Fairey Spear Mk 2 (1977) for sale in Fowey, United Kingdom

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The "JUNO" Fairey Spear Mk 2, a robust and historically significant vessel, is located in Fowey, UK. First commissioned in 1977 as a Royal Marines patrol boat, this 9.75m long vessel underwent a comprehensive refit in 2005/6, now boasting twin Ford Sabre Dover 2726T 212hp marine diesel engines. Features include a wheelhouse with four seats, a full-width aft bench, a galley with a two-burner hob and grill, and a heads compartment. Equipped with a Raymarine Chart plotter, radar, Icom VHF and DSC, Raymarine bi data, and other essential safety gear. Well-maintained and currently in leisure use, it promises reliability and performance.

General information
Fairey Spear Mk 2
Used power boat for sale
Name of boat
Alan V Burnard
Length overall
9.75 metres
2.90 metres
0.86 metres
Fowey, United Kingdom

About this Fairey Spear Mk 2


This Fairey Spear Mk 2 'JUNO' first went in to service in 1977 as a Ministry of Defence - Royal Marines patrol boat, she is powered by twin Ford Sabre Dover 2726T 212C Commercial rated 212hp marine diesel engines (1990 engines) with Borg Warner 1:1 gearboxes with twin shafts driving three bladed bronze propellers.

A full refit was carried out in 2005/6 on this Fairey Spear Mk 2 to commercial coding standards for RYA training by a now experienced and well-respected marine surveyor. She is cosmetically in generally good condition. Now in commission with her current owner,  a former Royal Navy marine engineer, as a leisure vessel with her engines serviced at the start of each season and used regularly.

The cabin is entered from the wheelhouse and down two steps.  From forward are two single berths in a U-shaped configuration with a possible dining table in between and stowage under.   The table can be lowered to form a comfortable double berth with the appropriate infill cushion.

This Fairey Spear boasts lots of storage and a galley with a two burner gas hob and grill. 

The heads compartment has a door on the port side in teak.  The manual sea toilet is mounted on a plinth within the compartment with shelf behind and a hand basin. Seacocks are under the plinth.  

Standard Fairey Spear Wheelhouse layout for the helm and crew seating with, four seats in her wheelhouse and a full width bench in aft seating area. Spears ooze safety with lots of hand-rails, they are it's masculine, ready for action, tough, and will get one home in most seas. 

The engines are easily accessible from the central lifting hatches, while the two fuel tanks aft are also fully exposed beneath similar hatches. Some storage is available each side of the engines. 

Deck hatch to anchor locker, two horse shoe life rings with lights.

She benefits from two banks of batteries (24v each bank), two automatic bilge pumps, two manual pumps, hydraulic steering, Raymarine Chart plotter and radar, Icom VHF and DSC, Raymarine bi data (speed and depth), steering compass, two horseshoe life rings and a radio / CD player.

UK Part 3 (SSR) registered.

History of the Fairey Spear

The Fairey Spear is a high-performance motorboat built to tough MOD standards and utilized by the Royal Marines, notable for its versatility and robustness in various maritime operations. Developed by the British manufacturer Fairey Marine, the Spear epitomizes cutting-edge design and engineering tailored to meet the rigorous demands of military service.

Initially conceived in the mid-20th century, the Fairey Spear which was designed by Alan V Burnard has evolved from the Fairey Huntsman 31 and Fairey Spearfish then through successive iterations to incorporate advanced materials and technologies. Its construction typically involves lightweight yet durable materials like marine-grade fiberglass, ensuring both speed and resilience. The boat's design emphasizes a deep-V hull, which enhances stability and manoeuvrability even in rough seas, a crucial attribute for military operations that often occur in unpredictable environments.

The Fairey Spear is powered by high-output diesel engines, providing exceptional speed and range. These engines are optimized for reliability and efficiency, crucial for extended missions where refuelling opportunities may be scarce. The boat's propulsion system is designed to offer rapid acceleration and a high top speed, making it ideal as a patrol craft.

Its layout can be customized to accommodate different mission profiles, such as transporting personnel, equipment or, engaging in patrol duties. The boat's modular design also allows for quick reconfiguration in the field, enhancing its operational flexibility.

One of the key attributes of the Fairey Spear is its ability to operate in shallow waters, thanks to its shallow draft. This capability enables the Royal Marines to undertake operations in littoral zones, where larger vessels would be unable to navigate. Additionally, the boat's compact size facilitates rapid deployment from larger ships, aircraft, or shore bases.

Overall, the Fairey Spear motorboat represents a blend of speed, power, and adaptability, making it an indispensable asset for the Royal Marines in executing a wide array of maritime missions. Its design and capabilities reflect a deep understanding of the tactical and logistical needs of modern naval warfare. Fairey Spears were delivered for use far and wide, even as far as the Police in Hong Kong who used them.

1976 Fairey Marine advert:

SPEAR Mk2 2 9metre Fast Patrol Boat


The Fairey Marine Group with its two boat yards at Hamble and Cowes in the South of England specialises in the supply of Fast Coastguard, Rescue, Commercial craft and the essential Support Services (such as training, maintenance, spare parts etc) for its boats in operation.


The Spear Mk. 2 Evolved from the successful Deep Vee GRP hulled SPEAR Mk. 1nof which more than 50 (1976) arein service throughout the world. The new well designed wheelhouse in GRP provides seating for four with chart table. Berths are provided for two with cooking and toilet facilities. Where possible construction is in GRP to minimise maintenance. Twin 180 hp diesel engines are the standard installation. Radar and radio can be fitted as required.


The Spear has a maximum speed of about 30 knots and with its 636 litres fuel tanks has an endurance of 250 nautical miles at 26 knots (long range tanks can be fitted to provide a further 125 nm). The deep vee hull enables Police, Customs and Coastguard Authorities to operate the Spear in conditions up to beaufort scale force 6. It provides 1/2 day coastal interception and deterrent patrol with a crew of 2/3. Light machine guns can be fitted forward and on each side of the cockpit.


twin Ford Sabre Dover 2726T 212C Commercial rated 212hp marine diesel engines
Borg Warner 1:1 gearboxes
Twin shafts driving
Three bladed bronze propellers
Hydraulic steering

Two burner hob and grill 

Manual sea toilet
Hand basin

Four seats in her wheelhouse
Full width bench in aft seating area

Two banks of batteries (24v each bank),

Raymarine Chart plotter and radar
Icom VHF and DSC
Raymarine bi data ( speed and depth)
Steering compass,

Two automatic bilge pumps
Two manual pumps
Two horse shoe life rings

Radio / CD player

Nicolle Associates 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.

  • This vessel is VAT not applicable due to age.
  • As always photographs do not do justice so a viewing is highly recommended.
  • This boat is lying in Fowey, Cornwall.
  • © 2024 Nicolle Associates

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2 x Ford Sabre Dover 212C
Fuel capacity
909 litres
Maximum speed
56 kph
Cruising speed
37 kph
Number of cabins
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Broker/Dealer Information

Nicolle Associates - Hamble

Saltmakers House Hamble Point Marina School Lane
SO31 4NB
United Kingdom
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