Hornby & Co of Wallasey in 1963. Mersey survey launches for sale

liverpool, United Kingdom

Listed price £15,000 GBP

General information
Hornby & Co of Wallasey in 1963. Mersey survey launches
Used power boat for sale
$19,430 USD | Listed price £15,000 GBP
Name of boat
Length overall
13.44 tons (U.S.)
liverpool, United Kingdom

About this Hornby & Co of Wallasey in 1963. Mersey survey launches


A good-looking, highly manoeuvrable and supremely economical motor yacht with a low air draught that makes her perfect for the River Thames or the Norfolk Broads. Cruised under private ownership in the Irish Sea and admired at the Peel Traditional Boat Weekend in the Isle of Man.

Engine: Legendary six-cylinder Gardner 6LX, 1962, 110hp @ 1300 rpm hp [80,9Kw] driving phosphor-bronze shaft through Gardner 2UC gearbox, delivering 12 knots on 2 litres per hour fuel consumption.

The Manchester engineers Hugh and John Gardner introduced the LX series engines in 1958. Their 6LX and 8LX are even today described as the finest heavy duty diesel engines ever produced, becoming the first production engines to achieve 40 per cent thermal efficiency.

The Kitchen rudder is a phosphor-bronze combination clam-shell rudder and directional propulsion delivery system for relatively slow speed displacement boats which was invented in the early 20th century by John G. A. Kitchen of Storrs, Windermere. The rudder becomes a directional thruster and allows the engine to maintain constant revolutions and direction of drive shaft rotation while altering thrust by use of a control which directs thrust forward or aft. Only the rudder pivots; the propeller itself is on a fixed shaft. Controlled from a blue wheel on the helm the bronze gearing system allows the engine to be left running in gear at a constant speed, even when required to be stationary, and the vessel can be turned in her own length.

Hull: Heavy oak frames with copper-fastened mahogany planking, carvel-built and fitted with steel lifting brackets supplied by Henry B. Hornby & Co, builders of the famous surf boats used in West Africa for transhipping cargo at sea and landing on storm beaches.

Electrical and Navigational system: Domestic and engine starting batteries, Sestrel compass, Raymarine radar, Sailor RT1445 marine vhf radio, bilge pumps, navigation lights. .

SURVEYOR is the last survivor of the professionally-built and professionally maintained wooden launches built for work alongside deep sea vessels in exposed channels on both sides of the Liverpool Bar. She has been cared for by two private owners since she was de-commissioned by the MDH company. She is on the hard at Liverpool Marina L3 4BP.

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Gardner 6LX 110hp
Cruising speed
14 mph
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Broker/Dealer Information

Coburg Yacht Brokers

Mr Alex Hilton
Liverpoool Marina Coburg Wharf Sefton Street
L3 4BP
United Kingdom
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