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Thornycroft 53Ft Classic Motor Yacht

Estimated price for orientation: 65 000 $

Category: Antique and Classics
Class: Power

Thornycroft 53Ft Classic Motor Yacht - Gentlemans Classic!

1938, RARE 53ft Thornycroft Classic Motor Yacht built of the best materials, carvel TEAK on OAK frames, only 3 owners from new! Much recent work including NEW FORE DECK & NEW AFT DECK. Ideal live board or comfortable classic motor yacht. 


Built in 1938.  Construction is of Carvel Teak on Oak with teak superstructure, laid decks, raised foredeck and wheelhouse amidships, iron ballast keel.


Thornycroft, Hampton on Thames.  Part 1 British Registered.


LOA               52' 7"  (16.0m)            Beam            12' 1"  (3.7m)

LWL              50’3”                          Draft             6' 1"  (1.9m)

Headroom      6' 2" plus                    Displacement32 Tons TM


Single varnished wooden mast.


Two Thornycroft type RNR6 inboard Diesel engines developing a total engine power of 89.52kw (engine numbers 284 and 285).  Engines fitted in approx 1960.  Freshwater cooling system.  Ammeters, water temperature gauges, oil pressure gauges and rev counters.  4 x 85g fuel tanks with a consumption per hour of around 2.5 gallons.  Shaft drive with bronze propellers.  Cruising speed under engines is around 10 knots.  Charging to 4 x 12 volt heavy duty batteries (new 2014). Current engine hours estimatedat around 300.   Engines will be serviced on purchase.

FUEL & WATER:                         

Fuel capacity           340 gallons

Freshwater     100 gallons

DECK GEAR:                             

Guardrails surrounding the deck.   Winter cover and supports, boarding ladder, wheel steering, GRP rowing dinghy with deck supports and davits, 56lb approx CQR main anchor with chain, engine driven anchor windlass, mooring warps and fenders. 

SAFETY GEAR:                          

2 electric bilge pumps.  2014 fire extinguishers.


Azimuth compass, navigation lights.


2.5kw Victron Smart Inverter.   Heating system with radiators to each cabin.  She is fitted with a Lister single cylinder diesel generator although this is not now used.   240v shore power with battery charger.  Her galley has a Wallas diesel hob & oven, pressurised hot and cold water supply to the sink (hot water supply from Kabola 14Kw 240v / 24v boiler).  Her separate heads compartment opposite the galley has a marine toilet, washbasin and shower.  Vinyl and leather upholstery, carpets.


4 berths.  Her forepeak can accommodate 2 single berths (originally crew quarters) with single heads compartment.  Moving aft we walk through the engine room housing twin engines, generator & hot water boilerwith steps up to the wheelhouse with opening side doors, port and starboard, stepping down to the saloon aft of the wheelhouse with “U” shaped seating around a saloon table on the port side and 2 single easy chairs on the starboard side.  Aft of the saloon the galley in port with heads to starboard and her owners aft cabin has a comfortable double berth.


Survey report carried out 13th December 2013.                       


3 owners from new.  She was built for Francis Heron Muirhead who was involved with electronics & stabilizers (a friend of Marconi who was reputed to have stepped aboard).   Her previous owner was a Mr Coward, garage owner of Chelmsford, she was sold to her present owner via ourselves in 2002 and has been based on the Norfolk Broads.


“Prunella” is a wonderful traditional Motor yacht, a rare example of the larger Thorneycroft design and a classic gentlemans motor cruiser.   Purchased by her current owner in 2002 she has been based on the Norfolk Broads and has been constantly updated.   In 2003 her aft deck was replaced including new subdeck and repairs where necessary, her galley and aft cabin were remodelled and heads improved.  In 2013 her foredeck was replaced by the International Boat Building & Training College at Lowestoft.  At the same time her stern post was replaced, a new lower rudder pintle and nylon bearing fitted & her garboard seams caulked, her stern post & apron replaced.  

The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.



CategoryAntique and Classics



Model53Ft Classic Motor Yacht

Year built1938


Hull MaterialWood