transfer pump through the Racor 900 filter. In normal conditions, the fuel is filtered 3 x before the use. If the 24V fuel transfer pump fails, the Gardner is directly gravity fed from main tanks and fuel is still filtered 2 x by the Racor 500 filter and the Gardner fuel filter. Gardner fuel consumption is 4.7 liters/hour at 6.5 knots (speed of 4.5 knots idling, maximum speed of 10 knots)

- 316 Stainless steel fuel tanks 200 gallons / 910 litres
- Racor fuel transfer and polish system (2016)
- 2 4V Pump, Racor 900 filter, manifold
- Fuel day tank 50 liters: 10 hours at 6,5 knots cruising speed (2016)
- Racor 500 engine fuel pre-filter (2016)

Water/ Waste

- Fresh water tanks 130 gallons / 500 liters
- Black waste tank 65 gallons / 250 liters
- 3 x Manual and automatic bilge pumps
- 230 V Fresh water pump with pressure tank (2016)
- Runs only 10 seconds per 7 liters of water used
- 3 x 24 V Bronze caged lamps
- 2 x 230 V Power points

Central Heating

The boiler works on 230 V supplied by shore power, generator or inverter. It is controlled by a fully automatic and programmable electronic thermostat located in the saloon. The temperature is adjustable by increments of 0.2 °C. The domestic hot water mode is a priority on the central heating mode, so when asking for domestic hot water, the boiler switches immediately to domestic hot water mode so that hot water is immediately supplied. The 4 water radiators have been oversized (total power 7500 W) to quickly warm the boat during winter (warming the boat from 5 to 22 °C takes only 30 minutes). The central heating by means of water radiators is totally noiseless and is a must in comfort.

- Kabola HR 400 14 kW combi boiler (2016)
- Fully automatic oil-fired boiler for central heating and domestic hot water
- 3 x Water radiators (2016)
- 1 x 700 W in bathroom
- 1 x 1000 W in aft cabin
- 1 x 1800 W in saloon area
- 1 x 2 speed 2000-4000W blower radiator under sofa (2016)


When anchoring, the generator is needed only 1 hour per day to charge the service battery. From there, the 750 Ah (18 KW) 24 V service battery supplies
during 24 hours all 12 V amenities (through the converter), all 230 V amenities (through the inverter) and all 24 V amenities (except the washing machine which can only be used when the generator runs).

- Lead acid service battery (2016)
- 12 x 2 V cells connected in series : 24 V-750 Ah-C20
- Victron Skylla TG 24/100/90-265 VAC/1+1 battery charger (2016)
- Charges simultaneously the service and engine batteries
- Victron BMV-702 precision battery monitor (2016)
- Victron Cyrix-ct 12/24-120 A intelligent battery combiner (2016)
- Victron Phoenix Inverter C24/2000 (2016)
- Victron Converter Orion 24/12-70 (2016)
- Washing machine 7 kg load (2016)



'Screw Schooner' rig
- 3 x Cream cotton sails (2016)
- Sun awning (2016)
- Covers for all teak bright work



- Garmin fish finder/depth sounder



- 8 person valise life raft (to be serviced or changed)
- 6 x Lifejackets
- Safety equipment to French coastal regs



- 13 ft / 4 m Ply/ glass epoxy Chesapeake Light Craft 'Jimmy Skiff' (2016)
- Suzuki 2.3 hp outboard motor (2016)
- Aluminium bathing ladder


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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